Southridge Baptist Church,

First and foremost, I must begin by saying thank you! Thank you for being a loving, kind, and humble church body as we continue to traverse these unfamiliar waters. God has been abundantly gracious to us church, and it has been a joy to lead you through this season.

I am writing to remind you that we will be back for corporate worship this Sunday, September 20th at 10:00am.

As we prepare to gather together again, I want to take this opportunity to reiterate a couple of extremely important items:

  1. As you come to worship at Southridge, please continue to practice safe social distancing. Maintain 6 feet of social distance between you and your neighbor wherever and whenever possible.
  2. Though they are not required, we highly encourage the use of masks in our corporate gathering. Masks will be available to all who desire to wear them at the doors upon entry.
  3. Most importantly, if you feel sick, or think you are starting to feel sick, please stay home from worship, or any other church event.

Above all church, may we seek to remain faithful to Christ Jesus, and bring glory to God in all that comes our way in the coming months. May we remember Ephesians 4:1-3

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

My hope and prayer for Southridge is that we would continue to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Christians, Jesus said that the world will know us by our love for one another. The way in which we are loving each other, caring for one another, and bearing with one another is to be reflective of the wonderful love we have been shown in Jesus Christ! May we not lose heart in our pursuit of this, to the glory of God!

I cannot wait to see you this Sunday, September 20! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact myself, another pastor, or a deacon.

In Christ’s Love,

Taylor Whitmore