Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
April 13, 2017

 
Worship with Us this Week!
Holy Week at Parkway UCC

Join us in worship this Holy Week at Parkway.
No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
If you could take an hour slot of our Easter Prayer Vigil this weekend, we would greatly appreciate it ... the ten hours still available in our 36 hour vigil (taking place wherever people are) include - Saturday 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 8pm; Sunday 6am, 7am. Just email kevin@parkwayucc.org and let me know. Thank you for considering!  

2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2017 -  Go the 2nd Mile with us !
The Christian Services Commission is pleased to announce that Parkway will again support four worthy organizations with its Second Mile Giving for Lent and Easter. We believe this blend of support will help Parkway create a local, national and international impact with its gifts. Please remember that Second Mile Giving is over and beyond the Operational Budget and donations will be divided evenly among the organizations listed below. Please be generous as these organizations depend on our gifts.
 
Lydia's House in St. Louis
Lydia's House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. The agency provides safe, confidentially-located furnished apartments for up to two years, assists women in creating and implementing goal plans that will help them live independently, and increases community awareness of domestic violence. For more information, please visit lydiashouse.org
 
Neighborhood Houses
For more than 100 years, Neighborhood Houses has loved children in St Louis. Currently, there are three main facets to their mission:
 
Early Childhood Education  - Caroline Mission is a licensed and accredited Early Childhood facility operated by Neighborhood Houses. Our Mission is to provide quality affordable child care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Caroline Mission is a "home away from home."
 
Girls' Night Out:  Neighborhood Houses and Parents as Teachers collaborated together in the design and execution of a program dedicated to supporting and assisting young mothers, ages 13-22.Girls Night Out  is designed to promote healthy individuals and families.
 
After School Programs : Neighborhood Houses is the #1 provider of after school programming with the St Louis Public Schools ... fun & creative activities,   homework assistance, character education, cultural awareness, health & fitness focus, arts & crafts, supervised recreation, and much more! For more information, please visit  neighborhoodhouses.org
 
Heifer International
Heifer International does so much more than put food in the mouths of hungry people. Heifer helps people to feed themselves. The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability - project partners achieving self-reliance. And year after year, as partner families "pass on the gift" of knowledge and one or more of their animals' offspring to others in need, they become links in a network of hope, dignity and self-reliance that helps hundreds of others care for themselves. For more information, please visit heifer.org
 
Eden Seminary
Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. One of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, Eden is a community that seeks God's justice and peace in the world. Eden is welcoming, inclusive and ecumenically diverse.
Eden was established in the summer of 1850 at Marthasville, Missouri. It was established because a European education was not adequate to prepare pastors for Evangelical churches on the North American frontier. From its beginning, Eden has embodied an ecumenical spirit. Its first graduating class included six Evangelicals as well as a Methodist and a Mennonite. 
 
Eden admitted its first African American student in 1933. In 1965, the late Joseph Cardinal Ritter of the Saint Louis Archdiocese became the first Roman Catholic Cardinal to address a graduating class in a Protestant seminary.
 
Today, students from many different denominations are engaged in theological education at Eden. Eden remains committed to educating faithful and effective leaders for church and society. The seminary counts among its distinguished graduates Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr and Walter Brueggemann.
 
Eden Theological Seminary is committed to the study of theology in the context of the ecumenical Christian community and the contemporary world.
For more information, please visit eden.edu.
Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!



 
Prayer Updates
Skyler Brussee - a local school is hiring her to teach K-8 music to kids with special needs in the Special School District!
Nancy Brown - rehab at Mason Pointe after recent hospitalization.
Andrea Barnes - at River Oaks Hospital Trauma Unit; 1525 River Oaks Road West; New Orleans, LA 70123 for more support and healing from PTSD.
Georgia Herpel - recent medical diagnosis of Autoimmune Encephalitis; settling into an assisted living apartment nearby.
Peggy Mohl and family - as they grieve and give thanks for her brother Jim; and as his wife struggles with Alzheimer's.
Mike Williams - cancer treatment; struggling with an infection (John's son).
Ellen Surber - moving to new unit at Delmar Gardens (Lisa Davidson).



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



Announcements
Youth Night April 19: Scavenger Hunt
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30| Fellowship Hall | Snacks & Door Prize

We're going on a scavenger hunt and you won't want to miss this fun night. We will be all over and all around to find things on our list. Bring a flashlight and a smile!

Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org 314-872-9330

Sustainability Seekers April 20
3rd Thursdays | 2:30pm | Library
We welcome new members who want to help us be advocates for God's Creation.

It's a Baby Shower! 4/23
Sue Stolze, Gloria Wandless,, and Gerry Rogers are co hosting a baby shower for Messeret (Sera) Watkins, to celebrate the upcoming birth of baby Wyatt!
 
The shower will be held on Sunday April 23, in the Heritage Room, from 12:30 until 3 PM.   This will be an informal potluck lunch, meat provided.. with lots of food, fellowship a few games, and of course gifts for baby Wyatt  Messeret is registered at Walmart and Target.  
 
RSVP is not necessary, but would be helpful.  Questions or comments?  Contact Sue at 314 562 6927, Gloria at 314 606 9768, or Gerry at 314 434 7122 and gcr123055@gmail.com  
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Time & Talent Opportunity:
Please consider providing pastries on a Sunday of your choice. See the signup sheet in the Gathering Space.
 
It takes about 150-200 pieces to serve the members and visitors on a Sunday. There are lots of ways to participate...
1) while baking something for self/others, make a little extra and place it in the freezer. Some Sundays Membership Care (MCC) uses freezer pastries
2) donate $30 and when we have a few donations saved up MCC will go shopping for a Sunday pastry
3) partner with someone to provide homemade or purchased goodies!
 
Questions? Contact Steffanie Rauscher at steffanir@sbcglobal.net. 
Community

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
Come cheer for MIRIAM MAGIC - the Miriam Academy co-ed baseball team sometime this spring... Wed 4/19 @8pm; Thurs 4/20 @6pm; Sat 4/22 @4pm; Mon 5/1 @8pm; Sat 5/6 @6pm; Sun 5/7 @6pm; Wed 5/10 @8pm. Coach (and PE Teacher) Norman Rich tells us that all games are at Ballwin Athletic Association - most will be played on Field #1. BAA is located at 1 Ballpark Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021 (636-394-2159) ... just off Manchester Road - east of Schrader Funeral Home... For more info/directions visit baapark.org




Sunday, April 30 |  10:00am 
service followed by projects | Community-wide
Share God's love and compassion with our community through our fifth annual JHLTB! Worship at PUCC at  10:00am , then live out our mission in a day of service. Wear your PUCC t-shirt or another red shirt  if possible.
Eight rewarding projects are available.  Details...

Mission Trip to Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, Mississippi
Parkway has a reservation for  the dates of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2017 for 2-12 people,  The group's $200 registration fee was sent in by Pastor Kevin several months ago.  Typically, work will include electrical / plumbing (assisting local contractors), carpentry, insulation, drywall, painting, roofing, flooring, deck building and some demolition.  All skill levels are welcome, but they recommend that some of the group have a moderate to high levels of construction skills.  We will be responsible for our own food, so there is an opportunity for a cook to come along.  Youth 14-17 are allowed with adult supervision.  The work seek is typically 8-4, M-F.   We usually take an afternoon off from work to sight see, probably a trip to New Orleans.   Participants will each need to supply $75 lodging + $100 materials per person for the week.  More information is available at thebackbaymission.org 
Want to talk more about the Mission Trip? Please contact Tom McKenzie mckenzie1947@att.net314-567-0429.
  


VIDEO of the Week
Watch this version of the Easter story told/acted by kids with cool accents! You won't be disappointed!
(REMEMBER: If there is a commercial, it is random and has nothing to do with us!)


Inspiration 
Just as worship begins in holy expectancy, it ends in holy obedience. If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it has not been worship. To stand before the Holy One of eternity is to change. Resentments cannot be held with the same tenacity when we enter God's gracious light. As Jesus says, we need to leave our gift at the altar and go set the matter straight (Matthew 5:23, 24). In worship an increased power steals its way into the heart sanctuary, an increased compassion grows in the soul. To worship is to change. ~Richard J. Foster