Shawnee Presbyterian Church




Busy Summer

Summer around the church is quite different from the other seasons. In some ways it seems to be more relaxed and quieter, but if everyone could see behind the scenes like I get to a completely different activity level is seen. It is summer when several of our committees find the time to regroup and plan for the upcoming months. Summer is when the Worship Committee gets the opportunity to prepare for worship through Christmas and even Easter. It is summer when our educators get a much-needed break and find the opportunity to prepare for the Fall and Spring seasons.  The Session too finds time to more fully examine our history and future as a congregation serving our membership and the community of Shawnee. As you read this you likely have found yourself nodding in agreement with the business of summer or found yourself admiring that you are a part of a church that continues to function throughout every season of the year.

The Presbyterian Church in Chelsea, Oklahoma has an interesting history and continued future relating to summer and specifically August. The Chelsea church is not a large congregation and even in their boom likely did not grow much larger than 100 people on a Sunday morning. One year as the Oklahoma heat built their elderly pastor became quite ill resulting in not only one Sunday morning worship being cancelled, but the entire month of August. When the Session gathered following the unexpected shutdown, they found that this break proved beneficial for the congregation as everyone got a break, but also took the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming church schedule. To this day that little church in Chelsea does not hold worship services during the month of August but has a huge kick-off after Labor Day to celebrate getting back together.

Sometimes I hear people talking in the church hallways about summer and our lower attendance and participation. Interestingly enough, I also know that the discussions will soon change as our friends and neighbors begin to return to church telling their stories from vacations and summer activities. I challenge each and every one of us to be aware of the church activities available and to be a part of the fellowship dinners, mission projects, and worship each Sunday morning.

I look forward to seeing and worshipping with each and every one of you. Together we make up the Family of God and WOW do we each have our stories to tell about our living each day. I can’t wait to see and hear the stories of Shawnee Presbyterian Church as we move into our Fall 2019 season together.

In Ministry Together,

Pastor Craig

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this week...

  • Ladies Prayer Group
    Wednesday, August 21st, 11:30am
    If you have not joined us, the Prayer Group meets a Eggtc 7182 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS. We eat, talk, and go over who is in need of prayers and cards. The 16+ women who attend regularly, will welcome you warmly.
    Hope to see you too! God Bless!

coming soon...

  • Workday at Shawnee Community Services
    Saturday, August 24th, 10:00 to 12:00pm
    We will be helping sort food and/or donated items for their ongoing thrift sale. This time is always enjoyable and educational as we learn more about the ministry at Shawnee Community Services and how we are truly a part of helping the community around us.
    For more information click here.
  • “Noisy Offering”
    Sunday, August 25th
    Will you drop a few extra coins in the ‘noisy offering’?  It will be added to the ‘Love Funds’ SPC established at SMNW High School and Hocker Grove Middle School.
    Click here for more information.
  • First Hand Bell Rehearsal
    Wednesday, August 28th at 5:45pm
  • First Choir Rehearsal
    Wednesday, August 28th at 7:00pm
  • Food When We’re Fed
    Sunday, September 1st
    Food When We’re Fed is a time to remind ourselves to bring food for others every time we gather for communion, which is the first Sunday of each month. Let’s take this opportunity to make a difference in the world around us.
  • End of Summer Pot Luck Lunch
    Sunday, September 8th at 11:45am
    You and your friends are invited to join us to celebrate the end of summer.  Sign up to bring a dish to share, main dishes, salads, chips, dessert…or whatever you desire! We will be in the Fellowship Hall for this celebration.