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Christian Formation

Stop off in Nelson hall for the coffee hour first. We will begin in the basement Room 102 around 10:45. We are starting to collect for Bees, so remember your offering! The K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes will rotate separately after our opening and we will conclude around 11:45.

Heifer Project
Help provide animals for people in need around the world as a way of giving some much need resources. Currently, the Church School is raising money for Heifer Project to buy bees. How many can we get? Please help support the children in their mission by contributing to their effort. Please make out your check to Southminster and put Heifer Project in the memo line. God bless!

Immediate Help Needed to Support Salvation Army Gardening Program

We are very excited to begin our second year of gardening with campers from Waukesha’s Salvation Army. Approximately forty campers will be at Southminster twice a week learning about gardening, working alongside us in four plots in our garden and forming friendships!
It would be wonderful to have additional help in the garden. You don’t need to be a expert gardener, just enjoy being around children and like being outside! If you’re interested in helping out any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon between 1:30 and 3:30 PM, please email the church secretary. The program will begin June 18th.
Additional ways to support the program, besides volunteering your time, are donating any of the following items: snacks; buckets with handles; and plants. The specific plants needed are; parsley; eggplant; tomatoes; peppers; cabbage; kale; seed potatoes; and onions. You can also make monetary donations, which will be used to purchase snacks and plants.
For more information on the program or ways to support it, please reach out to Alice Lundstrom or Stacy Blank. Thank you for all your support of this very important community program!

Help Feed the Kids

Again this summer we will help make sure children in our neighborhood have healthy lunches. Along with the Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” lunch program, we will be preparing and distributing bag lunches in Sentinel Park. The program provides approximately 250 free lunches each weekday to children who normally received free or reduced lunch at school.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and distribute the lunches on June 14th, July 12th and Aug. 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in helping, please contact Stacy Blank. Volunteers should be at least 12 years old. You don’t have to help the entire shift, if that is not convenient.
Thanks in advance for supporting and building connections with our neighborhood children again this summer!

Southminster Variety Talent Show

Southminster is hosting its second Variety Talent Show in Nelson Hall, or outside weather permitting, on Saturday, Aug. 24th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The first show was so much fun we decided to have another!

We will provide subs and drinks. We ask attendees to bring a side dish or dessert to share. The show will be comprised of church members, their friends and/or other community members who have a talent or something special they would like to share with the audience. Possible activities to share include, singing, dancing, performing magic tricks, telling jokes, playing an instrument, telling a story or pretty much anything you think the audience would enjoy.

Any questions can be directed to either Bob Leinss or Stacy Blank.

Bright Rising Ice Cream Social

Bright Rising has partnered with Southminster to use our facility and grounds for an arts and education program for students that are home-schooled starting in September. To kick off the new school year, Bright Rising is hosting a Meet & Greet Ice Cream Social Event at Southminster on Saturday, August 24th, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. During this time, it will give new and returning students a chance to meet the teachers and other students, see the classrooms for this coming school year, eat ice-cream and have fun! Everyone from Southminster is invited to join in on the festivities and get to know this dynamic group of people.

Stop by and say hi!

To RSVP, please email or contact Stephanie at 262-547-5100

Stop By the Garden and Chat Awhile

In the past couple of weeks, Leslie Williams, Brenda Schuett, Pat Falk, and Ken Shultz, all stopped by the garden to spend an hour with the Salvation Garden campers who are weeding and watering their gardens and just now beginning to see the fruits of their labors. We appreciate the help and it doesn’t require any special skill except the ability to connect to kids. Having extra volunteers who can sit and weed with a couple of kids and just chat is a gift, a little bit of attention many of these children need. You can sign up in Nelson Hall on the sign-up sheet or just stop by if you’re in the neighborhood.

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County

We provide a peer-to-peer support program for children, ages 4 through 18, and the adults who care for them, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The program is free to all participants. The 2 locations are listed below, new meeting days and times to follow in the upcoming weeks.
• Waukesha (121 Wisconsin Ave)
• Oconomowoc (800 Lake Drive)
Spanish-speaking materials and facilitators are offered in Waukesha.
Families may sign up at any time. They need not fear that they cannot attend if the Spring Session is already in progress.
For more information and registration materials, view our website: o register.

Summer Flowers

It’s that time of year again when we can look forward to flowers in our gardens and at the farmers’ markets. The Worship Team is hoping some of our members will make contributions to the enhancement of our worship space again this summer and fall. In the past, several members have honored special people and events with a remembrance of flowers. If you would like to honor someone or just share a bouquet, there will be a flower calendar sign up in Nelson Hall.


Liturgists—Worship Music Team would like to thank all our faithful lay liturgists for their faithful service and remind them that as summer approaches, schedules sometime change. Please be sure to check the liturgist schedule in the narthex, and if you need to change your date, please swap with someone else and notify the church secretary of the change. In August we will be drafting a new schedule and at that time liturgist can decide if they are able to continue or if they want to change their date(s).

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