Staying Connected

I hoped that we would have a clear path to resuming more of our daily activities and routines four weeks ago, as the month of March was drawing to a close; however, here we are one month later and, while there are some positive results from the mitigation efforts that limited the severity of COVID-19 in many parts of the country, there are still many unanswered questions. Going forward into the month of May, we will continue scheduling virtual meetings and Sunday School while encouraging everyone to worship via livestream by viewing Southside Baptist Church’s YouTube channel at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday. The church building will remained closed for gatherings of large groups until more data is available upon which to make decisions. 

In the meantime, as a church family, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to minister to one another. The phone calls to members and the prayers you offer on behalf of one another are a part of being a church family. Please take a few moments and think about those in your Bible Study, Sunday School Class, or think normally sit near you in worship. Make a list of those you know may be struggling during this period of isolation, and give them a call, send a note and offer a prayer for them. Such a simple act will encourage others and lift your spirit as well.

This Sunday, the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating Holy Communion virtually which means you will need to gather your bread and juice/wine for this purpose. Even though we will not be in the same place physically, our hearts and spirits will be as we are united in this Holy observance. 

This evening, we will gather virtually for our weekly prayer and Bible study. I encourage you to log in to this Zoom meeting by following the link below as we offer prayers for those most affected by COVID-19, our members who may be suffering from other illnesses and the many concerns we see all around us everyday. 

Last Monday, April 20, the Deacon Board held their first virtual meeting. During that meeting, concerns and needs of members were discussed and prayers for members and all ministries of the church were offered. Additionally, ways to help everyone stay connected were discussed. One recommendation was presented and approved for the church to receive at the next Church Business Conference. The recommendation was that the title of Interim Choir Director be change to Choir Director for Dr. Kenny Gannon. Dr. Gannon, Ms. Heaslett and the Sanctuary Choir have done a wonderful job of providing worship music each week prior to and during this pandemic. We are blessed to have such a talented music ministry. 

Please remember that many of the missions and ministries of Southside Baptist Church continue even during the pandemic. This week is our week to host the families who are guests with Family Promise. Due to COVID-19, we cannot host them on-site so we are funding a room for them at a local hotel and meals that our volunteers would normally provide. You can help by making a donation to SSBC and designate it for Family Promise. Every other Thursday from 3-5 p.m., volunteers from SSBC and Iron City Church are opening our Food Bank for a “Drive-Thru” food distribution. You can help this ministry with donations to SSBC’s Food Bank. For your convenience, any donation to SSBC for our Operating Budget or any of these special mission causes can be made online by going to our website,, and clicking on the Contribute tab.

I look forward to seeing those able to join us this evening for the virtual gathering.

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Staying Connected