Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed from Christmas Day, Monday, December 25 until Tuesday, January 2. If you have a pastoral care, you may contact Keith Koch, pastor of congregational care at 913-220-2499 ext. 22 or


Christmas Eve Service Volunteers Needed

Christmas brings lots of changes to our schedule due to everyone’s Christmas celebrations. Children’s ministry is looking for a few (5) volunteers to serve at the 4:30 service. No experience required.

Please consider spending Christmas Eve with some amazing kiddos.  Email Patt Ludwick, director of family ministries, at if you can help out!

One Service on Sunday, December 31

Sunday, December 31 • 10:00 am 

Join us for one service on Sunday, December 31 at 10:00 am. We will be singing Christmas carols and reveling in the good news of “God with us!” The service will be casual and kid-friendly.

New Worship Series Begins January 7

What Did Jesus Do? • January 7-February 4 

What did Jesus do? How can we learn to live by studying his teachings, his life of compassion and his acts of healing? Join us as we take an in-depth dive into the life, faith and character of Jesus. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend.

Holiday Choir Performs Sunday

The Shawnee Community Holiday Choir will perform Sunday, December 17 during both services, 9:00 & 10:30 am. Our youth and adults have been working hard and it is sure to be a delight. You won’t want to miss this!

Christmas Is Not Your Birthday Offering

Our 2018 Christmas Is Not Your Birthday offering recipient is Disciples Week of Compassion for hurricane relief in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican. Each year we select organizations or missions for our Christmas Is Not Your Birthday offering that are supporting our brothers and sisters here in our community and around the world.

Week of Compassion ensures that 100 percent of our gifts go to strong, sustainable and trustworthy partners on the ground in each of these locations as well as guiding volunteers to the same. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for our Christmas Is Not Your Birthday offering. 10 percent of the offering will stay here in Kansas City for the work of the Kansas City Region of the Disciples of Christ.

You can give online to our Christmas Birthday Offering by CLICKING HERE and choosing “Christmas Birthday” from the drop down menu.

Children’s Ministry News

Sunday School Lesson for Sunday, December 17

Bible Story: A Baby is Born
Bible Verse: The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous descendant from David’s line, and he will rule as a wise king. (Jeremiah 23:5)
Bible Point: We prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

New Children’s Ministry Check-Out Procedure • Begins Sunday, December 17

A great thing is happening in children’s ministry – we are growing! Keeping our children safe as we grow is a top priority of children’s ministry. This Sunday you will notice a chain across the entrance to the children’s ministry area. We ask that only Sunday school volunteers and children enter into the children’s ministry area.

Children who attend the nursery will be greeted by nursery staff at the check in counter.  At the end of service, parents please sign out your child then wait for Patt Ludwick, director of family ministries, or the check in volunteer to bring your child to you. We hope this will cut down on the traffic and enable us to monitor the children and adults in our area.

Thank you for helping us keep Shawnee Community children safe. 

Student Ministry News

Sunday, December 17 • 10:00 am

Middle & High School youth meet at 10:00 am on Sunday, December 17 for discussions about life and faith.  See you there!

Student groups will not meet on Sunday, December 24 or Sunday, December 31.


High School Youth Mid Winter • January 5-7

Hey High School Students! Do you want to get away from home for a weekend and experience a small dose of church camp at Tall Oaks? Please mark your calendars for the High School Midwinter Retreat, January 5-7. This overnight retreat will be with other high school students from the region. It will be a lot of fun and we hope you can make it. Our own Jennifer Sommerfeld will be a leader for this event! 

Additional information is on the Tall Oaks Website: Cost for the retreat is  $130. It increases to $145 after December 22nd.  

Middle School Youth Mid Winter Retreat • February 23-24

Middle School students midwinter retreat is February 23-24, 2018. More details to come at a later date. We will keep you posted!

Christmas Eve Services

Sunday, December 24 • 10:00 am & 4:30 pm 

Start your family holiday celebration by remembering the reason for the season! Join us for a casual, family friendly, Christmas Eve worship service that will include Christmas music, candle lighting, activities for kids ages 0-5th grade and communion for all people who desire to receive it without any exceptions.

All people are welcome.

One Service on Sunday, December 31

Sunday, December 31 • 10:00 am 

Join us for one service on Sunday, December 31 at 10:00 am. We will still be singing Christmas carols and reveling in the good news of “God with us!” The service will be casual and kid-friendly.