THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 54, No. 1                                   January 6, 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

Renewing Our Baptismal Vows
The Christmas decorations are being stored away. The sanctuary looks barren and dull but retains it intrinsic beauty. The candles have been removed from the communion table. The wreaths are gone from the door.

The period between Christmas and Lent is called "Ordinary Time." But there is one celebration before we settle into ordinary worship: The Baptism of the Lord. The story is told in all four gospels, but differently in each one.

Sunday, the lesson will be read from Mark 1:4-11. Like everything in Mark, the story is terse and straight forward. John the Baptist is at work in the wilderness of Judea calling people to repent. Jesus comes from Galilee to find John and to be baptized. John would prevent the baptism, "I need to be baptized by you," he says. But John agrees to baptize Jesus and as Jesus emerges from the water a dove descends upon him and Jesus hears God's voice proclaiming, "You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased."

This Sunday lends itself to another sermon in the series, "A Year with Reformed Theology." Our practice of infant baptism has an important theological message. Further, we believe that baptism only needs to be observed once. One does not get baptized into the Presbyterian Church, you are baptized into Jesus Christ and in whatever church that sacrament took place it is sufficient.

Of course, every time we celebrate a baptism it is an opportunity for all of us to reclaim our own baptism. This Sunday you will be invited to restate your affirmation of the baptismal vows. While we do not have anyone to baptize this Sunday, remembering Jesus' baptism invites us to remember our own baptism and to recommit ourselves to the ministry and mission of Jesus.

Fellowship Hall Update
Understandably, not much progress was made on the Fellowship Hall remodeling over the holidays. However, unseen and offsite, the windows are being fabricated by Contractor's Glass. Hopefully, the windows will be installed in the next 7-10 days. Once this is completed the building will be sealed from the outside elements and the other work on lighting, flooring, ceiling installation, and painting can begin.

Mary Belle Yankee, the daughter of Matthew and Annika Yankee, was born on December 18.

Benita Sanchez, the mother of Parkway's custodian Benito Sanchez, died this past Saturday. Funeral services will be held on 
January 14.

Arson Damages Predominantly Black Church
A fire on Monday, December 28, heavily damaged the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Presbyterian Church in Springfield, MA. The fire inspector has ruled that the fire was caused by arson. The police have arrested a man who may have set the fire.

If you would like to make a donation to assist in the restoration of the church, you can use Parkway's normal donation procedures by writing a check with a notation in the memo line or click here to make an online donation, or you may make a donation through the Presbytery of Southern New England:


The Reverend Dr. Terrlyn L. Curry Avery
Thank You Parkway!

PCHAS would like to give thanks for all those who were involved with the Gingerbread Project this year. The parents were grateful to receive assistance with this especially difficult 2020 year. If it had not been for the Gingerbread Project most parents would not have been able to provide a Christmas to their children. Most of the children had sadly come to terms with even Christmas being different this year, but were definitely blessed and surprised by the generosity through the Gingerbread Project. I was informed by the parents that the children were so excited, with smiles on their faces, laughter filled the homes, and all were so very thankful. The continued support, generosity, and thoughtfulness of those involved with the Gingerbread Project is greatly appreciated by PCHAS and the families we serve.  

- Sophia Montemayor

Flower Calendar

It's time to start signing up for the 2021 flowers. Dates available are January 10, 17 and 31.

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 10  --  January 16

 9:30  Sunday School In-person 
             and Zoom  
11:00  In-person and Online Worship 
 3:00  PW Poyner Evening Circle
             Lesson Time via Zoom

 9:30 Staff Meeting 
 5:30 Educational Ministries 
     Committee Meeting
  6:00 Properties Committee Meeting
            via Zoom

12:00 WOW Bible Study via Zoom
  5:30 Worship Committee Meeting

 5:30 Book Discussion Group
 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

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.


January 10Horizons Lesson 4
January 24

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
Bill and Barbara Jue
 Dave Houseman, son of Dottie Swinger
Ben Sanchez

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.