Parkway Presbyterian Church
Friday, August 18, 2017
The Friendly Church, With a Place For You
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 Scripture Thoughts  

In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus shows up unexpectedly to his disciples by walking to them on water, frightening them completely. Yet Jesus comes to the disciples struggling in the middle of their storm, and demonstrates that the storm is the meeting place with God, and is not the absence of God. In the storm, Jesus silences their fears, and inspires their faith. We hear how Peter wants to experience the power of God in a new way by also walking on water. Yet Peter’s human limitations cause him to doubt and fear, and to fall into the water; faithfully, Jesus reaches out to Peter, and saves him. This is a sign for us that even though we may want more and ask for more, even though we are hindered by our human limitations, even though God’s unexpected presence may frighten us, we will need and be given the grace to believe in God’s surprising ways. For we are in need of grace to believe in God, to rearrange our understanding of God, and to shift our ideas about where God comes to us, how God shows up, and who God is. We can trust that God will always be consistently for us; in Psalm 85, it is proclaimed that God is steadfast, faithful, righteous, and brings the people righteousness and peace. This is the God who comes to us in Christ Jesus when we are in the middle of our life storms.


Our youth group is planning to attend a poverty simulation event at Evangelist Catholic Church. Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, including single parents trying to take care of their children and senior citizens trying to maintain self-sufficiency. Admission is free, but registration is required and ends Aug. 22.The simulation, will be 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1008 Fortune Ave., Panama City. Pizza will be served.  Our youth group will meet at church at 6 and go together.


OUR FOOD PANTRY will be collecting Cereal during August.  Please bring your dried bags or canned beans and place them at the wooden cross in the narthex.


We are establishing a Worship Planning Team.  This team will be responsible for implementing some new ideas that the Session is recommending.  We need persons with a creative spirit and a willingness to think “outside the box”.  If interested, please speak with Pastor Ric or a member of the Session.


OUR CHOIRS WILL BEGIN REHEARSING on this Wednesday, August 16th with the Hand Bell Choir at 5:30 PM and the Sanctuary Choir at 6:30 PM.  We can always use more people in both of our choirs.  For more information about our choirs, please speak with our Director of Music, Caty Connor.