Parkway United Church of Christ 
Weekly E-news
August 26, 2016

Worship with us this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday for worship at 9:30am or 11:00am with Rabbi Jim Bennett sharing the message: Living our Sabbath Change! Scriptures are Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81.

After worship services, stay for a luncheon with Mar Thoma and Shaare Emeth. Mar Thoma is bringing Indian dishes, Parkway is providing salads, and Shaare Emeth is contributing desserts.
It will be a special day of interfaith celebration.

Adult Education
Sundays | 9:30am & 11am | Heritage Room

This is an open invitation to Healthy Spirit, week 2. Susan Ulmer, a spiritual director, centers on increasing openness to the Spirit in our lives. One of the definitions of a miracle is a change in perspective (and I would add "an increase in openness"). Perhaps we will touch on that miracle through each other on August 28 during the 9:30 &/or 11:00 education hour and be filled with ways to notice, to openly receive what is already within and all around us...the Spirit! Adults and teens are welcome to participate in Healthy Spirit, week 2.  

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

Festival of Nations
Sat, Aug 28 | 10:00am | 8:00am registration | Tower Grove Park |FREE admission
Healthy Relationships is part of our sabbatical focus, so why not check out "International Festival of Nations" this year? This family-friendly annual event includes over 40 ethnic food booths, music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with a variety of unique gifts from around the world.
The 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Sat, Sep 10 | 8:00am registration | 9:30am ceremony | 10:00am walk
Healthy Minds is another part of our sabbatical focus, so can we get a group to represent PUCC at the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's? This event will be held on Saturday, September 10th registration beginning at 8:00am. There is a one-mile loop and a three-mile loop both beginning at the Scottrade Center 1401 Clark Ave. in downtown St. Louis. Interested? Contact Marsha Peek: | 314-413-1440.

St. Louis Metro Crop Hunger Walk
September 25 | Meet @church 12:30pm | Eden Seminary
Once again Parkway will recruit walkers and solicit donations for the Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk at Eden Seminary on September 25th. Our church goal this year is $2000.00. The Crop Hunger Walk raises funds for alleviating hunger around the world. With all the turmoil around the world right now, there is a huge need to feed millions of refugees. Church World Service is the avenue for churches to participate in this.
We are asking for members who are able to walk the one or three mile route through Webster Groves and secure financial sponsors who will donate in the walker's name. All walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a Crop t-shirt. Parkway will award its top fund raiser with a special gift and recognition.
Walkers register online at Find Parkway in the list and either register or donate. There is also a Facebook page at Or you can sign up as a walker or donor on the poster in the Gathering Space and we will contact you with the details.
CROP is the hunger fighting wing of Church World Service which is supported by many denominations including the United Church of Christ. The Walk is ecumenical, interfaith and community wide, 25% of the funds raised stay in St. Louis.
For more information or for help with signing up to walk or sponsor talk with Sue Moellering, 636 949 2925 or

St Bernard Project: Mission Trip to New Orleans
Monday October 3 through Friday October 7, 2016
Wanna fix something? Join a group of Parkway folks and some others who are going to work with the St. Bernard Project (SBP) in New Orleans, Louisiana (yes, still post Katrina). Kris and I went down there last fall and had a very good experience. Please do some thinking and praying and consider this opportunity.
Contact Tom at or 314-567-0429 for more info.

Annual Summer Parkway Church Orchestra Concert
Sunday, August 28 | 7:00-8:00pm | Cape Albeon
Cape Albeon
is an UCC affiliated retirement home located on Lake Bend Drive off Dougherty Ferry Road and one block south of Big Bend Boulevard. The orchestra will also play three selections at Parkway's 11:00am informal worship service on August 28.

Small Group Discussion Gatherings:
Last spring the Tuesday Evening Discussion
group read  Beyond Resistance, a book by John Dorhauer, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. As part of the Healthy Spirits/Healthy Relationships segment of the Sabbatical, we have set up small group discussions groups to share a meal and discuss questions raised by Dr Dorhauer. Examples of the questions are: what does the church mean to you?  How do you connect to it in spirit and actions? How can we help our church grow in mission to better serve each other and our neighbors? What's most important to you about Parkway?
Please sign up for one of these groups in the Gathering Space. You don't have to read the book but you may want to pick up one of the summary pamphlets called Our Mission is Business in the Gathering Space.
Please see Helen Race for any questions:   or call 314-401-4382.

Please click here to provide your feedback
about Jesus Has Left the Building held on July 31, 2016. The Christian Services Commission values your input as we plan future events.  

Summer Reading!
Copies of John Dorhauer's book Beyond Resistance are still available in the church office. Summaries of the book are available in the Gathering Space. Consider reading the book or at least the summary and signing up for one of the small group discussions in mid-August to mid-September. Look for the poster in the Gathering Space!

T-shirt Orders
Check the church office to pick up your t-shirt if you were unable to pick it up last Sunday.

We are doing a second round of orders until August 31.
Ordering your tee shirts:
  • Click on the link and download to your computer.
  • Fill out.
  • Save the file with your last name in the file name. Example: herberg-tee shirt order form.pdf
  • Send the file as an attachment to
  • You will receive a confirmation email.
  • OR You may print out and mail or drop off at church office.
Choir Call
If you enjoy singing, we would love to have you sing with us. The choir is a warm and welcoming group-we work hard, have fun, and enjoy making music together. Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm, and we sing for the 9:30 worship service on Sundays, with a warm up at 8:45. Child care is provided on Wednesday evenings and before the service on Sundays. This fall our rehearsals begin on Wednesday, August 31, and we will sing for the 9:30 worship services beginning on Sunday, September 11. We very much need additional singers! If you would like to join us, please contact Barbara Raedeke at, or just come to the first rehearsal on August 31. You will be most welcome!
No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?

A person with  ubuntu  is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. ~ Desmond Tutu