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Mission Project – April 2021

You shall be called Repairers of the Breach.
 From Isaiah 58: 12 (New American Standard Bible translation)

In 2021, One Great Hour of Sharing is focusing upon a passage from Isaiah 58 that takes on special meaning to us as we continue to live through COVID, to recover from the ice and cold temperatures of the past few months and to struggle with how to repair the breaches of civility within our country and indeed our world.

The Message translation of Isaiah 58: 12 says:

“You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
    rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
    restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
    make the community livable again.”

This past year has been a time when we yearn to connect with others, when we pray for health and healing of our family, neighbors and communities, and when we wonder what our lives will be like in the future. Where do we start, we sometimes wonder; how do we repair the breaches in our culture and in our world?

There are, of course, many ways to repair the breaches. No doubt, most of us have found one or more of the ways in the past year. The Mission Project between now and Easter is another way for us to rebuild and renovate, and that is to financially donate to One Great Hour of Sharing. (Presbyterian Special Offerings – One Great Hour of Sharing (  This Special Offering of PCUSA is an ecumenical effort that provides financial support to programs that offer relief to some of the woes of our world, from hunger projects to addressing water shortages to helping those who’ve suffered from violence in their homes or communities, and much more. It is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.

Please join us in supporting the programs that do so much to alleviate suffering, that restore, rebuild and repair the breaches of our world. You may designate that your donation is for One Great Hour of Sharing one the memo line of a personal check or by enclosing cash in an envelope addressed to One Great Hour of Sharing, left in the church offering plate.

Thank you. God Bless!

Join Us for Worship this Sunday – March 21st

The 11:00 a.m. service is temporarily our only worship service. The service will also be live streamed on Facebook. If you attend worship in the church your attendance gives your consent to be included in the broadcast.

Everyone attending worship is required to wear a mask even when singing to ensure the safety of our musicians and members of the congregation.

“For Your Sake”

Jeremiah 31:31-34

John 12:20-33




Urban Mission’s Summer SPARK Program

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 focus of the summer program is reading. The kids involved in the summer program IMPROVED their reading scores over the summer months, at a time when many kids lower their reading scores. The kids come from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The OKC Metropolitan Library system sends a staff member to share books with the kids. Reading tutors are needed to help read with the kids during the summer months. The summer program also includes some field trips to places of interest. Here is the link for more detailsWe encourage members and SFPC groups (i.e., Sunday School classes and Circles) to donate money towards sponsorship of a child who attends this summer program. There is an “Easter Tree” in the narthex with eggs to chose from in various dollar amounts for sponsorships.

You can also mail a check to SFPC and designate in the memo line “SPARK Program”.  You can also donate on line and choose “SPARK Program” from the drop down giving menu.  Thanks so much for supporting our mission work and giving these children an opportunity to participate in the Urban Mission SPARKS Program.

Changing Lives Through Mission

The year 2020 taught us that we can continue to be active in Missions in spite of social distancing and limited in-person contact. Our Annual Report for 2020 provides a detailed view of how we incorporated Mission work into the life of our church!

February project: collection of cleaning supplies and paper products for persons living at Palo Duro I and II, housing for persons with serious mental health diagnoses. These apartments are owned by Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO).

March and April: Easter Egg giving. This is a traditional program we have that requests financial donations for the SPARK program which is part of Urban Mission. We collected $3,110 for this program which provides an after-school and summer program for elementary school-aged children living near Urban Mission.

April: We provided $3,000 to Urban Mission, as their Food Resource Center (FRC) has been a lifeline to many persons who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

May and June: We concentrated upon providing additional supplies to Urban Mission FRC. Canned goods were requested which church members were able to drop off at the church.

July and August: Stuff the Bus school supplies were requested. These items were provided to Wellston Elementary School. Not only are these supplies needed by students at this school, but teachers are saved from having to spend some of their own income for these supplies!

September and October: Due to the hurricanes that hit the Gulf region, we purchased hygiene kits with Mission budget monies as well as donations from church members. Shovels, work gloves, and other supplies were also donated and sent to regions that were in need of these clean-up supplies.

November: The annual Angel Tree project provided 66 gifts to 22 children and 11 mothers who are living at NSO’s two transitional apartment buildings.

December: $190 was collected for Christmas Joy Offering. A box of toys was donated by the SaFe Day children for Urban Mission’s Santa Project. Darrell Goudge volunteered to tear down and rebuild a ramp at NSO’s Martha House. $2,000 was donated and sent to Goodland Academy. Another $2000 was donated and sent to Urban Mission.


In addition, the Mission budget includes:

  • CentsAbility donations. Until the pandemic, this offering was collected by our children on the last Sunday of each month. Church members did not forget this special project which benefits several local agencies (UM, Edmond Mobile Meals, Breakfast on Boulevard) and the Presbyterian Hunger Fund. $1,735.07 was donated to CentsAbility in 2020.
  • Quarterly donations are also part of the Mission budget. These include $20,000 to Presbytery General Mission, $800 to Edmond Mobile Meals, $1,500 to NSO, $2,000 to Goodland Academy, and $4,000 to Urban Mission. Due to the pandemic, we increased the amounts we gave to Urban Mission and NSO, $5,155.04 to UM and $1,500 to NSO.
  • Southwest Oklahoma Presbyterian Parish Ministry (SWOPP) is a ministry of 3 churches (Grandfield, Walters, and Temple) to provide a parish nursing program that offers limited health services to these communities. In years past, we gave to this ministry all monies donated for our Sunday morning coffee and donuts. With this amount negatively impacted by the pandemic, the Session approved the remainder of the budget used for the purchase of coffee and donuts to be sent instead to the SWOPP ministry. This amounted to $1,156.11 for the year 2020.

Other ongoing projects involve our commitment to the following programs:

  • Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) has a number of programs which are vital to our larger OKC community. They have transitional apartments available to women and children who have encountered difficulties in their living arrangements. Our church has taken responsibility for two of their apartments. When these apartments are vacated, volunteers from our church will clean and restock the shelves. This includes bath and bed linen, cleaning supplies, rugs, kitchen dishes, utensils, small appliances, etc. We have often had members donate furniture items when there has been a need. We also are committed to giving the children of NSO apartments a birthday celebration. Volunteers bake a birthday cake and buy a gift selected specifically for the child who is having the birthday. This often involves 1-2 cakes and presents each month.
  • The Caregiver Support Group, a mission of our church. This group meets monthly for persons who care for family members with a disease of memory impairment, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. The facilitators of this group are church members who have undertaken special training to be facilitators. The persons who attend this group are from the community at large. In pre-COVID days, the group would often include 20-25 persons. Since the pandemic, we have offered a Zoom meeting to our members.
  • Used eyeglasses are collected and donated to Dr. Gourley, an ophthalmologist from Edmond, who recycles the eyeglasses for distribution when he travels abroad during his mission trips. In 2020, we donated 67 pairs of eyeglasses.
  • The church has a group of knitters, called the Agape Knitting Group, who knit hats and scarves for distribution in the community. In 2020, the group donated hats and scarves for all mothers and kids who were part of our Angel Tree project at Christmas time.

This is just a few of the things the Mission Committee does and we thank the members of the church for their support.  If you want to get involved with the mission and ministry of Santa Fe please contact someone on the Mission Committee or the church office – REMEMBER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS.

While the pandemic has put a hold on many things our Mission Committee is still at work.  Here are a few things that they did in December to continue the mission and outreach of Santa Fe.

Angel Tree Ministry:  What an amazing church family we have!    Even during this C0VID period, the mission committee was able to deliver 66 gifts to Martha’s House and Gatewood.   Because of you bringing gifts or sending shopping money for toys, you were able to put happy faces on 11 families!   Also want to thank the agape team for donating their scarfs and hats to keep these children warm.  Also, a couple of volunteers spent 8 hours wrapping presents for NSO.

Martha House:  As part of Neighborhood Services these three bedroom furnished apartments host homeless families with multiple children.  Many families were living in shelters or on the streets before coming to Martha’s House. They arrive to a fully-furnished, cozy apartment that immediately feels like home. Volunteers donate furniture, sheets, towels and dishes for the families. Families can participate in the program for up to two years. Residents must be either in school or employed full time to qualify for this program.

Santa Fe takes care of two of these apartments and in December a group of volunteers painted and refurbished one of the apartments.  Thanks to the donations of our members, we were able to stock the apartment with everything that the family needed, dishes, pots, pans, TV, linens, towels, etc.


The ramp leading into the back of Martha’s House was in bad shape and eye sore!  Darrell saw the need and built a new ramp for them.  In addition, he supplied all the materials and spent over 150 hours turning it into a functional, safe and beautiful addition to Martha’s House.

In total volunteers spent several hundred hours working!

Urban Mission:

A HUGE box of toys was donated to Urban Mission.   These gifts were donated by our SaFe Day school children!  A big thanks to those children and their mothers!!!!

The committee also donates a birthday cake and gift to each child on their birthday.  If you would be interested in providing a cake and/or a gift please contact the committee or the church office.

This is just a few of the things the Mission Committee does and we thank the members of the church for their support.  If you want to get involved with the mission and ministry of Santa Fe please contact someone on the Mission Committee or the church office – REMEMBER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS.