Resources from Grand Parkway Staff | Week of June 8th, 2020

People of the Parkway,
I want to encourage you to take just a few minutes to explore the resources provided below.  There is something for everyone so don't miss what might be for you.

Wade Burgess
Executive Pastor

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If you google the word “anxiety,” you will find 84,400,000 results, listing everything from anxiety symptoms and medication for anxiety to types of anxiety disorders. It’s safe to say that many people are struggling with anxiety these days and have questions about it.

For us, as believers in Jesus Christ, the question becomes, “How do we deal with anxiety from a biblical perspective, and how can we minister to those who are battling anxiety?”  On Thursday, August 6th, from 9am—12pm, Grand Parkway will host a Mental Health Training Conference called Empower that will highlight several issues of mental health with a special emphasis on anxiety. Its a free seminar for ages 14 and older. Register here.

New Missions Partner. Open this link to get a glimpse at our newest mission partnership and find out why we will be traveling to Portland, OR next year.

As our city starts to re-open, how do you plan to spend your time? Gary Chapman, in his book Covenant Marriage, challenges us to think about how we will spend our time.

Could it be that God did not understand how busy we were going to be? Otherwise, He would have made the day longer than twenty-four hours. Or is it that we are trying to do more than He ever intended us to do? One night, as my wife and I were driving home from church youth camp at about 11:45, I remarked to her, “Somehow I don’t think Jesus was ever this busy.” As I read the Gospels, I see Jesus active but not hurried, accomplishing good but not appearing to be busy. I keep having the recurring thought that maybe He marched to the beat of a different drummer. Is it possible that we have been influenced more by our culture than by Christ and have substituted activity for accomplishment? There was a day when people had time to visit one another, when families had time to eat meals together, when families sat together at church, and when friends died, people had time to go to the funeral. Of course, those were the days before we had so many “time savers.”

How has the lifestyle of Jesus impacted how you spend your time?

Hard to believe that this month marks the halfway mark for 2020, and what a strange year it has been so far. From time to time, it’s good to slow down and evaluate the direction of your life. Click here, for a short spiritual check questionnaire. The few minutes you spend reading the article will be good for your soul.

Last week, the women of our church were challenged to begin to put feet to our understanding of the Word of God. We plowed through the book of Acts together, reading the story of how Christianity took shape and began to spread. As the “lab,” we have begun to Prayer Walk our spheres of influence, whether it’s a neighborhood, office hallways, assisted living facility dining room, or apartment complex. What do I mean by Prayer Walk? I’m glad you asked! Click here to see how to Prayer Walk. Don’t let the knowledge we gleaned from Acts go to waste. Christianity is faith showing itself with action. Rarely has there been a better time for that to happen.

Hey everyone! We want to remind you of some important dates we have coming up, so take a look below at our specific ministries. You can sign up and find more details about each event on our website. 

Student Ministry:

June 19: Hey ladies! We are having a Girls’ Pool Party for 7th—12th grade from 6–9PM. RSVP here.

July 1: As you know, we have added a few new staff members recently. Come introduce yourself at our Meat and Greet from 5–8PM! We are grilling burgers and hot dogs out at the Warehouse. 

June 15th: The deadline to sign up for Camp on Campus is quickly approaching! You can find more information about camp here.

Bridge Ministry: 

June 24th: We will kickoff the summer with a Bridge Pool Party from 7—9PM at the McKees’ house. You bring friends and floaties, and we will bring the food. The deadline to sign up for Bridge Camp is also June 24th. You can register here.

The last couple of weeks have been difficult for our nation, and you may be trying to figure out how to discuss these events with your children, navigating what is appropriate for each age group.  Here are three tips on teaching your children about racism. If you are looking for additional resources, books, podcasts, conversation guides, etc., please contact Jana or Krista.

For the Family: We wrapped up our lessons from the Old Testament on Sunday, and we will begin the New Testament in September. Here are some age-appropriate resources for your family this summer:

For Kids at the Park (1st-4th Grade): Allstars Kids Club Go: Sunday Kids Live!

For Preschoolers: Minno Church at Home​

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