The Messenger, April 14, 2024


Neighbor Fun Day
Join us for a Neighbor Fun Day next Sunday, April 21 and invite your friends and neighbors.  We will have worship service at 10 a.m. followed by a BBQ lunch and outdoor activities on the grounds. There will be games and prizes and a bounce house.  Sign up on the app so we know how many to prepare for.

Congratulations to Bettye Henry on the birth of her second great grandchild, Olivia DeLayne Taylor born April 10, weighing 7lbs 2oz, 20 inches long. Olivia’s parents are Justin & Abbie Taylor, and brother Hudson. Grandparents are Michael & DeDe Lawson.

Casa Mission Trip, June 28-July 6
Registration is open online.  The cost is $250 per person. Contact Basil if you have any questions. 

Mother’s Day
Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 12. Coffee will be provided by Revolution coffee for our mothers in the atrium at 9 a.m.

Thank You
Thank you to the ladies who provided dinner for  the  Getting Ahead  and Staying Ahead groups. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  God bless, MasterKey Ministries

Thank you for all the prayers, calls, cards, and other acts of kindness shown to me during my recent surgery and recovery. Love, Celia Thomas

On behalf of Buddy and the rest of our family, we want to express our gratitude for the outpouring of love after the passing of Janet. To have your presence, words of comfort, and songs of our shared faith blessed us richly. With love and gratitude through Jesus, Jeff Holland

Youth Ministry

  • Sunday, April 28th: Connect Celebration! Registration will be open later this week.
  • Sunday, May 5th: Senior Sunday!
  • May 26th-31st: Boles Mission Trip. Sign-up online!
  • June 23rd-28th: Camp Horizon! Register online! See Tyler for Discount code.

Senior Sunday
Make plans to join us for worship on Senior Sunday, May 5th as we honor our graduating Seniors during our worship Service! This year we will be having a smaller dinner for graduating seniors and their families rather than an all church banquet.  We will still have tables set up in the atrium on Sunday, May 5, with pictures and memorabilia and you are welcome to drop off cards at their tables.  Below is our updated list of Seniors. If we have missed anyone please contact Tyler or the church office. Our seniors are—Zane Allen, Darrah Borah, Erin Handle, Josh Owens, Ava Sims,  Emily Thompson, Kamryn Geesling, Ella Winslett, Matt Rangel, Carter Hayes, Hannah Pettigrew.

Park Avenue Wednesday Supper
Join us this Wednesday for our PAWS meal at 5:15PM. We will be having Hamburgers & Hotdogs, Veggie Burgers, Salad Bar & Dessert.  The meal will be prepared by Amyee  McAlister and her team. Serving starts at 5:15 PM and stops promptly at 6:15 PM. 


Prayer List—Linda Martindale, Doug Beam, Che Che Smith, Celia Thomas, Waymon Hinson, Patrick Mullins,  Neal & Judy Odom, Lisa Cobble
Ongoing Needs—Chris Reinsch, Sue Lain Harrington, Elizabeth Phillips, Vicki Ard, Floyd Clark, Houston McClure, Keith House, Mark Ewig
Homebound—Dewey & Joyce Martin, Daisy Miller, Sandra Aynes
Expectant Mothers—Sydney Singley, Megan Douglas
MissionsHammer & Dela Afakule (Togo), Mario “Pepe” Torre (Monterrey, Mexico), Jimenez family (Cartagena, Colombia), Cristian & Ana Corrales (Bucaramanga, Colombia), Jhon & Deisy Gonzalez (Bogota, Colombia), Adrian & Gabriela Galvan (Paraiso, Monterrey)
Friends of Park Avenue—Rebekah Taylor, Nicholas Taylor (great niece & nephew of the Russell’s), Becky Sanchez (wife of Gil Sanchez, Director of  orphanage in Mexico), Greg Oliver (father of Karee Earnhart), Marsha Jones (former member), Charlotte Harris (great niece of Steve & Donna Hodge)
Please notify the church office at for updates.


Good morning and welcome to our worship service. If you are a guest with us this morning we welcome you and invite you to join in with us as we honor our Creator and Savior.

This morning I’ll follow up with last week’s sermon and remind us of our calling to be witnesses of the gospel. We will look at one particular story in Mark 2 of some men who were passionate about introducing their friend to Jesus.  May we individually and collectively be a witnessing church! One way we can bring people closer to Jesus is inviting them to next Sunday’s Neighbor Fun Day. See more details on the back page.

Thanks to everyone’s generosity we have reached and surpassed our goal for Grace Offering! Our current total stands at $170,821. All of that contribution will go to fund many of our outreach efforts here in Texoma and around the world. Who knows how many lives will be changed by your gracious giving!

Focus Groups
As George announced last Sunday, we have partnered with the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry (a ministry associated with ACU) to help us prepare for the next decade as we expect population growth in Texoma and ministry staff retirements/transitions. One aspect of this initiative is to get feedback from the congregation. The first way you can help is to sign up for Focus Groups led by the elders that will solicit your thoughts, ideas, and vision for the Park Avenue Church as we Press On into the future. The groups will be 45 – 60 minutes and offered on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday nights beginning April 24 through May 8. The goal is to limit each of these groups to 12 people, so we need you to sign up. Go to to sign up or follow the link in the church app or website. You can also call the church office at 903-465-1288 to sign up for a slot.

Philippians 3:13–14 (ESV)

But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Sunday Schedule
Adult Bible Class
9AM Room D
10:00 AM
Children Dismissed to Bible Classes at
0 - 3 Year Olds—Nursery Area
Pre K-6th Grade—Family Life Center
Youth Group Activities
Discipleship Making Communities (DMC’s)
Meet at various times and locations