Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
February 24, 2017

 
Worship with Us this Weekend!
by Armando Alemdar Ara
Transfiguration of Jesus

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

It's Transfiguration Sunday - when Jesus and a couple of disciples go up the mountain to pray. Suddenly the disciples see Jesus and Moses and Elijah in an intense light....
 
Our scripture passages are Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9  with a sermon entitled New Light. The Israelites and the Early Christians are overwhelmed with the light that shines from the Holy. The people are watching this happen and are stunned by it. Basking in the light does not happen forever as your attention is drawn to other places ... and you need to go back to the darkness and shadows to help banish them. Where do you experience light and how do you return to it and other fresh expressions of light and presence in different places?

What else is going on this Sunday? Glad you asked!

AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late)
We will go and support a restaurant that has been hiring refugees!
KASLIK Mediterranean cuisine 
@ 7847 N Lindbergh in Hazelwood.
Meet 12:00pm at church to carpool or 12:30pm at the restaurant. PLEASE RSVP by Saturday afternoon so Carmen can make reservations.
Thank you!
Sunday, February 26 | 2:00pm | Gathering Space

This 96- minute film follows Leonardo DeCaprio as he travels to five continents and talks to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to learn more about how climate change is affecting the earth.

Contact Polly Winkelmann for more info: winkwoods@charter.net | 314-503-4805

 
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

TODAY, Feb 26: Get on the ARC! - PUCCer Gerry Rogers has worked with ARC for many years. As a natural caregiver, she has helped empower people with disabilities! ARC's core values of respect, collaboration, and empowerment drive everything they do as they empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to lead better lives by providing a lifetime of high-quality services, family support and advocacy. ARC works hard to provide the kind of individualized services that can really help make a difference to an adult... to a child... to a family. Services provided are designed to maximize choice and to support people, as they build quality lives within the St. Louis community.



Prayer Updates
Wendy Moellering and Alexis McGeahy wedding here last Friday.
Stephanie, Eddy and Luis DeLong as she is Installed as Pastor of
St Peter's UCC, Owensville on Sunday, February 26 at 3pm.
Kris McKenzie & Family as they grieve/give thanks for sister Kathie.
Davis Weas -healing from brain injury sustained in youth hockey.



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



Announcements
Labyrinth-Pray in Motion
Mon, Feb 27| 1:00-3:00pm| 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.
 
Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy Feb 28
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues  discussion of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com
 
Ash Wednesday Worship 
Wed March 1 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary
All ages are invited to join us as we begin our Lenten Journey toward Holy Week and Easter. We celebrate the sacrament of communion and give you an opportunity to have ashes (last year's palms) placed on your forehead or back of your hand. The choir sings and we hear Jesus' words about being more faithful as recorded in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We also light our Lenten candles of courage, vulnerability, patience, flexibility, receptivity, advocacy, generosity. Each time we worship during Lent, we will extinguish one candle as we get closer to the darkness of Good Friday. We light all of the candles again on Easter morning as nothing can extinguish God's light or love.
 
Birthday Party at CiCi's Pizza Buffet March 4
Sat, Mar 4 | 12:30pm | CiCi's Pizza Buffet 9745 Manchester | Dutch Treat
Come one, come all to Christopher Haack's annual birthday party. Puzzles and coloring pages for all ages.
RSVP if convenient to billhaack@aol.com | 314-344-8580

Friendship Dinner Time
Enjoy a gourmet meal and a wonderful social evening with Parkway folks. Sign up in the Gathering Space for the Fun Filled Friendship Dinners to be held in March. Make new friends, greet old friends and share an evening of fellowship with other Parkway Members. We welcome those who would like to host and you will only be in charge of beverages and the main dish. Everyone else brings just one dish. When 6 or 8 people gather together it makes for a delicious meal. The hostess will call you and pick an agreeable date for all in her group. It's simple, inexpensive and a fun way to spend a
beautiful March evening. 
Sign up today in the Gathering Space or contact Joyce Ruiz:   joyceruiz7@gmail.com |
314-494-8979.


Community

Gateway ONA Convocation Here at Parkway March 4!
Download the details: Gateway ONA Flyer and Registration


Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Date and Time: March 6, 2017 at 6:30-8:30pm
Washington University in St. Louis




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
30 seconds - intense emotion of parent accepting their transgender teen.



 
Joke 

Why can't you trust an atom?

Because they make up literally everything.


Inspiration 
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God. - Leviticus 19:33-34
 
There's a gender in your brain and a gender in your body. For 99 percent of people, those things are in alignment. For transgender people, they're mismatched. That's all it is. It's not complicated, it's not a neurosis. It's a mix-up. It's a birth defect, like a cleft palate. ~Chaz Bono