Staff Blogs

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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From the staff . . .

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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From the Children’s Ministry….

Thank you to everyone who joined us for lunch and the trip to the Train Museum in October.  It was so nice to see the children out and having so much fun together! Hopefully, that trip will be the beginning of many more outings during this school year. Our next event...

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From the Music Ministry….

Opportunities to Invite Friends and Neighbors to Parkway There are several upcoming events this Fall/Winter that are natural opportunities to invite your friends and neighbors to experience the community at Parkway Baptist Church. Sunday, November 28, Morning Worship...

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Blog from Kristy Engel…

What next? Over the last several weeks, since Dr. King retired, the congregation has spent a lot of time discussing the question, “What next?,” in terms of the church’s work in the community. We have heard from various speakers, read books, watched videos, and talked...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

There is a phrase that I probably overused as a teacher and have no idea where it came from, “Don’t just sit there like a bump on a pickle!” That phrase comes to mind as we end a month thinking about, praying for, and dreaming of the future of our church.  While I am...

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From the Music Ministry….

Hospitality In Worship How can we express hospitality in our worship services? First, we need to acknowledge that a Christian worship service is a unique event; it is not a concert, it is not a lecture, it is not a pep rally, although it has some elements of all those...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

Philippians 4:7 says, “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” When I sat down to write this newsletter, I really wanted it to be positive and encouraging....

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From the Music Ministry….

Welcome In Many Ways Obviously, we are in a time of transition. Times of transition are natural times to consider what has been done and examine core beliefs and practices. It is not that lots of changes need to be made, but it is a good idea for every organization to...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

As I write this I am sitting on a deck overlooking a quiet, beautiful lake in Maine.  Nature is singing all around me and the only reminder that I am not alone is the sound of cars on the highway in the distance.  This is one of the most peaceful places I know. It is...

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Blog from Kristy Engel….

“Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart… We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home any who have lost their way.” -Francis The above quote is from the beginning of a new book I just started, The...

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From the Music Ministry….

“Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Already Taken” Oscar Wilde If you attended a magic convention (the term magic in this article refers to the variety arts, it does not involve chickens or graveyards, or the very popular card game, Magic: the Gathering) you will see a...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

One year ago, our Parkway family kept Dave and my mother fed while I battled Covid 19. Even though I was isolated in the hospital, I did not feel alone because of all the prayers you prayed on my behalf. You got us through a difficult time.  This year, you are getting...

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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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