Weekly Updates

Weekly Update 11/17/2020
November 17th, 2020
Greetings!Thanksgiving is fast approaching! One of our favorite traditions at South Woods, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner, should be this Sunday night. But alas, alas, confounded COVID! We’re hampered from joining together for this annual feast. While we regret it, we’re also looking with longing to the time when we can break bread together in fellowship meals. We’re not sure when that will happen...
Weekly Update 11/10/2020
November 11th, 2020
Greetings!It was so good to have everyone together on Sunday! The weather was perfect! The Lord kindly gave us a lovely day to join together under the tent to sing praises, pray, confess sins, confess together the Word, and to worship through the exposition of God’s Word. Thank you for gathering in this setting to worship. As we’ve mentioned numerous times (and we’ll do it still more), we think it...
Weekly Update 11/3/2020
November 3rd, 2020
Greetings!It was good to be back for this weekend’s services! I was so encouraged by the worship and the message on Pentecost and its ongoing impact in our lives. Thanks for praying for me as I preached the previous Sunday in Keller, TX. The Lord granted much liberty in opening the Word on assurance of salvation. I count on the prayers of this body, whether out preaching or doing mission work, or ...
Weekly Update 10/27/2020
October 28th, 2020
Good afternoon,Here's my favorite wry comment on Sunday, from someone relatively new to South Woods: "They keep calling it Elder Burger; but I don't know why." Apparently, there's an elder named Jason; and he owns a deli.But, in another way, Sunday was also profoundly encouraging. Unfortunately, the 5% chance of precipitation turned into certainty overnight, surprising all of us when we awoke. But...
Weekly Update 10/20/2020
October 21st, 2020
Greetings!Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men! Or so the saying goes. We had good plans to meet in one service last Sunday but, as you’re aware, the weather predictions changed this on Saturday so that we ended up with two services on Sunday. I can’t tell you how disappointing that is for the pastoral staff! We want to meet in one gathering as one body. But I also can’t tell you how thankful w...
Weekly Update 10/13/2020
October 14th, 2020
Greetings!Sunday was a monumental day for us! We overwhelmingly approved the changes to the Church Manual recommended by the Elders and we approved together the Elders’ recommendation that we shift our “Senior Pastor” pastoral model to one of “Co-Pastors,” with Matt and myself serving in this capacity. I’m happy that the body spoke with clarity on both recommendations.I want to welcome Matt to the...
Weekly Update 10/06/2020
October 7th, 2020
Greetings!I sure enjoyed the beautiful Lord’s Day with all of you under the tent! We were blessed with incredible weather and a gracious sense of the Lord meeting us in worship. Pastor Matt’s sermon from Acts 1:6–8 clearly and powerfully set forth the kingdom work given to the church by the power of the Spirit. If you missed last Sunday, be sure to check the message out here.Tomorrow night we’ll c...
Weekly Update 09/29/2020
October 7th, 2020
Greetings!I missed not having everyone together this weekend as we did the last. But it was wonderful to have good participation in the three services this past weekend, as we got started in the expositional study of the book of Acts, what we’re calling, The Gospel of Acts: Christ’s Church Unleashed. We were able to dig deeply into the text and consider the way Luke established some priority truth...
Weekly Update 09/15/2020
September 16th, 2020
Sunday was such a special day! We had the Lord’s Supper in our weekend services for the first time since February....
Weekly Update 09/08/2020
September 8th, 2020
What a helpful and worshipful time we had on Sunday, as we sang, prayed, read, and listened to God’s Word together! Matt’s overview of Luke’s Gospel brought to my senses the amazing way that Gospel reveals Jesus Christ to us. We feasted on Jesus Christ as we listened, remembered, and worshiped. That message laid groundwork for our new expositional study through the Book of Acts, starting on Septem...