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    Senior Pastor
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    Executive Assistant
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    Assistant Pastor, Discipleship
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    Assistant Pastor, Youth/Families
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    High-Life Assistant Director
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    Administrative Assistant
    High-Life/Children
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    Director of Children's Ministry
  • Sarah Niemitz
    Director of Community Development/Assimilation
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    Director of Facilities/Office
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Session Update


We just finished two busy and exciting Sundays as we enjoyed HeyDay and a Presbytery-wide Reformation service. The Session would like to thank all our members who served so graciously to make both of those events possible. What a great privilege to welcome over 1,000 friends and neighbors onto our campus for HeyDay and another 350 from sister churches the following Sunday! May God multiply that welcoming heart of hospitality through each of us in our own homes and relationships year-round.

Financially, our situation still looks similar to what we communicated at the congregational meeting in September. We need to change the current trend and see a very strong finish to the end of the year if we are to make expenses and income meet for 2017. Please pray with us that God would provide in that way and know that there are significant needs at your church as we approach the end of the year. If you have questions concerning end-of-year giving and/or appreciated stock donations, you can contact Janice Crowson in the church office. We find that some of those transactions take longer than people anticipate, so you may want to begin them soon if you wish them counted in this calendar year. 

We have recently enjoyed an engaging Sunday School class on racial reconciliation taught by Lance Cooper, and the Session wants you to know this is part of an ongoing conversation we are committed to pursuing: “As a Christ-centered church committed to the restoration of all of God’s creation, we affirm the need for the Gospel of Jesus to transform us and our culture in regards to relationships across racial and cultural lines. Jesus offers the true hope for reconciliation and calls for change both in our own hearts and in our social systems. Learning from, listening to, and loving well those who are different from us is significant not merely because it’s a hot-button issue in our society but more importantly because it is an issue at the heart of the Gospel, where the cross of Jesus breaks down barriers between all sorts of people. So, while we don’t pretend to have all the answers to what this looks like for Southwood or any other church, we as a Session are committed to continuing with you the conversation surrounding these important issues, to praying for God’s direction for us as a church in this regard, and to shepherding those in our church wrestling with how to engage personally with this for the sake of the kingdom.” We will continue to let you know of opportunities to engage with this ongoing work in our church and community.
 
Finally, the Session received the resignation of ruling elder Russell Joffrion and acted to dissolve the elder relationship between Russell and Southwood. Russell remains a ruling elder in good standing in the PCA. The Joffrions are moving to Texas with Russell’s job transfer, and we are sad to see their sweet and faithful family leave our fellowship after years of service in the Session, the children’s ministry, and many other areas.