Teachers are Angels in Disguise

jellenkc : May 23, 2016 3:51 pm : pastors-blog

As we approach the end of the school year and as we transition to our Summer Sunday school, we want to thank everyone who has been engaged in the teaching ministry at Southminster.  Whether these volunteers have taught preschool, elementary, youth or adult, they are all vital to the continuing discipleship of our congregation!  On behalf of those who have taught this year, the Christian Education Committee has made a donation to Bread for the World in their honor.  Please celebrate the gifts that have been shared with the church throughout the past year.

Susan Anderson                                     Shelley Moran

Amy Bagnall                                           Becky Newkirk

Denise Blinn                                           Rick Newkirk

Tammie Calkins                                     Pam Nitsche

Rev. Jeff Clayton                                   David Potter

Nancy Colley                                         Julie Potter

Ruth Davidson                                      Lindsey Powers

Sudie Dozier                                         Mindy Rawlston

Brian Ellison                                          Judy Robinett

Nancy Fischer                                       Susie Robinett

Courtney Fiser                                      Jennifer Stathas

Michelle Frost                                       Bill Tammeus

Amy  Herring                                         Rev. Edward Thompson

Mark Jorgenson                                    Katy Thompson

Mary Jorgenson                                    Ruth Ann Unruh

Judy Klamm                                          Kelly Wachel

Marilyn Lake                                         Joy Warner

Kory Lewis                                            Larry Williams

Melinda Lewis                                       Rita Williams

Madeline Miguel                                   Rev. Karen Wright

Susan Mitts                                          Rev. Sally Wright

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Greetings Southminster Friends

jellenkc : May 5, 2016 4:16 pm : pastors-blog

How do we celebrate milestones in life?  I remember when I turned 16, being given sets of keys to the family cars.  I remember the roast by my teaching colleagues when I turned thirty.  We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries because they have special meaning in our lives.  We do this in the church as well.

This Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of one of Southminster’s youngest saints.  Baptism is our welcome into the family of God.  It is an outward sign of the invisible grace of God, a visible and tangible way in which we as a community recognize God’s claim on those who cannot respond.  We as the church family promise to help in the nurture and care of this child of God and we mark the occasion together.

As the children and youth of the church grow, we continue to mark our time together.  In third grade we present children with Bibles.  As they are becoming more proficient at reading, we put the Word of God in their hands to read for themselves.  In Sunday school we work with them to help them explore their Bibles.

In a few weeks, our confirmation class will meet with Session to proclaim their faith and seek to take over the promises made on their behalf at their baptism and to become full members of Southminster.   In the spring of their eighth grade year, the youth engage in dialogue and discussion about faith.  On May 8th, we will welcome two youth into full membership.

In May, we will also celebrate our graduating high school seniors.  It is a time to celebrate with them as they complete one chapter of life and begin another.  We will wish them well on their way and send them with our blessing.  We also send them with a gift from the church in the form of a devotional book as a reminder that they have been nurtured in their faith by this family of faith and we want them to continue their journey knowing they are always welcome here.

Milestones are important in our lives, in our families and in our church family.  As we celebrate a baptism this week, let us remember our own baptism and the promises made to all the children of Southminster.  May we renew our promises to all our children and youth to nurture them in their journey of faith, to walk alongside them as they grow and celebrate the milestones of life with them as well.





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Music Ministry at Southminster

jellenkc : March 23, 2016 11:40 am : pastors-blog


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(“When in Our Music God Is Glorified” Text:  Fred Pratt Green)

Music Ministry at Southminster Church has always been a vibrant and life-giving aspect of our common life as the people of God in this place.  I am regularly in awe of the gifts, creativity, and skill of so many in our congregation who give of themselves to make our music ministry thrive—Chancel Choir members, Bells of Peace ringers, Joyful Noise participants, our youngest Sing and Shout kids, instrumentalists and vocalists who grace our services with special music.  I hope you will join me in an expression of profound gratitude for all of them!

Let me share with you some things that are happening right now in this important area of our ministry:

¨ Your Director of Music/Organist search committee is at work and already in receipt of several resumes.  Because we have only one professional music ministry position, we look for someone who has skill in both choral direction as well as instrumental ability, especially with our wonderful Casavant pipe organ.  Many thanks to Ruth Ann Unruh, Charles Singleton, Marge Reid, Tom Mahan, and Melissa Athon for agreeing to serve in this important task.

¨ We are so grateful for the willingness of Dr. Stephanie Henry to step in and serve us as interim Director of Music and Organist.  Stephanie has brought a positive and uplifting spirit to our chancel choir program and worked hard to bring creative and beautiful repertoire to our worship experience.  Thank you, Stephanie!

¨ Quietly and without any compensation, Marilyn Lake has given countless hours of her time to us as part of service to Christ and to Southminster as a volunteer director of our Bells of Peace bell program.  When we needed a new children’s ministry group for graduates of our Sing and Shout program, Marilyn once again offered her skill and her energy to lead our Joyful Noise Singers and Ringers.  She also brought our annual Summer Music Camp into being, an offering that has grown in numbers every year.  Thank you Marilyn!

¨ Many of you are aware that our Casavant organ has experienced issues with the structural integrity of the large façade pipes that are so much a part of our sanctuary’s architectural beauty.  These pipes were cast from tin alloy that has proven over time to be structurally unsound, leading to metal fatigue.  Casavant replaced 12 of the large façade pipes many years ago with pipes of the same alloy at their own cost.  Now we are faced with replacing all seventeen of these façade pipes, using a zinc alloy.  The total cost of this pipe replacement is around $60,000.  Your B&G leaders have negotiated with Casavant and your Session has signed a contract for this permanent solution to our issue.  The cost to Southminster will be $20,000, one third of the total cost.  More information will be available soon about how you can assist your congregation with this financial challenge.


Grace and Peace,


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From the Associate Pastor

jellenkc : February 19, 2016 6:22 pm : pastors-blog

“These special holidays give rise to various liturgical calendars that suggest we should mark our days not only with the cycles of the moon and seasons, but also with occasions to tell our children the stories of our faith community’s past so that this past will have a future, and so that our ancient way and its practices will be rediscovered and renewed every year.”

Brian D. McLaren, Finding Our Way Again: The Return of the Ancient Practices




Greetings Friends!


Lent has begun and we have started our journey with Jesus through the wilderness and on to Jerusalem.  This is a season of preparation.  In the ancient church it was a time for instruction for those seeking to be baptized, a time to call back those who had become estranged from the church, and for all the faithful to deepen their faith.

The season of Lent is 40 days (not including Sundays).  Many people practice a Lenten discipline of giving something up.  While fasting is a part of Lent, sometimes it is helpful for us to focus on connecting with God.  On the church website, there is a Lenten calendar that makes use of the three traditional pillars of Lent.  There are days to focus on prayer, others on fasting and others on giving.  They are simple ideas, but are meant to help even our younger members focus on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

May this Lent be a time to deepen our relationship with the Living God through retelling the stories of the people of God and through honoring the practices of the church over the centuries.  How will you deepen your faith?  How will you remember your baptism as well as promises made to the children of Southminster and seek to nurture their faith in the coming weeks?

Let us return to the central things of God: the stories of those before us; the traditions of our community; and most importantly our ever changing and growing relationship with God, the God who loves us so much that God sent his only son Jesus to be our savior, to take on the sins of the world, and who has redeemed us.

Let us seek a Holy Lent!




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In Memorium-The Rev. Dr. Harold W. LeMert, Jr.

jellenkc : November 25, 2015 10:40 am : pastors-blog

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The Rev. Dr. Harold W. LeMert, Jr.

Pastor Emeritus

Southminster Presbyterian Church

Our beloved Pastor Emeritus, Hal LeMert, died in the Lord on Wednesday, November 11th and joined the church triumphant in the communion of saints in light.  Hal’s active service as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) spanned 37 years, including 10 years as the Pastor of our congregation from January, 1988 to May, 1998.  Upon his honorable retirement, the Southminster congregation conferred on him the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus.

Hal came to Southminster as pastor in the wake of the sudden death of Pastor Jim Fry and he brought a pastoral sensibility and depth of experience to a congregation in grief.  Hal possessed a scholar’s mind and received his doctorate from Eden Theological Seminary with a focus on leadership through servanthood defined by the Greek term provailen where to buy diakonia.  His stimulating and provocative preaching brought the Word to life among us.  Under his tenure, the congregation involved itself in AIDS ministry in the Kansas City metropolitan area and welcomed Daybreak, and adult day care center into our facility.  Hal was passionate about issues of equity, inclusiveness, and justice and was willing to take a challenging stand for them in the Presbyterian Church.

After his honorable retirement, Hal did not really stay “retired.”  He involved himself in ministry to college students both in Missouri and Kansas.  He and Annie relocated to Lawrence and Hal was very active in nurturing the faith of young men and women through the Ecumenical Campus Ministry program at University of Kansas, bringing his keen interest in theology and ethics into dialogue with them.

As Hal’s successor here at Southminster, I have benefited greatly from his friendship, collegiality, and counsel on numerous occasions.  He and Annie continued to share their deep love for this congregation over these last 16 years.  Annie has shared with me that the family would like for the final resting place for Hal’s mortal remains be here at Southminster Presbyterian Church.

A member of the congregation shared with me words of gratitude that Hal shared with the congregation upon his honorable retirement.  Here is an excerpt of his thoughts:

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Grace and Peace,



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