Annual Report 2020

A Word from Pastor Greg

The year of 2020 has challenged all of us. We have been fighting against a virus we cannot see. Social distancing has forced us apart. Societal and political issues continue to turn us against one another. Yet, into all of this uncertainty Southwood has been a source of faith, hope and love.

photo: Pastor Greg Olson
In the sections of this report you will read how Southwood, you and me together, have continued to be the church in these challenging times. Through online worship, Zoom studies, socially distanced ways of serving, giving sacrificially to the needs of those suffering, we have continued to live out our purpose to love God and love our neighbor. I give thanks for your ongoing commitment to the work of our church. May God be glorified.
—Pastor Greg Olson, Senior Pastor

Annual Meeting:
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 12PM in the Sanctuary

All confirmed, communing, and contributing members of the congregation are urged to join together for a celebration of God’s blessings upon Southwood, and to conduct the annual congregational meeting. At this meeting, we’ll be making decisions about Southwood’s future, including our 2021 budget, election of our Church Council members, and the sale of a portion of our land.

Worship & Music

520 unique households viewed online worship each week.

This represents approximately 1,300 viewers each week.
Online worship has expanded our reach across the US, Canada, Tanzania and Honduras.

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In-Person Worship Volunteers

Serving During Pandemic:
37% of Ushers
28% of Greeters

Singing in Worship

Group singing was not recommended during the pandemic leading to other creative engagement options

Worship Engagement

Using sign language to participate during songs
Humming or clapping along to songs
Speaking or meditating on lyrics while song is played

Choir

Participated in virtual events offered through Facebook Live where they could sing, pray and share devotions together

Ministries

51 New Members Received

Welcomed through Discover Southwood classes offered in January and September

Life Events:

52 Baptisms
24 Weddings (Includes off-site ceremonies)

Get Connected

Learning Opportunities (Offered In-Person or via Zoom):

Alpha

145 Participants
January/February

True You

225 particpants
March/April

Together in Faith

216 participants
June/July

Fed Up

31 participants
July/August

Women's Summer Gathering

34 participants
August

The Walk of Hope

309 participants
September/October

Virtual Pre-marital Class

30 participants
October

logo: Amplify Media

254 families set up accounts

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Children & Youth Ministries

Online Curriculum

67 average views of the online Sunday School curriculum

41 average views of the online DELVE curriculum

In-Person Classes

328 students attended in-person Sunday School (A/B Scheduling)

193 students attended in-person DELVE classes (A/B Scheduling)

Summer Puppets

191 average views each Sunday during the summer

High School

35 high school students participated in Small Groups

Take-Home Kits

305 families picked up Advent Kits for children

105 families picked up Advent Boxes for youth

 

Community Mission

Number of Participants

Southwood Serves:
 •  468 volunteers signed up
 •  526 at-home kits donated

Christmas in July: 112 gift cards donated totaling $4,295
Giving Tree: 440 gift tags reserved

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Number of People Served throughout 2020:

701 families

at Palmyra Food Distribution

5,560 families

through the Food Bank (Saratoga Backpacks, Lincoln Northeast Food Market and COVID-19 Food Distributions)

468 patients

at Clinic with a Heart

2,448 meals

at the Gathering Place

500 lunches

at F Street Rec Center

7,630 lbs

of produce donated from the Southwood Garden

 

Global Mission

Visits

Southwood Staff and Teams visited Sister Churches in Honduras & Tanzania prior to the onset of the pandemic

June Honduras Team made trip virtually, praying each day for the village and people served

Sister Churches

Funds provided to Sister Churches extended beyond initial plans due to pandemic and natural disasters
(Sister church pastors used funds to provide sanitation supplies & food)

Pronino Children’s Home

was damaged by hurricanes in November 2020
(Emergency funds were shared with Director Haley Janssen to help with immediate needs and eventual recovery projects)

Piecemakers

303 quilts made and distributed locally or globally

Tanzania Scholarship Program

80 sponsors and 27 donors supported 104 secondary and college students

9 students added to the program
14 students earned college degree/diploma

Care

Connections

 •  Phone calls and cards/notes shared with those in vulnerable groups by Care staff and Care Team volunteers
 •  Prayer requests shared daily with our Prayer Team
 •  Members matched with pastors and/or counselors, as requested

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16 Funerals

Held at Southwood

Care Gifts Created

162 prayer shawls
46 baby blankets

Good Samaritan Fund

71 requests received

Experienced increase in requests submitted and funds received

Supported 11 families

during Thanksgiving/Christmas (similar to 2019)

Giving to Southwood

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2020 Budget

96% of budgeted income received
89% of budgeted expenses spent

Thanksgiving & Christmas Offering

Over $50,000 received

100% will be shared with community mission partners

Mission Support

20% of every dollar received supported Mission efforts

Church goal of 25% would have been met if mission trips had not been cancelled due to pandemic

2021 Pledges

Experienced a 5% increase in total amount pledged from 2020 to 2021.

What's New

Southwood App

A new phone app was made available to watch online worship, register for classes, submit prayer requests and share financial gifts

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Composting

Southwood’s campus introduced composting campus-wide in March 2020

Online Worship Services

were offered in addition to in-person worship

Communion Delivery

Communion offered as part of online Christmas and Easter worship services

Drive-thru communion offered on All Saints Day and during the Be the Light event

Be the Light

In place of traditional Christmas Eve/Day services, a Be the Light drive-thru event was held featuring lighted displays, an opportunity for prayer and communion

344 vehicles participated with approximately 800 individuals communing