King Avenue Digest 11/15/19

November 15, 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 November 2019 Carillon Newsletter.

Stewardship 2020 Campaign
Once you prayerfully consider your pledge for 2020, you can record your pledge in Realm and set up your giving electronically. The 2020 pledge runs from 01/01/2020 to 12/31/2020.

  • Log into Realm.
  • Click on Giving in the left-hand menu.
  • Click on the +Pledge button
  • Fill out the particulars... the amount, fund, frequency, and date range for giving. 
  • Click Save Pledge OR click Save & Set Up Online Gift if you want to set up autopay at the same time.
  • If you select Save & Setup Online Gift, you will be directed to payment information.
  • CLICK HERE for a stepsheet that has these directions in text & pictures!

KAP Presents The Music Man – November 14-17
King Avenue Players proudly presents The Music Man at King Avenue, Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17. Bring friends and family to this classic, heart-warming musical, suitable for all ages. Performances are:

  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 3pm

Admission is free, but a $10 donation is encouraged.
Free childcare is available during the Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances.

Harmony for Hunger Benefit for NNEMAP – November 15
On Friday, November 15th at 7:30, we will have our 10th annual Harmony For Hunger concert at Stonybrook UMC. Our featured performers are the New World Singers, a group of 60 youth from the Columbus Children's Choir. Yolanda Harris from 10TV will again be our emcee. Please join us for this important fundraiser. 

Promoting Racial Understanding and Healing Event - November 17, 4:00-7:00 p.m. 
The year 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the recorded arrival of the first slave ship from Africa. West Ohio Conference Bishop Gregory Palmer has invited Maize Manor UMC in north Columbus to host an evening of learning and conversation about the historic racial divisions in our nation. The gathering will include multicultural worship, a documentary on the history of American racism, a sermon from Bishop Palmer, dinner and guided discussion. This event is open to all churches in the West Ohio Conference. King Avenue has been invited to provide persons who will serve as greeters as well as persons who will provide potluck items. To sign up to attend, to volunteer to serve as a greeter, and/or to bring a potluck dish, click on the link below or call (614) 424-6050 and leave a message. 

Young Adult Friendsgiving – November 17
Join us for our annual Friendsgiving dinner to give thanks among King Avenue friends, new and old. Mexican food is the theme again this year, and dinner will be hosted by Darci Mossbarger at her home in Harrison West neighborhood. Sign up for taco fixings to bring. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20
Please plan to join the King Avenue family as we gather to host this annual observation in the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The service begins at 7:00pm, but the doors open at 6:30pm.
Mercer Scholarship Offering  – Sunday, November 24
Please give generously! The King Avenue Mercer Scholarship Fund was established to assist King Avenue students in higher education, particularly those studying for the ministry.

Church Conference – November 24
3pm, at Trinity UMC, Cambridge Blvd.
All-Church Thanksgiving Lunch – November 24 
We've much to be thankful for. Join us for this King Avenue traditional meal following the 11:00 o'clock service. All are welcome around the harvest table! 

Lit Club – November 24
All are welcome to Lit Club at 7pm on November 24. We will be discussing City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Pies Needed for Hubbard Thanksgiving Celebration – November 25
King Avenue’s Retiree Ministry will host two second-grade classes from Hubbard Elementary School for the second annual Thanksgiving celebration on Monday, November 25. The event includes games, crafts, stories, learning, and a delicious Thanksgiving meal. It is a wonderful opportunity to model hospitality, to uplift the practice of thankfulness, and to witness to God’s love without words. If you would like to help, we need donations of 8 pumpkin pies for the event.  Please email Colleen Ogle,, if you would like to donate a pie. 

Keep up on KACYFM November Events Flyer

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.

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

Instruments of Faith, Photographs by Tom Moore

Children, Youth, & Family Sunday School – 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

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


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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