Staff Blogs

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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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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