February 23, 2019

Volunteer Opps

There are many ways to plug in and serve at Parkway. Browse the list below to see what might be a good fit for you. [Click on the titles to view the expanded posts.]

Audio/Visual Help Needed

Can You Hear Me Now!?

As we continue to live into the vitality focus on operating as teams, we are expanding the team that takes care of the sound system on Sunday mornings. Are you willing to pitch in for a while? We are beginning to review and update our sound equipment which has been in place for the 20 years we have been here in this ‘New’ Sanctuary. For now we need a few people to learn the basics for this important task. We will have a training on Sunday, November 18th from 11:15am-12:15pm in the sanctuary if we have at least three people sign up! Please contact Val Detjen (Convener of the Worship Commission) at 636-230-0222  booklovervld@gmail.com or Kevin Cameron at 314-872-9330 kevin@parkwayucc.org today if you’re up for this! [This is one of the myriad functions that all come together so that we can be the church on Sundays and other days. We give heartfelt thanks—past, present and future—for all of the individuals who make this place hum!] 

Fall Workday 9/15

Fall Workday at Parkway UCC 10/15

Saturday, September 15 | 9:00am-11: 30am | Lunch provided 11:30am

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work we go! Join us for an annual workday for lots of camaraderie and fun. We are focusing on the front yard and Jenifer Lane, trimming trees, bushes, weed pulling and hauling. We will be seeding the ground at the southeast corner where the honeysuckle bushes were.

We are working in the kitchen, cleaning out cabinets and freezer, reorganizing drawers and supplies. Several closets in the church need reorganizing and weeding out equipment we no longer use.

Sign on the signup wall. We need lots of willing hands. A special shout out to the younger members of our church as well as all others. If you can help furnish part of lunch, contact Carol Cobb, ccjcobb@aol.com (314) 965-4147.

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.

Sharing God’s love with our community



Both individually and through activities organized by Parkway UCC, we support a variety of important organizations and causes with our time, financial contributions, and gifts-in-kind. Many PUCCers actively support social justice initiatives throughout St. Louis, the United States, and the world.


We encourage you to learn more about these initiatives and opportunities to share God’s love.


Jesus Has Left the Building (JHLTB) – Twice a year, Parkway organizes a day of service to our community. Members and friends choose from a variety of projects to benefit those served by various organizations focused on educating and empowering, nourishing the hungry, appreciating those who serve, and loving ALL of our neighbors. Engaging in these projects also highlights opportunities to continue serving throughout the year.

Recap of JHLTB 6

Recap of JHLTB 7

Recap of JHLTB 8



Circle of Concern Serving west St. Louis County within the Parkway, Rockwood, and Valley Park school districts, Circle of Concern is much more than a food pantry blessing 2,000 people with groceries each month. The organization also offers emergency financial assistance for clients, children’s programs, holiday programs, and scholarships for both high school seniors and adult clients to help break the cycle of poverty. PUCCers serve as the President of the Board, participate in fundraising events like trivia nights, and include the organization in our annual Advent giving.




International Institute Saint Louis Welcoming and helping new Americans acclimate to St. Louis and become self-sufficient within our community, and championing the cultural and economic benefits of ethnic diversity drive the efforts of the International Institute. Families are provided with essential clothing and house wares, short-term housing, English classes, and introductions to practical resources, including transportation, medical, computer, and employment skills. Four area farms offer the opportunity to grow nutritional food, adapt farming traditions to the Missouri climate and market, and gain economic opportunities. The International Institute also sponsors the popular Festival of Nations each year to celebrate the culture and foods of numerous countries. PUCC participates in adopt-a-family programs and potluck lunches in partnership with our friends at Shaare Emeth, donates English books with strong female role models, and assists with various events to welcome new Americans. Individual PUCCers also babysit, help with apartment set-up, and participate in various other programs.




Lydia’s House With 22% of women in St. Louis impacted by domestic violence each year, Lydia’s House provides individual and group services to approximately 50 women and 80 children who have been victims of domestic abuse. Safe transitional housing, education, employment training, and other resources empower women to create goals and implement life plans. Lydia’s Ladle provides employment and training while cooking and marketing delicious chicken potpies and berry pies through various St. Louis grocers. In addition to enthusiastically buying Lydia’s Ladle pies, Parkway members serve on the Board of Directors, participate in fundraisers, and donate to an annual Lent offering.




The Little Bit Foundation What began as a coat drive for an elementary school in 2001 has grown into an organization focused on removing the barriers poverty places on education for children. Dignity, self-esteem, health, and wellbeing are at the forefront of all programs provided by The Little Bit Foundation. The organization efficiently coordinates resources, fills gaps, and eliminates duplication of services to help the whole child. Basic needs such as school uniforms, socks, underwear, shoes, books and school supplies are complemented by nutritious meals, personal hygiene instruction/supplies, and medical screenings. Parkway UCC participates by collecting school supplies and warm winter accessories each year.





Unleashing Potential (UP)/formerly Neighborhood Houses One of St. Louis’ oldest charities continues to uplift St. Louis families, with fresh energy and direction. UP focuses on early childhood and family education (as Caroline Mission), after school programs in 19 city and county schools, breakfast in 11 schools, youth development, and enrichment camps to build strong children, families, and neighborhoods. Parkway supports UP through service projects with Caroline Mission, donations of preschool items, and an annual offering and a member serves on the board.




Give-a-Meal Sunday The first Sunday of each month, PUCCers bring nonperishable food to donate for distribution by Isaiah 58 food pantry.




Emmaus Homes fosters independence, inclusion, and self-advocacy for adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities by providing around-the-clock residential, recreational, and spiritual services. Founded in 1893, Emmaus now serves more than 280 adults living in more than 70 homes throughout the greater St. Louis area. Parkway UCC enjoys hosting the Emmaus Christmas party each year, providing both our space and volunteers. Parkway has also engaged in various leisure activities and maintenance projects with Emmaus Homes throughout the years.




Every Child’s Hope has evolved from its beginning as Evangelical Children’s Home, an orphanage for children of immigrants who died from cholera. Today, Every Child’s Hope offers Early Head Start and Head Start options, as well as K-12 education, state-of-the-art residential care for up to 55 children (many of whom have endured trauma, abuse, or neglect), outpatient services for children and families, foster care case management, and a Steppingstone program for individuals age 16-21 transitioning to independent living. Parkway collects donations for the organization’s Christmas store, allowing the children to choose gifts for their families and friends. PUCC also hosts the annual ECH Fall Luncheon and Bazaar as well as collect a special Thanksgiving offering each year to honor the church’s long-standing connection with ECH.




Interfaith Youth CANstruction brings together teens of various spiritual backgrounds to create a mural out of canned foods, while engaging in team building and discussions of faith and shared values. CANstruction is a partnership of Interfaith Quest, The Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Parkway is an event sponsor and youth participate in the CANstruction.





Concordance Academy of Leadership provides a wide range of re-entry services, such as an entry-level job, housing, transportation, and life skills to ease the transition for formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community after prison. Several PUCC members serve on teams to provide continuing life skills training, friendship, other support resources, encouragement for obtaining a living wage job, and accountability toward reaching the participants’ goals. Individual teams have a 12-month commitment but many continue beyond that time period.





CROP Hunger Walk began in 1969 as one of the first charity walks. Today, more than 1,000 annual CROP Hunger Walks are held across the United States to raise money to fight hunger domestically and worldwide. Sponsored by Church World Service, money raised by the walks provides food, water, seeds, tools, and other resources to help people become self-sufficient. Local walks can choose to contribute up to 25% of the funds raised to programs fighting hunger in their own communities. A representative of Parkway UCC helps organize the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk, while others participate by walking on our team or sponsoring walkers.





Heifer International began empowering women, families, and communities to end hunger and poverty through the gift of farm animals more than 70 years ago. Resources, training, mentoring and programs are provided to help attain economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods. Parkway UCC includes Heifer International in our special giving each year.





Eden Theological Seminary was established in 1850 and is one of six UCC seminaries preparing men and women for ordained Christian ministry, regardless of denomination. Eden promotes an ecumenical approach to progressive Christianity, strong academics, social justice, and interfaith unity to build authentic community. Parkway UCC has been blessed to host international students worshiping with us while attending Eden, and a special offering is collected for Eden each year.



The Back Bay Mission strives to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice and transform lives. Serving communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a housing rehabilitation ministry empowers and educates community members, as well as volunteers from across the country (many connected through the United Church of Christ). Advocacy for marginalized populations, education regarding the realities of poverty, and encouragement of community involvement are important aspects of The Back Bay Mission. Mentoring, emergency assistance, and homelessness outreach are offered to the communities. A few hard-working, faithful PUCC volunteers have dedicated their time and talents to a mission trip to The Back Bay Mission.



Holy Joe’s Café sends coffee to hundreds of U.S. military bases in 70 countries, offering troops an opportunity for relaxation, conversation, and the knowledge that their service is appreciated. Military chaplains in makeshift chapels bring coffee to service personnel, including NATO troops from other countries that share the same base, as well as people of all religious faiths and backgrounds 24/7/365. Parkway UCC supports this mission through a special offering annually.



Parkway UCC enews 42018: The Light of Christ

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
April 13, 2018

Interim Music Director Barry Luedloff is appearing in the Trinity Catholic High School Alumni Players presentation of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this Friday April 13th (8pm) and Sunday April 15 (2pm). Barry is Music Director for the show, as well as appearing in the musical as the King. Trinity High School is located at 1720 Redman (North County), St. Louis, MO 63138. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students (HS and under). The Alumni Players presentations benefit Trinity High School and their Drama program. It’s a fun presentation for the whole family! (. . . and when you come to the show, stay after a moment to say “hi” to Barry) 

Worship with Us this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture passages will be several pieces from the Hebrew Bible focused on LIGHT —
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Isaiah 60:19-20 – The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Psalm 43:3 – O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The Gospel Lesson is from John 1:6-9
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
The sermon is entitled The Light of Christ as we ponder bearing witness to the light of Christ within us, particularly during what can be the dark moments of our lives. The Light of Christ within us is what keeps us going and often what guides our way during those dark times. Jesus shined a light hope unto others. John the Baptist played and important role in the ministry of Jesus, which was to bear testimony to who Jesus was, the light of the world. John’s sole role was to bear witness to the light, no matter what and at all costs.

Adult Education

Next week:
Sylvester Brown & the Sweet Potato Project
Sunday, April 22| 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room
Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown grew up on the streets of north St. Louis, neighborhoods where drug dealing is often the definition of being an entrepreneur. In 2012, Brown began “The Sweet Potato Project,” a summer program aimed at teaching “at-risk” youth entrepreneurial skills. Students plant sweet potatoes that they turn into a viable, marketable product-a sweet potato cookie.
“We recruit inner city youth to plant sweet potatoes on vacant lots. We provide them with a 10-week summer job where they learn marketing, branding, sales, product development and more. At the end of the summer job, they turn their produce into products. At this time, the students sell sweet potato cookies. The whole idea is to show our kids how to become entrepreneurs in their own neighborhoods. As we demonstrate that young people in our community can be self-sustainable and facilitate the lifecycle of products created from locally grown produce, the concept will be expanded.” 
The mission of the Sweet Potato Project is to restore economic activity in North St. Louis by creating alternative and progressive ways of producing and distributing locally grown products and to teach young men and women sustainable business and entrepreneurial skills that can change their lives. 

Prayer List Updates
Kelly Shelton & Will – expecting their first child in the fall.

Evelyn Buretta – joining the Franklin County Honor Flight on April 21 along with her veteran brothers Gene Buretta and Richard Buretta. They will be accompanied by two nephews and a niece as their guardians. Another veteran brother Bryan passed away in 2009.

Andy Wilson – in midst of interviews as seminary graduation nears!

Gloria and Don Wandless – just moved to Creve Coeur (see below).^^

Ron Wilbois – infection has returned.

Meridith Rosenberger – ICU numerous medical complications.

Quentin Crayton – US Military stationed in Syria (Rosenberger).

Barbara Eggebrecht – home after a brief hospital stay late last week.

Pattie Herpel -just home from rehab hospital.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen – healing.
(Mary in in midst of figuring out cancer treatment plan.)

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week:
First Congregational UCC – Webster Groves

^^ Gloria & Don Wandless
Kingslanding Apartments
618 North New Ballas Road
Bldg. #1, Apt. # 202
St. Louis, MO 63141 

Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Apr 16 | 2:00pm| STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.
Youth Night April 18: Big Ball Night
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330

Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds
April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building


Time to Choose: Worldwide challenges with positive alternatives
Sun Apr 15 |3:00pm | POPCORN | Discussion following movie
St John‘s UCC | 15370 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
(Large parking lot by church entrance)
Join us at the start of Earth Day week for a free showing of Charles Ferguson’s movie: Time to Choose.
“Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside JobNo End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.” (timetochoose.com)

Expanding Our Table June 1-3
We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! presentations at Parkway. More info…

Save the Date for JHLTB Sat, Apr 28, | 9:15am – 1:15pm


I’m not going to pay taxes. When they say I’m going to prison, I’ll say ‘No, prisons cost taxpayers a lot of money. You keep what it would have cost to incarcerate me, and we’ll call it even.’ ~Jimmy Kimmel




We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ~J.K. Rowling

It’s SPRING and the animals are frolicking! Spend less than a minute with a baby giraffe here!


Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds 4/21

April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building

Contact: Mike Mason | (314) 971-4446 | mmason_family@yahoo.com

To honor those who came before (as well as respect our neighbors), we are asking for your help to clean growth, limbs, and debris from the old cemetery. In addition, we are also looking for volunteers willing to collect trash from the north side of our property. This will be a great way to prepare for Earth Day on the following day. Please bring gloves, appropriate work dress, rakes, saws, and a pick-up truck if you have one.

PUCC Medical/Weather/Fire Procedure Inquiry


PUCC Medical/Weather/Fire Procedure Inquiry
Just a few questions for you!

PUCC Procedure team is currently evaluating the church membership capabilities to initiate CPR and other basic interventions in an emergency. Please respond to this email to answer the following questions.
1. Are you currently certified in CPR Heartsaver training? 
2. Are you interested in recieving training in CPR Heartsaver certification?
The Medical/Weather/Fire Team is assessing current resources within the membership and seeking individuals that maybe interested in becoming a resource for emergency help as needed. 
We are all responsible for each others safety and well being so please consider training so we have available membership trained on any given Sunday or church event.
Please respond to this email if you have the training currently or would be interested in becoming a resource for emergency help as needed. 
The Team is Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher,  Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham and Barb Kuhlmann

Questions? contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Drivers Needed!

Rides for Luke

Anyone interested in driving Luke Mani, a theological student at Eden, to/from PUCC on Sundays please sign up here now… Luke would like to attend a mix of both 9:30 and 11:00 services throughout the school year, until he graduates from Eden in May.

St. Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed

st. louis pride fest

June 23-25 | Soldiers Memorial Park, St. Louis


We would like to have people in the tent to spread extravagant hospitality to visitors.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ron Hill at hill4716@gmail.com.

It looks great when we have 100 people or more in comma or Parkway UCC t-shirts walking in the parade with signs for each ONA or ONA-Friendly church.  Once again, First Congregational Church of St. Louis has agreed to coordinate Gateway’s participation in the parade.  For more parade details and to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Hannah Rice at hrice@firstcongregational.org.

There will be an ecumenical and interfaith service on Sunday morning as part of the PrideFest event.  More details will be worked out and announced soon.

Thank you, in advance, for volunteering to be a part of the United Church of Christ’s participation in the St. Louis 2017 PrideFest.


Lorin Cope, Convener: Gateway Open and Affirming Churches

M.A.D. Camp VBS: A Barbeque for Ben

BBQ for Ben 72dpiThe Prodigal Son is coming to Parkway UCC August 1-5, 2016: A Barbeque for Ben!

August 1-5, 2016| 9:00-12:30 |aftercare:12:30-3:00|Parkway UCC

Come and join us to put on a musical play! The Parkway UCC 2016 Vacation Bible School, A Barbeque for Ben – The Prodigal Son, a musical, is planned for the week of August 1-5 (Monday to Friday), ending with a musical play on Friday night. The program will be from 9:00-12:30pm with after childcare- 12:30-3:00pm. (Bring a lunch)


Register Now! Download this form, fill out, and return to us: vbs_registration_2016


We need adult and youth volunteers to make this camp a success!

Last year we served many grateful community members and Parkway members who had a wonderful time.


SAVE THE DATE—Performance of The Prodigal Son: The Musical: Barbeque for Ben

Friday, August 5, 2016 | 7:00pm Sanctuary

Please come and support the children and youth of Parkway UCC and children from the community who will present: Barbeque for Ben, a musical about the prodigal son. The MAD Camp (Music, Art, Drama) kids will work all week creating scenery, costumes, learning Bible Stories, rehearsing music, practicing drama and generally have a great time. The joy on their face presenting their hard work will leave you smiling. A cake and punch reception follows the performance.