THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 53, No. 47                                November 18, 2020
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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

Look What Is Happening at Parkway!

Take Home Advent Wreath 
Sunday, November 22nd, 3:00 - 4:00PM

The season of Advent begins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th. One of our typical Advent traditions is the lighting of the candles to mark the four Sundays in Advent and Christmas. While we all worship in different locations this year, at church and at home, the Education Committee is putting together small take-home Advent wreaths your can make with your family and light each Sunday. These are not just for the children, but for everyone young and old. Don't worry, no artistic skills are needed. Members of the committee will be in the church parking lot this Sunday afternoon to hand out wreath kits from 3:00PM to 4:00PM. Just drive up to the parking lot, stay in your car and someone will bring you a kit. There are enough for one per household. If you cannot make it on Sunday Afternoon, but would like a kit email Laura at to make other arrangements. Hope you will stop by on Sunday!

The Gingerbread Project 
We are very blessed to be able to continue our Gingerbread Project during Advent although it will have to be done in a very different manner in 2020. Rather than getting a PCHAS (Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services) child's name from the Gingerbread Tree and signing up in the Narthex, we will sign up through Sign Up Genius online.  Please click here to signup, you will see the name, age, and gender of the 32 local PCHAS clients who need sponsors. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the church office or Judy Braselton at (361)215-1841 to sign up.
Once you have signed up, you will receive a list of the items needed and the items wished for by your child. Please return your gift to the church office where a gingerbread cut-out with your child's name will be waiting to be attached to your gift. Please do NOT wrap the gifts although gift bags will be greatly appreciated. Please have your gift at the church office on or before Sunday, December 13th. If you want to make a monetary donation, please do so on Realm or send a check to the church office with "Gingerbread Project" on the memo line. Thank you for sponsoring these PCHAS young clients and making their Christmas a little merrier.                                   

Thanksgiving is Coming Soon!
We are aiming to provide 25 "baskets" via $30 gift cards to HEB, and the turkeys, which run about $20 each. Your donations for the Thanksgiving Basket Project are  welcomed. Thank you for helping us reach our goal of $1250! Any additional donations will help feed more individuals!  You can donate to the food basket ministry by sending a check to the church office, click here or through the "Give" tab on the church website, and find the FoodBaskets fund and fill  in the details to complete your gift. You can text parkwaypc to 73256 (follow the prompts) 

Donations will be used to purchase HEB gift cards and turkeys for families through the Purple Door. 
A New Use for Old Pill Bottles
The Gabbard Health Clinic at Metro Ministries is accepting donations of clean pill bottles with lids to re-use in the free clinic.  Buying new bottles on a tight budget is unnecessary when there are willing volunteers who will take the labels off their old pill bottles and bring them to Parkway to drop in our collection box in the narthex.  By the way, the Mission Outreach Committee is looking for the most efficient way to remove those sticky labels; if you know of an effective method, please contact Joan Salazar.  Thank you for helping the citizens of our city who are in need of the free services of the Gabbard Health Clinic.

Pledge Dedication Sunday
Whether you bring a pledge card to worship, mail it to the church midweek, or fill out your pledge information online at midnight, this Sunday we will dedicate your financial commitments to the church to a greater good through the ministry of the church.
2020 will go down in history as a year of...something. We didn't always know what we were to do, or the best way to do it, but we still accomplished ministry in Jesus' name.
  • Worship services were held weekly. The platform changed from a recording on ZOOM, to recorded clips edited into a whole, to livestreaming. The format changed, but each week we had an opportunity for worship. Amazingly, the participation in worship online significantly multiplied our reach.
  • Hands-on mission was curtailed at Loaves and Fishes and in Guatemala, but our support for mission continued through your generous donations.
  • Every crisis is also an opportunity and we continue to explore new ways we can be the church, offering hope to a world in need.
Thank you for your support of our ministry in 2020 and for your continuing faithfulness for 2021.

Click here to fill out your 2021 pledge card.

Metro Ministries Poor Man's Supper

Parkway Presbyterian Church served as the event chair for Metro Ministries Poor Man's Supper. The event was held at the Omni Hotel as well as a live-streaming version for those who decided not to attend in-person. Joe Castillo, from Atlanta, was the keynote speaker. Joe used a light box to produce sand art, an ever changing shadow picture composed of sand. Joe uses this art form to tell stories and inspire audiences around the world.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to support our work with Metro Ministries.
David & Elizabeth Richter, who were honored as 2020 recipients of the Distinguished Citizens Award by the Gulf Coast Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Thank you!
Sara's Kids For November Birthdays
Please return gifts to Parkway by November 23rd.  Click here to sign up.

I continue to be thrilled to be a part of this project at Parkway. Thank you, Charlene Chesshir, for pushing to get us back on track providing gifts for children in foster care even in the middle of a pandemic shutdown.  Thank you to all of you whether you are providing gifts or funds for us to purchase gifts.  In spite of long lists, we continue to be able to keep up. Thanks. You are a class act.

Lessie Hoffman

Stocking Stuffer With Benefits
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season? How about a bag of coffee from Chica Bean, Tree 4 Hope's new coffee partner in Guatemala! Each bag of Chica Bean Coffee you buy supports an amazing group of female coffee farmers by paying them just wages for the hard work that they do, and, not only that, but Chica Bean will also donate $4 from every bag you purchase to Tree 4 Hope in order to continue empowering and educating young girls at Hope Academy. Follow this link: and mention Tree 4 Hope in the order notes at check out!

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.) 
November 22  --   November 28

  9:30  Sunday School In-person 
             and Zoom  
11:00  In-person and Online Worship 
  3:00  Advent Wreath Pickup until 4pm

  9:30 Staff Meeting 
  6:00 Session Meeting
 7:00 Handbell Rehearsal
   Office Closed
  Office Closed


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


November 29
Horizons Lesson 3
December 13
December 27
January 10
Horizons Lesson 4
January 24
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.

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
Dave Houseman, son of Dottie Swinger

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 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.