Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
March 16, 2017

 
Worship with Us this Weekend!

Join us this Sunday for our 9:30am Traditional Worship Service and/or Informal Worship Service at 11:00am.

It's the Third Sunday of Lent. Our scripture passages are Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:5-42 with a sermon entitled Receptivity. The Israelites have been set free from slavery in Egypt. They are making their way to freedom and are complaining of thirst. God hears them and responds. The Samaritan woman at the well needs water and meets Jesus there. What does this say about our unique thirsts and the Holy's response?
 
We continue our 2nd Mile Lent Offering with a Mission Moment on Heifer Project by Polly Winkelmann.
 
We will light our Lenten Candles of courage, vulnerability, patience, flexibility, receptivity, advocacy, generosity and extinguish one additional candle each time we worship this season - all the way to darkness on Good Friday. We will light each of them again on the morning of halleluiahs - Easter!


 
2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2017 - Go the 2nd Mile with us !
The Christian Services Commission is pleased to announce that Parkway will again support four worthy organizations with its Second Mile Giving for Lent and Easter. We believe this blend of support will help Parkway create a local, national and international impact with its gifts. Please remember that Second Mile Giving is over and beyond the Operational Budget and donations will be divided evenly among the organizations listed below. Please be generous as these organizations depend on our gifts.
 
Lydia's House in St. Louis
Lydia's House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. The agency provides safe, confidentially-located furnished apartments for up to two years, assists women in creating and implementing goal plans that will help them live independently, and increases community awareness of domestic violence. For more information, please visit lydiashouse.org
 
Neighborhood Houses
For more than 100 years, Neighborhood Houses has loved children in St Louis. Currently, there are three main facets to their mission:
 
Early Childhood Education - Caroline Mission is a licensed and accredited Early Childhood facility operated by Neighborhood Houses. Our Mission is to provide quality affordable child care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Caroline Mission is a "home away from home."
 
Girls' Night Out: Neighborhood Houses and Parents as Teachers collaborated together in the design and execution of a program dedicated to supporting and assisting young mothers, ages 13-22.Girls Night Out  is designed to promote healthy individuals and families.
 
After School Programs : Neighborhood Houses is the #1 provider of after school programming with the St Louis Public Schools ... fun & creative activities,   homework assistance, character education, cultural awareness, health & fitness focus, arts & crafts, supervised recreation, and much more! For more information, please visit neighborhoodhouses.org
 
Heifer International
Heifer International does so much more than put food in the mouths of hungry people. Heifer helps people to feed themselves. The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability - project partners achieving self-reliance. And year after year, as partner families "pass on the gift" of knowledge and one or more of their animals' offspring to others in need, they become links in a network of hope, dignity and self-reliance that helps hundreds of others care for themselves. For more information, please visit heifer.org
 
Eden Seminary
Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. One of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, Eden is a community that seeks God's justice and peace in the world. Eden is welcoming, inclusive and ecumenically diverse.
Eden was established in the summer of 1850 at Marthasville, Missouri. It was established because a European education was not adequate to prepare pastors for Evangelical churches on the North American frontier. From its beginning, Eden has embodied an ecumenical spirit. Its first graduating class included six Evangelicals as well as a Methodist and a Mennonite. 
 
Eden admitted its first African American student in 1933. In 1965, the late Joseph Cardinal Ritter of the Saint Louis Archdiocese became the first Roman Catholic Cardinal to address a graduating class in a Protestant seminary.
 
Today, students from many different denominations are engaged in theological education at Eden. Eden remains committed to educating faithful and effective leaders for church and society. The seminary counts among its distinguished graduates Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr and Walter Brueggemann.
 
Eden Theological Seminary is committed to the study of theology in the context of the ecumenical Christian community and the contemporary world.
For more information, please visit eden.edu.
Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!

Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email.
  • Facebook/Twitter post.
  • KSDK.com listing.
  • Voicemail at church.
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don't risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.

 

Adult Education
Sundays | 9:30am & 11am | Heritage Room

Join our Miriam Committee  (PUCC Church Council, Facilities Committee and staff representatives) in the Heritage Room today between worship services (10:30-11:00am) for an update on our space usage plan with Miriam Academy. We are celebrating and expanding our partnership with them and want to keep you informed.



The Shack was a very well received book study here at PUCC several years ago. It's now a major motion picture. Whether you have read the book or not, please join us this Sunday, March 19th for the 4:15pm showing of The Shack just down the street at Wehrenberg Theater in Des Peres (at 270 and Manchester Road). No need to RSVP - meet us in the lobby at the theater.
Questions? kevin@parkwayucc.org 314-330-0629
 
The Shack is rated PG-13 (for thematic material including some violence) with a run time of 2:12. The film stars Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer, Avraham Aviv Alush, Sumire Marsubara, Graham Greene and Ryan Robbins.
 
The Shack takes us on a father's uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers (Creator, Christ and Spirit) led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

As you well know, Adult Education is a very important part of what we do here at Parkway UCC. We are lifelong learners and are always seeking to stretch and mature in our discipleship.
 
We are in the midst of a 'reboot' of our AE!
 
We need you! Please consider joining us for an exciting conversation next week...
Monday, March 20th from12:15-1:15pm and/or Tuesday, March 21st from 6-7pm
 
We will meet in my office ... and the popcorn machine will be popping!
 
[Cannot make the meeting but have some input? Please send me an email... kevin@parkwayucc.org]
 
Thank you!


Prayer Updates
Rosanna Hogarty's mother - celebrating her 95th Bday next week!
Steve Barnes - in and out of the hospital this week; more tests coming.
Nancy Masterson - recent hospital stay.
Naomi Runtz - physical therapy with new shoulder started this week.
Lisa Davidson - as more decisions are made about her mother's care.
Jim and Karen - as they relocate to Chicago from Florida; his brain tumor treatment and her Alzheimer's (Peggy Mohl's bro and sis-in-law).


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



Announcements

Youth Field Trip!
Sunday March 19 | Meet at 1:15 |Des Peres Wherenberg Theater
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Penico to enjoy the movie, Beauty and the Beast together. Buy your ticket online before arriving. The movie begins at 1:40pm. Bring some extra cash for the concession stand. Contact Paige & Steve Penico at andipaige@hotmail.com or 636-346-5484
 
Youth Night March 22: Art Attack!
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30| Fellowship Hall | Snacks & Door Prize
Explore, create, and find the artist in you! With plenty of supplies you will be able to unleash the creations inside you. There could even be a paint throwing contest! Put your smocks on and let's get busy creating Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
 
Labyrinth-Pray in Motion
Wed, Mar 22| 11:00am| Meet in Pastor Kevin's Office
Pray in motion with us as we walk the labyrinth at the Mercy Center at 2039 Geyer Road-just a hop, skip and a jump from church.
 

NJFM Outing: International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum; Say "Cheese!"
Friday, March 24, 2017| 11:00am | Carpool from church at 10:30am
The Not Just for Men Group will visit the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Friday, March 24 at 11:00am. It is located in the Grand Center on Olive near the St. Louis University campus. Admission is $5.00 or $3.00 for seniors. 

Call Harold Cobb at 965-4147 with questions. 
 
Prayer Corner
Fri, Mar 24 | 11:00-3:00pm| 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.



Community
The Women's Fellowship of St. Mark United Church of Christ in Arnold, Missouri cordially invite the Missouri Mid-South Conference and the St. Louis Association to the Annual United Church of Christ Communion Brunch on Saturday, March 25th at 10:30 am. A fellowship reception will follow worship. Please call 636-296-6636 for reservations or more information. All are welcome...please join us!"
 
Women's Fellowship
St. Mark United Church of Christ
1861 Missouri State Road
Arnold, Missouri  63010

Sustainability Seekers & Women's International League for Peace and Freedom is sponsoring a talk called Fracking 101
T hursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:30-9:00 in the Heritage Room.  

Fracking is  the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Fracking has made the USA an exporter of oil and gas after years of having to import it and has brought down the domestic price of oil. However, research is showing that it has a poor environmental impact. Environmentalists say potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater and the air around the fracking site. Fracking is causing earth tremors. Our speaker, Connie Gray, will share her experiences living near fracking sites and the impact on her family.  

Contact Joan Brannigan for more information: 314-997-7698 | joan@mac.com


Please consider speaking your faith
on issues that matter to you! Reach out to our government as they use their power and influence...Text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get an immediate text back with the phone numbers of your US Senators and Representative and your State Senator and Representatives. Call them to thank them for their service and to give them a piece of your mind, heart and spirit.
 
Read our Missouri Mid-South Conference publications to find out what is happening around the Conference:



VIDEO of the Week
It's Spring Break for so many kids/teens - and they are still learning...what are you/we teaching, modeling for them? [Watch this 30 second message...]


 
Joke 

What do you call a person in a tree with a briefcase? A branch manager!



Inspiration 
A really wise man is feminine, receptive, passive. That's why Buddha looks so feminine. That quality of passiveness, that quality of receptivity... He is just a receptacle. He reflects life: he allows life to reflect in him, to be reflected through him. He sings the song that existence wants to sing through him. He has no ideas of his own; he does not hinder. -Rajneesh