Hi!  Thanks for visiting Southwood on the web!  I do hope you’ll come and see us in person soon.  I’d like to share with you some of the things I’ve come to love about this amazing group of people as I’ve gotten to know them over the last few years.

First, I love the diversity here!  We are privileged to have grandparents and babies, people from healthy homes and broken homes, people from different ethnic backgrounds and countries, people who are making it financially and people who are struggling, all worshiping together in the same room at the same time.  It is a beautiful experience!

I also appreciate the love and warmth of our people.  I’ve lost count of how many times people within this church have teamed up to help someone in need, whether it’s one of our own members, or someone we’ve never met.  And then every month, we gather together for a meal.  What we learn as we serve or eat together, is that things are hard sometimes, but encouragement comes from being with God’s people and hearing stories of God’s faithfulness over and over again.  Even if we are hurt or broken or struggling, we still experience an amazing, loving God who wants to reign and work in our lives!

When you come, I think you’ll find people who dress up or down for the service, you’ll get to participate in worship music that ranges from contemporary choruses to traditional hymns, and most of all I believe you’ll get to be with people who are trying to grow closer to God while we love and serve others, both here and in our community!

We hope to meet you soon!

In the Love of Christ,

Pastor Deanna Hayden

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