Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Southridge Baptist Church,

It brings me great joy to write to you today!

The Covid-19 Task Force has determined that we will gather back for corporate worship this Sunday, December 6 at Southridge! It is an extreme understatement to say that I am excited to see all who are able to attend this upcoming Sunday.

As we prepare to gather this upcoming Sunday, there are a number of things that are important to remember…

  1. If you or your family is still not comfortable gathering in a large group setting, please feel free to worship from home. Our services will continue to be streamed live on Facebook and on our website. If you are in this category of people, please know that you are deeply loved, and a vital part of our church body and we support your decision to worship from home given the circumstances.
  2. If you are sick, if someone in your household is sick, or if you have had exposure to someone with Covid-19, please do not come to corporate worship at Southridge. Rather, watch the service and worship from home.
  3. When you come to worship at Southridge, please maintain 6 feet of social distance from others, not within your own household, at all times. If you are speaking to someone at church, please move your conversation away from busy walkways (doorways, hallways, stairways) and converse somewhere away from others, while maintaining 6 feet of social distance
  4. We highly encourage the wearing of masks while in our building. Masks will be available at all entrances and throughout our church building.
  5. On Sunday, December 6 there will be no Children’s Church or nursery. Our hope is that as December progresses our nursery will reopen along with Children’s Church. Please stay tuned for updates regarding children’s church and nursery.

Our hope is that these measures will curb the spread of Covid-19 in our own congregation and in Jefferson City.

Also, our annual church business meeting will be this Sunday, December 6 immediately following the service. We will be voting to approve the proposed 2021 budget as well as receive leadership updates from the Leadership Council.

Church, as we come together this Christmas season, may we rightly reflect on Jesus Christ. This holiday season will almost certainly look different from what we are used to. However, the words from the angelic hosts to the shepherds in Luke 2:11 are still true: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” We can rejoice, christian! The Son of God came to save sinners. He came in unparalleled humility and lowliness (Phil 2:5-8). He is the cornerstone that we stand upon. May our joy in this Christmas season be supremely anchored to Christ and His finished work, rather than our circumstances!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out to me or a member of the Covid-19 Task Force (Frank Vernon, Don Davidson, Lena Mantle, Greg White, Roy Burgess).

In Christ,

Taylor Whitmore and the Covid-19 Task Force