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Reflections on El Paso and Dayton

Beloved Community, As we continue to grieve over last weekend’s violence, crying out “How long, O Lord, how long?” it is good to remember that the God we worship can not be defeated by human violence, by anger and rage and ‘isms’ that do not represent the love God pours out abundantly on God’s people.  As the death toll mounts in El…

Three Videos

Sometimes life is just too good to let go. Here are three videos that give you a bit of a glimpse into South Church – who we are, what’s important to us, and how we got here. The Ordination of the Reverend Laura Bachmann On June 22, 2019, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament, our…

Pride Celebrations and the Church

Thoughts from the Pastor on Pride Sunday 2019 On this 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall riots … here is a reminder of where our church (both the PC(USA) and South Presbyterian’s Acts of Faith) stands on LGBTQ inclusion. I know that this is an issue that many have been taught over the years is “unChristian” (as if Christ taught that anyone was…

First Members and Summer Prayer

June 9, 2019 On Thursday, June 6th, Back2Center worship welcomed its first ever members in its four year history. LuAnn became an Active (i.e. full PC(USA)) Member, while Maria and Vicky opted for Affiliate Membership, meaning they retain their membership in their home churches but are committed to their lives as part of the B2C…

This. Changes. Everything.

I sat on the steps of the Elmwood Inn next to our Evangelism Coordinator, Barb Sixbey last Saturday. The room was filled with South people and our three guests from Los Angeles: Rev. Randy Lovejoy, Rev. Arlo Tysinger, and Videographer & Editor David Frame. Off to the right were our new Associate Pastor, Laura Bachmann, who had just sustained the prosecution of…

South hosts LA

Members of the San Fernando Presbytery (one of four presbyteries serving Los Angeles County) will be in residence from March 28-31 as they explore our Acts of Faith Ministry. Along with visiting Back2Center, Food for Thought, New Life on Monroe, Fellowship of Faith, Monroe Milers, and Mt. Hope World Singers, our guests will review presentations on the AoF Model, the Community Learning…