Parkway United Church of Christ 
Weekly E-news
September 1, 2016

Worship with us this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday for worship at 9:30am or 11:00am W e will worship according to a liturgy of the Iona Community of Scotland. 
Iona is an island off the western coast of Scotland that for many generations housed a monastic community.  That community faded away as we entered the modern era but was resurrected 80 years ago by a pastor from Glasgow.  It is now the home of a broadly ecumenical Christian community that hosts extended retreats and publishes worship material that is grounded in the ancient Christian rites but which is theologically progressive and contemporary in the use of language.
Those of us who have worshipped as part of a more liturgical tradition will recognize the elements and the organization of this service.  In broad outline it follows the sequence of the mass.  But just as music is more compelling when the chord progression is not quite what one anticipates, so this order is one that I find engaging in part because of the ways it departs from the classic words.  Join us this Sunday.
In four weeks the service will be something entirely different.  We will share more about that at the date approaches.
Adult Education
Sundays | 9:30am & 11am | Heritage Room
No Adult Education this Labor Day weekend (September 4).

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

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.

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. Read more...

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.


Youth Night is back! Hooray! Twist and Shout!
Wednesday, September 7 | 6:30-7:30 | Fellowship Hall

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.

It's not too late to join the choir!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book 

Q. I am not alive, but I grow; I don't have lungs, but I need air; I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

A. Fire

We must understand that this word God has the following synonyms: Reality, the Source of Life, the Most Subtle State of Everything. The love of God is the love of the greatest Truth. This quest concerns Reality, not religion. The "love of God" is our essential relationship with what is most real.  
~Kabir Helminski