THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 53, No. 39                                September 16, 2020
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Worship: Sundays at 11:00 AM
Theological Education Sunday

An educated clergy stands as a hallmark of the Presbyterian Church. The current standard is a three-year graduate degree program culminating in a Master of Divinity degree. The Presbyterian Church still requires of its clergy a working knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, the original languages of the Old and New Testaments. Students also study the Old and New Testaments, theology, church history, ethics, worship, preaching, pastoral care, and Christian education. Each student will also do "field education" working in a church under the supervision of a pastor.

In the early years upon these shores the Presbyterian Church lagged behind other denominations in expansion since clergy had to have university training. Many came from Scotland until American colleges began to produce divinity students. At the beginning of the 19th century there was a movement within academics to move professional education for law, medicine, and divinity out of the college and into professional schools. Princeton Seminary was established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1812 as the first seminary of the church.
Today there are 10 theological seminaries related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Austin (Texas), Columbia (Georgia), Dubuque (Iowa), Johnson C. Smith (Georgia), Louisville (Kentucky), McCormick (Illinois), Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), Princeton (New Jersey), San Francisco (California), and Union/Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Virginia). In addition Auburn Theological Seminary (New York City) and the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico are in "covenant agreement" with the General Assembly. Princeton has the greatest number of students pursuing the Master of Divinity degree. Johnson C. Smith is part of a consortium of seminaries in Atlanta with a special emphasis on training leaders for the African-American Church.
While we will not have a guest preacher from Austin Seminary this year, we will celebrate the work of the church's seminaries in training leaders for the church.

Book Discussion Class
Here is a shameless plug. Since the Book Discussion Class will be meeting via Zoom there is a seat at the table for everyone who wants to join! We will go online every Wednesday at 5:30 for an hour starting September 16th. We discuss the book we are reading and how to make the life-application. Our first book is "Hallelujah Anyway" by Anne Lamott. Anne is a member of a Presbyterian Church in the San Francisco area and is bluntly honest as she stumbles her way along following Jesus.
If you would like to try us out, please contact me for the link to the Zoom meeting.

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.  There are several other ways you may participate.  Sign up here online.  You may also contribute to Sara's Kids fund or Text to Give by texting   parkwaypc to 73256click 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. 

Questions? Email Lessie.  Gifts due by September 25th

Please review the available birthdays and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Handbells Returning!

Handbell Rehearsal is postponed to September 23 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Wear masks and enter from the front door on Brawner Pkwy. Questions? Joyce at 361-779-9665.
2020 PCHAS Luncheon |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th 12:00 
Watch the Newsletter for more details.

Parkway's General Endowment Fund
Parkway's General Endowment fund provides money for benevolences, education and care of our property that our regular budget does not cover. You can a make a donation to this fund at anytime. If you have any questions, call Norman Wilcox (361)853-1646.

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 am) and Sundays (at 10:00 am.) 
September 20   --   September 26

  9:30  Sunday School In-person and
11:00  In-person and Online Worship 

  9:30 Staff Meeting 
12:00 WOW -  Ladies Bible Study
             Zoom Meeting
  6:00 Session Meeting
  5:30 Book Discussion Class via Zoom
  7:00 Handbell Rehearsal

Rev. Laura Neely Villarreal has served Parkway for 8 years!
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 BakerDallas Marek Billie Franklin
Elizabeth FalkDick McCrackenTom Kimes
John Brownlee
Lucy McCracken
Molly Mauldin
John Piatt
Nadine Erekson
Charles JohnsonRoy SalzigerWanda SorrellDon Liljestrand