King Avenue Digest 9/3/21

September 4, 2021


  • 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.

  • September 12: Blessing of the Backpacks & Briefcases - Kids and Teachers are back to school! We would like to offer a Blessing to all of our students, from the "littles" through the graduate students, and to our Teachers and school employees. Whether you physically bring your backpack or briefcase to church or not, we will offer a blessing to all those returning to school.

  • 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.

  • September 23: Retirees Picnic with Pastor Becky: The Retiree Ministry will be hosting Picnic with the Pastor on Thursday, September 23rd at Schiller Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join Pastor Becky and the Retiree Ministry for fellowship, games, and exploration of Schiller Park’s art, floral gardens, and trees. Bring a sack lunch and a lawn chair! Schiller Park is located at 1069 Jaeger Street. Parking in the lot or on street parking. More parking and meeting details to come.

  • September 26: Lit Club - Join the Lit Club at 7:00 pm on September 26 to discuss Lord of the Flies by Wilbur Golding. The group will meet in the Parlor and on Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 843 1707 9488 Passcode: 534202

  • Beginning October 5: Fall Book Study, Why? Making Sense of God’s Will - The world feels like it’s been turned upside down over the last 18-ish months. One of the questions we’re left with is simply, Why? Together, we will gather to process and wrestle with this question by studying a short book written by Adam Hamilton called Why? Making Sense of God’s Will. This will be a 6-week class on Tuesdays starting on October 5 with an in-person option and a Zoom option. You can purchase a book through the church for $10 and receive it at the first class. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.

  • Sunday, October 10: Blessing of the Animals - Bring your furry friends to Sunday Worship on Sunday, October 10. Services will be held at 9:00 in Fellowship Hall or 11:00 in the Sanctuary. Pets with fur, feathers, scales, and fins are welcome. We expect this abbreviated service will be noisy and squirmy! You know your pet... If you're not sure how they'll do indoors with others (or on carpet), you are welcome to bring a picture of your pet instead! If you're able, please bring a donation of pet food. We will be donating these offerings to NNEMAP.

  • Sunday, October 17: Spectrum Fall Foliage Hike - LEAF PEEPERS, UNITE! Join your Spectrum friends for a fall hike at the beautiful Blendon Woods Metro Park (4265 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH 43081) on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00. Meet up at the Nature Center and walk with us through the beauty of Ohio's most colorful season. No need to RSVP, but please dress appropriately for the weather and wear a mask. We hope to see you all there!


  • 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.