Staff Blogs

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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Blog from Kristy Engel

God has a funny way of reminding me who is in charge… You probably have heard the saying, “Man plans and God laughs.”  It’s an old Yiddish saying that seems to explain most of my travels. I spend a lot of time planning my trip, preparing materials, packing just the...

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From the Children’s Ministry

My Uncle Bill passed away right before Christmas.  Every child should have someone in their life like my Uncle Bill.  When my cousins and I were children, Bill was like a bigger, older, one of us.  He was always willing to organize a ballgame of one kind or another...

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From the Student Ministry

Accepted by Love The student ministry spent the month of January discussing the subject of being accepted and the feeling of wanting to belong. As we explored things that interact with our acceptance such as our thoughts, social media, words, and actions we started to...

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From the Music Ministry…

Hymns Used In 2018 Hymnary.org reports that the “. . . song on Hymnary.org that is viewed more often than any other is Reginald Heber’s Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Published in 1826, this hymn of praise to the Trinity is set to the tune NICAEA, written for...

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