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Come On Get Happy… Give Happy!

Posted on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 under Expression 1

Want to make someone’s day but not sure what you might have to offer? Well how about...
  • A helping hand out of the car, or an umbrella to keep someone dry as they make their way to the building.
  • A warm welcome of “Come on In!” at the front door. 
  • A beaming smile served up with a hot cup of coffee to help someone get their morning started.
  • An inviting hug or handshake and a simple, “Hey, how’s your week been?” as you help a guest find a seat.
  • A helpful nod that understands a person’s need and points them to the right information for an event or activity.
These are just a few of the simple ways our Guest Experience Team serves everyone who joins us each week for our services. And each of these simple things, in their own small way, gives people a happy feeling about Southland! Often they even make our day better in a very real way by lifting our spirits or distracting us from difficult circumstances.
 
Did you know science reveals that when we do good deeds, we reward our brains? It’s not just doing good - it’s good for us too! Would you love to help us spread that happy to more people each week and even feel a little happier yourself? Then join the team!
 
God loves a cheerful giver  - of our time, our resources, and our heart. It doesn’t have to be a big give to be meaningful to the Lord. It surely doesn’t have to be major to make you happy. It just has to be from the heart. Come give a little happy from the heart on the blue shirt team! Text SERVESCC to 24587 to learn more. 

LaShawn Barber
Life Groups / Guest Experience Leader - Georgetown

You Just Had To Be There!

Posted on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 under Expression 1

Have you ever taken a picture that didn’t live up to real thing?  Maybe it was a sunset or a mountain vista or even a cute moment with your kids that you tried to capture on your phone, but the photo didn’t do it justice.  For some moments of life, you just have to be there.
 
I had one of those unphotographable moments last summer when I stood in the balcony of Theater 81 watching dozens of families praying over their babies at our Parent Dedication Service.  The sound of all of those prayers rising up to heaven on behalf of so many children was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. I took a video and several pictures, but as you may have guessed, they don’t even begin to communicate the power of that moment.  
 
You just had to be there.  Fortunately, you’ll soon have that chance again!
 
We’re offering a second round of Rooted Parent Dedication services this fall if you’d like to participate with your child.  Our Rooted services are an opportunity for parents to stand up and declare their intention to make Jesus the number one priority in their home.  
 
Several weeks before the service, parents will receive coaching tools to help them write out a prayer and choose a key Bible verse for their child that they will use during the service.   But that’s just the beginning.  Every family who participates in Parent Dedication will receive a three year prayer guide and family keepsake book to help them continue praying for their child long after the event.  
 
Here’s what one of our Southland moms had to say about her experience at Rooted:
 
“We loved the Rooted service and were so grateful to be a part of it! We utilize the Bible almost every day as well as the journal with ideas of what to pray for month-to-month. Very thoughtful, generous and useful gifts! THANK YOU for everything you all do!” - Erin Berg
  
Don’t just take our word for it.  Come experience Rooted for yourself.  If you want create a meaningful experience like this for your family, you just have to be there. 
 
Our fall Rooted Parent Dedication services will be on the following dates:
  • Harrodsburg Road, November 6, 1:30pm, Theater 81 
  • Danville, November 13, 2pm, Auditorium
  • Richmond Road, November 13, 2pm, Parkside Theater
Click here for more information about registering for this event.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Join A Life Group!

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 under Expression 1

Life is lived best in community. You’ll hear us say this all the time... because it’s true!  
 
Our team loves this passage in Acts 2. It’s the model for our Life Groups: Right after a day of explosive growth in the early church, the people formed a community. They realized they couldn’t do it on their own - life was too hard and there were too many distractions. The best way for them to stay on the path of following Jesus was through a safe community of people who wanted to grow together.
 
Life Groups at Southland study God’s Word, pray, serve, and share life together. You might find a Life Group at a football game together, biking down Harrodsburg Road, singing together at Night of Worship, or serving together at Jesus Prom. That’s because our groups are all about growing together in every aspect of our lives.
 
We have an opportunity coming up in a couple of weeks for you to join a group at Launch Night! We’d love to see you there on Thursday, September 29 at your campus location. Register here!

Going Doesn’t Always Mean Doing

Posted on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 under Expression 1

There are times on a mission trip when work needs to be done: like painting classrooms and hallways, and setting up bulletin boards. So sometimes it’s time to be Martha. But, as important as the work is, that’s not usually what you share when you come home. You talk about the Mary moments instead. 
 
Moments like the look on a child’s face when you give them brand new school clothes. Moments of prayer shared out-loud, conquering a fear of praying in public... and especially when God answers! And don’t forget the moments that little child sat on your lap during the church service. 
 
We recently had a small group of ladies return from Sonlight Ministries in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. These ladies had no idea what ‘work’ they would do for our Ministry Partner, other than help teachers set up classrooms for school. What they did was trust Jesus to prepare them for whatever happened! 
 
And Jesus did not fail them. Not when when the deaf man approached and Whitney was able to communicate with him for over an hour because of a one year class she had on American Sign Language. Or when the group went to the hospital and prayed over the patients and provided them with clean water. And when the team just sat and poured into the missionaries who live full time in Haiti. Sharing life. Sharing their love for Jesus and the work He has called them to do. 
 
Going… is not always doing. Often, it’s just Being. Being Jesus to someone who needs to see Jesus. Where have you been Jesus today? 
 
Want to discover more about being Jesus to others on the mission field and everyday life? Contact me to learn about Global Outreach opportunities at Southland!

Robin Seavers
Global Outreach Logistics Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - September 25

Posted on Mon, Sep 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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 3 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants me to trust him
Bible Verse:   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” - Proverbs 3:5a NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Creation (Genesis 1:1 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible tells us about God’s love for us.
Bible Verse:  “All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever..” - Psalm 119:160 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-30 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible is truth so we can trust in it’s wisdom
Bible Verse:  “God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.” - 2 Timothy 3:16 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

The Conversations That Count

Posted on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 under Expression 3

Have you ever struggled to explain something to your kids?  I sure have.  I was driving down the road with my daughter one day when the subject of yodeling came up. Yes, yodeling.  Don't ask me how.  It was just one of those random things.
 
Finally my daughter asked, "Hey, dad, what is yodeling?"
 
"Well," I said, "it's like singing, I guess, but not really.  It's kind of, um, well, yodeling." Brilliant, I know.
 
The fact is I could identify yodeling when I saw it, but I didn't know how to describe it in a way my daughter would understand.  No great loss, I’m sure.
 
However, just a few months later, I was driving down the road with the same daughter in the same car when she said, “Dad, I’m ready to get baptized.”
 
Suddenly the stakes were a little higher than the yodeling conversation.  I knew how I responded in that moment was a big deal.  Fortunately, we’d just been to KidSplash, and I had the language to talk to my daughter about the most important decision of her life.  
 
At our first KidSplash in 2009 we had a Dad who shared some of the same anxiety over talking to his kids about faith.  He said, “I get this whole relationship with God thing for myself, but I just don’t have the words, I don’t have the language to explain it to my kids.”
 
We created KidSplash to give parents the words.  At KidSplash, families will experience a dynamic presentation of the story of God’s love told in a way they’ll never forget, and parents will walk away with the tools to keep the conversation going at home.  
 
So if your elementary child is asking questions about baptism or if you just want to get the conversation started, KidSplash is the place to go.  We won’t teach you much about yodeling, but we will equip you to have the conversations that count.  
 
Our next KidSplash event is Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 P.M. in Building C at the Harrodsburg Road Campus. If you’d like to come, just e-mail Wende.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

S and S Tire and Serve The City

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 under Expression 4

Our friend, Kim, had been having car problems for a while. Her tires seemed to always be low on air, which made it difficult for her to travel anywhere she needed to go. Serve the City (STC) Volunteers Paul, Jeff, and Brian helped her out a number of times by putting air into the tires.  
 
On July 25th Kim texted our STC Nicholasville leader Lisa stating she was in a tough situation. Her granddaughter had been having a series of seizures and needed to see specialist at the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati on August 1st. Her car was extremely unreliable and she had no way of getting her there unless her tires were changed. 
 
Brian inquired to discover if the church could help out in any way. The next day Lisa was excited to let her know that, in fact, the church partners with S&S Tire as they fixed up cars at Helping Through Him. And, to Kim’s great relief and excitement, that they would be able to provide her with two new tires! In Kim’s words, "This is God's perfect timing!"
 
Later that day Lisa and Brian discovered that someone had anonymously paid for the other 2 tires! Lisa contacted Kim and, after delivering the good news, heard her exclaim, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I am so relieved and God has answered prayer. Please thank whoever needs thanked for me. You guys totally ROCK!"
 
I’m thankful these families allow us to spend time with them on Monday nights. I’m thankful for whoever this anonymous person is. I’m thankful for volunteers like Lisa and Brian who extend their lives so that others may find hope.
  • Are you living a life of generosity that brings the love of Jesus into the pathway of people in need? Would you like to grow in that way? Join our Serve the City Team and build relationships where you can make a difference in our community. Contact me for more information!

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

Parent Sneak Preview - September 18

Posted on Mon, Sep 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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  Miriam, The Sister of Moses (Exodus 2:1-10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is with me.
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and courageous.” - Joshua 1:6a NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  The Greatest Book on Earth (2 Timothy 3:16 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible is God’s book, the Greatest Book on Earth!
Bible Verse:  “All your words are true. All your laws are right. They last forever..” - Psalm 119:160 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  The Bible is God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible is the script that guides our lives.
Bible Verse:  “God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.” - 2 Timothy 3:16 NIrV
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Night Of Worship

Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 under Expression 1

"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men." 
C.S. Lewis 
 
We often sing songs at Southland that call on God’s Spirit to move among us, that reach out to be in His presence. Lyrics like “Come like You promised” and “All consuming fire fall” ring out in our services from pure hearts yearning to be in community with God. One of my favorite lyrics centered on the Spirit of God comes from the song Holy Spirit when it says “Let us become more aware of Your presence, let us experience the glory of Your goodness”. These words encompass the reality that God IS with us and we can acknowledge that we need to place ourselves in a posture of awareness of how He is already moving and blessing us. If you were able to join us at our Summer Worship Night you experienced a movement of people who are living out of the posture of awareness to God’s moving. And September 13th we will gather together again to continue seeking the glory of God’s goodness. Join us Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at our Harrodsburg Road campus to surrender praise and adoration to God as we worship Him for all He is and all He is doing!

Mike Vandemark
Programming Director

Parent Sneak Preview - September 11

Posted on Mon, Sep 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.
 
Animation Station
 
Bible Story:  The Lost Sheep (Luke 15 NIrV)
Big Idea:  The Bible is true and God wrote it for you!
Bible Verse:  “God has breathed life into all Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true.” - II Timothy 3:16a NIrV
Worship
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  The Bible
Big Idea:  I Get To Play a Big Part in God’s Big Story!!
Bible Verse:  “God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to be in keeping with his good purpose.” - Philippians 2:13 NIrV
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  The Bible
Big Idea:  God is the star, the Bible is the script, and you get to play a big part
Bible Verse:  “God is working in you. He wants your plans and your acts to be in 
keeping with his good purpose.” - Philippians 2:13 NIrV
Worship:
 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

“I’m Possible”

Posted on Fri, Sep 02, 2016 under Expression 1

Do you ever feel like you’re not enough? That you just don’t measure up, or that you aren’t sure what you’re meant to do with your life? Jeremy Cowart had these same feelings. And through one Bible verse things began to change. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. When the world says “impossible”, God says “I’m possible.” With that in mind, we are excited to announce that Jeremy will be coming to share his story with us on Sunday, September 25. 
 
After a childhood of academic failure, and overcoming a strong belief that he would never amount to much, Jeremy has become a world-renowned artist and photographer. He has taken portraits of many familiar names such as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim Tebow, Sting, and Ryan Seacrest, just to name a few. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine, People Magazine, NYTimes, TIME and more.
 
Jeremy spends much of his time on community projects, brainstorming innovative ways to use his camera to make an impact. In January 2010, after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Jeremy responded with his “Voices of Haiti” photo essay, letting the people of Haiti write their own thoughts and prayers on rubble.
 
Knowing the value that a photograph can have in just one person’s life, Jeremy also founded Help-Portrait, a worldwide movement of photographers using their time, equipment, and expertise to give back to those less fortunate. Over the last 2 years,  169,523 portraits have been given for free to families in at least 56 countries. 
 
In addition to hearing from Jeremy on Sunday, September 25,  we’ve invited elementary school art classes all over the central Kentucky area to partner with us in creating artwork that will be on display across all of our campuses. All of their artwork will be based on Jeremy’s motto, “I’m Possible.” It’s definitely going to be a weekend you (and everyone you know) do not want to miss!

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director


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