Parkway United Church of Christ  E-news
April 13 , 2018
Interim Music Director Barry Luedloff is appearing in the Trinity Catholic High School Alumni Players presentation of Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" this Friday April 13th (8pm) and Sunday April 15 (2pm). Barry is Music Director for the show, as well as appearing in the musical as the King. Trinity High School is located at 1720 Redman (North County), St. Louis, MO 63138. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students (HS and under). The Alumni Players presentations benefit Trinity High School and their Drama program. It's a fun presentation for the whole family! (. . . and when you come to the show, stay after a moment to say "hi" to Barry) 

Worship with Us this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture passages will be several pieces from the Hebrew Bible focused on LIGHT --
Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Isaiah 60:19-20 - The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Psalm 43:3 - O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The Gospel Lesson is from John 1:6-9
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
The sermon is entitled The Light of Christ as we ponder bearing witness to the light of Christ within us, particularly during what can be the dark moments of our lives. The Light of Christ within us is what keeps us going and often what guides our way during those dark times. Jesus shined a light hope unto others. John the Baptist played and important role in the ministry of Jesus, which was to bear testimony to who Jesus was, the light of the world. John's sole role was to bear witness to the light, no matter what and at all costs.

Adult Education

Next week:
Sylvester Brown & the Sweet Potato Project
Sunday, April 22| 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room
Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown grew up on the streets of north St. Louis, neighborhoods where drug dealing is often the definition of being an entrepreneur. In 2012, Brown began "The Sweet Potato Project," a summer program aimed at teaching "at-risk" youth entrepreneurial skills. Students plant sweet potatoes that they turn into a viable, marketable product-a sweet potato cookie.
"We recruit inner city youth to plant sweet potatoes on vacant lots. We provide them with a 10-week summer job where they learn marketing, branding, sales, product development and more. At the end of the summer job, they turn their produce into products. At this time, the students sell sweet potato cookies. The whole idea is to show our kids how to become entrepreneurs in their own neighborhoods. As we demonstrate that young people in our community can be self-sustainable and facilitate the lifecycle of products created from locally grown produce, the concept will be expanded." 
The mission of the Sweet Potato Project is to restore economic activity in North St. Louis by creating alternative and progressive ways of producing and distributing locally grown products and to teach young men and women sustainable business and entrepreneurial skills that can change their lives. 

Prayer List Updates
Kelly Shelton & Will - expecting their first child in the fall.

Evelyn Buretta - joining the Franklin County Honor Flight on April 21 along with her veteran brothers Gene Buretta and Richard Buretta. They will be accompanied by two nephews and a niece as their guardians. Another veteran brother Bryan passed away in 2009.

Andy Wilson - in midst of interviews as seminary graduation nears!

Gloria and Don Wandless - just moved to Creve Coeur (see below).^^

Ron Wilbois - infection has returned.

Meridith Rosenberger - ICU numerous medical complications.

Quentin Crayton - US Military stationed in Syria (Rosenberger).

Barbara Eggebrecht - home after a brief hospital stay late last week.

Pattie Herpel -just home from rehab hospital.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen - healing.
(Mary in in midst of figuring out cancer treatment plan.)

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week:
First Congregational UCC - Webster Groves

^^ Gloria & Don Wandless
Kingslanding Apartments
618 North New Ballas Road
Bldg. #1, Apt. # 202
St. Louis, MO 63141 

Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Apr 16 | 2:00pm | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or
Youth Night April 18: Big Ball Night
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: | 314-872-9330

Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds
April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building

Time to Choose: Worldwide challenges with positive alternatives
Sun Apr 15 | 3:00pm | POPCORN | Discussion following movie
St John 's UCC | 15370 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
(Large parking lot by church entrance)
Join us at the start of Earth Day week for a free showing of Charles Ferguson's movie: Time to Choose.
"Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside JobNo End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet." ( )

Expanding Our Table June 1-3
We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author  John Pavlovitz  on the first weekend of June!  presentations at Parkway. More info...

Save the Date for JHLTB Sat, Apr 28 , | 9:15am - 1:15pm

I'm not going to pay taxes. When they say I'm going to prison, I'll say 'No, prisons cost taxpayers a lot of money. You keep what it would have cost to incarcerate me, and we'll call it even.' ~Jimmy Kimmel
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are. ~ J.K. Rowling

It's SPRING and the animals are frolicking! Spend less than a minute with a baby giraffe here!