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New Year Service

Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

This Sunday, January 1st, we are doing things differently. We will all join together as a Church family for ONE service at 10am. Although there will be only one service, there are several ways that you can join in.
  • Attend Any Campus at 10am
  • Watch Live on ABC 36 at 10am
  • Watch Live Online Here at 10am
We hope that you can join us as we look back at 2016 and see all that God has done through our ministry efforts and look forward to 2017 in anticipation of all that He is going to do through us.
 
* Please note that ALL NURSERY AND CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTS WILL BE CLOSED FOR ALL CAMPUSES SUNDAY, JANUARY 1st

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

2016 Year-End Giving

Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2016 under Expression 4

As we near the end of 2016, our thoughts turn to celebrating Christmas with our family and friends, some well-deserved downtime from school and work, and… year-end financial planning? OK, that may not be at the top of the list of things on your mind right now. But we do know that between now and the end of the year we will hear from a number of generous people at Southland who want to make sure that contributions made around this time of year will be recorded as contributions in 2016. So here are some things to keep in mind as you consider any year-end gifts.  
  • Contributions received at our services on December 24 will be included in 2016 giving records, as will contributions mailed to Southland and postmarked by Saturday, December 31,2016.  
  • In addition, 2016 contributions can be received at any of our church offices by 5pm on Thursday, December 22.  Our church offices will be closed for the remainder of the year after the 22nd. 
  • Of course, you can always give either a one-time gift or set up recurring contributions here.
  • And finally, gifts of appreciated securities should be initiated as soon as possible to allow for the time required to transfer the securities for receipt by Southland by December 31.
Have any questions? Feel free to contact me!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Parent Sneak Preview - December 24

Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 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 and Backlot environments will be closed for Christmas Eve services so that families can worship together.  Take time this weekend to read the Christmas story together. 
 
Bible Story:  Jesus is born  (Luke 2:1-20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus is the Savior of the world. 
Bible Verse:  “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” - John 3:16 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Dollar Clubs - December 2016

Posted on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 under Expression 1

Tis’ the season and one of the highlights this time of year is gift giving. My favorite kind of gifts are unexpected and life changing. That’s exactly what we get to do through Dollar Club. Each week at Southland we all give an extra dollar, then we give that money to people in need, and God multiplies the blessing. Here are four ways you helped unleash a revolution of love across Central Kentucky this month...

  • A three and half year old girl has serious health issues. She suffers debilitating headaches, has difficulty swallowing, struggles with balance issues and seizures. She’s facing surgery and a long recovery. Her parents are under the financial weight of a ton of doctor visits with specialists, a very expensive surgery, and recovery. Dollar Club will help pay living expenses for the family so the mom can take time off work to nurse her daughter back to health.
  • There is a young lady hoping to head off to college who has suffered from seizures since she was 4. She needs a service dog to make it possible to navigate life on her own. Her mom has battled cancer and the family doesn’t have any extra money to buy a dog for their daughter. Dollar Club is purchasing a dog so the daughter can gain independence and enjoy freedom in her next stage of life.
  • A 24-year-old single woman has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She has to undergo four very aggressive rounds of chemotherapy and won’t be able to work. Chemo will last three months. Without income, she would be in trouble financially. The Dollar Club is going to take care of her living expenses while she is receiving treatment for her cancer. 
  • There is a young lady who was working to get herself into college and a relationship she was in turned abusive. This cost her many things, including the finances she had raised for both life and school enrollment. Dollar Club is going to help her get into a stable living situation so she can continue to pursue her education. We would like to thank you for giving so these blessings can continue. Please take some time to pray for all of the people and families involved. Also, be sure to join us January 8 for a new series called Uncommonwealth! This series will share the vision for the future of our church.
We would like to thank you for giving so these blessings can continue. Please take some time to pray for all of the people and families involved.
 
Also, be sure to join us January 8 for a new series called Uncommonwealth! This series will share the vision for the future of our church.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

Friends Helping Friends

Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 under Expression 1

Are you the one all your friends gravitate toward for advice, direction, a listening ear, or prayer? Maybe you’re one of those friends who is always helping your other friends. Maybe not. Either way, there are many times friends helping friends is a great pathway to see God move us toward help and healing in our lives.
 
But how would you feel about taking it to the next level? Southland would love to partner with you in helping provide training and growth in a few areas that will help not only sharpen you as a great go-to person when things get tough, but, even further, prepare you to serve as a Lay Counselor with our Care Team. We’d love to pour into you and then help provide the opportunities for you to use that training to provide competent, supervised Lay Counseling for people who don’t necessarily need to see a professional counselor to walk through the challenges they’re facing in life.
 
Sound like something God is calling you to be a part of? Join us for our 13 week Lay Counselor Training starting January 25, 2017 from 6-8pm in Room A102 (Lower Conference Room). The cost for the training is $30 and must be paid at the time of registration. Training is limited to 25 people. For more information contact Laura or register on line.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - December 18

Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 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:  The Shepherds (Luke 2 8-20 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
Worship: 
 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  The Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Regifting is part of God’s plan.
Bible Verse:  “The Father has sent His son to be the Savior of the World.” - 1 John 4:14a (NIRV)
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

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
Worship
 
 
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
Worship:

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
NO SERVICES ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25
 
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


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