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Thousands Celebrate Christmas at Shandon

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We have had two wonderful weekends bringing in the Christmas season here at Shandon.  From Glorious to The Singing Christmas Tree, we have had thousands upon thousands of people on our campus experiencing great events and most importantly hearing the Gospel message! 

13,000+ people attended Glorious & The Singing Christmas Tree 

I would like to extend a very special thank you to the following ministries/teams: the Music and Worship Arts Ministry, TechArts, Facilities, Support Staff, and Guest Services Team.  I believe we have a wonderful staff, and it is very apparent at times like this.  I am extremely grateful for the time and energy they have invested not only in these two big events, but all through 2015. 

But it takes more than a great staff to pull off two major events like these!  I would also like to thank the hundreds of volunteers that served over the past two weekends.  From the parking lot to the stage and everywhere in between, the hundreds of man hours invested in making Glorious and The Singing Christmas Tree community traditions were worth it!

This year we asked people to complete a card if they would like prayer, to talk to someone about knowing Jesus, or to talk with someone about joining Shandon.  

271 People Requested Prayer
68 People Wanted to Know More about Jesus
31 People Were Interested in Becoming Members of Shandon

We're thrilled for the opportunity to pray for concerns and talk to people about faith in Christ and getting connected at Shandon.  Please pray as our ministers follow up.   

Thank you again to everyone who helped make Glorious and The Tree a tremendous success!

Merry Christmas,

Brandon Petersen
Executive Pastor

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Jerry Long Retiring after 38 Years in the Ministry

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Church family, 

Jerry Long, our Minister of Pastoral Care and Adults 55+, will be retiring from Shandon and full-time vocational ministry at the end of this year. 

Jerry has served faithfully in ministry for 38 years.  Of those 38 years, 24 have been at Shandon!  I have worked with Jerry for almost 11 of those 24 years, and I can tell you he is a wonderful man of God--though many of you know that first hand.  It has been an absolute joy and privilege to serve the Lord and this church with Jerry Long.  Both he and Lynn are some of the finest Christians you will meet.  They have incredible servants’ hearts. 

Jerry first came to Shandon in March 1980 and served for 10 years before leaving to pastor a church in upstate South Carolina.  He returned to Shandon in 2001.  Jerry's wide range of talents and ministry skills have been a tremendous blessing to our church family as he served in several different roles (from youth minister to finance and administration during his first tenure; and missions/outreach, prayer, adult ministry and pastoral care during this tenure).  Throughout his many roles, he has ministered with the finest excellence and as unto the Lord.  He has always possessed a “great commission mind and heart,” meaning he has always been serious and committed to sharing Jesus with others. 

We are thankful and grateful as a church to have had Jerry serve faithfully for these 24 years.  The Lord has done some awesome things through Jerry’s leadership and care for God’s people. 

We will be hosting a reception for Jerry on Sunday, November 22 from 3:00 to 4:30pm in the Gathering Pace.  I would like to invite you to join us as we honor Jerry and Lynn.  Please join me in expressing our gratitude to Jerry for his time serving the Lord in ministry.  I know one thing for sure, even though Jerry is retiring and moving to Greenville at the end of the year, God is not done using Jerry! 

Thank you, Jerry, for all you have done for our church and our staff!  We love you and will miss you.

Brandon Petersen

Executive Pastor & Minister of Education

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