Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
August 17, 2017
AWOL and Parkway Sustainability Seekers Joint Event
Friday, August 18| 6:30pm carpool from church
We will carpool from church to see
An Inconvenient Sequel-Truth to Power at Plaza Frontenac. The movie should provide much to discuss over ice cream afterwards. Please RSVP to either Carmen at, 314-330-0813 or Polly Winkelmann at, 314-503-4805, so we know how many to expect.
It has been 11 years since former Vice President Al Gore sounded the alarm about climate change with the film,
An Inconvenient Truth.
An Inconvenient Sequel-Truth to Power focuses on confronting climate change as the fundamental political, economic and moral issue of this century. Although much of what was discussed in the earlier film has or is currently enfolding, the sequel strikes an optimistic vein as it portrays the current economic momentum of wind and solar energy.

PUCC Youth Game Night!
Saturday, August 19 |6:00pm -10:00pm |Fellowship Hall, Gathering Area
Calling all youth and especially upcoming 6
th graders!
Come and let's hang out to kick off the new school year! Pizza, dessert and games, OH MY! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at or
Amy Yakel at


Worship with Us this Week!
Join us this Sunday morning for our Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11am when our scriptures are Genesis 45:1-15 (The story of Joseph's reunion with his brothers) and Psalm 133 (celebrating unity) with a sermon entitled Mending. It is amazing - again! - that the lectionary readings (in our 3 year cycle) for tons of Christians across the globe this weekend speak so powerfully to our current context here in the US.
Please read and pray through the scripture passages prior to Sunday... it will enrich you now and your worship experience later.

Join us in welcoming back Janet Spencer, guest organist, at 9:30am.

Back to school tour at Miriam academy!
Sunday, August 20 | 10:30 - 11:00am | Education Wing
School started this past Wednesday and you've been wanting to see the transformation of our CE wing-upstairs and downstairs.  Here's your chance --
jump on a tour with principal Dr Sue Jackson between worship services next Sunday. We are so pleased to be in covenant and partnership with the Academy.
Miriam Academy kicks off the school year with expanded space and lots of new classes and offerings. With a new incoming freshman class and 20+ sophomores, we'll now have 12 classrooms plus a new sophomore lounge with a maker space. Also new this year are a robotics club, online coding class, culinary arts class, chemistry, life skills with drivers ed., cross country, tennis and much more.

Prayer Updates
Kathleen Tarr and family as they grieve/give thanks for her sister.
Bill Haack  and family as they grieve/give thanks for his Uncle John.  
Connie Burkhardt - recent cancer diagnosis... she is in midst of chemo treatments and will later have surgery, additional chemo and radiation.
Mary Jo Cannon -broken nose;now living at daughter's home: Nancy and Scott Masterson 14225 Ladue Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017.
Denise and Conrad - as they grieve and give thanks for her father.
Husband/Family/Friends of Evelyn Null - grieving (McKenzie).
Prayers for unity and diversity - healing, peace, love, understanding
All who are transitioning into a new school year.
Miriam Academy students returned to PUCC this week.

Lunch Bunch Informal Gathering
Sunday, August 20 | 12:30pm | Three Kings Pub Des Peres | Dutch Treat
11925 Manchester Rd | Des Peres, MO 63131
Join us for casual conversation, catch up with old friends, and get to know new ones. All are welcome-whether you are a first time guest or a long time member! 
More info, contact Steffanie Rauscher: 314-994-9577
Parkway UCC Orchestra Concert
Sunday, August 20 | 7:00-8:00pm | Cape Albeon | Lake Bend Dr, Valley Park
Come hear our own PUCCers perform at Cape Albeon, a UCC retirement home in West County. Upcoming performances include playing three hymns at the 11:00am service on Sun, Sep 3 and a concert at Mari de Villa retirement home on Sun, sep 10 at 3:00pm. All are welcome to attend. Contact Roger Fagerberg, , Director, 314-878-7646, if you have any questions.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue August 22
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
We continue Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance   by  Robin Meyers : " A leading voice of progressive Christianity makes a powerful case for faith as a radical way of being in the world."
TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS! Please consider joining us.
For more information contact Karen Boyd:

Volunteer Opportunity
Anyone interested in driving Luke Mani, a theological student at Eden, to/from PUCC on Sundays please contact Donna Ruzicka: . Luke would like to attend a mix of both 9:30 and 11:00 services throughout the school year, until he graduates from Eden in May.

Alzheimer's Fact 
The 2017 St. Louis Walk to End Alzheimer's is September 16th at Scottrade Center. John and I will be walking to represent PUCC as this is the same day as the ALL CHURCH EVENT with the consultant. We will join with members of Temples Shaare Emeth and B'nai Amoona. Alzheimer's doesn't care about religion. It does, however, affect more women than men. Nearly 2/3 of Americans living with Alzheimer's are women. For a woman in her 60's, the risk of developing Alzheimer's is 1 in 6, for Breast Cancer it is 1 in 11. Help us raise money and donate to find a treatment or a cure for Alzheimer's Disease. Make out your check to "The Alzheimer's Association" and we will deliver it for you. More information is on the poster in the gathering space, or contact me, Joyce Ruiz: | 314-494-8979


PUCCer Naomi Runtz, as a member of the Sharp Shooters Photography Collective, will be exhibiting at the Gretchen Brigham Gallery at the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. The exhibit is entitled "Hansel und Gretel: Inspired by the Opera" and is showing in connection with the Opera. The Opening Reception is Sunday, August 20, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Free and open to the public
The exhibit will be on view from August 15 - September 10.
The hours: M-F, 8am - 4pm and Sunday 9am - 12:30pm
Pleasse call (314) 361-8844 to confirm the gallery is open before you visit.

VIDEO of the Week
Our own St Louis UCC Traci Blackmon - less than two minute video about her experience on the UVA campus last weekend. View video...

Look out into the universe and contemplate the glory of God. Observe the stars, millions of them, twinkling in the night sky, all with a message of unity, part of the very nature of God. ~Sai Baba

Walking through the hallways at the middle school where I work, I saw a new substitute teacher standing outside his classroom with his forehead against a locker. I heard him mutter, "How did you get yourself into this?"

Knowing he was assigned to a difficult class, I tried to offer moral support, "Are you okay?" I asked. Can I help?"

He lifted he head and replied, "I'll be fine as soon as I get this kid out of his locker."