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Parent Sneak Preview - March 6

Posted on Mon, Feb 29, 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!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
Animation Station
Bible Story:  The First Church Told Others About God (Acts 2:44-47 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to tell others about Him
Bible Verse:  “. . . Go into all the world. Preach the good news to everyone . . .” - Mark 16:15 NIrV
Worship
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants to transform my life.
Bible Verse:  “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” - 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Generously Extending Hope One Dollar at a Time

Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2016 under Weekend

This weekend, nearly 6,000 of you came together to help pack more than 1 million meals for kids in Haiti. Why? Because that's what we're all about. It's at the core of who we are as a church.

See, we have these four things called Expressions at Southland that help guide everything we do and the decisions we make. And one of those Expressions says that we want to be a church who Generously Extends Hope. Meal Packing is one of the ways we get to do that on a global level. But you know what? Each week we get the chance to be a part of something just as incredible as Meal Packing, but on a local level. It's called the Dollar Club. And each year we're able to radically impact the lives of nearly 100 families in Central Kentucky just by sacrificing one extra dollar each week.

This past week, we were connected with a single mother of two. In addition to working full-time to care for her kids, she also volunteers her time to work with young women in the community. Her goal is to help them make wise choices and experience freedom in their lives.

Earlier this year, however, both of her parents passed away within only months of each other. Their deaths required her to take time off from work for an extended period. Unfortunately, this meant she also had a reduction in her income and has struggled to make ends meet. And although she and her children don't currently live in a safe neighborhood, the loss of income has meant that she is no longer able to move her family into a safer area like she had one day hoped.

But because you gave an extra dollar last week, we were able to help her and her children secure an apartment in a safer neighborhood. We'll be able to cover the security deposit as well as her rent for a few months until she is able to get back on her feet.

Thanks for giving with your time for things like Meal Packing, but also for giving with your finances for the Dollar Club! It may not seem like much, but that single dollar you give each Sunday has the power to radically change someone else's life. And remember, even if you aren't here this Sunday, you can always be a part of the Dollar Club by giving online.

2016 Easter Services

Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2016

It may be hard to believe, but Easter is right around the corner on March 27! Now, Easter isn’t just all pastel dresses, button up shirts, and ties. It’s a time for all of us to come together and celebrate the One who gave up His life so that we could have life. So whether you’re a t-shirt and jeans or a 5-piece suit kind of person, just come as you are!

Easter is also one of the best opportunities to invite friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers, and classmates to church. And to make sure we have room for everyone, we’ve added a couple extra services at each campus this year.

Harrodsburg Road

  • 9:30am, 11:15am, & 1pm - Auditorium
  • 9:40am & 11:25am - Theater 81

Richmond Road

  • 9:30am, 11:15am, & 1pm - Auditorium
  • 9:40am & 11:25am - Parkside Theater

Danville

  • 9:30am, 11:15am, & 1pm - Auditorium

Georgetown

  • 9:30am, 11:15am, & 1pm - Lemons Mill Elementary

Now, if you call Southland your home, we’d love for you to consider giving up your normal service time. Instead, join us at 1pm and maybe even park a little further away than normal. What better way to make a first-time guest feel more welcome than making room for them and giving them the best parking spots! Plus, it’s a great excuse to put those FitBits to use and get some extra steps in… But regardless of which service you attend, make sure you arrive 15-20 minutes early to have plenty of time to find a parking spot and get your hearts ready for worship.

Easter Baptisms

After the 1pm service, stick around for Easter baptisms. Whether you’re ready to make the decision to follow Jesus in baptism, or you want to celebrate those who are, come out and join us! Bring a chair, some snacks, and help us celebrate those who will be making a decision to take the plunge to follow Jesus with their lives. All baptisms will be immediately following the 1pm service at the following locations:

  • Harrodsburg Road — 2:30pm at the pond
  • Danville - 2:30pm at Millennium Park Pond
  • Richmond Road - 2:30pm in the Auditorium
  • Georgetown - 2:15pm at Lemons Mill Elementary

So, invite your friends and get ready to come celebrate a God that loves us so much that He sent His own Son so we could have life! We can’t wait for you and your families to come celebrate this amazing day with us.

Some Things You Just Can’t Plan Out

Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 under Expression 4

Are you one of those people who likes to schedule everything in your world? Or maybe you just realize you have to do it even if you don’t love it? You block out time on a calendar. You over communicate to be sure everyone knows the plan. You think through your day and line out each task and meeting. Having our act together like this certainly contributes to sense of peace for ourselves and others. Sadly, however, the tough stuff that springs up in life doesn’t wait for an opening in our planner or on our Google calendar. But you can still have a strategy in place when those life-interrupting things happen. Here are just a few things you might consider as part of that plan...
  • We'd love to pray with you and for you any time - whether it’s during a weekend service or via our Prayer Text line at 859-428-PRAY (7729) during the week.
  • If you want to get proactive about growing toward wholeness in the face of any hurt, habit, or hang-up, our Care Classes are here to wrap some arms around you and help you find strategies for walking forward. Contact Rebecca to learn more about these classes.
  • Walking through a hospitalization or the loss of a loved one? We want to be there to support you. Contact Amy for a hospital visit or Leslie to notify us of a funeral.
  • Or maybe you aren't sure what you need, you just know there's something that you need to deal with. Want to talk with someone about the step to take next? Contact Jennifer to find out more.
Need help now? Please let us know. Or perhaps you're not in a tough spot right now? Keep us in mind when that day comes. Or maybe you’re someone who knows the territory of difficult seasons all too well? If you'd like to join one of our teams to help us take great care of people, contact me to learn more.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - February 28

Posted on Mon, Feb 22, 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!
 
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Sermon on the Mount: Prayer (Matthew 6:5-8 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Talk to God anytime, anywhere about anything
Bible Verse:  “Never stop praying.” - I Thessalonians 5:17 NIrV
Worship
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  This Sunday kids will be packing meals for Haiti with their Life Groups.
Big Idea:  We are world changers on mission for Jesus
Bible Verse: “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” Isaiah 58:10 NLT
 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Jesus Had Typos

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 under Expression 1

In my junior year of college, I received a letter from Jesus via campus mail. No kidding. I got a letter in my campus mailbox, opened it and it was from Jesus. It must have created quite a stir when He delivered it.  
 
As I read the letter, I wasn’t too far in when I noticed a couple of typos and bad grammar. And, Jesus told me my friends were jerks. That’s when I got suspicious. Why, this letter wasn’t from Jesus at all! It was from someone wanting to share “truth” as they saw it with me, but remain anonymous. Worse than anonymous actually. They were disguised as Jesus!
 
Bible college is awesome, but it’s also weird. There’s a strange dynamic in a small Christian college setting when it comes to social and relational interaction. My friends weren’t jerks at all. My close friends would not have sent me an anonymous Jesus-letter, they would have shared concerns with me directly because that’s what friends do. But sometimes “friends” don’t do that.  Instead, they are passive aggressive, disloyal and judgmental and they don’t have our best interest at heart. And that hurts.
 
Christian friends can be some of the best friends to have when they are healthy and secure.  But when they are insecure or unhealthy, honestly they can be some of the most dangerous because they can cloak “truth” as they see it in Christian-ese and letters from typo-Jesus. And that leaves us feeling like we are in the wrong because who can argue with Christian-ese and Jesus letters?
 
If you are a Christian, be a good friend. Be the kind of friend who is secure and seeks to help others, putting them first, rather than looking for ways to undermine them.  
 
The real Jesus was a great friend. He understood how to encourage and challenge His close friends face to face. He loved them. He served them. He delivered hard truth to them when they needed it. He was loyal and trustworthy and laid His life down for His friends. He gave life and never took it. He brought joy in the midst of struggle.  
 
That’s the kind of friend I want to be and that’s the kind of friends I want around me.
 
Be wise and discerning with your friendships. Not everyone is a CLOSE friend who should be trusted with your heart. You may have a typo-Jesus hanging around who you need to be leery of. Identify them if that’s the case and return that letter to the sender! But when you find the real Jesus-type of friend, lean in and be the kind of friend to them that you want them to be to you.
 
In this XOXO series, look for ways you can grow as a friend. Identify those in your life who are your true friends and do something kind for them today to let them know you are grateful for them.

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

Parent Sneak Preview - February 21

Posted on Mon, Feb 15, 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!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Only One Says Thank You (Luke 17:11-19 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus is good so I can be thankful.
Bible Verse:  “Give thanks to Him and praise His name.” - Psalm 100:4b NIrV
Worship
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Listening to God (Matthew 6:5-15 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I know God always answers my prayers with Yes, No or Wait.
Bible Verse:  “Call out to Me. I will answer you. I will tell you great things you do not know. ”  - Jeremiah 33:3 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

One, Not Everyone

Posted on Sun, Feb 14, 2016

A few years ago, Andy Stanley had a great message entitled One, Not Everyone where he challenged people to do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. That's the heart behind the Dollar Club. We receive Dollar Club nominations from numerous folks at Southland each week wanting to extend hope to their friends and neighbors in Central Kentucky. And although we wish we could be a part of every story we receive, our hope is that we can do for one what we wish we could do for everyone.

This past week, we received a story about two grandparents who have been caring for their grandkids. Although the husband has cancer and the wife often has to work overtime each week just to make ends meet for their family, they are commited to providing a home for their two teenage grandchildren. However, their house is in major disrepair and, although they’ve paid for repairs to be made, they have have been taken advantage of by multiple contractors who took their money without any work being completed. This has left them in a situation where they’ve been forced to live in a trailer without plumbing, electricity, or heat.

But since you gave an extra dollar this past week for the Dollar Club, we’re going to be able to come alongside some other folks in the community and help them finish the much-needed repairs on their home. They’ve already received a donation to complete the electrical work as well as the plubming. And in addition to the supplies we’ll be able to provide, we’ll be able to help them finish repairs so they can move out of their trailer and back into a home with heat, plumbing, and electricity.

Thanks for sharing the love of Jesus in such a tangible way each week! Even if you weren’t able to come to services this Sunday, you can always be a part of the Dollar Club by giving online. And this week, be on the lookout for the one person you can invest in. Do for them what you wish you could do for everyone.

Spring Volleyball Is Here!

Posted on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 under Expression 1

Are you ready to bump, set, spike? Or maybe you’re more of a “get it over the net any way you can” kind of person? Either way, we’ve got a Volleyball League for you! If you’re looking to have some fun or enjoy something a little more competitive - and make a few new friends - come join us on Monday or Tuesday nights from March 7/8 through May 9/10. 
 
Just pick your night depending on your skill level or competitive nature...
  • Monday Night - Play is focused on fun! Are you just looking to enjoy getting out there to play? Or maybe you’re rusty after a few years off? Or perhaps you’ve never played before? This is the place to dive in!
  • Tuesday Night - Play will be for experienced volleyball players looking for a little extra competition and a higher level of play. 
All games will be played in Building E, at our Harrodsburg Road campus. The cost for a team is $150 or $30 each if you sign up as an individual to be added to a newly forming team. Game times are between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
 
If you’d like to register a team or as an individual, head over here by midnight on February 28. Questions? Contact me! We hope to see you out on the court!

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - February 14

Posted on Mon, Feb 08, 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!  
This week:
  1. Read the story.
  2. Talk about the Big Idea.
  3. Memorize the Bible verse.
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Four Friends Find A Way (Mark 2:1-12 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants me to tell others about His love.
Bible Verse:  He said to them, “Go into all the world. Preach the good news to everyone.” - Mark 16:15 NIrV
Worship
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Talking to God (Matthew 6:5-13 NIrV)
Big Idea:   I can spend time with God in prayer 24/7.
Bible Verse:  “Never stop praying.”  - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIrV
Worship:
 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Help Us Pack 1 Million Meals!

Posted on Sun, Feb 07, 2016 under Expression 1

Are you hungry? No, I mean like right now - are you hungry? If you are, what are you craving? If not, what will you have for dinner tonight?
 
Will you gratefully consume rice and beans like most of the world does? Or will you swing through the grocery store and load up a cart with various foods... or maybe stop through the nearest drive through? 
 
Did you know that 100,000 children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition in Haiti, while one in three children is irreversibly small for their age?
 
Guess what though? You can help. You can Extend Hope to these kids in need! 
 
On February 26 and 27  Southland will come together to pack One Million Meals for Haiti. Register now and make a difference in a child's life!
 
And after you pack meals, you might want to pray about going! If you’d like to join us in Haiti to distribute the food you are packing, contact Robin for more information.
 


Watch this video
to see first hand how these meals are changing lives and providing hope in Haiti.

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

A Good, Good Father

Posted on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 under Expression 1

On any given weekend, we have people sitting in seats and serving, either on stage or behind the scenes, who represent all kinds of families, all kinds of histories, and all kinds of struggles, weaknesses and heartaches. Some of us come from good families while others of us would have requested a trade if that had been an option. 
 
I John says this, See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him (I John 3:1), and then it goes on to say, Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too (I John 5:1).
 
This Tuesday, February 9th in Theater 81, we want to take some time at Night of Worship to remember that we have a heavenly Father who loves us fiercely, who disciplines us correctly and fairly, and a Father who asks us to live like His kids - because if we have chosen to follow Christ - that is what we are! Regardless of how our earthly families look, for those of us who believe in Jesus, we have an eternal family and a Father who never fails.
 
We’re going to spend time singing about who God is as our Father and singing about who we need to be and how we need to live as His children. This will not be a novel truth or something you’ve never heard before, but our prayer is that all of us would understand the heart of God the Father better than we ever have before, so that we will be prompted to give our whole hearts to Him. We look forward to singing with you, praying with you and growing in God with you. See you Tuesday night!

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader


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