THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 53, No. 27                                         July 1, 2020
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4th of July Party Food for The Purple Door
 Due July 1st
For many years, Parkway has provided a basket of party food suitable for a 4th of July celebration to the residents of the Women's Shelter. This year, the project is the same but the means will be different. Rather than distributing food bags to be filled, you may make a financial contribution to "July 4th Food Baskets." The funds collected will be used to buy HEB gift cards for the women who are clients of The Purple Door (Women's Shelter).
Please act by July 1st. Because we haven't been gathering at the church for worship this project is getting a late start, but your generosity will help these women enjoy a festive 4th of July. 

Estimated cost per basket is $25. We would love to provide 25 baskets, please give generously.

To give online  click here . 

You can Text to Give by texting  parkwaypc  to  73256, click the link that is sent to you.  This will open the giving page for you. 

If you are sending a check, please inform  Pat Clements


 Labor Day at Mo Ranch Retreat: September 4 - 7
MO Ranch is still on this year and MO is doing everything possible to make it safe for those who attend.  If you would like to join us or want more information, please contact Lynn Ware at 361-857-6805, 361-946-0333 or email . She will have a list of prices and room availability.

Sign-up has begun for the annual Parkway Labor Day Retreat at MO-Ranch and will continue until all space is full.  
We have a variety of housing available.  Old members, new members, visitors, and guests are welcome to take part in this beloved Parkway tradition.

El Divino Salvador's Clothes Closet
Although the Clothes Closet cannot be open at this time, there will be a great need when it can again open its doors. Please bring clothes and shoes that you may be ready to clear out to the Parkway church office during its current hours. Thank you for continuing to support El Divino in this project.

Sara's Kids Ministry
Parkway has been purchasing birthday gifts for children in foster care since Spring of 2003.  We do this through Sara's Kids Ministry, a memorial to long-time member and child protective worker, Sara Ward.  During the pandemic we have not been able to get a monthly list of children nor get out to purchase gifts. 
We should have a list of children with August birthdays soon.  Regular participants that want to continue in the same manner, your name will remain on the list. Otherwise, there are several other ways you may participate.  One is by signing up online, available as soon as we have the list of children's names.  You may also contribute to Sara's Kids fund, clicking  here choose Sara's Kids Project or Text to Give by texting parkwaypc to 73256, click the link that is sent to you and follow the prompts. 

Once you have an assigned child, you can purchase a gift and drop it off to Parkway, wrapped or in a gift bag. Or you can purchase it from and have it shipped to the church. Please send an email to Cheryl  to let her know the child's name. 

Traditionally, we give $20 gift certificates to teenagers and buy a gift valued at $10 to $15 for younger children. 
Stay tuned for the August birthday list and instructions to access the list online. Questions? Email Lessie.   Gifts due by July 27th. 

In-Person Worship Sundays at 11:00 AM
Guidelines to help ensure safe social distancing:
  • Two entries into the building will be open, the main entrance on Brawner Parkway and the entry through the Music Building from the alley.
  • Masks will be required for entry but may be removed once you are seated in the sanctuary. Masks can be provided if you forget yours.
  • Ushers will regulate the number of people entering from the narthex and the alley to ensure appropriate social distancing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at both entrances.
  • The Order of Worship will be sent by email to every member and you are encouraged to print the Order of Worship at home and bring it with you. A limited number of copies will be available at the church.
  • Seating will be in every other row and blue tape designates each seat. Please leave three seats between your family and the next family unit.
  • Offering baskets will be placed next to the entrance/exit and any donations may be dropped into the basket on arrival or leaving. Offering plates will not be passed.
  • Iris Fielden will serve as the Cantor for the congregation. There will be no congregational singing.
  • There will be no desks for sign-ups in the narthex.
  • The Nursery will not be open.
  • At the end of the service, ushers/ministers will direct dismissal to avoid over-crowding the narthex.
  • Please do not assemble in the narthex, but stay around for conversations out on the lawn.
July 5   --   July 11
11:00 In-person and  Online Worship 

  9:30 Staff Meeting  
12:00 WOW Meeting via Zoom




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. If you would like to participate in this ministry, contact Irene Jones.

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 Baker Dallas Marek  Billie Franklin
Elizabeth Falk Dick McCracken Tom Kimes
John Brownlee
Sarah Elizabeth (daughter of Sarah and Walter Norris)
Molly Mauldin
Mary Jane Hamilton John Piatt
Lucia Villarreal Ben Sanchez