Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
December 9, 2016

 
Worship with us this Sunday!
Worship with us this Sunday - the third Sunday of Advent 
as we light our candle of Joy!

Traditional Worship at 9:30am - Lessons & Carols
The Choir leads us in our annual experience of the Word in scripture, song and instrument.  This service will ground you and help your spirit soar as we hear the fullness of this love story from God. Bring someone with you to share in the blessing.

Informal Worship at 11:00am -  A Peaceful Christmas at Parkway UCC
The song leaders lead us in what might just become an annual Advent expression. You don't want to miss this eclectic adventure. Share this with a friend or family member.

2nd Mile Advent: Circle of Concern, International Institute, The Christmas Fund. This Sunday, we will hear more about our UCC Offering - The Christmas Fund (formerly Veterans of the Cross).
 



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

A Taste of Sabbatical!
Come ready to read a short excerpt from a book, ponder a deep thought, pray a new prayer, watch a brief video and/or listen to some music that Kevin engaged during his sabbatical. You will discuss your thoughts and reactions with your classmates. No prep needed! Give this a try! New materials each week - December 4, 11, 18.


Prayer Updates
Advent!
Dwight Smith  home after a few days in the hospital with pneumonia.
Cherie Stolze - healing after a fall.
Gale Haggard - herniated disc in lower back; pain management consult
Julian Barnes - recent hospitalization.



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



Community
 
Help the Residents of Emmaus Homes Usher in the Holiday Season!
Join in the Christmas fun on Thursday, December 15 | Fellowship Hall
Get in touch with your INNER ELF as you decorate tables, dance the Hokey-Pokey, serve dinner, or hand out gifts to our Emmaus guests. Please sign up for a time slot that works best for you, and prepare yourself for an evening of merry-making. Not able to join us for the event? Consider donating festive cookies. (Volunteers must be in Grade 6 or above. There is no upper age limit.) Contact Jill Schatz: jdschatz@msn.com | 636-821-3478
 
 
Jazz Noel: A Christmas Meditation
Sunday, December 18 | 4:00pm | First Congregational United Church of Christ
10 West Lockwood Ave. | Webster Groves
Experience the Christmas story through the arts-jazz, painting and poetry. Jazz Noel is a Christmas meditation blending the music of the OƮkos Ensemble, the artistry of painter Michael Anderson, and the poetry of Cliff Aerie, in a worshipful setting.
 
Jazz Noel  is free and open to the public with a reception to be held afterwards. A free-will offering will be received to support local mission. Jazz Noel is the final event in a year-long celebration of First Congregational Church's 150 th jubilee year. For additional information call the church at 314-962-0475,
 
Neighbors helping Neighbors: Adopt a Family from the International Institute 
Through December 16
PUCC is partnering with Shaare Emeth to help two refugee families feel welcome and prepare for their first Missouri winter. 
Let's show these refugee families the generosity and love of our community. Read more...

Christmas Eve at Parkway-December 24
4:30pm-Family Friendly Worship
This service will be alive and spirited with many children present. The traditional nativity scripture will be shared as we mingle Christmas carols and contemporary reflections. We will sing Silent Night by candlelight at the close of the service.
 
7:30pm-Candlelight  Communion Worship
This is a quieter and more contemplative service than the earlier one. We hear the Christmas Gospel, sing traditional carols and reflect upon what all of this means for us today. We celebrate communion at our open table and sing Silent Night by candlelight.
 
Christmas Morning  Sunday
December 25| 10:00am worship
The hope, peace, joy and love of Advent are coming to fruition! Join us as we begin to care for this baby that has been born to us! We sing Christmas carols and reflect on how and why God has come to live among us.


Read our Missouri Mid-South Conference publications to find out what is happening around the Conference:



Video of the Week
Ginny's Gems:   Ginny offers a guided meditation for this Advent from Psalm, "Be still and know that I am God." As we are Living Our Change, Advent reminds us of the importance to prepare for God's change by grounding ourselves in stillness. It is in this stillness that God equips us with the needed resources of hope, joy, peace, and love in order to be Living Our Change with integrity. May this meditation ground you in God's presence during the chaos of this busy season. Blessings, Ginny

Announcements
Coffee & Conversation
Tue, Dec 13 | 2:00pm | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

Youth Night
Wednesdays | 6:30pm | Fellowship Hall

Holiday Brunch
Thu, Dec 15 | 11:00am | First Watch: Creve Coeur on Ballas
PUCC Not Just for Men's Annual Christmas Brunch. All are welcome. It is a good time to plan activities for the coming year. Contact Harold Cobb to RSVP ccjcobb@aol.com | 314 965- 4147.

Parkway SustainabilitySeekers
Thu, Dec 15 | 2:30pm | Library
Have ideas to help us become a greener congregation? Come and share them with our group. Contact Polly Winklemann: winkwoods@charter.net | 636-220-8484
 
Carol with Us!
Sat, Dec 17| 9-11am and/or 12:30-2:30pm | Pizza 11:00am
Two opportunities -come to one or both! More info...
 
Christmas Memory Tree
You are invited to fill an ornament with a note or a small significant item in honor of a loved one to be remembered during this season. Ornaments are in a basket beneath the tree in the Gathering Space.

Christmas Dinner 
Dec 25 | Gather 5:00pm | Dinner 6:00pm | Heritage Rm
Dine with us on Christmas evening!  All are welcome. Bring a dish or just yourself. There will be plenty!  RSVP to Pam Walker (314-520-8546 | pamandbrenda95@yahoo.com) or Gerry  Rogers (314-434-7122 | gcr123055@gmail.com).


Have you ever had a moment or experience when you felt the true presence of God in your life? We are looking for people to share their faith experiences through a personal story, life event, family tradition, scripture reading, poem or song. You would present your experience in a 2-3 minute presentation during both church services. These will be on the second Sunday of each month. Sharing the experiences will help us gain a deeper understanding of each other and how God has touched your life. We hope many of you will participate and be willing to present your experience in the upcoming months. For more details and scheduling your time to share, please contact Helen Race raceh@att.net phone 314-401-4382 or Karen Boyd kkseib@gmail.com.

Buy a Great Book and Support a Great Cause
Growing Up with the River: Nine Generations on the Missouri
By PUCCers Dan & Connie Burkhardt-$20
The total cost goes to help fund our July2017PUCC Youth Mission Trip to Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia.

Joke
Where do snowmen keep their money?
In a snow bank.
                                                  
Inspiration
A novice master once responded when asked about a life lived in Christian authenticity, said that to be a Christian was not to know the answers but to begin to live in the part of the self where the question is born...He was speaking of an attitude of listening, of awareness of presence, of an openness to mystery. -Wendy M. Wright