King Avenue Digest 10/4/19

October 4, 2019

The King Avenue Digest highlights the biggest "good of the order" events, and those that are most close at hand. Look through the articles on our Home Page ( or within ministry and mission pages for more comprehensive happenings that pertain to you.

CLICK HERE to download the October 2019 Carillon Newsletter.

Young Adult Soup & Game Night – Friday, October 4
Enjoy food, fellowship, and games with other young adults from 6:00-9:00 pm in the King Avenue Parlor.
Special Offering – October 6
World Communion Sunday offering will be collected at both services on Sunday, October 6. Come to church this World Communion Sunday prepared to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion. As you receive the bread and cup, remember that you are part of the Church Universal, united in Christ across time and space. Come also prepared to give generously to The United Methodist Church’s World Communion offering. Your gifts will assist those whom God has gifted to learn and to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.

Real People Real Parenting Small Group – October Topics
Join other parents and caregivers on Sundays at 10:00am to discuss topics for Christian parents, find support through each other’s experiences, and build stronger relationships with other King Avenue families. Discussion Materials are provided weekly. 

  • October 6 Transgender & Christian: God Doesn’t Make Mistakes from Austin Harte.
  • October 13 Transgender & Christian: 8 Ways to Start Conversations in Your Church.
  • October 20 Separating Self from Selfie
  • October 27 Happily Ever After? Finding God in the Waves

Art, Start & Depart – Monday, October 7
Altered Book Class, Monday, October 7, 7:00pm in the Art Gallery... Altered books are a very popular form of artistic expression. They give old volumes of a new lease on artistic life. There are hundreds of techniques involved with this art form, but we will starting with a very basic on-layered paper. You will need an old book that has at least 50 pages and is 10” x 14” minimum. The pages of this book will be cut up. You bring the book, and Kurt will provide the rest. Please pay Kurt $2 for materials when you arrive to class. To register, email Kurt at

New Member Classes for Individuals & Families – Sign up in October

  • New Member Class – The next session of classes for persons interested in becoming a member of King Avenue UMC will be held Monday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00pm, October 7, 14, and 21. New Member classes are a good way to get to know others in the church and to learn about the United Methodist tradition and King Avenue UMC’s ministries and mission. Please contact Colleen Ogle if you are interested. 
  • New Member Class for Families – There will be New Member class specifically for families with children interested in becoming members of King Avenue UMC. The class will be a blend of short, online content (that adults can do at home) and one Saturday morning session at church with childcare provided. The class will meet on Saturday, November 2, from 10 am – noon but families wishing to take the class are asked to register by Sunday, October 6. 
Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards
Kroger Community Rewards make fund-raising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you link your card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! SET YOUR COMMUNITY REWARDS HERE

Changing the Conversation Series 2019 – October 12 & 13
Mark your calendars for the Changing the Conversation Series, October 12 and 13. King Avenue welcomes author Austen Hartke, a transgender person of faith.

Art Gallery Show – October 13 – November 24
King Avenue Art Gallery

Instruments of Faith, Photographs by Tom Moore

Graphics Commission Hearing for our Banner – Tuesday, October 15
At the next Graphics Commission hearing on October 15 at 4:15pm (2nd Floor, 111 North Front Street), King Avenue Church will present its variance application to permit our banner to remain in place. This will be the FINAL hearing. Both the University Area Zoning Committee (UAC) and the full UAC have recommended that we be granted a variance. The Graphics Commission meeting is open to the public.

Retiree October Fellowship – October 16
Join your fellow retirees for Hallow-sgiving planning on Wednesday, October 16, 11am-1pm. During the months of October and November, the Retirees Ministry will be serving the children of our church and community in the nicest way possible—by planning and leading Halloween games and crafts and giving out treats for King Avenue’s Trunk or Treat AND by preparing Thanksgiving food, fun, and games for Hubbard Elementary School 2nd graders on November 25.

UMW Fall Rummage Sale – October 18 & 19
Mark your calendars for the UMW Fall Rummage Sale happening Friday, October 18 (9-3) and Saturday, October 19 (9-12). There will be lots of treasures, and delicious treats at the Calorie Counter. All proceeds go to missions. Donations of items and baked goods are welcome. Setup for the sale happens Sunday, October 13-17. All are welcome to participate and shop!

Columbus Marathon Traffic Information – Sunday, October 20
The route this year travels on the North side of Fifth Ave between Hunter and Neil, and the East side of Neil Ave from Fifth Ave. to OSU. The first wheelchair athlete will be passing by at about 8:15 a.m., and the last walker at about 11:15 p.m.  The west side (southbound) lane of Neil Ave. is open between 12th and 5th avenues, and traffic and travel in either direction on King between 315 and Neil.  Police will allow traffic to pass through gaps in the runners, so if someone is trying to cross Neil it can be done (with a little patience). 
John Wesley’s 5 Means of Grace – Sundays, October 20 through November 24, 10am in the Chapel
Wouldn’t you love to be more likely to experience God’s transforming grace? Luckily, we Methodists have a set of common spiritual practices that do just that. Join us Sundays to explore five ordinary channels that God uses to draw us into a fruitful relationship. There’s no book to buy, no weekly readings, just come as you are.

Stewardship Sunday – Sunday, October 27
World Communion Sunday
It's Halloween Fun at King Avenue! – Sunday, October 27

Enjoy the All-Church lunch immediately following 11am worship on October 28 while our King Avenue kids get dressed in their Halloween costumes. The costume parade and treats happen around the King Avenue parking lot. Enjoy fun games hosted by the King Avenue Retiree Fellowship. King Avenue kids up to grade 5 are welcome – invite your friends, too! King Avenue Church members to host Treat Spots! You can decorate your car trunk with a Halloween theme or just bring a few chairs and grab a spot to pass out treats to the kids in the parade– no prep necessary! A sign up board will be available before and a er worship beginning October 6th to sign up for your Treat Spot. 

Lit Club – Sunday, October 27
Join Lit Club on Sunday, October 27 at 7pm in the Logos Lounge. We will be discussion Michell Obama's book, Becoming. All are welcome!
Keep up on KACYFM October & November Events


King Avenue Church hosts 1960’s Coffeehouse to Benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank – November 8
Join folksinger Bill Cohen on Friday, November 8 from 7:30–10:00pm 
for an evening of music and nostalgia. A $10 per person donation requested at the door. Proceeds go to Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Children, Youth, & Family Sunday School Resumes – Sunday, September 8 from 10-10:45am           
* Godly Play (Age 4 – Grade 1), Classroom L4 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
* Godly Play (Grade 2 – 5), Classroom L5 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
* Middle School Youth (Grade 6-8), Fellowship Hall Classroom L6
* High School Youth (Grade 9-12), Donnenwirth Lounge U1
* Real People Real Parenting Small Group, Fireside Room U6
Download the September KACYFM Flyer

KACYFM Events 2019-20
Isaiah 35 Fellowship – First & Third Wednesdays
Many people do not see or understand the effects of brain chemical/mental illness, which can make facing mental health challenges lonely.  Isaiah 35 fellowship, named for a beautiful chapter in the Old Testament about renewal and healing for the people of God, will offer community. Mary Bostian and Rev. Mark Johnson, two wonderfully kind and wise souls, will be leading each gathering. If you have questions about Isaiah 35, please reach out to Mary (614) 371-0171,

Faith Dive Adult Sunday School
Sundays from September 15 - November 24, Faith Dive will be working through Rachel Held Evan's book, Searching for Sundays... Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Centered around seven sacraments, Rachel Held Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. We will explore our own experience with the messiness of community and the power of grace as we join Evans in a journey about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church. Questions? Contact Rebecca Walter at


Our Mission Statement
"We invite, welcome and honor all people and nurture them to grow in service with Christ."

Our Vision Statement
“We are a community of servants called by God’s reconciling grace to open doors of sanctuary, to create new avenues of ministry, to equip Christians for discipleship, to lead reconciling ministries.” 


* Our Future *

In response to the United Methodist Church Special Session of the General Conference and the passage of the Traditionalist Plan, we will be actively supporting our LGBTQIA+ and studying a future that honors, nurtures, and includes ALL. King Avenue will remain a welcoming, reconciling, and serving church which shares God's love with ALL! King Avenue Church will not change what it is and what it stands for. Although we are passing through a dark storm in our denomination, there is hope – within the United Methodist Church with necessary progress made towards full inclusion, or even in a rebirth of a new Methodist denomination.

 * Worship *

Worship at King Avenue Church
King Avenue has two different worship services each Sunday.  Worship each Sunday is at 9:00am, and 11:00am.  

  • 9:00 Morning Blend: This is a smaller, more informal service is in Fellowship Hall.  Coffee and donuts are available before and throughout the service.  The music is eclectic and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.  
  • 11:00 am Traditional Worship: This traditional service in the sanctuary featuring the music of our wonderful Chancel Choir and our very talented organist.  Sign Language Interpretation is available the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month.  Dress is casual.  

Additional Opportunities for Adults, Children, and Families
8:45–12:15 Nursery Care: 
Birth – Age 3, Nursery (Upper Level) 
9:00 Morning Blend Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)

 ~ Age 4 – Grade 3 (Classroom L4)
10am Sunday School Hour (Setember 8 – May 24)

  • Godly Play (Age 4 – Grade 1), Classroom L5 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Godly Play (Grade 2 – 5), Classroom L4 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Middle School Youth (Grade 6-8), Fellowship Hall Classroom L6
  • High School Youth (Grade 9-12), Donnenwirth Lounge U1
  • Real People Real Parenting Small Group, Fireside Room U6
  • Additional Adult Faith Formation Class (Offerings Vary)

11:00am Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)
 ~ Age 4
– 5 (Classroom L5), Grades 1 – 3 (Classroom L4)

Prepare for Sunday by Reading the Preaching Texts  
Check out the Preaching Text page on our website for listing of the scriptures to be used in sermons. 

Listen to Sermons  
Listen from our website  
* Faith Formation *  

Adult Faith Formation Classes
Visit our Adult Faith Formation Page for more information about additional faith formation opportunities.

* King Avenue Children, Youth, & Family Ministries *  

King Avenue Children, Youth, and Family Ministries
8:45–12:15 Nursery Care: Birth – Age 3, Nursery (Upper Level) 
9:00 Morning Blend Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)

 ~ Age 4 – Grade 3 (Classroom L4)
10am Sunday School Hour (Setember 8 – May 24)

  • Godly Play (Age 4 – Grade 1), Classroom L5 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Godly Play (Grade 2 – 5), Classroom L4 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Middle School Youth (Grade 6-8), Fellowship Hall Classroom L6
  • High School Youth (Grade 9-12), Donnenwirth Lounge U1
  • Real People Real Parenting Small Group, Fireside Room U6
  • Additional Adult Faith Formation Class (Offerings Vary)

11:00am Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)
 ~ Age 4
– 5 (Classroom L5), Grades 1 – 3 (Classroom L4)

Family Service Opportunities
Looking for ways for your family to serve at King Avenue? Ask Erin for more information and to get started!
  • Volunteer with Worship Connections or Sunday School (See Gwen DeRosa for more details)
  • Acolyte once a month at Morning Blend or 11am Worship (Kids Grade 4-12)
  • Become a Greeter once a month for Morning Blend or 11am Worship (All Families, All Ages)
  • Help with Morning Blend Family Tables (All Families, All Ages)
  • Participate in a Youth Service Project (Kids Grades 6-12)
  • Join the King Avenue Lunch Packing Group (All Families)
  • Volunteer at NNEMAP (All Families)
Real People. Real Parenting.
All parents are welcome Sundays from 10:00-10:45am in the Fireside Room.

Additional Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Happenings.
Visit our KACYFM Page for more information about upcoming events.


Coming Out with God Support Group 
Coming Out with God is an adult, faith-based discussion group offering support and encouragement for anyone in the “coming out” process.  We use various resources that emphasize God’s grace and unconditional love. The group focuses on and strives to deepen our identity in Christ as we come out to family, friends, coworkers, etc. We welcome all, whether you are in need of support or you wish to encourage others by sharing your own “coming out” experiences. We meet in six-week sessions Wednesdays, 7pm at King Ave United Methodist Church. Acknowledging that "coming out" is more a process than an event, you are welcome to attend the group in the way that fits your needs: attending a six-week session, dropping in as desired, or becoming an ongoing member. For questions and meeting schedule, contact Mary Bostian,  

Additional SPECTRUM Happenings.
Visit our SPECTRUM Page for more information about upcoming events.

* Campus Ministry *  

GRAD CHAT - Graduate and Professional Student Lunch
Second Sundays of the month at noon in Fellowship Hall. Contact Colleen Ogle for more information. Visit to keep up on all the latest events.

* Mission and Outreach *  

Free Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolates on Sale
Second Sundays of the Month

  • K Cups - Single Serve Cups 12 cups/box are environmentally-friendly single serve cups are made from recyclable plastic and aluminum. Enjoy all the convenience with less waste!
  • Tea - We are proud to partner with small scale growers in India and South Africa and Sri Lanka to build the alternative supply chain of small farmer grown tea. 

Open Shelter Lunch Packing Dates

Tuesdays:  Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the month beginning at 6:00pm
Thursdays:   Thursday before the 3rd Friday of the month beginning at 6:00pm

Serve Breakfast at Gates Fourth UMC, 8:30-10:00 
4-5 volunteers serve food and wash dishes on the 4th and 5th Saturdays of every month from 8:30-10:00 at Gates Fourth UMC. Gates Fourth is located at 119 E Gates St, Columbus OH, 43206. 

Donate New & Gently-Used Clothes  
  • King Ave ClothesShare - Infant and Toddle Sizes passed down to other King Avenue families.  
  • Clothes for Kids - Children's sizes (new and gently-used) given to children at Hubbard Mastery School    
Additional Opportunities to Help.
Visit our Community Service Page for more information about upcoming opportunities to help.

* Fellowship *  

All-Church Luncheons
All-church lunches are generally the last Sunday of the month in Fellowship Hall at noon. It is free to eat, but a free will offering is welcome. All are welcome to the table!

Addtional Fellowship Opportunities:
Click on links below for other fellowship opportunities.


* Stay in the Loop *  
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