Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to the start of a new beginning at Southminster. This Sunday (July 19) marks the beginning of our weekly streamed worship services via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. (see link below). We hope to see you whenever you are able. Sunday is also the day that we elect our new Pastor Nominating Committee after the worship service. This is an exciting time for us as a community — in the midst of ever-increasing social realities and needs around us, we are poised to vision a path forward and make decisions on how Southminster can better serve and meet those needs. My short sermon today will focus on how we are forging a way forward that is truly “unclouded by fear and hope.”

I want to say a few words about our weekly zoom worship services. While most have appreciated the virtual worship services sent out in an email, many have felt that they were missing a sense of “community.” Our new format will provide an opportunity for us to connect spiritually and relationally as we experience “community” on a weekly basis. Even more, when we are given the go-ahead to allow small groups to meet in the Sanctuary by the Southminster Reopening Task Force, we will continue to provide a Hybrid model of worship (for example: 25-50 people in Sanctuary and LIVE Zoom worship). Note: We are not expecting this Hybrid worship model to happen until sometime in the Fall.

General Structure to Sunday’s LIVE Zoom Worship (10:00-11:00 a.m.):

  • Welcome and Call to Worship and Opening Hymn
  • Reception of New Member and Children’s time
  • Theme Music Video: Be Not Afraid!
  • Short Sermon (10-12 min): “Unclouded by Fear and Hope”, Rev. Don Ludwig
  • Sharing the Peace and Break Out Groups (10-12 min)
  • Time for Meditation, Sharing Joys and Concerns, and Prayer
  • Announcements, Closing Hymn, and Benediction
  • Congregational Meeting to elect Pastor Nominating Committee (11:00-11:20 a.m.)

And as always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community. I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or If you are unable to access ZOOM for whatever reason, you can call Michel on his cell phone (503.523.7878) and he will help you get into Sunday’s worship.

Virtual Pastor Don

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