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Orlando And West Virginia Relief

Posted on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 under Expression 4

In the last 2 weeks our country has seen the deadliest mass shooting in our history in Orlando and one of the worst floods West Virginia has on record. Whenever these tragedies happen our natural response is to want to help in some way.  So, how do we effectively help the victims in both the Orlando shooting and the West Virginia flooding? As a church we always take time to pray and listen for what God calls us to do. We resist the urge to react as we’ve learned that the first responders and local ministries do best to assess and coach us on how we can providing lasting help. Here is our current plan of how we are responding to both tragedies: 
  • Orlando:
    • Pray for the victim’s families as we did together Sunday, June 19.  Here is a list of each victim’s name and age.
    • Donate to Discovery Church’s Heal Orlando fund that will go to help victim’s families with financial assistance. 
    • Donate to the Bridges of Light Victim Education Fund, which is raising money to pay for college tuition for each of the 13 children left without a parent after the shooting. 
  • West Virginia:
    • Pray for the families of the 23 people who lost their lives and pray for people who lived in the more than 1,200 homes that were damaged or destroyed.
    • We are encouraging those who want to help by making a monetary donation to Samaritan’s Purse, who is on the ground in West Virginia assisting victims. You can also find information on volunteering your time with Samaritan’s Purse at the link provided. 
We’ve received numerous calls and emails about how to help.  Thank you for being a community that cares about people not just locally, but nationally. 

Gordon Walls
Outreach Director

Honoring Wayne B. Smith

Posted on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 under Expression 1

It is with a heavy heart we share that our founding Senior Minister, Wayne B. Smith, passed away this morning, June 29, 2016. While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his homecoming in Heaven today. Wayne served as Senior Minister of Southland from 1956 to his retirement in 1996. He ministered to thousands of us in Central Kentucky and all over the world. With a bucket of fried chicken and his infectious laugh, Wayne represented Jesus through his years of faithful service at Southland. We’ve all been profoundly impacted by his ministry and are grateful to have known him and loved him.
 
Join us in praying for Wayne’s family this week and the season to come. 
 
“A cheerful heart is good medicine” Proverbs 17:22
 
 
Southland will honor Wayne during our Sunday services, July 3, by sharing one of his sermons and celebrating his immeasurable legacy, lifetime of ministry, and impact on our church.  
 
Funeral Arrangements:
  • Funeral services will be held: 
    1:00 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    at Southland Christian Church, Harrodsburg Road Campus, Building E Auditorium.
  • Visitation will be held at:
    1:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, July 5, 2016
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday, July 6, 2016
    at Southland Christian Church, Harrodsburg Road Campus, Building E Auditorium.
  • Southland will also broadcast the entire funeral live on their Facebook page as well as an available live radio broadcast on 105.9 JESS FM. 

    Kerr Brothers Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.
 

Jon Weece
Lead Follower/ Elder

Parent Sneak Preview - July 3

Posted on Mon, Jun 27, 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 - Part 1 (Matthew 14:13-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When I’s followin’ Jesus I be generous.
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  David and Mephibosheth (I Samuel 20:14-17: II Samuel 9:1-13 NIrV)
Big Idea:  “God keeps his promises and we should too.Make sure you do what you promised to do. With your own mouth you made the promise to the Lord your God. No one forced you to do it.” - Deuteronomy 23:23 NIrV
Bible Verse:  
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

BLOC Trip Has Moved

Posted on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 under Expression 4

Our Southland family has blown BLOC Ministries away with it’s help and encouragement this year! Many of you have called or emailed to ask about our next trip. We rescheduled it for Saturday, September 3rd from 9am to 3pm. 
 
We will be back in Lower Price Hill to finish picking up trash, planting bushes or shrubs and checking on all of our previous projects. There is also a special opportunity to clean out a building that BLOC Ministries hopes to use as a brand new recreation center for the community. 
 
The cost for this trip is $25 per person, or $100 max per family, which will include breakfast, lunch and plants or rental equipment as needed. Please bring your own work gloves! We will meet at 9am, at McPhearson Church, 931 McPhearson Ave, Cincinnati, OH. 
 
If you are ready to sign up, you can register here! For any questions about the trip contact Robin

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

Coming Soon: Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit

Posted on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 under Expression 1

A friend told me several years ago there are over 300 leaders chronicled in the Bible, but less than one fourth of them finished their race well. Why is that? There are lots of reasons, but one reason is that many simply stopped growing. That same friend also taught me that if you make just one decision that affects another person, you’re a leader. All of us make decisions that affect others at home, work, church, or our entire community. So, congratulations, you’re a leader.     
 
Every weekend in central Kentucky, we join in various locations to learn and grow together. How would you like to take that model and put it on steroids to deepen your leadership capacity by learning with other people from literally all over the world? What if you could learn from some of the greatest leaders in the country today -- from the Church, the business community, and nonprofit organizations -- and do it all from right here in central Kentucky?  
 
The Willow Creek Association is again hosting their Global Leadership Summit on August 11-12 and if you consider yourself part of the Southland family, you can participate at a discounted rate. If you’re not up for traveling over 400 miles to the broadcast location, Quest Community Church in Lexington will be a satellite venue for the Summit. This is an awesome opportunity to hear from leaders with diverse backgrounds, including Bill Hybels, who founded one of the largest churches in North America. Some of the other speakers include TD Jakes, John Maxwell, and Melinda Gates (yes, that one), along with former executives from the Ritz Carlton and Ford Motor Company. Click here for the full speaker lineup and more information.          
 
Between now and June 28, you can register for $99, which is about half the price of a regular individual registration. If you’d like to join other leaders in central Kentucky and register through Southland’s discount, just contact Cindy Willison here.  

Todd Bledsoe
Elder

Parent Sneak Preview - June 26

Posted on Mon, Jun 20, 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:  A Sinner Is Saved (Luke 8:40-56 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When I’s followin’ Jesus  I have mercy
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Elisha (II Kings 5:1-17 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When we tell others about God, we help His Kingdom grow
Bible Verse:  “Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him.  Tell the nations what He has done.“ - Psalm 105:1 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Financial Life Coach Training

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 under Expression 1

Choices. There’s something awesome about having a choice. Giving people choices helps them move from being hopeless or helpless to being empowered. I’ve believed this for a long time. And Southland does something unique to place choices - and empowerment - back in people’s hands. 
 
Every week, people contact Southland asking for financial help. They need to pay their water or electric bill. Perhaps their rent is way overdue. These are real needs and really good ways for Southland to help people in our community. 
 
But instead of handing out money, Southland demonstrates care for the whole person by handing them a choice. We take the time to connect each person who qualifies for financial assistance with a Financial Life Coach. They walk through a process together - finding ways to stay out of debt and learning how to choose to be wise with their money. By offering long-term help, Southland restores dignity to people and empowers them to make choices for themselves. 
 
Would you like to get involved? You can become a Financial Life Coach! Join us on Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. for a training session at our Richmond Road Campus. 
 
This training is for people from any Southland campus who are willing to use their skills to serve the community around them. 
 
To learn more, contact Candy Williams.

Candy Williams
Helping Through Him & Financial Care Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - June 19

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 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:  A Storm (Mark 4:35-41 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When I’s followin’ Jesus  I be fearless.
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Bezalel and Oholiab (Exodus 35:30-35 - 36:7 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God gave us talents to serve Him.
Bible Verse:  “Serve him faithfully.  Do it with all your heart.“ - I Samuel 12:24 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - June 12

Posted on Mon, Jun 06, 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:  Twelve Men (Luke 5:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus be invitin’ me to follow Him (pirate talk)
Bible Verse:  “Your promises have proved to be true.  I love them.” -  Psalm 119:140 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 13:25-31; 14:6-9 NIrV)
Big Idea:  We can have courage to do what God wants us to do.
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” - Joshua 1:9 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Join A Summer Life Group!

Posted on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 under Expression 1

Grills are firing up, pools are open, and kids are running in the streets. That can mean only one thing - summer is here! This summer, we want to connect you to a unique opportunity offered by our Life Groups Team - Summer Groups! 
 
Summer is a great time to dive head first into biblical community at Southland. Summer Groups are 5 week groups that will hang out together, build community over some fun summer activities, and serve the community together. Groups will pray together and learn more about what it means to follow Jesus in community.
 
Lots of people travel in the summer, but don’t let that stop you from joining a Summer Group! Go on your vacation, take your trip, play summer baseball, and then you can dive right back into the group when you return. By the end of the summer, you’ll have met some great people you walk past or sit beside every Sunday and you’ll have experienced how awesome community life can be!
 
Head on over to our Launch Night Page to see when Launch Night happens at your campus and register to attend. Then, make plans to join us for an afternoon / evening of food, fun, and connection! We’ll see you at Launch Night! 

Shaun Denney
Life Groups Team Director - Harrodsburg Road


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