Pastor's column


Children’s Ministry. Two significant events happened last weekend. On Saturday, JoAnn Emerson led a teacher training meeting for our Preschool and Children’s Division workers. JoAnn is our new Commitment Team leader and a specialist in children’s ministry. I was so proud to see the large number (13) of teachers present. These volunteers represent the core leaders of our church! It’s exciting to hear their ideas, concerns and vision for the future. They discussed curriculum, policies, scheduling, and other relevant matters related to having the best preschool and children’s ministry that we can have as we plan ahead for the day we move to our new location. As we have often said, “We want to be that church of excellence in advance of our relocation!” We are well on the way in our ministry to children! Thank you to each of you who serve our children and young families so faithfully.

Get-Acquainted Luncheon Recap. We had our second annual “Get-Acquainted Luncheon” for new guests and recent attenders last weekend as well. Letters went out recently to more than 25 new friends who have visited Springfield Southern in the last year. 16 guests and 9 children along with 18 deacons, staff and spouses (43 total) attended the lunch and orientation meeting. It was fun going from table to table and re-introducing ourselves to our new friends and listening to their stories of life and how they’ve been blessed in attending our church services.

We had a brief program after lunch answering some of the questions about church membership, how to get further involved, children’s ministry, how we handle church offerings and the status of our Capital Campaign and relocation. The best part was the connection at a deeper level with these who have come our way. In the last two years, the Lord has brought nearly 25 new family units to us. This is not only a blessing, but also our opportunity to help disciple them and support them as they serve the Lord in our church and community. I invite each of you fellow members to “get-acquainted” with these new people and continue to make them feel welcome. These are exciting days for Springfield Southern!

Be sure to sync your fall calendars with these events:

  • October 26, 11:40AM – 2015 Proposed Budget Discussion
  • November 2, 10:30AM – Budget Adoption (Ballot Vote)
  • November 16, 10:30AM – Veteran’s Day Worship Emphasis
  • November 23, 10:30AM – Thanksgiving Testimony Service
  • November 30, 10:30AM – Advent Begins; IMB Mission Emphasis


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