Before Sunday

Friday, November 5 at 11:30am on Zoom
Cultural Backlash: Is LGBTQ progress an attack on Christianity?
Research also identifies how leaders can harness religious value to encourage acceptance…
Read this recent article from Washington University in St Louis and come talk about it with us…
Join with video:
Meeting ID: 812 2278 8960; Passcode: 566107
Join on your phone: (312) 626-6799            
Saturday, November 6 at 7pm in the Heritage Room!
AWOL – Adventurous Women Out Late
We will enjoy the film Shirley Valentine on our big screen. Bring a fuzzy blanket and a pillow… and a snack! 
Feeling trapped in a world of domesticity, Shirley (Pauline Collins), a housewife from Liverpool, England, needs a change in her life before she has another conversation with the walls. When her friend Jane (Alison Steadman) invites her on a trip to a Greek island, Shirley jumps at the chance. Upon landing, Jane ditches Shirley for a fling, which means Shirley is left to her own devices. Shirley wanders the island, meets a tavern owner (Tom Conti) and begins to find the joy in life again.”
Worship with us this Sunday!
November 7 | 10:00AM

Worship In-Person in the Sanctuary or on Facebook Live… or later on YouTube

Our scriptures are Isaiah 25:6-9 (God wiping away our tears and swallowing up death forever) and John 11:32-44 (the death and resurrection of Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus).
We are marking All Saints Day. Please bring a photo of a loved one who has died and gone before us.
This link lists bulletin posts, with the top one as the most recent.
Livestream worship on Sundays. Look under videos for previous livestreamed services.
All our worship service videos in one place!
All Mid~Week Meditations that have been recorded on YouTube.
Sunday School Live and via Zoom
Sunday School for children through 5th grade:

Meeting ID: 383 733 977
Password: 819680
Sunday School for Youth/Teens each week:

Meeting ID: 815 6130 3581
Password: 702228
Advent Around the Corner!
Sunday Nov 7 | 11:20am | Sanctuary
After a brief experience of greeting one another in the Fellowship Hall, please consider meeting back here in the sanctuary or on Zoom at 11:20am to take a look at the lectionary scripture texts for Advent. We will read through the scriptures for the four Sundays before Christmas and ponder how they speak to us today… and think about some other things we might do together in this upcoming holiday season.
The readings can be found here: Scripture Readings 2021.pdf?dl=0  
Meeting ID: 846 9147 6997 | Passcode: 181565 | Dial (312) 626-6799 
The PUCC COVID Team met Wednesday, October 27 to review our status and consider future changes. We noted two positive developments: community transmission is declining; and the approval of vaccination for 5–11-year-old children has the potential to curb the spread of the virus. We encourage vaccination for all eligible children as the vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in this age group in clinical trials.
Still of concern is the low vaccination rate (53%) and test positivity rate (6+%) in St. Louis County. However, if community transmission and test positivity rates continue to decline with increasing immunization, we look to transition to more normal interactions after the first of the year. We plan a gradual relaxation of social distancing protocols.
In accord with our spirit of extravagant welcome and our commitment to being an Open and Affirming (ONA) congregation, we will not consider vaccination mandates. Therefore, to provide maximal protection for all worshipers, we will retain masking and contact tracing requirements in the near to intermediate future.
Loving our Neighbors at Thanksgiving (1/3 to our goal!)
Items due at PUCC by November 7!
We look forward to sharing Thanksgiving with loved ones near and far.
We will provide 200 1-pound bags/boxes of sugar for Isaiah 58 families. Please consider donating one or two or more bags/boxes through 7 November. Place your sugar in the marked box in the church entryway.

Circle of Concern is also gearing up for their big Thanksgiving Basket Program for 700 families. Just like last year, we are committing to supplying 150 boxes of food items that will go alongside a turkey, frozen pie, fresh fruit, vegetables and a gift card from Aldi's. It would be helpful if your donation contained all eight items for the box, but all donations are appreciated.

Items in each box: canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned fruit, chicken broth, boxed stuffing mix, jar of turkey or chicken gravy, cornbread muffin mix, boxed mashed potatoes.
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity!
Harper School Open House Sun, Nov 7 | 11:30am-3:30pm
Harper School will be holding an Open House. We would love to have you check out our program which we hold on the Parkway UCC campus M-F.
We offer programs for toddlers (2 years old) through 1st grade. We have a before school care program which start at 7:00 a.m., half day and full day programs that start at 8:20 a.m. and go until 11:30 a.m. (half day) or 3:30 p.m. (full day). We also offer an aftercare program which ends at 5:30 p.m. Please feel free to stop in after Church on Sunday, invite your friends too! Visit us for more information.
Intertwine Interfaith Initiative Volunteer Opportunity
Sat, Nov 13 | 1:00pm | Queeny Park | 1675 S Mason Rd
The Intertwine Interfaith Initiative together with Congregation Shaare Emeth and TASOM (Turkish American Society of Missouri) will host a clean-up at Queeny Park. We will be cutting down honeysuckle and cleaning up the gardens. This is at the entrance off of Mason Road.
Afterwards we will move to the Smith Shelter located at 550 Weidman Road from 3-4:30pm to make s’mores. Questions? Please contact Paige Penico: [email protected]. Please RVSP by November 6.

Labeling Online Donations
We are grateful for all of our online contributors! Please use your church envelope # as the payer account number. Also, if splitting your gift between the General Fund and the Building Fund, please indicate the amounts in the mem line.
Thank you from the Sunday morning counters.
Question? Reach out to Harold Cobb [email protected]
Prayer List Updates
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far!
Veterans Day this week.
Marion Pleis - moving to Cape Albeon retirement community this week --- 3374 Lake Bend Dr; Valley Park, MO 63088.              
Peggy & Mike Mohl - relocated to be closer to family in DC area…
3709 S. George Mason Dr., #105E; Falls Church, VA 22041.
Graveside service for Ruth Murray - Saturday, November 6 at 10am in Breese, Illinois at the UCC cemetery there. You are invited (see invitation below)
Conrad Damsgaard - healing after heart valve replacement at REACH Rehab #2227 at Mason Pointe.
Pinky Wilcoxen - home after a few days in the hospital.
Lana and Joe Biondo - preparing for her knee surgery on Nov 10.
Sally Boughman - strengthening at home; pain management
Sue Moellering - healing after knee replacement surgery.
Dan & Kim, Ben/Henry/Davis Weas - Dan’s cancer treatment. 
Mona Herberg - surgery on Thursday, November 11.
Family of Tom Ursic - grieving and giving thanks (Svenson).
Family of Rick Pharr - making plans to celebrate his life (McKenzie).
All impacted by Covid-19 - individuals, families, healthcare workers; If anyone needs help getting vax/booster or if anyone vaccinated would like to be on the Care Team, please reach out to [email protected]
St Louis Assn UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending November 7 - St. Philip UCC, St. Louis;
Week ending November 14 - St. Thomas UCC, Chesterfield;

There will be a graveside service for Ruth Murray on Saturday, November 6 at 10am in the cemetery where her parents are buried. Ruth’s family is inviting anyone who would like to be there.

St. John Cemetery, Breese, IL 62230 can be found on Google maps.
It’s at Ellwood Street and Mater Dei Drive on the edge of town, in a field across from Mater Dei High School (900 Mater Dei Drive; Breese, IL 62230).

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie (618) 920-0643; [email protected] who has been making all of the arrangements.
In case you haven’t experienced it yet, here is the link to Ruth’s Memorial Service.
Aligning with All Saints Day, we invite you to take a few minutes to listen to how you might help a friend in grief.
But what is grief, if not love persevering? 
~Vision to Wanda in the MCU

What looks just like half a pumpkin pie?
The other half.
Special Olympics Bowling Tournament
Sat, Dec 4 | 10:30an – 2:00pm | Cave Springs Lanes | 4055 Mexico Rd 63303
You will have a GREAT TIME getting to know some special people and cheering for them as they compete.
Lane Assistant is by far the BEST job at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament! Lane assistants get to know the athletes bowling on their lane and will keep athletes in order and bowling at a good pace all while making sure everyone is having fun. Lane assistants will track scores at the end of each game.
Special Olympics:
From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes since 1968.
When people speak of the origin of Special Olympics, they look no further than the first Camp Shriver - founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the early 1960s. They talk of one woman’s dream that started in her own backyard. They speak of her vision: how through sports, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities would be transformed and public perceptions would be changed forever.
Back in 1960, a woman from Bethesda, Maryland called up Eunice and told her that she was having trouble finding a summer camp for her child with intellectual disability. The child wouldn’t be accepted into a mainstream camp, and, at that time, the public education system couldn’t figure out what to do with special-needs children never mind supply them with summer activities. Then another woman told her almost the same thing.
“Enough,” said Eunice.
In Eunice’s world, “enough” has always meant “do something about it.”
PUCC's sibling congregation, Epiphany United Church of Christ at 2911 McNair in Benton Park (63118), is hosting an MCU environmental justice canvass on the blocks around the church on Saturday, November 18. Are there some of you who might be willing to help? It would be appreciated since Epiphany is a small congregation with several members with disabilities who cannot join this activity. 

There will be training at 12:30 p.m., and then we will canvass until 3:30 p.m. If it is raining, we will reschedule. If attending, please eat lunch before you come since eating indoors together without masks is not something Epiphany UCC is encouraging at this time.

To register, go to this link: need you to register so that we select the right number of blocks for door-knocking. Benton Park is a diverse neighborhood in so many ways - racially, ethnically, income level, religion, age, occupation, sexual orientation, etc. You will be an asset to this canvass no matter what identities you claim.

We will be asking questions about experience of air quality, respiratory illnesses or conditions in the household, and observations of illegal dumping. We will also invite those we meet to stay in touch with us if they'd like to learn more about air quality monitoring. Epiphany UCC also asks that canvassers leave a flyer at doors that includes the church's Advent and Christmas programming schedule and how to download an Advent daily readings booklet that writers and artists in the congregation create each year. 
Habitat Work Day 11/20
Welcoming Afghans to St. Louis 
We appreciate your submissions of jokes, quotes, photos, videos, weekly opportunities, Mid~Week Meditation ideas, scriptures that are important to you, hymn/song suggestions, poetry, etc. We would love to hear from you [email protected]
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2841 N Ballas Road,
St. Louis, MO 63131

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