Saturday, October 22, 2016

I served professionally at Shawnee Alliance Church for 11 years. I thought that I would share with all of you my top 7 reasons why I  have loved serving professionally here.


I laughed A LOT at Shawnee Alliance Church. It is a place filled with joy and that overflows in laughter. I don’t have any proof because I was not there, but I think Jesus laughed a lot while He was on earth. Children were frequently reported to run up to him. Kids do not run up to sour faced people. They are not attracted to grumpy people. I fully believe Jesus laughed and smiled and enjoyed life. Yes. There were difficult times. Yes. He got angry, but he laughed. And Shawnee Alliance laughs. I think that is appealing. I almost wrote, “Keep smiling” but then in my head I hear, “Keep smiling, keep shining knowing you can always count on me.” Yep. I hear voices singing in my head.

Back to the post. Allow God to give you joy and don’t allow anyone to take that from you!

Our mouths were filled with laughter,
    our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
    and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:2-3


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Yesterday was my last day serving professionally at Shawnee Alliance Church. I have been on staff for 11 years. I thought that I would share with all of you my top 7 reasons why I  have loved serving professionally here.


Shawnee Alliance is a place of grace because you reflect the grace Christ gives you. I love that this is such a true statement. I love that we have addicts and strippers and gossipers and sinners at Shawnee Alliance. I am so grateful that when I sin, mess up, fall on my face, I am still loved and forgiven and challenged to be more. That comes from the Holy Spirit but it also comes from YOU!! You extend the grace of Jesus. You live out a life of grace because you know you are not perfect. You sin. You screw up. You yell at your boss/spouse/kids/dog/tv. (Wait, maybe that is just me.) We live grace because we experience it. That is one of the top things I have loved about serving here. I got a really special seat to see and experience grace lived out.

Go-go out into your family with grace. Go-go out into your schools with grace. Go-go out into your workplaces with grace. GO LIVE OUT GRACE!! because you already are.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  2 Corinthians 12:9


Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Today is my last day serving professionally at Shawnee Alliance Church. I have been on staff for 11 years. I thought that I would share with all of you my top 7 reasons why I  have loved serving professionally here.


I love stories. I love to hear them and I love to tell them. Hearing your stories for the last 11 years has impacted my life in a way that is (almost🙂 ) beyond words. I love celebrating with you – triumphs over difficult times, new marriages, new jobs, new babies, recovery from addiction (shout out to my husband celebrating 6 years of sobriety) and especially when God impacts your life. I have prayed with you through the hard stories – lost loved ones, lost jobs, miscarriages, defeat, addictions and so much more.

The good, the bad and the ugly of our stories continually point to God. He is Big. He is Faithful. He is Good. He is Compassionate. He is in control. He is Loving. Sometimes it was hard to believe that, but it was and is always true.

Thank you for sharing your stories for the last 11 years. Please feel free to come share your good, I will hug you and cheer with you. Please come share your bad, I will hug you and cry with you. Please come share your ugly, I will hug you and pray with you. Above all, share your stories with one another and see all that God is doing.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tomorrow is my last day serving professionally at Shawnee Alliance Church. I have been on staff for 11 years. I thought that I would share with all of you my top 7 reasons why I  have loved serving professionally here.


I love ideas. I love brainstorming. Shawnee Alliance has allowed me to come up with ideas and implement them. Not many places would allow you to say, “I think we should transform our entire sanctuary into Narnia, including making everyone walk through a wardrobe to enter.” But you said yes. How many places would say yes to writing out their Audacious Prayers and posting them every week until they form the face of Jesus. You said yes, and prayed great, big, audacious prayers to your Heavenly Father.

There have been a lot of ideas over the years. Not all of them were good or usable. One time, Pastor Daniel was preaching on Jesus and Forgiveness, Jesus and Family, Jesus and Finances, Jesus and Faith. My first idea was Jesus and the F Word. See, not all ideas are good or usable, but this is a safe place to have ideas.

Maybe you have an idea today. Share it. Don’t be afraid of your ideas. You never know how God may use your idea for His glory.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Do you know which Bible verse is so powerful it needs a zip lock baggie, a sharp pencil, and a pitcher of water to prove it’s true.

Philippians 4:13.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

1. Fill the baggie with water.  

2.  Hold it over the head of the grumpiest person you know. (Actually, this step is optional – and may or may not be funny)

3. Quickly shove the pencil through the middle of the baggie until it pokes through the other side.  

When we do this activity in church, the kids are very hesitant to poke the water bag with the pencil.  They don’t really want to do something that’s probably going to make a big mess.  They could get in trouble.  What if they do it wrong?  What if they misunderstood the directions?

As the kids try to decide if they should or shouldn’t do what we ask, we remind them of all the Bible characters who faced the same dilemma: Moses, when God asked him to go to the Pharaoh, David when he fought Goliath, Peter, when he walked on water.  They all had to choose to Trust God … and go.

Then we all say Philippians 4:13 together and ….Poke That Bag!  Try it, You’ll see🙂

And you will know that when God asks you to do something hard, or scary, or that doesn’t make sense, you are not going through it alone.  God will give you all the strength you need.

Miss Sara

Philippians 4:4-13 NIV

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

So the K 4 Kids Bible lesson for this Sunday builds on the “Pepper Problems” science experiment I talked about yesterday. God offers us a force field of protection and peace from a world that is scary, dark, and full of sin. But God does not intend for us to live in a worry free bubble. Here’s the scary part:  He wants us out there in the messy problem filled world.  Rubbing shoulders with someone we completely disagree with. Lending a hand to people who can’t seem to help themselves.  Speaking out, Helping out, Spreading the news that Jesus is our Hope – Our Savior – Forever and ever. This new little activity is a perfect example of the Light of Jesus overcoming the darkness of this world.

Matthew 5:13-16New International Version (NIV)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

You Are The Salt Activity

  • 1 bowl half filled with 7 Up or Sprite soda (This is the world)
  • Shake pepper to cover water with pepper flakes (world full of sinful problems)
  • Add drop of dishwashing liquid (Jesus came down to Earth to remove our sins – but each person needs to ask Jesus into his/her life )
  • Shake salt over water – watch white foam overtake the pepper and the water start bubbling.(We are the Salt when we share the Good News about Jesus.  And the Bubbles are the celebration as His Light spreads over the darkness.)
  • Isn’t God Amazing!

Miss Sara

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Are you having trouble sleeping at night?  I am.  I find myself lying in the dark thinking about tomorrow’s To-Do list, worrying about my family,  Trunk n Treat, our country, the world, asteroids heading for our diminishing ozone layer ….. “Help me, God.  I am so overwhelmed.”  God answered me with a simple little science activity we did with the K 4 Kids last Sunday.  I urge you to try it.  It is a great illustration for placing your Faith in God.  We will always have problems and worries in this fallen world, but we can have Peace that passes understanding by saying “I trust you, God.”

John 17:33 NIV  33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I Trust You God Activity:
  • 1 bowl half filled with water (This represents you)
  • Shake pepper in water until surface is completely covered (The pepper equals your to do list, your worries, problems – go ahead and overwhelm the surface of that water!)
  • Stick your finger in the bowl – notice how the pepper surrounds you and sticks to your finger?
  • Now add one drop of dishwashing liquid  (The Power of God) to the water.  See how the pepper flakes (problems) flee to the sides.
  •  God wants you to be in that clear bubble – protected from all the problems surrounding you.  Take Heart! Have Peace!  God has got you in the palm of His Hand!
Miss Sara
Wednesday, October 12, 2016