Parkway United Church of Christ 
Weekly E-news
June 23, 2016

Worship with us this Sunday!

Our Sabbatical together has begun. We won't be fully into it until I have gone a day without email from Kevin but I understand that the separation process takes time.
I have questions but most of the questions I have found I have also found answers for. Pete Eggebrecht gave me a tour of the church this morning. My computer will now connect to the printer. I am working out how to categorize email so I can find it later. I am settling in.
It seems to me that my job is first of all to reassure folks that everything is going to be okay. This is easily the least challenging part of my job. The lay leadership here is both so competent and so eager that you could probably get along fine without me. But there are two areas that folks seem to want support for. Those are Sunday Worship and Pastoral Care.
Sunday Worship is coming together very well. I have had to get my head around the two services [the services have some similar features but they are quite different in feel and flow]. I will be meeting next week with Val Detjen to be sure I am on the same page with the Worship Commission.
Pastoral Care is a bit more challenging. There are several reasons for this.
  • It is hard for people who have been reliant on Kevin to transfer that relationship to someone else; especially when that someone else is going to be gone in four months.
  • It is important that I not be generating dependency for just those reasons.
  • These are people I am just meeting with complex histories and inter-relationships.
I met with Membership Care yesterday and they are figuring out how to shoulder their tasks. I am confident they are going to do a great job. But as you become aware of pastoral care needs, don't hesitate to let me know.
But there is a component of what we are called to do during this Sabbatical, and thus a component of what I am called to as your pastor, that we didn't really talk about and that I didn't anticipate but which I am quite willing to take up.
There are some things that are ready for change here at Parkway. I just changed the title of my sermon for Sunday from Healthy, to Healthy Change. A part of being healthy is being willing to change, to know what change is necessary and which is not, and be able to make the changes smoothly and without unnecessary disruption. We are not expecting Kevin to return the end of October just as he was when he left. If when he gets back, we are just as he left us, he will be disappointed.
Change for the sake of change becomes an unnecessary disruption. But to avoid change when it is helpful is not healthy. It is pathological. The trick is to know which change is called for and how to do it in such a way that things are better for the change.
You all have such a close relationship with Pastor Kevin, and he is so close to all of you, that there are ways that your mutual expectations keep you stuck. We may know we need change. We may even long to change. But we don't have the space for the change to occur. That is what Sabbath is for.
Kevin put a lot of effort into cleaning his office for me. Still there are several cluttered shelves. I teased him that I would clear them off while he was gone. He responded, "Oh, please." He knows there are things he has to let go of but it is hard. Our task is to figure out what to keep and what to throw away so we can start fresh.
Pastor Mark
Join us this Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be Galatians 5:1,13-25 and Luke 9:51-62
with a sermon entitled Healthy Changes

Adult Education - June 26

Yoga Six with Lynzey Jennings
Perhaps you've seen the new yoga studio at Ballas and Manchester Roads? As we move into our Healthy Bodies pieces of our Renewal Time, come learn about the latest in yoga-this will be an experience for your mind, body and spirit...bring someone with you so it will also deepen your relationships!

Prayer Updates

Agnes & Thomas Havyarimana - expecting 7th child late summer.
Summer Lyons - out of her cast and in a brace for three more weeks.
Doug Watson   - healing from retina surgery.

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


Pride Fest St Louis - the weekend of Sunday, June 26
"To foster an understanding of and equality for the LGBTQ community in the general population by raising awareness through educational programs and events ultimately leading up to the annual PrideFest in St. Louis."
Our Gateway ONA UCC churches have had a strong presence at Pride for several years. We need help Staffing the Tent - volunteers are needed! To register for a 2 hour shift, please contact Ron Hill by phone at 314-968-1286 or by email at: When you contact Ron, he needs your name, church, email address and cell phone number.

Our goal is to have eight people present for each two hour shift - so you won't be alone! Here is the schedule:

Saturday, June 25 |11:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday, June 26 |11am-7:30pm

We are hoping for lots of participation in the Parade on Sunday at noon again this year too. We will gather at First Congregational Church of St. Louis (on Wydown). We hope to be a large colorful representation of our United Church of Christ. If you are willing to be a part of this major event - Please contact Hannah Rice or call the church office at: 314-721-5060.

Our PUCC Pride Fest coordinator is Greg Schmelig. Please contact him with any questions - or 314-308-1868

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 28
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
We're switching it up! Instead of a book, we will work through a list of questions that the Confirmands have learned in their classes. We will discuss questions like how many books are in the Bible to theological questions.  We will try this for one night and see how we like it and how far we get. Come and see how much you remember of your own confirmation and how your own theology has changed over the years.
This is a new format: there is no assigned reading and no book to buy. Just come.
Nina Hoch's birthday is July 3.
It  would be nice to shower her with greeting cards, since she has written so many lovely notes to our members for so many years when she was able. Her address is:   9740 Hoch Avenue, Rock Hill, MO 63119
Lunch Bunch
Sunday, July 10 | 12:30pm (after 2nd service)
Three Kings Des Peres | 11925 Manchester Road
Due to rave reviews of Parkway's March Lunch Bunch, we're doing it again!
Everyone pays for their own lunch. This invitation is for everyone-members and visitors alike. Catch up with old friends & get to know new ones!
Please RSVP to Paul Roesler at, 636-978-7766 or on Facebook.
Back-to-School Drive
Please help St. Louis children have the supplies they need to begin the school year.

Website Update
This past spring, we migrated our website to a new, more robust host. As a result, some of the file structure of the site has changed and pictures are missing and some links are broken. This coincides with a planned re-build of the site which I am working on this summer. Please be patient with missing links and outdated information during this re-build. Thanks for your understanding. ~Mona Smith Herberg: 

Parkway UCC Night at the Muny
Sat, Jul 30 | 8:15 pm
Join us at the Muny to see the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof. Winner of 9 Tony Awards and one of the longest running shows ever on Broadway, Fiddler tells the story of a Russian peasant family trying to negotiate love, differences, persecution and traditions in an uncertain time. Tickets are discounted from regular price to $10.50 each.
Contact: Dan Connors || 314-651-0279


Register for MAD Camp VBS!

Greg Schmelig has moved and is having an open house/loft warming party. Everyone at Parkway UCC is invited!

What did the Tin Man say when he got run over by a steamroller?
"Curses! Foil again!"
" It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well." ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 21st Century