From the Pastor….

In this edition of the Parkway newsletter you may notice that mine is the only column by a staff member. I gave the others this edition off and they have earned it. Jane Redman, Carey Huddlestun, and Hannah Rule have been going the extra mile(s) to ensure that all of our congregants have had meaningful Advent and Christmas Seasons. That didn’t leave them much time to think about writing one more article. If our administrative assistant, Angie Smith, wrote a column I’d give her this edition off too.

I don’t say often enough how much I appreciate the privilege of working with this church staff. Through the years I have had the opportunity to work with many able ministers and assistants, but I have never been part of a staff that works better together or enjoys each other’s company more than this one.

It is a natural tendency for those responsible for a particular area of church life to become myopic in defending their territory, advocating for their program, and promoting their ministries. I have been given the rare gift of working alongside ministers who are supportive of one another, reasonable in approaching the distribution of limited resources, open to the ideas of others, and willing to look at the big picture of church ministries and programs. The average member at Parkway, who is a beneficiary of this cooperation, may not realize how unusual this is.

I will admit (while scrupulously avoiding details) that our staff meetings and casual conversations may not be the most reverent, but each of us is determined to do all we can to help our members grow in their faith. I hope, as the new year begins, that you will resolve to pray for each of us and to cooperate and support whatever ministers with which you have the opportunity to work.

Of course, I would be guilty of a terrible oversight if I did not also recognize the contributions of our two accompanists, Mary Ellen Kerrick and Lusia Glagoleva. There simply isn’t a church of any size that has more talented or committed musicians. For a church our size to have them is nothing short of a miracle.

There is also someone working behind the scenes whom you may not know unless you work with our church finances, but Wesley Medford does a superb job of ensuring that all contributions are properly accounted for and that all the bills are paid on time. The rest of us couldn’t do what we do without him.

I hope I spend an appropriate amount of time thanking all of our volunteers for what you do to make Parkway such a special place, but for today I just want to say how grateful I am to work with these talented, gracious, dedicated, and hard-working staff members. As a pastor, I couldn’t ask for more than that.