Will Dunner 7/1
Shannon Martin 7/1
Sandra Hill 7/5
Tom Somers 7/8
Nathan Kelley 7/8
Gene Branham 7/16
Sarah Heaslett 7/17
Amy Nichols 7/18
Carson Tingle 7/19
Warren Kinney 7/20
Timothy Nelson 7/20
Jim Anderton 7/22
The last couple of weeks have been very comfortable in our building now that the new cooling system is installed and functioning as promised. This repair, though costly, was necessary considering the time of year that the old system failed and in light of all the activities that transpire here on days other than Sunday.
At the last Deacons Meeting, this repair and how to fund the $151,700 unexpected expense, were discussed and a recommendation to receive a special offering designated for this repair was approved. A few church members and friends of Southside Baptist Church have already made gifts to this special cause. Currently, gifts totaling $65,150 have been received, for which everyone is grateful; however, it would be wonderful if gifts totaling the full amount of the repair were received.
Hopefully, you will prayerfully consider the possibility of making a special gift to this designated offering. Whether your gift be small or great, it will reduce the longterm impact on reserve funds preserving those for future ministries.
7/1-7/8 SSBC Scotland Campus
7/4 4th of July – Church Offices Closed
7/6 Men’s Lunch and Bible Study – 12pm
7/16 Family Promise Benefit Concert at Trinity United Methodist in Homewood – 6:30pm
7/17 Deacons Meeting – 6pm
7/19 Church-wide Picnic – 5pm-8pm at the home of Stuart and Leigh Collier on Weiss Lake (The church bus will leave at 3:00pm.) 7/20 Men’s Lunch and Bible Study – 12pm
7/20 Contemplative Service resumes – 5:30pm
7/22 Five Points Clean Up Day – 9am
7/23-7/29 Hosting Family Promise of Birmingham
8/2 Church-wide Business Conference – 6pm
A special program of fellowship and worship is planned for tonight. We will gather in Drennen Hall at 5:30 p.m. for the Fellowship Supper and Prayer Time, followed by a much requested hymn sing. This is the last of our regular Wednesday evening gatherings until new programs are launched in August. I hope you will be present as we sing some of our favorite hymns and hear from a few individuals about why a certain hymn is their favorite.
At the Contemplative service on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the focus of the music, meditation and prayer will be Ephesians 3:14-21, the text selected for worship this Sunday. Join us for this time of quiet reflection during which efforts are made to clear our minds of all the clutter of a busy workday and week and all the random thoughts and anxiety-producing memories, so that we may sit quietly and attentively listen with our hearts and minds as the Spirit of Christ speaks to us.
I look forward to seeing you at either or both of these opportunities.
Rob Bell, in his book, “How To Be Here.” reminds us that life is precious, it is a gift, and God has given life to each person to use that life for good. Bell cites Jesus’ teaching on prayer and what it says to us about how we live each moment of each day.
“Jesus taught his disciples a prayer that begins,
Our father, who’s in heaven . . .
. . . which is another way of saying,
Begin your prayers—begin your day—by acknowledging that your life is a gift and this gift flows from a source. This source is responsible for the air in your lungs, the blood that courses through your veins, and the vitality that surges through you and everything around you.
. . . which is another way of saying,
Begin whatever you’re doing by remembering that you are here and you have been given a gift.”
I ruminated on these words thinking about how easily hours and days slip by while preparing for that
“one day when.”
One day when…
I get to a better station in life
I get settled in my career
I get married
We get the kids through school
Work becomes a little more manageable
Whether you have spoken these words or not, you know what is being conveyed. Life and true living is experienced in the moment between what is behind you and what you plan to do. Failing to recognize this fact is to treat with little real respect or value the gift God has given you and the dynamic nature of that gift! Yes, God has made provisions for us to live eternally with him, but God has also given you life to live and to experience His presence in each moment. Resist always living in the past or obsessively planning for the future and embrace the fact that you are here and you have been given a precious gift!
Dr. Roxburgh will lead a session on “Spirituality and Suffering” this evening following our Fellowship Supper and Prayer Time. Come and enjoy fellowship around the table sharing a meal together and enjoying good conversation with one another.
Worship this past Sunday was deeply meaningful and inspiring to members and guests as it included the ordination of two new Deacons and the celebration of Holy Communion all on Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. It was a special day for all of our church family. I was reminded as I watched members and guests come forward to offer words of encouragement and blessing to Annah and Cleve, the two ordained, that though far from perfect, we have come a long way in affirming that the love, mercy and grace of God is available to all; uniting and binding us together as nothing else can.
In those moments of the Deacon Ordination and Holy Communion, the focus of each person conveyed in expressions and actions gave evidence that the issues that normally divide us were far from anyone’s mind. There was no concern about the race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, education or even political affiliation of all gathered for worship. At least for those moments together, we were not only one in Christ in word, we were living it. What a great testimony to Jesus the Christ who is our Redeemer and Lord. Now, our mission is to take the knowledge and experience of God’s grace outside the walls of our building and into the community! You will read below of several opportunities this week and in weeks to come through which you can let others see the love of Christ in you.
Tonight, we have another in the series on spirituality in our and other faith traditions. Dr. Lisa Battaglia will present tonight on the topic of Buddhist Spirituality. Dr. Battaglia is Associate Professor of Religion at Samford University where she teaches world religions. Join us at 5:30pm for Fellowship Supper followed by Prayer and this presentation by Dr. Battaglia.
If you need a few quiet moments to clear all the clutter in your mind from a busy work week, join us for the Contemplative Service on Thursday evening at 5:30pm. It is a quiet service with scripture, prayer and meditation that concludes with Communion.
On a Tuesday evening, May 16th, several of our church members participated in a community event at Vulcan Park. “A Taste of Five Points,” celebrating the 130th anniversary of Five Points South, featured booths by local retail businesses, delicious samples provided by the world-renowned restaurants located in the neighborhood and a display by Southside Baptist Church where we spoke to many of the event guests as gave them informational materials about our inclusive community of grace. Those attending had a great time, and it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with our neighbors and to communicate the desire of our church to be a more active participant in our community.
The following Saturday, we participated in “Clean and Clear Five Points.” This quarterly service opportunity, organized by the Five Points Alliance, brings together local businesses, student organizations from UAB, residents and local churches and synagogues to make our community cleaner and safer.
In the coming weeks, there will be more opportunities for you to be involved in community service and outreach efforts. We look forward to sharing in this time of service and fellowship together. Get involved!