Staff Blogs

Blog from Kristy Engel….

The Hope Tank 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” I was recently speaking with a pastor friend of...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

During Lent this year, I stayed off Facebook. For the most part, I have stayed off. Instead of checking it hourly, I may or may not check it once a day. I have not been as successful in removing myself from Twitter. I like to keep up with the latest news from...

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From the Music Ministry….

Music in Worship has Changed and Not Changed As with so many aspects of life during this time of pandemic, worship planning and worship procedures have dramatically changed. The work required to create ‘virtual’ worship is very different from the work required to...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

The Garden Before Us If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen me post some pictures of my very first garden. (I’ll include a before and after picture at the end of this post!) I have always wanted to try growing a garden and have a lot of respect for those who...

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From the Student Ministry….

Community “Be devoted to one another in love.” Romans 12:10 The idea of community is something I thought I understood. Well, I guess until a pandemic arrives. I'm learning community has many different forms, as I think we all have come to see in the last six weeks. It...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

I have to confess that this time of social distancing is taking a toll on our household. I have found that it is particularly difficult for 92-year-olds, like my mom, who are used to being on the go. I can’t imagine what it is like for our children and their parents!...

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From the Music Ministry….

All Things Bright and Beautiful Denise and I enjoy climbing to the top of Stone Mountain. We haven’t been up the mountain lately because we have been sheltering-in-place and have only occasionally ventured out to pick up groceries. We enjoy several things about hiking...

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BLog from Kristy Engel…

Breathe “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything...

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From the Student Ministry…

Peacemakers During this past month the student ministry has been working through the Beatitudes. Even though the global situation has resulted in social distancing, the students have continued learning the Beatitudes through social media and group messaging. We came...

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From the Children’s Ministry…

“Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11 As you have probably heard in a past children’s sermon, when I was twenty-five years old I served as a Christian Service Corp Volunteer for a month in...

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From the Music Ministry…

Resources for These Times This month I’m sharing what I use to keep spiritually healthy these days. I use the phrase “these days” intentionally. In this article, I am refraining from using the name(s) of the current pandemic because I believe we are all fully...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Be All That You Can Be Do you remember that slogan from the Army? I know it wasn’t meant to be taken in a spiritual light, but that’s how I’ve always heard it. God, not just the US Army, wants us to “be all that we can be.” We are perfectly made for God’s plan and...

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From the Student Ministry….

How to Beatitude? ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3-12 ‬ 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

It is hard to believe that it is already March and that we are in the season of Lent. For the last few years, I have prepared a variety of activities for the children to do on their own or as a family during Lent. In my search of meaningful Lent activities for...

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From the Minister of Music….

Hour of the Wolf Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish filmmaker, directed a psychological horror film released in 1968 entitled Hour of the Wolf. This bizarre surreal film tells the nightmarish story of an artist who is haunted by insomnia, paranoia and strange dreams between...

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Blog from Kristy Engel (02.01.20)

Relationships Matter Let me first say, THANK YOU! The generosity of my Parkway family has again reminded me why I have made this my home. Not only was there a great financial gift given with the missions offering, but members of the church came together quickly to...

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From the Student Ministry (02.01.20)

Love Does In the month of January the student ministry has been learning about why we participate in missions in a series called “Why Missions? Because Love Does”. This series led up to the student ministry Hometown Youth Missions weekend in which we partnered and...

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From the Children’s Ministry (02.01.20)

I was thrilled when Greta Thunberg was named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”. God has given us a wonderful planet to live on and I believe that it is our responsibility to take care of it not only for our time here, but for future generations. For Greta to...

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From the Music Ministry (02.01.20)

Called to Community I grew up watching movies featuring the rugged individualist - Alan Ladd’s character in “Shane,” John Wayne’s character in “The Searchers,” and Clint Eastwood’s character in any movie he was ever in. The rugged individualist is engrained into...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Thank you.  Thank you for your support, your encouragement, your gifts and for being family to me. My job as the Global Consultant for Health for International Ministries means that I am more often traveling than I am home. But, when I’m home, you are my family, and I...

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From the Student Ministry….

Through Her Eyes In this Advent season the youth are going through the Not a Silent Night youth guide by Adam Hamilton. It takes a look not only at the night of Jesus’ birth, but stages throughout Jesus’ life, and it looks through Mary’s eyes. I know many of us have...

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From the Music Ministry….

In Memoriam [Ring Out, Wild Bells] Alfred Lord Tennyson - 1809-1892 Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light: The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells,...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

The Ladies Tuesday Morning Bible Study Group did a very meaningful study of the book of John with the help of a book written by Adam Hamilton a few months ago. During this study, it became so clear how far we have strayed from the teachings of Jesus Christ. Over and...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

I have been on the road recently, speaking and preaching in churches throughout the state of Maine. I’ve also traveled to the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and India in the last few weeks! It has been a crazy beginning of autumn for me and the travel will only...

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From the Student Ministry….

Thankfulness We are approaching the time of year that everyone is reminded they need to be thankful. Thankful for what they have and thankful they do not lack. Why does this thankfulness come during one, maybe two months a year? How can we live our lives with a...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

I Timothy 4:14 states, “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to your gift, so that others may see your progress.” I have heard Patsy Brock say that when she was a young girl in church, she was afraid to be called...

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From the Music Ministry…

Carols by Candlelight On Sunday, December 8th, our Christmas Choir, made up of the Sanctuary Choir with other volunteer singers, will lead in worship by presenting Christmas by Candlelight, a musical written and arranged by John Randall Dennis. Others involved in the...

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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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