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Team Finishes Up In Austria

Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 under Expression 1

Our team that has been in Heiligenkreuz, AUSTRIA for the past 2 weeks is headed home! The team went to serve all the wonderful students that have been at Haus Edelweiss learning how to encourage and extend hope in their ministries. The work is thru TCMI, who has maintained relationships with students and encouraged people in Eastern Europe since 1957. Thanks to all the people that have been on Southland's teams serving this ministry over the years!

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

Parent Sneak Preview - October 23

Posted on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Bread and fish for everyone. (Matthew 14:13-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  You Can't Outgive God
Bible Verse:  “Love each other deeply.  Honor others more than yourselves.“ - Romans 12:10 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  The good shepherd meets our needs. (Matthew 6: 25-33 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We, Like Sheep, Need Jesus, the Good Shepherd
Bible Verse:  “The Lord is my shepherd.  He gives me everything  I need.”  Psalm 23:1

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

New Southland U Class Coming!

Posted on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 under Expression 1

We’ve got some good news on the horizon for our next session of Southland U! Dr. Johnny Pressley is coming back to teach through some really compelling material. He’ll be doing a series called “Supernatural” and working through the Biblical aspects, philosophies, and doctrines of some of the most interesting pieces of Scripture. Beginning Thursday, October 27 at 6:30pm, we’ll hit some hot topics like angels, demons, the Devil, Hell, Heaven and miracles. We’ll be at our Harrodsburg Road campus this time around in the Atrium of Building F. You can get to the registration by clicking here
Whether you’ve been to Southland U or not, you can register and join us for an opportunity to dive deeper into the Bible and bring the scriptures to life as we learn from an expert on a wide variety of Old Testament topics.
One thing to note; The class will break one week for Thanksgiving. So we’ll meet six times between October 27 and December 8 with that one week off. 
To learn more about the Southland U program be sure to check out the Southland University page. If you have any questions, contact Meredith True

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Here’s What’s Happening In October In Outreach!

Posted on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 under Expression 4

The Outreach teams seek to generously extend hope to those in need across Central Kentucky and beyond. Here are the ways you can join us in unleashing love this month.
  • Helping Through Him: Electric heaters. Contact Charlie for more information. HTH drop off details can be found below.
  • Trunk or Treat: Serve the City is hosting a trunk or treat at all STC locations on October 31st. Contact Janelle to learn more. 
  • Room in the Inn: November-March Southland houses 10+ homeless men on Saturday nights to keep them safe and warm during the winter months. Join us on a Saturday night with your life group or your family. Contact Max for more information.
  • Global Teams: 
    • Haiti Sonlight Academy: Oct. 7-15 Pray for the team to be effective as the hurricane passes. 
    • Austria TCMI Oct. 2-14 Pray for the theological students who are studying in Austria this session.
    • To learn more about our upcoming trips, contact Robin.
*Helping Through Him items can be donated at the Harrodsburg Road Campus Building M from 8am-8pm M-F
*Bring your backpack items to any Sunday service, bins can be found in the concourse. Stop by Connection Point if you have any questions.

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - October 16

Posted on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Found People Find People
Bible Verse:  “Love each other deeply.  Honor others more than yourselves.“ - Romans 12:10 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  We like sheep are afraid and need Jesus to comfort us. (John 10:27-29, Matthew 28:20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We, Like Sheep, are Afraid and Need Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to Comfort Us
Bible Verse:  “The Lord is my shepherd.  He gives me everything  I need.” -  Psalm 23:1 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Free Feast

Posted on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 under Expression 1

The most beautiful words you could ever hear as a college student? It’s not, “You got an A!” It’s definitely not, “Let’s just be friends…” You got it. It’s, “Free food!”
In the past year, we’ve hosted three Free Feast events, serving over 1,400 meals to some really grateful college students. As you’d expect, Free Feast night is always the most well attended 608 Service of the semester. And we challenge our students to invite a friend who wouldn't normally come to church.  
Here’s where you come in: We need people like you step up to help prepare enough food for everyone who joins us that night. Starting this weekend, you can visit our website and sign up to bring an item on the menu. A main dish, side, dessert, or—for those who don't cook—a dessert from the grocery store. 
It seems simple, but a home-cooked meal can make a massive impact on a college student in the middle of a hard semester. Thanks for making an impact on the next generation by taking time to serve in this way.

Matt Edin
Worship & Programming Pastor -Richmond Road

Adoptive Families Group

Posted on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 under Expression 1

Change is inevitable. Sometimes change comes swiftly and feels like it’s causing complete chaos. Other times change comes slowly and gently and seems to bring restoration and renewal. Orphan care can encompass both types of change. Foster care, adoption, and other ways of making a difference in the lives of children can bring change into your world that includes tumult, loss of control, unmet expectations, and fear. But it can also usher in beauty in the small details, glorious restoration, the gift of trust, and glimpses into God's love for us that you cannot find in any other journey. 
One of the most important parts of entering into, and becoming a part of the orphan care community, is the support and encouragement you find in a group of fellow sojourners. At Southland, adoptive families can find their village. Southland's Adoptive Families Care Group helps by: 
  • Providing online support on Facebook and via email for any and all questions along with regularly planned outings for fellowship and respite. 
  • Partnering with Orphan Care Alliance to host events which provide families an opportunity to learn more from various adoption agencies, state agencies, as well as funding and travel resources. 
  • Connecting you with educational and supportive conferences for both foster care and adoptive families via our online community. 
Our deep desire is that no one in our community walks the journey of fostering or adopting alone. Whether you simply have what feels like endless questions about the process or have struggles and challenges you were not expecting, we believe that God meant for this journey to be done in community so that the “Me toos!” and encouragement that can be found in our village will strengthen and help bring tools on this walk with your family. 
Please join us on Facebook at Southland Adoption Support Group or email Laura.

Allen Conner
Care Leader - Harrodsburg Road

Update on Hurricane Matthew and Haiti

Posted on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 under Expression 4

Update - October 14: A team from Southland that has been in Port de Paix, HAITI travels home today. The team has been at Sonlight this past week assisting the teachers at Sonlight Academy and encouraging all of our brother's and sister's in Christ. Many of these folks in the northern part of Haiti were not physically affected by Hurricane Matthew but, had friends and family members that were. Please keep all these folks in your prayers.
UPDATE - October 13: Our partners in Haiti continue to assess the needs of all those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Today, Lifeline has a team arriving that will be traveling into the areas devastated by Matthew. Please keep these folks in your prayers. Our own Myron Williams is in Haiti and will be working with Lifeline in several capacities. We hope to know by next week how we can help extend Hope to those in need. Thanks so much for all of the interest in what has been taking place in the path of Matthew. 
UPDATE - October 5, 11:45am:
Please read below for an update from our partner in Haiti, Scott Alexander at Sonlight Ministries:
Hey Mark,

Sure appreciate your reaching out and your prayers.  The hurricane has passed us and we are unscathed.  It was pretty much like a normal rainy day for us.  And there are difficulties here even in normal rainy days, but the flooding and wind damage that COULD have hit PdP did not.  So, we are very thankful.  It’s no coincidence that with many people praying for us here in PdP that we were spared from the suffering that everyone predicted was coming.

Obviously, the situation here is not the same in other parts of Haiti - and I know you are aware of that.  So we continue to pray for many who did suffer damage from flooding and wind.

We are back in session at both the Academy & Bible College.  We dismissed early and cancelled classes for Monday and Tuesday but are back on normal schedule today.

Thanks to the staff and friends at Southland who have been praying for us.  I am copying some of the global team and other staff to say thanks!

Love from all the Sonlight team,
Original Post: 
Global Outreach at Southland is monitoring Hurricane Matthew and it's effect on Haiti. We have been touch with our partners and these photos are of a village, southern Haiti. 
Southland will continue to stay in touch with our partners and give updates as we receive them. Thanks to everyone that has called or emailed asking about the good folks in Haiti. Please continue to pray for all of those in the path of this destructive storm.


Update - October 18: 

  • The front wall of the church at Laragel is gone as is the roof. Two classroom roofs are gone. Many people lost their houses. Yet Pastor Philemon said, “We are not angry because this was a natural disaster. We need our church rebuilt as well as our school so we can be the church in our community. Can you help us build a bigger building because we have filled this one?”
  • A team of dedicated builders put tarps on the school rooms, and those are temporary. The church building will have to be completely rebuilt. Food is being distributed to those in need and clothes are provided to those who lost their homes. There are trees blown down, power lines needing repair, crops ruined or uprooted in this area as well. 
  • At the church in Torback the roof is gone as are two classroom roofs. Over half of the members lost their homes, including the Pastor Erick’s house. Food, clothing, and other items were handed out to the church members and people in the community. Their town is virtually destroyed, trees down, buildings damaged, gardens uprooted, banana crops destroyed. Their needs are great there, but Pastor Erick told us God will provide through other churches.
  • At Laziel our truck could not cross the river, but we know from reports that trees are down, houses are damaged, including the pastor’s house. Other homes were destroyed, and gardens and crops ruined. However the church and school were not damaged. The issue there is how to get food and supplies to the people most in need.
What is Southland doing? We can begin by praying for church leaders and members affected by the storm. We are working with Lifeline Christian Mission to determine what we can do to support their relief and rebuilding efforts. It may take some time before we know what those specifics will be. Keep watching the web page for what you can do to assist the people in Southwest Haiti, where the hurricane did its worst damage.
Our other partners, COCINA and Sonlight, had no damage from the storm and we are thankful. Thus we will focus our efforts on Lifeline. 

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

Night Of Worship

Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2016 under Expression 1

Night of Worship is a night of giving to God through song, prayer, and baptisms. Like any good father, He loves it when you come close to Him to simply be with Him. I love the way He welcomes us! Ephesians 2 moves me to worship as we are reminded that we are welcomed as part of God’s family forever. And further, to my amazement, Psalm 25 sings out that God-friendship is for God-worshipers. And then I’m humbled and filled with joy as Malachi 3 pulls back the veil to reveal God listening in as His people who love to pay attention to Him gather together. 
All of these amazing truths come together at Night of Worship, the extension of friendship in the face of worship. The assurance of being welcomed to His Family and the attentive ear of God Himself as we express our affection. Through worship in song, prayer, and baptism, Night of Worship on October 11, 6:30pm at our Richmond Road Campus will be a time of giving God the gift of ourselves.
  • Want to take the plunge in baptism on October 11? No need to register, just come ready to jump in the water and bring a towel! 
  • Have questions about baptism you’d like to talk through before Night of Worship? Contact Leeza to learn more!

Mike Vandemark
Programming Director

Parent Sneak Preview - October 9

Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2016 under Children Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. That’s why we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you!  Here’s what we’ll be teaching next Sunday in the Big Picture Show.  Take time this week to read it as a family.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  How To Live (Psalm 119:9; Matthew 22:37 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible Shows Me How to Live
Bible Verse:  “All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever..” 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Jesus is the good shepherd (Psalm 23:1, John 10:11, Romans 7:18 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We, Like Sheep, Need Jesus, the Good Shepherd
Bible Verse:  “The Lord is my shepherd.  He gives me everything  I need.”  - Psalm 23:1 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Celebrating Baptism Birthdays

Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2016 under Expression 2

Birthdays are a big deal!   They’re a great excuse to celebrate the value of each child’s life and to remind them how special they are to God.  That’s why every year we bust out the cake, balloons and presents and have a blast.  
As great as our physical birthdays are, however, they pale in comparison to our spiritual birthdays, the anniversary of the day we became a brand new creation.  
Think about it.  On our physical birthday, we were born into a world where we were destined to die, but on our spiritual birthday we were born into a world where we are destined to live . . forever . . . with Jesus!  
Now that’s worth celebrating!  
The anniversary of your child’s baptism is a great opportunity to recognize what God’s been doing in their life over the past year.  It’s a milestone to mark their spiritual growth and to remind them of God’s faithfulness.  Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat cake and party with your family.  Who doesn’t need more of those?
For your child’s baptism birthday, you can go as big or as small as you want.  You don’t even have to spend much money.  The important thing is to do something.  Mark the day.  Celebrate.  Make it special.
How to Celebrate
Here are a few possibilities to help make your child’s baptism birthday a meaningful and fun tradition they will look forward to year after year:
  • The night before your child’s baptism birthday, decorate the breakfast table after they go to bed.  You can use balloons, streamers or make a poster wishing them “Happy Baptism Birthday!”  Be as sneaky as possible so it’s a big surprise.  
  • Get them a special treat like a doughnut and set out a birthday card and present.   You can give them something simple like a bookmark with Scripture or go bigger with a new journal, Bible or a fun Christian CD.  
  • At dinner that night go around the table and have everyone in your family share one way they’ve seen your child become more like Jesus over the last year.  Eat cake & celebrate!
  • If you have pictures or video of your child’s baptism, get them out after dinner and look at them together.  If your child wrote a “Jesus Letter” through our KidSplash experience, have them read it out loud to remind them of what God was doing in their heart at the time of their baptism.  Remind them how much you love them and pray for them before bed.
That’s it.  You can make this day as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be.   Don’t feel tied to these ideas, but use them as a springboard to create a unique celebration that fits your family.  Over the years these celebrations will encourage your child’s faith and help them to see how they are growing in their walk with God.  
Give us a Shout
We’d love to hear about your child’s baptism birthday.  Shoot me an e-mail and tell us your story or even send us a picture so we can celebrate with you on this special day.  

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Speed Bumps Of Life

Posted on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 under Expression 1

Anyone out there like speed bumps? They seem to just get in the way, don’t they? They knock the car’s alignment out of whack. They slow us down. And we don’t like that. We just want to get where we want to go in the fastest way possible. And then there are the other drivers on the road. Our actions -- and often our words -- shout, “Everybody get outta the way!” What we sometimes fail to attend to in our hearts as we rush and hurry and strive to just get to where we want to be is that we can inadvertently act not only impatient, but also careless about the safety of others, and I have even encountered drivers who seem outright homicidal. All because we don’t want to slow down.
In a culture that doesn’t want to slow down, navigating life-change can be extremely difficult. Because we will have to slow down. The words of my friend Gary Black often come back to remind me: “It takes a lot of slow to grow.” The quick, microwave version of change isn’t at all what we hope it will be. Maybe you’ve struggled, and you know the pain of trying harder to change, wanting it really badly one day... only to feel ambivalent about it the next. The truth is, we often only kind of want to change. Until it really hurts. That pain is kind of like speed bumps that slow us down until God is obliged to put a wall in front of us so we will just stop and let Him help us.
Did you know God wants to help you? The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God waits for us to come to Him. As much as we’d like a speedy intervention that changes our situation miraculously, He simply waits for us to slow down and come to Him to receive the healing touch we need. Isaiah goes on to tell us clearly that when we wait for His help, His touch, His faithfully persistent -- yet slow -- transformation, we will then experience the life of blessing we have always longed for.
Do you want God to change the way your life works when it comes to family, marriage, coworkers, friends, addictions, woundedness, or even just things you do when no one is looking? Contact Jennifer to learn more about how Southland’s Care Team can come alongside you as you slow down, come close to God, and let Him help you.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

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