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Sunday Worship

As the Session works through the Presbytery Guide to Returning to Buildings and In-Person Gathering, until further notice, we will continue to pre-record our Sunday services and provide other forms of worshipping together through technological means.

Sunday service are available on-line:

  • YouTube channel
  • Facebook
  • SPC Website
  • Sunday Coffee and Fellowship at 10:30 a.m.
    Sundays at 10:30 a.m. we will gather in Zoom for fellowship. We are going to use breakout rooms in Zoom so we have smaller groups to share and catch up (Elder Jackie Warshaour and Pastor Christian will share more on Sunday morning).
    Please let us know if you need someone to call you or if you know of someone in need. During this time of limited physical contact, we will find creative ways to be the loving embrace of God to each other and our neighbors. Specifically, the Deacons will be reaching out to our most vulnerable members. They will be checking in to see what support may be needed, such as meals, grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.

    August 2nd – Outdoor Parking Lot Service & Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m.

    Bring your lawn chairs, umbrella, coolers, etc as we gather for Morning Prayer with Holy Communion and Ordination & Installation of Deacons and Elders in the church parking lot.

    Chairs will be set up in the northeast sections of the parking lot to allow ease of access (as well as easier power access for microphones and speakers, and fewer bugs).

    Please bring your own communion elements (bread and fruit of the vine), as well as drinks and snacks for yourself.

    As we gather, we ask folks to practice safe distancing (6 ft), and please bring a face mask (or one will be provided for you).

    Click Here to RSVP


    The Church office will not be open on a daily basis. Appointments are necessary to meet with Stephanie. Please contact us if you need to set up a time.
    Please make sure any announcements for the bulletin are sent into the office by 12:00pm Wednesdays.

    Christian Formation

    SPC Getting Involved In Education About Racism
    It is ever so apparent the importance of educating everyone on what racism is and how we can be the change our country so desperately needs. In the coming weeks, I encourage you to check out “Thursday’s Connection News- Christian Formation”, where we are going to be offering various subjects that address race, racism, and how we, as Christians, are called to learn, educate others, and make positive, lasting change.

    “A History of Racism in the United States- Session 2”

    • CLICK HERE FOR LAST WEEK’S (WEEK 5) DISCUSSION”A History of Racism in the United Sates- Session 1
    • CLICK HERE FOR LAST WEEK 4 DISCUSSION “The Bible and Racism- Session 2”
    • CLICK HERE FOR WEEK 3 DISCUSSION”The Bible and Racism- Session 1″
    • CLICK HERE FOR WEEK 1 DISCUSSION-“Why Is It So Difficult To Talk About Racism?”

    Teaching Our Children About Racism
    There could not a be a better time to start the conversation with your children about racism and violence. This discussion and activity guide includes suggestions on how parents and teachers can talk with children about race and violence, ideas on how to create a safe space for meaningful dialogue, and more. It was written by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, a multicultural center and museum committed to promoting respect, hope, and understanding⁠.

    The guide is inspired by For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, an upcoming picture book by Michael W. Waters that will be available this September. It tells the story of a boy named Jeremiah and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community.

    In “For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World”, author Michael W. Waters takes the reader on a journey with young Jeremiah. Much like Muhammad Ali, Jeremiah must reckon at an early age with the painful truths of racism and violence in the United States. Although he could easily turn to cynicism and despair, Jeremiah comes to believe that he can change the world for the better.


    Matthew 25 Bible Study and Prayer

    With Southminster Session’s action to bring SPC into the Matthew 25 movement in the PC(USA), all are invited to participate in a study and prayer and discern how God is calling our congregation. Download the Matthew 25 Bible Study by clicking here.
    Frequently asked questions about Matthew 25
    Matthew 25 Brochure

    Coffee House Bible Study

    Join us at the weekly bible study hosted by Ellie Hein, Elder John Negley, and Pastor Christian! Each bible study is independent, so drop in any time.
    WHEN: Every Thursday, 4:30 pm
    Mountain Top Coffee in downtown Waukesha

    (Former names of the Coffee House are Roots and Sprizzos).

    Thursday Coffee House Bible Study will also be remote. So, grab a cup of coffee and join us for a virtual zoom meeting online or call in using a phone.
    Click here for the online zoom channel or use your phone by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and when prompted, enter meeting ID: 251 228 998
    The scripture study will focus on the principal Narrative Lectionary Readings for the upcoming Sunday.We will be practicing various methods of bible study, beginning with the Lectio Divina method. Suggested ages 15 and up. Questions? Contact Pastor Christian

    Feed the Kids

    The following dates have been scheduled for Southminster to volunteer for The Salvation Army-Waukesha “Feed the Kids”:

    July 24, August 4 and August 17.
    For each day, two volunteers are needed from 9-11 AM for meal prep at Salvation Army-Waukesha headquarters, and two volunteers are needed for meal prep at Salvation Army-Waukesha headquarters & distribution to children and families from 9-1 PM as follows:

    • 11:15-11:35 PM – SPRING PARK – N. HAWTHORNE
    • 12:15-12:35 PM – SENTINEL PARK – MADERA STREET [next to Walmart]

    All volunteers will have to be screened before they will be allowed into the building. The screening will be a few questions and getting your temperature taken. All volunteer will be required to wear masks, hairnets and gloves.

    Additionally, every volunteer will need to complete this volunteer form in advance.

    To sign up, contact Steph Gallagher at
    or by phone at 262-547-5100.

    Southminster Neighborhood Garden News

    Thank You For Your Help!!
    Thank You to the SPY(Southminster Presbyterian Youth), parents, and others that turned the winter community garden into a spring planting garden. Work began at 12:30pm on Saturday, May 2nd, and by 3:15pm, the whole garden was ready for the season! Some of the community gardeners came to help in the garden as well. The 28 plots had the soil turned, thanks to Jim O’Dell’s rototiller, and the 150 foot long outside perennial flower garden was cleaned and prepared for the summer season. The old saying,” many hands make light work”, proved itself on Saturday. Thank you everyone that spent a sunny Saturday in the garden working together!
    Great News- sign up for the garden plots has been busy this year. All of the spaces will be occupied- we are looking forward to another successful year in the community garden! Thank you Southminster youth and friends that made this all possible!
    All of the garden plots for the 2020 growing season have been spoken for! Thank you to everyone that will be joining us in the Neighborhood Garden. Please watch for a separate email which will include a map where your plot is located. If you gardened with us in the past, we were able to ensure each of you remained in the same spot, and we have a few new gardeners joining us this year, we are excited for this season!
    Alice Lundstrom / Community Church Garden Mission Team

    **Life after Loss Support Group**

    For the safety and protection and in response to the recommendation of social distancing, this group is currently on hold from meeting in person. We will provide updates here as we navigate through these times.

    On Saturday January 11th, 2020, we will launch a Life after Loss Support Group that will offer us the opportunity to listen to and support one another; to love one another as God has loved us. The group will be coordinated by Jim O’Dell and Edee Rolli.
    We will welcome those who have experienced any kind of loss:
    the loss of a loved one; the loss of a job; the end of a friendship, relationship or marriage; a missed opportunity – where a door was closed, and no window opened.
    The first meeting of the Life after Loss Support Group will be held at Edee’s home on Sat. Jan. 11th at 1:30 p.m.
    Please contact Jim O’Dell or Edee Rolli if you are interested.

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