King Avenue Digest 8/21/21

August 21, 2021


  • August 22: Final King Ave Kids Summer Session - 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 22: Summer Choir: All interested singers are invited to join the Summer Choir on Sunday, August 22. We rehearse that morning at 10:15 AM in the Choir Room (2nd Floor). This will be the final Summer Choir session for the season.

  • August 26: Retirees to Franklin Park Conservatory - Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 26! The Retirees Ministry is planning an outing at the Franklin Park Conservatory to explore the Paul Busse Garden Railway! Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the fellowship as we travel through a “miniature world of 51 botanical models made from all natural-plant materials." READ MORE and RSVP. Note - You are using Realm to RSVP, but you'll pay admission at the door.

  • August 28: Gates Fourth Breakfast for the Homeless - Calling all cooks, servers, and hostesses! Beginning August 28, 2021, Gates Fourth UMC will restart their monthly community breakfasts. Gates Fourth is located at 119 E. Gates St. Columbus, OH 43206 where King Avenue assist the Gates Fourth team with greeting guests, distributing clothing/personal care donations, serving meals, assisting in the kitchen, and cleaning up. If you are interested in volunteering simply arrive at the church at 8am and enter through the west doors along Fourth St. The kitchen and serving area is not air conditioned, so the dress code for this food service environment is casual, including shoes that can protect against hot spills. The only skills needed for this three-hour commitment is to smile and the desire to bring hospitality to this diverse community. We hope to see you there!

  • 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.

  • August 29, 7:00pm: Lit Club - Join Lit Club in Person or on Zoom! We will be discussing The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. In-person will be in the Parlor, and Zoom Meeting ID is 84317079488 with Passcode 534202

  • September 9: Interested in Chancel Choir? The Chancel Choir will return this fall! We always welcome new singers to join us. The Choir sings for the 11 AM service and presents special music events during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 PM beginning September 9. Interested singers should contact Chris McManus, Minister of Music, at or by calling (614)327-5082. We hope you can join us!

  • September 9: Interested in Bell Choir? We may have openings in the bell choir this fall. Some ringing experience is helpful. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:15 PM beginning September 9. Interested ringers should contact Chris McManus, Minister of Music, at or by calling (614)327-5082.

  • Beginning Sunday, September 12: Children, Youth and Family Ministry -
    -Worship Connections 9:00 & 11:00 for ages 4 through grade 3 (Room L4, lower level)
    -NO Worship Connections on Communion Sundays (1st Sunday), but participate in NEW Family Communion Sundays.
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Godly Play 4 year and KG (L4)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Godly Play Grades 1-3 (L5)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Family Godly Play (Chapel)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Chrysalis Club Grades 4-5 (NEW classroom L4+)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - C.O.R.E. Youth Grades 6t-12 (Donnenwirth)
    -Sunday School Hour 10:00 - Real People, Real Parenting Small Group (Fireside Room)

  • September 12-14: King Avenue Players Auditions for "Elf the Musical" - Auditions for Elf the Musical will be held Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 6:30pm, Monday, September 13, 2021 at 6:30pm. Callbacks (if needed) will be held Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 6:30pm. Auditionees should prepare 16-32 bars from a musical theatre song, not from the show. An accompanist will be provided. You may also be asked to read from the script and do a short dance routine. Performances are November 4-7. Visit the King Avenue Players Facebook Page for all the details.

  • October 10: Blessing of the Animals - Save the date! More information is coming soon about our Blessing of the Animals service.


  • Hey King Avenue Families! Gwen and Erin 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.


  • NNEMAP Needs - NNEMAP continues to need volunteers to deliver food to families. In addition, we want to ramp up our deliveries by adding a used cargo van. If anyone has an idea for a donated or inexpensive vehicle, please let us know.

  • 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 Pastor Andy -

  • 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 Pastor Andy - if you are interested.


  • 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. Learn how King Avenue Church is maintaining our commitment to safety within our church. READ MORE

  • Welcome Groups! King Avenue Church is open 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.