Sunday Worship Service: Why I am Presbyterian

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship! My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

The spiritual theme this month is “Presbyterian.” That may seem odd for a spiritual theme, yet as we move toward electing a Pastor Nominating Committee and as we begin to deeply reflect on our mission as a Church—our past, present, and future—I think it will be helpful for all of us to consider what kind of Christian we are and what does it mean to be a “progressive” Presbyterian. I encourage you to especially take a look at the theme video in the virtual worship today where Diane Moffit, President and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency shares about the plethora of ways that we are “called” as Presbyterians.

Today, I invite you to a Congregational Zoom Hour: Sunday, July 5 – 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/93583786506?pwd=NXhWdUFZQldtcmp5RnJaOHh4WW1UQT09

General Structure to the Fellowship Hour:

  • Welcome, Introductions and Short Devotion
  • Fun Icebreaker Activity for the whole family
  • Check-in with youth and families on the beach clean up in Seaside
  • Break Out Small groups with guided questions
  • Popcorn “Sharing” and Announcements

As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com.

Virtual Pastor Don

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Sunday Worship Service: Foundation Sunday

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Historically, Southminster has been a place where people have a variety of views on God but we are all connected by our commitment to social justice, peace-making, and “mission.” In my sermon last week I talked about “Missio Dei” (God’s Mission).  When we understand “mission” as our calling not to just give “handouts” but to partner with those in our community and the world and to be humbled by the work toward providing equity for all, we are participating in God’s mission.

One of the pearls of our church is the Southminster Foundation which contributes monetarily to many organizations in our local community on a yearly basis. Today is Foundation Sunday. Janet Cruz and others will be sharing with you about their (indeed “our”) great work. I do hope that you can take the time to thoughtfully read through the website and attached brochure (both within the virtual worship) and listen to Janet as you consider ways to give to this on-going “mission” arm of our church.

I will be finishing my week of Study Leave on Sunday and will be back in full swing and raring to go on Monday. 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 ludwigpdx@gmail.com. 

Virtual Pastor Don

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Sunday Worship Service: Missio Dei

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

We continue to explore our spiritual theme of mission and the great “commissions” of the old and new testaments today.  It is my view that these “commissions” have been sorely misunderstood by christians and the Church and is the reason we have floundered in our purpose and mission to the world.  I have lots more to say in my sermon today.

I invite you to participate in the ZOOM Congregational Fellowship Hour today from 11:00-12:00 p.m. We will celebrate our “Ubuntu” — our  partnership with each other and organizations that are serving our community.  Here is the Zoom link.

Zoom Meeting: Southminster Congregational Fellowship Meeting: June 21: 11-12 p.m.

https://zoom.us/j/95348078357?pwd=dlhHTXRGb2Q2L0dsdkRkbVZ0L2NpUT09

General Structure to the Fellowship Hour:

  • Welcome, Introductions and Short “Ubuntu” Devotion
    • Fun Icebreaker Activity for the whole family
    • Break Out Small groups with guided questions
    • Popcorn “Sharing” and Announcements
    • Virtual Dance Party (or enjoy watching and listening)

My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit will fill you with hope and resilience. As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com.

Virtual Pastor Don

👨🏼👨🏻👨🏽👨🏿 Fathers Day Pajamas & Faith at 9:30am
We are planning another Pajamas and Faith activity Sunday morning!! Please join us, in your Jammies, with some paper and markers or crayons! We are going to write down or draw pictures of Dad, as we think about 5 reasons (or more!) why he is The Best Dad in the World! 

Topic: Children’s Pajama and Faith Party
Time: Jun 21, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time
https://zoom.us/j/99842064230?pwd=YjM1QVdsbU1PK1dFeDZneVk1TUVmQT09

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Sunday Worship Service: On Becoming Antiracist

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship! My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

Ibram X. Kendi, an American author and historian who teaches at American University, recently wrote a best selling book entitled How to Be an Antiracist. I highly recommend it. It is a powerful read. In an article in The Atlantic, Kendi writes: “Black Americans are constantly stepping into the souls of the dead. Because they know that it could have been them; they are them. Because they know it is dangerous to be African in America, because racist Americans see blacks as dangerous.”

Today, I invited you to a Zoom Sunday Starter (Adult Discussion Group): Sunday, June 14 – 9:00-10:00 a.m. — “Black Lives Matter.” We will view a short video on the history of “Black Lives Matter” (15 minutes) before discussing our own knowledge of systemic racism and what can be done at Southminster to support the current uprising that calls for change. Here is the zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/98045819725?pwd=SGFmU0RreXhLZzdPMklRT1JxazI4UT09

The virtual worship and my sermon will also explore the topic of racism and our missional response. As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community. I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com.

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Sunday Worship Service: Time to Get Personal?

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to this first Sunday in June as we begin a new focus on the spiritual theme “Mission.” In light of the ever-increasing social realities and needs around us, I look forward to exploring just how we can better equip ourselves to make a difference. Today, Craig Butler kicks off this mission exploration with a sermon entitled “Time to Get Personal?” 

In addition to our virtual worship service, I want to especially invite you to participate in our ZOOM worship and fellowship today from 11:00-12:00 p.m. I invite you to prepare by securing a plate of “bread” and a cup of “juice” and having it by your computer as we celebrate our first Zoom communion. Here is the link: https://zoom.us/j/99668593630?pwd=eVQva3VLK1hNTjlNbnRIdzAxdU94Zz09

General Structure to today’s LIVE Zoom Worship and Fellowship Hour (11:00-12:00 p.m.):

  • Welcome and Call to Worship and Special Music (Koeman Family)
  • Graduation Video and Recognition of Southminster Graduates: Natalie and Tyler Greenwood, Brennen James, and Calvin Butler
  • Ordination and Installation of Officers and Celebration of Holy Communion
  • Fellowship Small Groups and Large Group Sharing
  • Benediction & Virtual Dance Party (or enjoy watching and listening)

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 ludwigpdx@gmail.com. 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 today’s worship.

Virtual Pastor Don

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Sunday Worship Service: The Struggle Itself

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to Pentecost Sunday! This is the day that Jesus told his followers it was better for them if he were to go away. Think about that for a moment. Jesus is the one who healed the sick, fed the multitudes, calmed the storm, made the blind see and the lame walk, and even raised the dead. And now he is going away? How is it that a good thing?

At Pentecost, Jesus goes away but the promise of Spirit is given to each of us. Yet, instead of the Spirit coming upon us, as was custom throughout the new testament, the Spirit now comes to dwell within us. Instead of the Spirit being at work for a specific time and function, now, the Spirit is as “rivers of living water flowing from your innermost being.” In other words, the Spirit that we celebrate at Pentecost is not merely an external support but an internal presence of transformation.

My sermon today focuses on the struggles that we all face. It is easy to give up. Too many of us feel all alone. We are frustrated on so many levels. But in walks… the spirit of gentleness — offering us strength and courage and even joy amidst the struggle itself. My hope is that as you worship today on this day of Pentecost, the Spirit that is within you will add light to your life. 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 ludwigpdx@gmail.com

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Sunday Worship Service: Miracles Happen

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship!  

As we move forward as a congregation, we are increasingly learning new ways to thrive in our new environment. This Sunday, we will have our first congregational meeting to elect new officers. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful and talented folk among us and those who have stepped up to the call of leadership even in the midst of uncertainties. I hope you can join us in our Congregational Zoom Fellowship and Meeting on today from 11:00-12:15 p.m. Click here to see full agenda and explanation of the congregational meeting.

Here is the Zoom Meeting Link:
Southminster Congregational Fellowship and Congregational Meeting: May 24: 11-12:15 p.m.

https://zoom.us/j/99968511478?pwd=UmdXanVCRnF4cEZGMmxNbmhLdWpadz09
Meeting ID: 999 6851 1478
Password: 200982

General Structure to the Fellowship Hour (11:00-11:45 a.m.):

  • Welcome, Introductions and Short Devotion
  • Break Out Small groups with guided questions
  • Popcorn “Sharing”
  • Virtual Dance Party (or enjoy watching and listening)

General Structure to the Congregational Meeting (11:45-12:15 p.m.):

  • Opening Prayer
  • Election of Officers (Elders and Deacon)
  • Adjustment to Don’s status (per Presbytery guidelines)
  • Report from Mission Committee and current mission support
  • Adjournment

As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com. My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

Virtual Pastor Don

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Sunday Worship Service: If Any Encouragement

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship! My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

Today we will focus on what it means to care for humanity and the nature of belonging amidst the current storms we face.  I also encourage you to participate in the Adult Education Committee’s “Virtual Sunday Starter” at 9:00 a.m. — a series that aims to be offered every other week (see below for details).  This first Sunday Starter will explore the topic of “Finding Meaning in our Pause.” My prayer is that you will find a sense of belonging and purpose even in these days.

To Join the Sunday Starter discussion on Sunday, May 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m, click on the following link (Zoom Meeting) on Sunday morning.

https://zoom.us/j/97508667608?pwd=ZUxqbVFXYXN0QmFDdDV3UHRVV3Z4dz09

Meeting ID: 975 0866 7608
Password: 947366

Topic: Finding Meaning During the Pause

  • Is this “pause” a time for quieter reflection and assessment? 
  • Have you found any unexpected gifts or insights? 
  • Have you learned to do old things in new ways? 
  • What does being a church mean when we can’t do our traditional activities of worship and service or have to do them in new ways?

As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com.

Virtual Pastor Don

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Sunday Worship Service: Personal Transformation

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Happy Mother’s Day! And welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship! My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

I encourage you to participate with us at our congregational fellowship hour after worship today (see below for details). We will have a special recognition for mothers as well as Matt and Krista Thompson-Aue. Matt and Krista will be moving to Madison, Wisconsin this week for Krista to begin graduate school. We will send out an address where cards, notes, and gifts may be sent to in our Monday Spotlight mailing. 

How to Join the congregation fellowship on Sunday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m:

  1. Register for Zoom (zoom.us): Simply download “zoom” onto your device
  2. Click on the following link (Zoom Meeting) on Sunday morning.
    https://zoom.us/j/91598261573pwd=anBjM3FDRkhqalZBUFhkeFlOTkRpUT09
    Meeting ID: 915 9826 1573
    Password: 370367
  1. General Structure to the Fellowship Hour
    • Welcome, Introductions and Short Devotion
    • Special Recognition of Matt and Krista Thompson-Aue
    • Break Out Small groups with guided questions
    • Popcorn “Sharing”
    • Virtual Dance Party (or enjoy watching and listening)

As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com.

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Sunday Worship Service: Touch of Transformation!

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Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

The Ludwig’s had a family Zoom meeting this last week with members from all over the country and it reminded me of how much our lives have changed—how much my life has been transformed by everything that’s happened to us during this global pandemic! Yes, I’m longing to return to church—and for all of us to be together again. That will come in time.

Until then, I hope that we are not just waiting out the days but rather taking time for us and our world to be transformed into something new. How is your life being transformed as we speak? How is Southminster going to be transformed into a different community? This week in our virtual worship, I encourage you to quiet the storms around you and take time to focus on the moments of transformations in your life and in the actions of others all across the globe.

As always, email or text or call me if you have any questions or need anything from me or the community. My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit—that you will be touched by the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

Virtual Pastor Don

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