THE NEWSLETTER    Vol 53, No. 40                                September 30, 2020
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Worship: Sundays at 11:00 AM In-person and on Facebook Live

Educational Opportunities
Grades K-2nd meet via Zoom. Please contact Nancy Graves or 
     Grete McCoy.
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.
Celebrate World Communion Sunday With Us!

Anyone who has been to a Disney theme park knows the attraction, "It's a Small World." Originally created for the 1964 World's Fair it is a "must stop" for every Disney visitor. Part of the appeal is the dream of international peace and harmony.

That same dream is at the core of World Communion Sunday. On the first Sunday of October, Christians around the world come to church anticipating the celebration of the Lord's Supper. As worshippers are reminded of Christian brothers and sisters around the world there arises in every heart and mind a wish for peace and harmony.

World Communion Sunday (originally called World Wide Communion Sunday) originated in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1936, for the first time, the first Sunday in October was celebrated in Presbyterian churches in the United States and overseas. From the beginning, it was planned so that other denominations could make use of it and, after a few years, the idea spread beyond the Presbyterian Church.  
The Department of Evangelism of the Federal Council of Churches (a predecessor body of the National Council of Churches) was first associated with World Wide Communion Sunday in 1940 when the department's executive secretary, Jesse Bader, led in its extension to a number of churches throughout the world.
As the Parkway family gathers this Sunday (in-person or online) our worship will take on a joyful spirit as we recognize our place in a church that knows no national boundaries, but welcomes all Christians to the table of bounty and peace.
Peace and Global Witness Offering  
The Letter to the Ephesians tells us that Jesus came to proclaim a universal peace. While the earthly ministry of Jesus occurred in a specific age and place, the peace he shared is limited by neither time nor geography. As followers of Christ, our call to work for peace begins in our own neighborhoods and extends to the ends of the earth. It is a demanding call, but it's one that Presbyterians at all levels of the church are seeking to follow. Giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering is one way we can be faithful to Christ's call to pursue peace at home and around the world. Our gifts to the Peace & Global Witness Offering support the work of the Presbyterian Church in these endeavors globally, nationally, and locally.
Twenty-five percent of the offering is retained to support the work of Family Counseling Services right here in Corpus Christi. This offering is received on World Communion Sunday, October 4th. Click here to donate online.


Save the Date: PCHAS Virtual Luncheon
Hopefully, you will be able to join the Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services virtual luncheon at 12:00 for 30 minutes on Tuesday, October 6th. Don't miss out on what is happening with PCHAS. Please RSVP to the following link in order to obtain your zoom link for the virtual luncheon:                               


PW Poyner Evening Circle 
As the 2020-21 academic year gears up, all the study groups of Parkway resume meeting. The women of the Poyner Evening Circle Bible study group never stopped meeting (online only) through the summer of 2020. We found Zoom meetings via the Internet such a convenient and enjoyable way to gather that we made it a habit to meet every two weeks, ever since the quarantine forced us to stop gathering in person. That will be our continuing pattern for this year as well. We will meet every other Sunday, starting on October 4, 2020. Meetings will be via Zoom and will start at 3:00 PM. A schedule will be published by email and in the newsletter. Every other meeting will include a Bible study using the Presbyterian Women's 2020-21 Horizons study titled "Into the Light." Alternate meetings will be purely for fellowship. To join, all one has to do is to contact Barbara Leal and ask to be included in the emails that announce each meeting. It is not necessary to prepare for the Bible studies, when they are scheduled, unless you want to. In that case, instructions will be given during the meetings. This group is for all women of all ages and membership in Parkway is not necessary; visitors are welcome. A computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone will be required in order to link to the online meetings. The Evening Circle group has been nurturing women of Parkway for over 35 years now; please join us and let us enfold you!
Barbara Leal

Renewing our support of Corpus Christi Metro Ministries
"It is the mission of Corpus Christi Metro Ministries to help create a community that is free from hunger and homelessness by Feeding (the mind, body, and spirit), Sheltering, and Transforming Lives."

With other church communities, Parkway Presbyterian Church began participation as a member congregation of Corpus Christi Metro Ministries Board in 1983 when it became recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. Sue Dyke and Judy Liljestrand served as our first representatives.

Now, perhaps more than ever, our community needs the efforts of Corpus Christi Metro Ministries. The Parkway Presbyterian Church community of faith can continue to support and to strengthen our support of the vital services offered by Metro Ministries.

Over the next few weeks we will look back at the work of Metro Ministries, and Parkway's role in its efforts.

The primary annual fundraiser for Corpus Christi Metro Ministries, the Poor Man's Supper, will be held on November 12th, 2020 with in-person and virtual attendance options. You can support this event and the work of Metro Ministries right now by making a donation through Parkway's website.

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.) 
October 4   --   October 10

  9:30  Sunday School In-person 
             and Zoom  
11:00  In-person and Online Worship 
12:00 Member Care Committee 

  5:30 Events and Fellowship
Committee Meeting
  9:30 Staff Meeting 
12:00 WOW -  Ladies Bible Study
             Zoom Meeting
  5:30 Book Discussion Class via Zoom
  7:00 Handbell Rehearsal
  5:30 Mission Outreach Committee

Current Projects

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 
Ray Cross