COVID-19 Updates

Dear Church Family,
 
I know many of you, like me, are watching as COVID-19 continues to ravage individuals and families across the country.  With the death toll now well over 200,000, we cannot negate the seriousness of this pandemic.  I know many wonder when we can come back together for on-site worship.  It is a question that we as Deacons and church leadership continue to assess to determine when and how we can safely return to on-site programming. 
 
This past Monday, we as Deacons met to prayerfully discuss the needs of our church family and our continued assessment of the pandemic.  What remains clear to us, we must continue to watch the data and let that guide us in our decisions.  We continue to review the data through the lens of ensuring the health and safety of our congregation, our visitors, and staff.  Alabama remains a state with rising numbers, calling us to caution and prudence as we seek to gather in larger groups. 
 
I wish I could say when we will all be back together for on-site services, but right now the current circumstances do not justify the potential risks to the health and safety of our congregation. As Deacons and leadership, we commit to our continuous assessment of the situation and to returning to on-site services when we feel assured we can do our best to protect the safety and health of the congregation. 
 
During these difficult, uncharted times, I ask you to do the following:

  1. Pray for the families of the over 200,000 individuals who have lost the battle to this disease;
  2. Pray and reach out to members of our church family offering help and support; and
  3. Prayerfully, cheerfully, and continuously give of your time and resources to help us continue our missions and ministries on which so many depend.

I look forward to seeing you on-line through our weekly Bible study, Sunday morning study, and during our on-line worship.  We can and will remain a committed community of grace for this community and beyond!
 
God Bless,
Rusty Bennett

Deacon Chair


Updated September 23, 2020

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Life goes on while we live in a strangely different time. Minimized and streamlined daily routines to reduce the risks related to COVID-19 do not eliminate other life events, expected and unexpected, that come our way. A newly married young adult diagnosed with cancer, a fellow church member's elderly mother passing away after a fall, the progression of a disease that diminishes one’s independence, the depression that creeps in and engulfs one like a dark, heavy cloud with no easy way to catch a glimmer of light. And then there are those wonderful events such as a the first day of school, graduation, a wedding, the birth of a child and while still celebrated, it seems as though not fully celebrated. Life goes on! We miss the rich fellowship and support that our church family interacting face-to-face provides.  We glean as much as possible from the online meetings, for which we are grateful, but we look forward to the day we can worship together in the same space. In the meantime, we are tasked with maintaining the spirit and fellowship of our church family by reaching out to one another and praying for  each other. A question that I was asked recently and that we might each ask ourselves is this: How important is your church to you in this pandemic? Please think about this question, and when we gather Wednesday for Prayer and Bible Study, we will discuss some of the responses. 

The Psalm reading for this Sunday begins with words which speak to us at all times. 
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
All that is within, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all his benefits. (Ps.103:1-2)

I look forward to seeing those all to participate in the Zoom meeting Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
The link for the meeting is included below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87637579395?pwd=aURVcTdpRWVIVk9BeWZ5Vnd1TjZpUT09

Meeting ID: 876 3757 9395
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Updated September 9, 2020

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We start a new month and still we find ourselves in an in-between state. We are alive, and for the most part well, but our focus is very different than it was a year ago as the familiar feelings, sights and sounds of summer vacation coming to an end, a new school year and a college football season beginning are so radically different. In the days of March through August, we learned a great deal about ourselves, some good things and some not so good. Although we are not through the pandemic, we have learned how to function with less and with limited or no access to things we thought we couldn't live without. The human spirit is amazingly resilient, and I am confident we will see evidence of this as we push ahead toward a day when a vaccine is available that will finally help us move beyond this pandemic.

One fact that was obvious before but is even more apparent now, is that we really do need each other. People around us, family, friends, and co-workers, need the awareness and assurance of others to whom they are very significant. Community, whether large or small, is important and vital for each of us. Take a moment today to think about those that are important to you and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for them. Almost daily, I receive word from someone expressing concern about a member or a neighbor's well-being. If you are aware of someone having a need that we can help meet, please share that with the church office so that together we can give expression to the love of God with us, by encouraging and assisting those within our family of faith and in our community.

This Wednesday evening in our mid-week Zoom meeting, we will discuss the importance of community and how it has taken on a new significance for many. I hope you will join us to be a part of this discussion and in our time of prayer. The login information is included below.

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Updated September 2, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. We will be looking at the Sunday School lesson, "God Has Brought Me Laughter," using the below attached materials.

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR
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>> Sunday School:
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Updated August 29, 2020

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Pushing through the pandemic continues to weigh heavy on individuals worldwide even as statistics indicate that the number of new cases is declining in many places. Summer break from school is now over, and students, teachers, parents and administrators are coping with a new way of doing school and balancing all the duties that entails. I remember very well the stress of getting children up, ready and off to school with Dawn and I both working. I can only imagine how much stress is added by the hybrid approaches to on-site and virtual classes. Please offer prayers for all those involved, and when an opportunity to help is apparent, please respond as you are able. Even during the pandemic there are ways to assist.

Although the return to school is at the forefront of our minds, there are many others for whom to pray and offer help. I encourage you to reach out to family, friends, church family and neighbors who, because of age or health conditions, have been isolated for over five months. Take a moment to call or send a card or email. 

Every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. a Zoom meeting is scheduled during which we offer prayers for the concerns mentioned above as well as other particular needs on our prayer list. I encourage you to join us for this time of prayer and a brief preview of our text for this week. The pandemic, an election year, unemployment severely impacting individuals and families just getting by before the pandemic, and racial unrest and injustice are further reasons that we all need to be in prayer. God is faithful and promises to hear our prayers. May we all promise to respond as we receive answers to our prayers.

Updated August 25, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. We will be looking at the Sunday School lesson, "Mourning into Joy," using the below attached materials.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: 

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>> Order of Worship:

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>> Sunday School:

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Updated August 21, 2020

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The Wednesday evening Prayer Time and Bible Study Zoom meeting will have a slightly different look this week. I will host the meeting from Memorial Chapel during which time we will pray for those on our prayer list, hear scripture read, spend a few minutes in silent prayer and meditation and conclude with the celebration of Holy Communion. Although we cannot engage in as many direct person-to-person ministries during the pandemic as at other times in the past, we all can pray, and I think it pretty apparent that prayers are greatly needed. Prayers are needed for our church family, for the physical well-being and healing of many individuals affected in varying degrees by COVID-19; for the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual well-being of everyone trying to get through the pandemic, especially those who are grieving. We need to pray for our communities, cities, states and nation at a time when there is great division and uncertainty. It is a time that calls for us all to live by faith, to pray earnestly and fervently for insight, understanding, wisdom and courage, and to live everyday with the knowledge that the Spirit of Christ is present always and in all events of life. It is also a time to remind oneself as each day is granted by God, that ‘this is the day which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

I look forward to the the virtual gathering on Wednesday evening. The login information is included below.

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Updated August 19, 2020

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Adjusting to the new normal is a challenge. I know that we all are doing our best to adapt to living in and through a pandemic much longer in duration than perhaps we first thought we would face. Coping is especially difficult in light of our expectations of how quickly anything we need or want should be available. However, maybe in this protracted health crisis we will examine and learn more about our approach to life and our expectations as they relate to all of creation and to those around us. Could this destructive and deadly pandemic aid all of humanity in reassessing where and in what we place our faith? Will the extended pause of so many activities be used well to refocus on what we really value? Will we practice behaviors prescribed by health officials (hand washing, wearing masks, social distancing) for the health benefits to others not just ourselves. It seems that the pandemic, as terrible as it is, may provide the impetus to a better way of viewing the world and every person that is in it.


In our Wednesday evening Zoom Meeting, we will consider our responses to these questions: How has the pandemic affected my faith? How has the pandemic affected how I see my neighbors and my family?


I hope you will join us for this time of prayer and discussion. The link to the Zoom meeting is included below.


Topic: Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer


Time:

Aug 5, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time

(US and Canada)


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Updated August 5, 2020
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It is the last week in the fifth month of the pandemic, and still we wonder when positive news will lighten the heaviness under which we live each day. We hope and pray for the success of vaccine trials which we know are the only sure way to get beyond the effects this virus has on the health of people around the world and the dramatic changes we are all making for the sake of ourselves and others.

The new normal, which has become our routine for the last several months and likely will be for several months ahead, is not at all what we want, but it is what we have. Therefore, we push on in our individual lives, taking care of the critical aspects of life and discovering new ways to enrich our lives and relationships. As a church family, we address the ministries that are a part of our mission to the degree possible and discover new ideas and ways to be the presence of Christ in our community and beyond.

Each Sunday, I remind you of some of the ministry efforts that are on going, and on Wednesday evenings we gather for a time of prayer and Bible study in a Zoom Meeting. Prayers for members of our church family are offered and other concerns related to the ministries of the church are discussed during the study time. If you have concerns or questions, join us for this time of prayer together. It would benefit your church family to hear from you. If your schedule prevents you from joining our virtual gathering, you can email me or the church office.

I look forward to seeing those able to join us this Wednesday. The login information is included below.

Wednesday Zoom Meeting:
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Updated July 29, 2020

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Worship last Sunday featured the welcomed return of the pipe organ creating a very familiar and comforting feeling which facilitated our experience of worship. The failure of a part that rendered the organ inoperable was replaced; however, obtaining the part and the installation took longer than expected due to the pandemic. The months of absence or limitations of various activities and interests perhaps have reminded us of their enriching values leading us to appreciate them more. I encourage you to give thanks for the blessings so easily taken for granted pre-pandemic. 

The Deacons and the Congregational Council met in a Zoom meeting Monday. The meeting followed the usual agenda, but as it has for the last five months, the effects of the pandemic on members and on the ministries of Southside Baptist Church were at the forefront of discussion. We are all hopeful as we pray that the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths will begin to slow, but until then, the deacons decided it is best to continue with no on-site worship or meetings for our congregation. This will be revisited at the August Deacons meeting. The church staff will continue to do our best to provide a wonderful worship service each week. Please continue to pray for each other and the ministries of SSBC that touch the lives of so many in our community and beyond.


Updated July 23, 2020

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Sunday March 22, 2020, four months ago, we held the first livestream-only worship service at Southside. Providing this ministry has been a part of the worship experience for well over a year, but it took on new significance when the pandemic made worshiping together in the same place a health and safety issue. We have all become more adept at using technology whether it is livestreaming on YouTube, Facebook Live, Zoom or some other online meeting platform. I am thankful we have this technology that provides a means to stay connected with one another and to at least see one another as we converse. However, it has taken some time for us to become comfortable worshiping in different locations and sensing the same unity of spirit as when gathering in one location for corporate worship. The truth is that wherever we are, God is there, and that is especially apparent when we are gathering online, giving expression to our faith as a church family. A special thank you to Charles Auton and Andrey Ramp for operating the camera for the livestream broadcast. Thank you also to Rusty Bennett, Deacon Chairperson, who engages worshipers in the live chat feature of the broadcast. One day, we hope to worship face to face again, but until then, we can be assured that God is in our midst regardless of the means or location of our worship. I hope you will join us on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. for the Zoom gathering as well. 


Please continue to pray for one another, and let the church office know of any sickness or other needs among our membership, our families, and our friends.


Updated July 15, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at

205-276-6028

. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "Israel's Redemption," using the below attached materials.



At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: 

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>> Order of Worship: https://bit.ly/2Zd29Oz


>> Sunday School:

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Updated July 10, 2020

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How are you managing during this pandemic? Have you been able to maintain a positive outlook on life while working from home and having limited or no social events to attend? Life is strangely different now, and it looks as though it will remain in some variation of this state for months to come. How can we foster interaction and fellowship among our church family during these times? One way is through the gatherings we have online every Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. The first half of the Zoom meeting each week is a time of discussion related to church family news and prayer concerns. It is an open discussion to determine how to help those most affected by the pandemic, as well as discussing various social concerns, especially those related to social justice and racism. I encourage you to take part in this important opportunity for dialogue. I also encourage you to participate in the virtual Sunday School Class at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings and the Worship Service livestream at 11 a.m.

Our Food Bank will be distributing food this Thursday from 3-5 p.m. If you would like to help in this mission and ministry effort, please contact the church office for details on guidelines for volunteering or for receiving food. The number of families receiving food has increased steadily since mid-May and will likely continue to increase as special assistance with housing and loss of income begins to diminish. You can also take part in helping to support this ministry by giving financially to this cause. 


Updated July 8, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "Hosea's Marriage," using the below attached materials.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: 

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>> Order of Worshiphttps://bit.ly/31Dllqs


>> Sunday School:

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Updated July 3, 2020

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Our spirits were uplifted and imbued with hope through the wonderful music provided by the choir last Sunday in worship. We are blessed to have a music ministry with such talented and gifted musicians who, in the midst of this pandemic, have provided a constant presence and consistent message of hope. At a time in our history when many of the trappings of life once thought to be essential have been peeled away, we see the really important realities of life: our relationship with God through Jesus the Christ, our families, and our relationships with our neighbors as we learn to love our neighbor as Christ loves us and as we love ourselves. The message presented in music Sunday spoke to humility, reverence, and attentiveness to God’s presence and activity in the world, and to the promise of God’s awareness and attention to all our needs. This seemed evident to me though some of the comments made in the live chat feature of the livestream broadcast.


Here are a few of them:

   “I came today sad and depressed and I leave uplifted and touched by the sharing of spirit in words and beautiful music. Thank you all for helping me today.”


   “A wonderful message of peace and love for all!!”


   “My heart and soul needed this service today.”


   “A beautiful service.”


These are only a few of the many comments received during the service and in the days following. 


These comments made during the worship service are wonderful examples of how often we are able to use our God-given gifts to be instruments of God’s blessing to others. Think of those you know that may need a word of hope and encouragement, and then follow up by calling or writing them. Your words will bless them and may be the help needed to get them through the day. 


While words of encouragement are good, we know that words alone are not all that is needed. Several of our members are helping with words but also with some very tangible assistance through the food distribution of our Food Bank. Every other Thursday, approximately 80 families receive several bags of food containing a good variety of vegetables, meat, bread and milk. The need continues to grow, however, and we are experiencing an increase in clients each

week. If you are able to bless others through a financial gift to the food bank, it will be greatly appreciated and it will go to purchase food for this ever-increasing need. You can make this gift online or by mailing a check to the church office.


Now that we are halfway through another calendar year, I also encourage you to review your regular support of all the ministries of Southside Baptist Church. Even though we are not worshipping on-site, much of the cost of the direct-service social ministries and that of maintaining a presence to provide opportunities for study and worship continue. Please consider your participation in the life and ministry of Southside Baptist Church by giving to support the ministries that honor God and bless those in this community and beyond.  


Please remember the Wednesday Zoom meeting for a time of prayer and study.


Updated June 30, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "Remaining at Jesus' Side," using the below attached materials.

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR
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>> Sunday School:
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Updated June 19, 2020

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Our Deacons had a very good virtual meeting Monday evening during which time needs and concerns of members and our community were discussed. One particular concern was finding ways to stay connected with all of our church members and regular attenders during the pandemic. We are asking everyone to help in this effort by thinking about those who sat near you in worship, were in your Sunday School class or other study group and take time to call, text, email, or write them a note letting them know they are in our thoughts and prayers. A simple word of encouragement will lift their spirits, especially during the pandemic. Additionally, we will continue with the current practice of virtual meetings and worship through July. The Deacons will meet and review conditions when they meet in July and determine plans for the month of August.



Updated June 16, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "Remaining at Jesus' Side," using the below attached materials.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: 

https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR


>> Order of Worshiphttps://go.aws/2UyLEd2


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Updated June 12, 2020

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A strange and stressful time is one way to describe the period that began in early March of 2020 and continues even now. Little did most of us know that soon our daily lives would be altered and affected dramatically. As time marched on and our patience grew thin from living through a pandemic, most were praying for some light and hope but came face-to-face with the ugly truth of the reality that we have, for far too long, chosen to ignore, avoid, and even deny its presence. That truth is the racial inequality and injustice that is very real and is perpetuated throughout our culture. There is no way to justify it morally, spiritually or legally. As people of faith, it is imperative for us to find ways to be a part of the solution to eradicate racism. The place to start is within ourselves and with deep introspection to ask God to show us our flaws, our wrong thinking, wrong attitudes and opinions, helping us to see ourselves and others in a new way. One of the forerunners of the civil rights movement in the United States is somewhat obscure compared to the other leaders that usually come to mind. Howard Thurman was an author, philosopher, theologian, educator and mentor to a whole generation of civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr. Thurman was a deeply spiritual person who used his gifts to speak to millions in his lifetime through the written and spoken word, and he continues to do so today through his published writing. This quote from his book, The Luminous Darkness, points one to the deep conviction and calling in his life:
 “...[A] strange necessity has been laid upon me to devote my life to the central concern that transcends the walls that divide and would achieve in literal fact what is experienced as literal truth: human life is one and all men are members of one another. And this insight is spiritual and it is the hard core of religious experience.”

I pray that in the days ahead, whatever those days may hold, we will all listen with our hearts and minds and put into practice what God calls us be and do. 


Join us this Wednesday evening and login to the Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. The link is included below.
 
Timothy Kelley is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
Topic: Weekly Prayer and Bible Study
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Updated June 10, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "Called to Come and See," using the below attached materials.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR

>> Order of Worshiphttps://go.aws/3cz6qQ4


>> Sunday School:

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Update June 5, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Marilyn Shepard will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "A Crucial Question," using the below attached materials.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR

>> Order of Worshiphttps://go.aws/2ZO0HDd


>> Sunday School:

     > Lesson materials

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88298628778?pwd=V1FuOExFSTB6Zk5HeVZ0bHUwUjl0QT09


Meeting ID: 882 9862 8778

Password: 081408

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Updated May 29, 2020

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Join us online for Prayer and Bible Study in the weekly Zoom meeting this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. (see the link below). On Sunday, there is a Sunday School Zoom meeting scheduled for  9:45 a.m. the livestream of worship will begin at 11:00 a.m. on SSBC’s YouTube channel. The Sunday School and livestream link will be sent in an email on Friday.


Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study
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Meeting ID: 812 4883 3334
Password: 283140
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Updated May 27, 2020

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COVID-19 has changed our world and with it the various ways we gather as a people of faith. Over nearly 10 weeks, our church has continued its ministry and missions efforts, journeyed during Holy Week through Easter, and have come together for prayer, Bible study and worship. We did this all virtually – we did NOT close.  Rather, we expanded our vision to be an inclusive community of grace here in this community and beyond, creating new opportunities to gather virtually to both share our love of God, as well as to be united in the Spirit with each other. As we, our families, and friends have dealt with feelings of isolation, fear, confusion, and the unknown, as a community of faith, united and bound by the Holy Spirit, we have remained strong. Like many of you, we all long to return to the days of being physically in the same place and mourn the loss of our ability to connect in-person. In examination of the data and current Health Department guidance, it is difficult to see an easy, healthy, and safe path to worship physically as a community of faith in the near future.


During our most recent Deacons meeting, the Deacons and Congregational Council reviewed the options for meeting together physically in the building through the criteria of our Godly mission and call; our capacity; and the health, safety, and care of our congregation and guests. As we consider all of the issues and optimistically watch as businesses begin to reopen, we realized there are simply too many unknowns requiring a cautious, planful approach allowing for the healthiest and safest restart of our on-site missions, ministries, and worship services. After a prayerful and thoughtful conversation and assessment, the Deacons unanimously approved a plan to postpone the restart of all on-site activities until at least August 2020. Over the Summer, we commit to assessing the progress for controlling COVID-19 and to develop protocols to ensure the health, safety and care of our congregations and the other congregations and organizations that utilize our building. We know the further postponing of our on-site activities is disappointing, however we feel this is the best way to ensure the health and safety of our congregation.


As we travel this journey together, united in service to our God, this is not the time to “social distance” from your community of faith. We need you. Please join together by making a commitment to:    

  1. Connect. Throughout the Summer, we will continue to offer virtual worship, prayer, Bible Study, and gatherings to grow and connect our congregation. Each of these are opportunities to come together as the church – join us!  
  2. Serve.  Start an affinity/prayer group, teach a class, reach out to our home-bound, or support a ministry. We can still be the body of Christ and do so in a safe and healthy way.
  3. Pray.  God hears the prayers of the people. Pray for our world, this community, our church, and our congregation. Our faith will be our strength!
  4. Give.  Finally, give and do so generously. Your tithes and offerings directly sustain and expand our ability to be the presence of God in this community and beyond. Your gifts ensure God’s inclusive message of grace and love for all! 

As we weather these uncharted waters, we do so united as a church, a community of believers, with an assurance of God’s presence and love. With our solid faith in God, united in the Spirit, we will see this through – a promise said so elegantly in Psalm 23.  


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; 
He leads me beside the still waters. 
He restores my soul, 
He leads me in the right paths for his name’s sake. 


Even though I walk  through the darkest valley, 
I fear no evil; 
For you are with me; 
Your rod and your staff – 
They comfort me. 


May God bless you and your family with health, safety and peace,  

Tim Kelley            
Pastor
 


Rusty Bennett

Chair of Deacons


Updated May 22, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "The Samaritan Pentecost," using the below attached materials.

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream by following this link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR
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Updated May 22, 2020

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Every other Thursday from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., volunteers from Southside Baptist Church and from Iron City Church receive, pack and distribute bags of food to those in and around our community who are food insecure. The food is purchased from the United Way Food Bank. The funding for these purchases comes through your regular giving as part of the missions support in our budget, and through designated gifts that you and others make for this specific mission effort. Last week, 70 different families came through the drive-through distribution line. The total family members in the 70 families is 160 individuals. Compared to the millions of families and individuals affected by the pandemic, the numbers receiving food may not seem that significant, but I can tell you that the words of thanks spoken to the volunteers to be passed along to you are often extremely moving. So, on behalf of the clients receiving food, thank you for your support through your regular giving and for the additional gifts made for this mission and ministry effort. 


The new normal is a challenge for us all, especially when every facet of our usual routines have been altered. Our routines of work, rest, family and worship are very different. Even though we are able to have virtual meetings and worship, the lack of an in-person presence requires some significant mental adjustments. The good news is that you all have adapted so well to what we are able to do as a family of faith. We all know that church is not a building, it is body of people bound together by faith and that are compelled by the love of Christ to care for each other and the community locally and beyond. During this pandemic, we are limited in our usual practices of worship, discipleship, missions, ministry and fellowship, but we can still be the presence of Christ. Through the missions and ministry mentioned above and through your personal ministry to your family, your neighbors, your friends and church, your are being the presence of Christ. In Hebrews 6:9a are these words, "Let us not become weary in doing good."

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Monday evening, a virtual meeting of the Deacons and the Congregational Council was held. A major portion of the time allotted was used to discuss how we, as the leadership of Southside Baptist Church, should proceed in the weeks ahead. The leaders discussed the information from a number of medical personnel, Dept. of Health, other churches, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the SBC and came to the conclusion that we will not re-open until at least August 2020. The months of June and July will be used for a newly appointed committee to evaluate the current health risks involved with public worship and develop a thorough plan. The August date is not a firm date and may be moved further if conditions warrant doing so. Fortunately, we do have the technology to connect through virtual meetings and live-streamed worship. The continued closure, however, makes everyone’s involvement all the more important. Please stay in touch with one another by text, email, or phone calls. When you are able, login to the meetings and participate, and on Sunday login to the live-streamed worship. We all need to hear from each other and encourage one another in this time of separation.

The links for Wednesday prayer and Bible Study and worship are included below.

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Updated May 19, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson, "You Shall Receive Power," using the below attached materials.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream. Please join us for our weekly service.  Follow this link to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR

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Updated May 15, 2020

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The prudent approach to the gradual reopening and resuming activities of businesses and organizations, including churches, should be one of cautious optimism after some very careful preparation. At least that is my opinion based on reports and in talking with other church leaders throughout the country. Research data indicates that large gatherings of people in a confined space, such as a worship service, does pose a greatly increased risk of someone contracting the virus. A congregation worshiping in a confined space for an hour, where a significant part of that hour involves a choir and congregational singing increases the risk factor dramatically even when practicing prescribed social distancing. We all want to resume worship with the building open to the public as soon as possible; however, the consensus of our leadership is that the earliest date we would reopen for worship is June 7, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and prayerfully consider the best and safest plan for the coming months. In the meantime, you can login or call in to the Zoom meetings held each Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m.


The Wednesday evening meeting is a time of prayer and updates on how everyone is coping followed by a brief Bible study and reflection on one of the texts for the coming Sunday. On Sunday morning, the meeting is a Bible Study led by Rusty Bennett. Rusty does a great job of guiding us through the Sunday School lesson. I hope you will consider joining us for these times of virtual gathering. Of course, each Sunday the worship service is livestreamed on our YouTube channel. This Sunday, the texts are Psalm 66: 8-20 and John 14: 15-21. The primary focus of the homily is John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commands,” and what that means in living our lives as a followers of Christ even in the midst of a pandemic. 

Please continue checking on and staying in contact with your fellow church members. Think or those who sat around you in pre-pandemic worship and offer a prayer for them or call them and speak a word of encouragement. Let us all make the best of this period in which we find ourselves.

The links for Wednesday prayer and Bible Study and worship are included below.

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Updated May 12, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. Since it is a Zoom meeting, there are a couple of steps necessary when you start to log on. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson using the curriculum.

 

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream. Please join us for our weekly service.  Follow this link, and it will take you to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR

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Update May 8, 2020

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Today is "Giving Tuesday," a day designated worldwide for all people to give of your resources, your time, and your talents to help meet needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency response is for the needs already evident and for those that will come to light in the days ahead. The organizations providing support and assistance to which you might contribute are too numerous to list. I encourage you, though, to prayerfully consider what has touched you most as you have listened to reports or personal stories of how an organization or agency provided needed aid and assistance to individuals or families. Maybe that is where Christ’s Spirit has nudged you to give. Consider also that the needs in our communities will significantly increase in the summer months; needs that are physical in nature such as food, clothing and shelter. There are organizations in our community that provide those direct services to individuals, two of which are housed in our church building: Bridge Ministries and Family PromiseSouthside Baptist Church also provides direct assistance through our Food Bank and Clothes Closet. Last Thursday, a large supply of food was distributed to over 70 individuals by volunteers from Southside Baptist Church and Iron City Church. Thank you to the two individuals coordinating those efforts for each congregation: Brenda Tidwell, SSBC, and Melissa Robillard, ICC.

The pandemic is creating other needs perhaps not as obvious as the physical needs. Concerns related to the emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of individuals may go unnoticed but will have significant impact in the days ahead. Most of us are not trained to deal with the severe problems some might experience; however, we can call and check on individuals and speak words of encouragement, or perhaps deliver food or medicine needed, all of which will benefit everyone. We, as Southside Baptist Church, are a part of the Church that Jesus established to love and serve others as he loves and serves us. I hope you will consider how you can be a part of serving by making a special donation of your resources, giving of your time by committing to pray regularly for all those who are serving and who are being served, or using your talents to brighten the day and lift the spirits of those around you. We are called to be the eyes, hands, feet and presence of the one who called us: Jesus the Christ.

We will meet virtually on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for a time to pray together and to draw encouragement from scripture and from one another. I hope you will join us for this time. The login info is below.

Additional information will be sent on Friday for the livestream of Sunday worship and the Sunday School Zoom meeting.

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Updated May 5, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. Since it is a Zoom meeting, there are a couple of steps necessary when you start to log on. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson using the curriculum.


At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream. Please join us for our weekly service.  Follow this link, and it will take you to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR

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>> Sunday School:This Sunday we will be joining again for Bible Study. 


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Updated May 1, 2020

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I hoped that we would have a clear path to resuming more of our daily activities and routines four weeks ago, as the month of March was drawing to a close; however, here we are one month later and, while there are some positive results from the mitigation efforts that limited the severity of COVID-19 in many parts of the country, there are still many unanswered questions. Going forward into the month of May, we will continue scheduling virtual meetings and Sunday School while encouraging everyone to worship via livestream by viewing Southside Baptist Church’s YouTube channel at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday. The church building will remained closed for gatherings of large groups until more data is available upon which to make decisions. 

In the meantime, as a church family, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to minister to one another. The phone calls to members and the prayers you offer on behalf of one another are a part of being a church family. Please take a few moments and think about those in your Bible Study, Sunday School Class, or think normally sit near you in worship. Make a list of those you know may be struggling during this period of isolation, and give them a call, send a note and offer a prayer for them. Such a simple act will encourage others and lift your spirit as well.

This Sunday, the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating Holy Communion virtually which means you will need to gather your bread and juice/wine for this purpose. Even though we will not be in the same place physically, our hearts and spirits will be as we are united in this Holy observance. 

On Wednesday evening, we will gather virtually for our weekly prayer and Bible study. I encourage you to log in to this Zoom meeting by following the link below as we offer prayers for those most affected by COVID-19, our members who may be suffering from other illnesses and the many concerns we see all around us everyday. 

Last Monday, April 20, the Deacon Board held their first virtual meeting. During that meeting, concerns and needs of members were discussed and prayers for members and all ministries of the church were offered. Additionally, ways to help everyone stay connected were discussed. One recommendation was presented and approved for the church to receive at the next Church Business Conference. The recommendation was that the title of Interim Choir Director be change to Choir Director for Dr. Kenny Gannon. Dr. Gannon, Ms. Heaslett and the Sanctuary Choir have done a wonderful job of providing worship music each week prior to and during this pandemic. We are blessed to have such a talented music ministry. 

Please remember that many of the missions and ministries of Southside Baptist Church continue even during the pandemic. This week is our week to host the families who are guests with Family Promise. Due to COVID-19, we cannot host them on-site so we are funding a room for them at a local hotel and meals that our volunteers would normally provide. You can help by making a donation to SSBC and designate it for Family Promise. Every other Thursday from 3-5 p.m., volunteers from SSBC and Iron City Church are opening our Food Bank for a "Drive-Thru” food distribution. You can help this ministry with donations to SSBC’s Food Bank. For your convenience, any donation to SSBC for our Operating Budget or any of these special mission causes can be made online by going to our website, Southsidebirmingham.org, and clicking on the Contribute tab.

I look forward to seeing those able to join us on Wednesday evening for the virtual gathering.

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Updated April 28, 2020

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This is a reminder of our virtual meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting, we will get updates on the church family and needs of which anyone is aware. I encourage you to follow the link below and participate if at all possible. Getting together, even virtually, is one way to stay connected to one another in the midst of this difficult time as the strain is felt in all areas of life.

I hope to see and talk with you this evening.

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Updated April 22, 2020

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This is the sixth week of social distancing and limitations on gatherings necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it feels as though it has been much longer than one and one-half months. The isolation has affected every area of our lives from the routine of work, family life, social interaction, preferred leisure activities, and the religious activities of our church family. I sorely miss our weekly times of gathering and face-to-face interaction. While I am very thankful that we are able to connect through the virtual meetings and livestream worship, there is a dimension of our relationships within the church family that is lacking in our virtual experiences. I have become more aware of the blessings we have in and through one another when reflecting on times together. No doubt that is one of the reasons that the writer of Hebrews wrote, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25a). At this point, how long we will be limited in gathering is unknown, but hopefully we are near the midpoint of having to rely on just virtual interaction. Until we are able to safely assemble for worship, prayer, study, service and fellowship, we will continue the weekly virtual meetings and worship. During this period of separation, we still have the opportunity to grow in our faith through our personal times of prayer and study and by making a phone call or sending an email. It is a tremendous lift to one's outlook when they know others are concerned for them and are walking alongside them in this most unusual time.

Your church staff and leadership are continually praying for guidance as to how best to minister within our family of faith and our community. Please let us hear from you, we want to know how you are doing and what things might help you cope in this time in which we are living.

Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m., a Zoom meeting is scheduled for a time of prayer and Bible study. The link is included below. An additional email will go out to you on Friday with information and links to the virtual Sunday School Class and worship.

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Updated April 21, 2020

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Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. Since it is a Zoom meeting, there are a couple of steps necessary when you start to log on. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson using the curriculum and examining John 20:19-31.

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream. Please join us for this Easter service.  Follow this link, and it will take you to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR
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This Sunday will be joining again for Bible Study. This week, our topic is "Places of Resurrection: My Lord and My God!"
 
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Updated April 17, 2020

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 This is just a reminder of our virtual meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting, we will get updates on the church family and needs of which anyone is aware. I encourage you to follow the link below and participate if at all possible. Getting together, even virtually, is one way to stay connected to one another in the midst of this difficult time as the strain is felt in all areas of life.
I hope to see and talk with you this evening.

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Updated April 15, 2020

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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/contribute.

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.

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Updated April 14, 2020

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Easter Sunday

Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. Since it is a Zoom meeting, there are a couple of steps necessary when you start to log on. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett will be leading the Sunday School lesson using the curriculum and examining John 20: 1-9, 11-18a. 

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream. Please join us for this Easter service.  Follow this link, and it will take you to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/3b4C1ZR
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Updated April 11, 2020

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Good Friday

Please join your church family in a livestream of our Good Friday service tonight at 6 p.m. Follow this link, and it will take you to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9KD4Eg0RS0nvjWKyxWGbaw.
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Updated April 10, 2020

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Maundy Thursday

Tonight at 6:00 p.m., we will have a Zoom meeting for a Virtual Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion. Before then, gather your bread and grape juice or wine so that we can all participate in this holy occasion. I hope you're able to join us this evening.

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Updated April 9, 2020

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There is no way to adequately describe the feelings we all have during this Holy Week. Feelings and thoughts present with us from the middle of March onward as we were thrust into a forced pause in our daily routines of life. But now, at least for me, these thoughts and feelings are more penetrating and intense as I read and reflect on the events during Holy Week. Perhaps it is the reality that we do not, nor can we, control life, but we are to live it as it comes to us with a resolve to do so as Christ’s Spirit leads us. This pause, or at least reduced pace of life during the pandemic, does open opportunities to look outward and with open eyes to see the needs around us. Many of those were present before the pandemic, but now there are new needs related to the treatment of Covid-19 patents and the economic effects of this pandemic.

As individuals, you nor I can do everything, but there are some tangible things we can do. Perhaps you can help with collection and donation of supplies such as the personal protection equipment, or check on those most vulnerable and making sure they have food and ensuring that those who are isolated stay connected even if in a limited way. There is already a long list of needs, other than the medical needs, with so many people losing their jobs. The non-profits providing direct services of food, clothing and shelter are seeing a rapid increase in calls for assistance. It is time for us to take action to meet these needs. Southside Baptist Church provides food and clothing through our Food Bank and Clothes Closet ministries. Your gifts to our budget help support these ministries. SSBC houses the offices of Family Promise of Birmingham which provides housing for homeless families, and Bridge Ministries which provides direct emergency services.

The ministries of your church and these non-profits all need your help in meeting the current needs and the needs we will see in the weeks ahead. You may give through SSBC to help with specific needs by designating your gifts to those ministries or non-profits. In the upper room while sharing the Passover meal, Jesus  said, this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Reflecting on the blessings of God’s love, mercy and grace that we experience, may we all love others through meeting the needs we see before us.

There are a number of opportunities in which you can virtually participate this week such as study groups and worship:

  • Wednesday evening, a Zoom meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. This is a time of prayer and discussion providing a means to stay connected with one another. Details for our Wednesday meeting are listed below.
  • Thursday at 6:00 p.m., we will also have a Zoom meeting for a Virtual Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion. Before Thursday, gather your bread and grape juice or wine so that we can all participate in this holy occasion.
  • Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., we will have a Good Friday Service via livestream.


>> Wednesday Prayer Time and Bible Study
Time: Apr 8, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time  
https://zoom.us/j/721052058?pwd=TTNIVXBja2xzaW8rV1FkMldLZG5Wdz09
Meeting ID: 721 052 058
Password: 305092

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>> Maundy Thursday Service
Time: Apr 9, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time
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Meeting ID: 717 331 103
Password: 604250

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>> Good Friday Service 
Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9KD4Eg0RS0nvjWKyxWGbaw

 

Updated April 6, 2020

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This Palm Sunday: Virtual Sunday School and Worship

Please join your church family in a virtual Sunday School class at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday by following the link in the invitation below. Since it is a Zoom meeting, there are a couple of steps necessary when you start to log on. If you have trouble connecting, please contact me via text or call at 205-276-6028. Rusty Bennett is leading the class in a study of Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection. The previous sessions have provided a time for us to connect virtually and discuss the book and other matters that relate to life during this pandemic. I hope you will be able to participate.

At 11:00 a.m., you can worship with your church family via livestream. The texts for Palm Sunday are the account of Jesus' entry in to Jerusalem and point our minds forward to the events that Jesus experienced that week leading up to his crucifixion. Please join us, and let this Palm Sunday and the Holy Week that follows be one of reflection and thanksgiving for what the Lord has done.  Follow this link, and it will take you to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9KD4Eg0RS0nvjWKyxWGbaw.
>> Order of Worshiphttps://go.aws/2X5Wk55

>> Sunday School:
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    Meeting ID: 659 363 850


Updated April 3, 2020

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This is the fifth week of Lent 2020 leading us to Palm Sunday and Holy Week. This period of 40 days plus the Sundays from Ash Wednesday until Easter this year are being lived in a manner unlike any we have ever experienced. In a typical year, the days of Lent are spent in thoughtful prayer, introspection and confession with the intention of a renewed dedication to Jesus the Christ evident in our thoughts and actions. Decisions are made to give up something, or take up something, that will reinforce in our hearts, minds and spirits, our dependence on God and our commitment to being instruments of God’s love, mercy and grace. This year, Lent has been experienced, at least from mid-March on, from our homes with many of the usual activities radically curtailed or completely eliminated.

The pandemic being experienced has reinforced, in the minds of many, our dependence on God. As this terrible virus has spread, we have also seen acts of loving kindness for others. There is no good way to explain why a loving God allows such a devastating disease that creates immense suffering, pain, misery, death and heartbreak to continue. However, since the problem of pain and suffering has been and will be debated until the end of time, we are left with the reality that our faith will sustain us and nurture within us the fortitude to live each day knowing that the Spirit of Christ is with us giving us hope that we will move through this pandemic. 

We are all limited in what we can do from our homes, but we can all pray. Use this time of Lent to pray for one another and those directly affected by contracting this virus. Pray for those around the world that have lost loved ones. Offer prayers for those who are fearful today of what the future may hold for them physically, relationally or professionally. Pray for the medical personnel on the front lines and their families, and the leaders making decisions on steps to take.

This Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., we will again gather for a virtual Bible Study, discussion and time of prayer. You may participate in this time by following the link below. 

Topic: Bible Study and Prayer
Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
       Every 7 days, until Apr 29, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)
       Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM
       Apr 8, 2020 06:00 PM
       Apr 15, 2020 06:00 PM
       Apr 22, 2020 06:00 PM
       Apr 29, 2020 06:00 PM
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Daily: https://zoom.us/meeting/upYsd-yqrj4i3zxxY29JkMwSaCfnmM2yDw/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6qrzsvGNSQuFzHa7UtW5X8bPG1iyJUsrtkzkbPCA1EUQLVMOxPH-BmNM-B

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Sunday, our Palm Sunday worship service will be live-streamed. This link will take you to our YouTube channel. An order of worship will be sent in a separate email this Friday.


Please stay in touch with one another, and let us know if there are needs among our church family.


Updated March 31, 2020

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It is Friday, if you, like me, are having a difficult time keeping up with what day of the week it is. Staying connected with one another, even in limited ways, is extremely important in this time of separation and isolation. You may be a person that functions fairly well in difficult circumstances such as we are experiencing, but many do not, and your involvement and participation is vitally important for the whole church family. We are still working out some of the minor bugs with our online Sunday School class and the live-streaming of the Worship service, but hopefully, everyone that wants to login to the class or worship will be able to do so this Sunday. The link below will take you to the live-stream broadcast of the worship service.
>> For Worship Service
>> To Make a Contribution


The following link will take you to a copy of the order of worship so that you may participate more fully in the service.
>> For Order of Worship

The Sunday School Class at 9:45 a.m. will be a Zoom Meeting which you can find by following the info in the invitation below. If you have problems connecting to the meeting, email me at tkelley@southsidebirmingham.org, and I will get someone to assist you.

We will continue our Lenten Study: The Gifts of Imperfection. This week’s session we will consider, “How do I find rest, calm, and stillness in my life?
  
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/j/923150736
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Please continue to check on one another, and let us know how you are doing. 

May you find peace in the presence of Christ’s Spirit as we all do our part, all the while,
knowing that our faith and hope rest in One who has overcome all, and is able to do all; 
Christ the Lord. 


Updated March 27, 2020

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We near the end of a week unlike any we have every experienced; however, through the efforts of everyone working together, being considerate of one another and mindfully limiting activities, we are coping with this health crisis. We are all in this together even though many individuals and families have been severely affected with sickness and even loss of life.

Please stay informed  and act responsibly for the well being of all. While you may feel helpless to do anything more than follow the directions of officials and medical personnel, we can all pray. Take a few minutes throughout the day and offer prayers for those who have been affected most directly, those providing medical care and research, leaders deciding and implanting policy, and those who are the most vulnerable.

As you already know, we decided that all gatherings on site at SSBC are cancelled until further notice. We will continue to worship together via livestream at 11:00 a.m. Sunday as long as the 8-10 individuals leading the service are allowed to assemble. I encourage you to join your church family via livestream for worship. Additionally, the Lenten book study being taught, "Gifts of Imperfection," will continue online through a zoom meeting on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. 

Please contact me or the church office if you know of any members who may need some assistance. Also, please contact those in your Sunday School class so that everyone will maintain a connection and know there are those able and willing should assistance be needed.

Please take precautions and stay well.

Grace and peace,
Tim Kelley            

Pastor


Updated March 20, 2020

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I was sitting at my desk contemplating the health crisis and the dramatic change in everyday life for everyone. Thoughts of concern for everyone’s well-being, the uncertainty of what will transpire in the next few weeks, the condition of those who have contracted the virus, those who have lost loved ones, the most at-risk and whether or not they have a network of support to help them, all came very quickly. What words of encouragement and hope could be offered when a great heaviness has fallen on all people in all places?

In the midst of my thoughts, the Pandora station to which I was listening played a portion of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” to which Henry van Dyke set his words, "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” I thought about a performance of that hymn in the film Sister Act II, located a video of it YouTube and watched it. Listening to this hymn and the joy with which it is performed lifted my spirit and reminded me that although the circumstances of life are currently different than we have ever known there is still reason for hope. Whether or not you watch this video, I encourage you to find those things to watch, read, listen to, or do, that will break your continual focus on the health crisis.

Certainly, we want to be informed and act responsibly for the well-being of ourselves and of others, but to do so within reason and as directed by leaders in the health and medical fields. Pray for those who have been affected most directly, those providing medical care and research, leaders deciding and implanting policy, and those who are the most vulnerable.

Along with church leadership, we decided that all gatherings on site at SSBC are now cancelled until further notice. We will continue to worship together via livestream at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. I encourage you to join your church family via livestream for worship.

Contact me or the church office if you know of any members who may need some assistance. Also, please contact those in your Sunday School class so that everyone will maintain a connection and know there are those able and willing should assistance be needed.

Please take precautions and stay well.


Updated March 19, 2020

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Due to the increased concern over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are encouraging individuals who are unwell, in a high-risk category, or otherwise concerned, to stay home this Sunday and worship with your church family via livestream. Those who do attend are encouraged to follow the prescribed practices regarding personal space and personal contact.   

Most importantly, pray for those who have been affected most directly, those providing medical care and research, leaders deciding and implementing policy, and those who are the most vulnerable. 

Stay in touch with members of your church family, and notify the church office if there is sickness or present needs among us.

May the presence of Christ's Spirit be with you.

Grace and peace,
Tim Kelley            
Pastor

Rusty Bennett
Deacon Chairperson

Marilyn Shepard
Deacon Vice-Chairperson


Updated March 14, 2020

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This Sunday is the third in our Lenten Journey of Renewal. You have been encouraged to spend time in prayer and personal reflection; however, I am very well aware that such focus is more difficult than usual given the continual flood of news and updates concerning Covid-19. I receive a number of emails and updates daily concerning the number of cases and what health officials and others are doing to manage the concerns for health and safety. One thing very apparent, though, is that all the news received contains information about what to do for your physical well-being, (see the links below) but little is said about how we maintain our spiritual well-being. The truth is that though we can take all precautions from the CDC that are recommended, there is little we can do individually that will alter the situation globally except pray. We can, however, spend the time constructively by acknowledging that things are as they are and being in prayer for people around the world who are directly affected by this virus now. We can pray that God will help us clear our minds, control our imaginations and focus on what Lent can be for us spiritually. 


Below is a list you may find helpful as we all watch and pray concerning the Coronavirus. This includes some steps we have taken at SSBC as well as some resources for you. 

  • Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we encourage anyone who is symptomatic to stay home except to get medical care. You may follow these links for more information from the CDC’s website:

                – Symptoms
                – Prevention and Treatment
                – What to Do if You are Sick

  • We encourage basic hygiene practices, such as washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Maintenance staff have installed extra hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout our campus. 
  • Be considerate of those who may prefer not to shake hands before, during, or after worship or other gatherings.
  • Be attentive and compassionate to fellow members, friends, and neighbors who are more vulnerable to infection, including older adults and those with pre-existing conditions, those without health-insurance, as well as those who may be affected by income loss due to quarantines or workplace closures.
  • During the Passing of the Peace in worship, we will invite the congregation to do so verbally rather than by shaking hands. 

Updated March 12, 2020