By the time you receive this bulletin, you have hopefully had a great time sharing a meal with family and/or friends. I hope it was a beautiful time for everyone. But most of all I hope we especially expressed our thanks to God because the good things we experience in this life comes from Him.

We have some things to be thankful for at Parkway Drive as well.  In recent weeks we have been blessed with more people placing their membership with us. Our family is growing.

Sunday afternoon I was proud to witness our youth group “Finder’s Keepers” visit some of our brothers and sisters at The Plaza.  They sang songs and had a prayer for them and as they left, they talked and hugged each and every one.

There are many other things that I am thankful for as well.  I look forward to seeing each one of you each time the doors are open. I love seeing the smiles, the hugs and the conversations going on around me. We do a great job of greeting our visitors and making them feel welcome.

I am very thankful for Parkway Drive, it is a good and wonderful place to worship, where all are loved and loved by God who continues to bless us.

1 Timothy 4:4 (ESV)
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving

Grace and peace,

Tim Norman

A Note From Your Elders

After many years of service to this congregation, Doris and
Richard Welch, will relinquish their duties respectively as church
secretary and assisting with church finances. This will be effective on
Wednesday, November 23rd. The legacy of Parkway Drive is built upon
people of great faith such as Richard and Doris and we believe God will
continue to raise up future generations of faithful followers as we strive
together to follow His will and continue to reach out to this community.
We as your Elders, love each member of the body of Christ that
assembles here at Parkway Drive. With this announcement, we
especially want Doris and Richard to know we love you and sincerely
thank you for all that you have done. We now look forward to the days
ahead as we can worship together with you unencumbered with these
responsibilities that you have carried for decades. Where we go from
here with these responsibilities will be addressed in the near future,
but for now we ask each of you of the Parkway Family to join us in
extending honor and appreciation for our beloved Richard and Doris
Welch and for over 70 years of combined service to the Lord at this
congregation. At their request, there will not be a reception or meal in
their honor yet they humbly know due reward will come from the Lord
of whom we serve.
It is our hope they will continue to worship with us and always feel like
Parkway Drive is home to them.

Shepherding with sincerity and love,

Kelvin Wells & Tim Norman

Where is God? If we seek Him, we will find Him…

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town, their two young sons were in some way involved.

The parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their sons’ behavior. The mother had heard that a minister in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the minister.

The husband said, ‘We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!’ The minister agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The minister sat the boy down and asked him sternly, ‘Where is God?’  The boy made no response, so the minister repeated the question in an even sterner tone, ‘Where is God?’ Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the minister raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, ‘WHERE IS GOD?’

At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, ‘We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it.’

Mischievous as the boys were, this humorous account of their experience should serve as a reminder to us all.  This reminder takes us to Matthew 6:33 where the words of Jesus tell us to, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”   Let us set our lives in order with this familiar passage.

With all that is going on in our world today, we can be flooded with distractions that can cause us to drift into excessive worry, thus causing us to stumble in our pursuit of seeking God first in all that we read, study, speak and do.  So let us decide now to answer the question of “Where is God ?” by seeking Him in the pages of the Word and committing ourselves to live for him no matter what comes our way. 

These thoughts shared from the love that I have for this congregation,

Kelvin Wells

What Is Your “Go to Guide?”

There are all kinds of self-help books on the market today. Books like, Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” or Eckart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.

But for the Christian, what is our “go-to guide?”

As Christians we have a goal that reaches beyond this life and extends into the realms of heaven itself.  And one way to measure our spiritual progress is determined by what we choose to use as our spiritual “go-to guide.” And that “guide” should be our Bibles.

The Bible should be regarded by us as something extremely valuable, and something that we esteem highly.

Whenever a decision needs to be made, we should “go-to” the Bible. When troubles arise we should “go-to” the Bible. When comfort is needed we should “go-to” the Bible. When questions arise we should “go-to” the Bible.

Every deed we do, every decision we make, should all be done according to our “go-to guide” our Bibles. Because when it comes to our spiritual health the Word of God is our “go-to guide.”

Psalm 119:105 (ESV) –  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

The Word of God alone shows us where we presently stand in our relationship to God and it also reveals whether we are walking toward God or away from Him. If we find ourselves standing or walking in darkness, are we willing to do whatever it takes to correct it and realign ourselves in the light of His word?

I pray that all of us will make every effort, every day to evaluate our spiritual progress using God’s “go-to guide” for our spiritual health. Because, living Christian lives involves the whole person, – body, soul and spirit!

Grace and peace,

Tim Norman