We want to help every member of Shandon live in full obedience to the Great Commission and their unique roles in it.
Fulfilling The Great Commission
There are many opportunities to serve our local community, as well as travel overseas to help our global partnerships. This page gives an overview of upcoming events, ongoing ministries, and ways you can support various causes. To see specific local and global mission projects, click the appropriate buttons below.
Global Missions Cohort
Sunday, February 18 | Room B119 after 10:30AM service
Considering long-term or career missions, but don’t know where to start? Global Missions Cohort is for you. Meet with like-minded members for a monthly lunch and discussion to explore God’s call on your life as a potential Sent One from Shandon. No RSVP required! Email Global Missions Coordinator Bradley Fayonsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Stories from the Field
Sunday, February 25 | Gym after 10:30AM service
Hear, see, and celebrate how God is at work around the world with updates from recent mission trips to Cuba, Bali, and Puerto Rico. RSVP for lunch and don’t miss this special opportunity to hear from team members directly as they give God the glory!
LifeSource Suicide Prevention Seminar
Tuesday, February 26 | 6-7PM
Many in our Shandon family have been affected directly, or by the ripple effect, of suicide or attempted suicide. Former Shandon members and trained facilitators Dale and Brenda Richards Brown will lead this practical session designed to help you recognize suicidal clues and connect those having thoughts of suicide with life-affirming help. RSVP with an email to email@example.com.
Across the Street and Around the World
Wednesdays starting February 28 | Room C126 | 6:15-7:15PM
Open to everyone! Join Local Missions Director Allison Miller for a 6-week book study as we seek to follow Jesus to the nations in our neighborhoods and beyond. This Midweek group will discuss practical ways to make an international friend along with optional “field trips” to an internationals lunch at USC, dinner at an international restaurant, and connections with our local refugee resettlement agency. Purchase your book at Missions Next Steps on Sundays, or the church office during the week. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1-5, 2024
Stay tuned for opportunities to meet local missions partners, volunteer for Drive-Thru Prayer and a community block party, attend our first annual GO Missions Conference, and celebrate on Missions Sunday! Save the dates and plan to participate—details to come through Sunday announcements, eNews, social media, and Missions Next Steps in the lobby!
GO Missions Conference
Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 9AM-3PM
Register now for a special day of sharing and learning with guest speakers, panel discussions, interactive group sessions, info booths, and your choice of three breakouts with a Multiply theme: To Local Schools; To the Nations Among Us; By Planting and Supporting New Churches; Where You Live, Work, and Play; and To the Ends of the Earth.
The 30th Of Every Month
Over 40 local churches have committed to cover the Greater Midlands area in 24/7 prayer! Shandon members are asked to pray for our city on the 30th of every month. CLICK HERE to claim a 15 or 30-minute slot. Want to see where this idea originated? CLICK HERE to watch a powerful video from America Prays.
Serve Local Schools
Our growing Heart4Schools team serves public school students, teachers, and staff—and you can be a part! Now recruiting middle school student mentors (men are especially needed), elementary reading buddies, monthly lunch duty with other Shandon members, and seasonal appreciation efforts for this next school year. District background checks required, so the sooner you sign up the better! To connect in the meantime, contact Cynthia Pierce or Becky Timmons.
Welcome Refugee Families
Columbia is due to receive 350 refugees this year, and needs your help to do it! Provide a culturally appropriate meal, cooking, cleaning, and hygiene supplies, groceries, airport pickups, or join others in a Circle of Welcome to offer ongoing friendship and support for each family. Email Missions@Shandon.org to connect with the New Americans Program at Lutheran Services Carolinas, our local resettlement agency.
- Foster Care & Adoption Strategy Leader | Help explore and champion ministry opportunities to foster, adopt, or support those who do.
- Vocational Expertise | Are you a teacher? Medical professional? Active or retired military? First responder? Builder? Electrician? Plumber? Sports coach? We have potential ministry in all of these areas, and would love to know members with first-hand experience.
- Missions Prayer Coordinator | Do you have a few hours a week to collect and organize prayer requests from our Sent Ones and local partners? This would be a great help as we seek to develop the Missions Prayer Room (Room B129) and other prayer initiatives.
Questions about upcoming events or opportunities? Email Missions@Shandon.org.