THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 53, No. 50                                December 9, 2020
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Sunday School starts at 9:30 In-person and via Zoom
  Sunday worship starts at 11:00 AM In-person and on Facebook Live

Congregational Meeting-December 13 at 12:00
The Session has called a Congregational Meeting for Sunday, December 13 at 12:00pm. This meeting will be held in the sanctuary of Parkway Presbyterian Church and will be available by ZOOM, using this link.  Call in via telephone audio only dial  +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) -- Meeting ID: 833 4676 7732
Passcode: 618568
The Purpose of this meeting is to dissolve the pastoral relationship between Rev. Laura Neely Villarreal and Parkway Presbyterian Church. The rationale for the separation is that Parkway's financial situation can no longer sustain Laura's position.
Longest Night Service
Recognizing that the Christmas season can be a difficult time for those who have experienced grief and the loss of loved ones, a special service, "Longest Night," will be held on Sunday, December 13 at 6:00 on the church's Facebook page. The service will provide participants time to recognize their grief and remember the losses of life.
Everyone is invited to attend this service of scripture, prayer, hymns, and readings. This service will be available online only.

Christmas Joy Offering
What is this? A special offering collected during
Advent to support leaders---past, present & future.
How does it support?  It provides assistance to
retired church workers and current workers who need additional financial support.  It helps with developing future leaders at Presbyterian related racial ethnic schools and colleges. Pan American School in our area is one of these schools.
Please give generously. You may also Text JOY to 56512 to give; or by clicking here to visit the website. Watch this video for information.  

Congratulations Theo Woods

Graduations day, Saturday December 12th! 
Gifts to due by December 13th
There is still time to sign up through Sign Up Genius by clicking on this link. If you don't have access to a computer please call the church office or Judy Braselton at (361)215-1841.  Once you sign up you will receive an e-mail with all the information and directions needed. If you use Amazon, enter the site through and select PCHAS as your preferred charity. There is no cost to you and PCHAS receives a percentage when purchases are made."

If you want, you can have the gifts sent directly to the church office.  If you choose to do this, please let Cheryl know what is coming and your child's name.  Please return your gift to the church office where a gingerbread cut-out with your child's name will be waiting to be attached to your gift.  Please do NOT wrap the gifts although gift bags will be greatly appreciated.  Please have your gifts at the church office on or before Sunday, December 13th If you prefer to make a monetary donation, please do so on Realm or send a check to the church office with "Gingerbread Project" on the memo line. 

Thank you for your generosity.
Mission Market Moves Online!
It's time once again for Parkway's alternative gift giving opportunity. Just think: no long lines at the mall and no shipping charges for on-line orders. What a wonderful opportunity in the true spirit of the season: a gift for a friend or family member that also benefits others for the coming year and beyond.
There are three recipients this year. Coastal Bend Food Bank, Presbyterian Pan American School and Heifer International. The Mission Market is available through December 22nd.
This year the market is moving entirely online, so you don't even have to leave your house to pick out your gifts. Please go to the online form and do your shopping.
If you need any assistance you can contact Laura at or Pat at We are more than glad to help!
So, buy a gift for friends or family and let your gift continue throughout the year. 

Stewardship Pledge Campaign 2021

 Please click here to watch our stewardship video.

2020 will go down in history as a year of...something. We didn't always know what we were to do, or the best way to do it, but we still accomplished ministry in Jesus' name.
  • Worship services were held weekly. The platform changed from a recording on ZOOM, to recorded clips edited into a whole, to livestreaming. The format changed, but each week we had an opportunity for worship. Amazingly, the participation in worship online significantly multiplied our reach.
  • Hands-on mission was curtailed at Loaves and Fishes and in Guatemala, but our support for mission continued through your generous donations.
  • Every crisis is also an opportunity and we continue to explore new ways we can be the church, offering hope to a world in need.
Many of you have turned in a pledge for the church's work in 2021.  Thank you.  We have received about half of the pledges we anticipate.  To date, members have pledged $383,070 . Including commitments from those who did not pledge last year, there is an increase of over $15,580  from the same pledges in 2020. We need to hear from everyone!  If you have not made a financial commitment to the church for 2021, you may pledge on the church website under the "Give" tab, or pledge through the Realm app on your phone, or call the church office and let Cheryl or Sue record your pledge.

Click here to fill out your 2021 pledge card.

Online Order of Worship
We are posting the Online Order of Worship on Facebook, as well as emailing it via Constant Contact.  It is posted on Fridays,  Saturdays (around 6:00 am) and Sundays (at 10:00 am.) 
December 13  --   December 19

 9:30  Sunday School In-person 
             and Zoom  
11:00  In-person and Online Worship 
12:00 Congregational Meeting 
  3:00 PW Poyner Evening Circle
         ** Fellowship Time via ZOOM
 6:00 Longest Night Service via 

  6:00 Properties Community Meeting 
            via Zoom

  9:30 Staff Meeting 
12:00 WOW Bible Study via ZOOM
  5:30 Educational Committee Meeting

 7:00 Handbell Rehearsal

Current Projects

Other (then click memo for more options which include: Flower Fund, Memorial Giving, Guatemala Trip, Coastal Bend Food Bank etc.)  

* Don't see the fund you want to support? Call or email Sue and she will gladly help you.

Poyner Evening Circle ZOOM Schedule for 2020-2021


December 13Fellowship
December 27Fellowship
January 10Horizons Lesson 4
January 24
Currently meeting via Zoom which is very safe, convenient, and frequent!  Please contact Barbara Leal for the meeting link at 361-992-9116 or email.

Loaves and Fishes (Metro Ministries)
Loaves & Fishes is a free cafeteria that serves nutritious dine-in meals for the homeless, poor, working poor, disabled, and elderly. This program provides lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. Parkway has committed to serving in the soup kitchen every Friday, from 4:45 to 6 pm. A food handler's permit is required and quite easy to obtain. 

All Parkway shifts have been cancelled until further notice. 

Still want to volunteer? Please call Loaves & Fishes at  887-0151, Ext. 242. to let them know you are coming.
Prayer Concerns
If you would like to place a prayer concern onto the prayer chain, please call or text Karen Wesson at 361-815-2099, or send an e-mail to If you are not currently receiving the prayer chain emails (or your email address has changed) and wish to participate in lifting up concerns of the congregation, you may add yourself to the distribution list by going to your Realm account at
Judy Forbes
June BakerDallas Marek Billie Franklin
Elizabeth FalkDick McCrackenTom Kimes
Don Liljestrand 
Wanda Sorrell
Roy Salziger
John Piatt
Ray Cross
Jeri Johnstone
Mike and Marilynn Yankee
 Bill and Barbara Jue
Dave Houseman, son of Dottie Swinger

Educational Opportunities
Grades K-2nd In-person and via Zoom. Please contact Nancy Graves
Grades 3rd-5th In-person and via Zoom. Please contact Katie Hoover
      or Isla Schuchs Carr.
Youth meet via Zoom. Please contact Allen Mosiman, Rob Durham or 
      Lou Lambiotte.
Adult meet in-person and via Zoom. Please contact David Williamson
Wednesday Night Discussion Group meet via Zoom. Please contact
      Allen Mosiman.
WOW meet via Zoom. Please contact Nancy Graves.