Dear Church Family,
Back in November last year, I met Sean Strubbe, who is the Pastor of Gateway Community Church. Presently, the church has been renting space for worship at a store front on Poindexter Street.
He approached me about the possibility of renting space at Southside for their worship, educational, and outreach ministries. I shared the request with our deacons, and church council, and they both felt this would be a good partnership to pursue. The church then voted, at the quarterly business meeting, to approve this request. The new partnership will start, on May 1, with Gateway having their worship service each Saturday evening at 5:00.
During the week, they will have times of bible studies for adults, and youth. In the coming year, I see times when we can join together in fellowship, worship, and outreach events. As we pray and work together, I believe that God will bless our efforts as we seek new ways to point others to Christ.
Like all transitions that we face in life, this one is filled with some questions, changes and adjustments. But it also presents an opportunity for us to forge new relationships, build bigger bridges into the community, and help expand God’s Kingdom.
As we were reminded at the business meeting, “all the resources the Lord has blessed us with here at Southside, belongs to Him.” The property, the buildings, the equipment and each of us belong to Christ. We are simply called to be managers of our lives, and His resources, to help others come into a growing relationship with Christ. As I often say, if we will take care of God’s business, join Him in what He is doing, then He will take care of our business.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own” (Matt. 6:33-34NIV).
I believe that the best days are ahead for Southside, as we join together in prayer, continue to share the Good News of Christ with others, follow His leading, and believe that with God “all things are possible.”
As Jesus says in John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” As we move into this new season of life, may the Lord give us spiritual ears to listen, a willing heart to follow, and faith to believe that with Him, “all things are possible.” Please keep this transitional period in much prayer, as we move forward for the cause of Christ.