Worship with is this Sunday - Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11am!

Our Traditional service scripture passages are Psalm 66:8-20; John 14:15-21 and Acts 17:22-30 with a sermon entitled Known and Unknown. God expresses Godself in such a wide variety of ways. We will explore some of these together. Do we worship a known or unknown God? How close is God to us? How close are we to God? How do you describe the indescribable?

We will celebrate the baptisms of Finn and Oliver Hood (parents Amanda & Scott; big brother Henry).

Our Informal Worship Service is our first ever Blessing of the Pets. Our scriptures are Genesis 1:1-34; Psalm 8 and Hebrews 13:1-2 with a sermon entitled Who is the Trainer ? If you aren't able/comfortable bringing your dog, cat, bird, rabbit, mouse, snake, mouse, etc ... please feel free to bring a photo of your pet - whether they are in your home today or were in the past - even your childhood. [I know of a family that will be bringing a photo of a puppy they are waiting to be old enough to come live with them!] Thanks to our Confirmation Class for their help in planning and providing zookeeper support during the service. 

Adult Education:
Look for a new summer AE schedule soon.

Alyssa & Niraj Patel and big sis Cora - Elin Niraj Patel born on Monday!
Michael Mertens - just released from prison (Eggebrecht grandson)!
Andrea Barnes - home from River Oaks Hospital!
Oliver and Finn Hood  - being baptized here this Sunday! 
(parents: Amanda and Scott ... big brother Henry)
Graduates and families!
PUNS Preschool staff, families, Boardin this final week.
Doug Watson - hospitalized - cancer has returned.
[We are putting together a Care Team for him. Please email Kevin.]
Carol Russell - hospitalized through the weekend for treatment of a bacterial infection .
Mary Jo Cannon -hospitalized with pneumonia; doing better in rehab.
Rick Hasler - home recuperating after a few days in the hospital.
Nancy Brown - in/out of hospital again recently; hospice care now.
Cherie Stolze - struggling with shingles.
Kathy Haack - cancer surgery this Thursday in TX (Bill's mother).
Dodie - as she starts 2o weeks of radiation this Friday (Wandless). 
Karla Shelton and family - as they grieve/give thanks for her father.
Visitation:  Sunday, May 21st, 2 - 4 pm, Pitman Funeral Home, Wentzville.
Memorial Service:  Immediately following. Burial:  Private
Celebration of life continues from 5 - 9 pm at the St. Peters Bowling Alley.  The Silver Wings Band will be playing for your enjoyment and dancing from 6:30-8:30 pm.  (Food and drink will be available for purchase.

INTO THE MYSTIC: Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer's weekly podcast on UCC.org. The United Church of Christ General Minister and President creates these messages so that "the art and practice of spiritual reflection is modeled as a priority and not just a part time avocation." http://www.ucc.org/into_the_mystic
In case you're looking for something to do tomorrow night, here's an idea! Come to a Gallery Opening featuring the photographs from the Venice, Italy, trip and photo workshop I went on in February. The first several days were of Carnivale. Self-disclosure: I do have several images in the show.
Below are the details. Although framed prints are for sale, it's really a celebration. :-)
Please join us for a charitable exhibition in support of:
Beautifully framed photography will be sold to support DGCKids.
Opening Reception
Friday, May 19, 2017
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Open Gallery
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Noon - 3:00pm
Bullivant Gallery
Grand Center Arts District
3321 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Please note this is a short term exhibit for 2 days only.
Featuring photography from the
2017 Venice, Italy trip and workshop presented by:
 Bullivant Gallery,
Stewart Halperin, and Jeff Hirsch.
Along with the participating photographers who went on the trip:
Becky Bullivant
Robert Craft
Jamie Craft
Randy Gusdorf
Greg Kluempers
Joel Price
Nancy Wessinger
On opening night only (Friday, May 19th):
Hors d'oeuvres from Pastaria and Gelato Pop truck from Porano Pasta, two of James Beard Award-winning chef, Gerard Craft's, fine Italian restaurants.
This exhibit is being shown at Bullivant Gallery located in
the Grand Center district of St. Louis.

Lunch Bunch
Sunday, May 21 | 12:15pm| Three Kings Public House | 11925 Manchester Rd
Come join Parkway UCC members, guests and friends for Lunch Bunch! Catch up with old friends and get to know new ones. All are welcome! Advanced notice not required, but it would be helpful to know if you think you'll go so we have an idea on how many tables we might need (no obligation). Just RSVP in Facebook or email Paul Roesler (proesler@charter.net) if you plan to go. (note: guests will pay their own way)
Recycling Van-Back by Popular Demand
The Parkway Sustainability Seekers have arranged for the 

Emmaus Homes Quilt Auction
Sunday, May 21 | 1:00-4:00pm | Parkway United Church of Christ 
Join us in supporting over 300 adults with developmental disabilities throughout the St. Louis area!
  • Browse & Bid on Beautiful Handmade Quilts
  • Dozens of Silent Auction Items from Local Businesses
  • Emmaus Wine for Sampling & Hors D'oeuvres
All proceeds from the Quilt Auction will benefit the more than 300 adults with developmental disabilities Emmaus is blessed to serve.
For more information about the auction or donations,  contact Tim !

Church Orchestra Rehearsals
The Parkway Church Orchestra will continue with its third Sunday monthly rehearsals starting this evening and lasting through November. Concerts are normally in August and December. The rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. We are seeking more instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) to join us. We will meet in the Choir Room. If you have not participated recently, please contact Roger Fagerberg at 314-878-7646 or at rrfagerberg@hotmail.com for needed information.      
Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Just Mercy
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office: $8.00
Starting May 9 we begin discussing the compelling true story by Bryan Stevenson - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant.
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

Youth Night May 24, Youth Night Party
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30| Fellowship Hall | Snacks & Door Prize
Come join us as we say goodbye for the year. Plenty of food, games and prizes to end the year. Hope to see you there!
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
Summer Music During the summer months when the choir does not sing, we invite members, both adults and youth, to provide special instrumental or vocal music for the 9:30 service. If you would like to share your musical gifts with us over the summer, please speak with Barbara Raedeke or contact her at BRaedeke@aol.com . We are blessed with many musically talented members here at Parkway, and we hope they will make this important contribution to our worship!

Church farewell to Parkway United Nursery School
Sunday, June 4, 2017|following Annual Meeting; A worship service spotlighting the work of PUNS for 47 years|10:45zm |Lunch following with picnic fare
Parkway Church Council will sponsor a morning tribute to the students, teachers, board members past and present at the 10:45 worship service on June 4, 2017. All are invited to join us for a lunch with picnic fare following the service. If you know of any former students, past teachers, and board members, please send their names and contact information to Carol Cobb at 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com . We would like to honor their service and attendance to this worthwhile preschool.

Special Worship k Fellowship Event: Sat June 10
Sat, Jun 10 | 3-Part Event | Attend all of or any portion of the event!
5:00pm Worship Service Historic Sanctuary
5:30-7:00pm Potluck (finger foods and dessert)
7:00-9:00pm Karaoke
We will begin with a short worship service that includes scripture, music, prayer and brief message from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm held in the Historic Sanctuary, followed by light meal consisting of appetizer/dessert potluck in conjunction with the Membership Care committee in the Fellowship Hall. We will conclude with with karaoke. You are welcome and invited to participate in all or any portion of this Church event.  
The theme of this worship service with be The Light so we ask you to bring a candle/votive that individuals/family will light 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. 
If you attend, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share and a candle/votive for the service. (We will have extra candles in the event you forget to bring one to the service.)
Questions? Contact Rosanna Hogarty, Worship Committee member,  rjhogarty@gmail.com  or 314-265-7992.  


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.
The Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber phenomenon returns. Jesus Christ Superstar was an album that became a cultural phenomenon, then Broadway's first rock opera and remains a world-wide favorite. With classic songs like "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Heaven on Their Minds" and the title song, this bold and rocking retelling of the gospels will leave you singing nothing but heavenly praises.
Contact Dan Connors at connorsd@aol.com or 314-651-0279 by June 1 if interested.

Picture time:  Sign up online: https://tinyurl.com/PUCCphotodirectory . Once you get to the online location it is self-explanatory how to choose a time a lot. If you prefer low tech give Steffanie Rauscher a call at 314-994-9577   and leave a message with a few dates/times that would work. Stef will sign you up and notify you of your time. 
Remember animals are welcome. If you are unable to come at any of the times listed for sign up feel free to drop off a picture to the office or send it by email to Stef at steffanir@sbcglobal.net. We can load a picture as well. 
Here's a brief video from a sibling UCC congregation in California. They share some support around how to pray when the news is troubling.

"When I admire the wonder of a sunrise or sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator" - Mahatma Gandhi 

2841 N Ballas Road |  Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 | www.parkwayucc.org