News from Special Olympics, Missouri

As you may have heard, our headquarters got hit by the tornado in Jefferson City and we had to cancel our State Summer Games. So we have decided we are going to put something on for our athletes here in the STL Metro area. We are asking for volunteers in order for this to happen! We will have games such as Bocce, cornhole, kickball, and bubble soccer with a free lunch for all of our athletes and coaches. The event is Saturday, June 1 st  at Lafayette High school from 11-2. But we are asking volunteers to arrive at 9 and stay to about 3 for set up and tear down. If you are interested, you can sign up using the link provided here! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Dillen Mayfield   St. Louis Metro Area Program Coordinator | Special Olympics Missouri
2945 S Brentwood Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63144
P: 314.961.7755 | F: 314.961.0660

Worship With Us
Join us for worship this Sunday morning at 10am! Our scripture passage is Acts 16:16-34 — a very interesting story about an almost prison break and a very surprising outcome. Our sermon is entitled We Are All Here. We are all in this together! As always, we hope you will invite others to come with you!

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

It’s Give-a-Meal Sunday. Please bring nonperishable food items for the Isaiah 58 food pantry. Extra donations of cleaning supplies of any type would also be appreciated. 

Plan to stay for our Annual Congregational Leadership Meeting immediately following worship…and then enjoy an Italian luncheon and a tour of our recently updated Historic Sanctuary.

Soul Supporters Participate in the More than Pink Walk
Event Date: June 8, 2019

Please join us in supporting breast can cancer research.
Vitality Forward! 

If you volunteered for one or more Ministry Teams at PUCC, please join The Streamlining Crew to understand the paradigm shift and procedures to make life easier for all. Choose the date and time that is convenient to you.

More info, contact Greg Schmelig: [email protected] | (314) 308-1868 or visit the website:
Pridefest 2019 Gateway Open & Affirming Booth
9:00am | Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30 | Soldiers Memorial Park

In the past , you have shown your extravagant UCC welcome to all of our guests during the STL Pridefest weekend. With this being the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, we expect a record turn out at this year's events downtown. We need you to fly the rainbow colors with us at the Pride booth this year.
Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm Potluck & Discussion

TED will be discussing Evicted on three nights: June 11 and 25 and July 9. Our readings suggestions will correspond to the three parts of the book. 

Our UCC invites us to an All-Church Read!
General Synod is June 21-25 in Milwaukee. Lay leaders and clergy from across the denomination get together to discern the work of the church, delight in one another’s company and BE the church…

Keynote Speaker Matthew Desmond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City , will transform our understanding of eviction as a root cause of poverty.*

During the summer, PUCC will offer a few opportunities to talk about Evicted and imagine what we might do about this crisis—because stable housing is St Louis’ problem as well. Purchase the book from your preferred retailer.

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? ~ Micah 6:8

Prayer List Updates
PUCC Adult Mission Trip had a good experience in Shannondale, MO … Tom and Kris McKenzie, Marsha Peek, Gerry and Mike Rogers.
Brian Sableman - graduated from SLU Law School.
Emily Oehler - graduated from UMKC Dental School.
Corbin Schmelig - received respiratory therapy degree from Mizzou.
ALL GRADS , their educators and families!
Our Muslim sister and brothers this Ramadan .
Bill/Kathy Hilgeman - his chemotherapy begins on June 3.
Linda Tossing - preparing for lower back surgery June 11.
Greg Schmelig and Dad as they prepare for kidney transplant June 11.
Mike Yang - receiving final round of chemotherapy for brain tumor.
Ellie Svenson - healing at home after car accident -- fractured sternum.
Ruth Murray - healing at Surrey Place after recent fall and hip surgery.
Schatz Family - continuing to grieve and give thanks for Dave’s father.
Brenda - hip surgery May 30 (Brad Lyons’ mother).
Marianne - breast cancer surgery on June 4 (sister of Marilyn McDougall).
Eileen - recent diagnosis of breast cancer (Susan Thomson’s sister).
Jan & Art Rothman - healing after her hip surgery (Lisa Duke’s mom).
Martha - receiving treatment for leukemia (sister of Mary Lynn Dario).
Phyllis - recovering from a stroke (Dario).

Week ending June 2 - Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), St Louis;
Week ending June 9 - our Missouri Mid-South Conference
United Church of Christ ;

Ruth Murray is at Surrey Place - 14701 Olive Blvd, Room D-26-2;
Chesterfield, MO 63017; 314-542-3300…. Ruth offers her deep gratitude for all of the prayers, cards, phone calls, visits, flowers and gifts she has humbly received. She is so appreciative of the lovingkindness of her siblings in our faith family at Parkway UCC.

Dear Parkway : My heartfelt thanks to all for the prayers and cards I received during my lung surgery and recovery. I’ve always tried to send a lot of cards and now realize how much they mean to the recipient. Also, I realized that the JHLTB9 card writers sent 3 cards.
Sincerely, Naomi & Joe Runtz 

The other day, when I was watching a boxing match on TV, a hockey game broke out!

School is out for summer…this short video shows the JOY of teachers!
As we celebrate our new streamlining of governance and launch further into our vitality, where do you see limitless love, courageous action and spirited inquiry in this piece?  

Please consider signing up to read scripture this spring or summer.
Threat by Mary Luti
Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. - Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)
Jesus was always standing at people's doors, ready to eat. Whenever he got invited to a meal, he went. He didn't care who the host was or who else was on the guest list.
But some people disapproved. "He's eating with tax collectors and sinners!"
His critics weren't the first or last to discourage indiscriminate dining. Not the first or last to demand obedience to the age-old law of non-engagement. If you want to keep your own kind safe, pure, and clear about their place in the world, be careful who you eat with.
Because you might catch their cooties. They might learn your name. They might tell you stories. You might like their stories. You might start wondering what all the fuss is about. And what begins as "Please pass the ketchup" becomes "May I have one of your fries?" and before you know it, everybody's having sex and babies. There's a reason some of the nastiest violence of the civil rights era was unleashed on people integrating lunch counters.
When Christ says, "I'll come in and eat with you," it sounds like a tender pledge. But it's more threat than promise. A threat of barrier-breaking intimacy. A threat to share fries and marry outside the family. A threat to blow up every kind of caste and distinction.
If you eat with him, you might come down with something. Who knows where it will end?
Prayer: I hear you knocking, dear dangerous Christ. Come in. Break bread. Tell me stories. Unprotect me, taint me, share my fries.

[Mary Luti is a long time seminary educator and pastor, author of Teresa of Avila’s Way and numerous articles, and founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups.]

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