Family Ministry Volunteer Spotlight

Posted February 22, 2022 by Suzanne Mercaldo in Family Ministry

I have been abundantly blessed to work with the Family Ministry in many ways: handbells, handchimes, choir, and the MainKids musical. I have helped with Missions on the Go, MainKids University, Worship Discover Share club, and Sunday School. I have helped with several carnival-style events, dressed up for Journey to the Baby, and camped overnight on couches in the Youth Center as a…

Missions Update: February 2022

Posted February 22, 2022 by SMBC in Missions

With 2022 well underway, our church's annual mission efforts are getting up to full speed. As is our custom at South Main, we allocate 10% of our yearly budgeted giving to our missions efforts. For 2022, given the scope of our overall budget, the total missions figure is $441,936. While a good portion of that figure goes to denominational partners who expand the reach of our efforts globally…

Monday over Coffee: "If the World Were Perfect..."

Posted February 21, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
— Yogi Berra

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra quit school in eighth grade. At age 18, he enlisted in the Navy. Bored with training, he volunteered for a secret mission involving what he understood to be a rocket boat. "They asked for volunteers to go on a rocket boat," Yogi recalled later. "I didn't even know what a…

Family Ministry Volunteer Spotlight

Posted February 15, 2022 by Krystol Wheeler in Family Ministry

I'll admit it, I love The 527 Tribe! If you had told me 5 years ago that I would ever enjoy hanging out with preteens, I might have laughed out loud to your face in smug disbelief. I remember the age well and why most people are relieved to be past it. I could not have imagined then how much I would enjoy watching God prove me wrong over the last 4 years about this amazing group we call the…

Thank you to David Johnson, Broadcast Team Leader

Posted February 15, 2022 by SMBC in Worship

This month we celebrate 40 years of David Johnson leading the Broadcast team. This group of volunteers has enabled our services to be shared online for over 60 years to our community and beyond. Being able to stream our services is now an essential part of the worship experience at South Main. We are able to record any service live and stream the events worldwide in real time. This has…

Monday over Coffee: "The Dances You've Already Had"

Posted February 14, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian writer. He remains best known for his epic 1967 novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, a fantastical story concerning seven generations of a single family living in the fictitious South American town of Macondo. Márquez plumbs themes related to fortune and misfortune and how they mix together, leaving the reader in the end to conclude that human nature has…

Turner Fellowship Hall Dedication

Posted February 9, 2022 by SMBC in Worship, Pastor

Turner Fellowship Hall was dedicated on January 30, 2022, in honor of Dr. Bill Turner, pastor from 1985 to 2002. In the pulpit, Bill was one of the most gifted and talented preachers of his time. His keen intellect, penchant for serious study, personal drive for excellence and love of God and the Scripture guided the content of his sermons. His remarkable gifts with words and storytelling…

Press Play on Pledging to the Budget

Posted February 8, 2022 by Mark Gribble, Stewardship Committee Chair in Discipleship

In true South Main fashion, the congregation gave generously to end 2021 on a high note. We gave more than $1.2 million dollars in the month of December. Together, we oversubscribed the budget by $103,002, putting us in an incredibly good financial position moving into 2022. The Stewardship Committee is grateful to each and every person who was part of this incredible effort. 

Happy 10th Anniversary, Greg Funderburk!

Posted February 7, 2022 by Steve Wells in Pastor, Discipleship

It is hard to overstate the ways Greg Funderburk has blessed and shaped South Main. Prior to joining our pastoral team, Greg taught the Watershed bible study for young adults, volunteered in Friends 'N Deeds, and occasionally taught Wednesday night Bible study. He chaired the missions committee, the stewardship committee, and our strategic planning committee. He was as engaged in the church as…

Monday over Coffee: "The Effect of Your Being"

Posted February 7, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

There are some terrific literary entries for best last lines in a book. Alice Walker's last line of The Color Purple is a strong candidate, as is Yann Martel's last sentence from Life of Pi. But my vote goes to Middlemarch. Mary Ann Evans, writing under the pen name George Eliot, describes at the end of her novel the life of her heroine, Dorothea Brooke.

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Family Ministry Volunteer Spotlight

Posted February 1, 2022 by SMBC in Family Ministry

I am a volunteer in the MainKids area. Every Sunday I witness so many acts of love and kindness for the children at South Main. I wish every parent had the opportunity to observe the wonderful things that are happening for the children in the Family Ministry.

I am at a loss for words to express what an amazing spiritual gift Leigh Anne Bryant, the teachers, the staff, and volunteers are…

Monday over Coffee: "The Law of the Gift"

Posted January 31, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Albert Schweitzer is one of those historical figures who accomplished so much, it was as if he lived multiple lives at once. An influential theologian, he wrote books on the historicity of Jesus and the mysticism of St. Paul. A skilled organist, he invented innovative recording techniques and devoted himself to the rescue and restoration of historic pipe organs all over Europe. As a…

Monday over Coffee: How Long the Good in Them Lasts?

Posted January 24, 2022 by SMBC in Monday Over Coffee

How Long the Good in Them Lasts?

?The true measure of all our actions is how long the good in them lasts.?

? Queen Elizabeth II

Monday over Coffee: "Shaping Conscience"

Posted January 17, 2022 by Greg Funderburk in Monday Over Coffee

Michael King was born in 1899 in Stockbridge, Georgia. Growing up, he developed an interest in preaching, practicing his eulogies on his family's chickens. At age 18, boarding with the family of Reverend A.D. Williams—then the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta—Michael became deeply impressed with how the Black church was fighting for racial equality in the 1920s. So impressed,…

Family Ministry Reflections: How "The 527 Tribe" Was Born

Posted January 11, 2022 by Hannah Rollins in Family Ministry

Did you know that "527" in The 527 Tribe means 5th to 7th graders? The Tribe, for short, is the place for our fifth, sixth, and seventh grade youth at South Main. Five years ago, as Mrs. Dolores returned from her sabbatical, where she had dreamed up a new structure of the family ministry, The 527 Tribe was born. We spent months preparing for the big promotion Sunday in August of 2017, where we…

Press Play this Week

Posted January 10, 2022 by SMBC in Worship, Music, Discipleship, Family Ministry, Missions, Bible Study

Has it felt like your life has been on pause in some areas for the past two years? As we kick off a new year, we want to encourage you to examine where you can make the choice to Press Play. Each week we'll share a playlist of options, both at home and in person, to help you Press Play.

Monday over Coffee: "If Ruth Could Among Foreign Corn..."

Posted January 10, 2022 by SMBC in Monday Over Coffee

Mark Helprin is an American novelist. He served in the British Merchant Navy and in the Israeli infantry and then in the Israeli Air Force. He's studied at Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton. He's earned a living as a dishwasher, a factory worker, and a stevedore. He now has a Virginia farm on which he makes hay. Mostly though, he's a writer. He provides foreign policy commentary for the Wall…

Midtown Midweek Resumes Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Posted January 10, 2022 by SMBC in Music, Discipleship, Family Ministry, Missions, Bible Study

Beginning at 5:00 PM, fellowship supper will be served for adults ($9) and for kids ($6). At 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall, Matt Walton will begin a new Bible Study series titled, "Reliable Navigation." This series will explore various passages from the Old Testament that highlight God's presence and help in ages past, beginning with Numbers 9:1-5.

Dishin' with Dolores: Now Sundays AND Wednesdays!

Posted January 7, 2022 by SMBC in Family Ministry

Add Dishin' to your Glorious Sunday lineup! Brand new for the new year, an extra dish of Dishin' with Dolores comes to the 9:00 AM Discover/Share hour. Monday through Sunday parenting talk also returns on Wednesday evenings with Dishin' with Dolores at 6:15 PM

Pray for Our Music Minister Search Committee

Posted January 6, 2022 by SMBC in Worship, Music

The Personnel Committee has approved the group that will lead the search for our next Minister of Music and Worship.