Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
June 8, 2017
 
Worship with Us this Week!

Special Worship  &  Fellowship Event:
Sat, Jun 10 | 3-Part Event | Attend all of or any portion of the event!

5:00pm Worship Service Historic Sanctuary: scripture, music, prayer & a brief message. Bring a candle or votive if you have one. If not, we have some extras.

5:30-7:00pm Potluck (finger foods and dessert): bring an appetizer or dessert to share! Thanks to Membership Care for their help.

7:00-9:00pm Karaoke
 
The theme of this worship service with be  The LightIndividuals/family will light their candles together and leave on the altar for the remainder of the worship service. At the conclusion of the service, you will take a different candle home with you as a memory of the event. Our goal is to provide a unique, spiritual, uplifting and memorable worship experience among the walls of our Historic Sanctuary followed by the warmth of friendship and fellowship. 
 
Questions? Contact Rosanna Hogarty, Worship Committee member, rjhogarty@gmail.com or 314-265-7992.

Join us this Sunday, June 11
 for 
Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 1:1-3 and Matthew 28:16-20 with a sermon entitled BYOL (Bring Your Own Light). Now that we have been the gift of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised and was delivered last Sunday at Pentecost, we remember the great commission. We are sent as light to the world - teaching people what Jesus taught us and commanded us to do. We go with the Spirit.
[In case you are wondering, the three worship services this weekend are all very different from one another.]

Remember to wear purple this Sunday...

June is Alzheimer's (dementia) & Brain Awareness month for the Alzheimer's Association. And, for Parkway, Sunday is our "Go Purple" Day. By wearing purple, a ribbon, or a sticker you are showing your support for families experiencing this disease, and helping us raise awareness of Alzheimer's Disease, the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. Education, awareness and conversation about the disease are vitally important. Caregivers need specialized support for their loved one, and for themselves, during their Alzheimer's journey. Today PUCC is proud to host a Care Consultation Day from 12:00 noon till 4:00PM. If you would like to talk with a consultant, speak with Joyce Ruiz [joyceruiz7@gmail.com; 314-494-8979] to see if an appointment time is still available or to arrange another time.



 

Prayer Updates
Successful One Family Worship, Annual Meeting, PUNS Farewell last Sunday.
The family/friends of Anna Lee Grone (see obituary below)@
Karla Shelton and family - as they grieve/give thanks for her mother - visitation 1-4pm then funeral this Sunday, June 11 at Pitman, Wentzville followed by party at Cave Spring Bowling Alley, St. Peters - band and dancing... food and drink will be available for purchase. (Karla's father died in early May)
John Williams - spots on lung - undergoing tests.
Doug Watson - at Meramec Bluffs for rehab; cancer has returned. ##
[We are putting together a Care Team for him. Please email Kevin.]
Mary Maxeiner - home after recent surgery... homebound for a while... Mary's request: please send your favorite summer main dish recipe to maryginkomax@gmail.com and tom.maxeiner@charter.net
Mary Jo Cannon - rehab at Mason Pointe (want to be on visit team?).
Dwight Smith - strengthening at St Luke's Rehab (next to Surrey Place).
Nancy Brown - receiving hospice care at the Westchester House.
Mary Maynard - recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident (Mona Herberg's daughter).
Violence in London and other places - prayers for healing and peace.

@ ANNA LEE GRONE
Ann Lee (Glenn) Grone died peacefully on June 4, 2017 at the age of 93. Cherished daughter of the late Katherine Davis Glenn and the late R.P. Glenn of Glenn Acres Farm, Columbia, MO. Beloved wife for 62 years of the late George G. Grone. Dear mother of David George (Cindy), the late John Glenn Grone, and Robert Parks (Jeanne) Grone. Precious grandmother "Honey" of David Grone, Sarah (Jake) Weldon, Katie (Darren) Patterson, Benjamin Grone, and Brennen (Camilla) Grone. Great Grandmother to Seanna, Emma, and Scout.

Anna Lee, a 1945 graduate of Christian College, had a gracious and generous heart with a beautiful love for her Lord, family, friends, and horses! She served for many years on the board of the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show, volunteered with the Salvation Army, was an active member of P.E.O., Chapter GX, and a devoted member of Parkway United Church of Christ.

Anna Lee's kind and loving ways left a lasting impression on all who knew and loved her, providing a shining example of how to live life with grace.

Services: The family will hold a private burial service. Interment Elm Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63131, or The Salvation Army. A service of the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.





Into the Mystic is the Rev. John C. Dorhauer's weekly podcast on UCC.org. 



Announcements

Lunch Bunch: St Thomas Fried Chicken Dinner
Sun, Jun 11 | PUCC gathering 12:30pm | 17842 Wild Horse Creek Rd
Join us and St Thomas UCC for a fried chicken dinner. RSVP or if you need to car pool contact Gloria Wandless at 314-606-9768 | Gloria.wandless@gmail.com so we can let them know an approximate number. Looking forward to you participating in the event!
 
Tuesday Evening Dialogue June 13
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office: $8.00
On June 13, we conclude Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
 
One June 27, we begin Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance   by Robin Meyers : " A leading voice of progressive Christianity makes a powerful case for faith as a radical way of being in the world."
 
We will discuss this book until the end of July, then break for August.
 
TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS! Please consider joining us. For more information
contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com

Parkway UCC night at the Muny presents Jesus Christ Superstar
Friday Night, June 16 | 8:00pm | Muny in Forest Park
Ticket includes a free backstage tour and carpooling from church if needed.
Price will vary from $11.25 to $15 per ticket depending on how many sign up.

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



Community

Protect the Planet! See the Documentary film: From the Ashes
Thursday, June 22 | 7:00pm | Heritage Room
Sponsored by: Sustainability Seekers and MO Interfaith Power & Light
Popcorn and drinks provided!
From the Ashes  captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration.
 
From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.
 
This is a great opportunity to discuss positive actions towards a clean energy future. Now is the time when people are standing up and demanding we protect Creation and the health of the planet. 
 
Contact Polly Rutherford: pollyrutherford@gmail.com | 636-532-8118
 
St Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed
June 23-25 |  Soldiers Memorial Park, St Louis
We would like to have people in the tent to spread extravagant hospitality to visitors. Tent Volunteers (Saturday and Sunday) contact Ron Hill at: hillr716@gmail.com.
 
It looks great when we have 100 people or more in commas t-shirts walking in the parade with signs for each ONA or ONA-Friendly Church. Once again, First Congregational Church of St. Louis has agreed to coordinate Gateway's participation in the parade. For more parade details and to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Hannah Rice at: hrice@firstcongregational.org.
 
There will be an ecumenical and inter-faith service on Sunday morning as part of the PrideFest event. More details will be worked out and announced soon.
 
Thank you, in advance, for volunteering to be a part of the United Church of Christ's participation in the St. Louis 2017 PrideFest.
~ Lorin Cope, Convener; Gateway Open and Affirming Churches




VIDEO of the Week
Spend one minute with this impactful video as we all realize there are many children across our US who rely on food pantry donations and/or free/reduced breakfast and lunch during the school year... what are they doing for nurture this summer?
https://www.facebook.com/evverything/videos/1933428440279564/
Inspiration 
Walk in the Light, beautiful Light;
Come where His love and His mercy are bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the Light of the World. ~George Elderkin and Ken Bible


Humor
Why don't oysters share their pearls?
Because they're shellfish.