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Angel Tree for families at Neighborhood Services
and Whiz Kids

 

 

 

What an awesome church we have!!  The mission committee is very thankful to have the support of our church members and to know you care about the mission work of our church.  Because of you, we were able to provide two gifts to each mother and each child that live in Martha’s House and Gatewood and also gift cards to the Whiz Kids.   You made many families and children have a much nicer Christmas.  Thanks again!!

Mission Committee

 

 

“Being Mortal” January 22 7-8:30pm

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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: http://www.goodland.org/ )

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

 

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.