November 21, 2018

This Sunday’s Worship 1-28-2018

Annual Congregational Meeting will focus on our dreams for our 2018 ministry. Our Commissions and Church Council have been working on the budget for several months. The Stewardship Commission and Treasurer facilitated a couple of conversations on the proposed budget during Adult Education last Sunday. It’s time for all of us to discuss and discern together. [Children will be with Barb Kuhlmann during the meeting – preparing something to share during worship!]

One Family Worship will follow immediately after the vote to adjourn the congregational meeting. Our scripture passages are Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (God’s words speak through prophets) and Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus teaching and healing with authority and effectiveness) with a sermon entitled Prophets Wanted. We will conclude with God Made from One Love All the Families of the Earth – a new hymn with fresh lyrics and a familiar tune (Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise). 

Vitality Luncheon and Strategizing will kick-off right away in Fellowship Hall (childcare after lunch). We began this exciting journey in September with a church-wide retreat led by consultant Rev. John Wimberly. Almost 100 of you  later took part in drafting, discussing and revising a new Purpose Statement:

Parkway United Church of Christ strives to be an inclusive community embracing:

  • spiritual nourishment
  • open-minded inquiry
  • courageous action, and
  • interfaith partnerships

to fulfill God’s calling to create a just world for all.

Goals that have emerged from this statement via the Vitality Planning Team:

  1. Create and maintain a more inclusive community.
  2. Develop opportunities for spiritual nourishment and inquiry that meets a wide variety of needs.
  3. Take on courageous mission and community activities.
  4. Engage in interfaith partnerships to create a just world for all.
  5. Craft a leadership and organizational structure which is inclusive, sustainable, and flexible and aligns with our purpose.

Now we move ahead with creating strategies to make these goals realities! Yes!

[A goal is the result we want to accomplish while a strategy is the method by which the goal is achieved. Goals are the end. Strategies are the means to that end.] 

We need your help to create the strategies under each goal this Sunday. Surely we will come up with all kinds of great ideas! The Vitality Planning Team will then meet with our consultant to prioritize the strategies. After this, we will create teams to GO & DO!


Questions about this process? Please reach out to our Vitality Co-chairs:

Mark Sableman (; Karen Boyd (; or

Doug Dischinger (


We look forward to being with you on Sunday at 10am! Please remind others!