Fall is time for renewed commitment to be back in church (September 2017)

pastorterryDear Church Family,

It is hard to believe that summer is just about over! By the time most of you read this article, Labor Day will be history, and the kids will be back in school. Just yesterday, I noticed the change in the air, that fall is just around the corner. With the beginning of September, kids back in school, now is the time to make a renewed committed to be back in church.

Many exciting things are happening at Southside. First, most of the social hall renovations are completed. We have new walls, floors, and refurbished cabinets. None of the renovations would have been possible without the generous donation of money, time, and work. I especially want to thank Brian Byrum, for his untold hours of labor, donated to this project.

On September 17, we along with thousands of other churches, we will be celebrating our Back to Church Sunday. This is an opportunity for each of us to invite our family, and friends to come back to church. It is an opportunity to encourage those who have drifted away, or those who have never connected, to come and worship with us. We are starting the day at 9 a.m., with a big breakfast for everyone. Our worship, as usual, will start at 9:45 a.m.

This year’s theme is titled, “A Place to Belong.”

People all around us are looking for a place they can call home, a place where they can be themselves and feel welcomed. They are looking for a place where they can come as they are, not be judged, and experience the love of Christ. We are told that 82% of people who do not attend church, say they would attend, if a friend invited them. Be a real friend, and care enough, to invite them to church with you on this Sunday.

Second, on September 23, we will have A Free For All. No, this is not a time to just let loose, but a time to freely give clothes away to those in need. What a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Christ with those in our community. We are still in need of donations of clothes and shoes, of all sizes to share. This is a great way for us, as a church, to let those around us know that we care.

Finally, don’t forget our 65th Homecoming Celebration on October 8.

Rev. Frank Casper will bring the message. Our former music director, Charlie Moore, will share in the music ministry, followed by a covered dish meal.

See you on Sunday, bring a friend!

Pastor Terry

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