King Avenue Digest 6/31/19

May 31, 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 June 2019 Carillon Newsletter.
* This Week's Highlights *  

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. 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 Luncheon
The upcoming SPECTRUM All-Church Luncheon will take place on June 9, 2019.  Come on down after the 11:00 service and enjoy a meal fit for queens!  We could use some culinary volunteers, so sign up on Realm, on our Facebook page, or on the back of the “Welcome” card.

Pride Worship
This year’s Pride worship service will be held at Maple Grove Church (corner of W. Henderson and N. High Street) on June 14, 2019, 7:00 p.m.  

Pride Parade
King Avenue LGBTQI and Allies will be marching in the Pride Parade again this year! What a powerful witness we can provide to share that God's love is for ALL! Stay tuned for information regarding step-off location and meeting time. Don't forget to wear your King Avenue t-shirt!

Pride Festival - RMN Booth
The Reconciling Ministries Network will be hosting a table for the Pride Festival. We are in need of volunteers! Please take a look at the Google Doc link, and sign up on it for a time slot.

Retirees Ministry June Event - Wednesday, June 19 from 11am-1 pm – School Daze
Join us for the next Retiree event on Wednesday, June 19 from 11am - 1pm and come ready to share a favorite story (or a laugh) from your years in school. Bring a photo of yourself in school if you can find one!  Some of our favorite teachers will share their insights and stories about “today’s” students. Bring your memories, your sense of humor, and your lunch. Maybe dust off that old lunchbox and pack it with favorite goodies. Thankfully, we’re meeting in June, so no walking through the snow uphill…

Summer Small Group Book Study:  The Art of Spiritual Listening with Colleen Ogle
Does God seem remote or abstract to you? Do you want to learn to recognize God’s presence in the midst of your daily life?  If so, this summer group may be helpful to you. We will meet select Thursdays through this summer to read and work through the exercises in Alice Fryling’s short book, The Art of Spiritual Listening: Responding to God’s Voice Amid the Noise of Life. In each of eight sessions, we will focus on one scripture and discuss a different theme. 
 In order to prepare for each session, participants will read a scripture and do the exercises in a chapter.  There will be about 1 ½ hrs of preparation for each session. The small group will meet in the Chapel from 10-11:30 am OR an evening session from 7-8:30 pm. Registration closes by June 17.

Special Offering June 16 - Native American Ministries
Native American Ministries Sunday June 16 Please give generously! When you support Native American Ministries Sunday, you equip seminary students who will honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. And you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ.

Join your King Avenue friends for the first annual golf outing to support NNEMAP. The play will be "Shotgun format. It will take place at Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City on Monday, September 30, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Stay tuned for registration!

King Avenue Church Weekend Camp
It is not too early to think about camp! King Avenue Church will have an entire weekend just for us at Camp Otterbein on July 19-21. Camp Otterbein is about an hour from Columbus in Logan, Ohio, part of the scenic Hocking Hills region. The opportunity to spend the weekend there is open to anyone from King Avenue and their invited guests. (This camping weekend was formerly called “Family Camp” and combined with other churches, but this year we are extending the incredible experience to all King Avenue members during an exclusive weekend for our church only!) Financial Assistance is available for anyone that needs it (full or partial camperships available). A camplship form must be filled out and turned in the Erin prior to registration. 
KACYFM Happenings:

READ MORE about this and other KACYFM Happenings for Summer
  • Sun, June 2: Summer Camps Begin! 
  • Fri-Sun, June 7-9: Youth Annual Conference at Lakeside
Sat, June 15, 10:30am: Step-Off Columbus Pride Parade 
  • Fri, June 21, 6-8:30pm: Parents’ Evening Out
Sun, June 30, 9am & 11am: NNEMAP Backpack Drive Begins 

Afro-Caribbean Dance
Wednesdays, June 19 – July 24 (excluding July 3)
Led by Meka Edmondson
6:30-8:00pm in the Chapel
$10/class or $40/all five classes
Lit Club
The June Lit Club book is Bad Blood by John Carryou. All are welcome to Lit Club on Sunday, June 30, 7pm, in the Logos Lounge.
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.


* Stay in the Loop *  
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