A Message from Pastor

COVID-19 Update

Southside Church Family,

As we have all seen the last few days, the COVID 19 or Coronavirus has taken the world by storm and has been officially classified as a global pandemic. Many people have found themselves worried or anxious due to the wide spread coverage, but I wanted to take a moment and encourage you with the reality of what God says to be true about us.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Regardless of what we are facing, God’s Spirit provides for us power, love, and sound minds.

The truth is, God is still very much in control. None of this has taken Him by surprise. And because God is in control, we do not have to walk in fear. We can actually be agents of God’s love, peace, and rational thinking in a time when we are surrounded by so much of the opposite. We as believers are actually faced with a great opportunity to be light in our world.

We also have a unique opportunity to pray for our city, state, and world. So let’s pray God would use this to draw people to Himself. Let’s pray that God would continue to allow us to meet without interruption. Pray that we, as believers, would live out 2 Timothy 1:7 and not walk in fear.

Let’s pray for those who are sick, especially our elderly who are at higher risk. And let’s pray that God would halt the spread of this virus around the world.
Now, while we don’t want to walk in fear, we do want to be wise with how we navigate through this issue in the days ahead.

So here are a few details that we think will be helpful based on what health professionals are saying and how we as a church are going to be moving forward.

All of our regular scheduled service times will remain intact. We are monitoring the situation closely from the CDC and city and state offices and will adjust accordingly. But for now, all service opportunities will remain as scheduled.

If you feel sick, please stay home. If you’re unsure, and just would feel more comfortable staying at home, do so. We totally understand.

If you are worried that coming to a service is dangerous for you and your family, feel free to stay at home.

We will not be having our standard welcome and greet one another time during our services. We are asking people to smile and wave instead of shaking hands and hugging while at church because that is how the virus spreads. You can also incorporate the fist bump as was made mention of last week. Lot’s of hand washing is recommended constantly by the CDC. We will have two separate hand sanitizer stations at the South and West entrances and one at our welcome center in our lobby, so feel free to take advantage of those.

Lastly, let me remind us all once again to be in prayer. Pray for those being affected, the medical community, and for those that have to lead through this season.

If there is anything that we can do for you, or pray with you about, please let us know. We will see you this Sunday!

Pastor Chuck
Southside Baptist Church

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