King Avenue Digest 10/9/21

October 9, 2021

It's Pastor Appreciation Month!
Thank you, Pastor Becky and Pastor Andy, for leading our flock!


  • Upcoming Youth Events - Upcoming King Avenue Youth Events:
    - October 29 at 6pm Friday Fun Night: Nerf Wars (RSVP by 10/27 to Erin )
    - November 7 at 12pm Youth Group Lunch (RSVP by 11/6)

  • Check out King Avenue UMC Youth Ministries Facebook for more events!

  • Now Hiring: King Avenue Childcare Staff - Must be 19 yrs old, available on Sunday mornings, provide proof of vaccination and have childcare experience with babies and toddlers. Contact for more information.

  • October NNEMAP/Hubbard Item of the Month! Each month, we are going to focus our donations on specific items for NNEMAP pantry and Hubbard Elementary School. For the month of October, NNEMAP needs travel-size shampoo and deodorant, and Hubbard Elementary needs coats (boys and girls, sizes 5-16). You can bring your donations with you on Sundays in October - there will be a place to leave them in the back of the worship space.

  • Sunday, October 10: Blessing of the Animals - Bring your furry friends to Sunday Worship on Sunday, October 10. Services will be held at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall or 11:00 in the Sanctuary. Pets with fur, feathers, scales, and fins are welcome. We expect this abbreviated service will be noisy and squirmy! You know your pet... If you're not sure how they'll do indoors with others (or on carpet), you are welcome to bring a picture of your pet instead! If you're able, please bring a donation of pet food. We will be donating these offerings to NNEMAP. DOWNLOAD FLYER

  • October 13: Retiree Ministry to Inniswood Gardens - Join us for fellowship and the exploration of the Inniswood Metro Gardens on Wednesday, October 13 from 11:30 to 1:30. Inniswood Metro Gardens is a scenic nature preserve with streams, woodlands, wildflowers, and many easy to walk trails. Bring a sack lunch and meet at the Picnic area, south of the Parking lot.

  • Sunday, October 17: Spectrum Fall Foliage Hike - LEAF PEEPERS, UNITE! Join your Spectrum friends for a fall hike at the beautiful Blendon Woods Metro Park (4265 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43081) on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00. Meet up at the Nature Center and walk with us through the beauty of Ohio's most colorful season. No need to RSVP, but please dress appropriately for the weather and wear a mask. We hope to see you all there!

  • October 22: Young Adults/Next Chapter to Lynd Fruit Farm - If you're a King Avenue young adult, let's get together for a bonfire! October 22, 6-9pm, we'll be near the corn maze on Lynd Fruit Farm (9851 Morse Rd., Pataskala) with a bonfire, s'mores, hot dogs, and each other. Enjoy the quintessential fall experience and connect with other young adults. We all need community, and around a bonfire is the perfect place to find it. 
 If you have kids, you're welcome to bring them! If anyone wants to try out the corn maze, you can buy tickets on-site. Find all the info and register for only $5 on Realm. Let's get together for an evening around a bonfire with other King Avenue young adults! CLICK TO REGISTER

  • October 24 at 2:00pm: Trans Faith Matters - King Avenue Church is thrilled to support Trans Faith Matters, which is an interfaith conversation with speakers from TransOhio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Mozaic, two Jewish synagogues, two Buddhist centers, and several Christian churches. This hybrid event inspired by the religious movement for LGBTQ equality and by the generosity of local congregations, will aim to advance equality and inclusion for transgender, non-binary and gender diverse people. Join this event in-person at Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 E. Broad St or join via livestream at All attending in-person must wear masks and show COVID vaccine records.

  • October 31 at 1:00: Trunk or Treat! We are excited to once again host Trunk or Treat in the King Avenue on Halloween in the south parking lot. All kids up to Grade 5 are invited to wear their favorite costume and enjoy a treat parade! King Avenue Members are encouraged to sign up to host a treat spot for Trunk or Treat, too! Sign up poster is available at the rear of the worship space you attend. Don't miss out on the fun!

  • November Greeters... Retirees! The Retiree Ministry has volunteered to serve as Sunday Morning “Greeters” for the month of November. Say “good morning”, squirt hand sanitizer, and provide a mask for those who need one. Your presence at the KA door will make someone’s day! We are in need of 2 people for both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service. If you have a Sunday in November available to serve as a Retiree Ministry Greeter, contact Teresa Malloy at or 614-266-9107.

  • November 4-7: KAP Presents Elf the Musical - Mark your calendar for the King Avenue Players' production of Elf the Musical. Evening performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (November 4-6), and a matinee on Sunday, November 7. Bring the whole family!


  • October 5 - November 9: Fall Book Study, Why? Making Sense of God’s Will - The world feels like it’s been turned upside down over the last 18-ish months. One of the questions we’re left with is simply, Why? Together, we will gather to process and wrestle with this question by studying a short book written by Adam Hamilton called Why? Making Sense of God’s Will. This will be a 6-week class on Tuesdays starting on October 5 with an in-person option and a Zoom option. You can purchase a book through the church for $10 and receive it at the first class.

  • Worship Connections - During worship, we welcome our friends age 4 - Grade 3 to join us for Worship Connections (note: 1st Sunday of the month, children will remain in worship with their families for Family Sunday). Grade 4 and up to remain in worship with their families. We are hopeful to be able to offer nursery care for our King Avenue children under age 4 this fall. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we prepare a safe environment for these children. If you have any questions about Worship Connections or Sunday School, please contact If you have questions about nursery care, please contact Please refer to the next announcement item for all of the Sunday morning programming for Children, Youth, and Families.

  • Sundays: Children, Youth and Family Ministry -
    -Worship Connections 9:00 & 11:00 for ages 4 through grade 3 (Room L4, lower level)
    -NO Worship Connections on Communion Sundays (1st Sunday), but participate in NEW Family Communion Sundays.
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Godly Play 4 year and KG (L4)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Godly Play Grades 1-3 (L5)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Family Godly Play (Chapel)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Chrysalis Club Grades 4-5 (NEW classroom L4+)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - C.O.R.E. Youth Grades 6t-12 (Donnenwirth)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Real People, Real Parenting Small Group (Fireside Room)

  • CORE Youth Center is a virtual place for youth! Are you looking for online faith resources for your youth (6th to 12th grades)? King Avenue UMC's Children and Youth Education Program created an inclusive and affirming website to fit this need. Think of this as a home base as you stretch, grow, and explore your faith and your identity as a Jesus follower. What you believe, think, and feel will change during your Middle and High School years. And your journey will not end when you graduate. Our faith journeys continue for our whole lives. Check out the CORE Youth Center here: and contact Gwendolyn DeRosa at if you would like to help create new content.


  • Volunteering on Sundays - Hey King Avenue Families! There are still opportunities for you to volunteer in Sunday morning children’s programming by leading youth Sunday School or learning Godly Play storytelling. Contact Gwen at if you are interested in learning more.

  • NNEMAP Needs - NNEMAP continues to need volunteers to deliver food to families. In addition, we want to ramp up our deliveries by adding a used cargo van. If anyone has an idea for a donated or inexpensive vehicle, please let us know.

  • Ushers and Greeters Needed - Be the first friendly face someone sees at church! Our ushers and greeters keep folks safe and make them feel welcome. If you would like to help with this important ministry, please email Pastor Andy -

  • Audio-Visual Volunteers Needed - We are always looking for some folks who would like to learn how to help with live streaming our 9:30 and 11:00 services. You don’t need a lot of experience; we will train you! Please email Pastor Andy - if you are interested.


  • Hearing Loop Installed! King Avenue UMC has installed a hearing loop in the sanctuary, chapel, and Fellowship Hall to help those with hearing loss. If you have a T-Coil equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant, please switch your hearing device to the T setting. For those without hearing aids, wireless headsets are also available.
    What is Telecoil or T-Coil?
    Download a Hearing Loop Guide.

  • Safety Protocols - As we continue to live through this ongoing pandemic, we are aware that many of the safeguards which have been a part of our daily activities are being lifted or are changing. Learn how King Avenue Church is maintaining our commitment to safety within our church. READ MORE

  • Welcome Groups! King Avenue Church is open for in-person meetings. If your group is interested in using a room at King Avenue, please contact Amy Ashburn at or 614-424-6050x 100.

  • Sunday Parking - As always, our two lots on the south and west sides of the building are available. Street parking on all the surrounding streets is also permitted for free. The city neither charges nor tows on Sundays. If the signs are up on the Pennsylvania lot, you can park there! The H2O lot next door to our church is not for our use.

  • Photographers Needed! The Stewardship Committee is seeking photographers for church events. It could be as easy as photographing events you attend. If you are interested, contact Andy Poole at

  • Chancel Flowers - 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.