December 15, 2018

Copy of Parkway UCC enews 218:From Lovers to Fools with Our Ears

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
February 23, 2018



Whose Streets? 
Friday, Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 
100 S. Taylor, Kirkwood
This film explores the 2014 unrest in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown. Images captured by cell phone cameras, print and TV photojournalists and documentary filmmakers show the racial tension, grief and rage of residents as they confront police and national guard officers armed with military weapons.

Worship with Us this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday, the second Sunday of Lent, for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture lessons will be Psalm 22:23-31; and Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with our Ears. What Bible stories from the Hebrew Bible do you think may have been important and influential to Jesus as he was growing up? As you look at your life and the life of our faith community, what stories of the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels shine through?
We will light our Lenten candles and hear about Heifer Project, one of our 2nd Mile Lent/Easter mission partners.

We also welcome new members at our 9:30 service.

The Sustainability Seekers are selling coffee and chocolate again after both services. Profits go towards fund raising towards a dishwasher and mugs for the coffee hour.  Even if you don’t need anything this week, please stop by their table to let them know your preferences for future orders. 
Sing with us Sunday at noonish!
The Core Music Project Team has been at work for many moons-whistling while we work…meandering through melodies, humming harmonies, looking at lyrics, mindful of memories, daring to dream. Please join us for a light lunch and lots of singing on Sunday, February 25th at noon. We will share some of our process and progress with you. We’re eager to share this with you and to hear your voice! 

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Prayer List Updates
The season of Lent.
Harrison Lee and Sterling James born to April & Jameson Tallyn and big sister Evelyn on 2/16!     
Lucille Arft – receiving hospice care at Evelyn’s Hospice (Barnes West).
Andrea Barnes – just back from Jeff City AGAIN where she spoke with legislators about MO Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse.
Cherie Stolze – healing from complications after recent surgery.
Ron Wilboismaking progress with his health.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father home after six weeks of hospitalizations.
Polly Rutherford – preparing for back surgery on March 2.
Wallace Family – baby & mother need healing (Mason Ridge School).
The families grieving and aching in Florida after school tragedy.
Barry Luedloff’s father – recovering from recent hospitalization.
Mary – awaiting test results (sister of Pinky Wilcoxen & Ruth Peace).
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week: Church of the Master UCC, Florissant


Poetry & Conversation Lenten Opportunity
Tues, Feb 27 | 6:30-8:00pm | Choir Room OR
Mon, Mar 12 | 10:30am-noon | Choir Room
Based on Kneeling in Jerusalem: Poetry for Lent and Easter by Ann Weems. Night and day options-same experience…Come with open mind heart spirit. Contact Pastor Kevin for more info:
Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Feb 27
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) starats a new book for 3 sessions during Lent (Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27) by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem. “Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.” Order your book from your favorite vendor!
Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Karen Boyd (
Let’s visit Missouri History Museum for “Reflections”
Wednesday, February 28, 2018|9:30 carpool| 10:00 Museum
What high school did you attend? Not Just for Men will be visiting the Missouri History Museum to tour Reflections, a permanent display on the second floor. The display is in two parts visiting the older aspects of St. Louis history on one side and more recent elements of Saint Louis life on the other side. We will visit a fine dining establishment after touring the exhibit. RSVP Harold Cobb at 314 965-4147 or email
Youth Night February 28: Pictionary
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: | 314-872-9330
Prayer Corner
Thu, Mar 1 | 5:00-7:00pm| Sanctuary
Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corner-with a perpetual candle-has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.

Open &Affirming: Living Openly – A Public & Visible Church

Gateway ONA’s Seventh Annual Convocation
Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00am-4:00pm (registration 8:00am) | Parkway UCC
Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children. New workshops and new leaders this year! Registration forms with more info…
CANstruction “field trip” 3/11
Sunday, March 11 * 2:00 * Saint Louis Science Center * Questions or carpooling interest? ask Lisa Mason (

CANstruction is a mural created with canned goods to create an image of interfaith cooperation. This mural is assembled by local high school teens (including some PUCCers) representing, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Youth rotate through stations that include mural assembly, team building skills (led by Saint Louis Science Center’s YES teens), and interfaith interaction. As part of the interfaith interaction, teens are asked to bring quotes from their sacred text around shared values concepts. 
“Beyond Ourselves” is the theme for this year’s CANstruction, drawing inspiration from a new statue outside of the Planetarium of a figure of a person looking up, inspiring us to think of what is beyond. This year will mark the fifth year of a partnership between The Saint Louis Science Center,
The Center for Indian Cultural Education- Bal Vihar, and Interfaith Quest to create an interfaith CANstruction. 
Teens will lead us through exploring what the represented sacred texts say about thinking “Beyond Ourselves,” and how they were impacted in the sharing of each others sacred texts. The CANstruction will be on display through the month of March, then all canned goods used in the mural will be donated to Operation Food Search. 
PUCC is taking a “field trip” to see the completed CANstruction mural and a video about the collaborative process. On Sunday, March 11, we will meet at the bridge of the Saint Louis Science Center at 2:00pm for our interfaith tour. Enter on the Planetarium side. The tour will be led by Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest. 
As always, you are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors! Please let Lisa Mason know if you plan to attend, and whether you are interested in carpooling from PUCC.


Further reading…


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I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”  ~C.S. Lewis


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No Youth Night, 2-14-18


No Youth Night, 2-14-18!

No Youth Night!

Ash Wednesday

 Wednesday, February 14

Join us as we begin the Lenten Season with the
Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 in the Sanctuary.
See you next week, Wednesday, February 21! 


contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc

Youth to Flying Spider! Feb 11

Sun, Feb 11 |11:00am Pizza 12:00pm Flight |Youth Room then to Flying Spider

Let’s have pizza and then head over to Flying Spider Extreme Air Sports. 14820 Manchester Rd. Ballwin. We will take the 1 and half hour flight which costs $23 dollars. Each youth must have a parent’s waiver which you can access on their website and sign online at We will be headed back to church by 1:45. Please let us know if you want to join us and if any parents can drive.

Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at

Youth Night Winter/Spring 2018

January 24, Volleyball Night

January 31, Super Bowl Trivia

February 7, Bible Minute to Win it

February 14, No Fellowship, Ash Wednesday Service

February 21 Winter Olympics

February 28, Pictionary

March 7, Balloon Bonanza

March 14, Record Breakers

March 21, Glow in the Dark

March 28, No Youth Night, Spring Break

April 4, Movie Night

April 11, Cardinals Night

April 18, Big Ball Night

April 25, Your Pick

May 2, Our Amazing Race

May 9, Scavenger Hunt

May 16, Outside Games

May 23, Youth Night Party

Youth Night Fall, 2017

Middle School 6:00-7:00 PM Senior High 7:00-8:00 PM


Wednesday, September 6, Let’s Get Together!

Youth Night is a time to get together and have fun! Hope to see you there and bring a friend along! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM


Wednesday, September 13, Big Balloon Bop!

Oh my, balloons will be the theme and popping will be the dream! Come join us for a night of fun and fellowship. Snacks, games and door prizes are all part of this fun evening. Hope to see you there! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 20, Go Bananas!

Don’t slip on the peel! Banana games you’ve never played as we meet in the fellowship hall, Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 27, Big Game Night!

What game? Come find out! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Who knows, we’ll shoot some baskets or play some volleyball, you decide. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 4, Disney Night!

Who’s your favorite character? What’s your favorite movie? You’ve got to come and see what this night is all about. Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, October 11, Newspaper Night!

What can we do with a stack of newspapers? Come and find out! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Youth Night is a blast, come and bring a friend along!

Wednesday, October 18, Pumpkin Ball!

Yes, we will use pumpkins to play ball! Come and see what that means! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.  We’ll see what else we can do with these pumpkins, let’s get creative!

Wednesday, October 25, Halloween Fun!

Masks and candy and fun, oh my! Halloween is coming and now we can pretend to be someone else! Let’s create a character to be for Halloween.

Wednesday, November 1, Oh Baby!

Ever changed a diaper? Baby games and baby bottle chug will all be a part of this fun evening. Hope to see you there! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 8, Invention Convention

What kind of Thingamajig can you make with a bunch of “stuff?” We can’t wait to see! It will all be here for you to create! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 15, Secret Stash!

You will be on the search for hidden items. Don’t worry, there will be a check list to help you through. Come and see how fast you can find them. Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.


Wednesday, November 22, No Youth Night, Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, December 6, Trivia Night

Let’s see how much you know about Christmas! Lots of fun, snacks and you could even win a door prize! Come and bring a friend! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Christmas Gift Bags

Wednesday, December 13, Finding the Christmas Spirit!

Let’s put together bags of goodies for children in need. We’ll have a great time as well as putting a smile on little one’s faces. Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 20, Youth Christmas Party!

Let’s bake some cookies and enjoy time together before Christmas. The candy bowl will be out , games to play and you could even win a door prize! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 27, No Youth Night, Christmas Break

Youth Night Resumes September 6

Youth Night Resumes September 6

Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Youth Room

Contact Barb Kuhlmann: 314-872-9330 |

Youth Night Schedule

lamp-halloween-lantern-pumpkinWednesday, October 26, Halloween is coming!

Come and make a costume! There will be plenty of materials to make the costume of your dreams. For fun we will act out our own Halloween stories and film them. It should be fun as we eat candy, maybe win a door prize and make a spooky snack. See you in fellowship hall at 6:30-7:30 this Wednesday night.


pexels-photo-26339-largeWednesday, November 2, Pumpkin Ball!

We can’t tell you everything about this evening but we can say it will be a ball! Oh yes, and there will be pumpkins. Come see what we can accomplish with pumpkins and little luck! Meet in fellowship hall at 6:30-7:30 for a chance to win a door prize and gobble down a snack.


Wednesday, November 9, This Day in History

We will take a look at the history of this day. Who knows what we’ll find but we will surely have fun doing it. Make plans to meet us in fellowship hall at 6:30-7:30pm to spend another fun evening together, have a snack and try and win a door prize. Bring a friend along!


ornamental-corn-1651971_960_720Wednesday, November 16, Thanks a lot!

What are we thankful for? Should we celebrate even the hard things that come our way in life? We will discuss being thankful an how it enriches our lives. We will have to play some “turkey” games as well. Meet us in fellowship hall at 6:30-7:30pm to enjoy an evening of fellowship, share a snack and if lucky you might even win a door prize.


Wednesday, November 23, No Youth Night, Thanksgiving break

christmas-xmas-christmas-tree-decoration-largeWednesday, December 7, Christmas Trivia

What do you know about the origins of Christmas? Let’s see how much you know about the baby in the manger, his mom and dad and what really happened with the three kings. Meet us in fellowship hall at 6:30-7:30pm. The famous candy bowl will be out and you might even win a door prize. Hope to see you there!


christmas-cookies-553457-largeWednesday, December 21, Youth Night Christmas Party

Meet in fellowship hall at 6:30-7:30 for a fun filled Christmas party. We’ll even make our own Christmas cookies to enjoy for snack. As always the candy bowl will be out, cookies baking and a chance to win a door prize! See you there!

Wednesday, December 28, No Youth Night, Christmas Break

Youth Night September 21, Volleyball Night!

sports_1000009780-120613intLet’s put the net up and play a few games and have fun hanging out together!

Youth Night September 14, Pokémon Go Fun!


Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30pm | Fellowship Hall | Snacks & Door prize
What lessons can we learn from the Pokémon Go madness? We’ll take a look and play some related games too. Bring friends along!

Twist & Shout! Youth Night Returns 9/7

twist and shoutYouth Night is back! Hooray! Twist and Shout!

Wednesday, September 7 | 6:30-7:30 | Fellowship Hall

Let’s get back together for fun, fellowship and welcome newcomers to our youth night! Come and find out what it’s all about! The famous candy bowl will be out and you will even have a chance to win a fabulous door prize! Meet us in Fellowship Hall at 6:30-7:30 where we will Twist and Shout and try not to get tangled up! Contact Barb Kuhlmann for details at