Worship With Us
Join us for live stream worship this Sunday, the fifth Sunday of Lent, at 9:55am (or watch it later as a recording) on Facebook Live – you don’t need a Facebook account to be able to watch! You can watch it as a recorded event after the fact.
We continue our Lenten conversation about IDENTITY. As we make our way to Holy Week and Easter, we are looking at Jesus’ identity… he had a solid sense of self… by listening to his ‘I AM’ statements. We will also pay attention to some of the people he meets along his way. What can we learn about ourselves and our identity by paying attention to Jesus and the people who are part of his mission and ministry? How can we become more aligned with Jesus’ words and ways? We hear him saying, “I am the light” this Sunday as he interacts with a man that had been born blind. Jesus gives him sight. Imagine how hard it was to see at first … how painfully bright everything must have been. Imagine how awesome and scary it might have been. Imagine what it would be like for him to see his family and friends and world in a new way. We will think about light in a few different ways.

Sunday School

Join us for interactive Children's Sunday School on Sundays after the Children’s Time. (See link below.)   Children can switch over to Facebook Live Sunday School with Barb by going to Facebook/BarbKuhlmann. If parents accompany their kids, they can come back to the recording of this Facebook Live Worship later.
It will hosted by ZOOM … just click the link here:
Meeting ID: 383 733 977
Password: 819680
Important Updates Regarding COVID-19
We are trying to keep you posted - as things evolve - about precautions we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and communicate ways to stay connected to each other. Building usage, livestream worship, viewing/printing the bulletin, ZOOM meetings, care and support - this is the place to get this rapidly changing information.
Prayer List Updates
Irene’s 98th bday on 3/24; unsteady health (Rosanna Hogarty’s mom).
Jones-Goldstein Family as they prepare to welcome Baby Nate!
Mike Mason Family - grieving/giving thanks for his mother, Margaret.
Gerry Rogers Family - grieving and giving thanks for cousin Kenny.
Mike Mohl - several broken ribs after fall; multiple myeloma struggles.
Bill and Pat Klein - healing after his ear surgery; home from hospital.
Dwight and Charlotte Smit h - rehab ctr after his days in the hospital.
Lisa Mason - in the middle of radiation treatments.
Sister Mary Kay McKenzie - for health/wholeness (Tom’s sister).
Donna Carey - pacemaker checked; it’s replacement time - can’t now.
Pam Chastain - hospitalized with Covid-19 (Mary Akers).
Family/Friends of Judy Wilson-Griffin - grieving (Donna Carey).

Social Distancing… if anyone needs groceries, medicine and/or other support, please reach out to [email protected] ; 314-330-0629
[If you’d like to be on the Spring Care Team 2020 , please say so.
We will put together an email list and let you know how this will unfold.]

St Louis Assn UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending March 29 - First Congregational UCC, Bonne Terre; fcuccbonneterre.org
Week ending April 5 - First Congregational UCC, St Louis; firstcongregational.org

3 minutes of Acappella Create In Me
Spring Fever
Four high school students afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take your seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper." Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"
When this is over, may we never take for granted
a handshake with a stranger, full shelves at the store, conversations with neighbors, a crowded theatre,
Friday night out, the taste of communion, a routine check-up, the school rush each morning,
Coffee with a friend, the stadium roaring, each deep breath, a boring Tuesday, life itself.
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be, we hoped to be …and may we stay that way -
better for each other because of the worst. 
~Laura Kelly Fanucci (via Sue Moellering)

Suggestions for Talking to Children

“Children are impacted by moments like these,” says the Rev. Don Remick, one of the UCC Southern New England Conference’s bridge Conference ministers. “Even if they aren’t watching the news, they’re picking it up. And they’re picking up the stress of their parents, teachers, family and classmates. You can do a lot to reduce their stress and remove their fears.” He suggests:

From the Washington School-Based Health Alliance, Seattle

From the Child Mind Institute

With links to tips from FEMA, the Red Cross, Mr. Rogers and others, via the UCC Southern New England Conference website

Republic/Recycling Presentation Summary
March 11, 2020
Republic Services Shares Recycling Tips at Parkway

2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2020
Go the 2nd Mile with us!
We are 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 need on our gifts in order to be more faithful and effective.

Lydia’s House
Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence in St Louis 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

UP—Unleashing Potential [formerly 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 childcare 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 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 here. 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 interfaith world. For more information, please visit eden.edu.

Please be sure to clearly mark your 2 nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent.

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