Staff Blogs

From the Music Ministry….

Hymn Survey Results The results from the Parkway Baptist Church 2019 Hymn Survey are in! Thanks to those who completed the survey to give us an idea of what Parkway Baptist’s favorite hymns are. Based on the survey results, Parkway Baptist Church’s favorite strophic...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

The weak and needy  Psalms 72:12-14 (NRSV) For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

Busyness  We are entering peak school busy season. Every week our students ask for prayer because they have more tests, more practices, more homework, and more that is expected from them. We not only expect them to do all of that listed, but also be the light and love...

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From Children’s Ministry….

“If we are saved by grace and not by works, why do good works?”  Working with children, especially intelligent children, means being prepared to answer questions like this to their satisfaction.  Doing missions isn’t easy. It requires hard work. So, why do we do so...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Psalm 40:15, Nehemiah 2:12, 1 Peter 2:11-12 There has probably never been a time in history when the majority of people were seriously seeking God. Our Bible sets before us the idea that God may use a minority to serve the majority.  Church history says the same. It...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

September brings a new beginning for our Wednesday night programs for children here at Parkway.  Angela Barker will once again lead our children in choir beginning at 6:30 p.m. The choir room will now be housed in room 106.  We are so fortunate to have someone of...

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From the Music Ministry….

New Choir Year If you have considered serving as a participant in Sanctuary Choir, this is an excellent time of year to join. We have just begun rehearsing new music after our summer rehearsal break. The Sanctuary Choir is always welcoming to those who have the...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Praying for our country I don’t spend much time in the United States every year. It is because of a transition between countries and cultures that I think I am affected in a different way by what is happening here. I see what life can be like outside of the bickering,...

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From the Student Ministry….

Staying Connected This month starts another school year! For some of our students that means going to middle school, maybe going to high school, starting senior year, or even starting college. This is an excellent time to talk about one of the questions from our...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

Another year of Passport Kids Camp is in the books.  I can honestly say that I have enjoyed each camp I have attended with the Parkway children.  I believe that the theme this year is my personal favorite, “Fearless”.   During our worship experiences, Bible studies...

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From the Music Ministry….

Congregational Song Survey 2019 The past several months I have focused on the current state of congregational song, factors that influence congregational singing, and characteristics of worship music in general. This series was inspired by and drew from Harry...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

The Walls We Build Over the last several months, I’ve been doing a lot of praying and thinking about the walls that I’ve built between myself and God. Things that might generally be considered good, but somehow separate me from having a stronger relationship with God....

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From the Student Ministry….

Fearless  fear·less adjective lacking fear. synonyms: bold, brave, courageous,  In June, I prepared to take my first trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia. I was feeling the typical “right-before-an-adventure” jitters, but I was surprised to feel fear leading up to a trip. I...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

With the closing of the Parkway Weekday Preschool, we have been faced with an exciting, yet daunting challenge.  It is exciting that we can now look at creative ways to best use the additional space and daunting with the amount of furniture and toys that have to be...

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From the Music Ministry….

Authenticity of Worship Music This month I pull back from my focus on congregational song and look at the broader picture of all music use in worship. For me, all music used in worship, including congregational song, should be marked by two essential characteristics -...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Later this year, the Parkway family will have an opportunity to help mold the minds of four young adults from Brisbane, Australia. I will be leading these four individuals on a trip around the world, called “Hands Around the World”, with the purpose of introducing...

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From the Music Ministry….

Congregational Song Part 3 This article is the third in a series on congregational song in worship. The first two parts of this series quoted Harry Plantinga’s blog post, The Future of Congregational Song, published March 9, 2019. Harry Plantinga is the Director of...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

There has been a lot of talk about vaccinations in the news lately. Most of this talk centers around whether or not all children should be vaccinated, but most people are unaware that adults also need to have updates on certain vaccines. During my yearly physical...

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Blog from Kristy Engel

I recently had a fall where I was lying at the bottom of my stairs and realizing that I needed to call someone to help me. Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt so badly that I needed an ambulance, but I did need a friend to help. In thinking whom I should call, I had many names...

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From the Children’s Ministry

When I think about the children that I taught in kindergarten, I think of them as being stuck in a time warp.  In my mind, they are still five-years-old. That is what happens when someone comes into your life for a brief period of time and then moves on. One of the...

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From the Music Ministry

Change In Congregational Song Part 2 This article is the second in a three-month series on change in congregational song in worship. Last month presented Harry Plantinga’s brief overview of the history of congregational song. Harry Plantinga is the Director of...

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From the Student Ministry

Last week the student ministry finished up 110 hygiene kits for Crossroads Community Ministry. This is the ministry I’ve been serving with during my Clinical Pastoral Education internship. We serve the homeless by helping them get their birth certificates, Georgia...

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Blog from Kristy Engel

Lenten words for the day from N. T. Wright, based on Romans 8:26-30: Paul sees the prayer life of the church as the means by which God can come and share the pain of the world....Many times individual Christians, and whole churches, feel that they don't really...

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From the Youth Ministry….

The Next Step There are several of our students that are graduating high school this year. Many are beginning the journey to college by making tough decisions about their future, but what is the next step supposed to look like? Do any of us really know? In one way or...

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From the Music Ministry….

Changing Congregational Song This article is the beginning of a three months series on change in congregational song in worship. The first two articles will present the thoughts of Harry Plantinga. Harry Plantinga is the Director of Hymnary.org and is a faculty member...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

Mrs. Alma Kay. Shirley Lacy. Bill Bryans. Mary Bailey. George Rooks. Mr. Joe Skeleton. These are some of the names of Sunday School teachers I had growing up at First Baptist Church of Hartwell.  I can’t say that I remember any one lesson, but I remember the people. I...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

In a world full of conflict, distress, disagreement, pain and loss…I thought it would be an appropriate time to remember what Psalm 46 says, as spoken in The Message translation: 1-3 God is a safe place to hide,    ready to help when we need him. We stand fearless at...

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From the Children’s Ministry…

It always makes me a little sad to abandon the “old” way of doing things for the “new” ways.  This was true when I left the traditional Wednesday night schedule of Mission’s activities for a mixed schedule of Bible based activities that provide more movement and...

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From the Youth Ministry….

What is Your Mission? In March the student ministry will participate in March Mission Madness, which will be held at Johns Creek Baptist Church, March 15th and 16th. We will be put into groups and go out to serve our local area. I think this is a great opportunity for...

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From the Music Ministry….

Hymns for Lent The season of Lent this year begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6th. The Hymnary.org blog for February had links to four pastors’ and church musicians’ lists of their top songs for Lent.  I began to think about my top ten songs for the Lenten Season and...

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