Parkway United Church of Christ 
Weekly E-news
June 3, 2016

From Pam & Brenda Walker
Graduations at the Walker-Watkins Household
We are delighted to announce that four of our children are graduating this spring:
  • Messeret from Jefferson College with an Associate's in Vet Tech
  • Darrin, Joy & Q from high school
Parkway UCC has been by our side and supported us and our children in so many ways. Come celebrate and accept our thanks to you June 5, 4-7p in the Youth rooms downstairs at PUCC.

 
Worship with us this Sunday!
The Lords Table  by Scott Schram
One Family Worship at 10:00am with communion at our open table - ALL are invited. Our focus is an old story - Noah's Ark. It will come alive in new ways! We will hear from some of our youth about their 2015-16 Sunday School Mission Project. We'll also sing some great songs/hymns and think together about ways we can strengthen our faith and our church.
 
Plan to stay after worship for the Annual Meeting, Luncheon and Auction.  
 
Read the Annual Report.
 
Our Meeting agenda includes a state of the church address from Mark Sableman, our outgoing President, brief reports about a few exciting things on our horizon, a brochure about the Sabbatical/Renewal Time (Sabbatical/Renewal 2016),  the election of new Council and Commission members...and more!


It's Give-A-Meal Sunday - please remember to bring gifts of non-perishable food items for hungry people in St Louis please keep in mind that kids are home for the summer and many of them are hungry because they do not have access to breakfast and lunch at school.
 
Click here for the June 2016 Issue of Intersections, which focuses on healthy bodies.


Adult Education - May 29
Annual Meeting...no Ae

Prayer Updates

PUCC Annual Meeting this Sunday after 11:00am One Family Worship.
 
Andy Wilson - PUCCer pastoring a UCC congregation in Montana for summer.
 
Doug Watson - in the midst of treatments for cancer.
 
Summer Lyons - ankle fracture...in a cast through late June.
 
K yle Schwent - marathon healing in rehab (Pat Feeney & Rhett)
 
Kathleen Tarr - grieving the death of brother-in-law Tom
 
Larry Brannigan - multiple deaths in his family recently.
 
Beth - nearing the end of her life (Hogarty and Boyd).

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



Community


Sunday, June 5 | 3:00pm | HOPE UCC
6273 Eichelberger Street, St Louis, MO 63109
Download the flyer:  Transparenting Poster

Brentwood UMC Jubilation Choir   
Tuesday, June 7 | 6:30 pm | Parkway UCC 
The choir consists of approximately middle school students  singing and sharing God's blessings with Emmaus clients and members of the Parkway UCC congregation.  The choir's home base is the Brentwood United Methodist Church, Franklin, Tennessee.



Prayer Corner
Mon, June 6 | 6:00pm | Sanctuary
Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corner-with a perpetual candle-has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.
 
Register for MAD Camp VBS!

Volunteer Opportunity: Serving Pastries
There are several openings throughout the summer. See the signup sheet in the Gathering Space.

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!


Elephant Rocks_ photo by Mona Smith Herberg Road Trip to Elephant Rocks State Park
Sunday, June 12 | 10:00am carpool | 5:00pm return | Bring sack lunch
Calling all youth for a fun afternoon of picnicking, climbing, and enjoying this wonderful natural park. We welcome our new sixth graders to the Middle High group-please plan to join us!
 
Please bring a sack lunch (coolers provided). Drinks will be provided as well as snacks for the afternoon. After spending a couple hours hiking and exploring, we'll head back home. Please contact Barb Kuhlmann (barbk@parkwayucc.org) to RSVP. We will probably need some parents to drive, so please let us know if you can help.

Our Business is Mission. How's Business?
Over the past few months Church Council, Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) and others at PUCC have read John Dorhauer's book Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World. We have read it, prayed on it, and have discussed its implications to Parkway. And, we have discovered in our discussions the need to KEEP talking about how we as a congregation will ensure our church remains relevant in a postmodern culture.
 
In the late summer/early fall all Parkway members and friends are asked to continue this important discussion. Over the summer we ask you to read Dorhauer's Beyond Resistance to reach your own opinions. Books will be available for purchase in the church office, along with a few loaners from Council or TED participants! For those unable to read the book-fear not! A synopsis will be available as background at the June 5th congregational meeting and on-line.
 
Whether you have read the book or not-starting mid-August a series of one session, small group gatherings will be held in homes, at the coffee shop, at church to hear your thoughts and ideas. How do you describe  the identity of PUCC? What changes are possible and necessary for PUCC in the postmodern culture? What are we not willing to change? What change can we accept? What is the future mission of PUCC? How do you talk about PUCC to others? What three words best describe PUCC's mission?
 
We hope that many, many of you will participate in these discussions of our identity and our mission.
 
Learn more about these plans at the Congregational meeting, June 5. For more information contact Karen Boyd for the Evangelism Commission, (kkseib@gmail.com) or Pastor Kevin.



Joke
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Dear Son,
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Inspiration
Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky  



Video of the Week
Learn more about one of our newest mission partners - Miriam Academy ... here for the 

inaugural years as a new High School in St Louis: