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COVID Communications

Letters to our Church Family

september 9, 2021 letter: COVID "un-pause"

PPBC Family:


The baptism Sunday was a precious reminder that it’s good to be together in Christ-like fellowship. Starting this Sunday, September 12, we will “un-pause” and have our small groups back on campus! Thank you for being a church willing to not only adjust during our pause but have been active in so many areas of ministry. Our short pause allowed parents to adjust to a new school year, which the lingering effects of COVID has made challenging. Now, we are ready to get back together!


Small groups will resume much like they were before the pause. Most groups will have the option to attend remotely if desired. Leaders will be providing any needed updates to their groups. Since the pause was designed to limit exposure to our most vulnerable, especially children, you may be most concerned about how Children’s Ministry will operate. While Stephanie, Lauren, and their team will communicate directly to parents, let me assure you they have made the safety of our children a priority. All volunteers with Children Ministry will be masked. Elementary children will be asked to wear a mask and their seating will be socially distanced (preschoolers and babies will not have to wear masks). Our dedicated team of volunteers will continue to ensure high traffic areas are thoroughly sanitized. 


We are blessed to have a staff, working together with dedicated volunteers, balancing the needs of ministry with safety. While your patience and grace will continue to be needed, all involved are optimistic that we will not have to implement any more pauses. 


Again, you may be reading this and part of you is excited, but you’re not quite ready to return to campus in-person. We continue to be one church, whether you attend in-person or on-line. While our preference is to have you worship in-person, services will continue to be live streamed on YouTube. 


Our staff and leadership thank you for your continued patience during this journey. We know that adjustments have not been easy; however, because of your faithfulness, ministry continues to move forward. 


We have much to do together for the Kingdom!


Pastor Allan

august 5, 2021 letter: COVID "pause"

PPBC Family:


Like your family, we have been watching the increase in COVID cases, especially the coronavirus variants affecting children, over the last several weeks.  Decision making during this season continues to be challenging and ever-changing.  Our strategy towards COVID has been to seek God’s wisdom, understand the decisions and direction of our medical community and local authorities, and to listen to you, our church families.  This has served us well during this journey.  


Starting this Sunday, August 8 through September 5, we have decided to “pause” Sunday School and Worship Care (childcare).  Sunday morning small groups require meeting in smaller, more confined spaces where close contact can occur, despite our best efforts to provide adequate distancing.  This temporary pause also allows schools in our area to start, operate a few weeks, and should give us an idea of how far reaching the current COVID variant will go.  During this short “pause,” ministry leaders/small group leaders will be communicating to their areas of ministry ideas and best practices on how to stay connected through other ways, including alternative times or online.  


At this time, this is the only adjustment we plan to make.  Corporate worship will still take place at 10:30 am each Sunday, providing a way for us to “meet together” (Hebrews 10:25) — on campus or online.  As always, masks are a good option to reduce exposure.  We will offer socially distant seating in the Commons and our team will continue to regularly disinfect high-traffic areas.  For those attending worship with little ones, we will have a Family Room available to provide a quiet space if needed.  Continue to monitor your health.  If you do not feel well or cannot make it to our in-person worship on campus, please join us online.  As a reminder, we remain one church, on-campus or online!

Thank you for your cooperation and helping us to limit exposure to our most vulnerable.  It has been a challenge to balance safety while continuing to stay focused on ministry.  Your flexibility and faithfulness are a great encouragement.  Let me challenge you to continue to pray for our church, our community, and for those whose lives have been touched by COVID.  When the weather is cooler and conditions allow, we look forward to a time when we can have an outdoor church-wide family gathering.  Imagine all being back together!

Indeed, we continue to be better together!

 

Allan Greer, Senior Pastor


"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” —Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

July 14, 2021 letter: COVID variant update

PPBC Family:


Thank you for your grace and flexibility this past Sunday as we had to adjust to an unexpected power outage on our property. Adjusting, while continuing to worship, is something you all do so well. Your continued flexibility will also be needed as we monitor variants of COVID-19. As you know, just as Parkway Place was returning to a sense of post-pandemic normalcy, coronavirus variants are popping up in news headlines. 


As of today, we feel our current strategy, meeting together with masks being an option, continues to be our best course of action. We are grateful that we live in a state where every individual and family, who chooses to do so, continues to have an opportunity to receive a vaccine. If it helps to be more comfortable worshiping on campus with a mask, know this is an option and grace abounds. I love how our members have supported and respected each other during this time.


It’s a challenge to balance safety while continuing with ministry. One way you can help is to monitor your health. If you or anyone in your family has symptoms related to COVID, seasonal colds, or flu, take advantage of being able to worship online. As a reminder, we are one church, on-campus or online! Giving, an act of worship, can also happen in-person or online. Our website provides several convenient options. 


Decision making during this season has been challenging and dynamic. I’m thankful for our staff and leadership who continue to work together to seek God’s wisdom, understand the decisions and direction of our local government, and listen to our members. Our goal is to communicate well and often any ministry changes that affect us all. Again, as of today, we are planning on continuing with regular Bible study, children and student ministries, and corporate worship. 

Thank you for all the encouragement, understanding, and support of not only our recent power outage, but certainly as we continue to journey together through this pandemic. 


We are indeed better together!


Allan

June 4, 2021 letter: More about those masks...

Parkway Place Family:


Seeing more and more of you reconnect back on campus has been heartwarming, not only to me, but our entire staff. Again, we hope you have had a worshipful and welcoming experience. You all have been missed!


Now that we have experienced reconnecting together for several weeks, we wanted to communicate our updated COVID-related plans. Starting Sunday, June 6, we will no longer ask people to wear masks while entering and exiting our building; rather, we are allowing our members and guests to make their own decisions when it comes to wearing a mask. Of course, you have the freedom to wear a mask if you feel like you need to; and again, in the spirit of unity, show grace to others who may choose differently. Simply put, masks are now completely optional everywhere and for everyone at Parkway Place.


With this relaxation regarding masks, we will be bringing back some things missed during our journey with COVID. We’re bringing back more seating in our main worship center! Seating in our sanctuary will be open, with every row available! Perhaps you are reading this and not quite comfortable with open seating in a large space. We will continue to provide social distanced seating in our Commons area for Sunday worship. Corporate worship will still be live streamed on YouTube. Our bulletins and other handouts will continue to be available digitally for the convenience of both our in-person and remote members.


We will also be bringing back coffee stations, and groups can bring back food items as appropriate for your meetings. Your patience will be needed Sunday. Since our coffee stations (and other services) are provided by volunteers, there may be some time needed to reengage some of our amazing servant- hearted helpers.


As I’ve mentioned in previous updates, will there be glitches and growing pains as we continue to reconnect back on campus? Count on them. Again, our hope is that any minor inconveniences will be overshadowed by more of Parkway Place family reconnecting together, in-person or on-line!


Our staff and leadership continue to thank you for your continued patience during this difficult season. We could have not done this without God’s grace and your faithfulness. We are one body in Christ, and we are better together!


Allan

May 5, 2021 letter: About those masks...

Dear Parkway Place family,


This coming Sunday marks nearly a month since our small groups have been able to reconnect back on campus! For those who have felt comfortable in returning on campus, I hope you have found a worshipful and welcoming experience.    


Now that vaccines have been widely available for some time, we wanted to communicate an updated reconnect planStarting Sunday, May 9, masks will be optional when “seated” (classroom or worship) for adults and students.   We recognize that a growing number of our members have chosen to be vaccinated and desire a choice when it comes to wearing a mask. We realize that for some, this brings much relief and for others, perhaps some concern. In classrooms and worship, wear a mask if you feel you need to; and again, in the spirit of unity, respect those who may choose differently. A few more details regarding our updated reconnect plan, include:


For Adults and Students

We will only be encouraging members and guests to wear face masks as they enter and exit our building and while in hallways and restrooms. Our hallways, some narrow, provide natural congestion points, so in a spirit of unity, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not, we strongly encourage masks to be worn. However, once you are in your classroom or seated for corporate worship, masks will be optional

Seating in classrooms will continue to be spaced out as best as possible. For now, we will be using chairs only, but where tables were used, we hope to bring them back soon. Coffee service, display tables, and other congestion prone areas will not be available initially, but our goal is to bring them back quickly. As you have shown throughout this pandemic, your grace, creativity, and flexibility will be needed!

During corporate worship we will continue to maintain social distancing with seating available in every other row, with masks now optional instead of being strongly encouraged. Imagine seeing a growing number of smiling faces in worship again! Overflow seating, if needed, will be provided using additional spaces within our building. Over time, we’ll go back to using every row and make additional adjustments regarding masks. 


For Children

Since we recognize that most children have not had the opportunity to receive a vaccination, we will be following the mask policy of most local and private schools and ask that children K – 6th grade wear masks. This will also allow our children’s leaders and teachers to have consistency in applying mask guidance for our amazing Parkway Place kids. We will continue to not require masks for children in the preschool and nursery area as we have been since opening Worship Care. The incredible team of volunteers for our Children’s Ministry (birth – 6th) will continue to wear masks. 

Since we will continue to recognize social distancing during worship, if you decide to worship with your children, we want each family to make their own decision about having their children wear masks during worship. We look forward to the day, hopefully very soon, where we don’t have to be concerned with social distancing or masks!


For All

Perhaps you are reading this and part of you is excited, but you’re not quite ready to remove your mask just yet. We are one church, whether you decide to wear a mask or not or whether you attend in-person or on-line. Simply put, we are one body in Christ. Corporate worship will still be livestreamed on YouTube with the excellence you’ve come to expect and have experienced. Many of our small groups continue to offer a remote option of attending. Check with your group leader for any details or questions. 


Again, our staff and leadership thank you for your continued patience during this difficult year. We know that constant adjustments have not been easy; however, because of your faithfulness, we are so excited to be moving forward together as a church. Hopefully with a slightly relaxed mask policy, we’ll feel even closer together. 


You are needed more than ever as we, together, reach the next person and family for Christ! 


 Better together,

 Allan 

March 20, 2021 letter: Let's Reconnect!

March 20, 2021


Dear Parkway Place Family,


A year ago few could have anticipated we would be acknowledging the anniversary of the coronavirus changing so many of our lives.  I’m so thankful for a family of believers who have shown resiliency and creativity in sharing Christ’s love during this pandemic.  Each of you are an inspiration.  Nancy and I truly love you all!  

From the beginning, we have sought wisdom primarily from God’s Spirit in discussions with our members, and local and state officials on how to move forward in a way that was honoring of God and safe for our members and community.  We have so many of you who have never stopped praying and planning on reconnecting together.  


Together, Parkway Place staff and leadership feel the freedom to "reconnect" back once again on campus, including worship, Prime Time Sunday School, and mid-week ministries, starting Sunday, April 11!  


While many will be ready to be back together on campus, we understand April 11 may be too soon for some.  We are one church, whether we’re together in person or online.  We have had many volunteers help get our facilities ready, from fresh paint to sanitizing to technology upgrades which will allow members to attend their small groups in person or remotely.  


As we continue to plan, your small group leaders will be communicating with their groups to make sure everyone is informed of correct meeting rooms, schedules, and any COVID-related procedures.  Even as COVID case numbers continue to decline and vaccinations continue to increase, we want to reconnect as safe as possible.  


We are excited about "reconnecting" back on campus April 11 and look forward to welcoming you back. Your continued grace and flexibility will be needed.  

Also, April 4 celebrate Resurrection Sunday as we gather outside on the PPBC parking lot as a family! A lot has changed in the past year, but one thing for sure has proven constant: the hope and good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s been amazing to see our great God work during this pandemic. In the days leading up to Easter, be intentional to invest and invite your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to join us in person on the lot (FM radio transmission will be available for those who want to join us on the lot but stay in their vehicles). As always, PPBC will be One Church-on-campus and online Easter Sunday.

Thankful for God’s grace, mercy, and you!

 

Pastor Allan

november 21 letter: covid update

PPBC Family,


When the pandemic began, it took us a few weeks to gather the right information, understand state and federal health guidelines, and to put in place a plan designed to keep our members as safe as possible. I am forever grateful for the work of our Regathering Team in these efforts.  The last several months of planning have been focused on Sunday morning worship, and the gradual opening of additional classrooms during the week.  


We’ve always had the goal of returning all small groups back on campus, but the continual rise in COVID has kept pushing back those plans.  Our ministry team evaluates daily our current programming and protocols in an ongoing effort to provide the safest possible environment for all ages.  Even during the recent spikes in COVID cases, we continue to pray and plan so we can reconnect everyone back on campus soon and safely.  


Thank you for being a church who despite a pandemic has never lost sight of and continues to live out our mission of “developing fully devoted followers” of Jesus Christ.  Your unity and creativity in engaging our community for Christ never ceases to amaze.  Rest assured, the Church is not “on pause,” but rather “on mission” and lives are being changed.


With Thanksgiving and Christmas before us, we understand that the threat of COVID exposure is even greater at this time. We also know this may impact your decision to attend “in person" from week to week during the holidays.  As always, we encourage you to join your church family (whether on-campus or online) and we respect your decisions as we navigate COVID together.  


As a reminder, here are the health protocols we continue to have in place for the protection of every guest and member:

  • Wear a mask. 
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • If you have a fever, please stay home and participate online.
  • If you have been in recent contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID, please stay home and participate online.
  • If you have been quarantined from school or work, please stay home and participate online.


As we work through the Thanksgiving/Christmas season and as COVID positive numbers continue to increase, we will be evaluating week to week and sending out “as needed” emails to communicate any changes in our ministry plan. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reply to this email or call the church office at 501.224.3003.


Thank you for your continued commitment to “love one another” and your willingness to be flexible and sacrifice during this season. Also, thank you for your continued prayers for our staff and me and our families. Remember:  God is in control. We continue to trust Him. We will get through this together!  

PPBC is one church… online and on campus!  See you tomorrow.


Better Together,


Allan Greer


PS.  Our 2020 PPBC Christmas Ministry Guide will be coming to you in the next couple of days.  Begin praying now and asking God how He wants to use you in serving the needs in our community this Christmas season. Also, check out tomorrow’s digital bulletin.

august 6 letter: covid update

Parkway Place Family:


As we continue to live in a worldwide pandemic longer than most anticipated, I wanted to provide another brief COVID update. Many of you are worshiping regularly with us for our 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning service. For those who haven’t been on-campus for a while, as you feel comfortable, come back and worship with us in-person! While we are still following recommended COVID precautionary guidelines, you’ll find a very safe and sanitized environment, thanks to our many volunteers. While we are still asking everyone to wear masks and practice social distancing, we are no longer asking our members to RVSP in advance. Come! If you are more comfortable worshiping with us online, continue to do so via our streaming channel on YouTube. Remember, we are one church, either on-campus or online. 


As it relates to meeting on campus, we will continue with worship only on Sundays for the immediate future. Everyone involved in the regathering process desires to see all ministry groups back on campus soon. Continue to have gospel conversation in creative ways – from outdoor meetings, to coffee houses, driveways, or around kitchen tables. Stephanie and her creative team have shown us, through our first-ever virtual VBS, that sharing Christ’s love can’t be contained by mere walls. As I’ve mentioned previously, we have the incredible privilege of being the generation that shares the Gospel, even during a pandemic. 


Know that Nancy and I love you. As your pastor, one of my roles and responsibilities is that of shepherd.  In making COVID decisions, I will always want to err on the side of caution for your health and well-being as we remain on mission. I am grateful for the partnership of the Regathering Team and their insights and wisdom as we navigate this new reality. 

 

On behalf of our staff and myself, it’s a privilege to serve with you. 


I am looking forward to seeing you Sunday, on-campus or online. 


Pastor Allan

july 6 letter: looking ahead

Parkway Place Family,

 

As we enter our fifth month of COVID-19, I wanted to provide a brief update on our regathering efforts. Last month, based on recommendations of our Regathering Team, we started meeting on campus again for Sunday 10:30a worship. Nancy and I have loved seeing many masked faces that we’ve missed. As you feel comfortable, come back and worship with us on campus! You can also continue to worship with us online via Parkway Place’s streaming channel on YouTube. We are one church, either on-campus or online.  

 

Looking ahead, we desire to bring small groups back on campus as conditions allow. We’ll most likely start by reopening, on Sundays, the downstairs section of Children’s area and then expand to other sections of our building as prudently possible. This approach will allow us to limit exposure in other areas of our building as we continue to assess safety. As it relates to our building, for at least the next several weeks, we’ll continue to have Sunday corporate worship only at 10:30a.  

 

While there may be much confusion in the news regarding COVID-19, there is clarity in God’s will. God desires for His lost children to be found. We have the incredible privilege of being the generation that shares the Gospel, even during a pandemic. I’m so thankful this mission isn’t (can’t) be contained by a building. Continue, as you have done so well, to show God’s love as you creatively connect with others. Using Zoom makes it easy to invite others via your meeting link. Even during this pandemic, as you “go,” continue to have gospel conversations!

 

By the way, we continue to have new families join Parkway Place and visitors each Sunday. Exciting to see God at work. We have much to accomplish together being on mission for Him.


Better Together!


Allan R. Greer, Senior Pastor

 

may 22 letter: regathering date & FAQs

Friday, May 22, 2020


Parkway Place Family,


Since the start of the current coronavirus pandemic it has been the desire to seek God’s wisdom to guide us through this challenging time. By seeking God’s Spirit, listening and consulting with government officials and other church leaders, and by seeking your input, the time to regather has come. 

I'm pleased to announce we have a date to regather back on campus for Sunday morning worship: June 7!


Will our first regather Sunday be different? While the clear message of the gospel will always remain the same, our services will be different for a season. Following proper COVID-19 guidelines will require some adjustments and patience from every member. Included in this letter are some anticipated frequently asked questions to help you and your family get a sense of what to expect. We know you want to be together and we know you want our place of worship to be safe. Grace, flexibility, and understanding will be needed. 


Because seating will be limited until conditions change, your input is once again needed to help the Regathering Team prepare well. Could you do us a favor? Let us know your plans by clicking this link to take a survey that should take less than a minute to complete.

    

We will continue encouraging our at-risk population and those desiring more time to return to continue worshiping with us online. There is grace in how you and your family proceed. We are after all, one church family, regardless of on-campus or online.

  

In the next few days, be expecting an update on how to best be spiritually ready to regather. We are preparing a special prayer emphasis and will be encouraging you to be a part of an intentional in-home worship opportunity before June 7th. Again, be on the lookout for more details and how to sign-up to RSVP for our regathering services.


Finally, I want to take a moment to thank the Regathering Team for the time, prayer and wisdom they are giving to help our Parkway Place family get back together safely. Parkway Place Family—I want to thank you for your heartfelt care and persistence in prayer during this unprecedented time. Continue to take care of yourself, make sure to love God and love your neighbors well, and we will see you online for worship this Sunday. We are Better Together.  


Excited!


Pastor Allan


PS. Give us 1 minute and Click this linkAlso, be sure to check out the PPBC Regathering FAQ Sheet.

(Click on picture for printable version of FAQ sheet)


PPBC… “A Place to Belong. One Church—on campus and online”


When will we regather?

Sunday, June 7, 2020!


What can I expect?

We ask that you bring a face covering or mask for each member of the family. If you forget one, one will be provided, but the church will only have a limited supply. Infants and toddlers (children under 10 years of age) will not be required to wear a mask. If you have a health condition that makes it impossible for you to wear a mask, we understand, but otherwise, we are asking everyone to wear a face mask. 

We understand face masks can be uncomfortable and some may feel unnecessary. We are asking every member to sacrifice a little comfort for a season and out of love for others, wear a face mask.

If seating is limited, how do I let the church know I’m coming?

Due to current guidelines that will limit seating in our sanctuary (we will be using every other pew), we will have a sign-up process so you and your family can “RSVP” a seat. Details for the RSVP will be communicated soon.


We understand the inconvenience of having to RSVP and know this may temporarily cause a situation where there is not enough seating capacity for everyone. Hopefully in the rare circumstance when there is not enough seating, arriving members may need to return home and watch online. To minimize any potential frustration, we will be monitoring capacity to see if multiple services are needed to accommodate everyone. Your grace and patience are needed.   


If seating is limited, why can’t other parts of the building be used?

Using other parts of the building has been considered, but due to the length of time and expense it takes to thoroughly sanitize, it is currently better stewardship to limit access to one part of the building—the main worship center. 


Will we have Sunday morning small groups?

When we regather on-campus, we will initially have worship service only. (We will also continue our online worship option.) Small groups will continue to meet virtually (e.g. Zoom). We will not have van transportation since social distancing and sanitization is impractical. In the weeks to come, we desire to see these restrictions loosened and eventually eliminated. 


What happens once I arrive or leave?

On arrival, you will be guided through a contactless experience. Our team will guide you from your car directly to your worship seat. At all times we ask your help in maintaining a 6-foot safe distance from those not in your “family group.” 


Greeters will be wearing masks. We will not shake hands, hug, or high-five. Instead, we will air hug, wave, and smile. 


Coffee stations will be suspended, and we will not distribute any bulletins or printed materials. While we encourage you to continue giving online, offering buckets will be stationed allowing you to drop off your offering, touch-free. Bulletin and sermon notes will be made available digitally online.


After service, we will dismiss you and direct you on leaving the building to ensure a quick, safe exit. 


How is Parkway Place keeping my family safe?

Please know we are committed to protecting your health and safety.  While we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment, we are being vigilant in taking steps to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Thank you for remaining prayerful, faithful, and flexible. A few of the many precautions we are taking:

  • Requiring face masks until current guidelines are loosened.
  • Limiting common “touch points” as we engage in contactless worship services.
  • Strongly encouraging all attendees over the age of 65 or those who have a compromised immune system to worship with us online. We are one church, on-campus and online!
  • Public areas of the church will be cleaned and sanitized before and after worship services.
  • Limited restroom availability. If necessary, please use the restroom before worship.
  • Hallway traffic and entrance/exit to and from worship will be limited.
  • Our sanctuary has been configured to allow for social distancing. We have measured the spacing (we will use alternating rows of pews) to meet federal standards – six feet between family units.

If you or a family member have had any of the following symptoms recently, please worship with us online:

  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days


We care about your health and safety. If you are in a high-risk group, we encourage you to continue attending our online service. 


What if I have additional questions?

Your input is always welcomed. If there are any additional questions or concerns, please email info@ppbc.com

may 8 letter: regathering

May 8, 2020


Dear Parkway Place Family,


Thank you for being a church willing to adjust as we have all dealt with the current crisis. Overall, I’m very encouraged by the responses of our most recent surveys, especially where many of you have indicated your faith has grown during this time.


Recently Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that churches could resume meeting in-person with the strong encouragement of following strict social distancing guidelines. I am grateful for the Governor, his team, and local leaders for including churches in their decision making process. As I’ve mentioned in our on-line services, a “Regathering Team” has been formed to help start the process of resuming on-campus worship at Parkway Place. After prayerful and thoughtful discussions, we have decided to target mid-June to resume worship in our building. We will be communicating often and will have more specifics dates as the team continues to process and meet. Conditions for resuming on-campus worship remains very fluid and your prayers are certainly needed. The team has the desire to move purposely and use appropriate caution.


There are several reasons why we are targeting mid-June. Overall, we are hoping the current guidelines will be less restrictive to allow church to be a worshipful experience. We also want to plan well, to provide an inviting, yet very safe place for you to return. Again, as it gets closer for us to regather, we will communicate specifics on what this will look like for you and your family.


Please know that Nancy and I love you and look forward to seeing you soon. Continue to grow in faith by what you are doing now, worshiping as a family using our on-line services, checking on others, and sharing gospel conversations with others. You all love and serve well. God is in control. All involved desire to resume on-campus worship soon, but don’t feel the pressure to be anxious or rushed. I am grateful to our wonderfully talented technical team, my staff, and our small group leaders for transitioning to our on-line worship and meeting formats with God-honoring excellence. Who knew the word “Zoom” would be such an important part of our everyday vocabulary! Please let me know how Parkway Place can help you during this time. I’m looking forward to a CELEBRATION reunion when we can be face-to-face again!


Pastor Allan


PS. I’ll see you Sunday online as we celebrate together beginning at 10:30 am www.ppbc.com.

may 7 letter: one more thing about one more thing

May 7, 2020


Hey PPBC Family,


Staying connected and keeping spiritual rhythm is so important during this sheltering-at-home time. Technology has been a great tool for doing that. However, it's important that we also reach our PPBC family that can't YouTube, Zoom, etc. To that end, we are now set up for anyone with a phone to join us, and it doesn't have to be a smart phone.


Maybe you have family or friends we could now reach by telephone, wherever they are. There are several opportunities for them:

·    Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 am

·    Sunday morning Bible study group at 9:15 am

·    Thursday gathering at 6:30 pm


They can sing along with the music, join with us in prayer and hear a message from the Word. Just dial in at the appropriate time, enter the code and listen. And putting the phone on speaker makes it more convenient.


Here's the phone number to dial in: 877-594-8353

Here's the code to enter when prompted: 857 646 61 followed by #

BUT--

if all those numbers are intimidating and hard to work with, we can dial the person in to the service. Easy. Just let us know.


If the person needs to be dialed-in or if you have any questions or problems, call Beverly Parker, 680-6970.


Reaching more together!



Allan Greer, Senior Pastor

may 6 letter: financial update 2

May 6, 2020

 

 Hello PPBC Family,

 

It has been one month since I last updated you on the financial standing of the church. In that time, we have continued to see our “normal” way of life become something none of us could have envisioned just a few months ago. Our access to work, friends, family and church is restricted by the necessity to protect each other and overcome this challenge before us.

 

In these past weeks, we have witnessed our church family come together to support and pray for each other in ways we also could not have envisioned a few months ago. We are meeting by phone, Zoom and YouTube. Our staff has found new and creative ways to keep in contact with us, pray for us and support us. Our praise team is leading us in worship while not even in the same room!

 

To no one’s surprise, you have responded faithfully as a church body to find ways to be together and keep in contact and participate in worship, small groups and prayer. You have also continued to be faithful in your tithing. PPBC is certainly blessed with a responsive and giving membership. The church staff continues to be financially frugal, limiting expenditures to the essentials while continuing to maintain our ministry mission.


Year-to-date through last Sunday, we have collected $706,721. Our budgeted needs through the same period come to $770,652. Our expenses have been $649,155. Tithing can be accomplished through REALM, online at ppbc.com or by mailing to the church at 300 Parkway Place Drive, Little Rock, AR 72211.


Please remember, we are all in this together and are commanded to support each other. If you have a need, please reach out. You can email prayer@ppbc.com and share your need or prayer request.


2 Corinthians 1: 3-4"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”


Until we can meet together again in person, I will continue to periodically update the membership on the financial condition of the church.


Again, thank you for your faithfulness and generosity. I love you all.


Blessings,



Jesse Munn

Treasurer

may 5 letter: reopening-- not just yet

Dear PPBC family,


As you may already know, Governor Hutchinson announced yesterday, May 4th, that places of worship can open with some guidelines effective immediately.  Even though we have a “green light,” we at PPBC are going to proceed cautiously as we come back together.  We are processing decisions daily based on prayerfully seeking God’s direction, the wisdom of our local and state officials, and your input from our recent survey. Providing the safest environment possible for our community and church family is a priority.  In order to do that, we will continue to meet “online only” for the next few weeks.  


Our online worship experience is working well, so we will continue to maintain that tool for now.  Thank you for your continued flexibility.

Also, as of this email, I am assembling a Regathering Team that will help us with a detailed plan to “reopen” as well as the necessary logistics to provide a safe environment for your return.  This team will keep the PPBC family informed about next steps as we work toward being together again on campus.


So, this Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day), we look forward to seeing you online beginning at 10:30 am.

Look for ways to encourage and serve others today with the love of Jesus.

 

Pastor Allan

may 3 letter: reopening/survey 2

May 3, 2020

 

Dear PPBC Family,

 

We truly miss gathering with you, and we are making every effort to keep you informed as we prepare plans for reopening. As we plan ahead on when we will have the ability to have in-person gatherings that are safe for you and your family, leadership at Parkway Place is prayerfully seeking God's Spirit, the wisdom of our local and state officials, and your input.

 

We ask you to complete a brief survey that will help us make reopening decisions that best reflect your needs. Please complete your survey no later than this Thursday, May 6.

 

We’ve been encouraged by the resilience of our online community and are thrilled that we have remained connected with one another during these unprecedented times. The church is more than a building, and you are proving that over and over again with your dedication to engaging in online worship, participating in groups, serving others in your communities, and loving your neighbors well.

 

We are continuing to lift you up in prayer, and we ask for your prayers for wisdom as we hope to gather in person again soon.

 

Thank you,

 

 Allan R. Greer, Senior Pastor

Parkway Place… A Place To Belong!

may 2 letter: update/survey 1 results

Dear PPBC Family, 


We have been making it one of our highest priorities to stay connected during this COVID-19 Pandemic.  You matter to God and you matter to us.  

Thank you for taking time to respond to the recent “Check-In Survey” we sent out earlier.  We’ve had over 100 people respond so far.  You’ve shared with us how you are doing and how you are dealing with this crisis.  You’ve also shared with us ways the church can continue or begin to minister and pray for you as we together stay on mission to love God and love others with the love of Christ.

Here are a few of the things those responding told us:  

  • 72% said “My faith has grown during this crisis.”
  • 68% said “I am able to meet with a small group online.”
  • 21% said “I’ve been personally impacted with family issues during this crisis;” 10% said “I’ve been impacted by unemployment.”
  • So many of you are experiencing the same thing during this time of social distancing—“We miss being together!” 


Thank you for your honesty and transparency as we "checked-in." We were made to be in community and minister to the needs of our family and beyond.  Your spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health is important during this time.  If you or someone you know have specific needs (prayer, connecting to a small group, technical assistance, counseling, financial or food insecurity, etc.), please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me at greer@ppbc.com or info@ppbc.com.

Tomorrow don’t miss our Sunday Morning Livestream at 10:30 am (click here).  Our Worship Team will be debuting a new virtual song that you’re going to love. Also, we’ll be looking at the question: “Are We Wasting This Hard Season?”  If you want to get ahead of me, read through chapter one of James. And while you are enjoying this amazing day, beginning memorizing James 1:2-4.


Finally, I’m blessed to serve with the most amazing staff and their families.  They are doing a wonderful job navigating this journey as they love the church and the community. Please keep us in your prayers.

I can’t wait to see you tomorrow online.  

Nancy and I love you.


Allan Greer, Senior Pastor

Parkway Place… A Place To Belong

apr 5 letter: financial update

April 5, 2020

 

Hello PPBC Family,

 

I hope this letter finds all of you safe and well. Please know that we are all in prayer for our church family and that you are not alone! Allan, Steven and the Praise Team are doing a wonderful job on Sunday mornings and while I am not there, I can feel the Lord’s presence. It is such a blessing. Even though we can’t meet together we can be supportive of each other so please reach out if you have a need.

 

These are unprecedented and trying times we are in but we have our all-powerful God to rely on and take comfort in knowing that He will meet our needs. This passage in Isaiah comes to mind:

 

Isaiah 41:10—"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”


Since we are unable to meet on Sunday with the bulletin reflecting our receipts and disbursements, I felt that an update on the financial condition of the church would be in order.


PPBC is blessed with a faithful and giving membership. In consultation with the Stewardship Team, the church staff has initiated a conservative spending plan limited to only essential expenditures. We realize that there is economic insecurity as a result of the coronavirus crisis and we will continue to monitor the church finances as we progress in the days and weeks to come.


Year-to-date through last Sunday, we have collected $594,171. Our budgeted needs through the same period come to $663,617. Our expenses have been $576,572. Tithing can be accomplished through REALM, online at ppbc.com or by mailing to the church at 300 Parkway Place Drive, Little Rock, AR 72211.


Until we can meet together again, I will continue to periodically update the membership on the financial condition of the church.


Again, thank you for your faithfulness and generosity. I love you all.


Blessings,


Jesse Munn

Treasurer

apr 3 note: 4 tips

April 3, 2020


Hey PPBC Family!

 

You are daily on my heart and in my prayers. This season is challenging for many of us. For some, work is coming to a halt and you’re not sure what the future holds. For others, because of what you do, you’re even busier. Please know that Nancy and I as well as our staff are praying for you. God is still in control. He is with us. He has peace for our souls. 

 

Here are a few simple, practical tips that will help as we navigate this coronavirus season together:


  1. Read your Bible and pray. I know this seems so simple, but it’s crucial. Nothing that we build can last unless it’s built on a strong foundation. There may be situations where you feel like you don’t have a routine yet and finding you spiritual rhythm has become almost non-existent. Good news: It’s never too late to get back on track. Choose to make time daily to read your bible and pray. It’ll do your soul good. Spiritual Growth resources are available at ppbc.com.
  2. Family matters. If you have kids, they may be bored or afraid but it’s important to be available for them. Don’t allow pressures like tension and anxiety to ruin the relationships that are so important to us. Remember: Next to God, family is your most important ministry.
  3. Put others before yourself. There are people in your community that need you. It could be an emotional need; it could be physical need; it could be a spiritual need. I hope that during this time, instead of moving in the direction of selfishness, we would move in the direction of selflessness and be sensitive to the needs of those around us. Ask yourself: How can I be a light during this dark time?
  4. Keep investing and inviting people to “a place to belong.” There are people that are willing now more than ever to come to church. Maybe in the past they’ve said “no,” but with all of the chaos in this world, people are open to hearing a message of hope, which is what I’ll be bringing this Sunday starting at 10:30 am. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to join us livestream at www.ppbc.com. They’re going to hear about our living hope Jesus Christ and His great salvation.


Finally, I realize during this crisis that some of you are being impacted in differing degrees financially and that tithes and offerings may be impacted. I want you to know that your staff and I are practicing conservative expense management during this time. We are working closely with our stewardship team as we continue to monitor closely the finances of the church. 


Nancy and I love you and are blessed to serve with you in this season. We appreciate the care and encouragement you express to us.  Your support and prayers mean the world to us.


Grateful!

 

Pastor Allan

mar 25 letter re: in everything by prayer

We're here for you!

We've noticed during these anxious times that it helps to put words to what's troubling us...and perhaps to know that a team of folks at Parkway Place Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas is praying for you too.


Why don't you give it a try.

mar 26 letter re: midweek livestream

Dear PPBC Family,


Just wanted to remind you about our mid-week livestream tonight!


Please join Steven and me at 6:30 pm tonight, (Mar 26). You can find us at www.ppbc.com. You can follow along with us by downloading the 3 documents listed below.


There will be music; we'll focus on Philippians 4:6-7 through the use of a H.E.A.R. Journal and Scripture Memory; and have a time of prayer. If you have prayer requests, please send them to us here.





Trusting Christ,

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Allan Greer

Senior Pastor

mar 25 letter re: 3 questions for easter

Dear Church Family,

As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ we have prepared some questions for you to reflect on and answer. Share these questions around the dinner table and see how Christ has been at work in your family. Our goal is to magnify and glorify Christ with your responses during the Easter service.


Your responses will be shared anonymously. Please email to me at studdard@ppbc.com by Monday, April 6. Thank you!


Joel Studdard

Student Ministry Pastor

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mar 23 letter re: keeping spiritual rhythm

Dear PPBC Family,


Last Sunday, I talked about maintaining spiritual rhythm during this time when everything feels so out of sync. Above all, time with the Lord will enable us to stand firm; to not turn our attention inward, but to be unselfish in meeting needs of those around us; and share the hope we have in Christ.


Today, I'm following up on my promise to send you 3 documents that will assist in maintaining your spiritual rhythm. (Click on each to open.) I hope you will practice them with me this week:





On Thursday evening, March 26, I'd like to invite you to join Steven and me for a Midweek livestream at 6:30 pm. You can find us at www.ppbc.com. You can follow along with us by downloading the 3 documents included in this email. There will be music; focus on Philippians 4:6-7 through the use of a H.E.A.R. Journal and Scripture Memory; and a time of prayer. If you have prayer requests, please send them to us at prayer@ppbc.com.


Trusting Christ,

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Allan Greer

Senior Pastor


NOTE: As the current crisis surrounding COVID-19 continues, we will continue doing our Sunday Worship Celebrations online until further notice.

march 18 letter re: staying connected

Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Dear PPBC Family,


As we experience so many “firsts” navigating the Coronavirus, it’s important that we keep connected. As you know, we’ve suspended all activity at the church through March 29. We are daily seeking God’s direction as we evaluate next steps that best care for you and our community. Here’s where we are today:


  • Sunday Morning. We had a great worship celebration this past Sunday—online. I know you join me in thanking the team that is making livestream possible. Hope you were able to be with us. We loved the pics many of you sent. You can watch worship services at www.ppbc.com. We will be live online this Sunday, March 22 at 10:30 am. We’re looking forward to being with you online.


  • Church Offices. The staff is working as usual, but we are working remote from the church campus. If you need to contact us for any reason, you can still call the church office number (501.224.3003). It will transfer your call to either Beverly Bale or Beverly Parker. Either should be able to assist you. They will also be able to connect you to staff members. If you need to directly contact a pastor, you’ll find their cell numbers on Realm. Speaking of…


  • Realm. If ever there was a need for you to set up Realm, it is NOW! For one thing, Realm is your church directory – it’s where you get contact information for church members; learn who’s who by looking at pics. (Now’s a good time to add your pic!) We are sending an email to everyone who is not on Realm. The email has a link to set up your account online as well as download the app on your smartphone. This is a private, church-only database. Problems? Contact Beverly Parker 501.680.6970.


  • ppbc.com We are constantly working on our website to keep you informed. We’re adding a place for you to check updates regarding what’s happening at PPBC. It’s also the one stop where you can:



Finally, God has had this verse on my mind all day long—What a comfort: Philippians 4:5b-7 (ESV) “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Nancy and I are so “thankful” for you.


P.S. Often a “text” is preferred to “email.” If you would prefer us not to text short communications to you, email parker@ppbc.com


Trusting Christ, 

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Allan Greer, Senior Pastor

mar 14 letter re: questions you may have

Dear PPBC Family, 


In the face of uncertainty created by coronavirus, I was reminded this morning about who we are as the Church: A family that faces things together. Disciples who grow through trials. God’s servants who care for the hurting.Witnesses who share the Good News. Worshippers who look to God.

Jesus told us we would experience trouble, but he also promised that he will never leave or forsake us. No matter how frustrating or confusing this crisis gets, 1 John 4:18 reminds us that “there is no fear in (God’s) love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Fear doesn’t have the last word; God does. 

Our focus remains: love God and love others. We are working on ways to serve you and the community with the love of Christ as needs arise in the days ahead. We covet your understanding, your support, and most of all, your prayers as we continue to respond to this unprecedented set of circumstances.

Here are a few questions we want to help answer:

  • What PPBC activities have been suspended? We made the decision to suspend all official PPBC on-campus activities for two weeks (week of March 15 and 22).
  • How can I watch the livestream? You can join our online worship livestream at 10:30am this Sunday and next Sunday by visiting PPBC.com.
  • How can I stay connected with my small group?  This is a great time to connect and check on people through personal phone calls, emails, texts and social media. Our small groups are a great way for us to continue to be the church to one another and to the community in this time. 
  • How can I remain faithful in my giving?  If you typically give at church, consider giving: (1) PPBC Giving Online; or (2) Text “ppbc” to 73256; (3) Mail to: PPBC, 300 Parkway Place Drive, Little Rock, AR 72211.
  • How will PPBC communicate with me?  We are continuing to monitor and evaluate the situation daily. Our commitment is to communicate with you and share information as soon as it’s available.  We will do this by email and online at PPBC.com. You can also follow us: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Realm.
  • Will the church office be open? As of now, church offices will remain open, and your church staff will still be working and available as needed.  Feel free to call us.
  • What’s next? We are actively discussing the best ways to love both our community and our people in this time. Our staff and leadership recognize that this is a dynamic situation with constant new information and updates. If we have to communicate any last-minute decisions or changes, we will provide updates on social media, via email, and on our website.
  • How can I respond right now? Every need in the world is an opportunity to share the hope of Christ.  How we as believers respond in times of crisis is a direct reflection of the faith we have in our great God! I want to encourage you not to let these circumstances negatively affect your spiritual rhythms. We can show the love of Christ in times like this by praying for others and serving the needs of our local community.  I have included below a few ways you can begin to pray and serve.


Nancy and I deeply love you.  We will see you online for worship.


Trusting Christ, 

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Allan Greer, Senior Pastor

mar 13 letter re: what we are doing

What we are doing at Parkway Place

We want to stay in close contact with our church family and provide you with updates via email and social media as we continue to monitor the Coronavirus and how it impacts our community and church. After much prayer and careful consideration with medical professionals, community leaders and current governmental assessments, we have decided to not gather for services for the following two Sundays, March 15th and March 22. EACH SUNDAY AT 10:30 AM WE WILL STREAM A LIVE SERVICE TO YOU AT ppbc.com. We are asking for you to share this information with neighbors, co-workers, family and friends through your social media or go old-school and actually call and share how to connect with us during this time.


Worship with Us Live Sunday


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