Thoughts from Pastor Don

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Truth and Reconciliation

by Don Ludwig

Dear Southminster Family and Friends, I am back from vacation and feel reenergized for a new beginning of life and hope for our good future.  I want to thank the many members of the congregation who have shared with me notes of encouragement over the last couple of months in 2020. You have written about […]

Candles of Hope

by Don Ludwig

Dear Southminster Members, Hope. During these days of Advent, we continue to follow the spiritual writings of Thurman and Light Candles for our world. This Sunday, we light Candles of Hope where Despair Keeps Watch. Thurman viewed his calling as being a spiritual support to people living in a world filled with chaos and despair. […]

Let Us Light Candles

by Don Ludwig

Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members, I want to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving in a year that is like no other. As you observe social distancing guidelines and carve up the turkey or ham with your small circle of family and friends, may you feel comfort in knowing that the Southminster community is with you in Spirit. May […]

Living by Faith

by Don Ludwig

Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members, It is a tradition at Southminster for the pastors to not talk about stewardship. I have heard many accounts as to why that is but I have always hesitated to respond. It seems to me that the stewardship of our time, talent, and resources is a critical topic for those who […]

Blessings & Woes

by Don Ludwig

Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members, Just a year ago we were lamenting the fact that our stewardship campaign was not reaping the results we had hoped for due to pastoral transition issues.  The Elders were becoming increasingly concerned that the number of people in worship was declining, especially among younger families. Anxiety about our future as a community […]