St. Louis Area Open & Affirming Congregations of the United Church of Christ
Join us for a day of learning, fellowship, and mentorship as we learn everything from what it means to be ONA and how to further live into your ONA convanet to learning about legislative issues and how to create inclusive worship!
We are honored to be joined by the UCC ONA Coalition’s Exec. Director Rev. Dr. Katrina Roseboro-Marsh who will be providing our keynote address after the opening worship service and will also be leading a workshop later in the day!
During worship we will partake in the sacrament of Communion. For those who attend in person there will be individually wrapped juice & gluten free wafers. If you are attending via Zoom we invite you to have your own choice of elements ready so you may partake with us.
There will be a free-will offering collected during the service, as well as baskets all day available for donations. Offering will be collected for the UCC ONA Coalition and the AllianceQ of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The General offering will be split accordingly. You will also have the options to designate your offering to either the ONA groups. QR Codes will be available to give virtually.
There will be a light breakfast provided. We ask that you bring a closed-lid coffee cup or travel mug for your drink consumption for the day. We will provide a lunch with gluten free & vegetarian options as well.
We will be collecting canned goods for Doorways. Bring your canned goods with you the day of and we will have a box for them!
As of 1/13/2024 Parkway United Church of Christ is Mask Optional.
Workshop Descriptions can be found here!
A Message from Sharon Love:
Rainbow Comma T-Shirts
Classic Rainbow Comma
"3 Great Loves" Rainbow Comma
We are selling the shirts at cost, so Gateway ONA makes no profit on them. You pay only for your shirt and its shipping cost.
Due to limitations in Redbubble's interface, some of the shirt styles allow you to select white or grey background colors. We ask that you choose a "rainbow" color as the background color of your shirt. This is both so that the white writing on the shirt is readable, and so that we look colorful in the PrideFest parade.
Thank you, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
As a non-profit group, we welcome and appreciate any donations you wish to send. Checks can be made payable to "Gateway ONA" and sent to:
Mr. Greg Schmelig, Treasurer
Parkway United Church of Christ
2841 North Ballas Road
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Other communications may be sent to
3510 Giles Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63116
WE ARE UCC
The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. Our faith is over 2,000 years old...our thinking is NOT.
WE ARE OPEN & AFFIRMING
To say that a UCC church is “Open and Affirming” means that it has publicly and specifically declared that those of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (LGBTQ) are welcome in its full life and ministry. ONA congregations offer a spirit of hospitality and show a willingness to live out that extravagant welcome in meaningful ways.
WE ARE GATEWAY
Gateway ONA is a coalition of LGBTQ Open & Affirming congregations of the United Church of Christ (UCC) in the St. Louis area. We provide support to our member churches, run a resource hotline, host annual events to educate on LGBT issues and have a presence at PRIDE.