A Message From Pastor Kris
It has been a blessing seeing our congregation in person again! While we continue to move toward fewer restrictions I want to thank you again for the love and grace you've shown our team as we've continued to minister in difficult times. Children's Ministry has been on my heart these past several months. I am eagerly anticipating a return to children's ministry in early July. Our leadership team is finalizing a few arrangements before we settle on a date. I want to remind our parents that while we will be taking precautions such as increased hand washing and cleaning that keeping a room full of children from being within six feet of each other is an impossible task. We will continue to share updates as we get closer to help families make the best possible decision about when to return.
One of the many losses we felt during the COVID-19 outbreak was the cancellation of Pastor Daniel's retirement reception. We have rescheduled the reception for August 16 in the early afternoon. We will be finalizing and communicating the exact time in the near future. We sincerely hope that by August we will all feel comfortable coming together to celebrate Daniel and Lois' 25 years of ministry at Shawnee Alliance Church! I look forward to celebrating alongside you!
A lot has changed in the past several months. While it can be tempting to grieve the loss of "what was" I look forward to seeing where God is leading his church at Shawnee Alliance. I look forward to journeying together!
In His service,
Shawnee Alliance Church
Building a community of faith......Leading people to become fully transformed followers of Jesus Christ.
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What Is Worship, and Why Do We Do It? - A Reflection By John Long
“Why do Christians sing songs during services?” This question has been asked of me before. If I were to ask many Christians, they might not know why, other than to say, “That's what we’ve done since I was a child, and that’s what my parents did growing up.” But what is the purpose of singing songs? What do we gain from it?
Music has been used for centuries to teach, invoke emotions/responses, encourage, draw people closer to God, spread the gospel, and of course, to give God praise (Colossians 3:16). Music has always had a vital role in ministry. For instance, there were families of Levites who were dedicated to playing musical instruments and singing before the Lord (I Chronicles 6). David, the writer of most of the Psalms, appointed these men to play and also commanded us to sing and make music for the Lord. We see an answer to this call to action in Mark 14:26 where Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn after the Last Supper. At this point, Jesus knew He was headed to the cross, yet He worshipped! As Christ followers we have always been taught to act like Christ and become more like Him, so it stands to reason that if Jesus Christ sang a worship song, then we ought to as well.
Worship is, and has always been, about God. However, God does not need our worship; we need it. When we worship God through music, we proclaim key ideas and doctrine about God that help us understand Him more. When we praise God during times of hurt, doubt, and fear, we submit to His authority in our lives (Acts 16:16-40). Worship is giving God glory and focusing on Him. Worship changes us, and becomes a vital part of Christianity. That is why every Sunday we gather in singing songs as a congregation, and why it is vital to do so.
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Youth Ministry Updates
Student Ministry -- Together Again
Hopeshakers Student Ministries are back in full swing! If you have a student in 5th-8th grade, have them join us for youth group during the 11am service at the east campus (Room D). Sr. High students will resume meeting at the church on Sunday evenings on 6/28 and meet from 6-8pm (also in the Hopeshakers Room). Hopeshakers Student Ministry is currently in a series titled “Origin Story” and we are talking about embracing who God created you to be, caring for people that are in front of you, relying on a team, and being heroic in ordinary situations.
We will be hosting the Graduate 2020 Recognition Dinner on 7/13 at 6pm. We will have food catered in and will serve the graduates and their families. Those interested will need to RSVP by emailing Pastor Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get a head count of who all will be attending.
Children's Ministry Update
VBS is coming up, and we are looking for YOU to attend!
Volunteers Needed! VBS is a church-wide event with those in high school and older encouraged to join as volunteers! A Family VBS will be held from July 20 - 23 from 6-8 pm at the Activity Center and your help is needed! If you would like to serve as a prayer partner with families, serve snacks, or assist with crafts or activities, please register at shawneealliance.com/events or email email@example.com by July 17.
Family-wide VBS!! Please plan to have your whole family attend this new event to be held July 20 through July 23 from 6-8 pm each night at the SAC Activity Center. (If you can't attend EVERY night, that is no problem. Come when you're available.) Even though there is no cost for this event, family registration is required. There will be activities, snacks, devotionals, guest speakers and more, with a movie night on July 23. Please note: Adult(s) MUST attend with the children. ALL ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.
There will be NO child care...adult(s) must attend also: parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc. Registration includes choosing nights you plan to attend.
Registration website (shawneealliance.com/events)
The 9:30 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. services will continue to be offered in-person and broadcasted online through Facebook and YouTube at 11:00. For our in-person services, social distancing will be followed; and the set-up will be adjusted to keep services safe for those that attend and serve.
Some small groups are meeting digitally. Other groups have begun planning to return to in-person meetings. For more information contact your group leader, or use the "Groups" page on the website. Many other events and groups meeting in the coming months are still pending. Please continue to check out our social media platforms and the Shawnee Alliance website for up to date information.
6/18/2020 -- Spiritual Warfare 101 Workshop (Facebook Live with Pastor Bridgett 8-9pm)
7/2/2020 -- What is God Saying? Understanding Nightmares, Dreams and Visions (Facebook Live with Pastor Bridgett 8-9pm)
7/13/2020 -- Graduate Dinner (6-8pm)
7/20 - 7/23/2020 -- Family VBS (6-8pm)
Our Prayer Ministry aims to teach and lead the church in both individual and corporate prayer. We submit to Jesus Christ as the head of the church and will strive to obey his command that his church should be called a house of prayer. We do this through prayer and fasting as a congregation once a month, prayer chain emails, classes on prayer and intercessory prayer team members praying prior to and during the Sunday morning services.
If you want to be involved or get more information on our prayer ministry, please contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a request that you want to share with the staff or placed on the prayer chain? Feel free to contact us with prayer concerns for staff only or to share with prayer warriors by emailing your request to: email@example.com.
Weekly Bible Reading
The number one habit to bring transformation to your life is reading your Bible. You will get to know Jesus on a deeper level and learn wisdom for your everyday choices. You can find a free Bible in the Lobby. Take one today or download the YouVersion app on your phone. Use this simple SOAP format to guide your interaction with God's Word.
- Scripture. Take your time reading each chapter and allow God to speak to you.
- Observation. What do you see God doing in the Scripture? What is God saying to you?
- Application. Ask yourself how you can apply this to your life right now.
- Prayer. Communicate with God and ask Him to help you apply this to your life.
Try it out this week! Add a chapter from Proverbs every day to the below plan. (List is also posted every Sunday on social media.)
Thursday, June 18 -- 2 Timothy 3:12
Friday, June 19 -- Acts 7:7
Saturday, June 20 -- Romans 8:1-3
Sunday, June 21 -- Exodus Chapters 3 & 4
Monday, June 22 -- Jeremiah 11:4
Tuesday, June 23 -- Jeremiah 22:21
Wednesday, June 24 -- Matthew 17:5
Thursday, June 25 -- John 10:16
Friday, June 26 -- Deuteronomy 30:20
Saturday, June 27 -- Psalm 29:3
Sunday, June 28 -- Exodus 5
Monday, June 29 -- 2 Samuel 22:1-3
Tuesday, June 30 -- 2 Chronicles 20:17
Wednesday, July 1 -- Psalm 18:1-3
Thursday, July 2 -- Psalm 32:6-8