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Church News for December 4, 2016
What will we do in Worship?
Sunday, December 4th—
This is the Second Sunday of Advent. We are continuing the series on “Churchy Words” from Marcus Borg’s book, Speaking Christian. This week’s words are repentance and forgiveness. We hear a lot about these words, but how do we really get there? Is human forgiveness possible? Music by the choir.
Test the Waters
If you are new to our congregation, join us Saturday, December 10th at ten a.m. Test the Waters is an opportunity to learn more about Southminster, meet some great folks and enjoy a free lunch. We think Southminster is a fun place that does important work and we would love you to be part of it! RSVP If you can to John (firstname.lastname@example.org). Childcare is available on request.
Southminster Christmas Concert – Friday Dec. 9th
Music ministries is providing an evening of Christmas music to begin your holiday season! Come and enjoy the music and holiday treats with us on Friday, December 9th at 7:00pm. This is a great family concert and will feature our wonderful ensembles and other groups who have shared their talents with us in worship. All are welcome (the more the merrier!), so bring your family and friends!
Building the Beloved Community (Tuesdays, Dec. 6th & 13th)
Building the Beloved Community: How do we talk about the divisions this election has caused among family members and with others we know and love? Must we write them off? Avoid? Accommodate? No “shoulds”. No guilt. No shame. Just honest talk about the human struggle. We are going to talk about how to talk and how to listen. 7-8:30Tuesday. All are welcome.
Keeping in Prayer
Colonel Daniel George Apostalon (United States Air Force, Retired)
Husband of Cynthia, father to 5 children, grandfather to 8, and great-grandfather to 2. A Vietnam Veteran and squadron commander, Daniel was devoted to his work, country, and family. Please keep Daniel and his family in your prayers.
Greta Rol is recovering from a surgery that went amazingly well. Unfortunately, she was rushed back to OHSU that evening after collapsing, but is doing much better. Please keep Greta and Pieter in your prayers.
Our Facebook group page is the place for you to share prayer request, post events, post pictures, and connect on line. Also session, deacon, committee minutes and financial reports are posted here. You must be a member of the group to see posts and to post.Contact John or Liz if you need assistance. The website is https://www.facebook.com/groups/southminstershare/ .
Our Visitation Team is active and visiting with those who are unable to attend worship. If you know of someone who might like to have this connection with the church contact John.
Longest Night Service
Before Christmas was Winter Solstice. Our ancestors were star watchers, night gazers. They knew the darkness, its secrets, the dangers concealed under its cover. All mythologies have tales of the Longest Night just before Day breaks and Northern Hemisphere turns its face toward the Sun for six months of longer and longer days. The Longest Night is an opportunity for us to acknowledge our journey in the dark through whatever paths that journey takes us. Perhaps loss or grief, a recognition of impermanence or mortality, a need for silence in the midst of the cacophony of electric lights and noise. Invite a friend. Darkness offers its own Gift. Join us December 20th at 7:00pm.
Christmas Eve Services
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th, 5 pm
This is a marvelous, loud, filled with excited children, exuberant family service. This year, the children and youth of Southminster present “Christmas In Beaverton.” They have already done the work and now they invite parents, friends, and the whole congregation to watch the Christmas Story on the big screen!
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th, 11 pm
This is the traditional Southminster service to honor the night language of the Christmas Story through music, scripture, legend, and candlelighting. Featuring music from the chancel choir and bell choir, this is a central part of the Christmas celebration you won’t want to miss.
Community Connection – Mohammad’s Birthday
The Islamic Center of Portland (across the street) has invited us to celebrate Mawlid (Mohammad’s Birthday) on Saturday December 17th. This is from Ali Houdroge: “We would like to invite you and congregation to celebrate our prophet’s birthdaySat. 17 Dec.at our center starting after Sunset prayer.
Our program will consist of a possibility of a short video not to exceed 20 minutes and a short speech about this celebration and hopefully will hear from you for about 10 minutes focussing on the new Era with the election of Trump!
ICP will provide dinner and sweets. If some of your congregation wants to participate in potluck dishes they can do some vegeterian ones if they want. We also will have an Art exhibit from all over. We will ask our community to bring some of the art work they hang on their walls!”
This will be a great opportunity to connect with our Muslim friends!
Join Our Facebook Group!
Using Facebook and Twitter
Southminster has two Facebook sites, A Group Page and our All Are Welcome Page. In the group page any member can post. But you have to ask to join to be a member. Go to the Group Page and do that now. This is a place to share stuff going on in your life. It is a virtual coffee hour. I am posting minutes from session meetings and committee meeting summaries there under “Files.” Check it out! Minutes are also posted across from my office.
The All Are Welcome Page is open for anyone to see. Only administrators (staff) can post. It is a place for a lot of church announcements. It is a great vehicle for outreach as well. Please go there now and “Like” it and share with your friends.
Southminster is also on Twitter @southminpcpdx. The news is getting out about Southminster 140 characters at a time!
This is a fantastic way to make connections with children and families
The kids love to have new faces leading them through a lesson plan
The lessons are all laid out for you in an easy to understand format
They usually involve a story about a person, or a concept
Right now we are talking about Peace and Love and Joy
All good stuff!
Don’t hesitate, the spots are filling up as we speak!
A Call to Serve the Southminster Foundation
This is the time of year when the Southminster Presbyterian Church Foundation casts its net for people to serve. For just 3-4 hours per month you could join us in one of the most pleasant and satisfying activities in our church community.
If you are a member of the church, then you are already a member of the Foundation. Become active and help us to help people throughout Washington County and the greater Portland Metro area. We need people to fill the following positions:
Board Members & Grand Committee/Promotions Committee Members
Please contact one of us if you’re interested in a Board position, serving on a committee, or if you just want to find out more about the Foundation.
Rick Collins, Nominating Committee Chair
Debbie Wilkins, Grant Chair
Joanne Wakeland, Promotions Committee
Nominations will be presented to the congregation at our January 2017 Annual Meeting for an acceptance vote.
Calling All Volunteers!!
Volunteers are needed to help the “Engineer” set up, be available during the open houses, and take down. Sue Kozak is coordinating the volunteer signup. If she asks you for help, please consider saying “Yes!” If you don’t get a call, and want to help, please let her know. The set up begins Monday, December 12 and take down is January 2-4, 2017. The open house times are:
Christmas Eve – 5:00pm
Monday, Dec. 26th – 1:00 to 3:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 28th – 1:00 to 3:00pm
Friday, Dec. 30th – 1:00 to 3:00pm
We also need volunteers to help as ushers for our Christmas services. A sign-up sheet is available in the Peterson Gallery. We need 4-5 ushers per date, so please help if you can!
Join the Oregon Chorale in welcoming its new Artistic Director Jason Sabino in a stirring holiday concert. The Chorale explores the sentiments of anticipation, celebration, nostalgia and hope with distinctive arrangements of holiday carols plus classical works by Orlando di Lasso, Arvo Pärt, Ola Gjeilo and more. The concert also features local high school choral guests and special audience sing alongs. And founding Artistic Director Bernie Kuehn returns as a guest conductor!
Saturday, December 3, 7:00 pm. Living Savior Lutheran Church 8740 SW Sagert St. Tualatin, OR 97062
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 p.m. Saint Matthew Catholic Church 447 SE 3rd Ave. Hillsboro, OR 97123
This week John speaks with someone who models activism, intellect and spirituality, Matthew Fox. Silenced by the Vatican for his views, he left the Catholic priesthood in the early 1980s. Matthew Fox is a theologian and activist who has written over 30 books. He has introduced millions of people to Creation Spirituality. His latest book, published in 2016 is called A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. According to Fox, Merton was assassinated by the CIA. We will talk more about that as well as have a candid conversation about ecology, human rights, capitalism, and resistance.
On the “Beloved Community,” John will interview Larry Brilliant about his book “Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History.” A hippie receives a revelation from a guru to eradicate smallpox. And he does it. Friday, December 9th9-10 am KBOO, 90.7.