Shawnee Presbyterian Church




As this season comes each year, I am somehow surprised by the excited arguments over when to decorate for Christmas. So many would be perfectly happy with the greenery being up all year long, but others have certain dates for this celebration to begin. There is the position that the Christmas colors need to stay packed away until after Thanksgiving Day (or at least Thanksgiving Dinner) is complete. I have heard some say that their home is decorated during the Thanksgiving Day Parade to help usher in Santa. Some put up their tree on Christmas Eve and then intentionally celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas preparing for Epiphany Day and the fullness of the complete season. So who is right?

My Hope is that whatever your practice or reality in your preparation that you find the baby Jesus at the end of your journey. Let us never lose focus or Hope for what may be and what is to come. Still the Child comes.

May this season bring Peace to you and your home. This little baby we celebrate has come to bring Peace to all. In a world of chaos globally and locally, we all reach out for this Peace. Reach out and embrace that you are known and loved by the one who comes as the Son of God. This world rarely finds total Peace and quiet. May you find Peace and share it with everyone you come in touch with. Still the Child comes.

Joy is the overarching theme and opportunity for this season. Being happy and joyful with decorating, sharing, and even sharing with one another the reason for our celebration are all easy ways to bring an uplifted heart to each day of Advent and Christmas. We are reminded too there are those who have a hard time finding Joy during this time. Many simply are too sad or grief stricken to even want to turn on the TV or radio for fear another irritating Christmas song may be playing. Let us find Joy for ourselves and presence with those who hurt so that this season may bring comfort and Joy. Still the Child comes.

Loving one another during the days of celebration and festival is wonderful. Receiving the Love from one another is a special element making the season most full. Knowing the ultimate act of Love was being done for each one of us through God sharing Jesus to live with us as God on earth this is the amazing part of the season and celebration. Still the Child comes.

Then quietly the last candle is lit. Excitedly the expected arrival of the season is acknowledged. The Christ Candle is lit and shared with all gathered showing us the light as it grows in our midst and as we promise once again to take this light of Christ out into the world needing Hope,

Peace, Joy, Love and yes Christ. Still the Child comes.

In Ministry Together,
Pastor Craig

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2019 Holiday Events Schedule
Find out what's going on at SPC this season!

this week...
  • “Hands-on, Sitting-down” Meeting Wednesday, December 11th, 10am-Noon
    Have you thought about trying the “Hands-on, Sitting-down” group?  If you want to become better acquainted with each other while working on projects to help others, this is the perfect opportunity.  We do ‘hands-on’ mission projects that can be done while ‘sitting-down. This month we will be making Lunches for Crosslines. 
    Click here for more information.
  • HUGS Tree & Gift Card Tree
    for Nieman Families

    Due by Sunday, Dec. 15th
    There will be a Christmas Tree set up just inside the front doors of the church. We will be collecting H.U.G.S (Hats, Underwear, Gloves, and Socks) and GIFT CARDS for those in need at Nieman Elementary School.
    For details please click here.
  • Ladies Prayer Group
    Wednesday, December 18th at 11:30 a.m.
    Joined us. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Pegah’s, 12122 W. 87th Street 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!
coming soon...
  • Longest Night Service/Blue Christmas
    Saturday, December 21st at 6:30 p.m.
    This service is for anyone who is having a challenge finding Joy during this holiday season.  Those who gather for this service walk the journey of sorrow and pain and by gathering together recognize that none of us walk these journeys alone.  Even on the longest night of the year we find the Christ who comes to and for us
  • “Noisy Offering ”
    Sunday, December 22nd
    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.  If you would like to support the ‘Love Funds’ but will not be at church on Sunday, you can still make ‘noise’ by adding to the ‘love fund’ jar in the office. 
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  • Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service
    Tuesday, December 24th at 6:30 p.m.