St. Louis Area Open & Affirming Congregations of the United Church of Christ
G.O.N.A. Drag Bingo!
Join us for an evening of FUNdraising through Bingo! There will be Bingo, trivia, fellowship, and maybe even some drag.
Our Bingo caller will be the amazing Desiré Declyne!
Rainbow Comma T-Shirts
Gateway ONA now offers year-round online t-shirt sales! We have a RedBubble account where you can order the classic rainbow comma logo, or the UCC's new "3 Great Loves" rainbow comma logo. Standard shipping is 5-9 days, the products are delivered straight to your home, and we have all sorts of shirt styles as well as mugs and other items!
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.
Gateway ONA Resource line
PrideFest 2020: ONLINE ONLY
Hey everyone, having purchased a booth space, GONA received an email from the organizers of St. Louis PrideFest 2020, letting us know that the event is moving online this year. We wanted to get the word out to our folks,
THERE WILL NOT BE AN IN-PERSON PRIDEFEST 2020 IN AUGUST.
We hope everyone will understand, and we appreciate the precautions being taken by the PrideFest organizers to keep our community healthy.
Here is an excerpt of the email update:
"The City of St Louis Health Department with regards to the safety and concern of our community, is not allowing us to hold an in-person festival with a gathering of greater than 200 people during the Covid-19 pandemic. We were hoping that the precautions implemented earlier in the year would have prevented these continued restrictions however, this pandemic is beyond our control and unfortunately PrideSTL is reformatting PrideFest 2020.
PrideSTL has decided on holding a Virtual PrideFest 2020 that will not only have a local audience but will have a nationwide reach and because of our membership and involvement with InterPride, a global Pride organization - will have a global viewing audience as well!
There is going to be an announcement made by Pride St Louis in the coming days. I am reaching out to you beforehand to let you know of our plans.
Thank you again for your continued support and participation in our Pride festivals and parades. We could not do this without you and we greatly appreciate you! We Are Family!"
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.