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Here’s what’s going on THIS WEEK AT SOUTHSIDE:

This Sunday we’ll be meeting on campus again for both Sunday School at 9:45am and Worship at 11:00am. Of course, we will continue to broadcast our service on Facebook for those not ready to return. We reopened Sunday School last week and had 110 people attending classes. I think that’s really great, especially considering we haven’t had Sunday School for six months! We had 150 people in attendance during our 11am worship hour. Again, I think those numbers are very good given all the COVID-related difficulties we’ve endured. Our S2 Youth Group (6th-12th gd.) will meet again for their weekly worship service this Sunday night at 6:30pm in our Sanctuary.

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: On Sunday morning, October 4th, we will be holding our annual Homecoming service at 11:00am, celebrating our Church’s 72nd anniversary. We will have Sunday School that morning at 9:45am. We have a special worship service planned. Chaplain Ashley Tyree will be our guest speaker, and we’ll have two different groups from within our church who will bring the special music. We will not be having “Dinner on the Grounds” after the service like we usually do because of safety concerns. Our typical potluck-style meal is not very well suited for protecting people from potential COVID exposure. Instead, we’re going to have a HOMECOMING CHURCH PICNIC beginning at 5pm that afternoon (again, that’s Sunday, Oct. 4th).

We’ve rented two large, dry inflatables for our young people (not water slides), a dunking booth (it’s time to show your Pastor how you really feel!), we’ll be giving away new Southside Baptist t-shirts, and we’re going to paint a softball field on the large grassy lot behind our Family Life Center and play a little ball. It’s going to be a blast! We will be serving a meal, but every item will be safely and individually pre-packaged by our kitchen volunteers (hot dogs, hamburgers, little bags of chips, pre-sliced and wrapped desserts, and canned/bottled drinks). It’s the safest way to serve a meal. Make your plans now to celebrate with us God’s faithfulness to our congregation for nearly three quarters of a century.

One Last Reminder: If you’ve not filled out your United States Census, you should and there’s still time. Part of being a good citizen means we help our government when they ask us for help. And they’ve asked us to fill out a census. Our community usually has many people who do not respond to the census. The result is that our schools, hospitals, and other important services are underfunded precisely because our population is underreported. So do you part by filling out a census for you/your household. You can fill out your census at the following website:

I’m looking forward to worship on Sunday morning. Please join us! I read a post on Facebook the other day that said something like, “Church should be the reason you miss other things.” I agree wholeheartedly!

In Christ,

Bro. Deek