Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
December 16, 2016

Worship with us this Sunday!

Carol with Us !
Sat, Dec 17| 9-11am and/or 12:30-2:30pm | Pizza 11:00am
Two opportunities - come to one or both!

Worship with us this Sunday
at 9:30am Traditional and/or 11:00am Informal - the fourth Sunday of Advent! Join us as we gather around the Advent Wreath and re-light the candles of hope, peace and joy...adding a new flame for love.
Our Traditional Service will highlight Isaiah 40:1-5 and Luke 1:46-55 with a sermon entitled Road Construction as we continue to prepare the way for the Holy One - and for being holy ourselves. We will sing more Advent Carols (no Christmas Carols yet!) - Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came and People, Look East.
Our Informal Service will also start at the Advent Wreath then head into an original, never before seen Christmas Pageant - written by one of our PUCC Youth: Blake Lyons! Come support our children, youth and Voices of Grace.                                                                  
2nd Mile Advent: Circle of Concern
Christmas Weekend
Click the graphics below to get all the information.

Christmas Eve - don't miss the prelude music for the Traditional Service starting at 7:10pm.

Christmas Day - One Family Worship at 10:00am and Christmas dinner at 5:00pm. 

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

A Taste of Sabbatical! December 18
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!

Prayer Updates
Shirley Boughman upon arrival of great-grandsons Vance & Grayson.
Joe Biondo -home today afterhip replacement surgery on Tuesday.
Nancy Brown - a couple of medical tests this week.
Gale Haggard - herniated disc in lower back; pain management consult.
Lawanda Jackson - health concerns.

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

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 18
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...

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

Jade Siriani lived in Aleppo, Syria, most of his life, until the war and violence there became too much for his family to bear. Now a first-year college student living in Norwood, MA, Jade shares the story of life in Aleppo, the pain of displacement and leaving, and his memories of home. Millions of Syrians have been displaced and have become refugees as a result of the war, making Syria a tragic humanitarian crisis.

Jade is a member of the Syriac Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in the world, and attended the National Youth Event this past summer, where this video was recorded.


Prayer Corner
Mon, Dec 19 | 2:00-4:00pm| Sanctuary
Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corne - with a perpetual candle - has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.

Youth Night
Wednesdays | 6:30pm | Fellowship Hall

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.

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 phone 314-401-4382 or Karen Boyd

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.

What do elves do after school?
Their gnome work!
My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have - to try to make a difference. 
-Jimmy Carter