King Avenue Digest 1/28/23

January 28, 2023


  • Morning Blend Worship Service Is TEMPORARILY Relocating! Our Fellowship Hall is getting remodeled! The project will start in February and will give us a new sound booth and several other physical improvements in the space. This also means that Morning Blend will be relocating to the Chapel starting on February 5 and continuing through the end of March. Thanks for your flexibility!

  • THIS JUST IN! New Member Class in February - We all have a basic human need to belong. Many of us have found that belonging with King Avenue UMC. When we find that we belong somewhere, sometimes we feel the need to claim it and make it official. If you've found belonging at King Avenue but haven't taken the next step, you have the opportunity to do just that at our next New Members' Class. We'll gather at the church building for class on Saturday, Feb. 18, 9am-12pm, then we'll welcome you into membership in worship the next day on Feb. 19. If you're interested and/or have any questions, contact Pastor Andy at

  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR BISHOP PALMER! King Avenue Church is honored to host West Ohio Conference Bishop Gregory V. Palmer on Sunday, February 12. Do not miss this opportunity to hear Bishop Palmer preach at either Morning Blend or 11:00 service (or both). If possible, plan to stay after Morning Blend or come early to the 11:00 service so we can have a combined fellowship with Bishop Palmer in the parlor between services. Let's show him King Avenue's radical hospitality!

  • Saturday, January 28: CORE Youth Skating Outing - Time to skate the night away! Grades 6 to 12 are welcome to be at Skate Zone 71 on January 28 at 5 PM. We will be skating, playing laser tag, having some pizza, and tons of fun! Please RSVP by January 21 to

  • Sunday, January 29: Lit Club - Join the Lit Club on the last Sunday of each month at 7pm in the Logos Lounge. All are welcome! Simply read the book of the month, and get together to talk about it.  The group will meet at 7pm in the Logos Lounge to discuss The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

  • Friday, February 10: Organ Recital - Don't miss the opportunity to hear Daniel Ficarri on February 10 at 7:30 PM for an organ recital at King Avenue United Methodist Church. Mr. Ficarri is Associate Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He was recently named one of the top "20 under 30” organists by The Diapason magazine. This will be a treat to host Mr. Ficarri! A freewill offering accepted. CLICK TO LEARN MORE

  • Saturday, February 11: Coffee and Conversation with United Women in Faith -You are invited to join your UWF family on Saturday,  February 11, 10AM to Noon. It’s been a minute since we’ve gathered.  You must have questions.  Let’s talk! Meet the leadership team.  Learn of our plans for 2023. New to UWF?  Stop in to learn about our history at King Ave,  what we do and why we do it. Enjoy fellowship and food including bagels, fruit, monkey bread, coffee or tea.

  • Sunday, February 12: Blessing Bag Assembly - Blessing Bags are back! Join us in the Fellowship Hall after 11 AM service on February 12. All ages are welcome!

  • Friday, February 17: CORE Youth Valentine-Themed Game Night - It's game time! Join us for a Valentine's Day themed game night. Grades 6 to 12 and adult volunteers are welcome on February 17 at 6:30 PM in Donnenwirth. Feel free to deck yourself out in Valentine's gear!

  • February 21: Art with Angela - Join the Retirees Ministry and our own Angela Finney for “Art with Angela” Tuesday, February 21 at 11:30 in the Chapel. Have fun folding and cutting paper to create dazzling snowflakes and cute birds. These dazzling cutouts can be added to blank greeting cards to form your own artistic greeting cards.  All supplies will be provided.  Bring an extra pair of scissors and a sack lunch to be enjoyed after the artwork!  

  • February 22 - April 9: Lenten Devotions: Prepare your hearts this Lenten season with a devotion journey using John Wesley's Means of Grace. Download a Lenten Devotional that offers a reading and challenge for each special day such as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and for each Sunday of Lent. Thank you Pastor Linda for preparing this guide for us!

  • February 23-March 30: Thursday 6:30-7:30 Zoom Lenten Study - Pastor Linda Middelberg will host an online class that will follow themes for each week. The themes for the class will be related to John Wesley's Means of Grace, also the theme for the Lenten devotions. Each week's reading will be available on a Facebook Group on Wednesdays, and the Zoom discussion will take place on Thursdays at 6:30pm. Members are welcome to use the comments in this private Facebook Group to share ideas.  CLICK HERE TO REQUEST MEMBERSHIP IN THE FACEBOOK GROUP.  Aside from posting the readings on Facebook, weekly readings will be sent out to the community via blast. All are welcome to participate in the Thursday Zoom class even if you're not in the Facebook Group. 

  • March 1-29: Wednesday 7-8:30 In-Person Lenten Storytelling Series - Lent is a journey through the wilderness. As a people of faith, we are not alone, but we often feel alone. We are longing for connection and community, especially during hard times. You are invited to participate in a unique, intergenerational storytelling series this Lent. Each evening, King Avenue siblings will tell personal stories of authenticity and resilience. Then we will open it up for anyone to share a 3-5 minute story in response to the speakers. Each evening will begin with a Lenten scripture reading and end with a meditative reflection. Come. Walk with us. Questions? Contact Gwen.

  • Item of the Month for NNEMAP - Each month, we are going to focus our donations on specific items our community partners. You can bring your donations with you on Sundays. There will be a place to leave them in the back of the worship space. Please donate canned soup and bar soap for NNEMAP during the month of January. 

  • POSTPONED All Church Lunch - Due to the Fellowship Hall remodel, our February All Church Lunch has been postponed tentatively to Sunday, April 16. The Kitchen Cabinet met, and is "cookin' up" some good ideas to make our next meal special! Stay tuned for details. 



  • 2022 Giving Statements – Your 2022 Giving Statements are currently available for self-generation via Realm.  In addition, email and/or US Mail copies will be provided to all by January, 31st.  If you have any questions please contact our Stewardship Secretary, Susan Jenkins, at

  • Chancel Flowers for Worship - If you are interested in signing up to donate Chancel Flowers for worship, please use this form. You can specify that your flowers be listed in the bulletin in memory or honor of a person or notable event. The arrangement is yours to take home at the end of that Sunday's service.

  • Lit Club Update - Join the Lit Club on the last Sunday of each month at 7pm in the Logos Lounge. All are welcome! Simply read the book of the month, and get together to talk about it.  Get ready for the January conversation on Sunday, January 29 to talk about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Looking ahead, February 26 will discuss Four Winds by Kristin Hannah and March 26 will discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.

  • Lunch Packing Update for 2023 - King Avenue packs lunches for the Open Shelter on several Tuesdays and Thursdays... 24 times in 2023. All hands on deck for packing 200-400 lunches at a time! CLICK HERE  for the schedule, and join when you're able. All days/dates are 6:00pm in the King Avenue kitchen. Many hands make light work!King Avenue History Books Available - King Avenue History Books will go on sale beginning Sunday Nov. 6, 2022 and continue throughout Advent.  The cost is $15.00 each - cash or check only.  We still have unclaimed complimentary books to distribute, Don't be shy! Please check on yours!  Look for the King Avenue History Book table at the conclusion of each worship service throughout Advent.