E NEWS 5.19.20
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This morning, Ravi Zacharias won his battle with cancer and went home to be with the Lord he loved so much. If you do not know who Ravi is, he is one of the greatest apologists and advocates for the faith that has ever walked this earth. Ravi spent his life dedicated to telling everyone he could about Jesus. He is inspirational to me and I love his books and the times I heard him speak. 
I want to share with you the beginnings of his lengthy obituary. You can read all of it by going to https://www.rzim.org/read/rzim-updates/ravi-zacharias-obituary. My hope and prayer for all of us today is that we will search for and find one person who we can share the gospel with before the sun goes down. 
When Ravi Zacharias was a cricket-loving boy on the streets of India, his mother called him in to meet the local sari-seller-turned-palm reader. “Looking at your future, Ravi Baba, you will not travel far or very much in your life,” he declared. “That’s what the lines on your hand tell me. There is no future for you abroad.”
By the time a 37-year-old Zacharias preached, at the invitation of Billy Graham, to the inaugural International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983, he was on his way to becoming one of the foremost defenders of Christianity’s intellectual credibility. A year later, he founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), with the mission of “helping the thinker believe and the believer think.”
In the time between the sari seller’s prediction and the founding of RZIM, Zacharias had immigrated to Canada, taken the gospel across North America, prayed with military prisoners in Vietnam and ministered to students in a Cambodia on the brink of collapse. He had also undertaken a global preaching trip as a newly licensed minister with The Christian and Missionary Alliance, along with his wife, Margie, and eldest daughter, Sarah. This trip started in England, worked eastwards through Europe and the Middle East and finished on the Pacific Rim; all-in-all that year, Zacharias preached nearly 600 times in over a dozen countries.
It was the culmination of a remarkable transformation set in motion when Zacharias, recovering in a Delhi hospital from a suicide attempt at age 17, was read the words of Jesus recorded in the Bible by the apostle John: “Because I live, you will also live.” In response, Zacharias surrendered his life to Christ and offered up a prayer that if he emerged from the hospital, he would leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of truth. Once Zacharias found the truth of the gospel, his passion for sharing it burned bright until the very end. Even as he returned home from the hospital in Texas, where he had been undergoing chemotherapy, Zacharias was sharing the hope of Jesus to the three nurses who tucked him into his transport.

~Pastor David Bryant
Dear Southside Family,
As this pandemic touched Texas, the staff here at Southside prayed and agonized and eventually announced that worship was moving to an online format. And now, after 9 long weeks, we are ready to announce that in-person worship is coming back! There are a lot of details to this, but here are the major things you need to know:
1) Social distance seating will be in effect. Please have yourself and whoever you are sitting with be at least 6 feet away from others on all sides. (Long distance air hugs- please).
2) To help make this easier, we are asking that you come every other week for now.
For May 24th, if your last name begins with A-M, please come!
For May 31st, if your last name begins with N-Z, we want you here this week!
3) Livestreaming will continue on facebook. While not everyone has a computer, we do want to offer this option for those who do.
4) There will not be nursery care or extended sessions for the services.
5) Life Connection classes and all small groups are still on hold.  Restart dates will be determined and information relayed at a later date.  
6) We want you to feel safe and we are taking precautions to help keep you safe. If you would like to know more about what we are doing, please give us a call at the office.
We love you very much and we cannot wait to see you face-to-face as soon as possible. In the meantime, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.
David Bryant

We are looking forward to seeing everyone!

In order for us to reopen our doors, we are going to need volunteers to help clean the touchpoints, doors, bathrooms, etc.  
We will need masked greeters and door openers for our guests. Anyone who would like to help freshen the buildings this week is welcome.

If you would like to help fill any of these positions- please call Pastor David or Laurie or leave a message at 325-646-0844 after office hours.  
Thank you!
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