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Night Of Worship & Baptism Event

Posted on Fri, Dec 09, 2016 under Expression 1

The craziness of the Christmas season is here. The traffic around the mall is insane. The lines at Walmart are long... like back to the milk section long. It seems like some tempers are on very short fuses. I had a guy just blaring his horn at me this morning because I slowed down while passing through a school zone. How dare I do such a thing?!
Two thousand years ago in Israel, there was a hectic mood as well. Everyone was preparing for a census, so I’m sure traffic was busy. Lines were long. Tempers were short. Yet, God thought it was the right time for a baby to be born. In the quietness of a stable, He came. You see, it was so busy that there were no rooms, literally… no rooms, so it was in a stable that the Savior of the world was born. In the quiet of the night, God showed up. Then, He started letting the world know about it. Shepherds out in the fields who were staying away from the hustle and bustle were sent a message. (Luke 2: 8-20) A message that a baby was born and He was the Christ child. 
I love what happened next, the shepherds had to go and see. And once they experienced the baby in the manger and saw Him, they told the people around them about how special this child was. “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen” (Luke 2:20 NIV). They began praising Him!
So, in the craziness of the season, we need to remember that we have experienced Jesus’ story, too. And it would be good and right for us to tell people about Him, to gather together, and to glorify and praise Him. We will have the opportunity to do that on December 13 at the Danville Campus for a Night of Worship beginning at 6:30pm.  
This will also be a baptism event. So, if you have been thinking about baptism, this would be a great night to take that step. If you have been wondering about Jesus and want to follow Him, this would be the perfect time. He came to the world to save sinners - that is all of us. So, ask Him for forgiveness. Declare He is the Christ, your Savior, and then enter the water of baptism and make Him Lord of your life. We will be ready for you.  

Brian Lucas
Campus Leader - Danville

Back To The Basics

Posted on Fri, Dec 09, 2016 under Expression 1

A river is purest at its source. The same is true of the Church. If we want to know what the Church should be like today, we only need examine the original Church, as recorded in the book of Acts.
On Sunday, January 8 we’ll kick off a new series that will take us back to the New Testament Church to get our marching orders for 2017 and beyond. The first church excelled in love, generosity, kindness, and risk-taking faith. More than ever before, that’s what Southland wants to be and do. This new series will lay out our vision and passion for...
  • Uncommon Love: At no other time in the history of Christianity did love so characterize the entire Church as it did in the first three centuries, and Roman society took note. The early Church historian, Tertullian, reported that the Romans would exclaim, “See how they love one another!” We want others to say the same thing about Southland’s uncommon love!
  • Uncommon Generosity: The early Christian philosopher and apologist, Justin Martyr,  wrote, “We who used to value the acquisition of wealth and possessions more than anything else, now bring what we have into a common fund and share it with anyone who needs it.” The first-century Church leveraged every resource they had to help the poor and plant Churches everywhere. We want to do the same all across the Commonwealth of Kentucky! 
  • Uncommon Kindness: Another early Church author, Lactantius, wrote, “If we all derive our origin from one man, whom God created, we are plainly all of one family. Therefore it must be considered an abomination to hate another human being, no matter how guilty he may be. Because we are all brothers, God teaches us to never do evil to one another, but only good.” We want Southland to be known everywhere for our uncommon kindness. We want to be a Church that’s always kinder than necessary!
  • Uncommon Risk: God wants us to succeed at the mission He’s given us, therefore we can trust Him to provide everything we need. In all honesty, the safest thing we can do is take a risk! We don’t want to look back on our lives and wonder, “What if we had…” We want to look back on our lives knowing we did everything we could to love people around us. When the followers of Jesus at Southland permanently ditch the “play it safe” mindset, the state of Kentucky will never be the same!
An uncommon impact on the Commonwealth--that’s our goal! Join us each week and bring a friend for this new series as we set forth the dreams, hopes, and aspirations of Southland for years to come!

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

Making Christmas Unforgettable

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 under Expression 3

True confession time.  I put my Christmas lights up before Halloween.  I tell everyone it’s because I’m taking advantage of the warm October weather, but that’s only partly true.  The real reason is that I just can’t wait for Christmas.  
Why do I love Christmas so much?  Because not only is it an incredible time to celebrate Jesus, but it’s also a huge opportunity to unleash a revolution of love.  Here at Southland we will have thousands of guests come to worship with us on Christmas Eve, and many of them will bring their kids.  
We want to make sure they have an amazing experience in Children’s Ministry.  That’s where you come in.  You can be on mission this Christmas Eve by jumping in and serving in Children’s Ministry.  
Many of our regular leaders will be traveling and so we need some awesome people full of Christmas spirit to come serve in our Design Studio Nursery or Drive-In environment.  
Make it a party!  Invite your family or friends to serve with you and create some unforgettable holiday memories together.  
So what are you waiting for?  It’s kids.  It’s Jesus.  It’s Christmas.  What’s not to love?  Sign up here to unleash a revolution of love this Christmas Eve. 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - December 11

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 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:  Mary and Joseph (Luke 2: 1-5 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God has a plan for me!
Bible Verse:  “The Father has sent His son to be the Savior of the world.” - 1 John 4:14a NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Mary and Joseph (Luke 2:1-5 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God has a plan we can trust
Bible Verse:  “The Father has sent His son to be the Savior of the World.” - 1 John 4:14a NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Holiday Service Times

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 under Expression 1

The Season is quickly approaching when we celebrate Jesus’ birth and begin a new year. With the hustle and bustle many of you are beginning to experience, we want to give you an early update on our plans for Christmas and New Year’s services so you can begin to plan and make it a priority to worship with us!
We will be celebrating Christmas at all of our campuses on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24!
  • Harrodsburg Road/Richmond Road - 2pm, 4pm, & 6pm
    • Children’s Environments open for ages birth to 5years old
  • Danville - 4pm & 6pm
    • Children’s Environments open for ages birth to 1st grade
  • Georgetown - 4pm & 6pm
    • Children’s Environments open for ages birth to 5 years old
We look forward to a phenomenal time together this year... remembering Jesus through singing carols, hearing a great message from Jon, and lighting candles as a church family as we celebrate the birth of our King!
On New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, we will be holding one service at each of our campuses at 10am. This service will also be broadcast live on TV and online, since we know many of you will be travelling or spending time with family that morning. Our New Year’s service will be informal with some acoustic worship, communion, and a video message that will celebrate this past year in Southland’s life and cast vision for the coming year. So plan to gather around your TV or favorite device, or make the trip to one of our 4 campuses at 10am to worship with the entire Southland family as we begin the new year together.
*Nursery and Children's environments will not be open for this service.

Mike Vandemark
Programming Director

Natalie’s Sisters Training

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 under Expression 1

Natalie’s Sisters is a ministry which brings God’s love and hope to women and men who are caught up in the sex industry. It is also a ministry to me. When I joined Natalie’s Sisters, I eventually grew comfortable with delivering dinner to dancers in local clubs. I was always struck by the fact that these women were, in many ways, just like me; sharing recipes, proud of their children, caring for elderly parents. 
But then God asked us to expand the reach of this ministry to women working the streets of downtown Lexington. Now that would take courage. My response to the invitation: I am scared, but I will be there. But I wasn’t prepared for the way God would show me this was exactly where He wanted me...
At the organizational meeting for the street ministry, the police with whom we partner allowed us to see mug-shots of ladies who had been arrested for prostitution. In the collection was one of my sweet, former third grade students. I was in.
Through Natalie’s Sisters, I thought I would be the one helping downtrodden women. But, oh, the blessings are mine as well. I have learned so much about life outside the cozy suburbs. I appreciate God so much more than before. I get to volunteer with an incredible group of Christians. My own children have had their faith in “the church’ renewed. Ah, and would you believe God allowed me to reconnect with my former student?
If you’d like to learn more, join us on Saturday, December 17, from 9am to noon at Gardenside Christian Church, where you can learn about God’s bold work. Whether you are called to pray, cook, visit the jail, clubs, or our drop-in center, God has a place for your gifts and talents with Natalie’s Sisters. Come learn about our precious women.
- Written by Carol Reynolds, Team Member

Sara Fain
Outreach Operations Coordinator

Ornaments Of Hope

Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 under Expression 4

Danville is getting ready for Christmas and we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you and your family to help make Christmas happen for others! Southland is partnering with Danville Public Schools to adopt 35 families who need gifts, food, and groceries this Christmas. The school is involved in these families’ lives throughout the year and knows them well. They have hand picked the families who need help with these resources the most. This opportunity allows us to come alongside both the families and the school to help provide a wonderful Christmas celebration. 
At Connection Point, you'll find a Families First Christmas Blitz tree decorated with ornament cards.
  • Simply take an ornament of your choice which will request either a gift card to McDonalds, groceries, or a gift. 
  • Fill out your information, tear it off, and give it to us.
  • We will contact you with any additional information you may need regarding your purchase.
  • Then simply buy the item or items and bring them back to Connection Point the weekend of December 10th!  
We hope you will be a part of spreading Christmas joy in Danville! If you’d like to learn more, contact Betty Hawkins.

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

A Picture Is Worth More Than ” A Thousands Words”...

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 under Expression 1

We have all heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but what if there are pictures that are worth more than that? Perhaps a picture of a family that has never had a professional picture taken? What about a picture of a homeless person who has never seen what they look like? Or a picture of grandkids given to their grandparents as a Christmas gift that otherwise would not have happened because they could not afford one?
This is the heart of what Help-Portrait has done for the past eight years on the first Saturday of every December, providing the less fortunate in our community with FREE portraits. Help-Portrait was founded by Jeremy Cowart, who recently spoke at Southland. Andrew Fore, a Southland member, founded the Lexington chapter and continues to direct it.
In the first five years Help-Portrait Lexington has provided 825 free professional portraits to over 870 guests. Not only do the guests receive free hair and makeup services and their professional portrait taken, but they also get a 5”x7” framed print (which can be gift wrapped on-site if the guest would like), a gift bag full of items ranging from gloves, socks, toiletries, coupons - plus a belly full of tasty food and beverage. But most importantly, what each guest receives is a sense of hope, self-worth, and the confirmation that they matter and people do love them.
Help-Portrait Lexington is not only about what we do on that wonderful Saturday each December; rather, it is about what we give to those we serve. The stories and blessings which overflow the event each year are simply amazing and we are planning on another big event in a few weeks! The Lexington event will be hosted at Southland’s Richmond Road campus on Saturday, December 3 from 9am to 4pm.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more,  please contact Andrew Fore for more details.

Betty Hawkins
Local Intiatives Leader

Parent Sneak Preview - November 27

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 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:  Story of the Foolish Richman (Luke 12:13-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Friends of Jesus use their money in good ways
Bible Verse:  “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.” - James 1:22 NIV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Saul on The Road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible is our connection to God’s power.
Bible Verse:  “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” - Isaiah 40:8 NIV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Lay Counseling

Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 under Expression 1

The Care Department will be conducting a 13 week Lay Counseling Training beginning Wednesday, January 25, 2017. This training will equip you with tools to be an effective Lay Counselor for the purpose of providing a Lay Counseling ministry for Southland. The cost for training materials is $30. Training is limited to 20 people.
For more information contact Allen or register here.

Allen Conner
Care Leader - Harrodsburg Road


Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 under Expression 4

Southland has an opportunity to generously extend hope to the poor through rebuilding a church in Laragale, Haiti that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Here is what the pastor of that church had to say:
I am Pastor Jean Noncent Telciné. I got baptized on December 27th, 1964, I was only 24 years old. From 1965 to 1967 I was an instructor in Sunday School in my church, and then in 1968 I was ordained a Preacher. I married my wife and we got 8 children, 3 boys and 5 girls. Unfortunately, she was diabetic and died in 2010 after the devastating earthquake. 
In 1983, I affiliated with Lifeline where I started a church in the Laregal community. One day I went there to give an injection to someone ( as a health agent) and I prayed with her ( Mrs. Franck Gabriel ) and then she accepted Christ along with her family . After that, 4 other families accepted Jesus.
In 1987, Pastor Bob DEVOE came to Laregal with a group of 17 American missionaries for the first time for the purpose of evangelizing. In 1989, we were leased a piece of land where we built the temple. The church members took their pickaxes, shovels to flatten the land to build the temple using woods and we were given sheet-metals to cover it. We surrounded the church with bamboos in spite of the fact that water used to come in when it rained. As from the year 2000, insects ate the woods and some of them were rotten. And the temple leaned as if it were going to fall, which caused some Christians not to come to church lest the temple fell on them.
I have always remained confident; in a harvest time, I gathered the Christians of the church and told them that I intend to gather stones to build the church without knowing where bricks and cement would come from. In late 2002, an American Pastor named David Price came with Pastor Bob to Laregal to see the place where we used to worship God. Pastor Bob, then, saw the place we prepared without the help of the mission and asked us to pray over his head. In the same month he gave us means (money) to buy tools to make bricks, which gladdened the Christians of the church tremendously and they were so happy to carry the materials.
When we look at what the Hurricane Matthew has done; our church has been broken down. After the hurricane, when we saw the missionaries, we were exceedingly happy and said that they were angels sent by God to help us in our deep sorrow. That is the reason why with our faith, on Tuesday November 1st we gathered a lot of stones to put in the yard because the Lord is going to grant us a beautiful temple. 
It has been for 33 years that we have worked in the Laregal community. I hope and pray that God will grant me the opportunity to see the new Church that He is going to give us through the missionaries who visited us after the hurricane. 
If you would like to learn more about going on a trip to Haiti in 2017, check out the opportunities on our Global page.  

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

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