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The Power of Mentorship

Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 under Expression 4

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to mentor a little girl in one of the elementary schools in Fayette County. This little girl was in the foster care system; she was six years old, and had been in six different foster homes. I don’t know what these homes looked like or what this little girl experienced from day to day… but I knew that being in six different foster homes at the age of six was not healthy.  
 
One thing she was sure of was that she loved coming to school. Not only because school was her safe place. But she couldn’t wait for the days in the week when I came into her school to mentor her -- whether that was through working with her on classroom activities or playing games.  As time progressed in my mentoring her, this little girl finally saw a small glimpse of consistency and stability in her life and began to believe she was cared for and valued. She even started doing better in school and her self-esteem increased significantly. 
 
You never know how far a word of encouragement, a hug, or the time and energy spent investing in a child through mentorship goes for a child who needs a mentor. It speaks volumes to them and makes a huge impact emotionally, mentally, and spiritually; the investment of time spent mentoring a child reflects Christ’s love and glorifies His name above all. 
 
Though school has already started back, it is not too late to become a school mentor! We have many elementary aged students who still need mentors. Click here to start your mentoring journey!

Debbie Charalambakis
Local Outreach Coordinator - Richmond Road

Parent Sneak Preview - November 6

Posted on Mon, Oct 31, 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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  Moses vs. Pharaoh (Exodus 5 - Exodus 12 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God helps me be patient
Bible Verse:  “I will strengthen you and help you.” - Isaiah 41:10b NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Joash Repairs the Temple (2 Chronicles 24:1-14 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Saved People Serve People
Bible Verse:  “Love each other deeply.  Honor others more than yourselves.“  - Romans 12:10 NIrV
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

A Place At The Table

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 under Expression 1

The Son of Man came eating and drinking. (Luke 7:34) 
 
This past weekend, Jon reminded us that the methodology of Jesus was that of the table. (If you missed the message, you can watch it here.) Many of the most profound moments of grace and love in Jesus’s ministry - moments where people who felt unworthy, outcast, or lost suddenly found a new kind of joy and hope - happened while he shared a meal with them. Jesus invited people into a relationship around the dinner table; he invited his followers into a new covenant at the communion (Last Supper) table; and he invites all who call him, “Lord,” to join him at the banquet table of heaven on that day when he will make all things new. 
 
It stands to reason, then, that we - his followers - would follow in his footsteps. The Spirit has been saying this to me over and over again in recent weeks: we need to recapture the ministry of the table in our community. My prayer for Georgetown is that Gospel seeds would sprout into Kingdom fruitfulness, and that a movement of God’s love would be unleashed by our hands. I believe that many of these Gospel seeds will be planted in the same manner that Jesus modeled: table fellowship.
 
Who are you inviting to your table? Is there someone in the church who needs encouragement? Is there a neighbor you need to get to know? Is there a co-worker going through a rough time? Do your kids have friends you could invest in? You don’t have to invite someone to church to invite them to dinner. You don’t have to be a Masterchef: order a pizza, roast hot dogs around a fire, or take somebody out for dinner. You don’t have to have an agenda, and people do not need to be - nor should they be - a project. 
 
Eat. Drink. Ask questions. Laugh. Repeat.
 
Let’s fill Scott County with the sounds and smells of table fellowship, and trust the Holy Spirit to work in and through that!

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

This Is Home - Special Offering Coming December 4

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 under Expression 1

For many of you, Southland is home. And everything we do at Southland points us back to welcoming guests to our church home and introducing them to a new life as a Christ follower. On Sunday, December 4, we will be collecting our special offering, and, naturally, we’re calling it This is Home.
 
Everyone participating in This is Home will be investing in the next generation as we send hundreds of students on a life-changing Christ In Youth trip this summer. We will also be extending hope to a hurricane-ravaged town in Haiti by working with our ministry partner Lifeline to help rebuild a church in La Regale.  
 
Just as each of our homes are different, each of our Southland campuses have different needs in order for us to welcome visitors and help them to live with Jesus, on mission, and in community. In the coming weeks we will be sharing more at each campus to help you learn how your generosity can support both your church home and your community, while also helping our Student Ministry and the rebuilding efforts in Haiti.  
 
We are challenging each person who calls Southland their church home to prayerfully consider giving at least $100 on Sunday, December 4. While many of you may be able to give generously beyond this amount, we would love to have 100% of our people sacrificially give. If that happens, we know people who don’t yet follow Jesus will be able to look at Southland in the future and say along with us, “This Is Home!”

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Parent Sneak Preview - October 30

Posted on Mon, Oct 24, 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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  Joshua (Joshua 5;6 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to have courage to obey
Bible Verse:  “I will strengthen you and help you.” - Isaiah 41:10b NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Paul and Silas in Philippi. (Acts 16:16-40 NIrV)
Big Idea:  You Can’t Do Life Alone
Bible Verse:  “Love each other deeply.  Honor others more than yourselves.“  - Romans 12:10 NIrV
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

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!

Want to learn more about upcoming mission trip opportunities, check out our website!

 

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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  Daniel (Daniel 6 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to have courage to obey
Bible Verse:  “I will strengthen you and help you.” - Isaiah 41:10b NIrV
Worship: 
 
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
Worship: 

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
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / 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.
 
Give
  • Helping Through Him: Electric heaters. Contact Charlie for more information. HTH drop off details can be found below.
 
Serve
  • 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.
 
Pray
  • 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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  Noah (Genesis 6-9 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to have courage to obey
Bible Verse:  “I will strengthen you and help you.” - Isaiah 41:10b NIrV
Worship: 
 
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
Worship: 

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


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