Our Easter Service on Sunday was uplifting, joyful and filled with hope as the Resurrection of our Lord was celebrated throughout the worship experience. The alleluias returned and heard in the beautiful hymns and responses further proclaimed that Christ is Risen! The pandemic has altered the way we live our lives in this particular period, but it will not and cannot change the joy we experience, nor the promises we hold because of the Resurrection. I encourage you to continue reflecting on the blessings we receive and the hope that is ours through our faith in Jesus the Christ.
Wednesday evening, a Zoom meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in which everyone is encouraged to participate. This time of gathering virtually is important for us in that we are able to stay connected with one another and to stay informed about special needs of individuals in our church family and in the greater community. Please join us for this meeting Wednesday. The link to the meeting is included below.
Our Missions Committee has organized a drive-thru distribution of food from our Food Bank this Thursday from 3-5 p.m. We have partnered with Iron City Church that meets in our building to help in providing volunteers for this mission effort. Please share this information with those you know who need food during the pandemic.
Thank you to those who have responded with financial support for the special ministry needs of the Food Bank, Bridge Ministries and Family Promise during this pandemic. Thank you also for the gifts of continued support to the daily operations of the church operations. You may make gifts to any or all of these causes online through the church website at www.southsidebirmingham.org.
Please continue to check on one another and to pray for each another, and please contact the church office through email, text or by phone if you have something to share with us.
Bible Study and Prayer
Time: Apr 15, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Happy New Year! Here we go again; another year ending and one of unblemished days right before us. There is still a little time in 2019 to finish a task or two that you just have not addressed thus far and instead have carried them forward day after day. I find it a little disappointing if I drag too many unfinished tasks into a new year, especially the kind to which I am referring. These are those items so easily postponed, such as writing a letter or note of appreciation to a friend or a call to a family member or friend to initiate efforts to repair and restore a strained or broken relationship. Maybe it is to make an additional financial contribution to your church or other charitable organization, or send a note pledging you time and talents in the mission of that organization.
The opportunity is before us to end the year in a positive way, poised to embrace the days of 2020 that God grants to us. We should do so with a mind that is open, clear and eager to perceive the possibilities before us and to faithfully respond as God gives us guidance. May God bless you in 2020.
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If you read the April issue of the Southside Columns, or observe the posters in numerous locations around the building, our focus for study and involvement during Eastertide, social issues and social justice, is very apparent. Looking to scripture and the life of Jesus to inform, motivate and guide us in our response to our neighbors and the world in which we live by addressing systems of injustice and oppression is at the forefront of Jesus’ call to follow him.
The Sunday School lessons for this month fit well and support the efforts of understanding our responsibility in addressing cultural norms that perpetuate these problems. The unit of study looks at the life of an easy-to-like leader in the early Church named Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement. Barnabas was one who worked to spread the gospel in both his preaching/teaching and in his kindness and compassion towards others. Barnabas gave his resources to meet the needs of others, he interceded and advocated for the acceptance of others, such as Paul and John Mark, when their intent or devotion was called into question, and he was a partner in ministry with the Apostle Paul when God led them to realize that the gospel was for everyone including Gentiles.
I hope you’ll participate in these opportunities to study scripture and pray that God would open our eyes to areas of involvement to which we are called.