Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
July 6, 2017
Worship with Us this Week!
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11am when our scriptures will be Psalm 145:8-14 and Romans 7: 15-25a with a sermon entitled The Struggle Within. We know what is right and wring from scripture, literature, world history, our conscience and the movements of the Holy Spirit - yet it can be hard to say and do the right things. Fortunately for us, God does not leave us alone but abounds in steadfast love and shares compassion with us each day and night.
Strengthen the Church (STC), one of our UCC offerings, will be received this Sunday...
STC reimagines and builds the future of our UCC. Shared equally at the conference and national levels, STC largely supports youth ministries and full-time leaders for new churches in parts of the country where the UCC voice has not been heard.

As God calls our congregations to be the church in new ways, your generosity will plant new churches, awaken new ideas and vitality in existing churches and develop the spiritual life in our youth and young adults.
Reminder: Next Sunday, July 16th is our final Traditional Worship service with Barb Raedeke leading our music. She is leaving us after 15 years of important ministry. We wish her Godspeed as she downshifts to work fewer hours at her home church in St Louis Hills and spend more time with her recently retired husband!

Prayer Updates
Helen and Rich Race & family - grieving/giving thanks for her father (Skyler's grandfather).
Milford Tallyn - in and out of the hospital again last week.
Family/friends of Nancy Brown - July 15th Memorial Svc at 11am, visiting with family in the Historic Sanctuary beginning at 10am.
(read Nancy's obituary and see some great photos of her life!)
Skyler Brussee as she prepares to defend her thesis on Monday!\

School Supplies Collection for Little Bit Foundation
July 9-30 * PUCC Gathering Space * Contact Lisa Mason:
Little Bit Foundation 
is in need of supplies to help St. Louis children begin the school year well-prepared. Please consider donating any of the following items:

School Supplies
Colored Pencils 8-12 pack
Crayons 24 pack
Markers 8-12 pack
Notebooks Wide Ruled
Loose Leaf Paper Wide ruled (150)
Glue Sticks
Pencil Box/Pouch
Folders (2 pocket)

Boys, Girls & Adults S, M, L

Boys: S, M, L, XL
Girls: XS, S, M, L
Men's and Women's

Please place any donations in the school bus in the Gathering Space. Thank you for your generosity!

*The Little Bit Foundation will be moving to a bigger space at the end of July. Our new address will be, 516 Hanley Industrial Ct. 

Summer AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late!)

Sat, Jul 15 | 6:30pm carpool from church
Join us for The Big Sick at Plaza Frontenac.
 Of course we will go out for ice cream to chat about the movie afterwards! Please RSVP so we know to expect you! - Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813)

The Big Sick
is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his now-wife, Emily Gordon. Kumail's traditional Pakistani Muslim family is unhappy with his relationship with Emily, a White American. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail must take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry, whom he barely knows.
PUCC Youth Visit Buddhist Temple has been postponed until further notice.
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

Young PUCCer Josie Duke is Annie in theOverdue Theatre Company's presentation of 'Annie' at the Olivet Community Center the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August!
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical and an ideal show for a largely female cast. We hope to see you there!
You can buy tickets at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket purchasers have the option to get tickets at will call or print them at home. 

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
I am confident this will give you inspiration and encouragement for whatever you are involved in right now!

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. -The Talmud  

What happens when you throw a green rock into the Red Sea? - It gets wet.