November 1, 2021

To All Our Southminster Members,

What blessings Southminster has received this year! We have a wonderful new Pastor, we can worship together at the church on Sundays, or experience worship services complete with beautiful music at home.

These are exciting times and we move forward with anticipation into 2022. Thank you for your continued support of Southminster. We value everyone’s participation and willingness to be part of the growth and change necessary in the midst of uncertainty. We believe abundance and opportunity can occur!

Some of the ways we are connecting as a spiritual community this year include our worship services, Family Life activities for children and youth, the women’s retreat, book groups, the Foundation, and so many more.

November 7 begins our annual stewardship campaign. Pastor Scott has chosen our theme, “Salty Grace.” It comes from Credo by Brian Doyle, an award-winning writer who adopted Oregon as his home.

“You do your absolute best to find and hone and wield your divine gifts against the dark. You do your best to reach out tenderly to touch and elevate as many people as you can reach. You bring your naked love and defiant courage and salty grace to bear as much as you can with all the attentiveness and humor you can muster, this is after all, a miracle in which we live, and we ought to pay ferocious attention every moment.”

Credo by Brian Doyle

Pastor Scott will touch on this topic in a variety of ways, using text and life lessons throughout the month of November

  • November 7, Pastor Scott’s Sermon: “Dealing with a Post-Truth World” (John 16-14 (John 18:38 Pilate)
  • November 14, Pastor Scott’s Sermon: “The Slave Girl Who is Freed But Not Cared For” (Acts 16:16-34)
  • November 21, Pastor Scott’s Sermon: “Where Did ‘The End is Near!’ Nonsense Come From? (Rev 13: 4-17 or Rev 20: 1-15)
  • November 28, First Day of Advent, Dedication of Pledges

We encourage you to give thoughtful consideration as you approach your pledge. It will direct Southminster’s 2022 budget. Issues connected with COVID-19 have made approaching 2022 the most challenging budget that we, in our collective memories, can recall. Your pledge card was mailed to you. Please mail it in before November 28 or pledge online on the Southminster Giving webpage: ( This will enable the Trustees and Session to balance the budget and advise leadership teams, members, and staff of the funds available for 2022.

The pledged and budgeted revenue for 2021 was $300,000. Session has set our Stewardship Campaign goal for the 2022 budget year at $315,000. We know Southminster family and friends can do this! If you are as excited as we are at the way things are going at Southminster, we want to thank you ahead of time for your heartfelt and generous pledge.

With warm anticipation,

Your Trustees
Pam Brown
Ron Lehr
Marilyn Arthur

Note: If you contribute to a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), and you plan to request that a grant be made from the DAF to Southminster, we would appreciate knowing this in advance for budgeting purposes. Please contact our Keeper of the Pledges, Dona Lehr, if this applies to you.

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