King Avenue Digest 11/27/19

By The King Avenue Digest |  November 27, 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 December 2019 Carillon Newsletter.

Art Gallery in December
During the four Sundays in December leading up to the Christmas the art gallery will feature Advent banners by Alyce Andrus.  The gallery will also become an Advent Workshop on Sunday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. The cost of these activities is free. Stop by the parlor and grab a coffee prior to coming down to the KAUMC Gallery.

  • Sunday, December 1: Folded Holiday Gift Boxes
  • Sunday, December 8: Christmons
  • Sunday, December 15: Glass and Paper Ornaments
  • Sunday, December 22: Painted Glass Ornaments

Poinsettias are displayed throughout our Sanctuary during the Advent season. The cost of one poinsettia is $13. Your donations will be included in the 7:30pm & 11pm Christmas Eve bulletins on Tuesday, December 24. Poinsettias are available to take home after the services. Orders are due Sunday, December 1.

Sign Up Now! Art, Start, and Depart – Monday, December 2
Join instructor Kurt Reichert to make a holiday paper wreath on Monday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the KUAMC Gallery. The cost is $5.00. Using five different sheets of Christmas scrap book paper you will create a layered paper wreath that is 9 inches in diameter.  They look great framed for that special place that needs a pop of holiday cheer or you can use it on wrapped gift in lieu of a bow for that special someone.  This class is limited to 20.  Please register by emailing Kurt at and just bring your money the night of the class.  This class is already starting to fill up so don’t wait!

Bethlehem on Broad Street – Due Wednesday, December 4
King Avenue has committed to provide 100 boxes to the Bethlehem on Broad Street Project. Boxes will be available in the Fellowship Hall and Milling Area now. Boxes must be returned to the Fellowship Hall no later than Wednesday, December 4 so they can be delivered for distribution. Please find the shopping list below.  PLEASE TAPE THE TOP AND BOTTOM YOUR BOX.  

Spectrum Cookie Baking – Friday, December 6
It’s time to break out the Kitchen Aids and the spatulas for our annual Spectrum Cookie Bake on December 6 at 7pm. We’re looking to this delicious evening of fun and fellowship in the all-ages evening. If you’ve attended before, you know just how much fun and fellowship is created (and, arguably, some of the ugliest cookies imaginable!) Participants can bring a container to take some cookies with them, and the rest will be part of the refreshments for the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus JOY! concert.

Realm Help – Sunday, December 8
On Sunday, December 8, a help table will be set up to provide assistance with Realm. There will also be a short info session on how to use Realm as a church directory to find and connect with other church members. You can find the Realm Help table from 10:05–10:20 in the Fellowship Hall and then 10:25–10:50 in the Milling Area. 

Open Table Worship and Communion Service – Sunday, December 8 at Asbury UMC
Asbury UMC and East Ohio Reconciling Ministries Network invite you to an
Open Table Worship and Communion Service created to honor full inclusion
of all God’s children in our church on Sunday, December 8th. Worship begins at 5pm with a light meal following worship. Childcare will be provided. 
Asbury United Methodist Church, 
55 W Lincoln Ave, Delaware, Ohio 43015 

Linden Life Fellowship's Christmas Shoppe – December 8
We will again hold our annual Christmas Shoppe at Linden Life Fellowship, a church near NNEMAP. We will be giving out presents to our families the week of December 9th through 14th. The week prior is when we accept donations of gifts. We will have a UHaul on site all week for safe keeping. Unwrapped gifts or monetary donations are needed for ages 1-18. King Avenue Youth will be setting up the Christmas Shoppe from 12:00-3:00pm.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – View in Theaters to Prepare for Study
The United Methodist Church has released a small group study based on A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the movie about the life of Mr. Rogers. King Avenue will be holding this study over the season of Lent; if you are interested in participating, we encourage you to view the movie in theaters. If you would like to host or facilitate a small group, please contact

Hubbard School Holiday Help – Due Decmeber 12
You can make a neighborhood family’s Christmas a little brighter! Pick a tag from the ChristMission Tree in the Milling Area. Purchase the item listed on the back of the tag. Bring your UNWRAPPED item back to King Avenue UMC by December 12th and place it in the box under the tree.

Retiree Christmas Potluck & Party – Thursday, December 12
Bring a dish to share and enjoy some holiday fellowship with fellow King Avenue retirees. Our party will take place Thursday, December 12 from 11am-1:30pm. 

CGMC Joy! Concert – Friday and Saturday, December 13 & 14 at 8pm
Discover your JOLLY self by ringing in the season with "Joy!", CGMC's family holiday tradition. This concert is a time for friends old and new to gather and rejoice. It’s the perfect way to start your holidays.

Christmas Hymns and History – Sunday, December 15
The Christmas season wouldn't be the same without our favorite holiday hymns. Join us on Sunday, December 15, in the Chapel at 10:00 a.m. to hear stories and fun facts about the Christmas hymns, followed by a hymn sing. See you for some tidings of comfort and joy!

All-Church Christmas Caroling – Sunday, December 15
All are welcome to stay after church and walk to Westminster Thurber Retirement Community for Christmas caroling.

Young Adults Christmas Taco – Tuesday, December 17
The Young Adults will meet at 6:00pm at the Local Cantina in Grandview to celebrate the Christmas season with friends. Please join us for a festive and merry time!

Chancel Choir, Soloists, and Orchestra present Handel's Messiah – Sunday, December 22
The Chancel Choir will join with soloists and orchestra to present the Christmas portion of Handel’s MESSIAH on Sunday, December 22 during the 11 AM service.  This timeless classic was last sung at King Avenue in 2016.  Please consider inviting a friend to join you for this special service. 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES – Tuesday, December 24
4:30pm Family Service (Erin confirmed)
7:30pm Candlelight and Communion Service
11pm Candlelight and Communion Service 

Art Gallery January/February
Assemblage which is the group exhibit of members and friends of King Avenue will be during January and February. If you have one or two pieces of art that you would like included in this display, please notify Kurt Reichert 

Lit Club – Sunday, December 29
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah will be discussed on Sunday, December 29, 7pm, Logos Lounge. 

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

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,


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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