Posts with the category “weekly-updates”

Weekly Update 05/17/2022
by General Admin on May 22nd, 2022
Good afternoon,As Phil wrote in the note we sent out earlier, it's hard to squeeze 35 years in a couple hours. It's also hard––nah, impossible––to capture decades of gratitude for his faithful labors over a lunch. Yet, I'm thankful we as a body attempted to communicate it on Sunday. Some of you worked for hours and hours on desserts. Some of you worked for hours on moving chairs. Some of you worke...  Read More
Weekly Update 05/10/2022
by General Admin on May 22nd, 2022
Greetings!Having done a few of these updates over the years (formerly on paper via USPS and now via email), I’ve mulled over many details of church life experienced and anticipated. I shall not use this space to reminisce today but to anticipate the week and weeks ahead.Tomorrow night we continue the study in R. C. Sproul’s book The Mystery of the Trinity. What a helpful study! There’s ample negle...  Read More
Weekly Update 05/04/2022
by General Admin on May 5th, 2022
Good afternoon,In Acts 21, when Paul gathered with the church at Jerusalem––recounting what the Lord had done among the Gentiles––they all glorified God together. If you missed Sunday's sermon on that text, you can read/watch it here: (Christ, the Church, and the World, Acts 21:15-26)I hope that you've been as edified as I have over the past few weeks by what the Lord is doing at South Woods. I me...  Read More
Weekly Update 04/19/2022
by General Admin on May 5th, 2022
Greetings!What a joy to gather to worship the Risen Lord this past Sunday! Easter Sunday is always a wonderful time to meet up with those who’ve been affected by the cross and resurrection of Jesus. I felt that strongly on Sunday. Thank you for your attentiveness to the preaching of the Word.Mercy for Memphis is coming up Sunday afternoon at Shelby Farms. We’ve waited a long time for warmer weathe...  Read More
Weekly Update 04/12/2022
by General Admin on April 16th, 2022
Greetings!Wow! What a wonderful time we had at the restart of Bible Study Groups this past Sunday! The new space looked lovely and functioned well. I’m grateful for the thought that went into reimagining the space so that we might have better space to keep doing disciple making. Thanks for being part of this new phase in our church’s life. We look forward to Easter Sunday when we gather for Bible ...  Read More
Weekly Update 04/05/2022
by General Admin on April 6th, 2022
Greetings!What a crew! So many folks turned out on Saturday to work on the grounds and the building! We’re grateful for the participation, and as Matt mentioned Sunday, the joyful interaction as we worked side-by-side. I loved seeing so many smiling faces and busy hands at work. What an encouragement! Thank you for contributing in such a tangible way to help us have a lovely place for disciple mak...  Read More
Weekly Update 03/29/2022
by General Admin on April 4th, 2022
Greetings!We’re excited about Saturday’s workday! We get started at 8:30 and end up around noon, with lunch provided. As we’ve mentioned before, we’ll be moving things that are stored all over the building and off the church campus, to the right spot to get set for beginning our Bible Study Groups on April 10th. We hope that we have a big group to team up for the inside and work on the grounds, to...  Read More
Weekly Update 03/22/2022
by General Admin on March 27th, 2022
Greetings!Matt, Chris, Butch, Andy, and I joined designer and builders this afternoon to do the final “punch list” for our building renovation and expansion. With blue tape handy, various little details (all small) were noted to put the finishing touches on this project so that we can start using it soon. We are really pleased with the roominess of the spaces, as we’ve been making space for making...  Read More
Weekly Update 03/15/2022
by General Admin on March 16th, 2022
Greetings!From snow to spring, we’re just glad that we can enjoy it all together! Sunday was lovely, with the snow lingering and the warm temperatures and blue skies brightening our day.The finishing touches continue to take place on the building renovation and the new addition. There are a number of small things that will put us into action soon on making use of this beautiful new space for disci...  Read More
Weekly Update 03/08/2022
by General Admin on March 9th, 2022
Greetings!Even though Spring can’t make its mind up if it’s spring or winter, we’ve made our mind up . It’s time (nearly) to start back our Bible Study Groups (a.k.a. Sunday School)! We talked with the construction company today and it seems clear, Lord willing, that we’ll be able to start back with what we’ve missed for 2 years, meeting to study the Word together before our worship services. Be r...  Read More
Weekly Update 03/01/2022
by General Admin on March 4th, 2022
Good afternoon,I've loved having South Woodsians filling parts of the building prior to the worship service for the past month or so. At 9:00 this past Sunday morning, we had a room full of preschool volunteers going through training and a room of Bible Study Group leaders prepping to re–begin Romans shortly. Things we haven't done in a while are hinting at their upcoming return.Speaking of that, ...  Read More
Weekly Update 02/22/2022
by General Admin on February 23rd, 2022
Greetings!I know that Sunday’s announcement (see below) about my resignation as pastor at South Woods to accept a new position as Director of Pastoral Mentoring and Care for the Pillar Network came as a surprise. It’s something that Karen and I have sought the Lord on for some time and know the peace of the Lord in this decision. While it’s difficult to step down from what I’ve loved doing for 44 ...  Read More
Weekly Update 02/15/2022
by General Admin on February 16th, 2022
Greetings!It’s good to be back in Memphis and back into the swing of life together at South Woods. I loved being back in the pulpit on Sunday and getting to see folks that I have prayed for throughout the time away. Thank you for the sabbatical. It is a wonderful investment that you make in your pastors and our wives to give us those times of focus, study, prayer, writing, catching up on discussio...  Read More
Weekly Update 02/08/2022
by General Admin on February 10th, 2022
Good afternoon,In what has likely been an upside–down week for many of us, Sunday morning helped to reorient, turning things right side up. I appreciate Chris stepping in and ably leading us in both praying and singing. I sincerely hope the sermon from Acts 18 helped to stir a vision for how both being a disciple (being taught) and making disciples (teaching others) fits within God's aim for our l...  Read More
Weekly Update 02/01/2022
by General Admin on February 8th, 2022
Good afternoon,Chris reminded us Sunday that "trouble takes on a different hue when we hold it up to the light of a sinless Savior dying in our place." If you missed that helpful sermon from Acts 18, and its reorienting of troubles, you can read or watch it here: ( coming Sunday we'll pick up with the story of Apollos, an eloquent man, mighty in the Scriptures, who n...  Read More
Weekly Update 01/18/2022
by Eric Singleton on January 18th, 2022
Afternoon,In preparing for Sunday, I read Chris' sermon on Acts 18 over the weekend. I found it to be faithful, clear, persuasive, and applicable. A few hours later, unfortunately, inches of slush ensured that none of us would hear that sermon until this coming Sunday. Do be praying for Chris as he continues to meditate upon Acts 18 and Corinth.We'll also be observing the Lord's Supper together th...  Read More
Weekly Update 01/11/2022
by Eric Singleton on January 11th, 2022
Good afternoon,I hope the two weeks we spent in Athens proved to aid your thinking concerning who God is (week 1) and how we might tell others about Him (week 2). If you missed Sunday's sermon on how Paul's evangelism might help to shape our own, you can watch/read that sermon here or, as always, on the South Woods app.Speaking of evangelism, tomorrow night Pastor Phil will introduce Andy Johnson'...  Read More
Weekly Update 01/04/2022
by Eric Singleton on January 5th, 2022
Greetings! Happy New Year!With the first Update in 2022, I’m excited about the year ahead. We’ve journeyed through some rather interesting days the past couple of years. Throughout, we’ve seen the Lord’s faithfulness in sustaining us in the faith, enriching worship, teaching us to trust Him, deepening devotion lives, and serving one another. We’ve learned some things the hard way through the adver...  Read More
Weekly Update 12/28/2021
by Eric Singleton on December 29th, 2021
Greetings!2022 is upon us! I’m so thankful for the last Sunday of the year’s time of worship. We sang, prayed, confessed sins, confessed our faith together, and heard an exceptional exposition from the Word. Pastor Chris expounded a difficult text, that of the killing of the baby boys around Bethlehem by a raging, maniacal Herod. Yet throughout, as Chris helped us to see, even in the tragedies abo...  Read More
Weekly Update 12/21/2021
by Eric Singleton on December 28th, 2021
Good afternoon,What a joy Sunday was, considering Immanuel––God with us––through song, sermon, and Scripture readings. If you missed Sunday's sermon from Matthew 1:18–25, you can watch or read that here: (God With Us, Matthew 1:18-25)Thank you to Jim, Nancy, the choir, children's choir, parents of the children's choir, sound geniuses, and instrumentalists for helping us to consider Christ Sunday n...  Read More
Weekly Update 12/14/2021
by Eric Singleton on December 17th, 2021
Greetings!We had a beautiful day to worship on Sunday. Those attending got a look at the new carpet and new paint in our worship area. They’re still working on the trim but the bright look is certainly welcomed.I love to help believers see how important their time in God’s Word is for the whole of their Christian lives. On Sunday, we spent time considering the example of the Bereans who welcomed t...  Read More
Weekly Update 12/07/2021
by Eric Singleton on December 8th, 2021
Greetings!We’re thankful for the opportunity to see our facility improvements continue in rapid pace! The auditorium is being painted and re-carpeted today. Sheetrock is going up in the expansion as brickwork goes on outside. The fellowship hall area has several different subcontractors plying their skills to get that area ready for us to use. Thank you for your faithfulness in contributing toward...  Read More
Weekly Update 11/30/2021
by Eric Singleton on December 1st, 2021
Good afternoon,I pray you were as encouraged, and challenged, by Acts 16 as I was. To think that we've been delivered into a kingdom that enables us to rejoice in the midst of suffering, to love those who cause suffering, to wash the wounds of those we've hurt, and to leverage what we have for the good of others, the King of that kingdom must save in seismic ways. And He does.If you missed Sunday'...  Read More
Weekly Update 11/23/2021
by Eric Singleton on November 23rd, 2021
Greetings!It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us! This year has moved along quickly. We look forward to gathering around the table on Thursday for a wonderful meal, giving thanks for the Lord’s mercies shown so abundantly to us. I hope that you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!That means, of course, that Christmas is right around the corner. With it, we have two special opport...  Read More
Weekly Update 11/16/2021
by Eric Singleton on November 17th, 2021
Greeting!What a beautiful fall we’re having! It’s hard to remember a time when we’ve enjoyed such magnificent colors in the fall panorama. The seasons reflect the beauty and glory of God. They remind us of how things change until we reach the changeless glory of eternity. May we worship Him who gave us this beauty to enjoy and to remind us of His majesty in creation.The ladies meet tomorrow night ...  Read More
Weekly Update 11/09/2021
by Eric Singleton on November 10th, 2021
Greetings!As I work at my writing desk with a view out the window, I’m enjoying watching leaves turn. Honestly, one day last week I thought they changed within hours! Probably my imagination. But it’s still lovely!We’re about ready to start brick work on the exterior of the building renovation extension. The east side is gutted, readying for details to start unfolding. Now I have a greater appreci...  Read More
Weekly Update 11/02/2021
by Eric Singleton on November 3rd, 2021
Good afternoon,With about three weeks left in the Wednesday night schedule (for each gender), we set about looking for a short book that might be both applicable and concise. John Calvin's "A Little Book on the Christian Life" seems to have fit the bill. Without being wordy or verbose, Calvin clearly communicates the essence of what it means to follow Jesus, deny self, and look forward to our hope...  Read More
Weekly Update 10/26/2021
by Eric Singleton on November 1st, 2021
Good afternoon,What a joy it was Sunday to gather with the body to read, hear, sing and pray the Word in the morning and then, in the evening, to fellowship together as Christ's redeemed people. Thank you to all the hands that made Elder Burger possible, from those mowing to those serving to those grilling to those helping to clean up afterward to those doing all the things that are unseen. It's d...  Read More
Weekly Update 10/19/2021
by Eric Singleton on October 21st, 2021
Good morning!We're inching closer to utilizing our new space! Thank you for your continued faithful support of this important project in the life of South Woods. We've branded it in our minds - Making Space for Making Disciples!Mercy for Memphis - Please pray for fruit from the time spent sharing the gospel at Shelby Farms. It is encouraging to hear of the opportunities that God placed before thos...  Read More
Weekly Update 10/05/2021
by Eric Singleton on October 5th, 2021
Greetings!Pastor Matt and I made our usual rounds this morning to check out progress on the building. Workers are erecting the steel framework for the new addition! We’re excited to see this progress! The renovation work continues with some of the fine details being addressed. We hope to be able to use this portion of the building in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned. . . .We look forward to renewing ...  Read More
Weekly Update 09/28/2021
by Eric Singleton on October 1st, 2021
Greetings!The building work is really taking shape! We should see the foundation poured for the new addition today or tomorrow. Details on the children’s wing continue to unfold. We are hoping to be able to start using this portion of the building, excluding the expansion, toward the latter part of October.Speaking of October. How about us doing our annual (almost annual, thanks Covid) Elder Burge...  Read More
Weekly Update 09/15/2021
by Eric Singleton on September 15th, 2021
Greetings!I left the worship gathering on Sunday encouraged by the praises of God’s people and the exposition of God’s Word. We saw the beauty and power of the way the Lord works even among pagan people to open their eyes and show them the way to know Him. We sang about that. We read the Word about that. Then we heard the Word teaching about that. I hope that makes us pause long and thoughtfully t...  Read More
Weekly Update 09/07/2021
by Eric Singleton on September 8th, 2021
Greetings!I took a look out back this morning to see how the construction/remodeling is going. The electricians are busily at work finishing up all their tasks while there’s a crew doing the foundation work for the new addition. It looks like the weather will cooperate this week so that the foundation can be laid and work gets started toward the preschool addition. Meanwhile, the other rooms (much...  Read More
Weekly Update 08/31/2021
by Eric Singleton on September 1st, 2021
Greetings!We’re thankful to have been spared the horrible weather south of us, while praying for those who met the wrath of Hurricane Ida. Let’s keep the many crews in our prayers as they work to restore power and essentials. Let us continue to pray, as well, for the believers in Afghanistan who face living under enormous threats each day. Much of my meditation and prayers in reading the Word of l...  Read More
Weekly Update 08/24/2021
by Eric Singleton on August 25th, 2021
Good afternoon,What an encouraging Sunday considering Saul/Paul, Sergius Paulus, and the triumph of the gospel on the island of Cyprus. If you missed that sermon, you can read or watch it here: ( However, for me, the highlights on Sunday were, 1. hearing the kids begin the worship service reciting Psalm 1, and then, 1a. hearing the body sing "Christ Our Hope in Life and ...  Read More
Weekly Update 08/17/2021
by Eric Singleton on August 18th, 2021
Good afternoon,What a joy it was Sunday to gather, worship, and pray the very things we saw the Antioch church do in Acts 13. If you missed that sermon on "The Church that Sends," you can watch or read it here: Phil prayed for this Sunday, but let's continue to be interceding for parents, teachers, and the students in our body that have ramped things up the past co...  Read More
Weekly Update 08/10/2021
by Eric Singleton on August 11th, 2021
Greetings!Maybe I should write, overly warm greetings! Temps are piping right now. Summer continues but fall is drawing near. That’s especially noted with kids starting back to school. We hope that the year ahead will be filled with the wonder of learning as a gracious gift from the Lord for our kids. And to the college students (a couple of new ones from South Woods, too), we pray that you will f...  Read More
Weekly Update 08/03/2021
by Eric Singleton on August 4th, 2021
Greetings!We’re seeing some good progress with the building/remodeling project. The “fire lane” required on the south side of the property was poured this week. It looks nice but is a road to no where! I’m sure some of the kids will find good use for it since we prefer that the fire department never have a need for it! Most of the walls are up in the new children/preschool area (excluding the addi...  Read More
Weekly Update 07/27/2021
by Eric Singleton on July 27th, 2021
Greetings!Welcome back Matt, Julie, Owen, Eden, and Andrew! We welcome the Sligers back after finishing up a sabbatical in the northeast. We’re thankful for that time of refreshing that they were able to have. Pray for Matt as he prepares to preach on Sunday. Catching up after being away for a month is a challenge! So do pray!It’s great to be back after spending a week teaching at Southeastern Sem...  Read More
Weekly Update 07/20/2021
by Eric Singleton on July 21st, 2021
Greetings from Wake Forest!I left on Sunday afternoon to record video lectures with my co-professor Keith Whitfield at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as we do an online class this fall on The Doctrine of the Christian Life. This will be the third time that we’ve taught a class together. I love working with him and enjoy the encouragement in our fellowship as we discuss the doctrine of ...  Read More