Worship with us this Sunday
January 2| 10:00AM

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

Join us as we celebrate Epiphany – the arrival of the Magi/Wisemen/Three Kings who followed the star! What effect does this part of the story have on us? How does it impact our understanding of Jesus? How does it guide and shape our lives? Our scriptures are Isaiah 60:1-6 (“Arise! Shine! Your light has come!”) and Matthew 2:1-12 (The story of the wisemen.) We will celebrate the sacrament of communion as it is the first Sunday of the month. First Sundays are also Give-A-Meal Sundays -- so please consider bringing gifts of non-perishable food items for our hungry neighbors.

We would like to send a daily email next Advent with our own quotes, poetry, prayers, stories, art and more.

Please help us kick of the 2022 collection by sending us something by Epiphany - January 6.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We are looking for a “Big Brother” for a man in our PUCC Family in 2022.
Want to know more? Please contact kevin@parkwayucc.org

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
Four Month List of Presentations
Because you have a story to tell… 
2nd Mile Advent Giving
Final opportunity this Sunday — 2nd mile Advent/Christmas
First and third Tuesdays at 2:00pm via Zoom. We start the new year with a new book: The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times. All are welcome!
Prayer List Updates
Lilly Dwyer and parents Lea and Jeff - her Baptism last Sunday!
Brad Lyons (Zoe, Summer, Blake) and Courtney Richards celebrating her move to St. Louis last week. Congrats, newlyweds!
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far.
Greiwe Family - grieving and giving thanks for mom/grandma Betty.
Dale Barnes - vaxxed/boosted but hospitalized with serious Covid.
Conrad Damsgaard - transferring back to REACH Rehab post-Covid.
Marv Herpel – recent return to Brookdale after hospitalization/rehab.
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 (incl toe amputation last week).
Grieving families into New Year - including Albers, Larson, Nolte, Nourse, Peek, Smith, Sperry, Stappenbeck, Wandless, Wessel.
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 the Care Team, please reach out to kevin@parkwayucc.org
 
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner
Bethany-Peace UCC, St Louis; see Facebook page
View
Modern telling of the Nativity Story in under 3 minutes.

Humor
What do penguins like to do on New Year’s Eve?
Chill out.

Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
Ponder
It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did ... for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.
~Frederick Buechner
 
Intertwine Interfaith Welcome Circle (IIWC)
WE NEED YOUR HELP - to welcome an Afghan family as new Americans!
If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
 
Join us this winter as we invite ALL PUCCers to engage with our friend John Pavlovitz and others who find him to be challenging and inspiring.
 
Secure a copy of his newest book, If God is Love, through your fave book distributor or pick one up from church for $15 (checks to PUCC with JPav Book in the memo) starting on December 19.
 
We will give you access to 6 pre-recorded videos from John, one each week, beginning the week of January 9. You can watch it whenever you can.
 
We will come together in-person at church for Live Zooms with John and others for six Wednesdays at 7pm CT beginning on January 19 and ending on February 23. (Links and recordings will be available if needed.)
 
We will come together again for a special live closing message on Saturday, February 26 at 8pm CT in the Heritage Room - or you can do it from home.
 
Questions? Please contact kevin@parkwayucc.org; 314-872-9330
 
** More about the book….
 
Imagine for a moment what the world might look like if we as people of faith, morality, and conscience actually aspired to this mantra.
 
What if we worked to create a world that was more loving and equitable than when we arrived?
 
What if we invited one another to share in wide-open, fearless, spiritual communities truly marked by compassion and interdependence?
 
What if we daily challenged ourselves to live a faith that simply made us better humans?
 
John Pavlovitz explores how we can embody this kinder kind of spirituality where we humbly examine our belief system to understand how it might compel us to act in less-than-loving ways toward others.
 
This simple phrase, "Thou Shalt Not Be Horrible," could help us practice what we preach by creating a world where:
 
* spiritual community provides a sense of belonging where all people are received as we are;
* the most important question we ask of a religious belief is not Is it true? but rather, is it helpful?
* it is morally impossible to pledge complete allegiance to both Jesus and America simultaneously;
* the way we treat others is the most tangible and meaningful expression of our belief system.
 
In If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk, John Pavlovitz examines the bedrock ideas of our religion: the existence of hell, the utility of prayer, the way we treat LGBTQ people, the value of anger, and other doctrines to help all of us take a good, honest look at how the beliefs we hold can shape our relationships with God and our fellow humans―and to make sure that love has the last, loudest word.
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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2841 N Ballas Road,
St. Louis, MO 63131

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