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Remote Worship (no worship in the building)

The Worship and Music Team are hard at work to curate a remote worship service each Sunday and we have a dedicated Zoom channel.

Please join us 10a.m. Sunday for worship. Christian is also leading Prayer at the Close of the Day on Facebook Live each night. Starting Monday I will be broadcasting at 8 pm CT from the Southminster PC Facebook Page. If you are on Facebook, I encourage you to subscribe to our page (Link:https://www.facebook.com/southpresby/?ref=bookmarks)

Click here for the Sunday March 29th order of Worship.

You may use on of the following methods to join the zoom call:

  • Online: If you have a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer, download the Zoom App to connect quicker.
    Join Zoom Meeting:
    https://zoom.us/j/539915088
    If you have Zoom, open the program, and click Join a meeting.
    Enter Meeting ID: 539 915 088
  • One tap mobile phone: +13126266799,,539915088#
  • Dial on your phone (no visual): +1 312 626 6799
    Enter Meeting ID: 539 915 088
  • View on our website or Facebook

If we are not able to gather on Easter Sunday, we will still find a way to mark the Resurrection of our Lord by using technology to connect us. Once we can gather in person again, that particular Sunday will be Easter and a celebration that may go on for days.

As we utilize technology, we are learning more about different platforms that may visually and audibly connect us and allow us to communicate, fellowship, and participate in prayers.

More worship and prayer opportunities, as well as means through which we may connect and have fun together, will be rolling out soon.

If you need help with technology, I and others are here to help. Do not hesitate to contact pastor Christian.

SUPPORT
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.

Office

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

Change the World
This year, 20 youth from Southminster Presbyterian, Vernon Presbyterian & Christ the Servant Lutheran Churches will be performing a musical called “Change the World”. Click here for the schedule.

Youth Musical Update

The Youth Musical was prepared to perform for Southminster this week. However, with the recent Coronavirus pandemic, prohibiting large groups from gathering (for the health and safety of everyone), the performance for our congregation has been postponed. Have no fear though, they will be performing for us when gathering together in person resumes. Stay tuned for more details…

Church School Update
**ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL**
Tomorrow and next Sunday (March 29th), Pastor Julie (a member of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, PCUSA) will offer online Christian Education. Pastor Julie has nearly seventeen years of experience in formal Christian Education, and as a resource to her colleagues in ministry.

The retreats are geared toward families with intergenerational content aimed to meet the youngest where they are and to stimulate discussion with discussion questions that even adults will find thought-provoking.

She is offering it via Zoom at three different times to try to accommodate normal CE schedules. Below, you will find Zoom links for an 11:30 offering, and a 4:00 offering tomorrow. These are free offerings.

11:30am information:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 22, 2020 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5Usceyrrj4obgQGgHEJ2GStEk3ovHDdSA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

4:00pm information:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 22, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucu-urzgqn41tKmXqa2pSYzBXoSaPDA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


2020 Lenten and Holy Week Calendar

We will keep you up to date on how we will be celebrating each of the following dates:

  • March 1st: First Sunday of Lent, Communion, and Imposition of Ashes
  • TBD: Youth Musical Performance
  • April 5th: Palm Sunday, Communion
  • April 9th: Maundy Thursday
  • April 10th: Good Friday
  • April 11th: Vigil of Easter
  • April 12th: Resurrection of our Lord, Easter Sunday, Communion

**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
WHERE: 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

**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.

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:
www.healingheartsofwaukeshaco.org o register.


**What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!**

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diseases
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This event is also being sponsored by Watertown Regional Medical Center
Protect your health by registering today for the 6 for Life Health Assessment for $79. Call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.

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