THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 54, No. 2                                   January 13, 2021
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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

Dog Gone Good Dog
Many of you know that Anne and I love dogs (cats, too, but that is a story for a different time). At one time there were six roaming around our house. But time takes it toll, and we were down to one dog. Bentley is a cross between a Yorkshire Terrier and a Chihuahua, all legs and scruffy fur. Bentley also weighs in at almost 8 pounds.

I have loved all the dogs, but Bruiser holds a special place in my heart. A giant Rottweiler, he was as good natured a dog as one could hope for. He guarded the front door, but once you were inside you became a lifelong friend to him.
I love Bentley, but I was missing having a big dog in the house. Evidently, my moping about was pretty obvious because Anne started looking at Rottweiler rescue sites. She also sent a text to a local friend who works with the no-kill shelters, connecting dogs and new owners. Within minutes of Anne sending the text we had a lead on a Rottweiler. She was a little too big and active for her older owners. We drove out to Mathis and drove home with Kyla.

Kyla is about 2/3rds the size of Bruiser, but at 90 pounds she is still plenty of dog. She is seven, but thinks she is two. She also thinks she is (or should be) a lap dog.
On a Sunday night, two weeks after we brought her home, she started pacing. We knew something was up and decided she needed to go to the emergency vet clinic. She was diagnosed with Gastric dilatation-volvulus-torsion syndrome. In lay terms, her stomach had rolled over, cutting off the blood supply to her stomach and intestines. Without surgery she would die. The surgery started at 12:45am and finished up at 2:00am. The surgery was successful and she is back to being her goofy self.

Chris Glaser is the ghost-writer for Calvin the Dog. In the book "Unleashed," Calvin observes, " Recently a scientific report claimed "definitively" that we dogs are descended from wolves.... But I refuse to believe that I evolved from such a wild creature as a wolf-I'm much too refined for that."

"Rather, I believe that I and other dogs were created by God and made in God's image. We are God's mirror reflection. That's why God backwards spells dog. Isn't that one of the first things you English-speaking humans notice, the spelling thing? And who else but God loves as unconditionally as a dog? We don't care who you humans are or what you humans do, as long as you take some time to be with us, praise us, worship us, and do our bidding occasionally. Isn't that godlike? Even when you treat us badly or forget we're around, the minute you turn about and give us the attention we deserve, we lick your faces and give you comfort. Isn't that divine?" (Unleashed: The Wit and Wisdom of Calvin the Dog, translated by Chris Glasser. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. 1998. Page 23.)





Once again Parkway has generously donated to Christmas funds!
  • $870 for Gingerbread Project (does not include gifts purchased by donors)
  • $1,315 for Joy Offering
  • $375 for Mission Mart - Heifer (does not include gifts sent to Heifer Int'l by donors)
  • $920 for Mission Mart - Food Bank
  • $635 for Mission Mart - Pan Am School
  • $1,225 for Good Samaritan Rescue Mission through the Christmas Eve Offering
Many thanks for your gifts that made Christmas a little brighter for our neighbors!


Epiphany Star Words
On the Sunday closest to Epiphany those attending worship have been given a "Star Word." Since we are a hybrid church right now, with some attending in-person and others attending online, rather than mailing out Star Words why don't you close your eyes and point and claim a random star word for the year?

clarity
honor
contentment
imagination
commitment
friendship
freedom
creativity
devotion
joy
strength
comfort
leadership
discernment
obedience
thoughtfulness
responsibility
patience
forgiveness
humility
faithfulness
hope
tenderness
enthusiasm
evangelism
healing
loyalty
rejoicing
respect
insight
selflessness
righteousness
assurance
justice
honesty
wisdom
awareness
tolerance
wholeness
guidance
motivation
proclamation
encouragement
trustworthiness
inspiration
wonder
flexibility
grace
graciousness
integrity
helping
witnessing
generosity
perceptiveness
purity
prayer
service
steadfastness
determination
nurturing
renewal
purpose
peacefulness
power
excitement
harmony
reliability
goodness
reverence
serenity
humor
boldness
genuineness
illumination
vision
dependability endurance
listening
accountability
speaking
sincerity
art
crafts
planning
organization
drama
cheerfulness
focus
balance
helpfulness
languages
cooking
sympathy
empathy
sensitivity
time
conviction
delight
responsiveness
education
intelligence
experience
visitation
sobriety
spirituality
travel
thankfulness
money
dignity
quietness
playfulness
dedication
empathy
solitude
zeal
appreciation
affirmation
charity
hospitality
foresight
trust
learning
building
kindness
caring
sharing
giving
compassion
love
openness
pardon
understanding
discipleship
servanthood
stability
hopefulness
innocence prayerfulness
praise
gentleness
knowledge
happiness
laughter
acceptance
self-control
restraint
mercy
truth
peace
faith
consideration
fellowship
unity
teaching
singing
celebration
perseverance
judgment
discipline
courage
confidence
writing
music



Sara's Kids

Please click here to sign up to provide a child in foster care with a birthday gift. If you have signed up through Lessie, you do not need to signup through the Sign Up Genius. Gifts are due on January 25th. 

Mission Presbytery Presbyterian Women
Zoom Winter Retreat



Members on the Move

Ken Weatherbie and Don Tiegreen have moved to live closer to family. We are providing their email and mailing addresses so you can stay in touch.

Ken Weatherbie 
Don Tiegreen
5000 Old Shepard Place #315
Plano, Tx 75093



Flower Calendar

It's time to start signing up for the 2021 flowers. Dates available are January 17 and February 7 and 28.

We are using Sign Up Genius this year. I will print out an updated list for those who wish to sign up in person on Sunday morning. Click here to sign up or email Cheryl.
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.) 
January 17  --  January 23

Sunday  
 9:30  Sunday School In-person 
             and Zoom  
11:00  In-person and Online Worship 
             Facebook

Monday 
 ** Office Closed to Observe 
          Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday
 9:30  Staff Meeting
12:00 WOW Bible Study via Zoom




Wednesday
 5:30 Book Discussion Group
 7:00 Handbell Rehearsal
  
Thursday
  
Friday 
 

   

Ben has been with Parkway for 16 years!
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


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.

DATETOPIC





January 24
Fellowship
      

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 klwesson@stx.rr.com. 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 www.parkwaypc.org.
                                                                                      
Judy Forbes
June BakerDallas Marek Billie Franklin
Elizabeth FalkDick McCrackenTom Kimes
Don Liljestrand 
Wanda Sorrell
Roy Salziger
John Piatt
Ray Cross
Jeri Johnstone
Bill and Barbara Jue
 Dave Houseman, son of Dottie Swinger
 Joe Garcia



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.