St. Louis Area Open & Affirming Congregations of the United Church of Christ
Tower Grove Pride
We are so excited to be part of this year's Tower Grove Pride Festival! All the things we love about the festival is back- music, drag and performers on three stages, food drink, and local LGBTQIA+ vendors!! Over 300 booths!! We will be extending our extravagant UCC welcome once again to all of those who come our way over the course of the two days. We need you as our ONA church & pastors to join us to offer comfort, pastoral care and to share the unconditional welcome and full participation in our churches open to all.
The following is the information for this year’s festival:
Dates: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25
Times: Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm
Location: Tower Grove Park Sons of Rest Shelter (South Grand and Main entrance to TGP)
We are asking for two lay volunteers & one pastor to join us at the tent for each 2-hour shift. (4 shifts on Saturday and 3 shifts on Sunday).
You can sign up via: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044aabad2ba46-tower
This link is on GONA Facebook page as well.
As more specific details about the festival become available, you will find it on our FB and here.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
ONA Pride Festival Volunteer Coordinator
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
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.
A Message from Sharon Love:
Gateway ONA Resource line
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.