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Goodland Academy

“Goodland has been my saving grace. If I had not come here, I more than
likely would have ended up in and out of prison. Thanks to the staff here,
I now have hopes for a bright future!”
Jeff Hinkle : Class of 2010, currently pursuing a B.A. in Math Education

Goodland Academy is the beneficiary of our church’s December Mission Project.

In 1835, Ebenezer Hotchkins and Cyrus Kingsbury, Presbyterian ministers, established the Yakni Achukma (Choctaw for “Good Land”) Mission station. In 1838, William Fields, a full-blood Choctaw, built the first home on the Goodland campus. As the community grew, the most vital concern of the Indian people was the education of their children. In 1848, the first full-time minister took up residency on the grounds of present day Good Land. John Lathrop and his wife built the first manse and ministered for two years to the Choctaws. As they returned home in 1850, Rev. Oliver Porter Stark and his wife, Margaret, were assigned to Good Land. His wife began the next day teaching any Indian children that would come to their two room log manse. Orphaned children were boarded by families on present day Goodland property, so they could receive an education. Within two years, the number had grown to 42 Indian children. This was the humble beginnings of the boarding school. The Church building served for 42 years as both school and church for the area. Renovated several times since being built in 1852, the same church — restored and enlarged — stands on the Goodland campus today. It serves as a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness to each successive generation. (Heb. 11:1 – 12:3)

Today, Goodland offers both a residence for males, ages 6-13, and a private-school education for males and females, grades kindergarten through 11th grade. (website: )

Santa Fe Presbyterian Church members and visitors are encouraged to participate in the December Mission Project by doing the following:

Think about a joyful memory you had while going to school. Think about a favorite teacher and how that person helped mold you. Think about someone you know who has struggled with family problems and needed support from others outside the family. Praise God for the blessings provided to you!

Substitute a gift that you planned to give or a Christmas expense you typically have with a Christmas gift to Goodland Academy.

Write out a check to Santa Fe Presbyterian Church, with “Goodland Academy” on the Memo line.

All gifts to Goodland will be sent to them from the Community of Santa Fe Presbyterian Church. Goodland is in the midst of a capital campaign to build newer buildings on campus. They have been good stewards of the Good Land and of the lives they’ve nurtured through their programs. Let us offer praise and thanks for the blessings they’ve shared with countless boys and girls since 1835.

“The Christian training that we received at Goodland Academy formed the
foundation for our philosophy of life, especially The Golden Rule. Thank God
for Goodland.” – Dr. Ted Key : Class of ’39


Advent and Christmas 2017 Calendar

We Invite you
To Join Us

Friday, December 1st
6:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m.

“Advent Day of Prayer”

Our seasonal Prayer Days have become essential for the spiritual well-being of our souls. This day 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. Stay as long as you are able. Enjoy the richness of time with the Lord.

Saturday, December 2nd
9:00 a.m.-12:00pm

“Decking the Halls”

Decorating the church for Christmas

This annual event gives the opportunity for everyone to come help decorate the church in preparation for the Christmas celebration.  Breakfast will be served at 9:00am and everyone is encouraged during the morning to make a Christmas ornament for their family Christmas Tree.

Sunday, December 3rd
11:00 a.m.
One Service only
“Hanging of the Greens

Special worship event with music and scripture as we decorate the sanctuary and explain the meaning behind the decorations.  The Children will have a special role in the service. 

Saturday, December 9th
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast, activities and Santa Shop

Bring the children for an opportunity to speak with Santa and get a picture taken with the big man.  There will also be fun activities to enjoy; face painting, balloons, and special shop for the children to shop for their parents (everything is $1, and wrapping is free), and other fun as well.

Sunday, December 10th
The Wilderness”
Isaiah 40:1-11

8:30 a.m. – Early Worship Service
9:30 a.m.—Sunday School for all ages
10:30 a.m.—Fellowship
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
Rev. Mitch Miller

Wednesday, December 13th
“Symbols of Christmas”

Presented by Kid’s Club
After 6:00 p.m. dinner

Thursday, December 14th
5:30 p.m.
Christmas Lights Bus Trip

We have rented a commercial bus with very comfortable seats and large windows and are headed out of town to see the Christmas lights at Chickasha and Yukon.  Box dinners will be served as you get on the bus.  The bus will load at the church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. and return around 9:30 p.m.   Cost of the trip and dinner is $20.  The bus seats 56 passengers so this is our chance to invite our neighbors and friends to see how much fun we have at our church.  This is for all ages, so bring your family and grandchildren.  Sign up in the narthex or call the church for reservations.

Saturday, December 16th
8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Advent Retreat

Advent is a time of waiting. “Waiting for the Birth” is an opportunity to be intentional about taking time away from our busy schedules for renewal; a time to focus on the coming of the Christ child. As we worship, fellowship, and pray we will draw strength for the journey. Please join us! Light breakfast, lunch, and all materials provided.

Sunday, December 17th
“Watching and Waiting”

John 1:6-8;19-28
8:30 a.m. – Early Worship Service
9:30 a.m.—Sunday School for all ages
10:30 a.m.—Fellowship
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship Service
Rev. Mitch Miller

Wednesday, December 20th
6:00 p.m.
Christmas Dinner

Food and Fellowship have always been one of Santa Fe’s strengths.  The annual Christmas dinner has always been at the top of the list.   Remember to come have dinner with your Santa Fe Church family and enjoy the program.

 Sunday, December 24th
11:00 a.m.
One service only
“A Service of Lessons and Carols“
Chancel Choir and Instrumentalists

Join us for a special worship service featuring both Scripture and Music.  Traditional carols, Anthems, contemporary Christmas songs will be intermingled with the traditional Scripture readings of the season.

Sunday, December 24th
5:00 p.m.

Family Service with
Christmas Pageant


This service will be a Celebration of Christ’s Birth for the whole family, it will include a special telling of the Nativity Story, Candle Light singing, the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and birthday cake served by the children at the end of the service.

 11:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Vigil with
Chancel Ensemble

This service will resemble a more traditional intimate candle light service with the Lord’s Supper as we prepare and await the arrival of Christmas Day and the celebrate the entrance of Light of the World with the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, December 31st
11:00 a.m.
One service only

A casual morning of worship to close the year together.



Angel Tree

Angel Tree for families at Neighborhood Services
and Whiz Kids


Showing our love to children this Christmas

The mission committee would like to thank all those that are selecting names from the Angel tree for the children and their moms who live in Martha’s House and Gatewood.

These apartments are housed by single moms and their children who were either abused or homeless and now trying hard to better their lives with the guidance of Neighborhood Services.  We are blessed to be a part of their journey.

Also gift cards to purchase for children in the  Whiz Kids program are available by the Angel Tree.   This is a tutoring program for school children that need a little extra help—and love.

Also our children’s Safe Day program is collecting toys for the Urban Mission Santa Store.

Santa Fe church is awesome and caring!!  The mission committee appreciates YOU!



KIDS Club begins September 13th


Kids Club for K thru 5th grade will begin every Wednesday afternoon starting September 13th from 4:30 until 6:45.

Bible Study – Bible study nurtures youth and children into intelligent, obedient, and biblically-informed discipleship. In grade level groups, each class uses a curriculum that is designed to meet their unique needs and learning capabilities.
Worship Skills – Worship is essential and central to the Christian community. In Worship Skills young people learn about worship and prepare to lead in the Sunday morning service of worship. This is typically done through singing, bell, or speaking choirs, drama, or movement and dance.
Recreation Play – Recreation Play allows  young people to experience great fun at the expense of no one else. They participate in games and active play, do crafts, or experience the hobby or special interest of a member of the congregation. When we reveal ourselves in play, we strengthen friendships, and when conflicts occur, we practice our Child of God theology.
Family Time – Family Time provides a joyous, intergenerational celebration of personhood over a shared meal as young people experience being part of the family of God. Young people are assigned to tables along with one or two adults who act as “table parents.” The group around the table becomes a family as they share meals together throughout the year. Food is served family style. Conversation is purposeful. Life is celebrated!IF YOU LIKE, PARENTS AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, PLEASE JOIN US FOR DINNER– Just call the Church Office at 341-3300 for a reservation.