Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

A Letter From Our Elders - 4/3/2020

Dear SouthWoods’ Church Family,

Well, the end of March and the beginning of April 2020 have come.  And unfortunately, we’re going to have to extend our season of worshipping in individual homes via Livestream for at least a few more weeks.  Many of us had hoped that we’d be able to reconvene in time for this weekend’s 30th  Anniversary Celebration at SouthWoods.  But in the interest of protecting the well-being of others, we’re going to have to celebrate in a decentralized way for a bit longer.  Thankfully, God can be praised whether we’re physically gathered or just united in Spirit and fellowship electronically.  We trust that you’ll join us on our Livestream this weekend and in the ones that follow throughout this month.  Near the end of April we will reassess where things are and update everyone on what to expect during the month of May.

In the days ahead, let’s individually and collectively continue to be a people of prayer. Let’s look out for each other and live according to Jesus’ Golden Rule of love.  Let’s be witnesses for Christ.  And in preparation for Resurrection Sunday, plan to join Laurie & Greg Montague online for our “Let’s Remember” Passover event.  It will take place on Thursday evening, April 9th at 6 p.m.  Watch for a link to join them on our website and in a future email.  

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago in our previous update, although we’re not meeting at the church building for the moment, our regular expenses and our ministry partner’s needs continue. So please continue to tithe to SouthWoods. This can be done online at our website at https://southwoods.org/give/. Please note that some have had difficulties getting the link to work properly using certain versions of Google Chrome. So if that happens to you, you might try to access the link using a different internet browser like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.  Or, if you would prefer, you can always drop a contribution in the mail or bring it by the church office.  Someone will be able to receive it Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

If you or someone you personally know has any needs or difficulties feel free to contact the church office at 913-681-5105. We want to help if we can and encourage you through prayer.  

May the Lord “rescue you from every trap and protect you from every disease” (Psalm 91:3).

Serving Christ & you, 

SouthWoods’ Elders
Jeff Alton, Curt Coglizer, Greg Montague, Michael Robinson, Wade Wright

A Letter From Our Elders - 3/17/20

 
Dear SouthWoods’ Church Family,

After much deliberation, consultation, and prayer, the elders and staff of SouthWoods have mutually concluded that it is time for us to temporarily transition our normal Sunday worship service from a public gathering at 161st & Metcalf to many decentralized ones taking place in individual homes via Livestream. This change will take effect this coming Sunday, March 22nd, and continue through the end of the month. At that point we will reevaluate and update everyone.

While we have traditionally and consistently maintained Sunday services through all sorts of weather calamities in the past, the Coronavirus issue is much different.  Medical experts are telling us that we are being confronted with a contagion that is accelerating its spread and puts at risk the well-being of our senior citizens and those among us who have compromised health. Since temporary social distancing is one key action that can diminish the virus’ impact and protect our church family and community, we believe it is both wise and caring for us to utilize our livestreaming technology in the coming days as a temporary measure to protect as many people as possible from infection.

We ask for your cooperation in a couple of areas to help us. We want to keep track of how many people are attending the livestream each week. To help us accomplish that, we ask you to send an email to the church office ( ) each Sunday afternoon letting us know how many participated in the livestream at your location. This will help us administratively.

Also, we want to remind you that although we will not be meeting at the church building - potentially for a few weeks, our regular expenses will continue. Further, the many ministry partners that we regularly serve and support will also continue to need the contributions we send them. So please continue to tithe to SouthWoods as you normally would.  Of course this can be done online at our website at https://southwoods.org/give/. If you have any difficulties feel free to contact the church office at 913-681-5105. If, however, you prefer to drop a contribution by the church office, someone will be able to receive it Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Regarding our small groups, church staff will be in touch with each group leader soon to clarify their next steps and assess if there are any needs or unique situations that we’re currently unaware of. As for other planned gatherings/activities, circumstances are changing daily as new knowledge is made available. So watch for future email updates.

In the meantime, let’s individually and collectively be a people of prayer. Let’s lean into the ONE “90 Days of Awesome” activity that is not threatened by this pandemic: Our upcoming “Let’s Pray” event. Begin planning now to participate with us in the 30 Hour Prayer Emphasis (and Fast for some) that will begin on Sunday, March 29th @ Noon. Watch for details and an email link so you can sign up.

May the Lord “rescue you from every trap and protect you from every disease” (Psalm 91:3).

Serving Christ & you,

SouthWoods’ Elders
Jeff Alton, Curt Coglizer, Greg Montague, Michael Robinson, Wade Wright

 

Please continue to watch this page for additional updates as they become available.