Due to the extremely low temperatures and the inability to heat the building adequately, Wednesday evening activities are canceled for this evening, January 17.
January weather continues to keep us guessing about the next weather event. Last Sunday, we again gathered in Drennen Hall since the temperature there was more conducive to a positive worship experience than the Sanctuary. The weather forecast for this week shows some bitterly cold weather mid-week, but by Sunday it will feel like a heat wave by comparison as temperatures climb into the sixties allowing us to return to the Sanctuary for worship. As I’ve mentioned in previous emails, the problem we are facing related to heating the building is the failure of the natural gas steam boiler, the main component of the building heating system. This repair/replacement is costly, approximately $75,000, and because it is built with the specific needs and requirements of our building, the lead time is six to eight weeks. Portable heating units are now in use providing heat to some portions of the building; however, these units are not sufficient during extremely low temperatures. Updates will be shared as available regarding progress on the boiler replacement. Some of you have already made additional gifts to help with the costs of major repair. Everyone able to participate by making a special offering to this cause is encouraged to do so. (Simply click here and designate the Building Restoration fund). Until this repair is made, we will continue to be flexible and worship in the Sanctuary when temperatures permit.
Thank you all for the wonderful spirit with which this problem has been faced and for those who have helped make the transition and set-up in Drennen Hall go smoothly.
I enjoy our journey together,
This week is a period of “in-between” time. Advent 2017 is behind and we anticipate the New Year 2018. All sorts of thoughts flood my mind as I think of the new year and reflect on 2017 as it draws to a close. Thoughts come to mind of the many good things experienced, the accomplishments achieved, and in all candor, the missed opportunities and even the failures.
Yes, something within us prompts a mental review of the previous twelve months to evaluate what we have done with the time, talents and resources with which God continues to richly bless us. Each year brings new challenges, and 2017 was no exception. Much was achieved, yet there is much more to be done still.
God has entrusted each of us followers of Christ to use our gifts faithfully and wisely. Please give consideration to your commitment of support (whether that be contributing of your hours or expertise or finances) to glorify God and His church in 2018. As such, we all must acknowledge that the wise use of financial means is only a part of living faithfully and responsibly.
I am sending this hoping you will take the opportunity to renew your commitment to faithfully use your time, talents and resources in the new year. Additionally, since this is the last week of the calendar year 2017, you may want to review your financial support of Southside Baptist Church, and make an additional gift for this tax year. This is extremely important this year since the tax reform bill recently signed into law may significantly impact the charitable giving received by Southside Baptist Church in the years to come. Your gift, whether great or small, is needed for Southside Baptist Church to continue on and to increase our efforts to be the “Presence of Christ” we are called to be.
It is my prayer that you will most certainly feel the joy and the fullness of our Lord, Jesus Christ, as the closing of the 2017 year approaches and that you will know the hope and the grace of our Lord in the dawning of the new 2018.
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.