Help PUCCer Nathaniel Doty with his Boy Scout Eagle Project here at church
Saturday & Sunday this weekend
Sign up for a time that works well for you

Join us on September 12-13 (12pm-5pm both days) for a unique opportunity to make your mark on a COVID-19 Memorial going up at Parkway UCC for Nathaniel Doty's Eagle Scout Project (Troop 98 at St. Roch’s Church, St Louis City). Peace poles constitute an important part of the memorial and involvement from the church community is what makes it even more special. Sign up quickly, since only 7 peace poles are available for painting. Thanks so much for your help!

The memorial’s main feature, seven peace poles, will be painted by PUCC members. Also a part of the memorial are four socially distanced chairs facing N-S-E-W and a time capsule containing objects that have defined the pandemic.

Read more here and consider signing up to help:
Let Us Worship Together
Join us for worship on Facebook Live this Sunday at 10am (or watch it later).

We take some deep breaths as we remember the experiences at the Red Sea in Exodus 14:19-31 and Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21. The recollections, lessons and movement forward is very different for the Israelites and for the Egyptians.

Our sermon is entitled Red Sea Moments.
How is your “surge capacity” these days? We refer to the linked article on Sunday. (Thanks to Sue Moellering for passing it along.) Please consider reading this very timely article about being drained and/or resilient these days…both/and actually.
Livestream worship on designated 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
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
Fellowship Time
Sun, Sep 13 | 11:15am
via Zoom

Find your way to Zoom for a time of connecting and catching up.
Join on your phone:
(312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 836 7598 5902
Passcode: 308952
The Oklahoma City Bombing - Parkway Speaker Series Presentation by Brad Lyons

Sun, Sep 20 | 11:15am
via Zoom

PUCCer Brad Lyons was a newspaper reporter on the scene.
Prayer List Updates
Students, teachers, administrators, parents in this school year.
All the acts of kindness that are happening near and far!
The momentum toward justice and equity.
Our new relationship with Harper Hybrid Elementary School! See our press release!
Karen Boyd - recovering from successful orthopedic surgery on both legs to help in management of her cancer. Expected home this weekend.
John and Carol Russell and family - as his mother nears end of life.
Polly Rutherford - healing from her successful back surgery.
Michael Ruzicka - recuperating at home after recent surgery.
The Family of Lela Kolbe - grieving and giving thanks for her.
Healthcare workers, homeless and many others at risk right now.
Physical Distancing… if anyone needs groceries, medicine and/or other support, please reach out to [email protected]; 314-330-0629
People who are struggling with their mental health.
People who aren’t feeling safe at home but are remaining there.
Individuals in all levels of leadership as they make decisions today.
Healing of relationships between the public and the police.

St Louis Assn UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending Sep 13 - St Luke’s UCC, Imperial;
Week ending Sep 20 - St Mark UCC, Arnold;

Less than four minutes of balancing grief with humor… both/and living! 10 times George H.W. Bush's humor brought laughter to his loved ones in mourning
Teacher: Class, we will have only half a day of school this morning.
Class: Hooray!
Teacher: We will have the other half this afternoon.


The Long Road of Avoidance
by Kenneth L. Samuel
Pastor of Victory for the World Church UCC
Stone Mountain, Georgia.

When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” ~Exodus 13:17 (NLT – New Living Translation)

Freedom isn’t an immediate given. Freedom is a consistent journey. Coretta Scott King admonished that the battle for freedom is never really won. We have to fight for it and win it in every generation.

Freedom itself isn’t really free. It requires constant vigilance and unyielding courage. Even after the fall of Goliath we must remain prepared to fight, because the giants of adversity keep coming.

The children of Israel’s wondrous exodus out of Egyptian bondage did not signal the completion of their freedom struggle, but the commencement of it. The battles of self-determination, self-critique and self-resourcefulness that accompany every freedom endeavor remained on the horizon as the Israelites left Egypt in jubilation.

Israel’s freedom journey could have been expedited, but because God knew the tenuousness of the people’s will to fight, Israel travelled a long indirect route to their Promised Land. To avoid confrontation with the Philistines, Israel followed a circuitous route that landed them in a fight at the Red Sea with their own doubts.

The long roads of avoidance do more than delay us. They distract us from self-development, and they deny us the use of all the liberation equipment that God has given us.

The avoidance of necessary confrontation with others puts us on a long path of self-conflictedness. The Pharaohs of our own fears are the greatest impediments to our freedom.

Prayer: Lord you have created us for freedom. Forgive us for impeding our own progress. Amen.
Alzheimer’s News
Apples and Alzheimer’s
In a 20-year study of 2,800 adults age 50 and over, those who consumed more foods rich in flavonoids such as; apples, berries, tea, red wine and dark chocolate were 2-4 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) compared with people whose flavonoid intake was low. Flavonoids, found in plants, have been associated with many health benefits, including reduced inflammation, which in the brain is a trigger for Alzheimer’s. High flavonoid intake was equal to roughly 7.5 cups of blueberries or strawberries per month or eight apples and pears per month or 19 cups of tea per month. Low flavonoid consumption was equal to eating no berries per month or roughly 1 ½ apples per month or no tea. This was associated with up to four times greater risk of developing ADRD later in life. This long term study was led by scientists at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
For more information the Alzheimer’s Helpline is accessible 24/7 via 800-272-3900 and staffed by master’s level clinicians to assist with crisis situations, decision making, and disease information. You can find virtual dementia caregiver resources online at Tools and support are also available in Spanish.

Month of Grace + Prayer

September 13, 1:00 pm

Pray on your own 20 minutes each day and meet one-on-one with a spiritual companion one hour each week for four consecutive weeks. Starts September 13. All meetings will be virtual (Zoom or phone if you prefer). Weekly meeting times set around your schedule. This is an individually directed retreat tailored to your own deep desires. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. The spiritual companions are not members of our church nor can companion anyone they know. All adults are welcome regardless of denomination or affiliation. For more information, visit and to register contact Clarence Heller at [email protected].
Habitat For Humanity Matching Grant

With 10 Days and $15,000 to go, we need your help! Time is running out to make your donation go twice as far!

When two anonymous individual donors challenged Habitat Saint Louis to raise $40,000 - which they pledged to match dollar for dollar - we jumped at the opportunity! Imagine how much good we can do with a total of $80,000 to build affordable homes in St. Louis.

Safe, affordable housing has never been more important than it is right now, and Habitat Saint Louis is working hard to create opportunities for low-income families right here in St. Louis to buy their first home.

With just 10 days left until the end of the challenge grant, we still need to raise $15,000 to take full advantage of this opportunity. Any gift you can send today will help us reach this goal! Please click on this link to make an online donation before August 31st.

And if you prefer to give by mail, please remember that your gift must be made to our local office at 3830 South Grand Avenue in order to be matched. Every dollar you send to our local affiliate stays right here in St. Louis.

Thank you for sharing our vision of a community made better through affordable housing. I wish you and those you love continuing safety, health and peace in the days and weeks to come.

Kimberly McKinney
Chief Executive Officer

P.S. Remember - in order for your gift to count toward our challenge grant and to stay 100% in St. Louis, you must make your gift to our local affiliate at 3830 South Grand Blvd, or online at Thank you so much for supporting local builds and local families!
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Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, 3830 South Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63118
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