A message from Pastor Michael... It is truly exciting for Jean and me to be a part of the family of Southside! May the LORD direct our steps going forward. Perhaps, like me, you have heard other Christians refer to their local church or fellowship with one of these appellations: Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Messianic, non-denominational, … Continue reading Semantics or What?
IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS Poet: Unknown For all that God in mercy sends - For health and children, home and friends; For comfort in the time of need, For every kindly word and deed, For happy talks and holy thoughts; For guidance in our daily walk - In everything GIVE THANKS! For beauty in this … Continue reading Remember to give thanks!
This week, we have a message from our Budget and Finance Committee: First and foremost, thanks to all who continually support our church through monetary gifts. As you know, and have seen, our budget for last year was $155,243.00. We will end the year with a $10,000.00 -$12,000.00 net deficit in budget receipts. Needless to … Continue reading A message from the Budget and Finance Committee
Hello Southside Brothers and Sisters, As we begin September change is all around. Hopefully temperatures will decline, kids are back in school and teachers are back with their classes. Here at Southside we are entering a circumstance not experienced in eleven years; we do not have a pastor. As far as the pulpit is concerned … Continue reading Deacon Nelms asks the favor of love, encouragement and support for one another
Martha and I just celebrated forty -five years of marriage. As I reflected back, it seems like yesterday, that we walked down the aisle of the Monaghan Baptist Church, exchanging our vowels to each other. I have been so blessed to spend life with my best friend, mother of our children, and partner in ministry. … Continue reading Blessed to have served these past 11 years
Dear Church Family, In recent days, I have been asked a lot of questions about why I am leaving Southside, and what the future holds. I simply want to say that after much prayer seeking to know God’s will for Southside, and for my life, I sensed that it was time to retire. I heard … Continue reading Preachers don’t retire. They just go out to pastor.
Dear Church Family, The first official first day of summer is still weeks away, but it already feels like summer, with the expected temperature of 98 degrees today. Sometimes in life, changes come faster and more often than we expect. Life sometimes just seems to heat us up, and we can easily become over heated … Continue reading Treat your overheated concerns with the cool breeze of His Spirit (June 2019)
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 … Continue reading Southside partners with Gateway Church, starting May 1 (May 2019)
On Sunday nights, I have been sharing from Thom Rainer’s Book Titled: I Will. We have been reminded of the importance of being a worshiping, growing, serving and giving Church member. As we look at most of the churches today we realize that something is wrong. I know of four churches in Portsmouth that are … Continue reading We can reach our Jerusalem for Christ (April 2019)
Dear Church Family, This winter, we have had our fair share of rain. I don’t know about you, but I am glad that spring is just around the corner. The signs of spring are already showing up around my house. We have Daffodils in full bloom, and the grass is already starting to turn green. … Continue reading Spring forward in service and devotion (March 2019)