King Avenue Digest 8/9/19

August 9, 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 August 2019 Carillon Newsletter.
Let's Talk About the Building & Finances – Sunday, August 11
Join Pastor Keeny and Brenda Bowers for a Q&A on physical needs at King Avenue on Sunday, August 11 at 10:00 in the Chapel

Spectrum to Columbus Clippers Game – Sunday, August 11 at 4:05pm
Did you register? Spectrum, in conjunction with Family Pride Network, King Avenue Children, Youth & Families Ministry, and Young Adult Fellowship have scheduled a trip to see the Columbus Clippers play in Huntington Stadium. The date is Sunday, August 11 at 4:05pm. The Columbus Clippers will be playing the Buffalo Bisons. Also Jake “The Diamond Dog” will be at the game. 

Young Adults, Theology on Tap – Tuesday, August 13
Join the Young Adults on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00pm at Brazenhead Pub for Theology on Tap.

Spectrum Tupperware Party with Miss Dee W. Ieye – Friday, August 16 at 6:15
On August 16, 2019 as Spectrum welcomes Miss Dee W. Ieye for an unforgettable Drag Queen Tupperware Party! Guests are invited to arrive after 6:15pm, with the actual presentation beginning at 7:00pm. 

Interested in Joining King Avenue UMC? 
If you are interested in becoming a member of King Avenue Church, please contact Colleen Ogle, who will provide you with information about the next membership class. Her contact information is OR (614) 424-6050; Ext. 101 

New Life Community Outreach
Check out the NEW giving box for donations for the men’s clothing room. Money will be used for toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, shaving cream, razors, and deodorant. You’ll find the box in the Milling Area and the Fellowship Hall. Any questions? Email 

AUGUST SPECIAL OFFERING, Humanitarian Aid for Immigrants at the Border – Sunday, August 18
August's Special Offering will provide humanitarian aid to immigrants and asylum seekers on our southern border. The El Valle District of the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church is a partner with The Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, TX. If you write a check, make it out to King Avenue UMC and write "Humanitarian Aid Border." 

The Blessing of the Animals Service – Sunday, August 18
Join us at Whetstone Park for the Blessing of the Animals service. A short (30-minute) service of music, prayer, and blessing. If you are able, please bring a bag of dog/cat food to donate. We will remember lost pets, too. Following the service, will be treats for 2-legged and 4-legged creatures in attendance.

Retiree Luncheon & Program – Wednesday, August 21 from 11:00-1:00
The monthly gathering for KAUMC retirees/semi-retirees is Wednesday, August 21, from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall. Our general topic will be the amazing gifts that animal companions provide us. KAUMC member Adam Richmond, who is a former Security Forces K-9 in the US Air Force and current Pilot Dogs Trainer, will be our guest speaker. Because lunch is included, advance registration is necessary, by Monday, August 19th. Suggested donation for lunch is $8. 

OSU Pay it Forward Event – Saturday, August 24
On Saturday, August 24, King Avenue Church will be a host for The Ohio State University’s Pay It Forward Student Cohort as part of its Community Commitment event. The cohort will collect bags of groceries in the Circles neighborhood for the OSU Buckeye Food Alliance. This non-profit, student-run pantry serves the 15% of OSU students who are food insecure. If you would like to contribute a box/bag of groceries, please bring it to the church on August 24.

Family Fun Day At Camp Otterbein – Sunday, August 25 (Register by August 20)
August 25 from 2:00-5:00pm
Join your King Avenue friends for a Family Fun Day at Camp Otterbein. There will be swimming in the lake, canoeing, rafting, gaga ball and hanging out for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Please register by August 20. The BLOB is waiting for you! 

King Avenue Players Auditions – August 25 & 26; September 8 & 9
Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays – 
Auditions: August 25 and 26 at 6:30pm, PerformanceOctober 18 at King Avenue Church 
The Music Man – AuditionsSeptember 8 and 9 at 6:30pm, PerformancesNovember 14-17 at King Avenue Church

Lit Club  Sunday, August 25 at 7pm in the Logos Lounge
Transforming by Austen Hartke

Buckeye Kick-Off Fundraiser – Tuesday, August 27, 6:00-8:30
Villa Minalo, 1639 Schrock Road
Tickets $45 at Eventbrite.
New Life Community Outreach is hosting a Buckeye Kick-Off fundraiser event. This event will feature an evening meal, a silent auction, and a program featuring an inspirational former Buckeye Football Player.  

Isaiah 35 Fellowship – Begins Wednesday, September 4
Beginning September 4, King Avenue is starting a confidential fellowship group offering acceptance, encouragement, community, and prayer for people whose faith and hope have been challenged by struggles with mental health.  Join us for dinner, fellowship, discussion, and prayer each first and third Wednesday of the month in Logos Lounge from 6:30 – 8:00pm.

Children, Youth, & Family Sunday School Resumes – Sunday, September 8 from 10-10:45am           
* Godly Play (Age 4 – Grade 1), Classroom L4 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
* Godly Play (Grade 2 – 5), Classroom L5 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
* Middle School Youth (Grade 6-8), Fellowship Hall Classroom L6
* High School Youth (Grade 9-12), Donnenwirth Lounge U1
* Real People Real Parenting Small Group, Fireside Room U6

Exploring the Journey and Responding to Our Call Adult Study Class – Wednesdays, beginning September 11
Wednesdays, September 11 – November 20 at 7:00pm
The Companions in Christ Series will be the focus of an adult Bible study beginning September 11, 2019 and ending on November 20, 2019. We will cover two different topics in the series this fall. We will meet  Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.

Sign up for 2020 Mexico Mission Trip – Deadline Sunday, September 15
Casa de Misericordia Orphanage, Piedras Negras, Mexico
When: January 16-20, 2020
Cost: $800 (scholoarships available)
Registration Deadline: September 15 to John Keeny –, 614-424-6050, ext. 102

UWM Fall Potluck & Speaker – Wednesday, September 18
Judge Richard Frye will be the speaker for the United Methodist Women potluck on September 18, at 6:00 PM in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome (not just women)! Beverage and talbe service will be provided, but please bring a dish to share. No RSVP is necessary.

NNEMAP Golf Scramble... Play to Provide. Drive to help others Thrive. Putt to Cut hunger! – Monday, September 30
What? NNEMAP Golf Scramble - Celebrating 50 Years of Service
Where? Pinnacle Golf Club, Grove City, OH (visit
When? September 30, 2019

Changing the Conversation Series 2019 – October 12 & 13
Mark your calendars for the Changing the Conversation Series, October 12 and 13. King Avenue welcomes author Austen Hartke, a transgender person of faith.

August Faith Formation (Adult Sunday School), Hymns & History – Sundays in August
Hymns and History is back for another summer! We'll go on a journey through the stories behind the songs in our hymnal as we take a look at the composers and the history that were part of the creation of some of our most beloved tunes. This year, we'll be exploring the Hymnal and The Faith We Sing. We will meet in the Choir Room on Sundays in July during the 10am Sunday School hour. Join us as we make a joyful noise! 

Worship Connections – Back in Session!
9am Morning Blend Worship Connections
(Aug. 4th to May 24th)    
* Age 4 – Grade 3, Classroom L4 (Children’s Hallway- Lower Level)
11am Worship Connections (Aug. 4th to May 24th)    
* Age 4 – K, Classroom L4 (Children’s Hallway- Lower Level)
* Grade 1 – 3, Classroom L5 (Children’s Hallway- Lower Level)

All KACYFM Happenings
Download the August KACYFM Flyer

Worship Connections returns August 4, and Sunday School returns September 8. 

Thursday 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. 

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 (August 8 – May 24)

 ~ Age 4 – Grade 3 (Classroom L4)
10am Sunday School Hour (Setember 8 – May 24)

  • Godly Play (Age 4 – Grade 1), Classroom L5 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Godly Play (Grade 2 – 5), Classroom L4 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Middle School Youth (Grade 6-8), Fellowship Hall Classroom L6
  • High School Youth (Grade 9-12), Donnenwirth Lounge U1
  • Real People Real Parenting Small Group, Fireside Room U6
  • Additional Adult Faith Formation Class (Offerings Vary)

11:00am Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)
 ~ 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 *  

Adult 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
8:45–12:15 Nursery Care: Birth – Age 3, Nursery (Upper Level) 
9:00 Morning Blend Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)

 ~ Age 4 – Grade 3 (Classroom L4)
10am Sunday School Hour (Setember 8 – May 24)

  • Godly Play (Age 4 – Grade 1), Classroom L5 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Godly Play (Grade 2 – 5), Classroom L4 in the Children’s Hallway, Lower Level
  • Middle School Youth (Grade 6-8), Fellowship Hall Classroom L6
  • High School Youth (Grade 9-12), Donnenwirth Lounge U1
  • Real People Real Parenting Small Group, Fireside Room U6
  • Additional Adult Faith Formation Class (Offerings Vary)

11:00am Worship Connections (August 8 – May 24)
 ~ Age 4
– 5 (Classroom L5), Grades 1 – 3 (Classroom L4)

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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