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Off to a Great Start

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 under Local Involvement Expression 4

The Backpack Program is off to another great start this year! We're already feeding over 300 kids, and it's still early in the year. We want to give a special shout out to all those people who come out to help us pack backpacks on Thursday nights and then deliver them to classrooms on Friday morning. We couldn't keep going without all of you! But, we still have a couple of needs in the coming months.
 
First, we need food! To keep these backpacks full, we need all of the food items on our food list. It's our goal to send at least one of each item home with a student. Get your Life Group involved, your office, and let your kids pick out the items next time you're at the grocery. These are all great ways to not only give, but get others involved in the giving process.
 
We also need backpack buddies. It's our goal to match each of our students with a buddy who writes encouragement notes throughout the year. We still need more than 200 buddies to reach our goal. Consider adopting a student this year and helping them know they’re loved!
 
Just a few weeks ago, we came together and packed over one million meals to send to kids in Haiti. And through our Backpack Program, it’s awesome to think that we have the same opportunity to feed hungry kids right in our own backyard every week. Contact me if you'd like to get involved!

Shaun Denney
Local Initiatives Director

Embracing Simplicty

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 under Global Missions Expression 4

Written by Dallas Schofield, Global Missions Volunteer

A few weeks ago, I returned from Ouanaminthe, Haiti with a missions team from Southland. It was my first missions experience and I was blessed to go with a great group of guys. We flew into the Dominican Republic and stayed overnight and then traveled by van to Haiti the following morning. Along the way, we started to see a decline in living conditions and structures in general. I was taken back by how little people had and was struck with a feeling of despair when I wondered how just a few of us would be able to make any kind of impact on this community. But after settling in and getting to know some of the people and their children, I fell in love with the community we served and realized, yes, we really can make an impact.

“It was clear that the community was proud of their country and wanted to make it a better place.”

By the end of the week I was becoming envious of the simplicity of their lives. They were very hard workers with a strong desire to learn. They didn’t race to get things done. They communicated the news, events, and daily activities by talking to each other because of the lack of technology—which brought them closer together! Yes, we can teach them a thing or two, but we could learn a lot from the Haitians as well.

Overall, the whole trip had a humbling impact on my life and the kids stole my heart. Ouanaminthe is a difficult place to describe. Words like hot, dirty, and poor, come to mind… but it’s so beautiful. It was an experience that I won’t forget and I can't wait to return to visit my new friends!

Dallas Schofield
Global Missions Volunteer


If you’d like to get involved with our Global Missions team and help extend hope around the world like Dallas, we’d love to talk with you! Join us this Sunday, October 26, at 3pm in Building C at our Harrodsburg Road campus for an info meeting about what's upcoming in 2015! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Hope to see you Sunday afternoon!

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Loving People the Way God Does

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

I think the Jesus Prom series has been one of my favorites. Because, honestly, this entire series has centered on what we're all about here at Southland—unleashing a revolution of love. Over the past three weekends, we've learned that the easiest way to do that is by loving the same people that Jesus loves and showing that love through our actions.

If you were here this past weekend, you may have heard Jon talk about a special simulcast event that's happening at the Richmond Road Campus this Thursday, October 23 at 7pm. Bob Goff will be here to help kick off the release of Jon's book, Jesus Prom, and everyone is invited to come join us as we keep the celebration going that started during this series! There will be some great music, special guests, and we'll hear from Jon and Bob about how life gets fun when you love people the way God does. 

If you're wondering what the book is about, check out the video below. Then, come back and celebrate with us on Thursday!

Justin Meeker
Communications Director

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - October 25/26

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!

ANIMATION STATION

Bible Story: Joash rebuilds the temple - 2 Kings 11:21-12

Big Idea: God wants me to obey!

Talk About: As a family, talk about what it means to obey and how we all need to obey what God says.

Worship Songs:

The B-I-B-L-E
by Singin' Praise Tots

Forever and Ever
by John Delich

I Can Obey
by Singin' Praise Tots

THE DRIVE-IN

Bible Story: The Good Shepherd - Psalm 23:1

Big Idea: God is the Good Shepherd and He cares for me.

Talk About: As a family, go see some sheep or look at pictures of sheep and then talk about how we are a lot like sheep and how Jesus, the Good Shepherd, takes care of us.

Worship Songs:

Happy Day
by Fee

No One Like You
by David Crowder Band

THE BACKLOT

Bible Story: David Spares Saul’s Life - 1 Samuel 24:1-13

Big Idea: #GodIsKing

Talk About: Make a crown together. Talk about how God is King over all and how we are his sons and daughters, which makes us princes and princesses.

Worship Songs:

Movin’ Me
by Chris Cauley

You Only
by Jeffrey B. Scott

Lord I Need You
by Matt Maher

Heather Johnson
Children’s Leader / Programmer -Richmond Road

Out of the fog

Posted on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

A few days ago I was driving in the thickest fog I’ve ever seen. It was morning, but was so dark that I could only see about 10 feet in front of me. As I crossed a bridge, it got worse and I couldn’t believe how blinded I felt. I wasn’t sure what was in front of me, next to me, or behind me and it made me very uncomfortable.
 
I thought about pulling over and stopping until it cleared, but as I started up a hill the fog began to lift. I could see a little sunlight shining through and then I saw the vibrant blue sky, the amazing colors of the autumn leaves, and the road in front of me was clear again.
 
At the risk of sounding cheesy, I thought of how much that few minutes in the fog is what life is like without Jesus. Moving through each day unsure, in darkness, with no direction and some days just wanting to stop. Life with Jesus is sure, clear, and full of hope. We all have family, friends, and neighbors who are going through life in a fog. What is holding us back from telling them about Jesus so that they can know the hope and clarity that we have?
 
In Mark 16, after the disciples had spent time with Jesus, they went and told people the good news of Jesus. Verse 20 says “The followers went everywhere in the world and told the Good News to people, and the Lord helped them.” I don’t know about you, but after I spend time with Jesus in the morning, I don’t go into all the world, or even Danville, and tell people about the Good News of Jesus. Why is that?
 
I guess I figure they’ll come and ask if they want to know, or someone else will tell them. Either way, I want to change and pray that God will forgive me for all the missed opportunities and give me another chance to make the most of the opportunities to come. I can get involved through Southland in so many ways: working with Serve the City, learning about missions trips coming up, or being a mentor in a local school. I pray that you will join me in helping people out of the fog by telling them the good news of Jesus.

Shannon Colwick
Children's Ministry Leader - Danville

Global Mission Trip Meeting

Posted on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 under Global Missions Expression 4

You've heard us talk a lot about Haiti.  Jon has openly shared his heart for the country.  You've probably even been a part of the mission one way or another through tithing, prayer, or packing a million meals.  
 
I want to invite each of you who have had global outreach cross your mind, even if only once, to join us for one hour on Sunday, October 26 at 3pm in Building C at our Harrodsburg Road Campus.
 
Maybe the idea of going on a mission trip has scarcely crossed your mind, but you're curious of what we're doing around the globe.  Or, maybe you have a skill set that you've been wanting to apply to a partner in Haiti, but need some guidance in how to take the next step.  It could even be that you've had missions on your heart for a while and now is the time to just take a leap of faith!
 
Regardless of where you are in the thought process of serving on the global mission field, this meeting is a great way to simply learn.  So, join us for an hour, hear some great stories, eat some good food, and meet people who are in the same place as you in this process.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Lizz Kunz
Global Outreach Logistics Leader

Excuse Me… Is It Too Late?

Posted on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 4

"When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us. So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it. When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” And when the officer’s friends returned to his house, they found the slave completely healed." Luke 7:1-10
 
Last week we had the amazing privilege of seeing many people get baptized! It was an incredible evening. One scene in particular stood out to me. We were wrapping up and all the crowds had gone away. Our team was breaking down tables, stacking chairs, and taking down tent(s). The sun was going down and the weather was looking bleak. 
 
All of a sudden a young man comes rushing up to where our team was tearing down. He stepped over toward us and asked, “Excuse me...is it too late?” Wow—those words were so impactful. We said, “No way...come on down to the water!” As Jon was baptizing this young man, you could see the joy on his face and the hope in his eyes. 
 
I loved the urgency this young man came with and the faith that moved him to follow Jesus. 
 
I'd like to encourage all of us to think about a time in our journey when our faith moved us to follow Jesus more intently; with more urgency. Let's take some time over this next week to reflect and pray for someone that we could share our faith with. 

Michelle Frank
Guest Experience Director - Harrodsburg Road

Big Picture Show Sneak Preview - October 18/19

Posted on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 under Children Weekend Expression 3

We believe parents make the biggest difference in their child’s faith. So we want your kids to hear the Big Picture Show Bible story first from you! Take five minutes this week and read the Bible story with your child and talk about the questions below. You can also listen to the songs we'll be singing this weekend!

ANIMATION STATION

Bible Story: A Little Girl helps Naaman 2 Kings 5

Big Idea: God wants me to Help Others!

Talk About: Find 5 small ways to help others this week. Maybe just helping in with the groceries or holding a door open.

Worship Songs:

Ha-La-La-La
by Studio Musicians

The B-I-B-L-E
by Singin' Praise Tots

I’m Gonna Walk
by Willow Creek

THE DRIVE-IN

Bible Story: God Hears Me Psalm 5:3

Big Idea: God listens to me no matter how I feel.

Talk About: As a family each day this week, pray for a specific thing. For example on Monday pray for people you know who are sick.

Worship Songs:

No One Like You
by David Crowder Band

Unshakable
by Chris Coleman

THE BACKLOT

Bible Story: Sauls Jealous of David 1 Samuel 18:1-16

Big Idea: #GodIsEverywhere

Talk About: Play hide and seek as a family. Talk about how God is with you wherever you go because God is everywhere!

Worship Songs:

Movin’ Me
by Chris Cauley

No One Higher
by Ryan Stewart

Heather Johnson
Children’s Leader / Programmer -Richmond Road

Relentless Pursuit

Posted on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 under Weekend Expression 1 Expression 3

I love hearing stories like Matthew's. And we want to hear even more of them in 2015.
 
Our mission at Southland is to Unleash a Revolution of Love, and one of the ways we relentlessly pursue that mission is by investing in the next generation. 
 
On December 6/7, we're going to be collecting a special year-end that will help us send even more students on ministry trips, invest in our student ministry environments, and open the doors of a brand new campus in Georgetown, Kentucky. We want to give even more students the chance to experience the same life-changing love of Jesus as Matthew did!
 
We're asking everyone to pray about giving at least $100—which just comes out to $2 a day between now and December 7. For some of you, maybe that's just one less trip through the drive-thru each week or one less cup of coffee. We know that some of you can give more than that, but we really want everybody to be a part!
 
So, between now and December 6/7, pray about what you can give to be a part of our year-end offering and help us unleash a revolution of love!

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Jesus Prom

Posted on Fri, Oct 10, 2014 under Evangelism Expression 1

We are just a few weeks away from Jesus Prom 2014! It is an exciting event that truly helps us extend hope and love. 
 
There are some key things we want you to know as we continue to move towards prom on Friday, November 7:
 
  1. Jesus Prom Theme: Join us Camping Under the Stars. This is not a formal prom year, and we are encouraging all registered attendees to dress in casual camping clothes, flannel, etc. 
     
  2. Jesus Prom Gift: This year’s gift giveaway will be new bottles of perfume and cologne. We will have designated tables at each campus where you can drop off your donated gift beginning October 11/12.
     
  3. Volunteer Registration: We have had several Life Groups, college students/groups, families, etc. ask about registering to volunteer as a group (i.e. like Meal Pack registration). Due to the unique nature of our background screening for this specific event, each volunteer will need to register as an individual. You can register for any of our volunteer positions here. Please note that Parking and Escort volunteers have an age restriction. 
     
  4. Attendee Registration: This year ALL attendee registration/RSVP will be completed online. If you hear/know of an individual or group that wishes to attend prom, please direct them to our website to the RSVP link www.southlandchristian.org/jesusprom. If there are additional questions contact me.   
We're looking forward to another exciting prom! 

Belinda Thacker
Care Coordinator

Gathering to Remember

Posted on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 under Worship Expression 1

Sometimes we just need to remember what’s important. My oldest daughter, Avery, read Psalm 78 aloud to our family the other night. Before you picture family devotion bliss, please know that my middle daughter fell asleep on my lap and my three year-old son played with construction trucks and bombed them with teddy bears. At least two or three of the five of us listened—most of the time! While she read, I noticed the value of remembering what God has done.
 
See these words from Psalm 78:9-17:
The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law. They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. He did miracles in the sight of their fathers...He divided the sea and led them through...He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water...he brought streams out of a rocky crag...But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.
 
Do you ever judge the Israelites in the Old Testament? We read passages like this and think, “How could you ever forget walking through a parted sea?” “What’s wrong with you people?” God fed them daily with manna, yet they test him and ask for meat. They use their plunder from Egypt to build an idol about two seconds after being freed from oppressive slavery. They so quickly forgot how things were before and all that God had done as He led them to freedom.
 
Worship reminds us who God is and what He has done. Worship also reminds us to remember. You read that right. We need to be reminded to remember what God has done and what He has promised He will do. Living in a state of remembering both the fulfilled and coming promises of God helps us not to sin. Living in a state of remembering both the fulfilled and coming promises of God helps us live with joy. To remember who God is and what He’s capable of secures our hearts and our hope in Him.
 
We plan to remember God’s promises this month at Night of Worship. What a great opportunity to invite someone in your life who needs to know who God says He is, and what the Bible tells us He’s done. More than anything, today and at Night of Worship we need to remember He loved us enough to send Jesus to die for us and He loves us still - daily, truly, completely. See you October 14th at 6:30pm in Theater 81 at Harrodsburg Road, or at our Danville Campus in the Auditorium!

Amanda Carter
Worship Leader

Parent Night @ LIFT

Posted on Wed, Oct 08, 2014 under Students Expression 3

Parenting middle schoolers is tough.
 
There’s no doubt about that. Even the best parents will confirm that something happens during puberty that changes the landscape of their parenting approach. 
 
Here in Student Ministries, we want to partner with you in discipling your student. We want to see your student live with Jesus, in community, and on mission. We also know that you as a parent have the most influence on your student, and we want to do whatever it takes to encourage you in your role as the spiritual leader of your home.
 
That’s why we have Parent Night @ LIFT every year. We want you to come and check out what we do in middle school ministry, meet your student’s Life Group Leader(s), and hear more about all the crazy things we have going on this year. We want our Life Group leaders and parents exchanging contact information and working together to help their student feel the incredible love of Jesus.
 
What does Parent Night look like? Glad you asked! For the first hour we invite all 6th grade parents and new parents to come observe our large group program. We want you to get a feel for the worship, teaching, and fun environment we create to get middle schoolers excited about their faith. At the one hour mark, we will have a “Meet & Greet” with all parents (6th-8th) and Life Group leaders. You’ll locate your son and daughter’s leaders and have a chance to get to know them and have a conversation. After 30 minutes, we’ll dismiss the leaders and students to their Life Groups while the Student Ministry Directors have an important informational meeting with the parents about everything we’re doing this school year.
 
We’d love to see you at Richmond Road on Sunday, October 19th, 6-8p, at the Parkside Theater.
 
If you have any questions, be sure to contact Eric, for specific information!

Eric Schneider
Student Ministry Director - Richmond Road


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