Staff Blogs

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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From the Children’s Ministry….

With Covid cases rising around most of the country, I have heard several people lament that Thanksgiving and Christmas will be very different this year. I confess that I have not been that upset about giving up large family gatherings this year as I learned the hard...

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From the Student Ministry….

Second and third. This is where suicide ranks as the cause of death for adolescence and children ages 15-19 and 5-14 respectively. It was only beat out for the top spots by accidents and cancer. It should give you pause. It should be sobering. This past month of...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

The first children’s minister at a church I was a member of was Bob Parris. It was only when I came to Parkway that I came to know Paula.  Bob and Paula have dedicated their lives to children, in the church and in the school system. Our Parkway children have been so...

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From the Music Ministry….

Thinking of Autumn Favorite Season Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. The air becomes crisper and drier, leaves start to show their true colors, college football begins, and apples and peanuts are in season. Notice I did not mention pumpkin spice at all in this...

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From the Student Ministry….

Our favorite sheets were taped up in a box at the bottom of a man-sized Jenga tower, the pillows were hidden in a city of cardboard skyscrapers and the bed was the second act of Humpty dumpty, waiting to be put back together again. These things are not what you want...

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From the Children’s Ministry….

I miss being with the Parkway Kids so much!  I know that many of you are also missing being together as a church family. However, after fighting Covid-19 for over a month, seventeen days of that in the hospital, I am more convinced now than ever before that Parkway is...

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From the Music Ministry….

“Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” is reportedly an old Yiddish adage meaning, “Man Plans, and God Laughs” (see Psalm 33:10). As this ongoing pandemic has made clear, despite our most careful planning, life is unpredictable. While I have experienced my fair share of...

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Blog from Kristy Engel…

“If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or...

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From the Music Ministry…

In Appreciation As most of you have heard, Warren and Bobbie Fields are moving to Athens, Georgia to live with their daughter Karen and her family. When Bobbie and Warren let everyone know they had sold their house in Atlanta and would need to be out of it by August...

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