Author Archive for mmcneese

Have you ever wanted to crack an egg on the head of your minister or music director.  Our congregation had the opportunity to do that on Sunday, April 15th.  The church was challenged to raise money for the Urban Mission SPARK program.  If a $2,000 was raised the number of decorated eggs used would be 12 eggs, 9 empty and 3 raw.  For every $250 over $2,000 another raw egg was added.  We ended up using a lot of eggs as the congregation raised over $3,500 to support this program.  This will support 47 children this summer.

The project is Urban Mission’s Summer SPARK program (Support Program of Art and Reading for Kids), a day-long kids program during the summer vacation period from school.  The program is an awesome intervention that seeks to encourage learning throughout the summer months.  They focus on hands-on learning, physical activities, and educational field trips to help the students stay active and interested.  In addition, they provide breakfast, lunch and a snack for students during a time that they will not be receiving free and reduced school lunches.


We have a new way of spelling Missions for Santa Fe Presbyterian Church? GIVING.

G: The Gifts we provide to others, whether monetary, in-kind, our energy, talents, or work. Giving to persons across the lifespan, from babies to elderly.

I: Interactions with others, our fellow SFPC members, organizations and their staff, persons in need

V: A Vision for others to experience a brighter tomorrow

I: International : Support of programs  on a global basis.

N: Nourishing. Although we do a lot of food-related projects that nourish people’s diets, in the process we also nourish our souls.

G: God makes these Missions possible and with Gratitude we give our time, talents, and energies to others.

A wonderful example of GIVING was experienced at Urban Mission twice last year. A 2000 bag of sugar arrived that was impossible to offer to clients without some repackaging. Urban Mission staff reached out to Mitch and asked if we could help repackage it. “It might take a while!” With a crew of 12, we repacked those 2000 pounds into 5 lb bags in 2 ½ hours! Urban Missions staff were ecstatic! Therefore when they got an even bigger sack of sugar (3500 lb) a few months later, they asked us again to help them. TWO HOURS LATER, our crew of 15 had completed the job.    These hours were filled with laughter, work, and all the components of GIVING.

A favorite mission comes to us every November, in the project called Angel Tree. In 2017 we gave 48 gifts to families who live at NSO apartments. We also gave 26 gift cards ($25 each) to kids involved in the Whiz Kids program offered at Crown Heights United Methodist Church (we have some members who volunteer in this literacy program).  And SaFe Day families donated 40 toys to Urban Mission’s Santa Project which served hundreds of children at Christmas-time.  It’s not surprising that this program gets so much support as it nourishes everyone in loving ways.

Natural disasters struck several of our southern cities in the USA in 2017 and many areas internationally. We dedicated over $3900 of our Mission budget towards the hurricane and flooded areas of Florida and Texas. We also donated $1500 towards medical and other supplies taken on a mission trip to Zambia.

We’ve been busy, haven’t we, Santa Fe?  Here’s a more itemized list of Mission Projects and Donations.

Designated Donations:  

Urban Mission – $4880.63
NSO  – $2600.00
Edmond Mobile Meals  – $750.72
Goodland Academy  – $1,600.00
CentsAbility  – $3,654.76 (which are in turn disbursed to Edmond Mobile Meals, Urban Missions,and Presbyterian Hunger Fund )
Breakfast on Boulevard  – $285.13
CWS Crop Walk  – $700.00 (not counting donations that go directly to EDMOND CWS/CROP)
Friends of Trinity Youth Conference  – $245.00
Indian Nations Presbytery  – $12,476.21
Disaster Relief Support  – $3,900.00
Edmond Mobile Meals – $419.53
Presbyterian Hunger Fund  – $394.89
Southern Ok Presbyterian Parish – $815.66
Foreign Mission Medical supplies – $1,500.00

Monthly Projects:

Canned goods for Urban Mission
Canned goods and paper supplies for Edmond Mobile Meals
Supplying 2 NSO apartments for new residents
Infant Crisis Services supplies
Stuff the Bus school supplies for Wellston Elementary School
Southern Oklahoma Presbyterian Parish Nurse Program
Volunteers at Urban Mission Food Resource Center (men volunteer each month, youth volunteer each week in summer)
Volunteers: painted 2 houses for Turning Point Edmond
CROP Walk for hunger programs
Angel Tree for NSO and Whiz Kids, for families attending Project Santa at UM
Goodland Academy donation at Christmastime
Used Eyeglasses (donated to Dr. Gourley for his mission trips)
Food labels and boxtops (donated to Goodland Academy for later purchase of computers)

PC(USA) Special Offerings:

One Great Hour of Giving   $637
Christmas Joy Offering        $726

Sunday School classes and individual members are dedicated to supporting mission projects outside of those sponsored by the Mission Committee. These donations are significant and although hard to capture, demonstrate the interest that exists within our church community.

The Mission Committee wishes to thank all of our congregation for the support you provide to our Missions!





We Invite You to Join Us for Lent and Easter 2018



Saturday, March 10th
8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Lenten Spiritual Retreat

Lent: 40 days of reflection on what Christ’s journey to the cross, his death, and resurrection mean for us and the world. Join us as we set aside one day for our Lenten spiritual retreat. Based on the book “If You Want to Walk on Water You Have to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg. We will have time for silence, time for reflection, time to share and time to grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus and one another. One day can change your life. Lunch and childcare provided

Sunday, March 25th
9:40 a.m.  Sunday School

11:00 a.m.  One Service Only

“Wondrous Love”

Lenten Cantata with  the Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, March 29th
6:00 p.m.
Seder and Tenebrae Service

This evening of worship starts with the Seder dinner, similar to the Passover meal Jesus celebrated with the disciples and moves directly into a Tenebrae worship of prayers and Bible readings that takes us from the garden to the crucifixion. Join us for the entire evening, reservations requested; please call the church office 405 341 3300

Friday, March 30th 
6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Good Friday Day of Prayer
Church-wide exploration and prayer

The Lenten Day of Prayer will prepare our hearts and minds for Holy Week leading to Easter. It will not only offer time for private contemplation but also hands-on interaction with various prayer practices. No experience necessary! Walk the labyrinth, create, read scripture, and encounter God in new ways. Come as you are. Come anytime throughout the day from 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.. Stay as long or short as your schedule permits. Parents, there will be hands-on prayer experiences for you and your children to share together! Start them early learning the spiritual discipline of prayer while having fun! Our seasonal Prayer Days are essential for the spiritual well-being of our souls.

Saturday, March 31st
10:00 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt

Giant egg hunt with crafts,, refreshments, pictures with the Easter Bunny and the telling of the Easter story. This event is fun for all ages and is held rain or shine. Be sure to arrive a few minutes early with your Easter basket.

Sunday, April 1st

Easter Sunday

7:00 a.m.  Sunrise Service
At Mitch Park

7:30—9:30 a.m.

Easter Breakfast

Easter morning is a very special time in our Christian Life. After attending the Sunrise Worship Service, come and join your church family for breakfast. Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 9:15 am, and then you can attend your favorite Sunday school class. It is always rewarding to have fellowship with fellow believers. Don’t miss this opportunity.

9:40 a.m.  Sunday School

11:00 a.m.  One service only
Worship and Celebration 
With the Chancel Choir, Worship Team, and Santa Fe Winds.


Our Lenten offerings have no cost.  Childcare provided for all worship services, please contact church office at 405-341-3300