King Avenue Digest 7/17/21

July 17, 2021


  • July 22: Retirees to the Clippers Game - Join the Retiree Ministry at the ballpark for a Columbus Clippers baseball game! The event will be Thursday, July 22 at 12:05. Tickets will be on sale for $7.00 before and after the 9:00 and 11:00 church services on July 4, July 11, and July 18. You can self-park, carpool with friends to the ball park, or ride the King Ave bus. More transportation details to come.

  • July 25: Lit Club - Due to lack of availability, THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN THE JULY BOOK. We will be discussing The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Turton Stuart. The book talk will be led by Tricia Barhorst. In-Person will take place in the Parlor, or you can join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 843 1707 9488 Passcode: 534202

  • July 31: Spectrum Buckeye Lake Historic Boat Cruise - What an amazing response to this event! We have met the boat's capacity, so unfortunately we cannot accept any more registrations for this event. Thanks to all who signed up. It's going to be a great time together!

  • July 31: Short North Garage Sale - The UMW is participating in the Annual Short North Garage Sale, Saturday July 31, 9-3. Items will be for sale in the alley south of the church. All items are being sold as-is. Additional information about the sale may be found at

  • July 31 - August 22: King Ave Kids Summer Sessions - Join your King Avenue Family for worship and fellowship time featuring a lesson, music, craft and recreation time. Each of the 3 Summer Sessions will feature a different theme at unique location, so read the details for what to expect and where to be! Designed for kids ages 4-Grade 5 and their families. All King Avenue Youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate as assistants. Each participant should dress for outdoor play, bring a water bottle and snack. We will post event updates (including inclement weather notices) on the King Avenue Children and Youth Ministries Facebook pages. All are welcome! READ MORE

  • August 13: Spectrum Game Night! Join your Spectrum friends on Friday, August 13 at 6:30 for pizza, pop, snacks, and Euchre/games! All are welcome. Why not bring a friend along?

  • August 29: Acolyte Training - Any King Avenue Kid grade 4-12 is welcome to be an acolyte for either 9am or 11am worship services beginning at the end of September. A short training on what it means to be an Acolyte, responsibilities of an Acolyte and how to serve as an Acolyte will be covered at this 45 min training at 10am on August 29. No prior experience necessary. Anyone wishing to acolyte is encouraged to attend. If you are interested and unable to attend, please contact Erin Kendall.

  • Register by September 19: Casa de Misericordia Trip 2022 - We are thrilled to announce the dates for our annual trip to support the orphanage in Mexico. We will leave Columbus on Thursday, February 17th, and return Monday, February 21st. The deadline to sign up is September 19th and the cost is $800 which includes airfare, lodging, and most meals. You are required to have a passport by September 19th. Please contact Gwen at Gracias!


  • Sermon Series & Your Input - You are invited to participate with Pastor Becky and Pastor Andy in our Sermon Series entitled “Church Is…”. They would love to hear your honest response to this question: What is church? There is no wrong answer if you are being authentic. As part of the July sermon series, please email Becky ( with your thoughts. Thanks!

  • Welcome to Rayjohnny Williams! Rayjohnny Williams is a Next Generations Ministry intern from the West Ohio Conference and she will be serving and participating in the life of King Avenue for the month of July.  READ MORE

  • July Carillon Newsletter - Check out all of the church happenings by reading this month's Carillon Newsletter. DOWNLOAD NEWSLETTER.

  • We're Hiring! We are hiring for our infant/toddler care staff for this fall. Interested persons must be at least 19 years old, willing to work Sunday mornings, occasional weekdays/weekends and be fully vaccinated. Please contact Erin Kendall at for more details.

  • 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. We wanted to update you on how King Avenue Church is maintaining our commitment to safety within our church. READ MORE

  • Welcome back to King Avenue! King Avenue Church has re-opened 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.


  • Underway: Wednesday Book Study - Pastor Andy is leading a weekly class studying The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul by Adam Hamilton.

  • Hey King Avenue Families! Gwen and Erin miss your beautiful faces so much and cannot wait until it’s safe to be together again. They have been researching the best and safest ways to be together in person. If our community, and especially our state, continues to progress with the vaccine rollout, and the new cases of COVID spread decrease, they hope to relaunch the Sunday morning program for children and youth this fall. That said, there is much collective work to be done. Because we are a church, it takes all of us to work together in order to make anything happen successfully. The Sunday morning program will require about 30+ volunteers so we can create and maintain a safe, welcoming, healthy worship environment for our kids. Contact Gwen at if you want to get involved.

  • 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.

  • The Harbor Post-High School Community - The Harbor is a post-high school community of faith and fellowship for young people (through age 24). This is a safe space for support, connection, and refreshment before heading back out into different directions. The Harbor is faith-based since many of us are connected to King Avenue UMC in Columbus, OH, but it is also a place where faith and life questions are encouraged and welcomed. We expect and celebrate the ways in which our beliefs evolve and change during life transitions. The Harbor affirms and works for the inclusion of all people, including all gender identities, LGBTQ folx, all races and ethnicities, all (dis)abilities, and all religious traditions. Keep up on events through our Facebook group.


  • OSU Parking Volunteers Needed - Be part of the game day excitement! Are you looking for a fun easy way to get involved and be a part of the King Avenue Missions Team? If so, join the King Avenue OSU Parking Crew as we cheer on the Buckeyes success in 2021. We are currently seeking volunteers to assist Buckeye fans with parking in the King Avenue parking lot during all home games on the dates below. Whether you sign up for one game or the entire season, this unique and important mission will not disappoint. Please contact Shawn Compton at for more information or to join the team.”
    9/11: Oregon 12:00 noon
    9/18: Tulsa 3:30 PM
    9/25: Akron (time TBD)
    10/9: Maryland 12:00 noon
    10/30: Penn State (time TBD)
    11/13: Purdue (time TBD)
    11/20: Michigan State (time TBD)

  • 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

  • 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 if you are interested.

  • NNEMAP needs drivers! NNEMAP needs delivery drivers! We began offering delivery during the spring when the pandemic began. It started slow, but now is an important part of what we do everyday. We need people who would be available around 11am during the week, or on Saturday around the same time. We give you one or two deliveries each time. If there are two deliveries, they will be near each other. We have a sign-up link so you can sign up when it is convenient. For information email Roy Clark at

  • NNEMAP Needs - Donate baby wipes, large-size diapers (size 5 and 6), grooming items (dental items, razors, and shampoo, and feminine hygiene items). We would especially appreciate Purell and wipes for COVID-19. Thank you for your generosity!