Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
March 30, 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.

Our scripture passages are Ezekiel 37:1-14 (the valley of the dry bones), Psalm 130 (waiting and watching for the morning) and John 11:1-45 (The story of Lazarus) with a sermon entitled Patience. This is one of the things I hear regularly - "I need more patience." The Biblical stories of the day speak to this need and the Holy's desire for us to receive it.

We will celebrate the sacrament of communion at our open table.

It's Give-a-Meal Sunday so bring your canned goods and non-perishable items.  
 
We continue our 2nd Mile Lent Offering with a Mission Moment on Neighborhood Houses by Karen Boyd.
 
We will light our Lenten Candles of vulnerability, courage, receptivity, advocacy, patience, flexibility, 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!

Adult Education
Sundays | 9:30am & 11am | Heritage Room
No Adult Ed this Sunday. We are in the process of rebooting our Sunday morning Adult Education offerings. Thank you for your patience as we prepare for May and beyond.

If you have ideas, please share them with kevin@parkwayucc.org. Thanks!


Prayer Updates
Greg Schmelig's grandmother, Altheda Schmelig, celebrating her 107th Bday on April 1
Audrey & John Nourse   - as she is home after a mild stroke.
Sue Moellering - healing from hernia surgery on March 30. 
Steve Barnes - in and out of hospitals the last two weeks.
Marilyn McDougall - radiation treatments 5 days/week for cancer.
Jan Mantovani's family as her father is in the hospital.
Jim and Karen - as he recuperates after removal of three brain tumors; her Alzheimer's (Peggy Mohl's bro and sis-in-law).
Marsha Peek and family - grieving/giving thanks for her uncle.
Kathy Richards and Carol Knuti - cancer treatments (Svenson).
Dodie - met with surgeon this week to chart course of treatment (Wandless).





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



Announcements

Choir Call
If you'd like to sing with the choir but can't come on a regular basis, please consider joining us for Holy Week and Easter. We will sing on Palm Sunday (April 9), Good Friday (April 14), and Easter (April 16). We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00. Please join us. You are most welcome!
 
Youth Night April 5: Code Breaker
Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30| Fellowship Hall | Snacks & Door Prize
We can't tell you much about this evening but we can tell you it will be a blast. Come and bring a friend to help you with breaking the code!
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330

AWOL Gathering
Thursday, April 6 | 6:00pm | Dream House Boutique
15452 Clayton Road, in the Claymont shopping center, Ballwin
Dream House Boutique is hosting a cocktails/appetizers/shopping event with proceeds to support the Circle of Concern. Look for PUCC friends at this informal event. Best to "register" with the Boutique in advance by calling 636-220-9590. No cost to attend, but canned and boxed goods are being collected!
Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com) or Lana Biondo (ljbiondo@yahoo.com)

It's a Baby Shower! 4/23
Sue Stolze, Gloria Wandless,, and Gerry Rogers are co hosting a baby shower for Messeret (Sera) Watkins, to celebrate the upcoming birth of baby Wyatt!
 
The shower will be held on Sunday April 23, in the Heritage Room, from 12:30 until 3 PM.   This will be an informal potluck lunch, meat provided.. with lots of food, fellowship a few games, and of course gifts for baby Wyatt  Messeret is registered at Walmart and Target.  
 
RSVP is not necessary, but would be helpful.  Questions or comments?  Contact Sue at 314 562 6927, Gloria at 314 606 9768, or Gerry at 314 434 7122 and gcr123055@gmail.com  
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Time & Talent Opportunity:
Please consider providing pastries on a Sunday of your choice. See the signup sheet in the Gathering Space.
 
It takes about 150-200 pieces to serve the members and visitors on a Sunday. There are lots of ways to participate...
1) while baking something for self/others, make a little extra and place it in the freezer. Some Sundays Membership Care (MCC) uses freezer pastries
2) donate $30 and when we have a few donations saved up MCC will go shopping for a Sunday pastry
3) partner with someone to provide homemade or purchased goodies!
 
Questions? Contact Steffanie Rauscher at steffanir@sbcglobal.net. 
Community

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.  

Community Easter Egg Hunt April 8
Saturday, April 8 | 9:30am crafts & refreshments | 10:00am hunt | ages 0-11

Holy Week at Parkway UCC


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
Sometimes it's really hard to have patience with others! What kind of patience do others have with you?
http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/107-wet-cement


 
Joke 

Q:What do you call a blind dinosaur?
A: Do-you-think-he-saurus



Inspiration 

"A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us." ~Henri J.M. Nouwen