THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 54, No. 10                                   March 17, 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


Beach BonfireSunday, March 21  
 4 PM Build fire and chat
 5 PM Dinner with sausage, hot dogs, and s'mores.

Please bring your camp chairs. Sparkling water will be provided.


Lent Activities -- Save the Date

Sunday, March 21 Beach Bonfire 
 4 PM build fire | 5 PM Dinner

Sunday, March 28 Sounds of Lent 
6PM on Facebook Live Only (not in-person)

Saturday, April 3 Celebration of the Easter Story and Mission Project 
10 AM - 12 PM for all adults, children, and youth!!!



Thank you Parkway Volunteers! 





Free Mulch
Church members, come get some free mulch! It is located right behind the benches at the Meditation Garden. The mulch came from a leaf vacuum that grinds the leaves, which Anne Mosiman's brother, George, brought on Saturday during our volunteer morning of raking leaves.  Thanks to all who showed up Saturday for the leaf raking.  A special thank you to George for bringing his equipment.     
~Sara Wolter       
Easter Food Baskets
We are seeking donations for the Easter Food Baskets which will be distributed by The Purple Door. We hope to be able to purchase 25 HEB Gift Cards of $35 each. Donations of any amount are most appreciated. Please click here to make an online donation or send a check to Parkway with Food Basket in the memo line.

 

One Great Hour of Sharing: Self-Development of People (SDOP)



The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People works with 
low income communities to overcome oppression and injustice. In 2020, 
National SDOP entered partnerships with the projects focusing on advocacy, youth-led initiatives, skills development, farming, worker rights, immigration/refugee issues and capacity building. Through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, projects in economically poor communities around the world have had an opportunity to develop solutions to their own challenges.

You can click here to give now.


Paycheck Protection Program
Although 2020 pledge revenue actually exceeded 2020 pledges, revenue sources that depended on people being in the building (non-pledge, loose plate and building use giving) were significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. To offset the loss, Parkway applied for, and received an SBA Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan in the amount of $56,375.  We are happy to announce that Parkway's paperwork for the loan forgiveness was recently approved. 

Sara's Kids
Sign up to purchase a gift for a child in foster care or contact Lessie directly. 

 Pick a child by age and gender  here online.  Purchase a gift for the child and drop it off wrapped or in a gift bag by March 28th. 

If you would rather let us do the shopping, you may provide a monetary donation by contributing to the Sara's Kids fund (choose Sara's Kids fund once on the GIVE NOW page) or Text to Give by texting parkwaypc to 73256, click the link that is sent to you and follow the prompts. 

Traditionally, we give $20 gift certificates to teenagers and buy a gift valued at $10 to $15 for younger children. 

Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering on Zoom
Parkway Ladies - In past years you may remember hearing announcements about the annual Women's Retreat, which was always a weekend retreat held at Mo Ranch sometime during March or April of the year. This year, thanks to the pandemic, the event has moved online. I, for one, welcome this, since I cannot travel out of town overnight; it makes it possible for me to attend. The retreat is called the Spring Gathering and will take place Friday, April 9 (5:30 PM-7:30 PM) through Saturday, April 10 (9:00 AM-12:30 PM), all online. Click here for the flyer with all the information you will need for our Mission Presbytery PW Spring Gathering.

Now is the time to register for the online Spring Gathering! Click here to register.
 
The thing I always got the most out of when I attended Women's Retreat was the workshops. The workshops are very relevant and really well done. In the past, the workshops typically lasted an hour or so and were taught by our female clergy and other female leaders throughout Mission Presbytery. The same is true this time but again, everything is online. Liz Anzaldua from El Divino Salvador Presbyterian Church here in Corpus is leading one of the workshops entitled "Things My Grandmother Taught Me." It is a review of next year's New Horizons Bible study, which most Presbyterian Women's Circle groups use for their annual studies. Other workshops that sound intriguing are "Church Outside the Box," "Mental Health in the Pandemic," "Child Abuse & the Pandemic," "Chair Yoga for the Not-So-Nimble," and more. Please open the attached flier entitled "Spring Gathering" for full details.
 
To register for the Spring Gathering, please click on the hyperlink that says to register here. Hope you can join the other women of Parkway Presbyterian and Mission Presbytery in this online celebration!

~Barbara Leal          



Hope Academy -- A School for Girls

There are more than 800 families living in the rural village of
El Aguacate. The average family has eight children and exists well below the poverty level. Many girls are kept home from school to help with household chores and to care for their younger siblings. Some of these girls have been denied enrollment in school due to lack of space. When spaces are at a premium, boys are given preferential treatment.

Some of the girls who are lucky enough to attend primary school are forced to leave their homes and school in order to escape abusive family situations. They often marry young and begin to have children, often before the age of 16 - continuing the cycle of poverty.

These girls are beautiful, precocious children - just like your daughter or the girls in your neighborhood. But unlike most American children, these girls may never have the chance to see anything outside of their village. Their village is filled with trash and raw sewage. It has no running water. There is no reliable healthcare and limited access to education.

For these girls, Tree 4 Hope has built Hope Academy, a bilingual STEAM school with a global focus on science, arts, engineering and business, blending Western and Latin American teaching methods for multicultural learning. Taught in a positive learning environment, the curriculum emphasizes women's rights, global relationship building, and self-esteem, cultivating these girls' intellectual, social, and spiritual development. Because educated women are more likely to have fewer children and larger incomes, our graduates will change the entire economic outlook of their village.

Parkway Church has taken on the challenge to providing funding for a security wall around the school grounds. The challenge for us is to raise $20,000. The good news is we are already at $11,000. Please consider a gift to help us complete the project and secure the educational foundation for these girls in Guatemala.

 
Click here or click on the "Give Now" button at the top right of the church website and then use the dropdown menu to select "Hope Academy Security Wall." You can also write a check to the church noting the donation is for "Security Wall."

Please watch this video for an update on the progress of the security wall. 

Security wall update
Security wall update


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.) 
Current Projects










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

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


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.
March 21  --  March 28

Sunday  
 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
             Facebook
  4:00 Beach Bonfire 
 
Monday 
 9:30 Staff Meeting
 
Tuesday
10:00 Musikgarten 
12:00 WOW - Ladies Bible Study   
              via Zoom
   
Wednesday
 5:30 Book Discussion Group
 7:00 Handbell Rehearsal
  
Thursday

Friday 


 

 

   


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 McCrackenShana Lipstreu
Don Liljestrand 
Wanda Sorrell
Roy Salziger
John Piatt
Dave Houseman, son of Dottie Swinger
Olivia Ladson friend of Walta Ocker





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.