October 15, 2018

Get Involved

At Parkway United Church of Christ, there are limitless opportunities to get involved. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to share your God-given talents, dig deeper into your own understanding of God’s will or looking for fellowship, you’ll find it here. No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey, we have a place for you.

The Christian Services Commission of Parkway UCC facilitates much of our congregational and community service. The goal is to educate the congregation on the needs of our church, our community, and the world. Some of the church’s participation in giving is included in the general budget. Other opportunities of giving are choices suggested throughout the year. As our congregational vision statement says, “we shall seek the way of God in today’s world through joyful worshiping, inclusive caring and compassionate serving.”

The giving opportunities suggested are by no means meant to be obligations. It is our desire that it be your choice as to which you support and how you support them. We recognize it is difficult to give to all those in need and that many of us also have favorite charities outside our church. Please give as you are able, faithful to your own heart.

Fall Worship Plans

We are almost at the end of summer!
Being together and experiencing worship together this season has been wonderful. Many have remarked that one of the reasons this has been such a successful adventure is that we need more unity in the world right now – coming together for a common purpose.
We believe the Spirit is moving!
The two Vitality Teams (The Sunday Morning Experience and Worship Innovation) have been working with the Worship Commission brainstorming, researching, listening to one another and to all of you …. many of you were with us (50 in fact) on Sunday, August 5th as we held an open conversation about worship.
We had an overwhelming response – a groundswell really … before, during and since that day… of people asking to continue this 10am worship service for a longer period of time. People are appreciating the format, style and spirit of it all.
Therefore, the Worship Commission and the Worship Vitality Teams just recommended to the Church Council at their monthly meeting that we continue to have one worship service at 10am at least through the rest of 2018.
We will have a revised Sunday Morning flow —
9am Choir practice (Intergenerational ‘First Sunday Choir’ monthly – come!);
9:30am Coffee ready in the Gathering Space – come early and build community!
9:55am Announcements in the sanctuary;
10am Worship begins with the Prelude;
(Christian Education for children/youth immediately following Children’s Time);
11am Fellowship Time with refreshments, old friends and new friends;
11:15am-12pm Adult Education in the Heritage Room (most Sundays) and
varied music opportunities for all kids/youth/adults (voice, chimes, bells) that could not happen when we had two worship services on a Sunday morning.
We will continue to evaluate and tweak worship and the Sunday morning experience as we go along. Please let us know what you feel and think.
We are excited! Thank you for your presence, participation and feedback!
– Your Worship Commission, Worship Vitality Teams, Council and PUCC Staff

Sugar Plum Bazaar Nov 10

Sugar Plum Bazaar
Saturday, November 10 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Get some of your Christmas shopping done early! Come out to the 5th Annual Sugar Plum Bazaar! We’ll have over 25 vendors ready to provide you with unique handcrafted gift ideas and the delicious cookie walk!

More info: sugarplumbazaar@parkwayucc.org

We are currently accepting vendor applications.

TED Summer Break

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) goes on summer break for August and will be reconvening on September 11 when we will begin discussions of the Walter Bruggemann book A Gospel of Hope. Look for copies in the church office in the upcoming weeks. A potluck/movie night is in the works for August; stay tuned for more information.  As always—ALL welcome! For more information contact Karen Boyd at kkseib@gmail.com

August 2018 Adult Education Offerings

Worship Focus Group on August 5 The two worship vitality teams and the Worship Commission invite you to join us on August 5 in the Gathering Space following the morning worship service. Light refreshments will be provided. Please plan to be part of the discussion—feedback on our summer worship experiences, dreaming and visioning future worship experiences at PUCC!


The Parkway Sustainability Seekers will sponsor a two-part adult education opportunity on August 12 and 26, presenting the film Racing Extinction, an eco-thriller that examines mankind’s role in mass extinction. Filmed by an Academy Award®-winning film crew using state-of-the-art equipment, the documentary attempts to change how we understand endangered species and mass extinction. Racing Extinction was well reviewed when originally shown on the Discovery Channel and has been described as both “sobering and hopeful.” The film and discussion will begin at 11:15am in the Heritage Room. Contact Polly Winkelmann: winkwoods@charter.net | 314-503-4805


Jane Biehl, PHD, is a frequent visitor to Parkway. She is the sister of member Susan Moellering and her biggest fan! Jane’s home church is Congregational United Church of Christ, an open and affirming congregation in Canton, Ohio.

Jane has had several careers including librarian, counselor, college teacher and writer. Jane was born hard of hearing and is now profoundly deaf. Her faithful hearing ear dog, Sita, has been partnered with her for 11 years.

Jane will be speaking on August 19th about 2 of her latest books. Paw Prints On My Soul; Lessons of a Service Dog, is a devotional about all the wonderful teachings Sita has given her. Unfortunately, Sita will not be there because she is too old to travel. Jane was diagnosed with an incurable bone marrow cancer in 2010 and her second book is Life is Short – Eat the Donut: Insights from my Cancer Journey. Jane will be bringing books with her and will autograph them for anyone who is interesting in buying them. She will speak about both of her books and how both Sita and the cancer have profoundly affected her faith journey.

Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training July 22

Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training

Sunday, July 22 | Lunch 11:00am | Class 11:30am-1:30pm | Parkway UCC

Please come to this class, open to all, taught by the Town and Country Police Department. There is no charge for attending, and a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost for lunch. 4E means “Educate, Evade, Evacuate, Engage” and it is a method to respond to an active attack on people with the potential to harm or kill. This response method is now in use county wide and community police are educating schools, businesses, churches, and any organization where people gather. Attending this class is the first “E” of the method: Educate. What you learn will increase your chance of surviving an attack anywhere it may occur. Please sign up for the class by sending an email with the name or names attending to treasurer@parkwayucc.org. Presented by the Emergency Procedures Team.

Adult Mission Trip 10/28 – 11/3

Calling ALL SAINTS to TREAT THE TRICKED October 28 – November 3

Adult Mission Trip | Back Bay Mission, Mississippi

Tom or Kris McKenzie | 314-567-0429 | mckenzie1947@att.net

Please commit to helping the homeless and financially challenged people of the Back Bay, Mississippi, area, near Biloxi. In affiliation with The UCC Back Bay Mission we will be helping those in need of shelter, food and general needs. We will be staying at Back Bay Mission’s deluxe bunkhouse and combining efforts with 3 other UCC church groups from Michigan and Texas.
For more information visit thebackbaymission.org and/or see the sign-up board in the Gathering Space. Sign-up soon; space is limited.

Muny Memories—100 Years on Stage July 31

Celebrate St. Louis Muny Opera at a special Exhibit:

Muny Memories—100 Years on Stage

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, |9:30 carpool| 10:00 Missouri History Museum

The Not Just for Men Group will visit the 6000 square foot exhibit celebrating 100 years of Musical Theater. We will carpool from the church at 9:30 to arrive at 10am.  Admission is free.  We will visit a fine dining establishment after the visit.  Call Harold Cobb (314) 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com with questions or plan to attend.

Clang, clang, clang, we are off to The Muny! August 11

Clang, clang, clang, we are off to The Muny!

Sat, Aug 11 | 6:20pm backstage tour | 8:15pm performance| tickets $11.25

Based on the heartwarming 1944 MGM film, Meet Me In St. Louis paints a wholesome portrait of a turn of the century American family. Set in the summer of 1903, the Smiths eagerly await the grand opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. With hits such as “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door” and the title number, this is the perfect finale to our 100th season, and will evoke nothing but love and pride…right here in St. Louis.

We have reserved a block of tickets to the Muny for Meet Me in St. Louis. In past years they have had fireworks in Forest Park. Please rsvp to Dan Connors (314-651-0279 | connorsd@aol.com) before July 27.

Recap of Jesus Has Left the Building 7

Jesus Has Left the Building 7

We went out into the community to serve. Here are the details…


NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland June 5

Do You Like Seeing Green? NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland.
June 5, 2018 |10:00am | Carpool from church at 9:30am for a 10:00am tour

Come see for yourself the amazing “green” approach that Alberici took in constructing their new corporate headquarters in Overland. The site satisfies the LEED Platinum criteria, including Sustainability Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resource, Indoor Air Quality and Innovation. We will have lunch in the area following the tour. Please RSVP: Harold Cobb, 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.