November 21, 2018

PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be 1Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 (David and Goliath) and Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus bringing calm in the boat while the disciples are anxious about the storm) with a sermon entitled Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together? What time is it in your life and our life together? (referencing Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 which is also part of our worship service)

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – approved for ordination in our UCC … Candidate Sunday this weekend to become the Pastor of a UCC church in Illinois!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm. Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service here on July 7. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Marsha Peek and Family – grieving/giving thanks for Cousin Doug.
Naomi Runtz – healing at home – recent shoulder replacement surgery. 

Adult Education
Adult Education Class 
Help Yourself and Others, June 24th at 9:45 and 11:15.
Description: What happens in the first minutes of an emergency could reduce the number of injuries and possible fatalities. After Pastor Kevin and several council members attended a seminar at Manchester Methodist in November 2017, Parkway formed a team in March 2018 to enhance the safety readiness of Parkway. Find out what the team learned, including county wide emergency response when they met with Town and Country Operational Support Officer Alex Pflueger, and Town and Country Fire Marshal David Phipps. What you learn at Parkway could increase your confidence about what to do in an emergency at work or in a public place.
Presented by the Emergency Procedures team: Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham, Barb Kuhlmann, Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher, and Jack Sieber. For info contact Rich Race: 314-401-5790, or Jack Sieber: 314-556-5658. 

Summer Worship around the corner!
We will continue our usual Sunday schedule of Traditional Worship at 9:30am and Informal Worship at 11am on June 10, 17 and 24 then do a new thing for the rest of the summer.
As with a great number of churches across the land, we will have a different summer schedule. From July 1 – September 2 we will worship at 10:00am.
Sunday School for children of all ages (focused on Psalm 23) will take place just after the Children’s Time.
Barry will be working with a variety of singers, ringers and instrumentalists throughout the summer.
The Worship Commission looks forward to having all of us together this summer as we grow deeper in love with the Holy and one another.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 26
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
This June we are discussing Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Books available for purchase in the church office.
In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, with Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24.
For more information, contact Karen Boyd:

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta,
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Summer Choir! Volunteers of ALL AGES are needed for a special one-rehearsal Summer Choir singing at the 10:00am Summer Worship services on Sunday July 1, Sunday August 5, and Sunday September 2. All volunteer singers will gather at 9:00am in the Music Room to learn one quick song to sing in the 10:00am service that Sunday! See music man Barry for more information! 
Pridefest will be here before we know it…JUNE 23 & 24…and signing up to participate has gotten easier. Just visit the newly updated Gateway Open & Affirming Coalition’s website:
There you can do the following:
1. Purchase our latest designs of the comma shirts. (and there are other AWESOME items available as well)
2. Sign-up up for a shift for helping with the UCC Pridefest booth on the festival grounds.
3. Sign-up to participate in the parade.
Please sign-up for the above #2 & #3 before June 13. 
Questions? Call Greg Schmelig at 314-308-1868. As I have said it is such a blessing to be a part of a church body which welcomes and affirms who I am as well as the entire LGBTQIA community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Holocaust Tour
Sunday, June 24 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | St. Louis Holocaust Museum
12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146
Tour led by David Oughton, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Member of the Holocaust Museum’s Education Committee and Board Member of Interfaith Partnership. After viewing the many exhibits, we will hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone is welcome.

Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813;

What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!
“…legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice–that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another.” 

Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge – about a minute video.


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