King Avenue Digest 4/13/19

April 13, 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.

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* This Week's Highlights *  

It's Holy Week...

Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil—Disciples Needed

We will be praying for the church and for the healing and transformation of the world that Christ came to save during a Maundy Thursday vigil of prayer from Thursday, April 18 at 9 pm through Friday, April 19 at 8 pm (when Good Friday worship begins.)  

Maundy Thursday Worship—In the Garden: Taizé Music, Communion, and Prayer
Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary you are invited to observe Holy Thursday by worship “In the Garden” and in prayer with Christ.


Good Friday Tenebrae Service – April 19 at 8pm 
Good Friday worship will take the form of a Service of Tenebrae, or "Darkness." Tenebrae worship is based on a twelfth century late night/early morning service and is an extended meditation on the passion of Christ, as found in the Gospel of St. John. As the sanctuary becomes progressively darker, the scriptural story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, and crucifixion unfold allowing worshipers to wonder anew at the wondrous passion Christ has to redeem the world. 

Holy Week Worship

Cuisine for a Cause - THANK YOU!
The eleventh annual Cuisine For A Cause is in the books! The money we raised – over $28,000 – is desperately needed by the orphanage as they struggle to provide food, housing, clothing, medical care, education, and emotional and spiritual care for two dozen neglected, abandoned and abused children.

April 14 – Young Adult & Graduate Brunch
Sunday, April 14th at noon, KAUMC Young Adults and Graduate Students are invited to a combined brunch with food provided by chef Lynn Kirch and Tessa Carrel.  No need to bring a dish but you are welcome to come and bring a friend. Brunch will be served in the Parlor.  

UMW Rummage Sale Preparations
Sorting dates in preparation for the sale are April 8, 11, 15,18, 22, 25, and 29. The May sorting date is May 2. Set up for the sale is Sunday, May 5, after Morning Blend and continuing after second service. Work week is May 6 thru 9. Work week hours are 9:30 am to 3 pm daily and evening hours are 6 pm to 8 pm.
Your Spectrum team will be selling our NEW King Avenue t-shirts in the milling area at a cost of $25 for adults, $20 for kids. We’ll accept checks, cash, and card swipes for payment. The sale will be April 14 – May 20. We also have a supply of the gray shirts that we’d be willing to part with at a low, low cost of $5 each!)

Pride SIGN-o de Mayo will happen on May 5 in the Parlor following the 11:00 traditional service.  We’ll be making new signs for the Pride parade (June 15) and enjoying some yummy tacos.  There’s a sign-up on Realm, so if you plan to attend the sign-making fun, please let us know!

SPECTRUM Events Coming Up

  • AIDS Walk Ohio 4/13/19
  • Pride Parade Sign-Making Party 5/5/19 (after church services)
  • KAUMC Pride Luncheon 6/9/19
  • Pride Service 6/14/19 (location TBA)
  • Columbus Pride Parade 6/15/19

KACYFM Happenings:
Mark your calendars for the upcoming February and March events for King Avenue Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. READ MORE.
Saturday, April 13, 10am - 12pm: Eggstravaganza Easter Party

  • Sunday, April 14, Palm Sunday – Kids pass out palm branches in worship 
  • Sunday, April 21, Easter- no Sunday School 
  • Friday, April 26, 6-8:30pm: Parents’ Evening Out
Sunday, April 28, 12-1pm: West Ohio Camps Informational Lunch

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; Age 4 - Grade 1 (Classroom L4)
10am Sunday School Hour 

  • Sr. High (Grades 9-12) Donnenwirth Lounge (Upper Level)
  • Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 6-8) Fellowship Hall Classroom (Lower Level)
  • Godly Play (Grades 2-5) Big Classroom (Lower Level)
  • Godly Play (Ages 4- Grade 1) Small Classroom (Lower Level)
  • Adult Sunday School  Watch the website for specific offerings as these vary

11:00am Worship Connections : 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 *  

Faith Dive Sunday School – Ongoing Adult Class
Faith Dive Sunday School class meets at 10:00 am in the Logos Lounge (L1).

Additional 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
Worship Connections

Kids Ages 4 – Grade 3

  • 9am - Big Classroom (Lower Level)
  • 11am - Big and Small Classrooms (Lower Level)
Sunday School Hour at 10am – There’s Something for Everyone! 
  • Sr. High (Grades 9-12) Donnenwirth Lounge (Upper Level)
  • Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 6-8) Fellowship Hall Classroom (Lower Level)
  • Godly Play (Grades 2-5) Big Classroom (Lower Level)
  • Godly Play (Ages 4- Grade 1) Small Classroom (Lower Level)
  • Real People Real Parenting Small Group Fireside Room (Upper Level)
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.


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