Shawnee Presbyterian Church





Just Keep Swimming

I bet the kids in our family and community would love for this to be the mantra for August. The swimming pools stay open through Labor Day, but that darn school schedule gets in the way. Our daughter Miranda may have figured this one out through joining a year round competitive swim team (KC Blazers), but she is often reminded that this too cuts into the schedule she might want as the school year begins. For all of us, there is always the weekends to take the opportunity to cool down at the pool.

During one of our surprise morning storms, Miranda was training with her swim team swimming the back stroke. Her coach hollered out for them to keep swimming as it was just rain and no lightening. This would not be a big deal if Miranda had not been swimming the back stroke and was now drinking rain water while swimming in pool water. Doesn’t it always seem to work that way? Right when we find our groove something interrupts our pattern and our coach, boss, or spouse holler out to us “keep swimming, there’s no lightening.” Miranda knows full well that her coach would never put her in danger, but this was not the plan.

The phrase “Just Keep Swimming” is clearly a reference to Dory from the movie “Finding Nemo”. If all else fails, just keep swimming and sometimes that really is all we can do. Our sermon scripture lessons through most of July and August focus on this theme as well. While we are taught how to live and love one another and above all love and praise our God, we are also encouraged to “Just Keep Swimming” towards the goal of God’s plan for us.

As the summer begins to wind down, at least with fall activities beginning, let us remember to keep moving forward in joy and love for God and for everyone around us no matter where we may be found. Let us also not forget to take a break too and enjoy the gifts of comfort and reprieve especially if we get the chance to cool down and splash around one last time at the pool. Enjoy your vacations and your faith journey as well. Together we truly make us the Body of Christ found in the world today. Each of us called to keep swimming to make this day change the world for someone else or maybe even ourselves.

In ministry together,
Pastor Craig

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this week...

  • 5th Sunday Giving Program
    Sunday, July 30th

    The last Sunday in July is a 5th Sunday, and we will concentrate on school supplies this time.  Shawnee Community Services will provide 150 backpacks and we will be helping fill the with school supplies.
    For details about what is needed click here.

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  • Food When We’re Fed
    Sunday, August 6th

    The first Sunday of each month we bring food for others as we gather for communion. Take this opportunity to make a difference in the world around us.
    For more infromation click here.
  • Ronald McDonal House Family Support
    Sunday, August 6, 11:30am

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  • Hands-on, Sitting-down
    Wednesday, August 9th, 10:00 to noon

    In the Parlor
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    Click here to learn more.
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    First hand bell rehearsal
    Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30pm
    First choir rehearsal
    Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00pm