From Jeff’s Desk….
Jerry Bates with World Evangelism is with us today. He and wife Paula have long received support from Southside. Through personal evangelism, Christian publications, schools of preaching, radio and television, this good work has planted congregations, trained preachers, and shared the Gospel of Christ in Asia, and India in particular. Jerry and Paula take at least two extended trips overseas each year. The real “boots on the ground” are the citizens of these distant countries who are Christians and now sustain, the many congregations that have been planted. Today, Jerry will preach in our 9:00 a.m. service. During Sunday school, Paula Bates will meet with the women back in Room #11, while Jerry meets with all others in the auditorium. All adults are encouraged to one of these classes. Youth classes through Senior high will meet as usual.
Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. These five P’s serve us well as we get ready for a fantastic Summer Mission 2016.
The Honduras Mission Trip is in full prep mode as Michael and the team prepare for a week with Mission Up Reach. The team will conduct a V.B.S. and construction project called the Moses Project during the week of June 4 to 11. The cost of this trip will exceed $40,000. You have given generously, and the team has worked tirelessly to raise as much of that as possible.
Our Southside Vacation Bible School will be here on June 19-22. Troy is ordering material, arranging teachers and making plans right now. There is a team meeting for our V.B.S. on Sunday, May 15 @ 4:00. We need you on this team. We need teachers, group leaders, refreshment workers, transportation drivers, and a lot more. This year, we hope to see increased attendance from some local families who will fall in love with the Southside experience during our V.B.S.. You can make this happen!!!
Bible Camp will be new and different this year at Short Mountian, July 3-8.. Chris and team are working on staff and the Bible program right now. We have invited participation from our sister congregations in Bedford County to make this a great week of ministering to Bedford county kids. We need your kids. We need counselors, Bible teachers, crafts people and a whole lot more. Let Chris know if you can serve all or part of that week.
There is another “P”.Pray for Southside Summer Mission 2016. Pray for safety, pray for success, pray for the souls that will be touched, including the souls of those who serve on each team.
It is good to be at Southside!!!
Jeff W. Smith