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The Future is Bright in the Shandon Kids’ World

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We have some great news to share about the work God is doing in our Kids’ World.  On April 22 during our Sunday morning services, our Pastor, George Wright, shared about Mimi Brookshire answering her call to “live sent.”  For Mike and Mimi, living sent will mean moving to Nazareth, Israel at the end of August to serve in a newly created role to help children and families associated with the Nazareth Baptist School.   This call has been developing for some time in her life and became very clear through the past several years as she has been leading trips to Nazareth.  As a church we are sad to lose Mike and Mimi, but we also celebrate and are joyful for their demonstration of the faithfulness to God’s call and leadership in their lives.


With this transition coming in the Kids’ World, we are taking the opportunity to restructure our staff to provide the best possible ministry going forward.  We believe this change will continue to bring excellence in the way we do ministry with our kids and families.  To best serve and reach our kids and families, we will be hiring a Preschool Minister to lead the babies-pre-K area and a Children’s Minister to lead the K-5th graders.  We have begun our search for the Children’s Minister and have been blessed beyond all measure to not have to look far or long for the Preschool Minister.


The great news for Shandon is we are hiring Dawn Turner to serve as our next Preschool Minister.  Dawn is certainly very familiar to our Shandon family because she served on staff here for many years as one of the coordinators in the Children’s Ministry.  When her husband, Steve – who also served on staff for 15 years – took a position with the North American Mission Board they moved to the Atlanta area.  Dawn had been serving on staff in the Children’s Ministry at First Baptist Woodstock in Georgia since leaving Shandon.  It is with great joy we announce Dawn will be rejoining our staff in this new role!


We are thrilled to introduce Dawn to the church on May 20th! She will officially re-join the Shandon team around the first of June.

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Everyday Conversations Can Lead to the Gospel

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We engage in conversations everyday with friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and even strangers. Many times in those everyday conversations people share with you problems or challenges they are facing, and it can be difficult or even flat out awkward trying to engage someone with the Gospel in those times. What would happen if we could infuse the Gospel Message (the good news of Jesus Christ) into some of these conversations in a more natural way?  We want to help equip you with the tools and knowledge to easily and gracefully turn those conversations toward the wonderful work, love, and grace of Jesus.

Our Pastor shared earlier this year we would love to see our church engage in at least 2,150 Gospel conversations in 2018.  In order to see that happen, each of us must realize we have a part to play and a responsibility to share.  To help you in this, we are going to offer some training through our Sunday morning Bible Study hour over the course of two weeks.  On May 13 and May 20, David Taylor, our Missions Pastor, and I will walk some of our adult classes through an easy and very practical conversation guide called Three Circles.  Instead of going to your classrooms, we will meet in the gym for an hour training.  This will be a time of fellowship, fun, and interactive learning.  If you would like to attend one of these sessions and don’t attend a Sunday School class, please pick a date and join us!

I believe God can and will do something way bigger than we could ever think or imagine when we live sent!  To live sent is to engage the world with the gospel, which means we begin to see our everyday world as the mission field God has called us to.  This is true whether we are across the globe, planting a church, or having a gospel conversation with our neighbors.  Can you imagine how powerful it could be if while you were sitting at your kids soccer game talking with your friend about life and the conversation opened up to share about the love, grace, and forgiveness of Jesus?  It could turn Columbia upside down!

Please plan to join David and I on either May 13 or May 20 (see schedule below for your class time) for this simple but powerful time of training so we are better equipped to engage our city with the Gospel of Christ.  Let’s get ready to live sent!

May 13:  9:00AM – Classes by Director

Andy Davis

Karen Edwards/Beverly Welch

Robert Miller

Brittany Newell

Grant Phillips

Craig Plank

Duane Reed

May 13: 10:30AM – Classes by Director

Katsy Cannady

Don Earle

Charles Irick

Mickey Lawler

Julie Starnes/Lynne Baker

Barbara Toole/Carol Waite

May 20: 9:00AM – Classes by Director

Reid & Magan Clark

Dean Fairweather

Kenneth Gillette

Linnea Hann

John Johnston/Todd Carroll

Greg & Elizabeth Muth

Jon & Luanne Ozmint

Wesley Sawyer

Sara Traynum

Beth Shaull

Bryan Swetnam

Michael Wise

 May 20: 10:30AM – Classes by Director

Matt Davis

Matt Daugherty

James Kassler

Rett Kendall

Jim Mixson

Cynthia Pierce

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