Friday, July 16 at 2pm
(meet at PUCC at 1:30pm to carpool; meet there at 2pm)
Ted Drewes - 6726 Chippewa St 63109
Maybe you’ve been there 3 times each week all summer or maybe you’ve just been dreaming about going. All are welcome!
 
Saturday, July 17 anytime that works well for you
Rest a while
In tomorrow’s gospel lesson, Jesus says, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” 
Find a special place - old or new to you - and intentionally rest. 

Worship with us this Sunday!
Sunday, July 18 at 10am
Worship In-Person IN THE SANCTUARY or Facebook Live… or later on YouTube.

Our scriptures are Psalm 1:1-3 and Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. What does it mean to have sanctuary, seek sanctuary, provide sanctuary for one another? 

We are eager to be in the sanctuary with anyone who is local and comfortable coming.

All the details are in a separate letter:
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.
Order of worship, announcements, prayer list, birthdays and anniversaries.
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
1st & 3rd Tue | 2:00pm via ZOOM

Please join us this summer as we read Great Psalms of the Bible by Clint McCann.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Carnival Collect through July 22
7/28 - Tour and Visit to World Bird Sanctuary
Back-to-School Fair 
Saturday, July 24| Isaiah 58 Ministries 
Isaiah 58 Ministries (where our Give-A-Meal donations often end up!)
needs help with their Fair. Please meet at church at 8:30am to carpool; return early afternoon.
We will be bringing/staffing some of the games - ring toss, corn hole and bowling. We are looking for four people to help with each.
(Rain date - Saturday, July 31)
Please sign up here -- https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D4CA4AC23AB9-back 

Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Game - Christmas in July!
Sunday, July 25| First pitch at 5:45pm| Grizzlies Stadium, Sauget, Illinois
Join us for a great night of baseball – The Grizzlies are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, which is a partner league of Major League Baseball.
Carpool from PUCC at 4:30pm or meet there - a 20 minute drive.
It doesn’ t matter if you’ ve been naughty or nice, everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate Christmas in July! Pull out the ugly Christmas sweaters again.
It may or may not feel like you are in the North Pole with the summer weather… Christmas-themed entertainment and characters from Frozen should help!
We have 14 tickets but can get more if needed. Tickets are $13 each
(Let us know if you need us to defray the cost)
Please RSVP kevin@parkwayucc.org; 314-872-9330
*The Grizzlies Stadium is at 2301 Grizzlie Bear Blvd; Sauget, IL 62206

150th Anniversary Celebration of Parkway UCC Historic Sanctuary
Sunday, August 22 | 10:00 am worship | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Sanctuary and Elm Lawn Cemetery tours | PUCC Historic Sanctuary lawn, 2840 N Ballas Rd, east side of Ballas Rd
 
On August 20, 1871, the building known today as the Historic Sanctuary of Parkway United Church of Christ was dedicated.
On Sunday, August 22, 2021, the 150th anniversary of this special day will be celebrated during the 10 am worship service. After the service, the Historic Sanctuary will be open for tours. Church volunteers will be available to provide background on the building. Members of the Elm Lawn Cemetery Board will also be providing tours of the cemetery located immediately behind the Historic Sanctuary.
 
Return to this posting each week to learn more about the story of this building.
 
More info: Kim Livengood | kimclivengood@gmail.com

Parkway UCC Night at the Muny
Friday, August 27 | 8:00 – 10:pm | Muny Theater, Forest Park
 
Join us for a night at the Muny to see the debut of On Your Feet!
Discounted tickets are $13.50 per person. No backstage tours available this year. Great new show and fun night for all.
 
Based on the inspiring true story of the queen of Latin pop, Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, On Your Feet! is a universal sensation that shows what can happen when two people believe in their talent, music and one another. Their moving rags-to-riches story features some of the most chart-topping songs of the past quarter-century, including Rhythm is Gonna Get You, 1-2-3, Coming Out of the Dark and the title hit, Get On Your Feet. With this Muny premiere, audiences will leave ready to Conga!
 
RSVP to Dan Connors: connorsd@aol.com | (314) 651-0279

Prayer List Updates
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far!
David Comens and Megan Graham married last weekend!
We begin in-person worship this Sunday at 10am!
Ellie & Skip Larson - as she is back at the Care Center at Meramec Bluffs receiving hospice care.
Pete Shelton - healing from additional abdominal surgery.
Family/Friends of Father Gerry Hammel (missionary in Zambia) - as they grieve/give thanks for him as he just died from COVID. He helped set up an all boys school in Zambia where he is chaplain. (Schulenburg).
Beth Watson - treatment for stomach cancer (UCC - Searcy, AR).
(We received a letter in the mail from a woman in a UCC church in Searcy, Arkansas, asking us to pray for her friend Beth and asking us to send blessings to her at her home – 2219 Daniel Drive, Searcy AR 72143)
All impacted by Covid-19 - individuals, families, healthcare workers.
If anyone needs support or if anyone vaccinated would like to be on the
Care Team, please reach out to kevin@parkwayucc.org; 314-330-0629
Gun violence and other violence across the US and other lands.
Grieving families and workers in Miami after condo collapse.
Haiti - finding equilibrium after assassination of their President.
 
St Louis Assn UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending July 18 - Prince of Peace UCC, St. Louis;
princeofpeaceucc.com
Week ending July 25 - Samuel UCC, Clayton; samuelucc.org
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Summer Humor
Why did the teacher jump into the pool?
She wanted to test the water! 

Why are mountains the funniest place to vacation?
They are hill-arious. 

Why don't oysters like to share their pearls?
Because they are shellfish. 

Ponder
by Cameron Trimble, UCC Pastor

My friend is struggling with terrible headaches. She has recently completed radiation treatment and the ongoing effects of the treatment makes it difficult to get through a day. Her head pounds just behind her eyes. Her neck and back are tight from holding tension. She is having to take steroids and anti-inflammatories to keep the pain under control.
 
If I were in a similar position, I would be miserable…and probably making sure that everyone around me knew it.
 
But when I talked to her the other day, she said, “The most amazing thing happened to me. I was looking outside watching my hummingbird feeder. I normally have one or two hummingbirds that fly around. Sometimes three or four. But this morning I had SEVEN hummingbirds. It was the sign I needed. This pain is not going to steal my joy.”
 
I looked at her, puzzled.
 
Then she reminded me that in Mayan teaching, the Hummingbird sings a vibration of pure joy. Unique to all other animals, it can fly in any direction—forward, backwards, up, down, side to side—as well as hover in place, appearing to sit in the air. As they whiz from plant to plant, they are by their very being pollinating the world with pure delight.
 
My friend had seven hummingbirds show up on the morning she needed joy. What a marvel!
 
I don’t pretend to know how that confluence of events happened. I don’t know if it was pure coincidence or the influence of some divine hand. Because I can’t explain it, I get to simply hold her story with awe and wonder, giving thanks that we still have mystery in the world. In this case at least, it’s the beautiful mystery of being surprised by joy.

 
The Other Side of the Hill Documentary
Virtual Screening July 10 - July 25th

OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL is a new film that will be available this summer through IPL for free congregational screenings and individual viewing at home between July 10-25. Where can East & West, Republicans & Democrats, find the common ground needed to address climate change? How can industry and environmentalists work hand in hand? And how can local economies find opportunity in a lower emissions future?

No matter where you are located this important story will inspire you to reach out and bridge the divide. We are more alike than we are different.

OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon – as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations to large scale solar, our film amplifies the voices of rural communities often left unheard, and shines a light on stories of progress & hope. In a time of unprecedented cultural divide between rural and urban communities, we find common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape. The film is 30 minutes long.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR FREE ONLINE SCREENING JULY 10-25.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

Contact Polly Rutherford: pollyrutherford@gmail.com
Double Your Gift with Spire
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has partnered with Spire to build affordable housing in St. Louis…and you can help. From June 1st through July 30th, your gift to our local office will be matched dollar for dollar by Spire up to $50,000. Together, we could raise a total of $100,000!
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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(314) 872 9330 contact@parkwayucc.org
2841 N Ballas Road,
St. Louis, MO 63131

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