THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 53, No. 26                                        June 24, 2020
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New Committee Leaders
With the election, ordination, and installation of the new Elders, the Session Committees have also adjusted leadership positions. Below is the list of Session committees and the Chair of each:
Educational Ministries-Lou Lambiotte
Events and Fellowship-Sarah Norris
Finance-Laura Holmgreen
Member Care-Marilynn Yankee
Mission Outreach-Pat Clements
Properties-Terry Koltermann
Staff Oversight-Brad Hoover
Stewardship-Courtney Durham
Technology-James Carr
Worship-John Chesshir
Thanks to those who have lead committees this past year: Kellie Jarvis, Jane Wolter-Williamson, Bob Hamilton, Lucy McCracken, Mike Yankee, Terrie Fryer, Pat Wolter, Greg Graves, and Elaine Schroeder.

Session Highlights
Here are a few highlights from the June meeting of the Session.
  • Elected Pat Clements to serve on the Nominating Committee and John Chesshir to serve as a Trustee.
  • Agreed to allow Joyce Wilcox to teach individual piano students, but no other outside group will be allowed to use the building at this time.
  • Laura Neely had submitted plans for her maternity leave, which were approved by the Staff Oversight Committee. Lucia came earlier than expected, but Laura is on her planned leave for the next three months. The Session recognizes that this may need to be revisited given Lucia's early arrival.
  • Approved Mission Outreach plan to provide HEB gift cards in lieu of 4th of July food baskets. Donations will be sought from the congregation.
  • Approved Mission Outreach plan to collect financial donations for "Back to School" since the student needs are unknown at this time.
  • Educational Ministries will hold Rally Day the Sunday following Labor Day, even though the local schools are starting in mid-August.

Elder Training Videos 
You will find these videos available on Parkway's Facebook page or by clicking the link below to view the video of your choice. 

4th of July Party Food for The Purple Door
For many years, Parkway has provide 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 quickly. Because we haven't been gathered 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.

 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.

Planning for In-Person Worship
The Session has voted to begin in-person worship on Sunday, June 21. The Session also approved guidelines to help ensure safe social distancing. A full description of the plan has been sent to you separately, but here are the essential highlights:
  • 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.
Parkway Ways to Give

We appreciate your support of Parkway! For your convenience, we offer several ways to give:
  • Online: On our website, click the "Give Now" button at the top right of the home page and follow the prompts. Recurring gifts can be set up online. Click this link.
  • Text: Simply text "parkwaypc" to 73256 and follow the prompts. You may also set up recurring gifts.
  • Offering Plate or Mail: You can place cash/checks in the offering plate during worship or mail donations. For special funds giving, include a note or indicate on your check. You may also use your bank's bill payment service to send funds directly to Parkway.
  • REALM Connect: This is Realm's mobile app. Use the Giving tab to make gifts via Connect. If you do not have a REALM account, contact Cheryl Jones
Any questions on giving, or about a particular fund? Contact our bookkeeper, Sue Jackson.

June 28   --   July 4
11:00 In-person and  Online Worship 

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




  Happy Fourth of July 

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