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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.

July 5th Tailgate Holy Communion
Bring your lawn chairs, umbrella, etc as we gather for Morning Prayer with Holy Communion in the church car park. 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 REGISTER

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.


    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…

    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

    Pentecost Special Offering

    During this Pentecost season, we join together to build a life of faith and build the household of God with our children, youth, and young adults. Our congregation is joining the whole church in building for our future, in building individual lives of faith. Won’t you join us?

    • 40% of the donations stays with the congregation to develop and support programs for young people in our own church and community.
    • 25% supports Young Adult Volunteers (YAV), serving in communities around the world, and growing as leaders through transformative Christian service.
    • 25% supports Ministries with Youth to help guide our youth by uniting them in Christ and lifting them up as leaders and messengers of God’s word.
    • 10%is devoted to children at-risk to improve education and provide safe havens.

    Ways To Give:
    1. Through the congregation- CLICK HERE to give online at Southminster
    2. Text “YOUNG” to 56512 to learn more or donate
    3. Give online at

    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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