King Avenue Digest 8/6/2021

August 6, 2021


  • 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! Spectrum is hosting a Game Night in the Fellowship Hall. We have several games at the church already, but feel free to bring a favorite from home that you can teach a table of friends! We’ll serve pizza and soft drinks, but we’d love for you to bring some sweet or salty munchies to share. Check out the Spectrum Facebook page for further information and to RSVP.

  • August 20: Spectrum to Goodale Park Screen on the Green - We’re lucky to live in a city with so many great opportunities for free fun! Case in point: Goodale Park’s Screen on the Green Outdoor Movie Series is showing an absolute classic, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar on Friday, August 20 starting at dusk. Meet up with your KAUMC buddies and come out to watch this delightful film! (Bring a blanket or chairs and a flashlight. You can also bring a picnic if you want, or there are refreshments available for sale at the park.) We’ll give further details about where to find the King Avenue crew closer to the movie date. Watch our Facebook page for information!

  • 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 - 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." More details are forthcoming!

  • 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 and ringers 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.

  • 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. There is a limit of 15 participants, and it's filling up fast! Please contact Gwen at Gracias!


  • 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.


  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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.