Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
June 22, 2017
Worship with Us this Week!

Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be Psalm 121 and Matthew 10:27-31, 34-39 with a sermon entitled Our UCC @60! God is with us in our going out and in our coming in - always! Are we listening to Jesus' whispers? How do we hear and understand our call from Jesus to be the church? What is our unique UCC voice?

Prayer Updates
The United Church of Christ on our 60th Anniversary! [visit]
Mike Mertens - transitioning from prison (Eggebrecht grandson)++
Kristin Wilson and Brian Riggs - married at PUCC last weekend.
Family/friends of Nancy Brown - July 15th Memorial Svc at 11am, visiting with family in the Historic Sanctuary beginning at 10am.
Karla Shelton and family - as they grieve/give thanks for her parents.
John Williams - spots on lung - undergoing additional tests.
Doug Watson - home from rehab; cancer has returned. ##
Pinky Wilcoxen - healing from recent medical procedure.
Kathy Haack - add'l cancer surgery went well (Bill's mother).
Janet Russell - hospitalized with stomach trouble - internal bleeding.
Recent violence around the globe.



Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book June 27
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
First order sold out! See Mark Sableman to order more:
One June 27, we begin 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."
We will discuss this book until the end of July, then break for August.
TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS! Please consider joining us.
For more information contact Karen Boyd:

"We Shall Overcome" St. Louis Civil Rights Exhibit
Thursday, June 29, 2017| carpool from church 9:30am|tour at 10:00am
The Not Just for Men Group will visit the Civil Rights movement in Saint Louis exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. There is an additional exhibit on World War I to visit if time permits. Admission is free. Lunch is following at a restaurant of our choosing. Call Harold Cobb at 965-4147 with questions and reservations. Nice to know who is planning to attend: no surprises. 

Notes to Africa
Denyse has mentioned that the children in her village love anything involving English words. Most students in Tanzania attend Swahili speaking primary schools, but then are instructed in English once they enter secondary school. It's a challenge for teachers and students. I'm sure the kids in her village would love to receive a written note from someone in the United States. I also thought they would love to receive that note on a postcard with a picture on the front. So what I'm asking, if you are willing and interested, whether you travel this summer, or stay in town, grab a post card and write a note on it. We'll put a box in the gathering space or church office to collect them. Toward the end of summer I'll send all of the postcards to Denyse and she can distribute them.
You are a generous group of people! I thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers for Denyse while she is on this journey and I also thank you for the same you offered me during my recuperation. Your kindness is a blessing.
Thank you! ~Cheryl Schrenker


St Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed
June 23-25 |  Soldiers Memorial Park, St Louis
We would like to have people in the tent to spread extravagant hospitality to visitors. Tent Volunteers (Saturday and Sunday) contact Ron Hill at:
It looks great when we have 100 people or more in commas t-shirts walking in the parade with signs for each ONA or ONA-Friendly Church. Once again, First Congregational Church of St. Louis has agreed to coordinate Gateway's participation in the parade. For more parade details and to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Hannah Rice at:
There will be an ecumenical and inter-faith service on Sunday morning as part of the PrideFest event. More details will be worked out and announced soon.
Thank you, in advance, for volunteering to be a part of the United Church of Christ's participation in the St. Louis 2017 PrideFest.
~ Lorin Cope, Convener; Gateway Open and Affirming Churches

Nathan Rauscher Jazz Quintet Benefit Concert July 8
Hello friends and family!  I have a special performance to announce.  I'd like to invite you all to Parkway United Church of Christ on July 8 at 7pm to hear a benefit concert for the local food pantry  Circle of Concern, performed by my  jazz quintet.
Aaron Brown, Guitar | Steven Johnson, Saxophone | Ellie Pruneae, Piano
Christopher Meschede, Bass | Nathan Rauscher, Drum
Circle of Concern is a food-pantry-plus in West County that helps provide food for thousands of low income clients every month.  They also offer financial aid and scholarship programs for students, and even holiday programs for Thanksgiving feasts and birthdays for children who might not be able to celebrate them.  When I visited their facility on June 15, I was amazed by all of the different needs the organization addresses in their programs.
A minimum $15 donation to proceeds is recommended, and non-perishable food donations are encouraged.
The concert will be held in the Parkway UCC Sanctuary, 2841 N Ballas Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131, with refreshments being provided in the Gathering Space.
I'm personally very excited to be working with Circle of Concern on this one, and I hope you all can join me and my musicians in the spirit of giving.  Thank you for your continued support!~Nathan Rauscher

VBS is M.A.D. (Music. Arts. Drama.)Camp!
Jul 31-Aug 4| 9:00-12:30pm(optional childcare until 3:00pm)
It's here again and it's going to be so much fun! During the week we will learn the music and story of the musical, Down by the Creekbank. We will create our scenery, make our costumes and learn the lessons of God's love for us. Stories around the campfire and outdoor fun will all be a part of this great adventure. There will be a special performance of the musical on Friday evening! The fee is $25.00 for the week. Any additional children in the family will pay $20.00 per child. The childcare after 12:30pm will pay additional childcare $20 each afternoon session; $100 for the week. We will explore God's great creation and how he loves each of us.

Make plans come on this adventure with us. Got friends? Bring them along!
For more information or questions contact Barb Kuhlmann: or Carol Cobb:


VIDEO of the Week
Watch this brief video to experience a powerful Pentecost moment. It brings me to tears...
World's Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal
"Our advice is to make friends with followers of all religions."

3 Great Loves-love children, love neighbor, love creation. ~UCC
[On June 25, 1957, the United Church of Christ was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The Congregational Christian Church and The Evangelical and Reformed Church united, bringing together four streams of Protestant Christianity in America dating back to our nation's earliest days. It was the first time in the history of the Christian church that unity, rather than division, had marked our heritage. Today we celebrate the unique and beautiful creation of Christ's church known as the United Church of Christ.
In John 17:20-21, Jesus prays to God on behalf of his disciples, "I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.As you, God, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,so that the world may believe that you have sent me."]

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.