Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
June 29, 2017
Worship with Us this Week!
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11am when our scriptures will be Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; and Matthew 10:40-42 with a sermon entitled  And a Little Child Shall Lead Them. We will hear the difficult story of Abraham and Isaac in Genesis. Jesus will preach hospitality and the responsibility of disciples to nurture children.
How are we responding to this call as a world, nation, state, community, church
and as individuals?
Celebrate the sacrament of communion at our open table.
Love our St Louis neighbors and friends as you share some non-perishable food items this Sunday - a Give-a-Meal Sunday. 

Prayer Updates
The United Church of Christ on our 60th Anniversary! [visit to learn more about our biennial meeting which is taking place in Baltimore this week!]

Family/friends of Nancy Brown - July 15th Memorial Svc at 11am, visiting with family in the Historic Sanctuary beginning at 10am.

John Williams - spots on lung - undergoing additional tests.

Summer AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late!)
Sat, Jul 15 | 6:30pm carpool from church
Join us for The Big Sick at Plaza Frontenac.
 Of course we will go out for ice cream to chat about the movie afterwards! Please RSVP so we know to expect you! - Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813)

The Big Sick
is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Pakistani Muslim family is unhappy with his relationship with Emily, a White American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, whom he barely knows.
PUCC Youth Visit Buddhist Temple!
Sunday, July 16 |8:00am-1:00pm |Augusta, Mo
We will join in their morning Service and stay for a vegetarian lunch.
We need drivers and vegetarian meals to share. Please let Barb Kuhlmann, or Paige Penico know if you can help us and if you'd like to be a part of this very special morning.
Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at
Paige Penico at
Make plans come on this adventure with us. Got friends? Bring them along!
For more information or questions contact Barb Kuhlmann: or Carol Cobb:

School Supplies Collection for Little Bit Foundation
July 9-30 * PUCC Gathering Space * Contact Lisa Mason:
Little Bit Foundation  is in need of supplies to help St. Louis children begin the school year well-prepared. Please consider donating any of the following items:

School Supplies
Colored Pencils 8-12 pack
Crayons 24 pack
Markers 8-12 pack
Notebooks Wide Ruled
Loose Leaf Paper Wide ruled (150)
Glue Sticks
Pencil Box/Pouch
Folders (2 pocket)

Boys, Girls & Adults S, M, L

Boys: S, M, L, XL
Girls: XS, S, M, L
Men's and Women's

Please place any donations in the school bus in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your generosity!

*The Little Bit Foundation will be moving to a bigger space at the end of July. Our new address will be, 516 Hanley Industrial Ct. *

Notes to Africa
Denyse has mentioned that the children in her village love anything involving English words. Most students in Tanzania attend Swahili speaking primary schools, but then are instructed in English once they enter secondary school. It's a challenge for teachers and students. I'm sure the kids in her village would love to receive a written note from someone in the United States. I also thought they would love to receive that note on a postcard with a picture on the front. So what I'm asking, if you are willing and interested, whether you travel this summer, or stay in town, grab a post card and write a note on it. We'll put a box in the gathering space or church office to collect them. Toward the end of summer I'll send all of the postcards to Denyse and she can distribute them.
You are a generous group of people! I thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers for Denyse while she is on this journey and I also thank you for the same you offered me during my recuperation. Your kindness is a blessing.
Thank you! ~Cheryl Schrenker

Nathan Rauscher Jazz Quintet Benefit Concert July 8
Hello friends and family!  I have a special performance to announce.  I'd like to invite you all to Parkway United Church of Christ on July 8 at 7pm to hear a benefit concert for the local food pantry  Circle of Concern, performed by my  jazz quintet.
Aaron Brown, Guitar | Steven Johnson, Saxophone | Ellie Pruneae, Piano
Christopher Meschede, Bass | Nathan Rauscher, Drum
Circle of Concern is a food-pantry-plus in West County that helps provide food for thousands of low income clients every month.  They also offer financial aid and scholarship programs for students, and even holiday programs for Thanksgiving feasts and birthdays for children who might not be able to celebrate them.  When I visited their facility on June 15, I was amazed by all of the different needs the organization addresses in their programs.
A minimum $15 donation to proceeds is recommended, and non-perishable food donations are encouraged.
The concert will be held in the Parkway UCC Sanctuary, 2841 N Ballas Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131, with refreshments being provided in the Gathering Space.
I'm personally very excited to be working with Circle of Concern on this one, and I hope you all can join me and my musicians in the spirit of giving.  Thank you for your continued support!~Nathan Rauscher

VBS is M.A.D. (Music. Arts. Drama.)Camp!
Jul 31-Aug 4| 9:00-12:30pm(optional childcare until 3:00pm)
It's here again and it's going to be so much fun! During the week we will learn the music and story of the musical, Down by the Creekbank. We will create our scenery, make our costumes and learn the lessons of God's love for us. Stories around the campfire and outdoor fun will all be a part of this great adventure. There will be a special performance of the musical on Friday evening! The fee is $25.00 for the week. Any additional children in the family will pay $20.00 per child. The childcare after 12:30pm will pay additional childcare $20 each afternoon session; $100 for the week. We will explore God's great creation and how he loves each of us.

Make plans come on this adventure with us. Got friends? Bring them along!
For more information or questions contact Barb Kuhlmann: or Carol Cobb:


VIDEO of the Week
A melting pot that accentuates the distinct flavors and savors the blend! The American dream - which I believe is one of God's dreams as well. Click here...

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all [persons] are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." -Thomas Jefferson

Thank God that our founders didn't decide to celebrate our Independence in mid-winter!