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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

Orphan Care

Posted on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 under Care Expression 2 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!
  • Stop by Connection Point to talk with one of our staff after services this weekend, March 7/8.
  • Come out for the Adoption Option Class at our Harrodsburg Road Campus in Building F, Room 205 on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30pm.
  • Register for the Adoption and Foster Care Seminar hosted by Orphan Care Alliance at Crossroads Christian Church on Saturday, March 14, from 8am-1pm.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Pass on Your Values

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 under Classes Expression 2

At Southland we talk about managing personal finances using a framework of 10/10/80.  We know that God owns it all, so we want to give the first 10% of our budget back to God, save the next 10% for our future needs, and allow God to bless how we live on 80% of our resources.  What you may not realize is that being good stewards of our resources can also be part of our plan to leave a legacy after we pass away.  
 
Putting a plan in place now can allow you to pass on your values, save your beneficiaries time and money, and have peace of mind that your loved ones are provided for.  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 cost.
 
Our next Wills & Estate Planning workshop with Financial Planning Ministry will be held at the Harrodsburg Road campus on Saturday, November 8 at 4pm in Building F, Room 116.  The workshop will end by 5:15pm, so you can attend our 5:30pm service immediately after the workshop.
 
You can register for the workshop here.  If you have any questions, you can contact me!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

The Adventure of Adoption

Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 under Care Expression 2

Adoption is an adventure like no other. It is multifaceted, requires immense quantities of time, effort, persistence, love, care, and money, just to name a few.
 
Five years ago, my wife and I started a process of bringing home our son, Dimitar, from Bulgaria. The process taught us so much about ourselves and about God’s ability to both lead and provide. Now, almost a year later, we’re still learning so much about how to communicate, teach, encourage, and grow this little guy that God has welcomed into our family!
 
Through the process, we learned that adoption is just one aspect of orphan care. Sure, it takes people who adopt, but also those who share their resources, people who encourage and pray, family who helps to provide respite care for adoptive parents, and more. And with so many ways to be involved in caring for orphans, our Care team here at Southland wanted to help people learn about how they can join in the work God is doing all of the planet to care for His kids.
 
On Sunday, November 2, from 1-3pm in the Harrodsburg Road Atrium, we’ll be hosting our annual Orphan Care and Adoption event. It will help you discover your part in God’s mission to care for children in this world and learn how you can be part of providing a future for a child that they could not imagine or ask for—let alone provide for themselves.
 
Whether you’re consider adoption or would just like to learn more about orphan care, come out and join us. Contact me or Belinda if you have any questions.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Proverbs Challenge

Posted on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 under Spiritual Formation Expression 1 Expression 2

September is usually a time when we get re-energized to lean into schedules, systems, rhythms, and routine. Or maybe that's just me! I noticed in a Lowe's magazine all the systems people utilize to gain order in their home. Backpacks have a place to be hung, lunch boxes have a place to be stored, shoes have a place to land, and graded papers have a place to gather. I enjoy order!
 
Our family functions a lot on weekly rhythms—devotions at breakfast, conversation at dinner, and prayer at bedtime. At the beginning of a new school year, we pray about a few key words as we launch into a new year. One key word that our family has spent some time around so far this school year has been Wisdom. Wisdom to make the right choices, wisdom to know right from wrong, wisdom to know when to speak and when to listen, and wisdom to know how to extend compassion to someone who may be hurting. We know that if our next generation can understand the importance of wisdom, it can make a huge difference in the opportunities on the horizon for them and the impact that can have on others and even our world!
 
The pursuit of wisdom has led us to a journey through Proverbs and we have found some scriptures which have really come alive for us:
 
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance. - Proverbs 1:5
 
Cry out for insight and ask for understanding. Search for them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord and you will gain knowledge of Him. - Proverbs 2:3-5
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. - Proverbs 3:5-6
We'd love to encourage you to take some time this week and pray together as a family for a greater hunger for wisdom. You might even want to take the next 30 days to journey together through Proverbs! As our Expression 2 says, we sacrificially serve our families—an investment I know we will all be glad we made. 

Michelle Frank
Staff Development

Fall Pre-Marriage Class

Posted on Tue, Sep 02, 2014 under Classes Expression 2

Marriage is one of the best things you’ll ever do, but at times it can also be challenging. If you’re recently engaged or thinking about becoming engaged, we encourage you to participate in our Pre-Marriage Class on Tuesday nights at Harrodsburg Road, from September 16-October 21. I know in my own marriage I have benefitted greatly from God's truth, communication tools, experienced mentors, and gleaning from other couples.
 
Here are some quotes coming out of the class from other couples:
 
"Good foundation!"
"Opened several doors for communication."
"Gave structure to our conversations so we could better have Christ as the center of our relationship."
"Felt loved and cared for by everyone involved in the class."
"Learned more about personality traits and how they work together."
We're thrilled to offer this incredible experience as you begin your next steps in marriage. Register for our fall Pre-Mariage Class here! You won't want to miss this incredible investment in your marriage. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

DivorceCare

Posted on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 under Care Expression 2

There are few things someone can experience in life that are more difficult than going through the pain of a separation or divorce. At Southland, there's hope and help.

DivorceCare is a 13-week experience offered at Southland to help people dealing with a separation or divorce. It’s a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside someone through what can easily be one of life’s most difficult experiences.

For almost a decade, DivorceCare has been meeting at the Harrodsburg Road campus and has helped people grow into health and wholeness. This year, we're excited to add a class at Richmond Road as well! Participants can choose to attend a gathering at the location most convenient for them.

If you're going through a seperation or dirvorce, or know someone in that type of situation, we'd love for you or that person be a part of DivorceCare. It's a perfect place to help people face those challenges and move toward rebuilding their lives.

DivorceCare meets on Thursday nights, from 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning August 14 at Harrodsburg Road. And at Richmond Road, we'll meet on Tuesday nights, from 6:30-8:30pm, beginning August 26.

For more information, contact me.

Keep Your Marriage a Priority

Posted on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 under Spiritual Formation Expression 2

A column on my front porch has been taken over by a couple of birds who built a nest. It's been interesting to watch it take shape and then realize there were eggs that eventually hatched. As best as we can tell, there are now four or five baby birds crammed in there. I'm sure the nest will be empty in the next couple of days because they seem cramped and anxious to take flight.
 
My wife and I aren't empty-nesters, but we're just a few years away. Three of our four kids will be in college this fall. You can access our GoFundMe web page by going to... just kidding! I've noticed something interesting as we interact with other couples who are in the same season of life we are. In fact, it's been somewhat of an alarming observation. A few of the couples we know seem fearful of the day their kids head off to college. 
 
I know some of it has to do with the fact that their child has grown up. Where did the time go? I get that. But, the other dynamic is the reality that the last 18 years have gone by with most of the couple's energy being focused on the kids. In almost the blink of an eye, couples are now confronted with the reality that they have done very little to maintain their marriage and they're now faced with the challenge of getting to know each other all over again. Sometimes marriages never get over so many years of neglect. That doesn't have to be the story of your marriage and family.
 
I'd like to offer just a simple word of encouragement and challenge to married couples.
 
Pay attention to your marriage. I've counseled a lot of couples who made their kids the center of the family and everything orbited around their needs, desires, and activities. God must be at the center of the family, but the marriage is the priority.
 
As we become more fully devoted to Jesus, we naturally desire to serve our spouse in even greater ways. Although our kids demand our attention, there isn't much else that brings them peace like knowing mom and dad are ok. When a couple is vitalized in marriage, the family thrives. Here are some resources I would recommend to help you keep your marriage a priority:
 
If you know someone who is getting married, make sure they know about our Pre-Marriage class. And if you need some help, let me know. We want to be a church that sacrificially serves our families.

Greg Chandler
Care Pastor - Richmond Road

Financial Planning Workshop

Posted on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 under Expression 1 Expression 2

A couple months ago, Jon talked about the 10-10-80 approach to our finances: 10% back to God, 10% for our future, and 80% to live on. Since then, it's been awesome to watch a lot of you taking the step to try and figure out how you can apply it to your own life. And although we gave you a couple ways to get started with the 10-10-80 plan a few weeks ago, we wanted to offer you another great resource so you can go even further.

On Saturday, May 10 at the Harrodsburg Road campus, we're going to offer a free workshop on wills and estate planning. And while a lot of you are probably thinking you're too young to even consider something like this, the truth is it really helps you focus on the idea of investing in your future. The workshop will be at 10am in Building F and we'll bring in some experts that can help walk you through step-by-step the whole process of setting up a living trust.

Although the workshop is absolutely free, we'd still love to know who will be attending. So go ahead register to let us know you're coming! And, if you have any questions at all between now and then, just shoot me an email.

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

The Power of Prayer

Posted on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 under Expression 2

At 45 years of age, you would think I’d have relationships figured out and I thought I pretty much did, until I got married. I quickly learned how selfish I was - how much I liked things going my way, how much I need forgiveness and how quickly I became angry - all while living with someone who I dearly love. Wow! Does marriage bring out the best and worst of us or what? Fortunately, I’m married to a wonderful man who is very patient with me. But I’ve also learned rather quickly that I need God’s wisdom to help me navigate through these very new waters.
 
I’ve started reading all kinds of books on marriage, devotions on relationships and praying more than I ever have. I had a friend give me advice for a healthy marriage and every blank she filled in was pray. “What can you do to show your husband you love him?” Pray. “What is the secret to a happy marriage?” Prayer. “What should you never do in a marriage?” Stop praying. “What advice can you give the new bride?” Pray, pray, pray. Literally, every answer was prayer, and she was right. Marriage is the best thing that happened to my prayer life and prayer is the best thing I’ve found to help my marriage. It’s really difficult to be upset over small stuff when you are praying for someone. It’s hard to stay mad when my response is to begin praying instead of fighting. I don’t have it all figured out, but I know that praying for my husband has brought us closer, has helped me to see things from God’s perspective, and caused me to love him more deeply.
 
Expression 2 says that we sacrificially serve our families. Our challenge is that 100% of our spouses and families pray together daily. A resource I recommend, to encourage you on this journey, is the Power of a Praying book series by Stormie Omartian. I’m currently reading The Power of a Praying Wife, but there are also books for a praying husband, praying parent, praying through the Bible, praying for your young adult children, and more. These are great resources but the most important step is to make it a practice to pray for and with your family.
 
We know that God moves in the hearts of people when we pray. Praying together has the power to change you, your marriage, and your family, forever.
 

A Course for Success

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 under Local Involvement Expression 2

Did you know:

  • The average American family spends $1.22 for every dollar they earn
  • Americans under the age of 25 are filing for bankruptcy faster than any other age group
  • 2 out of 3 households will fail to achieve their life goals due to financial constraints

Some estimates indicate just under 50% of Americans today are financially illiterate. That illiteracy is often passed on to the next generation, and the next, and so on. And that illiteracy leads to crisis.

Southland, like so many other churches, is approached daily by people facing eviction, utility shut-off and other financial emergencies. The need is so great we simply can’t meet all the needs, and we've quickly realized those we were able to help were finding themselves right back where they started, just a few months down the road. We were, for the most part, “applying financial band-aids to gaping wounds.”

So we changed our strategy. Instead of providing direct emergency financial assistance, we did some research and now refer everyone in immediate financial need to agencies and other faith-based organizations that are set up to truly help with emergency financial situations.

This allowed us to completely revamp our financial care team process and turn all of our energy and efforts toward reaching families who are willing and able to break the cycle before they face a serious crisis such as foreclosure or lack of food and other necessities.

We have learned that with the right information and encouragement, it is possible to turn financial situations around and set families on a course for success. We currently have financial life coaches who are ready to help families in need. Each of our coaches has been through training designed to teach them how to help families set realistic goals, determine wants vs. needs, learn how to prioritize and develop a budget, and work on a savings plan.

Our coaches meet with each family a number of times - getting to know them and their individual stories in order to help them make a plan to meet their own unique situation. If you and your family could use some financial coaching, contact me. The coaches are great, and we encourage you to take a step towards financial stability for your family!

If you already have a firm grasp of your finances and would like to go through our training to volunteer as a life coach, we’d love to hear from you as well. Contact me to get more info and sign up!

Our next Life Coach Training will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, February 26, at our Richmond Road Campus.

Candy Williams
Helping Through Him & Financial Care Coordinator


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