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Adult Christian Education Offerings for 2019-2020

Christian Formation’s Next Adult/Teen Winter/Spring Class
In today’s world, with its relentless emphasis on success and productivity, we have lost the necessary rhythm of life, the balance between work and rest. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great abundance. We long for time with friends and family, we long for a moment to ourselves.
Join us as we explore this timely topic in Wayne Muller’s book: Sabbath – Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives.
This six-week study, lead by Leslie Williams, will begin on Sunday, February 16th and continue on these dates – February 16, 23, March 1, 22, 29 and April 19.
If you would like to purchase a book, the cost is $10.00 at Please contact Leslie at, or call 262-894-8926 to order your copy and start reading. Payment will be due on the first day of class. Kindle and audio editions are also available if you prefer to order them yourself.

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.

Church School Update
Hello Southminster Families,
As many of you know, we were expecting to wrap up our traditional Sunday church school schedule and combine with Adult Ed. to start a new intergenerational curriculum in February 2020. After testing out the intergenerational curriculum last year, the Christian Formation Team determined the new curriculum did not meet the needs of our adults, youth, and children as we had originally hoped. So, with that, we are going to continue to work with the intergenerational model on some Sundays this Spring, but the majority of Sundays we will continue to offer the traditional adult/youth and children’s programming.

For planning purposes, the schedule through Easter is:
• Feb 9: Intergenerational Church School
• Feb 16, 23: Church School from 10:45-11:45
• Mar 1, 8, 15: Church School from 10:45-11:45
• Mar 22: No Church School, Spring Break
• Mar 29: No Church School, Youth Musical returns
• Apr 5: Intergenerational Church School
• Apr 12: No Church School, Easter

We are also very happy to have Stephanie Gallagher transition into the new role as the Christian Education Coordinator. Moving forward, she will be the main contact and communicator for the church school. Her duties in this additional role will include; planning and overseeing the Sunday School Program and coordinating Intergenerational Christian Formation and Leadership Development within Southminster. This includes recruitment and training for teachers and helpers, scheduling, preparing, and distributing curriculum, and facilitating children’s church during the summer. She will also be added into the teaching rotation for Sunday school. Stephanie has experience working in education and social services, with a focus on special education for children on the autism spectrum. Stephanie has also spent years volunteering with Sunday School programs and Vacation Bible School programs at other churches in the community. She is excited to take on this new adventure and can’t wait to grow with the church family!

Please feel free to reach out to Stephanie at or Claire Kohlmann if you have any questions.

2020 Lenten and Holy Week Calendar

  • March 1st: First Sunday of Lent, Communion, and Imposition of Ashes
  • March 29th: Fifth Sunday of Lent, 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

Chancel Choir Update

The Chancel Choir is currently on winter hiatus, as many of our members visit warmer locations during the winter months. Choir rehearsals will resume on

MONDAY, MARCH 2ND, 7:30-8:30pm.

You, yes…YOU, are welcome to join the choir and sing for one Sunday, one season, or whenever it works for you.

SPC’s Trip To The Garcade

SPC is planning a trip to the The Garcade, a classic retro arcade and pinball shop
located in Menomonee Falls on Saturday, February 29th at 1pm. Cost is $15 for as long as you want to stay/play. If we have 10 or more going as a group, we can get 20% off so each ticket will be just $12.

Please let Ken Bristol or Darrell Kohlmann know if you are interested in going as they will be helping to coordinate this with the Saturday set-up for the Youth Musical at Faith Springs Presbyterian Church the next day.

This could be a great opportunity for YOU to bring back some great memories playing your favorite video/arcade and pin ball games of the past along with introducing the classics to your kids. Feel free to reach out to Bob Leiness if you have any questions.

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.

**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).

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**

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.

**What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!**

· If you are age 21-80 learn your risk for developing 6 different chronic
· $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare is for treatment of chronic disease
· Better lifestyle habits can help prevent 80% of heart disease and 90% of type 2 diabetes
The 6 for Life Health Assessment measures your risk of developing 6 chronic diseases, including heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, COPD and lung cancer. A customized report will determine which risk factors contribute most to your disease risk and are within your control to change. Finger-stick blood tests along with biometric measurements are included with this assessment. Southminster Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Life Line Screening preventive health event on Monday, January 13, 2020.
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 or text the word circle to 797979 to schedule your appointment. Take control of your health, knowledge is empowering.

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