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November 2017
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Church Calendar

Church School Year Starting September 10th

Sept 10 (Kickoff) – 24: Islam and Christianity (Part 2) (Christianity & World Religions) with Pastor
“Learn the basics of Islam and discuss the places of convergence and divergence. We will also read and discuss documents from the Presbyterian Church (USA) in regard to interfaith dialogue, and its understanding and relationship to Islam.”
Oct 1 – 12: The Protestant Reformations (Church History and Theology) with Pastor
Nov 19: Mission Experience in Africa (Church and Culture) with Rebecca Imes
Nov 26 – Dec 17: Advent for Everyone: Mark, Year B (Scripture) by N. T. Wright
Dec 24, 31: NO CLASSES
Jan 7 – 28: Nutrition (Body, Mind and Soul) with Julie Hedgecock
Feb 4-18: Bible 101: Old Book, New Perspective (Scripture) with Dr Grimshaw from Carroll U and Pr. Christian
Feb 25: Presbyterian 101 (Presbyterian Heritage) with Pastor Christian

ADVENT STORIES are needed!

Please share your stories, the theme for the Advent Devotional is “times when there was a surprising outcome to an event or encounter in your life.” Please send your reflections to Judy Johnson
by October 31st.

Fall Work Day

A short Fall workday will take place on November 18, 2017 to rake leaves away from the church building and from the outdoor chapel area. This is to ensure that our lawn service chops up the leaves properly. We will start at 9:00 am. With enough people showing up, it should only take an hour or two to complete.

Winters Farmers’ Market

The Winter’s Farmers’ Market is being held this year on Sunday, November 19th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. This market is a jointly sponsored event with the Food. Faith and Farming Network and the Harvest of Hope Farm Crisis Fund. By attending and purchasing a meal you are helping the farm vendors and other farmers that need support during a serious financial crisis. The fund has given away more than one million dollars over the years since its founding.
Potato Bar Menu
The meal this year is a baked potato bar sourced with locally grown potatoes, chili and toppings, fresh applesauce, oatmeal cookies, tea and coffee. The suggested price for the meal is $7.00 dollars with Southminster’s portion of the proceeds going to the Guatemala kitchen fund.
Vendors this Year
Our vendor farmer’s this year will be selling meat, cheese, preserves, pie fillings, dried fruit, caramels, chocolates, apples, cider, steel cut oats, veggies, handmade alpaca wool products, fair trade items and more.
Guest Visitors this year
The visiting teacher’s from Guatemala have been invited to attend our Sunday morning service and Farmer’s Market. Past mission trippers know how big and impressive the farmer’s markets are in Guatemala. Our Sunday morning market will be much smaller but should prove to be festive and lively with our friends and visitors from Central America.

Advent Is Just Around the Corner

Hardly seems possible that it is already time to be planning for Advent. Southminster has a tradition of wonderful, family-oriented worship services, offered in a beautiful setting. The Worship Ministry Team is always delighted by the intergeneration participation. As in years past, beginning on Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent, we will need people to light the Advent candles, help children tell the Christmas story through the children’s message, and serve as readers at our Christmas service, Dec. 24. This year we will have two service, one during the regular worship time at 9:30 and a candle light service at 4:00, so we will need twice additional volunteers. Please check out the sign up sheets in Nelson Hall and see where you might enjoy participating.

Decorating for Advent Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9:30

The Worship Ministry Team has come to rely on a few extra volunteers to help decorate the church for Advent. It’s fun way to get in the spirit of Christmas in the company of good friends. This year we will be meeting at 9:30, Dec. 2, to hoist the trees and hang the greens. If that Saturday doesn’t work for you, Linda Melton needs a volunteer to help carry all the decorations up from the basement earlier in the week, so the Saturday work will go quickly.

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