Weekly Update from Pastor Phil

December Greetings!

We’ve started early with Christmas music at South Woods due to embarking upon the study of the Gospel of Luke last month. And we’ve enjoyed it! With such beautiful old hymns and wonderful new hymns that help us to celebrate God’s gift in Christ, we’ve been able to focus on the theological truths associated with Christmas. I’m thankful for Jim Carnes’ keen eye in picking out these great hymns!

By the way, Jim will be leading our Choir and Orchestra this Sunday evening, December 10th at 6:00 in a time of worship. We always look forward to receiving the gift of music from our choir and orchestra at this time of year. They bless us each week but this season affords the opportunity to be saturated in wonderful music partnered with a weaving of the biblical narrative concerning the Christmas story. We will have child care for two years and under. Please join us and bring a friend along.

We’ll follow the Christmas Choral Program with our annual Christmas Fellowship, so plan on enjoying that time with the body.



On December 20th, 6:30–7:30 p.m., we’ll return to Saddle Creek Shopping Center for Christmas Caroling as we did last year. This time we’ll be meeting on the opposite side of Saddle Creek, north of Poplar Avenue. Chris Wilbanks is coordinating this time of ministry, so check with him if you have questions. We had a large group last year that sang joyfully, so let’s do the same this time! It’s a great opportunity for us to bear testimony to our Savior.

Christmas Eve will be on a Sunday, so we’re adjusting our schedule a bit. We will not have Sunday School on December 24th, but we will be having our annual Christmas Eve Communion Service at 5:00 p.m. that day. Please join us for that time of worship. We are normally finished by 5:45 so that you can plan any family activities for the evening. Additionally, we will not be meeting on Wednesday, December 27th or January 3rd for STINT. We also will not have Sunday School on December 31st or an evening service. Please keep these dates in mind as you make plans.

Our study in Luke’s Gospel this week helped us to focus on a simple theme: God accomplishes the needed by doing the unexpected. We traced that theme throughout the text. I hope that you will find this challenging and worshipful.

Phil N.