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Souvenirs from the #JourneySCC

Posted on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 under Expression 1

Upon returning from any good trip, most of the time we bring back a souvenir or two to remind us of our travels and preserve the memories. We’ve been our own journey around here through the New Testament letters Paul wrote to various churches. We’ve learned a lot along the way, hopefully we’ve read more Scripture these weeks than the ones before, and more than anything, we’ve had an opportunity to see Jesus. Some of the best souvenirs we can take from this Journey series include a greater desire to read God’s word, a stronger understanding of what it means to belong to Him and His Church as well as a broader knowledge of who we are in Christ. This past weekend, Jon wrapped up the series with a powerful message. At one point he walked through some of the promises we have in Christ. As he walked through them, I thought, “I’d want that list. I need to read that list - regularly.” So, here are some souvenirs for you from the Journey. Below is the list Jon walked us through and the Scriptures that support the statements. Let’s remember this Journey and preserve God’s truth from His word in our hearts. 
Let’s be honest. This list is much better than the coffee mug or weird key chain we usually bring home. Truth for the journey.

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Title: Burst The Bubble

Posted on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 under Expression 1

Aren’t bubbles fun? When we’re kids - and, if we’re honest, even still as adults - moments of joy seem to come with bubbles. Our parents have photos or home videos of us blowing spit bubbles as babies. We vividly remember running around the yard blowing soap bubbles. We learned how to blow the perfect “Dubble Bubble” bubble-gum bubble and wound up with it all over our face and in our hair. And we still go crazy popping bubble wrap when a package from the UPS man comes. More often than not, the memories come from the moment the bubble bursts. There’s a sense of anticipation and excitement as we wait to see what will happen when the bubble reaches max capacity and finally bursts open. 
 
The “bubble” is often used to describe the reputation of the Church. With so much craziness and uncertainty in our world, it’s really easy to put ourselves in a bubble to shut out the darkness of the world. A world we’ve been called to shine the light of Jesus into. What if we found the same joy that we did as kids of “bursting the bubble” that we create in the Church? What if we took joy in bursting the bubble because we know it means more and more people will find out about the love of Jesus?
 
Jesus speaks into this a lot in the Gospels. We burst the bubble when we get outside of what’s comfortable and normal and just do life with people who are lost and hurting.
  • Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners. Mark 2:17 (NLT) 
  • For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. Luke 19:10 (NLT)
If we’re truly following the example of Christ, it means we spend time with people who don’t know Him. So how do you pop the bubble so you can be where lost people are? For me, it’s about reminding myself to be intentional. It means not pulling into my garage and immediately shutting the door behind me without getting out and getting to know my neighbors better. It means making myself available to hang out and just listen to my barber when he tells me about how rough things have been in his life. It means trying to get to know the barista who makes my coffee several times a week.
 
Bursting bubbles can be messy, but, when we do it, we will find joy and fulfillment. Because when we step out of our comfort zone, we’ll find God is right there with us. 
  • How have you (or how can you) burst the bubble to get around lost people?
  • What are you doing to cultivate your life with Christ so you look like a bright reflection of Jesus to the lost people you’re around?
  • Pray for a few minutes today for the people in your path you want to see come to Jesus.

Eric Schneider
Student Ministry Director / High School Leader - Richmond Road

#JourneySCC - Week 7

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 under Expression 1

Jon ended the sermon this Sunday with a stellar line.
Hype or Hope…we get to choose what give our time to and what we build our lives on. Only one of these comes from God. Only one of these always gets better with age. So choose wisely.
Man, that got me! The books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians are full with challenges that make us think. As we end our seven week road trip through all these books of the Bible, think deeply on what God may be asking you to do this week. How are you going to take action? Here’s a few steps that might help.
  • Read 1 & 2 Thessalonians this week during your lunch breaks and ask God how you can be His ministry. Here’s a reading plan to help.  #Clarity #JourneySCC
  • Memorize 2 Thessalonians 1:11 - “So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. What’s distracting you from what he’s calling you to do in your life?” #Clarity #JourneySCC
  • What bag of lies is Satan trying is trying to convince you of this?
  • Download this week’s phone background to keep this week’s passage fresh on your eyes all week long. Just click on the link below.
  • Don’t forget to download the Spotify playlist and make your way through some of the worship music from this past weekend. 
  • Lastly, let us (and everyone else) know what you’re learning. Post something to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JourneySCC. For for this week, throw #Clarity on there, too!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - August 30

Posted on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 under Children Weekend 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:  Deborah Helps God's People (Judges 4: 1-16, 5:4, 20-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Leaders Let Others Go First
Bible Verse:  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live…” - 1 Timothy 4:12 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Pray about anything and everything
Bible Verse:  “Don’t worry about anything. No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him.” - Philippians 4:6 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Who God Is And What He Does (Isaiah 43:1-5 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I need to worship God because of who He is and what He does.
Bible Verse:  “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock.”  - Matthew 7:24 NIrV
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

So Many Ways to be Jesus in Our Local Schools!

Posted on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 under Expression 3

Our School Partnerships are amazing and have impacted so many lives in the past few years. Are you interested in being part of this movement but don’t have the flexibility in your schedule right now to mentor a student 30 minutes a week during work or classes? No problem! Our School Partnerships go way beyond our mentoring and tutoring program - and there are a number of ways you can get involved! 
 
Here are just a few ways you can connect to our School Partnerships without ever stepping foot in the school:
  1. The Backpack Program - We are expanding our program into a third school this year - so we need extra food and help with packing so we can begin making a difference at Breckinridge Elementary School! Click here to see our food list. If you want to pack backpacks with us, contact me for more information!
  2. Staff Encouragement Program - We do monthly projects for teachers at Tates Creek Elementary and Warner Elementary. If you are craftsy and have a heart for the staff who work so hard in our schools, this is the place for you to serve! This team meets monthly on Saturday mornings. Contact me for more information!
  3. The Academy - We have an after school program at the Richmond Road Campus on Monday afternoons. Students from Breckinridge work on their homework, hear from community leaders, and worship God each week. Contact Janelle Earley to get plugged in!
  4. Amachi - The Lexington Leadership Foundation is one of our strategic partners. Their program, Amachi, matches adults like you with students who have been affected by the incarceration of one or both parents. The schedule is very flexible and includes both weekend and evening availability. Contact Maggie Middleton at LLF and check out their website for more info!
If you’d like to learn more about any of these opportunities, take a moment to fill out our Partnership Form. We’d love to have you join our team!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

New Kids on the BLOC

Posted on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 under Expression 4

We were so excited to partner with BLOC Ministries in Cincinnati this past weekend to serve the Lower Price Hill neighborhood. Our team, along with neighbors from the community, pitched in and helped in the effort which included cleaning four streets in the community, clearing a pathway thirty feet wide on a stairway set in a hillside which allows people to travel up and down from State Avenue to Warsaw Avenue, and cleaning out overgrown vegetation in the area. In the end, the BLOC Ministry staff said they had not seen the streets in the community this clean ever before.
Many people were blessed by the outreach, from our team to the residents to the Cincinnati Police Department, who expressed their thanks for the work our team was doing in an area that has been a hotbed of criminal activity due to blocked sight-lines. We had tons of fun along the way connecting with one another and people in the community - from the adventure of sleeping over in a church built in 1886, to Saturday morning breakfast featuring McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts, to the celebration and cookout for the team, friends, and neighbors who participated in the cleanup. All in all, we had a great time meeting and serving alongside our new friends!
I want to extend a huge thanks to all who participated! We’ll be going back again to continue generously extending hope to the community of Lower Price Hill. Be sure to bookmark the Global Missions page on our website for updates on future opportunities to serve!
 

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

The Key To Evangelism

Posted on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 under Expression 1

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took our two boys to Outback for dinner with my parents. Going out to eat is one of our favorite things to do - at least it used to be. Now, between our 12-week-old and 2-year-old, it’s a miracle if either of us gets to eat without someone screaming, running under the table, or demanding to be held. This night at Outback was one of those “memorable” nights. Our toddler was exhausted from a playdate, and the little one was fed up - he'd had enough of all the activity from the day! As all good parents do, we pacified the toddler with YouTube videos and waited for baby Ben to stop crying. 
 
As I sat down to the table, our food having already arrived, I was holding Ben in my arms and asking myself the same old question, “Why do we do this to ourselves? Wouldn’t it just be easier to stay home?” At that moment, a female server came by and told us how blessed we were to have such a healthy newborn. You see, her granddaughter was at the University of Kentucky struggling for her life. She had been born prematurely, and the things that had come easy for my Ben had been traumatizing, even life threatening for her. 
 
That totally changed my perspective. “Thank you God for my two crazy, out of control, but perfectly healthy children.” As we got up to leave, I felt a nudge to ask this lady her granddaughter’s name so I could pray for her. She gladly shared the girl’s full name. She was hurting and crying out for help. Our commonality, a newborn child, had given her the comfort to open up to our family and share her struggle. 
 
Isn’t that the key to evangelism? Tuning in and responding to the cries of the people around us? There are a ton of voices competing for our attention - our children, our jobs, our finances. Sometimes it feels easier to stop listening to others and shelter ourselves in our own little world. Fortunately that night the Holy Spirit grabbed my attention and led me to pray for this struggling little baby and her grandmother. Who is hurting around you? How can you extend the hope of Jesus to them today?
  • What is keeping you from hearing the cries and pain of the people around you?
  • Read Mark 10:46-52 to see how Jesus responded to the cries of the hurting. How can your responses look more like His?

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

#JourneySCC - Week 6

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 under Expression 1

It’s all about me.
 
Or…
 
It’s not about me.
 
Those are the two options that Jon gave us this weekend as we talk through what it means to be the ministry. I hope you were there and I hope you join us as we challenge one another to make the ministry “not about us.” But we are all in this together. So we’ve thrown some challenges together for you and we’ll all hold one another accountable to make this ministry happen!
  • Read 1 & 2 Thessalonians this week during your lunch breaks and ask God how you can be His ministry. Here’s a reading plan to help. #Ministry #JourneySCC
  • Grabbing a cup of coffee this morning? Buy a cup for the person behind you! Maybe bless someone this week at dinner with an extra tip. #Ministry #JourneySCC
  • Ask God who He wants you to share Jesus with this week. #Ministry #JourneySCC
  • Don’t be afraid to have a real conversation with someone about Jesus this week! #Ministry #JourneySCC 
  • Jon said the safest thing we can do is take that risk. What risk can you take today that would change the life of someone in God’s Kingdom?
  • Download this week’s phone background to keep this week’s passage fresh on your eyes all week long. Just click on the link below.
  • Don’t forget to download the Spotify playlist below and make your way through some of the worship music from this past weekend. 
  • Lastly, let us (and everyone else) know what you’re learning. Post something to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #JourneySCC. For for this week, throw #Ministry on there, too!

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - August 23

Posted on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 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:  Jesus Chooses Helpers (Matthew 8:18-22 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus is my Leader 
Bible Verse:  “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live…” 1 Timothy 4:12
Worship: 
 
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Peter obeys Jesus (Luke 5:1-22 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Obey Jesus is all things
Bible Verse:  “Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” - John 14:23 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Peter and John at the Temple (Acts 3:1-10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  I need to tell others about Jesus because everyone needs Him.
Bible Verse:  “So then, everyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like a wise man. He builds his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
Worship: 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Multi-Campus; One Mission

Posted on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 under Expression 1

This past weekend we had the awesome opprotunity to pair up our Harrodsburg Road Guest Experience team with our Georgetown Guest Experience team! It was super cool to see all these team-members come together for the same goal--to extend radical love and generous hospitality!
 
The team(s) had a blast learning from one another and serving alongside one another! We are super thrilled for the launch of our 4th campus. If you are looking to get involved, please head to comingtoyour.city!
 
Gearing up and counting down the days!

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

Be A Mentor!

Posted on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 under Expression 1

Our mentoring and tutoring program is transforming the lives of students - thirty minutes at a time! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be a mentor through our School Partnerships - just dedicated people who want to make a difference in the life of a young person. 
 
Thirty minutes a week may not seem like much, but, for many students in our local schools, those thirty minutes with a Southland volunteer may be the most focused attention they receive all week. Can you commit to 30-minutes each week to go into one of our local schools and spend time with a student or teacher? If so, we would love to have you on our team!
 
We will kick off the year at Schools Night in the Atrium at our Harrodsburg Road Campus on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. Coming straight from work? Don’t worry! We will provide dinner! We need everyone who wants to participate in our School Partnerships to come out to hear from our school partners, meet their team leaders, and receive training. 
 
If you would like to join us this year, here are some easy next steps:
  • First, take a look at your calendar. Can you find one 30-minute block each week that you could use to invest in a student? What about one lunch break each week?
  • Next, sign up to join our team as a mentor, tutor, or classroom helper by filling out this form.
  • Then, attend Schools Night on Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium, Building F, at our Harrodsburg Road Campus. Complete the School Mentor Form or email me by August 26th!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

Big Changes In The Nursery

Posted on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 under Children Expression 3

If you have children in our Harrodsburg Road Nursery environment, you’ve probably noticed a few changes lately.  We are in the middle of an extreme makeover involving fresh paint, bright colors, and frosted windows.  However, that’s just the beginning. 
 
It’s way more than a facelift.  This is phase one of a total Nursery reboot.  This is all part of the process of bringing the Nursery environments under the umbrella of the Big Picture Show Children’s Ministry so that we can serve children, parents and leaders better than ever before.  
 
The new Nursery environments are called the Design Studio.  Why?  Because we believe that not only has God designed every child as a masterpiece creation, but He also has a beautiful design for their lives.  The Design Studio isn’t just a place where diapers are changed.  It’s a place where lives are changed.  It’s a place where we want to help parents make sure God’s dream for their child comes true.
 
As we begin the process of bringing the Design Studio to life, it has also given us the opportunity to arrange our 0-24 month Nursery rooms in a way that will provide better security and convenience for our smallest guests.  That means, beginning this Sunday, most of the children in the 0-24 month Design Studio wing will be in different rooms.  
 
If you have children who are 0-24 months, we encourage you to arrive a few minutes early this Sunday to give yourself some time to find your child's new room.  You'll be in the same hallway as always but the room order is now arranged youngest to oldest, beginning at the top of the stairs.  Don't worry though, we'll have plenty of helpful signage and friendly faces to help you get to where you need to go.  

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor


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