Weekly Updates

Weekly Update 05/17/2022
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...
Weekly Update 05/10/2022
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...
Weekly Update 05/04/2022
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...
Weekly Update 04/19/2022
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...
Weekly Update 04/12/2022
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 ...
Weekly Update 04/05/2022
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...
Weekly Update 03/29/2022
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...
Weekly Update 03/22/2022
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...
Weekly Update 03/15/2022
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...
Weekly Update 03/08/2022
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...