Worship with us this Sunday
February 20 | 10:00AM

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

Our scriptures are Psalm 1 and Luke 16:17-26 – the Beatitudes. Some people really appreciate these words from Jesus. Other people don’t appreciate that some people have been kept ‘down/away/out’ of things if poor, hungry, weak, meek, crying, hated…
Our songs include Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth; Blessed Are the Poor Among You; and Lord, I Want to Be A Christian.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday so our youth with have their annual cash collection (‘Souper Bowl’) as we think about a food related project for hungry people this summer.
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
Our Intertwine Interfaith Initiative (PUCC, Shaare Emeth and TASOM) is pleased to announce that we have been matched with an Afghan family of six – parents and four kids [two boys - 11 and 9; two girls - 7 and 3]. They will arrive here in St Louis THIS WEEKEND! We have just a few more items to gather for them. Please consider helping -- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0844a9ab2ba31-afghanistan
Questions? Please connect with Lisa Mason - [email protected] or
Paige Penico - [email protected]. Thank you!
No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear) by Kate Bowler
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
From PUCCer Cindy Levin.

Pre-order your signed copy now!
If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
It’s not too late to participate! If God is Love Online! with John Pavlovitz.
This experience is designed to be flexible, so whether you’re participating on your own or with others you can move at a pace you’re comfortable with. See the two-minute intro from John here:
(login… username: [email protected]; password: JPav2022!)
On Demand Chapter Videos
Three pre-recorded videos are added to the If God is Love website each Sunday morning to the member area and each video will cover a chapter from the book. Bookmark the page and come back to view the new videos. Don’t feel compelled to watch three videos per week. You’ll have these videos on-demand and can watch them whenever you’d like after the six weeks. (Use same web address and login as above.)
Live Zoom Gatherings from our Heritage Room or your home
Beginning on Wednesday, January 19th, at 7pm CT, we met with John and others live on Zoom! For these sessions, fter John speaks, we’ll have an open Zoom conversation about anything that’s on your mind. You can ask questions about the book, expand an idea, share a story, and encourage one another. If you can’t make the live gatherings, don’t worry. They will also be recorded so you’ll be able to watch at your convenience.
We will debrief each Zoom as PUCCers after each session. If you’re not here in the Heritage Room, join us on our PUCC Zoom (unique from the JPav Zoom):
Here is the link for the weekly Zoom gatherings with John on Wednesday eves: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81362160670
Zoom Gathering Schedule with John and others (all are at 7pm CT):
January 19; January 26; February 2; February 9; February 16;
February 23… and a final wrap up at 8pm CT on Saturday, February 26.
Join us in the Heritage Room (please enter back doors) or from your home.
Questions? Contact [email protected]; 314-872-9330
Prayer List Updates
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far.
Black History Month.
Intertwine Interfaith Welcome Circle - Afghan family is here.
Harold and Carol Cobb - remembering his nephew Scott…
Ellie Svenson - healing in FL after a mild stroke earlier this month.
She is coming home this weekend.          
John Nourse - recuperating from recent knee replacement surgery.
Sally Boughman - continued issues with back pain.
Steve and Andrea Barnes - preparing for his surgery on elbows and wrists due to nerve damage from sarcoidosis.
Val Weber - 101st Birthday last weekend; strength and patience as she recuperates from a mild stroke (Jim Winkelmann's mother).
Mark McKenzie - healing after heart surgery (Tom’s brother).
Judy White - upcoming cancer surgery (Sue McMillon).
Donna - healing (Dottie Dwyer’s sister in Cape Girardeau).
Kevin Ceballos - sudden death of husband, Darryl Luffman (Schmelig).
David McCoy - mourning his daughter (Lucia McKenzie).
Bill Argetsinger - hospitalized with multiple health issues (Brueggemann).
Philip Redmond - in halfway house; mental health and substance abuse issues (Brueggemann)
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]
The political pressure in the Ukraine.
Natural disasters and deaths in Petropolis, Brazil.
Week ending Feb 20 - Eden Seminary, Webster Groves; eden.edu
Week ending Feb 27  - Eden UCC, Affton; edenucc.org
A three-minute pep talk from Kid President!
They drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him in! ~Edwin Markham

I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
~Ronald Reagan

“These stories about my intellectual capacity really get under my skin. You know, for a while I even thought my staff believed it. There on my schedule first thing every morning it said, “Intelligence Briefing.” ~George W Bush

There are few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate. ~Barack Obama

My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers. ~Jimmy Carter

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer “present” or “not guilty.” ~Teddy Roosevelt

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, and three or more is a congress. ~John Adams

Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening. ~Bill Clinton

If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one? ~Abraham Lincoln
February 16, 2022
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein, Congregation Shaare Emeth
(314) 569-0010; [email protected]
Ali Durhan, TASOM
(773) 629-9460; [email protected]
Kevin Cameron, Pastor – Parkway United Church of Christ
(314) 330-0629; [email protected]
Jewish, Muslim, and Christian friends unite to welcome Afghan family to St. Louis
St. Louis, MO – The Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths share many similarities, including a strong commitment to welcome refugees and help those in distress. With a strong foundation of the Abrahamic religions’ common values, Congregation Shaare Emeth, Parkway United Church of Christ, and Turkish American Society of Missouri (TASOM) have joined together to form the Intertwine Interfaith Welcome Circle (IIWC). The purpose and privilege of IIWC is to sponsor an Afghan family in their move to St. Louis.
Nearly 70,000 Afghanis have arrived in the United States, seeking safety in the face of the Taliban regime’s 2021 return to power. These new Americans have been temporarily housed on U.S. military bases. Nine U.S. resettlement agencies, including the International Institute in St. Louis, have been working diligently to settle the Afghanis throughout the United States, however, historic low arrivals during the previous administration led to significantly limited resources for resettlement.
Consequently, the US Department of State issued a call to action to expand the capacity to welcome these families and help them begin their new lives as Americans through the establishment of sponsor circles. https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/23/politics/afghan-refugees-private-resettlement-veterans/index.html
Hearing the call, IIWC was launched as an emergency initiative through the Welcome Circle program with HIAS (formerly known as Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) which has settled more than 4.5 million refugees since being founded in 1881. Through the three faith communities, family, and friends, IIWC raised more than $28,000 to cover essential needs such as housing, clothing, food, and utilities for the family’s first six months in St. Louis. IIWC has also relied on the broader generosity of the faith groups and the community for donations of furniture and other household goods to create a welcoming, comfortable home for the family.
The IIWC founders and core teams are made up of representatives from each faith organization. The core team will have direct contact with the Afghani family, enrolling the kids in school, helping the parents learn the fundamentals of food shopping, transportation, language skills, banking and more, while also introducing the family to the many cultural and entertainment options in St Louis. Resource identification, career assistance, and assimilation to the St. Louis community will be ongoing efforts to help the family become self-sufficient.
IIWC is excited to announce that a family of six, including four children aged three to 11, arrived in St. Louis on Valentine’s Day! At least two other sponsor circles are actively engaged in bringing Afghans to the St. Louis area.
IIWC was born out of the Intertwine Interfaith Initiative which was created in the spring of 2018 to bring people together to celebrate the commonalities and differences of various faiths. The goal of the initiative is to build friendship, understanding, and appreciation as we all strive to serve God and share our gifts with humanity. Since its founding, Intertwine Interfaith Initiative has shared holidays from each faith, facilitated a discussion series, hosted live and virtual cooking classes, and organized community service opportunities.
Congregation Shaare Emeth’s mission is to be a compassionate and inclusive community that makes Judaism relevant, meaningful, and joyful. Members and guests of all ages experience a strong sense of community, are intellectually and spiritually engaged, and are committed to the values of tzedakah (justice) and acts of gemilut chasadim (acts of compassion and kindness). Congregation Shaare Emeth believes that all people are created b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God. In that vein, the Congregation is dedicated to work together to fulfill the Jewish mandate of tikkun olam, repairing our world, by alleviating poverty and hunger, fighting injustice, caring for human beings in times of need, protecting the environment, and bringing peace.
Turkish American Society of Missouri (TASOM) is a non-profit organization founded and supported by the individuals who are inspired by the ideals and the principles of the Hizmet Movement in 2007 in St. Louis. Its goal is to assume the role of liaison between the Turkish community and other communities living in St. Louis area and Missouri at large. The association works to strengthen the intercultural community and ensure a positive experience for those who are willing to participate in cross-cultural activities. At the heart of all our programs, TASOM strives to create a positive social environment in which to build and strengthen the quality of life in Missouri. The ultimate goal of TASOM’s activities is to build stronger and safer communities through communication and interaction. TASOM also seeks to enrich the experience of the entire community by providing opportunities to engage and educate the community related to diversity. Fostering diversity, inclusion, and respect for all the community is one of the goals of TASOM.
Parkway United Church of Christ celebrates an extravagant welcome for all, "no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey.” The congregation is guided by limitless love, courageous action, and spirited inquiry, while advocating for justice for all and extending hospitality as a sign of God's inclusive love. The denomination is proud to work with — not against — people of other faiths. The United Church of Christ is a mainline denomination with more than 1.1 million members in 5,100 congregations.
Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!
Consider attending some or all of this free conference on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, 2022.
Registration is now open for the 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference -- Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now!

“What can we do?” It is a common question in response to the social inequities that persist in our communities. The Webster University 2022 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference: Every Day Inclusion: Right Here, Right Now! will deliver immediate, practical, and impactful ways to practice everyday inclusion as individuals and institutions. We know that community exists wherever we come together under a common purpose or mission. We see the workplace, classroom, board room, and civic life—as community.

Webster University is an agent of change for our students, our community, and for society. The DEI Conference is a key piece of that change strategy, and we’ve curated it with sessions from compelling thought leaders, interactive workshops and practical exercises that distinguish our conference as a bold and engaging departure from ineffective, boilerplate DEI trainings.

The 2022 DEI Conference will be open to both in-person sessions on the Webster University Webster Groves campus and virtual attendance. The conference is FREE to all attendees, thanks to the generous support of our conference sponsors.

Learn more and register here - https://events.bizzabo.com/380073
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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