King Avenue Digest 9/13/19

September 13, 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 September 2019 Carillon Newsletter.

Special Offering – Sunday, September 15
We will be collecting a special offering at both services to benefit our Habitat for Humanity team.

Faith Dive Adult Sunday School – Beginning Sunday, September 15
Sundays from September 15 - November 24, Faith Dive will be working through Rachel Held Evan's book, Searching for Sundays... Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Centered around seven sacraments, Rachel Held Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. We will explore our own experience with the messiness of community and the power of grace as we join Evans in a journey about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church. Questions? Contact Rebecca Walter at

Hubbard Elementary School Partnership – Sign up by Sunday, September 15
King Avenue UMC has a partnership to support children in public education with Hubbard Elementary School.  Hubbard Elementary School located just one mile from our door, is home to approximately 350 students, ranging from pre-K through 6th grade. We support the school in various ways throughout the year—

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

Retiree Ministry Trip to Seminary Hill Farm, MTSO  - Tuesday, September 17
The Methodist Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, is one of the leading voices in environmental theology and a leader in the movement to integrate food ethics and faith communities. MTSO’s Seminary Hill Farm, is a working organic farm. On our visit, we will learn about MTSO’s food and faith initiatives, tour the farm, eat an amazing lunch, and worship with the campus community. 

Hearings to Keep Our Bell Tower Banner in Place – Wednesday, September 18
King Avenue Church will be presenting its variance application to permit our banner on the bell tower to remain in place.  The second meeting, the University Area Commission (UAC), 
will meet on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30pm at the Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100. This meeting is open to the public; all are welcome. The date of the Graphics Commission will be determined.

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 Grooming Kits – September 22 & 29
Grooming Kits for NNEMAP Clients are extremely popular! These clear bags are marked with all of the items necessary to complete the grooming kit. These bags will be distributed at each service on Sunday, September 22nd, and Sunday, September 29th. Hygiene items are critical to the needs of our families. Thanks for supporting this important program. 


Consciousness and the Perils of Polarization
Presented by Richard J. Sweeney, PhD
September 28, 2019 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43214

We invite all King Avenue families to participate in the Many Cultures, One Family event on September 29 at 12:30-1:30pm in the Fellowship Hall during the All-Church Lunch. This is an opportunity to share something special, interesting and awesome that makes your family’s history, culture or roots unique. You can make a display, o er a homemade family treat, play a game– whatever you want! Think “science fair” style about your family’s culture. Everyone in the family can help! Deadline to sign up is September 15th on the sheet outside of Erin & Gwen’s ofice. Limited spots available, so sign up now! Need more information? Find Erin or Gwen! 

Lit Club – Sunday, September 29
Join Lit Club conversation of Barbara Kingsolver's book Unsheltered on September 29 at 7pm in the Logos Lounge.

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


Mid-Week Meditation Service – Begins October 2
Pastor Keeny will facilitate a service of prayer, scripture, blessing, and silence. This service is modeled on the ancient prayer time of compline. It is designed so that we may just be in the presence of God. Of course we are always be in the presence of God, but our busyness prevents our taking the time to realize it. This is a time set aside to receive God's gracious love. There is no registration. Simply come whenever you need to. The service will happen every Wednesday through the end of the year.

New Member Classes – Begins October 7
The next session of classes for persons interested in becoming a member of King Avenue UMC will be held Monday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00pm, October 7, 14, and 21. New Member classes are a good way to get to know others in the church and to learn about the United Methodist tradition and King Avenue UMC’s ministries and mission. Please contact Colleen Ogle if you are interested.

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.

UMW Fall Rummage Sale – October 18 & 19
Mark your calendars for the UMW Fall Rummage Sale happening Friday, October 18 (9-3) and Saturday, October 19 (9-12). There will be lots of treasures, and delicious treats at the Calorie Counter. All proceeds go to missions. Donations of items and baked goods are welcome. Setup for the sale happens Sunday, October 13-17. All are welcome to participate and shop!

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
Download the September KACYFM Flyer

KACYFM Events 2019-20
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.


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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