Friday, December 3 at 10am on Zoom
Mining for Memories
A great opportunity to look back at your life and build relationships now. We share a word that might spark a memory - eg. stairs, suitcase, water, eyeglasses, button, crayon.

Join with video:
Join on your phone: (312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 865 5526 8016; Passcode: 814447

Special Olympics Bowling Tournament
Sat, Dec 4 | 10:30am–2:00pm | Cave Springs Lanes | 4055 Mexico Rd 63303
You will have a GREAT TIME getting to know some special people and cheering for them as they compete.

WE NEED THREE MORE VOLUNTEERS PLEASE
(If you need help with transportation, just ask!)

Lane Assistant is by far the BEST job at the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament! Lane assistants get to know the athletes bowling on their lane and will keep athletes in order and bowling at a good pace all while making sure everyone is having fun. Lane assistants will track scores at the end of each game. 15 Volunteers needed. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4ca4ac23ab9-special

Special Olympics:
From a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes since 1968.
When people speak of the origin of Special Olympics, they look no further than the first Camp Shriver - founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in the early 1960s. They talk of one woman’s dream that started in her own backyard. They speak of her vision: how through sports, the lives of people with intellectual disabilities would be transformed and public perceptions would be changed forever.
Back in 1960, a woman from Bethesda, Maryland called up Eunice and told her that she was having trouble finding a summer camp for her child with intellectual disability. The child wouldn’t be accepted into a mainstream camp, and, at that time, the public education system couldn’t figure out what to do with special-needs children never mind supply them with summer activities. Then another woman told her almost the same thing.
“Enough,” said Eunice.
In Eunice’s world, “enough” has always meant “do something about it.”
Worship with us this Sunday - the Second Sunday of Advent
December 5| 10:00AM

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

The Second Sunday of Advent! We will light the first and second candles in our Advent Wreath – the candles of Hope and Peace. As we go further into the season of waiting, as we have a few weeks of additional darkness before the daily light begins to grow again, our scriptures are Malachi 3:1-4 (paying attention and preparing) and Luke 3:1-6 (the gospel story of Jesus’ arrival aligns with what the prophet Isaiah says about preparing the way). We seek peace – deep and wide. We follow the Prince of Peace and grow the light!
 
It is a Communion Sunday at our Open Table – all are invited!
[We will have the pre-packaged communion elements.]
 
Communion Sundays are also Give-A-Meal Sundays. Please bring gifts of non-perishable foods and/or personal hygiene products for our neighbors.

Reminder from The Stews
“Making a list, checking it twice. Did I remember to do my pledge card?"
We are still accepting pledge cards. So you can mark it off your “to-do” list. We continue to accept your pledges. Pledge cards are available in The Gathering Space. Mail your pledge card to the church office, place in the basket in the Gathering Space, or send it in by email. Thank you for your participation.
~Your Stewardship Commission
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
Speaker Series
Our conversation the last couple of weeks was around CRT - Critical Race Theory. Our partner has been David Spener, Professor of Sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio and adjunct professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He teaches Critical Race Theory, a body of scholarship and an academic movement that seeks to critically examine the intersection of race and US law. His introductory and background session on CRT was pre-recorded and is still available if you haven’t experienced it yet - https://youtu.be/6BxKaG3ehds
We will continue our own conversation and action steps going forward. Please find ways to be a part of this.
Tuesday Afternoon Dialogue 12/21
Some Tuesdays| 1:45 Fellowship 1st & 3rd 2:00pm book discussion via ZOOM
Tuesday Evening Dialogue

2nd & 4th Tuesdays
6:45pm Fellowship
7:00pm book discussion| via ZOOM
Celebration of Nativity Scenes 12/14
Share your Nativity Scenes to be viewed on December 14.
PUCC Christmas Caroling!

Various opportunities to choose from...
Prayer List Updates
Advent Hope… and Peace.
Ellen Albers and Jeff Mitchell and family - grieving the sudden death of her daughter, Kayla… prayers for her husband and young son.
Steve and Andrea Barnes - preparing for surgery on his elbows and wrists due to nerve damage from sarcoidosis and as his mother undergoes treatment for cancer.
Grieving families at the Holidays - incl Larson, Nolte, Sperry, Stappenbeck, Wessel.
Marv Herpel - healing after back surgery at Delmar Gardens, Chesterfield.
Conrad Damsgaard - healing after heart surgery at REACH Rehab.
Bill Haack - beginning the lengthy prep process for extensive back surgery in early summer - approximate recovery time will be one year.
Victims and their families after fatal shootings in a Michigan high school.
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 our Care Team, please reach out to kevin@parkwayucc.org
 
St Louis Assn UCC Covenant Partner  
Week ending December 5 - St. Martin UCC, High Ridge; stmartinucc-hr.com
Week ending December 12 - Ivy Chapel UCC, Chesterfield; ivychapel.org
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As we enter the Second Sunday of Advent: Peace…experience this beautiful song…Peace by We the Kingdom

Ponder
A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone's skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that? ~Oscar A. Romero
Humor
What happened to the person who stole an advent calendar?
They got 25 days.
 
According to my chocolate advent calendar...
There are only 3 days to Christmas.

Some of you asked about this from last Sunday’s worship – 
Thanksgiving from the Wampanoag perspective:
https://www.okcps.org/cms/lib/OK01913268/Centricity/Domain/130/NASS%20Thanksgiving%20Lesson%20Plan%20Booklet.pdf  
Consider sharing this with others!

Crop Walk Results
The totals for the 2021 St Louis Metro Area Crop Walk have been tabulated. Parkway UCC raised $3270.00 well above our goal of $1500.00. Parkway was the largest donor of all area churches and organizations THANK YOU PARKWAY for your support and generosity as we try to eliminate hunger both here and abroad...one step at a time.
 
Month of Grace + Prayer: An Advent Retreat in Everyday Life
Thru December 19
Get ready for Christmas by praying on your own 20 minutes each day and meeting one-on-one with a spiritual companion one hour each week for four consecutive weeks. 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. This is an ecumenical ministry, with all adults are welcome regardless of denomination or affiliation. For more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org and to register contact Clarence Heller at clarenceheller@gmail.com.
Christmas Gifts for ECH Family
We are adopting a family of four from Every Child's Hope (ECH) this Christmas. This family consists of a single mom and her three sons. She is out of work right now...
Donations for Video Project

Because of the need during the pandemic for video streaming of our church services, and because of the desire of members and friends to continue streaming even after the pandemic, we will be installing a new video system in the sanctuary. This will remove videography duties from our busy pastor’s responsibilities, and will allow for more automatic and seamless video streaming of services. Council recently approved a contract for the purchase and installation of video equipment, and Kent Tallyn and others are assisting with the installation. The project will cost about $30,000.

The Ruth Murray Memorial Fund, funded in part by insurance proceeds that she left to the church, will pay for a portion of this project. We welcome further donations for this project.

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 kevin@parkwayucc.org
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