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Parent Sneak Preview - January 22

Posted on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 under Expression 2

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:  A Little Boy and His Lunch (Matthew 14:15-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants us to give to others
Bible Verse:  “. . . God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  The Forgiving King (Matthew 18:21-35 NIrV)
Big Idea:  My words can forgive.
Bible Verse:  “Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord.” - Psalm 19:14a (CEV)
The Backlot
Bible Story: Casting the first Stone (John 8:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants us to forgive without counting because we all need forgiving.
Bible Verse:  “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” - Luke 6:31 (NIRV)

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Winter Retreat 2017

Posted on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 under Expression 2

We have an EPIC weekend experience in store for both middle school and high school students... get ready for Winter Retreat! Here are the details for both weekends!
Middle School Winter Retreat: January 27-29, 2017. Cost: $65. Middle School Winter Retreat is all about Life Groups bonding and growing together! Students will stay with their Life Groups in a host-home to create fun memories and have in-depth discussion about what God is teaching them. We will have main sessions in Theater 81 at the Harrodsburg Road campus, as well as insanely fun games and epic moments, like the annual Holiday Wars! Leaders and host-home parents will provide transportation back and forth between the church and host-homes. You will leave this weekend more confident in your faith and closer to your Life Group and Life Group leaders than ever before! Open to all 6th-8th graders, even if you’re not in a Life Group. We’ll find a group just for you!
Register Here!
High School Winter Retreat: February 17-19, 2017. Cost: $155 (Only $135 if you register before January 18!). High School Winter Retreat is all about taking next steps in your spiritual journey. There are so many distractions keeping us from encountering God on a daily basis, so we're taking a weekend away from normal life to spend time together at Cedarmore Camp in Bagdad, Kentucky. This camp is incredible and we’ll have it all to ourselves! It's nestled in a beautiful area of Kentucky with gorgeous lakes and fun options to keep you entertained during free time! We'll stay in their lodges and worship with the band as we learn how to take intentional steps toward Jesus as high school students. It will be an unforgettable weekend!
Register Here!
Feel free to send any questions to me or Mallory Rohach, Student Ministry Administrator. 

David Hausknecht
Student Director

Finding Forever Families

Posted on Thu, Nov 03, 2016 under Expression 2

“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6. 
At Southland we’ve experienced the joy of seeing families and individuals walk through the adoption process and bring home beautiful little girls and boys to welcome into their forever family. We’ve witnessed the selflessness of couples and families who have opened their homes to foster children of all ages. We’ve admired the sacrifice of people young and old as they’ve supported orphan care through funding both adoptions and foster care, and providing respite care for the courageous families who have taken the step of faith to get directly involved on the front lines of orphan care.
Have you sensed God moving in your heart to dive in and make a difference? Been praying about what you can do? Here are a couple of ideas to help move you further down the road in this marathon of a journey called Orphan Care...
  • Southland’s Ministry Partner, Orphan Care Alliance helps us to spearhead the movement of adoption in the Central Kentucky area. They’re co-sponsoring an event with Focus on the Family on November 12 called Wait No More. Learn more about waiting children in Kentucky and Indiana and how you can help! Register Here.
  • In the process of your first adoption? Contact Lisa Richardson to obtain more information and an application for our quarterly Dollar Club gift for first time adoptive families.
  • Contact Southland’s Adoptive Families Care Group and join them the next time they get together!
God has a huge heart for orphans. And we can all be involved in big and small ways, making a difference that changes kids’ lives forever. 

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Celebrating Baptism Birthdays

Posted on Mon, Oct 03, 2016 under Expression 2

Birthdays are a big deal!   They’re a great excuse to celebrate the value of each child’s life and to remind them how special they are to God.  That’s why every year we bust out the cake, balloons and presents and have a blast.  
As great as our physical birthdays are, however, they pale in comparison to our spiritual birthdays, the anniversary of the day we became a brand new creation.  
Think about it.  On our physical birthday, we were born into a world where we were destined to die, but on our spiritual birthday we were born into a world where we are destined to live . . forever . . . with Jesus!  
Now that’s worth celebrating!  
The anniversary of your child’s baptism is a great opportunity to recognize what God’s been doing in their life over the past year.  It’s a milestone to mark their spiritual growth and to remind them of God’s faithfulness.  Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat cake and party with your family.  Who doesn’t need more of those?
For your child’s baptism birthday, you can go as big or as small as you want.  You don’t even have to spend much money.  The important thing is to do something.  Mark the day.  Celebrate.  Make it special.
How to Celebrate
Here are a few possibilities to help make your child’s baptism birthday a meaningful and fun tradition they will look forward to year after year:
  • The night before your child’s baptism birthday, decorate the breakfast table after they go to bed.  You can use balloons, streamers or make a poster wishing them “Happy Baptism Birthday!”  Be as sneaky as possible so it’s a big surprise.  
  • Get them a special treat like a doughnut and set out a birthday card and present.   You can give them something simple like a bookmark with Scripture or go bigger with a new journal, Bible or a fun Christian CD.  
  • At dinner that night go around the table and have everyone in your family share one way they’ve seen your child become more like Jesus over the last year.  Eat cake & celebrate!
  • If you have pictures or video of your child’s baptism, get them out after dinner and look at them together.  If your child wrote a “Jesus Letter” through our KidSplash experience, have them read it out loud to remind them of what God was doing in their heart at the time of their baptism.  Remind them how much you love them and pray for them before bed.
That’s it.  You can make this day as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be.   Don’t feel tied to these ideas, but use them as a springboard to create a unique celebration that fits your family.  Over the years these celebrations will encourage your child’s faith and help them to see how they are growing in their walk with God.  
Give us a Shout
We’d love to hear about your child’s baptism birthday.  Shoot me an e-mail and tell us your story or even send us a picture so we can celebrate with you on this special day.  

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Date Night 2016

Posted on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 under Expression 2

Whether you’ve been married for 55 minutes or 55 years, we are excited to invite you to Date Night 2016. The focus is on marriage and this may be the most important date you have all year. Life is hard, but marriage doesn’t have to be. Come laugh, learn and be challenged with us here at Southland. 
  • Date Night -- Friday, August 26, Harrodsburg Road Campus, Theater 81.
  • Tickets $25 per couple. Limited childcare is available for an additional $5 per child.
  • Space is limited so register now!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Date Night

Posted on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 under Expression 2

Whether you’ve been married for 55 minutes or 55 years we are excited to invite you to Date Night 2015. The focus is on marriage and this may be the most important date you have all year. Life is hard, but marriage doesn’t have to be. Come laugh, learn and be challenged with us here at Southland.
  • Date Night -- Friday, November 13. Harrodsburg Road Campus. Theater 81.
  • Tickets $25 per couple.
  • Space is limited so register now!

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries