December 10, 2018

Parkway UCC enews 318:From Lovers to Fools with Our Voice

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
March 9, 2018

Worship with Us this Sunday!

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. Remember to move you clocks ahead one hour the night before!

Join us this weekend on the fourth Sunday of Lent at 9:30am Traditional Worship and/or 11:00am Informal Worship where our scripture lessons will be Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; and Luke 18:35-43 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with Our Voice. The scriptures are instances of people speaking up and what happens next. There are a variety of reasons and different responses/consequences – positive and negative. 
We will extinguish another Lenten candle as we move further into Lent and closer to the (temporary but deep) darkness of the tomb.
We will hear more about our mission partners this 2nd Mile Lent/Easter …. Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), Heifer Project, Lydia’s House and Eden Seminary.

CANstruction “field trip”
Sunday, March 11 | 2:00pm | Saint Louis Science Center bridge
Questions or carpooling interest? ask Lisa Mason (

PUCC is taking a “field trip” to see the completed CANstruction mural and a video about the collaborative process. The tour will be led by Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest. 
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. 
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.

Prayer List Updates
New Members: Jo Grove and Molly Grisham! WELCOME!
John Linder – at Barnes Hospital, St Peter’s with respiratory issues.

Kristin Edmonds and family as they grieve/give thanks for her father.

Gloria Wandless – recovering from carpal tunnel surgery yesterday, Thursday.

Polly Rutherford – healing at home after recent back surgery.

Pat Owenspreparing for shoulder replacement surgery on March 14.

Mary – mastectomy next week (sister of Pinky Wilcoxen & Ruth Peace). She’d be blessed/buoyed by cards… Mary Whitney – Stonebridge Room 252; 2963 Doddridge Ave., Maryland Hts, MO 63043.

Ruth Peace – additional medical tests this week.

Sue Houser – at Surrey Place with heart concerns.

Jim Houser – at Surrey Place for healing of shingles and RSV.

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of WeekEpiphany UCC, St Louis


PUCC Easter Candy 
Parkway’s children are looking forward to the annual church Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 1 after both Worship Services. Donations of individually wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Area until Palm Sunday, March 25. Thanks for supporting a beloved tradition!

Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at (Not to be confused with our Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 24.)

The Sustainability Seekers will sell Fair Trade chocolate and coffee throughout this month.

Consider buying some plastic Easter eggs filled with Fair Trade mini-chocolates. Funds raised will be used for a dishwasher and mugs for the Fellowship time.


The sign-up sheets are now in the Gathering Space for
Easter lilies and fern baskets. The lilies are $9.50 and the ferns are $13.30.We must turn in the order by March 12, so please order soon.
Thank you from the Sanctuary Committee.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue March 13
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) a reading/discussing a book 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.” This is the second of three sessions. Order your book from your favorite vendor!
Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Karen Boyd (

Youth Night March 14: Record Breakers
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: | 314-872-9330

Lenten Opportunity: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Engaging the Community through Art and Nature
Friday, March 16 | 1:00-2:30pm | Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Rd, St. Louis, MO |
Laumeier Sculpture Park is a 105-acre open-air museum and sculpture park located in Sunset Hills.
Meet here at church to carpool at 12:30pm or meet us out there at the Visitor Center at 1:00pm. Contact (314-872-9330).

Lenten Opportunity: Spring Singing
Saturday, March 17 | 9:30am-12:00pm | Meet in the Gathering Space
Spring Singing (like Christmas Caroling) to shut-ins and other loved ones from PUCC. We’ll grab our songsheets and warm up our voices before we carpool to area nursing homes to share our faith with old and new friends.
Info? Contact Kevin Cameron: 314-872-9330 |

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza 
Sat, Mar 17, 3:30pm | CiCi’s 9745 Manchester
Please join us at to celebrate Christopher Haack’s birthday. This is an annual Parkway tradition that is fun for all ages. Cici’s all-you-can-eat buffet has pizza, salad bar, pastas, soup and dessert. The cost is +/- $5.99. RSVP is helpful, but not required: | 314-344-8580

Earth Day Celebration Luncheon
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall
The Sustainability Seekers invite you to celebrate Earth Day 2018 by attending an Eco-friendly luncheon. A variety of homemade vegetarian lasagnas will be served along with salad, rolls and dessert. The event will be both paperless and meatless. Forgoing meat even one day a week can have a positive environmental impact, not to mention the potential health benefits of a more plant-based diet. Parkway vegetarians will be available to answer questions or share recipes.
Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children age 6-12, with 5 and under free. The goal is to COMPLETE fund raising so that we can soon install a dishwasher in the fellowship area and switch to mug use. Help us live into the United Church of Christ’s commitment to the Three Loves, one of which is caring for Creation. Tickets can be purchased at the Fair Trade products table between services.


The Return of John Wimberly! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, April 8

when John Wimberly will be back again to help us prioritize the strategies (well over 100) that we have all been generating to help us live into the goals from the refreshed purpose statement we all created.


Save some room on your calendar for John Pavlovitz

the first weekend of June when he comes to be with us at PUCC. 

Join Kevin after Easter for a couple of conversations about John’s latest book –

A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community.

Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am
Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny! For any questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Cassie Rosenberger: (314) 323-6781 or
(This community event is in addition to our Easter egg hunts after services on Easter Sunday.)

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. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. 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.” (


Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming.




In times of uncertainty, wait. Always, if you have any doubt, wait. Do not force yourself into any action. If you have a restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear, and do not go against it. ~Anonymous

As we wrap up the week when we have been thinking about our hands – bringing our whole selves to this Lenten Journey – check out this brief video that will make you think more about your hands.
(Thanks to Gloria Wandless for sharing this with me.)


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