Community Service

Southminster’s Mission Team strives to educate and motivate the congregation to reach out in the name of Jesus Christ, by becoming involved in a variety of mission efforts through the Presbyterian Church (USA) and other worthwhile agencies.

We have service projects throughout the year that help both locally within Arlington Heights and nationally and internationally.

Local Serving Opportunities

Register for GEM4!

November 2, 3, and 4 2018

Registration begins in October

You can register for GEM at Southminster on the following dates:

  • October   7 between services
  • October 14 between services and after the 11:00 service
  • October 21 between services

Please register early!

GEM begins with everyone gathering for dinner on Friday, then enjoying a Saturday morning breakfast at before heading out to help low-income and senior neighbors. Worship on Sunday includes homeowner testimonials and church member experiences.

We hope you will join this amazing Mission Project! For more information or to register by phone, email Jean Walker jw13pr4@aol.com or Sandy Pifer lucille111@aol.com.

Southminster members Jean Walker and Sandy Pifer will again be project co-chairs of this wonderful event. Sandy believes, “We are truly spreading God’s love to our community.” And Jean says, “The people we help are so appreciative and a real joy to get to know.” We hope you’ll join this amazing Mission Project weekend.

Thanksgiving Baskets for Christopher House

Once again, Southminster’s Mission Team is collecting food for Christopher House Thanksgiving Baskets. Please drop off your donations in the Mission boxes located at the front entrance of church by the elevator and outside the church library. Collection runs between between Sunday, November 4, and Sunday, November 18. The Mission Team will be delivering the baskets to Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin area the week of Thanksgiving. Below is a list of requested items. We are also collecting paper bags with handles.

For more information or if you have questions, please email Judy Kating jkating@aol.com or call her at 847.397.8214. Thank you for your generosity and for helping those less fortunate.

Spring of Life Habitat Partnership

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Southminster volunteers have been building homes for qualified families since 1996. The Spring of Life Partnership welcomes men and women of all ages (16+) and walks of life, including church and synagogue members, employees of businesses, civic groups, high school / college students, retirees, friends and relatives.

Building homes requires help with different areas of construction. We depend on volunteers to work on every phase of home building from start to finish, from complex building tasks like carpentry and roofing, to simple tasks like carrying supplies and cleanup.

Maybe you’ve never held a hammer… have a little weekend project experience… or maybe you’re a highly skilled trades professional… We need and welcome your help no matter what level of skill.

Unskilled volunteers are guided by construction managers and instructed by construction crew leaders or other skilled volunteers. Skilled volunteers are also always appreciated for the talents they share to make sure that our affordable homes meet quality standards.

Southminster’s scheduled work days for 2017 are yet to be announced. Check this page in the upcoming months for more information on how you can serve Spring of Life Partnership.

Contact Tom Snyder at 847.342.3470.

Mission Trips & Service Projects

Gulfport (Katrina)
Gulfport (Katrina)
Pensacola (Ivan)
Pensacola (Ivan)
Helping Hands at GEM
Helping Hands at GEM
Helping Hands at GEM
Helping Hands at GEM
Spring of Life Habitat
Kidz Korner
Kidz Korner
Kidz Korner
Kidz Korner
SPC Sponsorship at Compassion International
SPC Sponsorship at Compassion International
Guatemala Medical Mission
Guatemala Medical Mission
Feed my Starving Children
Feed my Starving Children