50th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrating good things in life, especially significant events or milestones in our life or the life of an organization, is tremendously important. The occasion of celebration allows us to collectively capture some of the thoughts, feelings, values and commitments of a particular time in life. This Sunday is one of those occasions in the life of Southside Baptist Church. An organ concert is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on February 17, 2019 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Southside Pipe Organ, given by the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Samford in 1968 as a part of the remodeled and refurbished sanctuary.  

This excerpt comes from the 1968 Service of Dedication program:

We, the congregation, express appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Samford for the most recent evidence of their generosity. The Samford Organ for years to come will call us to the worship of our Savior, and its music, sometimes thrilling, sometimes majestic, sometimes meditative will assist us in singing with the hymn writer, ‘O praise Him! O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia!”  

The Southside Organ has been used in more than 4,000 worship services, not including the many special services of revivals, funerals and weddings during which hundreds of thousands of individuals have lifted voices to worship God with heart and voice. I hope you will be present for this significant event and celebration, and that we too can be reminded of the great and wonderful things that God has done, is doing now, and will do in the future. 

Praise be to God! Alleluia!

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50th Anniversary Celebration

Special Days

Our minds turn to several special dates and observances during the month of February. It is the month during which we honor and celebrate Black History, observe Presidents Day, celebrate Valentine’s Day, and most years celebrate Fat Tuesday, observe Ash Wednesday and begin a Lenten Journey.

This Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m., we will enjoy a Mardi Gras-themed Jazz Vespers in Drennen Hall. Jazz Vespers is always an enjoyable event with good music, food and fellowship. Make plans to be present and bring a friend for this special event this Sunday evening.

Special Days

A Brief History of All Saint’s Day

After the costumes and candy of Halloween are put away, the following day,1 November is All Saints Day. This is the Christian festival to honor saints and martyrs and celebrate the spiritual bond between those who have died and those still living. Saints have been a part of the Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but all martyrs were not remembered until 609 AD. Pope Boniface IV introduced the tradition of honoring the martyrs. Celebrations were originally held on 13 May and called Feast of all Holy Martyrs. In 837 AD, Pope Gregory IV moved the observance to 1 November, and changed the name of the holiday to Feast of All Saints. We will observe the special day at Southside on Sunday 5 November with hymns, anthems, and organ pieces honoring the day.

– Sarah Heaslett / Director of Music, Organist

A Brief History of All Saint’s Day