THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 54, No. 19                                        May 19, 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

The Feast of Pentecost
Pentecost has always been a feast day. Pentecost, or "fiftieth day," is the Greek name for the Jewish Festival of Weeks. Originally, it was a celebration of the beginning of the wheat harvest.

In the New Testament, Pentecost is linked to God's gifting of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. As the Holy Spirit inspired the disciples and gave them the ability to speak in languages that they had not previously known, this gifting allowed the disciples to spread the good news about Jesus throughout the world.

Parkway's celebration of Pentecost is multifaceted, too. First, Josh Garcia and Mari Carr will make a public profession of their faith in worship. The youth will be in leadership of the service as we combine Pentecost and Youth Sunday. A special Pentecost Offering will be received in support of youth ministry carried out at the local church, the presbytery, and General Assembly. After worship, everyone is invited to enjoy a barbeque lunch and wonderful table fellowship.

The story in Acts says that the Holy Spirit appears "as tongues of fire," so you are encouraged to wear red to worship as a sign of the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost Offering - May 23
Living the "DREAAM"

DREAAM (Driven to Reach Excellence and Academic Achievement for Males) is a program designed to invest in African American males at risk and to walk alongside them and their families from the ages of five through 24. DREAAM is supported in part with gifts to the Pentecost Offering.

"Our young people are not only our future, but they are also our present. It is incumbent upon us as people of faith to make sure we are nurturing our young people in the faith and also nurturing them with our love. The Church is going to have to find ways to be vital to young people because they really need that right now."

Click here to give now

Pentecost Barbeque 

We celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit on May 23. The Events and Fellowship Committee is planning a multifaceted event. Our traditional barbeque, which follows immediately after worship, will be served with outside dining for most and limited inside dining for a few. This year, the meal will be plated for you by a fine staff of volunteers wearing masks and gloves. For your comfort and safety, all food servers will be fully vaccinated. 

The last time we held the barbeque was 2019, when there were no restrictions on gatherings due to COVID. Attendance at worship has been picking up, but we are blindly guessing at how many people might stay for the meal. In order to help us in planning, we are asking you to make a reservation for the meal. You can sign up by clicking here or a member of the Events and Fellowship Committee will be available Sunday mornings to take a reservation. 

This is a free event, we would love to see you there. Donations are always appreciated to help offset the cost. 

Save the Date
The Educational Ministries Committee and the Events and Fellowship Committee are cosponsoring several special family friendly events this summer. Mark your calendar for these special events:

June 14      Pool Party at the Santa Fe Swim Club
July 18       Picnic-TBD
August 22  Ice Cream Social in the newly remodeled Fellowship Hall

Parkway Ringers plan to continue to meet on Wednesday nights through June at 7:00 in the sanctuary.  If you would like to try out handbells this would be a fun time to join us - nothing too hard.   Call Joyce Wilcox at 361-779-9665 for more information.  

CDC Coronavirus Guidelines
The CDC revised the guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing for those who have been fully vaccinated. However, the group recommending any policy changes to the Session has not yet been able to meet to review the new CDC guidelines. Until the Session changes the protocol, Parkway will operate under the policy currently in place.

Sunday Sanctuary Seating
It is good to see so many people returning to in-person worship, however it has created a concern about overcrowding in some seating sections. The current protocol, approved by the Session, is to maintain six feet of spacing between families. Think about laying over to take a nap on the pew; if your head would be in your neighbor's lap, you are too close!

The "overcrowding" is in the two sections immediately to the right and left of the cross. For those of you who are daring, perhaps you could try sitting in a different section! The two sections on the "sides" have the most seating capacity.

If you are the first one to a pew, try sitting in the middle and leave both ends for those who are a little less prompt in getting to the sanctuary.

We are going to open both rows marked for handicapped accessibility.

The Session may make adjustments to the protocol at its May meeting, but right now these are the directions we have in hand.
Memorial Service
  A memorial service for Ray Nicol will be held in the              
  Courtyard on May 19th at 3:00 PM.
Endowment Funds and Grant Applications
Annually, grants are awarded from the Parkway Presbyterian Church General Endowment in three areas: education, benevolences, and capital improvements. These funds are distributed roughly in thirds to each designated area. This year the Endowment Committee has over $13,000 available for distribution.
Grant applications are available from the church office or online at should be completed and returned to the church office by June 1, 2021. A Distribution Task Force will make recommendations to the Session. The Session will vote on the distribution of funds at its June meeting and the funds will be distributed thereafter.

Is the Hope Academy Wall Important?  --  
Why is the Hope Academy wall important? In the safe confines of Hope Academy, the girls' experiences can change their lives and perhaps, even the world! Tree 4 Hope recently shared great news about the girls' academic progress; they were thrilled to report that those who began their school journey at Hope Academy are scoring very high and progressing rapidly in their reading abilities. Much to their surprise, many of the 1st and 2nd grade girls are reading at a higher level than the 4th and 5th graders, who are now working to catch up after years in the public schools. Tree 4 Hope is committed to helping the older girls reach their academic potential, but is also excited to see how effectively Hope Academy's learning model is helping their younger girls excel. The girls are rocketing past where they would have been in public school and have so much potential for the future!
Our investment in Hope Academy helps to create this bright future. We are very close to our goal of $20,000 for the wall completion; thanks to donations in the last week, the total raised has jumped to $18,640! Please consider a gift to help us complete the wall project and secure the educational foundation for these girls.

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 visit the Tree-4-Hope website for more information.
Flower Calendar

We have May 23rd and May 30th still available. Please email to reserve one of these dates.
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.
May 23  --  May 29

Sunday -Pentecost/Youth/Confirmation
 9:30  Sunday School In-person 
             and Zoom  
11:00 In-person and Online Worship
12:00 Pentecost Barbeque

 9:30 Staff Meeting
12:00 WOW - Ladies Bible Study   
              via Zoom
  6:00 Session Meeting

 5:30 Book Discussion Group
 7:00 Handbell Rehearsal




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 McCrackenShana Lipstreu
Don Liljestrand 
Peggy ClarkJohn PiattOlivia Ladson friend of Walta OckerDave Houseman, son of Dottie Swinger
Tom SalazarMike YankeeConnie Ceniceros (Iris Fielden's mother)Howard West
Michael Carrasco (Michelle Clements' fiancé)

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.