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Southland Students Serve

Posted on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 under Expression 4

What happens when you invest in the next generation and then they start investing their lives in others? You get the best possible outcome! 
I’m not sure what you did when you were in High School, but I hope one day my kids are like the students pictured above. They spend each and every Monday night going to the streets of Nicholasville, serving and loving on the kids who live in the neighborhood. In addition to the time they spend with the children, they mow yards for the elderly and discover more about how to meet the real needs of the people who live in the neighborhood. 
It is truly incredible to see fifty High School students heading out each week to spend time with and make a difference for people in their city. We could all learn from their example and look deeply at God’s challenge to turn our focus towards someone else.
That’s exactly what these students have done. Keep it up Southland Students! You may not know it, but you’re leading our church in a big way!
Interested in joining our Serve the City Team to do exactly what these High School Students are doing in a community in Lexington or Nicholasville? Contact Janelle Earley

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator


Posted on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 under Expression 1

A few weeks ago the Kelly family moved to North Carolina and we are certain they will be as much of a blessing there as they were here. They’ve left a legacy for anyone who comes behind them. Their entire family has spent 19 years serving, worshiping, and investing in Southland Christian Church. They did it because their love for Jesus runs deep and it’s evident in how they spend their time.
The Kelly family has given their lives away to people in need. David (in the orange shirt above) has been a faithful volunteer with Charlie, our Helping Through Him Leader, for almost 20 years. In addition to serving on the HTH team, David was also one of the first ever Jesus Prom attendees. He also taught and led worship for our Celebrate Jesus Class. David’s legacy in this church will run deep because he just “got it”. He got that his life was meant to be given away and it wasn’t just about him. 
In the years that the Kelly family served at HTH, David’s father Mike, mother Deloris, sister Allison, and brother-in-law Joe have all joined the team. They have sorted thousands of clothes, loaded up hundreds of washers and dryers, and given away more couches to people in this city than you would believe. So many families have received items they need because of their hard work and dedication. 
We wanted to express our thanks to the Kelly family for serving Christ and the Church for so long. Your Southland family loves you!
If you’ve ever thought about joining our HTH team, contact Charlie Easterly.

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

An Unforgettable Gift

Posted on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 under Evangelism Expression 1

When I was in high school, I decided to bless my friend Chuck with an unforgettable gift. I ordered him a double CD set of Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute. Who is Zamfir, you ask? He’s a Romanian musician whose commercials ran night and day on cable TV back in the 80’s, and my friends and I made fun of him constantly.

Near the end of my senior year, however, I decided to take the joke to the next level. I called the number in the commercial and ordered Chuck his very own copy of Zamfir Plays the World’s Most Beautiful Melodies. The commercial said this collection was not sold in any stores, so I knew it would be a special treat.

Best of all, I ordered Zamfir C.O.D., cash on delivery. That meant that when it arrived at Chuck’s door, he’d have to fork over $20. This is how teenage guys express their love for another.

What I forgot, though, was that Chuck’s dad was also named Chuck. So, when Zamfir arrived at his door demanding $20, Chuck Sr. thought someone had sent it to him. For some reason, he returned it. Sadly, neither of the two Chucks appreciated Zamfir as much as I hoped they would, but I guess not everyone has an ear for the pan flute.

When it comes to sharing our faith, sometimes we treat the good news of God’s love like a double Zamfir CD. It can feel like we’re trying to stick our friends with something they will surely reject. Yet, the reality is that we are offering the hope of abundant life. It’s not just about getting into heaven or receiving a fresh start in the here and now. It’s about experiencing life with God and the best that He has to offer.

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” This doesn’t mean God promises health and wealth. In fact, believers around the world often experience just the opposite. It does mean, however, that Jesus is the source of a thriving life. Whatever circumstances the world throws at us, we can experience a joy and a hope that just won’t quit.

Who wouldn’t want to offer this opportunity to the people they love? We’re not burdening anyone. We’re extending the invitation to the best gift ever. And the most effective way to share this gift? Live it. Enjoy it. Let it overflow in your life in the way you love people. Then pray for opportunities to give it away.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Preview - October 11

Posted on Mon, Oct 05, 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:  Moses and the Two Courageous Spies  (Numbers 13:1, 26-28, 30 NIrV)
Big Idea:  When I‘m afraid, God is with me
Bible Verse:  “Do not be afraid. I am with you.” Genesis 26:24b
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Joseph Forgives  (Genesis 45:1-8 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is forgiving, so I can forgive others
Bible Verse:  “Be kind to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you ...” Ephesians 4:32 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Moses and the 10 plagues  (Exodus 6:1-11:10 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is all powerful, so I can be bold against those who oppose Him.
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.” - Joshua 1:9 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Free Feast

Posted on Sun, Oct 04, 2015 under Expression 4

Do you remember living in the dorms and your idea of cooking was heating up something in the microwave?  Or when the money ran out in your plus account and you were stuck eating cereal and ramen for the rest of the semester?  These are typical challenges for college students.
Let's come together and let our college students know how much we love them and how much God loves them!
On November 1 in Danville and at 608, we are throwing a church-wide potluck for college students called Free Feast.  We want to provide college students at 608 and in Danville a good home-cooked meal  and a place where they can invite their friends.  But we need your help!
Starting this weekend, you can visit our website and sign up to bring an item on the menu.  You can sign up to bring a main dish, side, dessert, or—for those who don't cook—drinks. It seems simple, but a home cooked meal can make a big impact on a college student in the middle of a hard semester.

Matt Edin
Worship & Programming Pastor -10 After / 608

Hope for Haiti

Posted on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 under Expression 4

How many gifts would you say you receive each year? Five? Ten? More than twenty? Don’t you just love it when you receive a gift? It’s exciting to know someone has taken the time to think about how to bless you and then taken steps to make that happen... in the form of a gift.
Remember Hope for Haiti? You know, when we all pooled our time and resources to pack a million meals to feed 3,500 kids in Haiti for an entire year? Well, this year we are taking Hope for Haiti one step further to bless 5,000 children with a Christmas gift. We’re asking each of you to grab a bag out in the concourse area this weekend. Then, simply take that bag and fill it with ONLY the items listed on packing list included inside the bag. These items are for school and greatly needed by the children so they can learn and grow. After you have filled a Christmas Bag, just bring it back to Connection Point by November 8!
Thanks for being a part of sharing joy with these wonderful children.  Our prayer is that, through your generosity, they will come to know the greatest gift we ever received, Jesus Christ! 
Would you like to dive in deeper with Global Outreach?
  • If you would like to help us distribute these bags in Haiti please stop by Connection Point to learn more.
  • If you would like to know more about opportunities to go and serve in Haiti or other places, join us for our 2016 Global Trip Information Meeting on October 18 at 3pm in Building C at the Harrodsburg Road campus.

Download the Packing List

Mark Perraut
Global Outreach Director

Pass on Your Values: Wills and Estate Planning

Posted on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 under Expression 1

Have you put a plan in place for your finances after you’re gone?  What about your children - who will take care of them if something happens to you?  If you haven’t put a plan in place to deal with these issues, there may be no better time to take the first step towards an estate plan than October 11th.  That’s the date of our next Wills & Estate Planning seminars, which will be offered at our Richmond Road and Harrodsburg Road campuses.  Southland has partnered with Financial Planning Ministry, an organization that comes alongside Christian churches to provide information to its members about wills, living trusts and other estate planning tips. They’ve already worked with dozens of Southland families to put a will or living trust in place, and Financial Planning Ministry can help you put your plan in place at no upfront cost to you.
  • The Wills & Estate Planning seminars with Financial Planning Ministry will be offered on Sunday, October 11th.
    • The first seminar will be held at 9:30am at Parkside Theater at the Richmond Road campus.  
    • The same seminar will then be held at 11:15am in Room A242 at the Harrodsburg Road campus.  
 If you have any questions, you can contact me!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Just Jump In!

Posted on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 under Expression 3

For many people, signing up to be a mentor can be scary business. It is hard to get to know a student! I recently received this story from one of our mentors. It is a great reminder that mentors can make a huge difference in the life of a child and end up being blessed themselves!
(Names have been changed to protect the students.)
I began mentoring Justin when he was a 3rd grader, and he is now a 5th grader. The mentoring program has been such a blessing to me (and I was supposed to be helping someone else). 
The impact the mentoring program has on kids that really need someone else in their lives is huge. It's also so important to keep with it, even if it is hard when you first start. I started with Justin and it was a rough start – he was NOT an easy kid to work with. I really wanted to quit early because I thought I had gotten the wrong kid, but God knew he was more wise than I was when he placed me with Justin because as I was about to make my decision to quit, Justin mentioned that another mentor had quit on him. I couldn't let him down. He needed someone to be there for him, and I wanted to be the one who came through.
Slowly we got moving in the right direction, and I began to see progress with him. Believe it or not, not only did I mentor Justin, but I now mentor his brother Andrew and sometimes his cousins on the weekends. Justin was terrified of water so we went swimming this summer. It was so rewarding seeing him make great progress. My kids are jealous (not really – they laugh) that I now just jump into the pool without easing into the water as I did with them. I am teaching Justin to just “just go for it and jump in” the cold water. I really hate the cold water, but for him I just do it. 
We have been to movies, his football games, spent time listening to his music, etc. I can’t say how much I have been blessed to get to see Justin and his brother. It all started when I decided to step out of my comfort zone and “just go for it and jump in” . 
If you've been sitting on the fence, maybe today is your day to jump into our mentoring program! Sign up to be a mentor today!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

Salvation is for Everyone

Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 under Expression 1

"But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" Romans 10:14-15 (NLT)
Our recent baptism event was incredible! I loved hearing all the stories of how God was speaking into hearts and then watching the response to His call in their lives. I had the awesome privilege of sharing in the baptism of 4 young ladies. What was really special is seeing them be baptized by their Life Group leaders. These leaders simply give of their time, share their heart, and are available to come alongside this next generation! I cannot think of a more impressionable time in the life of these students.
My heart beats for our next generation to know Jesus loves them, died for them, and invites them into a relationship with Him. All of us have some means by which to connect with a next generation student: we have them as children, they live in our neighborhoods, they play on our ball teams, they attend our church, and so much more. How can we reach them?
I love the progression of extending the Good News in Romans...call, believe, hear, listen, go! How can we be messengers of Good News to our next generation? I am finding it is in being around them and intentionally placing ourselves in places where they are; that we can be extenders of this amazingly Good News.
Pray for a student today. The battle wages for them. Let's ramp up our connection and love a student today towards Jesus.

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

Parent Sneak Preview - October 4

Posted on Mon, Sep 28, 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:  Moses and the Ten Commandments–Loving Others (Matthew 22:36-39 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God wants us to love others
Bible Verse:  “. . . Love one another.” - John 13:34 NIrV
The Drive-In
Bible Story:  Joseph and His Brothers  (Genesis 37:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God knows everything, so I can trust Him
Bible Verse:  “Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” - Psalm 27:14 NIrV
The Backlot
Bible Story:  Moses and the burning bush  (Exodus 3:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  God is always at work so I need to pay attention to when he wants to use me
Bible Verse:  “Perhaps while you are there, you will look to the Lord your God. You will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” - Deuteronomy 4:29 NIrV

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Southland U

Posted on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 under Expression 1

We’re excited to share that the second session of Southland U will be kicking off on Thursday, October 8th in Theater 81 at the Harrodsburg Road campus! Professor Dan Dyke from Cincinnati Christian University will join us to walk through an overview of the Old Testament. The goal of this class is to dig into God’s Word and provide a basic understanding of things like creation, God’s covenant with Abraham, the Exodus, the sacrificial system, the conquest of the Promised Land and much more.
Here is what just a few of the 200-plus people who attended the first session of Southland U had to say about their experience:
  • The class was awesome.
  • I love it. I want more.
  • Wonderful… insightful… engaging… humorous! 
  • A really superb experience!
  • I looked forward to class every week.
  • I was so blessed to get to be a part of it and God has definitely used this class to help me in my walk with Him.
  • It taught me way more than I expected. 
  • Very good, very informative, helpful and encouraging.
Whether you’ve been to Southland U previously or not, you can register to join us for this 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.
To register or discover more, be sure to check out our Southland University web page. Questions? Contact Meredith True.

Adoption Care

Posted on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 under Expression 1 Expression 3

Did you know that adoption is only one aspect of orphan care? It also takes those who will provide foster care, share their resources, encourage and pray, families who help to provide respite care for adoptive parents, and more. With so many ways to be involved in caring for orphans, our Care Team at Southland wants to help people learn about how they can join in the work God is doing all over the planet to care for His kids.
Have you been praying about how you can participate in extending the love of Jesus in this way? Here are a couple of fantastic ways to learn more!
  • Come out for the Adoption Option Class at our Harrodsburg Road Campus in Room F116C on Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Join our Adoptive Families Care Group to find encouragement, ongoing support, and wisdom no matter where you are in the journey!

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Be Brave

Posted on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 under Expression 1

Have you seen Braveheart? William Wallace, the brave Scottish knight gives easily one of the most epic speeches in movie history moments before his troops forge into battle...  Run and you'll live - at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!
Don’t you just love that?! The bravery, the boldness, the audacity! I want that.
I want the boldness people like Caleb possess.  A courageous and God-fearing man, in his older years he’s still ready to jump into the fray:
So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. Joshua 14:10-12a
Caleb is just as focused at eighty-five as he was way back then - even more so, all these years later. He wanted and pleaded for the hill country because he desired to take the territory that had not yet been won for the Lord. 
We have the same kind of opportunity. Our commander and leader, Jesus, has sent us out. We are His truth tellers, His army, and His ground-takers. It does not have to be in outlandish ways or speeches made in public, but it does need to happen. As Christ-followers we have nothing to fear by sharing the love of Jesus with other people. The only thing to fear is not doing anything at all. There is something that each one of us can do every day to love the people around us. In our homes. In traffic. At work or school. The list goes on. 
There are so many ways you can share your faith with someone on a daily basis. Some require words and some don’t. Either way, find a way to share it. Take ground today.
  • Be bold in your faith and share the love of Jesus through a kind or encouraging word. Mentor a student or greet someone as they come into church. There are so many opportunities to make a difference! Check out some of the options here!
  • Listen to the words of this song and make it your prayer today… You Make Me Brave

Janelle Earley
Serve The City Coordinator

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