Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
June15, 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 Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 and Matthew 10:16-23 with a sermon entitled To Laugh or Not to Laugh. Sarah laughed when she heard that she and Abraham would have a baby in old age. Jesus tells the disciples about the costs of discipleship. This faith is light and joyful as well as challenging and heavy. How do we balance? When do you laugh?
 
We will share in a litany for Father's Day.
 
Please remember to bring a dozen or two of your father's/grandfather's favorite cookie - home baked or store bought - for Fellowship Time. Simply place them on the table when you arrive. Thank you!
 
A GIFT for you from our missouri mid-south conference ucc ... a free membersip to CPR through the second half of 2017!
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The Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR) seeks to renew Christianity by training entrepreneurial leaders, supporting the birth of new congregations, renewing and strengthening existing churches, and growing a network of progressive ministries that support and nourish each other and bring about a more just and generous world.
 
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Explore a number of video teachings on topics including worship, faith formation, music, social justice, communication, social media, climate change and the church, renewal, the sanctuary movement, being an ally...
 
You will surely find some things that you would like to share with us at PUCC - a person, commission/committee/council! Let's GO!
 
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Questions? Please contact kevin@parkwayucc.org (314-872-9330)


Prayer Updates
Rick and Kim Oberle & Family - as he's called to serve Columbia UCC.
Kristin and Brian - getting married here at PUCC this weekend.
Family/friends of Nancy Brown - planning a July 15th Memorial Svc.
Karla Shelton and family - as they grieve/give thanks for her parents.
John Williams - spots on lung - undergoing additional tests.
Doug Watson - just home from rehab; cancer has returned. ##
Mary Maxeiner - home after recent surgery... homebound for a while... Mary's request: please send your favorite summer main dish recipe to maryginkomax@gmail.com and tom.maxeiner@charter.net
Mary Jo Cannon - skilled nursing care at Mason Pointe Senior Living... 13190 S Outer Forty Rd, #1202;
Town and Country, MO 63017.
Dwight Smith - home after recent hospitalization and rehab.
Recent violence in America and elsewhere around the globe.                                                         
Father's Day Weekend - with all its emotions and realities.


Announcements

Parkway UCC Orchestra 2017 Schedule
The orchestra will rehearse in the choir room from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. on May 21, June 18 (Father's Day), July 16, September 17, October 15, and November 19. We will have concerts at Cape Albeon from 7:00 to 8:00P.M., assembling about 6:30 P.M., on August 20 and December 3. We will start rehearsals in 2018 on May 20. We may have a concert at Parkway's 11:00 A.M. service in August and perhaps a concert in August at Mari de Villa nursing home in Town & Country. Attire for the August concert(s) is church casual, and for the December concert is Christmas casual. Music stands will be provided for those persons who do not own a music stand. Christmas music will be used starting with the September 17 rehearsal.
Contact Roger Fagerberg, Director, if you have any questions, at 314-878-7646, or rrfagerberg@hotmail.com.
 

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: msableman@att.net
 
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: kkseib@gmail.com


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



Community

Protect the Planet! See the Documentary film: From the Ashes
Thursday, June 22 | 7:00pm | Heritage Room
Sponsored by: Sustainability Seekers and MO Interfaith Power & Light
Popcorn and drinks provided!
From the Ashes  captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration.
 
From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.
 
This is a great opportunity to discuss positive actions towards a clean energy future. Now is the time when people are standing up and demanding we protect Creation and the health of the planet. 
 
Contact Polly Rutherford: pollyrutherford@gmail.com | 636-532-8118
 
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: hillr716@gmail.com.
 
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: hrice@firstcongregational.org.
 
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




VIDEO of the Week
This brief video might appear to be political at first but it isn't! It talks succinctly about how we can move away from the anger and contempt that is clearly too rampant in politics and society....

Inspiration 
In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live-time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to love each other. -Peter Marshall  



Humor
Magic Penny
After putting their three-year-old child Brian in bed, his parents heard muffled sobs coming from his room one night. Rushing back in, they found that the child was crying hysterically when he saw them. He told his parents that he had accidentally swallowed a penny and was sure that he would die now. The father, in an attempt to sober him down, took out a penny from his pocket and pretended to pull it out from Brian's ear. The child was really thrilled and stopped crying at once. In a flash, he snatched the penny from his dad's hand, swallowed it, and then cheerfully demanded, "Do it again, Dad!"