Fall Missions Weekend

Throughout the year, SPC supports many local and international missions. Sunday September 25th, we will be celebrating these missions during our services. Each mission will be represented at a table in the gathering place, and representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

There are ten missions being highlighted on Sunday.

Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship is a mission organization based in Minneapolis which focuses on planting churches in the midst of unreached peoples. The organization has been planting churches since 1975, and continues their work today.

One Mission Society is headquartered in Greenwood. It is an organization right in our own backyard training missionaries and sending them all over the globe. Many of the missionaries our church has sent and supports serve through OMS.

TEAM is a global missions organization partnering with churches to send missionaries all over the world. We will be visited by Kathi Small, a daughter of our congregation, from her mission teaching position in Venezuela.

PAACS stands for the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons. This organization trains African doctors to be surgeons. There is a huge need for trained surgeons in African countries, and PAACS is a direct response to this need.

Faith Ministry works with families along the border of Texas and Mexico. They provide nutritious meals, school supplies, and biblical lessons to children. They also work building houses for families in need of a stable home.

Crescent Project’s main focus is to reach Muslims around the world with the Gospel. Through training and prayer, Christians learn to understand Muslims and better minister to them. The crescent project works to overcome stereotypes and bridge the gap between the Christian and Muslim world.

EPC WO is the mission sending agency associated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. This organization’s goal is to go to the least reached places, and specifically focuses on the Muslim community.

Men for Missions is another Greenwood organization. They provide training and resources to men and their families in the mission field. Men for Missions works closely with OMS, and is committed to helping members realize their abilities through helping others.

John 17 Ministries works to teach and mentor leaders, churches, families, and businesses by teaching Christ’s vision for His church in John 17. They have ministry teams serving in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and here in the United States.

Lastly, our very own Global Missions Committee will be present. This team of people is responsible for overseeing our church involvement in local and international missions. The team also provides support and resources to the many missionaries we support.

As you can imagine, Sunday will be an exciting day. It is a blessing to see SPC’s involvement in bridging the gap and spreading the gospel. In addition to highlighting each of these organizations, we will also be launching our Operation Christmas Child initiative.

We believe missions is an essential part of our faith at SPC. Jesus called us to proclaim the Gospel to the world. Please join us on September 25th to learn about each of these missions and their work. Pray for these missions as they continue to take the gospel into areas of the world desperately in need of light and truth. Together, we can continue to be His church around the world.

Summer Celebration

Another summer of missions has come to a close at SPC. Our teams have traveled over 2,000 miles to six different communities for a variety of evangelistic opportunities. Combined, we have proclaimed the Good News of Christ to hundreds of people this summer! Praise God!

The mission theme this summer was Bridging the Gap. Each of our missions had the goal of being Christ to everyone we encountered. From ministering to children at camp to helping rebuild and renovate homes, we did the Lord’s work. There are countless stories of God working through our mission teams, many of which are shared on this blog. God has been faithful!

Looking back on the summer, we are able to see God’s plan woven into our lives. We hope and pray all who we shared with this summer will continue to pursue God in a deep and meaningful way.

Even though the summer has come to a close, God’s plan for SPC is far from over. In October, our Mexico Mission team will travel to Reynosa, Mexico to build houses and minister to that community. We are also looking forward to our continued partnerships with local and international ministries and initiatives. May SPC continue to Bridge the Gap in our community and throughout the world.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all of creation.” –Mark 16:15

Beyond Basketball

Beyo13833218_1220686804608655_1672988629_ond Basketball Mini Camp happened last week, and we had a blast! Campers, ages 7-10,. came bright and early every d
ay from 8-10:30. The younger campers, ages 5 and 6, came from 10:30 to noon. With the help of some wonderful volunteers, the kids learned a lot about basketball. Many campers learned new techniques and some of our returners had the opportunity to freshen up their skills!

Each day, the kids would start out with some basic drills to get loose and stretch for the morning of activities. We set up four different stations working on the following: ball handling, passing, defense and lay ups/ shooting. We had different contests like who can make the most lay ups within a minute, scrimmages, and even (a favorite) steal the bacon! These contests made learning the skills really fun!13838132_1220686847941984_1686089062_o

During our break half way through each camp, we enjoyed a yummy snack prepared by wonderful volunteers. This was a chance to allow the kids to fill their stomachs, take a break from basketball, and also listen to a devotion. This week we heard about being on God’s team and choosing to be on his team instead of Satan’s. We learned what it means to be “on offense” (encourage each other just as it says to do in 1 Thessalonians) and also what it means to be “on defense” (defend ourselves against the devil and his schemes). Campers learned to look to coaches and parents as they mentor us throughout life and how God places these people in our life to help us grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. Camp was an excellent opportunity to work together as a team, and model how Christians are supposed to act and be disciples of Jesus Christ.

13839915_1220686694608666_143914477_oThis week was nothing short of AWESOME! Campers and volunteers alike learned a lot, but also had a really great time! The fellowship we shared this week was wonderful to experience and watch! The kids were not only able to go away learning more about basketball, but also what it means to live and act as a follower of Jesus.