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A Note From PK:

June 23, 2020
Dear Southsiders:
2020 is going to do down in history for the Covid-19 pandemic. What a frustrating year this has been since Covid-19 can on the scene. For the first time America’s history we had our own government ignore and unlawfully throw out Amendment One from the Bill of rights. Amendment One reads as follows: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” 
For the first time state governors banned churches meeting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While they did not have the authority to do this, most churches cooperated. We did this because of what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 13:1-5, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. (2) So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. (3) For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. (4) The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. (5) So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience” (NLT).
We did this out of obedience to God’s Word and respect to these governors. So, why is is okay for these governors to keep churches closed due to fear of spreading Covid-19, but they do nothing to protesters standing side-by-side exercising their right to assembly? Why do these same governors threaten churches for meeting with sending in the police to get license tag numbers and hand out citations but yet do nothing to those looting and destroying public property? For the first time in my life I have seen our own government and the media turn on the godly while at the same time encourage the ungodly. Why is it that the godly must abide by these executive orders but Antifa and others like it are given what appears to be an exemption? Why is it that churches cannot meet but these governors and mayors allow for CHOP (Capital Hill Occupied Protest) Zones? Is there a biased? Is there a double-standard? Is this all politics?
The early church for most was submissive to Rome except in denying their Christian faith or in taking an oath that said “Caesar is lord.” They defied those orders and paid for it with their very lives. We are in a battle, but it is a spiritual battle. The Apostle Paul mentions this in Ephesians 6:11-12, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (12) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places” (NLT). This is our real battle and it is so easy to forget this. It is easy for us to let this become personal — about us — rather than about God. We need to pray for our politicians and government leaders. We need to be praying about the upcoming election. 
I have missed seeing you. Sunday, June 7, we will resume worship services at Southside. Hooray! I know that all of you have missed being here and seeing one another and fellowshipping with one another. Therefore, I am asking that all of us do our best to honor our governors request on social distancing and preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. When you enter, we will have ushers who will sit you. Families will need to sit together. We will not have childcare for a while because in the surveys that were returned, our families with young children were uncomfortable in returning so soon. Those that do come with their children, those children will have to sit with their parents throughout the service. To help your children, Pastor Christian will have a “Children’s lesson” each Sunday just before I preach. Your children will have a handout with crayons or markers to do the children’s lesson. 
We will be sitting everyone 6 feet from each other. Family groups will sit together and individuals will sit alone, but all 6 feet apart. We are asking that everyone wear masks as well. In our “test drive” on May 31, some did not wear their masks and this made others who were present anxious. They said they may not return if all of us are not wearing our masks. So, I am asking out of courtesy and respect to everyone, please wear a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you. We have Julie Brewer to thank for this. She made several hundred masks for us to give out. If you are given a mask, this is your mask to keep. We obviously for good reasons could not take it back.
I know that a mask is not 100% effective but a mask does reduce some of the spread of Covid-19. I understand the inconvenience and irritation that wearing a mask can do. Our daughter Emmie works for our veterinarian as a Vet-Tech. Since Covid-19 she has had to wear a mask about 9 hours a day. Since then, the skin on her chin has become highly sensitive to the mask, resulting in her skin being inflamed. I am asking that for about 1 hour and 15 minutes that you wear a mask while on our church campus. Even if you think a mask is ineffective, please for those who do think a mask helps, wear one. 
As I told you several Sundays ago, in 3 landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962 and 1963, the Bible and prayer in the public schools was removed. What had been a part of our country for 300 year and had made our country great,  was all of sudden gone.  Some thought they were removing a religion (Christianity), which they did. But, they replaced it with another religion — secular humanism. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that secular humanism is in fact a “religion.” It is a religion that is based on relativism — I decide what is right and wrong. No one and no authority has the right to tell me what is right and wrong. Secular humanism is idolatry because it replaces God with another god — self. 
So, how can Christian parents and grandparents send their children to public schools and know their kids will will not lose their Christian faith? Well, for the next few days I am going to give you some pointers from the sermon and addition material I did not use in the sermon to help you. To excel in a pagan public school system without losing their faith, you and your children must decide ahead of time to stand for God no matter what. Take the stand that Joshua took in Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord” (NLT). It starts with a decision, a commitment, or a covenant with God and each other that no matter what, we as a family will only serve the Lord. What practical things can you do to help your children/students do this?
  1. First, do daily family devotions together. At our home, we do this when we eat dinner. I use an app called “Dinner Table Devotions” on my cellphone/tablet/laptop. There is one for each day of the year. We take turns reading the devotion each day. At the end of each one is a set of question. If you have small children, you can download at these apps at these links: Bible App For KidsSuperbook Kids Bible Appor Keys For Kids Bible App These are just a few of the many that are out there. Doing daily family devotions builds a foundation in your children that you only serve the Lord; it creates fellowship, closeness and intimacy;  it allows your children to ask questions; and it demonstrates to them, of all their school and/or text books, the Bible is supreme. 
  2. Second, help you children to never stop learning by being an open door, where they can come and ask you any question without fear of embarrassment, humiliation, or a putdown. Obviously, there may be questions your children ask that you will have to temper your answer or in some cases, redirect their attention until they are emotionally and intellectually able to understand the answer. Our children have the Internet and others today to get information, but often, that information is wrong, even sinful and evil.
  3. Third, take your children to places to serve others. You serve with them and while you do this, you use this as an opportunity to share your faith — that is — you tell your story as to why you are doing this as a family. This re-enforces our belief that our children’s story with God is just as important as ours as adults. We are commanded to help people in Jesus’ name — that is our story. So, our children get a blessing out of helping someone — who in time could come to Jesus Christ.
  4. Fourth, if you have teens, they hear it all and are exposed to everything at school and from their peers. Following steps 1-3 above will also work with them. If you are looking for a Bible app for your teen, here are a couple links you can try: the first one is by Josh McDowell, who has minister to teens his entire life. Here is the link: Josh McDowell’s Youth DevotionsA second app, adults can use also. It is this one is: The Bible app. It’s link is here: The Bible App
These are just a few suggestions. In a day or two I will give you some more thoughts to ponder from last Sunday’s Sermon on helping out kids keep their faith while excelling in a pagan school system. Have a great week and remember I love you and I can’t wait until all of us are back together at Southside —  Pastor Kelly
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If you use this, you put in your information and then the amount of tithe/offering you wish to give. If you check, “Cover Fees,” a $3.60 fee will be applied. So, if you give $100, you would see this on your bank or credit card statement as $103.60. If you do not select “Cover fees?”, then the fee will be subtracted from the amount you give. So, if you gave $100. A $3.60 fee would be applied and your gift would be $96.40. I want you to know this up front so that are not surprised later when your statement comes. If you wish to use the online secure site, here is the link:
As Christians we do not need to allow fear to overtake us. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-control” (NLT). I want you to trust what God promises us in Romans 8:37, “Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us” (NLT). If you are a Christ follower, if you have put your trust in Jesus Christ, this is the time to reenforce your faith. Thank you for your prayers and support of Southside. I will keep this updated as we get more information. God bless.
Also, we would love to hear how you are doing with the “shelter-in-place” order. What is your family doing? What is the good you have seen and experienced from being at home? Or, what have you learned from this experience. At the bottom of this blog is a “Reply” section. Please take the time to share with us your story. I know everyone will love reading it and will be encouraged by it.
In Christ’s love, Pastor Kelly.

4 Responses to “Coronavirus Update”

  1. Oval Lee McKenzie says:

    Having trouble downloading podcast app. Help!

    • admin says:

      Dear Oval Lee:

      I am assuming that when you go to “Sermons” on the church’s web site, and you find the sermon you want, you cannot download it. Right? If this is the case, it could be your router or Internet provider. So, far you are the first to have this issue. If it continues, let us know and we we email to you which sermon audio file and outline you want. Thank you.

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