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SPC Worship Schedule

Morning Prayer, 9:30 am CT live-streamed on Facebook, available on YoutTube channel. You do not need a Facebook or YouTube account to watch the live service, nor access the video afterward Join us at the Southminster campus at 9:30am for our in-person service:

Masks are optional but recommended at this time for those vaccinated. We ask that people still honor physical distancing while gathered indoors, as well as those who continue to mask for multiple reasons. We are back in the Sanctuary! 9:30 AM Sundays Fellowship following. Note: Due to technology setup, we will not be broadcasting on Sunday, Sept 19th. Thereafter, we should be live streaming on Facebook. We also need producers! Chuck will be leading a class in September on how to broadcast the services on Sunday morning as a producer (it is easy, and he has a checklist). If you are interested, connect with Chuck Heinzelman or Pastor Christian by replying to this email.

  • Sundays, Sept 19, 26, Morning Prayer
  • Sunday, Oct 3, World Communion Sunday
  • Sundays, Oct 10, 17, 24, Morning Prayer
  • Sunday, Oct 31, All Saints Sunday with Holy Communion
  • Tuesday, Nov 2, All Souls Evening Prayer and Compline in the All Saints Garden
  • Sundays, Nov 7, 14, Morning Prayer
  • Sunday, Nov 21, Thanksgiving Sunday with Holy Communion
  • Sunday, Nov 28, First Sunday of Advent Morning Prayer
  • Sunday, Dec 5, Morning Prayer with Holy Communion
  • Sundays, Dec 12, 19, Morning Prayer
  • Friday, Dec 24, Christmas Eve Holy Communion
  • Sunday, Dec 26, Lessons and Carols

Volunteers needed

Each week, on Thursdays, the Southminster campus is the location for Feeding America and SEWIESG Community Choice Pop-Up Food Pantry. This vital community resource is currently providing over 7,000 pounds of food per week to families in our community.

However, this resource does not function without the help of volunteers.

Can YOU spare some of your time to help once… occasionally…. or weekly???

There are multiple ways to get involved:

Click Here to check out available opportunities and sign up.

Southminster Blessings Box

The Blessing Box has been installed at the Southminster Church Campus, right at the entry to the car park. If you have the ability, and would like to contribute, you can stop by the church to place any items inside to share with the community.
The Blessing Box has been installed at the Southminster Church Campus, right at the entry to the car park. If you have the ability, and would like to contribute, you can stop by the church to place any items inside to share with the community.

We are beginning to get a feel for things that people seem to find most useful in the Blessings Box. Judy Johnson has been monitoring the box weekly and suggests that we avoid glass containers and cans for winter, and put cardboard boxes in plastic bags or avoid them because they get wet and soggy. Really large boxes of food take up too much space and don’t seem to be as popular as single serve items. Judy reports she stocked the box with cracker and cheese sandwiches, single serve fruit cups, single serve entrees that are heat and serve, a small box of tea bags and some squeeze fruit, and almost all were gone in a day! She shops the dollar items at Meijers.

Here is an additional list of items to consider donating:
Food Items: Soft packs Tuna/Chicken, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cereal, Oatmeal, Pop Tarts, Breakfast Bars, Boxed and Canned Soup (with pop-up lids), Rice/Pasta, Dried Beans, Crackers, Coffee/Tea/Cocoa, Cake/Brownie/Cookie Mixes, Healthy Snacks, Baby Food.
Personal Items: Travel size Toiletries; Razor; Toothbrush; Tooth Paste; Diapers, Wet Wipes, Hats/Gloves/Scarfs, Lip Balm

Thank you to Judy Johnson for the great tips!!

Christian Formation

We begin this new year with a key aspect of being a disciple: Following Jesus. Each Sunday, Stephanie will send out an email to the congregation filled with opportunities and resources to delve into the theme and practice of the module. We will also be integrating the themes and practices into the various worship and activities of Southminster. **Don’t forget to check your email on Sunday mornings to receive the weeks study material and lessons**

**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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