All Parish Bulletin

A Proclamation People

This Sunday we are kicking off The Park Church Lobby! Jump in an All Parish Zoom meeting room starting at 9:15-9:55 AM to say good morning and see some familiar faces. Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to “see” you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call this Sunday.

Dear church: As followers of Jesus, we are a proclamation people.


I want to remind us of this wonderful truth as we head into the weekend.


As a community who are following Jesus into the neighborhood, part of our ministry is to join with Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit to do what we read in 1 Peter 2:9, “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light“.


Over and again in scripture we see God calling a person or a people to go and tell. Many times this invitation is met by hesitation, fear, and even trepidation. Take a look at Abraham, Moses, Jonah to name a few examples. So these reactions are normal yet God is always persistent in his initiative to use us and work in and through us to bring people into a relationship with Him. He is not limited to this avenue as we know he shows up in miraculous ways at times in dreams and visions, but more times than not he would seem to prefer using new creations (you and me) as instruments in bringing more new creation.


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

With this newness comes a message, a new voice, and a confident expectation in the work of God in the world. I love in the Book of Acts how we see Peter rising in this new voice and belief in God’s ability to change things. It would not have been easy and it most definitely turned some heads, but Peter spoke of the loving work of God to redeem people from their sin and in doing so proclaimed Jesus and his resurrection to all. As we engage in the marathon work of loving our neighbors we do so realizing their greatest need is to be rescued, forgiven, and set free in Christ. He is the one who renews, heals, and restores.


What does the proclamation of Jesus look like in your current season? Who are you in relationship with that needs to hear your voice? May God give you courage, joy and humility as you speak of the great love and hope found only in Jesus Christ.

~Chris Nikkel

MacTerrace Parish Pastor


Family Ministry Sunday Activity

Join us this Sunday during service for a fun family activity! Click here to view the instructions and printable sheet. Gather the following supplies and join our streaming service: two paper cups, glue, scissors, crayons, and string.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Gatherings for 8

Join us for a Social Distancing Gathering on Saturday, July 25th! You will have two opportunities to gather with people from our community. Whichever you feel most comfortable doing, we hope you will join us in this new community event. These in person or online gatherings will be created by neighborhood and/or location so you can get to know people that live in your area! Our hope is that while we can’t have conversations and gather on Sunday mornings, that this will provide an opportunity for the church community to still develop relationships and have community during this season. You can choose to do an In-Person Gathering of 8-10 people in a front yard/driveway from 6-8 PM, bring your own dinner and drinks, or a Zoom Happy Hour 8-9 PM. We hope you can join in one, or both, of these events! Click here to join a group.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Resuming Services Update


While our plan was to meet in person, with all necessary precautions on July 12, we are pushing that back. We are monitoring the rise of Covid-19 cases in our city and reassessing our plans weekly. We have a space to meet, a plan to do in person worship, continuing our live steam, and we have an outdoor option… that will happen, but not yet. In the meantime keep jumping in for our Sunday service (available on our website and on our Facebook page every Sunday). We are working up plans for new ways to connect, dialogue, and encourage one another.

Please check out this video we created for all of you! We love you and miss you. Feel free to contact parish pastors for more information:

Scott Austin // scott@theparksa.org

Chris Nikkel // chris@theparksa.org

Mike Defrees // mike@theparksa.org

A Good-bye To a Staff Member

We have been blessed by the ministry, laughter and community driven heart of Aaron Villarreal. While Aaron attended Midtown primarily, he served across the board on The Park staff team. Aaron will be moving on to use his gifting at Mission City Renewal, which focusses on launching community projects here in San Antonio and designing tools and resources. We are excited to see how God will use Aaron there. Love you Aaron!

Good Neighbor Cohorts

If you’re still looking to get started on a Good Neighbor cohort, there’s still time. These are designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

The Peace of Christ

This Sunday, we will be discussing the peace of Christ and how we are to participate in the shalom that God brings. In the cultural moment we find ourselves in, it appears that there is no peace. Something our staff has been discussing and praying through is how to lead our parishioners through this challenging and divided time. Lindsey Wright offered some wisdom regarding the division that is seemingly intensified at this time, “I feel like God is using this time to shed light on and expose the brokenness and division that was already there lurking beneath the facade of unity and peace.” This brings up the question: Is it divisive to talk about things (such as racism) that people land on different sides? In Matthew 5, Jesus says that we are called to be peace-makers, not peace-keepers. Peace-keeping often results in trying to make everyone happy and skirting around difficult topics. Peace-making might seem divisive, but truth often brings about a certain discomfort: “True reconciliation, justice and shalom require a remembering of suffering, an unearthing of a shameful history and a willingness to enter into lament. Lament calls for an authentic encounter with the truth and challenges privilege, because privilege would hide the truth that creates discomfort.” -Dr. Soon Chan-Rah, Prophetic LamentWhen we are confronted with truth, it can be a painful experience. How will we respond to hearing truth in love? Will we be defensive and angry? Or will we humbly listen and invite others and the Holy Spirit to reveal where we are not participating in the shalom of God? I would encourage you to combat the natural urge to pridefully defend your position or actions. I believe true shalom does not require unanimous agreement on all things. Shalom requires that we allow truth to unearth brokenness and participate in the path of healing.

~Mike Defrees

Midtown Parish Pastor


Resuming Services Update

We will be resuming services July 12 at 10am at Aggie Park. We will meet with the following precautions: pre-registration, masks/social distancing policies are required, and no Family Ministry environments will be provided. Check back soon, we will provide more details in the coming weeks!

Good Neighbor Cohorts

Good Neighbor is designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. Bring your own context to life as you adapt and use these Guided Conversations, Immersion Experiences and Action Project Roadmap to explore how to be a Good Neighbor. We are launching learning cohorts with this curriculum that will take about 4-6 weeks to complete and about 2-3 hours of your week. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Hear my prayer, O Lord!

A Prayer of the Afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord. Hear my prayer, O Lord! And let my cry for help come to You. Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; incline Your ear to me; in the day when I call answer me quickly.

~Psalm 102:1-2

Lament can be an uncomfortable place to allow ourselves to journey through. The reality of systemic racism and injustice suffered by our Black brothers and sisters should prompt a litany of responses from believers in Jesus. Racially motivated prejudice, hatred and violence have no place in our world, and especially not in the Kingdom of God. As we have been discussing ways to be a good neighbor over these past weeks, I believe that humbly listening and responding to our neighbors is central to living out the gospel in the here and now. Just as David cried out with a heavy heart of lament, our Black neighbors are crying out in the day of distress. Will the Church incline their ear? Will the Church respond quickly? Will the Church join in lamenting? 


“Lament in the Bible is a liturgical response to the reality of suffering and engages God in the context of pain and trouble. The hope of lament is that God would respond to human suffering that is wholeheartedly communicated through lament. Lament recognizes the struggles of life and cries out for justice against existing injustices.”

-Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament


Scripture is full of stories of lament and God’s nearness to the oppressed, broken-hearted and down-trodden. We are to be a people who mourn with those who mourn. Who see the beauty and the Imago Dei in each and every person regardless of race, sexuality, creed or status. Who diligently and humbly pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 


Please hear me say this, to those who are hurting: Your church family is hurting with and for you. To those who are mourning and lamenting: Your church family is mourning and lamenting with and for you. To those who are fearful: Your church family is standing with and for you in faith.

~Mike Defrees

Midtown Parish Pastor


Good Neighbor Cohorts

In partnership with Mission City Renewal we are excited to bring you Good Neighbor. Good Neighbor is designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. Take the framework and make it your own. Bring your own context to life as you adapt and use these Guided Conversations, Immersion Experiences and Action Project Roadmap to explore how to be a Good Neighbor. We are rolling this out in two phases: 1) A Good Neighbor Preaching Series beginning June 7 where we will explore Jesus teaching on neighboring, sacrifice, reconciliation, and kindness. 2) We are launching learning cohorts with the good neighbor curriculum. These cohorts will take about 4-6 weeks to complete and about 2-3 hours of your week. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, a group of neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.


Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Resuming Services Plan

Returning to In-Person Service

We are in the last stages of finalizing plans to gather in July. Thank you to those who took our survey, it was incredibly helpful in making plans to resume services. We hope to be transparent during this planning process, so we wanted to share some of the most important results. Below are some of the results of the nearly 200 people who took the survey:

  1. When the Park reopens (with appropriate cleaning and social distancing measures in place), almost 60% stated they would return, or return with reservations.
  2. In regards to what precautions would be taken, if any, when attending in person worship over 50% stated they would attend with masks, over 70% with sitting/standing 6 feet away from one another, over 70% with avoiding any physical contact, over 60% avoiding crowded spacing, and over 70% bringing hand sanitizer.
  3. 70% are likely or very likely that they would attend as a family without Family Ministries available.
  4. Less than 50% said they would leave their children in Family Ministry classes while they attended service.

Good Neighbor Cohorts

In partnership with Mission City Renewal we are excited to bring you Good Neighbor. Good Neighbor is designed to be a resource for those who want to take a deeper dive into their neighborhoods and communities — to know the people and faces and actively engage the challenges and opportunities. Take the framework and make it your own. Bring your own context to life as you adapt and use these Guided Conversations, Immersion Experiences and Action Project Roadmap to explore how to be a Good Neighbor. We are rolling this out in two phases: 1) A Good Neighbor Preaching Series beginning June 7 where we will explore Jesus teaching on neighboring, sacrifice, reconciliation, and kindness. 2) We are launching learning cohorts with the good neighbor curriculum. These cohorts will take about 4-6 weeks to complete and about 2-3 hours of your week. You can meet online or in person, whatever feels right for you. A cohort can be your family, a group of neighbors, a discipleship core, missional community, or any group you want to gather. For more information, or to sign up to participate you can click here.


Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Resources on Race and Racial Reconciliation

In a time when we are seeking to educate ourselves and looking for ways to support racial reconciliation, it can be hard to know where to look. Below are just a few resources available to respond to the call to action. We will continue to post more resources in the coming weeks.

Children’s Books:

(San Antonio Public Library is opening June 16th with contact-free book pick up, download the app or find books online):

The Gospel in Color Curtis Woods and Jarvis Williams

God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

God Made Me and You by Shai Linne

Colorfull by Dorena Williamson

This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell

Videos:

Race Ted Talk Playlist

People of God and Diversity

Websites:

Be The Bridge

Color of Change


Sunday Morning Preschool Engagement Activity

This Sunday we will be teaching on the parable of the good Samaritan. Gather some bandaids or stickers, washable markers, damp washcloth and a roll of toilet paper. As the story is shared, ask your preschooler to act as the good Samaritan. You can choose a plastic doll or adult to be the wounded traveler. Optional: You can even draw some wounds with washable markers on the person/doll. Have your preschooler wash the wounded, give medicine, and bandage up the person with bandaids and toilet paper. 
Family Discussion Questions: What can we do to be a good neighbor this week? 

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Pentecost Sunday

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. As part of the service, we invite you to download this coloring page and print it off for your kids (or you) to color while watching the service together. Click here to download the coloring page.

We will be reflecting on the gift of the Holy Spirit given to us, just as it was given to the disciples and apostles in Acts 2. We will also be taking communion together so don’t forget to grab the elements (bread or crackers, juice or wine) and we will see you on Sunday. We are praying joy and peace and hope over you this weekend.

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

~Matthew 16:18

Jesus said these words to Peter in Matthew 16. Jesus’ ministry is in full gear at this point. With the death of John the Baptist, Jesus and his disciples have been busy. Jesus has healed many and fed thousands miraculously. It would have been easy to sit back and watch Jesus do His thing and ride in His wake. Having just rebuked the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s for their demands for a sign, Jesus looks at his followers and makes this astonishing statement in response to Peter’s confession. Jesus was and is today building his church. And Jesus was and is today doing so by working in and through people who make the same simple yet profound confession as Peter: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”If you are reading this today, my prayer is to encourage you that Jesus is building his church. But let’s reflect on this for a moment: His church is one that sparks by the power of the Holy Spirit first in you, revolutionizing and recreating the dead places in you and bringing them new life. Often times simultaneously he is then taking you and that work he is doing inside of you and he brings it out for the world to see. This is what he was inviting Peter and all of the disciples into. He wanted to see faith expressed in bold confession and proclamation. I imagine the other disciples hearing Peter’s confession that day were either greatly encouraged or cautiously optimistic. But if we think Peter’s boldness in this moment was easy I think we’ve missed it. Peter took all of his experience and belief in Jesus and allowed that to break out into proclamation and confession whether anyone else was ready for it or not. In light of this, I leave you with this question: How can you, the church, surrender to that inner work of the Spirit today so that out of it comes the beautiful confession that “Jesus is the Christ!” to the witnessing world?

~Chris Nikkel


Blueprint Ministries Volunteering

Blueprint Ministries, one of our Missional Partners, is in need of volunteers to help serve homeowners during these difficult times. They are in need of people to write a card or place an encouragement call to a homeowner, help box up food for delivery containers, help deliver food boxes to families, deliver a blessing basket to a family, or do exterior work on a home (no experience needed). To help, you can click here to volunteer.

Family Ministries Zoom Meet Ups

We are enjoying our weekly Zoom meet ups with your kiddos! These fun, engaging video calls give us all a time to see friends and hear bible stories and play games! Click here to get meet up times and weekly curriculum.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Kairos Time

This Sunday, we talked about Kairos time as a way for us to invite in wisdom and combat our self-reliance and pride. As we encounter moments of action or self-contemplation, we have the ability to progress through linear time and the ability to stop and contemplate.

This contemplation starts with observation of what is happening and how we feel. It leads to reflection, seeking God’s voice and instruction. Then we can discuss with the body of believers for clarity. This is called repentance. Then we can create a plan of action through prayerful discernment. We can be held accountable by our community and put the plan into action. As we continue to practice this, we find that every moment is calling us into community with our fellow believers and with the Lord.


Blueprint Ministries Volunteering

Blueprint Ministries, one of our Missional Partners, is in need of volunteers to help serve homeowners during these difficult times. They are in need of people to write a card or place an encouragement call to a homeowner, help box up food for delivery containers, help deliver food boxes to families, deliver a blessing basket to a family, or do exterior work on a home (no experience needed). To help, you can click here to volunteer.

Mental & Emotional Health: Part III

Loss & Grieving

Our emotions are important- they help us survive, thrive, and address/avoid potential dangers. Acknowledging them can help us manage and attend to our needs in a positive way. Check out this video from Jordan Cienski, a mental health professional here in San Antonio, on loss and grieving during this time. Click here to view the third part to our Mental and Emotional Health video.

If you are struggling with emotional health issues during this time and would like to talk to someone or want information on counseling, please contact Mike DeFrees at mike@theparksa.org.

Family Ministries Zoom Meet Ups

We are enjoying our weekly Zoom meet ups with your kiddos! These fun, engaging video calls give us all a time to see friends and hear bible stories and play games! Click here to get meet up times and weekly curriculum.

Bible Studies

Join an evening bible study via ZOOM. We are currently offering studies on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at 8pm led by church pastors. For more details and to connect you can click here. We hope you’ll join us!

Sunday Nights @ 8pm Deeper Dive in Proverbs led by Chris Nikkel

Tuesday Nights @ 8pmStudy Through Daniel led by Scott Austin

Thursday Nights @ 8pmSpiritual Practices led by Mike DeFrees

Download Zoom

You can learn how to use Zoom here.

All our Zoom meetings will be held in this Zoom room location.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Confident Trust

Devotional

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you. Patient endurance is what you need now.

Hebrews 10:35-36a

For me, the most difficult part of this time has been loss of control and freedom— we are not really sure about the future. There are too many unknowns. The places and things we used to do that brought us joy are no longer available. It feels as though we are in some sort of in between. We can easily acquire toilet paper and food, but still cannot resume what we consider our normal lives.

The initial panic is over, the grieving process continues.  How do we do this part? Some days, I limp to the finish, so how do we wait well? There’s a daily devotional calendar by my sink, and I’ve left it on April 7 where it reads a quote from Max Lucado: “There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes- seize it, don’t miss it.”

With confident trust in our Lord, may you turn to him and receive the patient endurance you need in order to wait well.  May you take advantage of this time to love those around you well. Now is the time. 

~Meaghan Kirchner


Mental & Emotional Health: Part II

Dealing with Stress & Anxiety

Our emotions are important- they help us survive, thrive, and address/avoid potential dangers. Acknowledging them can help us manage and attend to our needs in a positive way. Check out this video from Jordan Cienski, a mental health professional here in San Antonio, on some helpful tips and encouragement to process through emotions during this pandemic. Click here to view the second part to our Mental and Emotional Health video.

If you are struggling with emotional health issues during this time and would like to talk to someone or want information on counseling, please contact Mike DeFrees at mike@theparksa.org.


A Special Gift for YOU

We are missing you all so incredibly much! Our conversations and laughs gathered around the coffee, giving hugs and handshakes during call to community, and hearing us all sing and worship together is something we are missing most. We would love to deliver a special gift to you in the next few weeks. We are SO excited to give you all a little something special we came up with created especially for YOU. If you would like to receive a special delivery from us here at The Park, please fill out this form by this Sunday.

Family Ministries Zoom Meet Ups

We are enjoying our weekly Zoom meet ups with your kiddos! These fun, engaging video calls give us all a time to see friends and hear bible stories and play games! Click here to get meet up times and weekly curriculum.

Bible Studies

Join an evening bible study via ZOOM. We are currently offering studies on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at 8pm led by church pastors. For more details and to connect you can click here. We hope you’ll join us!

Sunday Nights @ 8pm Deeper Dive in Proverbs led by Chris Nikkel

Tuesday Nights @ 8pmStudy Through Daniel led by Scott Austin

Thursday Nights @ 8pmSpiritual Practices led by Mike DeFrees

Download Zoom

You can learn how to use Zoom here.

All our Zoom meetings will be held in this Zoom room location.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Grieving During These Times

Devotional

Give thanks to the God of heaven. For his lovingkindness endures forever.

~Psalm 136:26

I am not okay.  I am healthy.  Our incomes are stable. My children are adjusting to distance learning like champs. And most days, if you interact with me via Zoom or FaceTime or even on an old-fashioned phone call, I am sure I seem like my normal self.  But, if I am being honest and transparent with you and myself, deep down I am not okay. Actually, you don’t even have to go that deep down.  I burst into tears listening to a song on the radio that should have in no way, shape, or form caused me (or anyone for that matter) to cry. A simple request to join a Zoom call for an organization I love dearly caused panic to rise in my chest and my heart to race uncontrollably. I have racked my brain trying to figure out what is wrong with me.  The only thing I can determine is that I am, like so many others, grieving.  I am sad that our school year ended so abruptly without any closure or goodbyes. I miss face to face interactions with my friends and family- things that two months ago I would have never believed could be taken away indefinitely. I am heartbroken for families that have suffered due to this virus- either their health or their financial stability. It all just feels so heavy and overwhelming, doesn’t it? 

There’s one thing that this pandemic has made crystal clear: my hope cannot be in the things of the world. Even the good, beautiful, holy things. My hope must rest in Jesus alone. The world will crash around us. Things that we could never imagine changing can be gone in an instant. But, God never changes.  He is constant and his love for us is unwavering.  He is always present and will never leave us or forsake us. That’s where our hope must lie.

Because of this absolute truth, I am confident that we will all be okay. I have found that gratitude is an incredible antidote when I am feeling sad or anxious.  During this time of such profound change and uncertainty, I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal to help focus on the goodness around me. I am thankful for the precious gift of uninterrupted time with my family. We’ve learned new games, built pitching mounds, and baked new treats together. I am thankful for my neighborhood. I’ve seen incredible acts of love through birthday parades, surprise Easter egg hunts, and gifts of toilet paper left on porches. Finally, I am thankful for our schools. They are feeding thousands of kids every week, providing chromebooks and internet access to families in need, finding innovative ways to stay engaged with families while still delivering a dynamic curriculum to all kids. If you are struggling, I challenge you to look for at least one thing to be thankful for each day.  Finding even the smallest items can help shift your perspective.

Finally, it’s okay to not be okay during this time. But, we don’t want you to walk through this alone.  You are loved and we are here to pray for you and assist you however we can. 

~Terri Pease

Mental & Emotional Health

Our emotions are important- they help us survive, thrive, and address/avoid potential dangers. Acknowledging them can help us manage and attend to our needs in a positive way. Check out this video from Jordan Cienski, a mental health professional here in San Antonio, on some helpful tips and encouragement to process through emotions during this pandemic. Click here to view the video.

If you are struggling with emotional health issues during this time and would like to talk to someone or want information on counseling, please contact Mike DeFrees at mike@theparksa.org.


Family Ministries Zoom Meet Ups

We are enjoying our weekly Zoom meet ups with your kiddos! These fun, engaging video calls give us all a time to see friends and hear bible stories and play games! Click here to get meet up times and weekly curriculum.

Bible Studies

Join an evening bible study via ZOOM. We are currently offering studies on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at 8pm led by church pastors. For more details and to connect you can click here. We hope you’ll join us!

Sunday Nights @ 8pm Deeper Dive in Proverbs led by Chris Nikkel

Tuesday Nights @ 8pmStudy Through Daniel led by Scott Austin

Thursday Nights @ 8pmSpiritual Practices led by Mike DeFrees

Download Zoom

You can learn how to use Zoom here.

All our Zoom meetings will be held in this Zoom room location.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

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