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Retirement has allowed me to take advantage of professional learning opportunities I did not have time for when working full-time. In early February of this year I attended the 2024 Polyphony Annual Conference. Polyphony is an organization that aims to nurture church...

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From the Staff . . .

Happy New Year! Our Godly Play lesson each Sunday begins with the words, “I hope that something good has happened to you this week. Take those good memories and hold them in your heart forever. If something happened that wasn’t so good, perhaps someone hurt your...

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From the Staff . . .

Christmas Opportunities Christmas has become part of our culture's calendar and consciousness. It became an official Federal holiday way back in 1870. In 2017 the Pew Research Center reported that “Even among religious ‘nones,’ fully 85% say they celebrate the...

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From the Staff . . .

Our Passport Kids Camp theme this year was Upside Down. Our Parkway children expressed some frustration with this theme, especially when asked how they felt “upside down.” They didn’t know when their Bible Study leaders were asking for a literal answer or a faith...

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From the Staff . . .

Music Ministry August 2023 - Carey Huddlestun Overview The Music Ministry enables the community of Parkway Baptist Church to worship God through the transformative act of singing together and by presenting acts of worship with excellence and authenticity using a...

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From the Staff . . .

Summer is here! Other than the heat that is bound to arrive in full force soon, what is there not to like about summer? Everyone needs time to rest and to do all the fun things that can’t be done the rest of the year. With summer trips, there are many of you that we...

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From the Staff . . .

Refresh and Refocus Taking a break is essential for maintaining our mental and physical health. Our brains and bodies require rest to function at their best, and regular breaks allow us to recharge and refocus. Whether we are studying, working, or simply going about...

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From the Staff . . .

It seems like it was just last week that we were preparing for the mystery of Christmas and now we are preparing for the mystery of Easter. I just don’t understand how time suddenly speeds up when you get older! For many years, I gave up things for Lent that were, to...

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From Pastor Caroline . . .

February 1, 2023 “My Father is glorified by this: that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be my disciples.” ~John 15:8 As a church we dedicated considerable time last year to assessing our personal discipleship through our Daring Discipleship series. We...

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Blog from Kristy Engel . . .

Ukraine Relief Work, December 2022 Deuteronomy 15:7, “If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor.” John...

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From the Staff . . .

Looking Back at the Old Year: Hymns Sung in 2021-2022 Happy New Year! According to the liturgical calendar (see https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/) the Old Year ends with Christ the King Sunday, this year on November 24, and a New Year begins with the first...

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From the Staff . . .

Being Ready to Have an Impact for Christ in our World This Summer the church youth explored, at Passport and on Youth Wonderful Wednesday (YWW) night discussions, how to serve God in an impactful way. We discussed how we live and how we respond when given...

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From the Staff . . .

Jane Redman Since the Pandemic, we have had “scaled down” events for Halloween and Easter. This year, I am excited to get back to more normal festivities! On Saturday, October 29, we will hold our first event that will be open to the public. We will host a Fall...

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From the Staff . . .

From Carey Huddlestun, Minister of Music Thank You and Blessings, Mary Ellen Parkway Baptist Church has been blessed to have Mary Ellen Kerrick as a worship leader for the past several years. As recently announced, Mary Ellen is resigning as organist at Parkway...

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From the Staff . . .

July 1, 2022 Once upon a time, a group of wise educators decided that Kindergarten should be less of a academic setting and more of a place where children would learn to live and work together. Instead of reading, computer, math and science centers, there were...

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This Easter/Lenten season our Youth collected snacks for the after-school program at the Rainbow Village, using their own money to buy them. Giving their time to earn the dollars and then spending those dollars for someone else’s benefit was their Lenten Mission...

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From the Staff . . .

Jane Redman Children's Ministry Coordinator The Ladies’ Book Club recently read the book, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. This book tells the story of a woman and her son who lose all of their family in one violent attack in Mexico and are forced to leave the...

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Blog from Kristy Engel . . .

Wayfinding   I’ve been meeting with a group of colleagues to discuss wayfinding in the context of missions. It is a new concept for me, but I’ve been fascinated by the discussions. I’ll try to introduce you to a bit of what we are learning.   Wayfinding, as...

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From the Children’s Ministry . . .

Each year during Lent, we have tried to provide activities for the children and families to do to help children fully appreciate the season and to grow in their faith. This year, we are offering a more balanced church and home approach to Lent. The Children and Youth...

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From the Music Ministry . . .

Hymns that Mark the Day For my daily devotion I use the Morning Prayer Service outlined in the Book of Common Worship. The Book of Common Worship is a product of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and it has its roots in the Church of Scotland. Growing up in the Baptist...

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Blog from Kristy Engel . . .

“He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped.”   I recently read the above verse in a devotional, and it made me stop and think. First, I thought about what it would mean to stand between the living and the dead. Then I thought, “I wonder how...

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From the Music Ministry . . .

Thoughts on a Life of Service Through Music February 1, 2022, marks Mary Ellen Kerrick’s eighteenth year as organist at Parkway Baptist Church. Quite a milestone! Of course, Mary Ellen was an organist before coming to Parkway Baptist. In fact, Mary Ellen has served...

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From the Children’s Ministry . . .

Very soon Parkway Parents will receive a survey about possible outings for the winter and spring. Omicron numbers will hopefully be on the decline when you read this, and we will be ready to get out and do some things! I have researched some options and need parent...

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Blog from Kristy Engel . . .

Hope “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” (John 16:33, MSG) I shared this verse with doctors and...

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From the Music Ministry . . .

Hymns Used in 2021 Listed below is our annual hymn-use report from this past liturgical year, November 29, 2020 (the first Sunday of Advent) to November 21, 2021 (Christ the King Sunday). I always find the data interesting. It is a reflection of the themes used in...

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From the Children’s Ministry . . .

I heard about a new book by Mitch Albom, The Stranger in the Lifeboat. I have read several of Albom’s books and immediately purchased this one. To no one’s surprise, the stranger in the lifeboat identified himself as “the Lord.” As is usual with a Mitch Albom book,...

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Blog from Kristy Engel . . .

The Body I was able to spend the month of November teaching the youth on Sunday mornings. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I found it challenging! The challenge was in trying to communicate a lesson across multiple ages…but this was a very good lesson for me in...

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From the Children’s Ministry . . .

It’s hard to believe that December is here and Christmas is just a few weeks away! Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the decorations, music and traditions of Christmas.  Last year, one of the things I missed the most was the Elf Workshop. ...

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From the Music Ministry. . .

A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols   On Sunday, December 19th, the Christmas Choir will lead in worship by presenting A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols: A Simple Service for Choir and Congregation composed by and arranged by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Pursuit For the last few Wednesday evening Bible studies, Pastor Caroline has read through Psalm 23, almost like Lectio Divina. (Lectio Divina means “divine word” and is a way of meditating on scripture to spend time with God and gain knowledge of God’s Word). I...

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