November 21, 2018

Transfiguration Sunday Parkway UCC enews 2-9-2018

Parkway United Church of Christ 
February 9, 2018

Worship with Us this Weekend!

Join us on Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am.

It’s the last Sunday before Lent begins – our journey to Holy Week and Easter. This Sunday is also called Transfiguration Sunday as Jesus changes in a burst of light on the mountain top. He mingles with prophets of old and forges a bright path forward. This story is described in Matthew 17:1-8. We will also look at 2Kings 2:1-12 … when Elisha promises Elijah that he will not leave him. Our sermon is From the Mountain to the Valley Below – and Back Again. Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah but he has to go back to the people in the valley below or they’ll never know that they can go to sacred places such as this. Light and warmth and spirit and inspiration and revelation!
Children and youth through 8th grade, make sure to attend because this Sunday is also Book Sunday. Details…
We will also experience our monthly Faith Sharing – this time by Kevin Hogarty (Council President).


Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email
  • Facebook/Twitter post
  • listing
  • Voicemail at church
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don’t risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.


Plan to be with us Wednesday evening (Feb 14) at 7pm for our Ash Wednesday worship service…




Prayer List Update
Transfiguration Sunday
the last Sunday before Lent begins.
Carol Clifford
and family as they grieve/give thanks for her mother.
Ron Wilbois
strengthening at Mason Pointe Rehab Center.
Cherie Stolze
– surgery a week ago Friday for broken ankle from a fall.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father
at Barnes Hospital – multiple concerns.
Ruth Peace
– awaiting test results; additional testing on the horizon.
Polly Rutherford
– preparing for back surgery on March 2.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week:
Christ the King UCC
in Florissant



Youth to Flying Spider! Feb 11
Sun, Feb 11 |11:00am Pizza 12:00pm Flight
Prayer Corner 

Tuesday, February 13 | 8:00-10:00am | Sanctuary


We wrap up our discussion of
The Book of Joy 
this Tuesday. 
Then we will start 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.
“Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’ final week of life. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.
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.”
Books are available in the Church office while supplies last – $10/book. Or you can order from your favorite vendor!
Please consider joining this informal book discussion and delicious potluck supper, routinely convening the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in the Heritage Room.
For questions ask Pastor Kevin or Karen Boyd (
Sing with us on Sunday, February 25th 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!



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…
Human Trafficking in Our Area
We would like to invite you to join St. Charles Outreach Coalition against Human Trafficking (SCCAT)


on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031 to learn about human trafficking in our area especially in North County.


During the event, we will hear from the St. Louis County Police Department (Human Trafficking Task Force). We also are honored to have Chief Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department joining us for the opening session. This organization will discuss their important work responding to human trafficking and the support available for victims and their families in the Greater St. Louis Area and beyond.
This is a Free Event; thus, your RSVP will help our event organizers to provide a better service for you during the event. For RSVP, please email Or contact 314.838.8820 or register from the link below:

This event was primarily scheduled on January to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day that is every year on January 11. However, because of some unavoidable circumstances in weather situation, we canceled it and rescheduling our event on February 15th, 2018. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day’s observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Currently, many countries in the world including the USA are the source, transit and destination country for trafficked children, women, and men. These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This helps raise public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and helps protect some vulnerable members of our community.

We hope you/everyone is available and comfortable to participate in this new schedule on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmat Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031.


Further reading…





To put it simply: the Holy Spirit bothers us. Because it moves us, it makes us walk, it pushes the Church to go forward. And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration: ‘Ah, how wonderful it is to be here like this, all together!’ … But don’t bother us. We want the Holy Spirit to doze off … we want to domesticate the Holy Spirit. And that’s not good. because the Holy Spirit is God, that wind which comes and goes and you don’t know where. It is the power of God, it is the one who gives us consolation and strength to move forward. The Holy Spirit says, ‘Move forward!’ And this bothers us. It’s so much nicer to be comfortable. ~
Pope Francis


How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one, but the bulb has to want to change.