August 16, 2017

Tomorrow (Thursday, August 17) at 7:30 p.m. Hope Presbyterian Church will hold a PEACE RALLY FOR CHARLOTTESVILLE. The invitation: “Hope opens our doors to everyone who wishes to join us as we share a message of love and peace with our neighbors.” Hope Presbyterian is at 1771 S. Wiesbrook Road, Wheaton.

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid,
I will trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?

Dear Friends,

What are you afraid of?

For about two weeks every fall, from kindergarten until fourth grade, I would have a reoccurring nightmare about school every night. That is fourteen nightmares in a row for four years. Clearly I was afraid, but I doubt anyone knew about it. I didn’t talk about it. Perhaps a blessing for the school year might have helped. We have a tendency to think life is easy for children and their families, but few of us know what haunts their hearts. Knowing God and a worshiping church family where young families feel welcomed and cared for can make a difference. The world needs more places of love and grace in the world, and your church family is one of those places.

This coming Sunday, August 20, we will bless our children for the new school year. Children and youth are invited to bring their lunch boxes and backpacks to worship, where will not only pray for their new school year, but we will also recognize our educators, both present and past.

Please think about inviting a friend or neighbor to this service. Can you say, “Hey, my church is blessing the children as they begin a new school year this Sunday ‒ would you like to come?”

You may want to invite people to our worship service on August 20 for another reason. We are having a “bluegrass” service followed by a picnic. The Deacons are providing ham, rolls, condiments, and drinks. The sides and deserts are potluck. This would be a great time to offer a friend or neighbor a “taste” of the love we share here at Southminster.

People are afraid of the word “evangelism,” but if we back away from our stereotypes we will find that sharing Christ with others is as simple as inviting and welcoming. Southminster is a caring and loving family in a world where love and care are in short supply. We have a lot to offer. Take it from here.

Love, Wendy
Your pastor, partner, and friend

P.S. If you can’t be in church on Sunday, BE THE CHURCH WHERE YOU ARE! I really hope you will be in church this Sunday, but if not, find someone who needs an encouraging word and share with that person. Remember, sometimes listening is encouraging, as well.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The “LADIES WHO LUNCH” will meet this afternoon (Wednesday, August 16) at 1:15 at Suzette’s Creperie, 211 W. Front Street, Wheaton.

Also today (Wednesday, August 16): PRESBYTERIAN READERS will meet in the parlor at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls.

Elders, you know that the AUGUST SESSION MEETING WAS RESCHEDULED, right? It will be this Monday, August 21.

THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (August 20, 2017)
Bluegrass worship this week (in the sanctuary) with an all-church picnic following!
Liturgist: Pat Wiedner
Elder: Marta Sundquist
Deacon: Deb Bohi
Ushers: Lanny Russell, Pete Petersen, Ed & Joan Koska
Children’s Moment: Rose Audette
Fellowship: Susan Vanderford
Valet Parking: We need a volunteer.
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
Thank you!

JUBILEE BUCKS: Thanks to all who have ordered this summer. We have now made over $1,000 for the church in 2017! Next chance to order is this Sunday, August 20, with delivery on the 27th. Think about prepaying your groceries, gas, and home products and giving the church more “free” money! You can turn in an order form in advance to the church office if you won’t be around on Sunday. (Order forms can be found in the plastic holder on the nametag shelf in the front hall.) Please give us a try!

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 20! Bluegrass music in the worship service (in the sanctuary; children will remain in worship that day)… and an all-church picnic/potluck afterward (outdoors, weather permitting)! Deacons will provide honey-baked ham, rolls, condiments, and drinks; congregation will bring sides and desserts. There’s a sign-up sheet in the narthex – you’re always welcome to attend even if you didn’t sign up!

Also this Sunday, BLESSING FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks and lunchboxes to worship, when we will ask God’s blessing on the new school year.

AUGUST 20 IS THE DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER DIALOG (Southminster newsletter) as well as ANY OUTSIDE-THE-CHURCH PUBLICITY you would like to have sent out. Dialog material should be sent to Barb in the church office; Welcome and Outreach will help with other publicity. Please send an email of your event directly to Welcome and Outreach at its own email address: welcome@southminsterpc.org

CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– SUNDAY SCHOOL AND C.E. MINISTRY MEETING: We will not have Sunday School this coming Sunday for the children may attend the Bluegrass service with their families. Pastor Wendy will bless the children as they prepare for the school year, so please have them attend with their backpacks!
– The Christian Education Ministry team meeting scheduled for this Sunday is postponed to August 27 so that all may enjoy our church picnic following the Bluegrass service!
– NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ON 9/3/17: Due to Labor Day weekend, there will be no Sunday School on September 3. Regular Sunday School resumes with our kickoff on September 10!
– SUNDAY SCHOOL KICKOFF: Summer is coming to a close, and we’re planning for the Fall Sunday School Kickoff on September 10! We hope your children will join us that morning as we continue our theme from Vacation Bible School: “God Made Us for a Reason.” We’ll continue with our current curriculum, “Deep Blue!”, throughout the remaining fall months, introducing the children to the stories of Hannah, Samuel, David, and Solomon in a fun and memorable way.

WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
August 20: Children in Worship (Bluegrass Worship and School Year Blessing)
August 27: Summer Sunday School: Jericho
September 3: No Sunday School: Labor Day Holiday
September 10: Sunday School Kickoff

ADULT EDUCATION
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: This Sunday, August 20, is the picnic following worship. The next class will be August 27.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP has completed the study for this season. The group will resume in the fall.

YOUTH: The next youth event on the church calendar is a Pizza and Games Night on August 27.

SEPTEMBER USED SHOE COLLECTION: Please save your gently-used old shoes (men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes) and bring them to church one of the Sundays in September. There will be a collection box in the coat room; rubber bands will be provided, and we ask that you band your pairs of shoes together before depositing them in the collection box.

Moms, this is something new coming up! SABBATH MORNING FOR MOMS, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 starting on September 13. Come for quality coffee and tea, talk, and free child care.

From the community: The Eastland Disaster: A Multi-Media Presentation – Tuesday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main Street.
The Eastland Disaster Historical Society will present a multi-media presentation on the 1915 Chicago River tragedy at the Glen Ellyn History Center on August 29. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for GEHS members, and $5 for students 18 and under. Call 630-469-1867 for information and check the website at www.glenellynhistory.org.
The presentation will include motion picture videos, dozens of photographs, firsthand narratives by descendants of survivors, news videos with ABC’s Ron Magers interviewing several survivors, and a video revealing how George “Papa Bear” Halas would have been on the Eastland had he not arrived too late to board. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

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August 2, 2017

This Saturday, August 5, there will be a visitation with the Buening family here at Southminster beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Service of Witness to the Resurrection for Cyndy Buening at 11:00.

Micah 6:8 New International Version (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Dear Friends,

I think one of the most exciting things from this past week was the youth mission trip. Here is what our youth director had to say. Pastor Wendy

We’re back! Our 2017 Youth Mission Team returned last Sunday evening from Busby, MT, and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. We served the Cheyenne Nation in the name of Jesus by building wheelchair ramps (ask Parin about his triumph!) and decks and painting homes.

One story that shows how much Mission Trip means to the youth: The town and the school we stayed in lost water pressure for about 20 hours. That meant no showers and most of the toilets would not flush, bad news at the best of times but especially after a day of working outside in 90+ degree heat. I heard few complaints, and everyone in our team plans on going on a mission trip next year. If fact, we have even chosen our destination: Colorado.

This experience is so rich, rewarding, and faith-building, that even a water shortage does not dampen the enthusiasm. We have more stories about the work, the people, the program, and our encounter with the people and the culture of the Cheyenne nation. Take some time during fellowship on Sunday to talk to a Mission Team member: Kayla Schmidt, Sara Vanderford, Nalani Johnson, Anny Davidson, Parin Schmidt, and Blair Nelson. We will also have a brief mission report prior to worship on Sunday. We went, we served, we got sunburned and exhausted, but we met God and demonstrated God’s love in Busby!

In Christ’s service,
Blair Nelson, Youth Director

P.S. If you can’t be in church on Sunday, be the church where you are. Who will you give a word of encouragement to?

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (August 6, 2017)
Liturgist: Lois Stevenson
Elder: Kathy Schmidt
Deacon: Lynn Ferino
Ushers: Steve Kozich, Kathy Schmidt, Victor King, Sandy Lopata
Communion Team 2: Jim Messmore, leader
Fellowship: Deb Bohi
Valet Parking: We need a volunteer!
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
Thank you!

This Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, is the day we bring OFFERINGS FOR PEOPLE’S RESOURCE CENTER. The August emphasis is peanut butter and jelly. Donations may be placed in the narthex (near the stairwell to Fellowship Hall).

The LADIES’ BREAKFAST group meets the first Monday of the month, which is this coming Monday, August 7. All women are invited to join us at 8:00 a.m. at Danby Station, 750 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn. Please call Joan Koska if you have any questions: at home (630-469-7935) or on her cell (630-710-7935).

JUBILEE BUCKS: During the summer we are having just one order date and one pick-up date per month. Your next chance to order will be August 20, with pick-up the following Sunday, August 27.

CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL: We begin our final month of Summer Sunday School with the children learning about the Israelites’ journey after Moses. The title of the unit is “God Chooses Joshua,” and we hope to see your children there!

– WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
August 6: Summer Sunday School: God Chooses Joshua
August 13: Summer Sunday School: Spies in Canaan
August 20: Children in Worship (Bluegrass Worship)
August 27: Summer Sunday School: Jericho
September 3: No Sunday School: Labor Day Holiday

ADULT EDUCATION
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: Our Jeremiah study returns this Sunday. We have read of dire times, but we are coming to sections of profound hope. Join us in the parlor at 11:00 and enjoy the fellowship and study.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP has completed the study for this season. The group will resume in the fall.

YOUTH: Watch for a text from Blair about Pizza and Games this Sunday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Hopefully it will be a go, and if so, bring your smile, energy, friends, and $4 for the food.

SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 20! Bluegrass music in the worship service (in the sanctuary; children will remain in worship that day)… an all-church picnic/potluck afterward (outdoors, weather permitting)! Deacons will provide honey-baked ham, rolls, condiments and drinks; congregation will bring sides and desserts. Watch for more information to come.

Also on August 20, BLESSING FOR A NEW SCHOOL YEAR: Children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks and lunchboxes to worship on Sunday, August 20, as we ask God’s blessing on a new school year.

Moms, this is for you! SABBATH MORNING FOR MOMS, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 starting on September 13. Come for quality coffee and tea, talk, and free child care.

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