Staff Blogs

From the Student Ministry….

Being Better Storytellers A few weeks ago, during the Wednesday night prayer meeting--inspired by Passport Camp’s theme: Story--I spoke about how we have our own part in telling the Gospel story. For my final article I wanted to revisit that idea. I love great...

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From the Music Ministry….

Baptist by Choice Hi.  My name is Carey and I’m a Baptist.  (Hi, Carey). You see, my father was a Southern Baptist pastor and so my father and mother raised my sister and me in what I have come to discover is a very questionable alternative lifestyle. That being the...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

When I think back on my personal journey of faith, there are several authors whose books challenged me not only to be a better person, but to allow God to be God. I grew up with a strong sense of “right” and “wrong” and I unwittingly kept God in a box. I was in my...

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From the Student Ministry….

Give them more grace, not less This last month we have been looking at the idea of Conflict-- what contributes to it; what is it made of; what do you do when it reaches an impasse? We have decided that it is inevitable but not always bad. Conflict arises because...

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From the Music Ministry….

Worshiping a Triune God  We recently observed Trinity Sunday on May 30. In planning the music portions of this service, I thought of Marva J. Dawn’s meaningful comments in her brief and practical book, How Shall We Worship? The first question Dr. Dawn deals with in...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

It seems like we have been in a dark tunnel for a very long time and we can finally see a glimmer of light signaling that we are approaching the end of that tunnel.  While we aren’t quite out of that tunnel, we can begin to plan for all the things we want to do once...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” (emphasis mine) I have preached on this verse several times and admit that it often feels like I’m banging my head upon a wall when I look at our world today. Call...

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From the Children’s Ministry…

The hometown newspaper in Hartwell had a tradition years ago of recognizing a “Mother of the Year.” It used to make me feel guilty every year for not nominating my mother. I just did not like it being a competition. One year, I decided to write an anonymous letter to...

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From the Music Ministry

Why Singing in a Choir Makes You Happier This month I am taking a break from writing a newsletter article to share with you, in its entirety, an article by Jaime Babbitt. It relates to my April newsletter article about the joy and benefits of singing together. This...

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Blog from Kristy Engel (04.01.21)

Compassion Galatians 5:22-23 says, “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” I suspect that, if you have spent much time in church, this...

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From the Children’s Ministry (04.01.21)

Have you ever found that the difficult times in our lives often bring about opportunities to minister? The thought came to me as I talked with a neighbor whose husband was hospitalized with Covid. It wasn’t the first time since my illness that I was able to offer...

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From the Student Ministry (04.01.21)

Stretchy pants for Lent Yes, I said it. Go on and pull up your favorite Thanksgiving dinner pants in preparation for Lenten season. You know the ones that have the elastic in the seams or that extra emergency button for those large servings of sweet potato pie?--I’m...

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From the Music Ministry (04.01.21)

I’m Not Pavarotti I realize I am not a great soloist. I have a pleasant enough voice . . . I can sing in tune, keep a beat, and get by when needed to, but in the wide world of vocal artistry my voice is rather average. I would not be chosen to advance on American...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

What next? I’ve been asked a lot, lately, what ministry looks like for me now that I can’t travel. Or at least not until the places I need to go are working towards vaccinating their populations. Although I was blessed to have received my second dose of the Pfizer...

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From the Music Ministry….

Foreshadowing Better Days Ahead For Easter Sunday, we are going to work toward presenting a virtual choir anthem! This involves Parkway Baptist choir members who read music well, are confident singing independently, and comfortable with technology recording themselves...

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From the Student Ministry….

THANK YOU! Babies, am I right? They do their own thing. There is no rushing them, no compromise, no reasoning, just responding. I’ve heard babies jokingly referred to as ‘little terrorists’ because of their no negotiation attitude. While the sentiment is...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

I must make a confession. As Lent approached this year, Dave asked me what I planned to give up and I replied, “Nothing. I’ve already given up too much this year.” Usually, I begin thinking about Lent in January.  I like to plan activities for the children to do...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

I would like to start today’s newsletter with a thank you. Thank you for supporting me during my recent sabbatical. Thank you for checking in on me over the last year to make sure things were going ok as I dealt with the pandemic living alone. Thank you for your...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

If there has been one good thing to come from being away from in person worship this past year, it is the time that we have been able to make renovations to many of our Sunday School spaces.  I can’t wait for you to see the fruits of Don Nanney, Linda King, Betty...

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From the Student Ministry….

Finding common ground and avoiding becoming the thing you hate Sarcasm, insight, passive resolve, and semi-apathetic support - in our group we have the full spectrum when it comes to political interest...or disinterest. Some I rely on to keep me up to speed on current...

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From the Music Ministry….

Lorica Our ‘choral’ benediction for January and February is the relatively new spiritual song/hymn, God, Be the Love to Search and Keep Me (O Christ, Surround Me) written by Richard Burxvoort Colligan, adjunct Instructor in Liturgy and Christian Life at Wartburg...

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From the Student Ministry….

Nostalgia and Charlie Brown The youth Christmas Party always has a gift exchange; it always has snacks; and it ALWAYS has Charlie Brown. Traditions crop up in all kinds of ways. Sometimes we plan them with lots of thought and purpose. Other times it’s just because a...

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From the Music Ministry….

Hope in the New Year In "How Can I Keep from Singing," (Celebrating Grace Hymnal‎, #592) Robert Lowry wrote: My life flows on in endless song. Above earth's lamentation I hear the real though far off hymn That hails a new creation. And then comes his memorable...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

Usually, I am a little sad to see a year come to an end. That was not the case with 2020. If there was ever a year that tried our patience, our perseverance, our faith, 2020 was that year. I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled to begin a new year. This coming year...

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From the Student Ministry….

I am thankful. This past Sunday the Youth had our monthly Youth lunch. With Thanksgiving just around the corner we decided to make it our Thanksgiving lunch and spent time saying what we were thankful for. Some were thankful for family, some for good grades, and some...

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From the Music Ministry….

Georgia’s Home for the Holidays Merry Christmas from the Music Ministry of Parkway Baptist Church! I dearly miss Parkway Baptist’s usual plethora of Advent and Christmas worship services and related music offerings this year. Of course, Christmas is typically a busy...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

Our annual Elf Workshop has joined the list of activities that must be cancelled this year due to Covid 19. In its place, we will have a “work at home” Elf Workshop.  I am preparing boxes containing a craft, cookies, hot chocolate, and a few other surprises for the...

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From the Student Ministry….

Back to Basics This month I have started back at the basics. Whether the youth have understood this is my hidden intention or not, I have been focusing on what values we should hold as Christians, as Christ-followers, as the church. I believe to do this we should...

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From the Music Ministry….

A New Year - Hymns Used 2019-2020 A New Christian Year begins on Sunday, November 29, 2020. This is the first Sunday of Advent, which begins the 2020-2021 Christian year for Reformed Churches like Parkway Baptist Church. The beginning of a new year, whether January 1,...

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