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Parent Sneak Preview - January 22

Posted on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 under Expression 2

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:  A Little Boy and His Lunch (Matthew 14:15-21 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants us to give to others
Bible Verse:  “. . . God loves a cheerful giver.” - 2 Corinthians 9:7 NIrV
Worship
 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  The Forgiving King (Matthew 18:21-35 NIrV)
Big Idea:  My words can forgive.
Bible Verse:  “Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord.” - Psalm 19:14a (CEV)
Worship: 
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story: Casting the first Stone (John 8:1-11 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants us to forgive without counting because we all need forgiving.
Bible Verse:  “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” - Luke 6:31 (NIRV)
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Parent Sneak Peak - January 15

Posted on Mon, Jan 09, 2017 under 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:  A Hole in the Roof (Mark 2:2-4 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants me to help others
Bible Verse:  “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” - Proverbs 18:24 NIrV
Worship: 
The Drive-In
 
Bible Story:  Ten Men are Healed (Luke 17:11-19 NIrV)
Big Idea:  Take time to say thanks.
Bible Verse:  “Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to you, Lord.” - Psalm 19:14a (CEV)
Worship
 
The Backlot
 
Bible Story:  Matthew 5:38-48 (Love Everyone (Sermon on Mount) NIrV)
Big Idea:  Jesus wants us to love others even when it’s hard.
Bible Verse:  “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” - Luke 6:31 (NIRV)
Worship:

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

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

Financial Peace 2017

Posted on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 under Expression 1

2017 can be the year you get your financial house in order and take control of your money. Financial Peace University classes provide an opportunity to learn how to create a financial plan, become debt-free, and prepare for your financial future.  You can learn more about FPU and find a class near you by going to the Dave Ramsey website at this link: Financial Peace.
 
And if you have an interest in leading a Financial Peace class here at Southland, please contact me

Kurt Braun
Executive Director of Operations / Advancement

Personal Growth In 2017

Posted on Fri, Jan 06, 2017 under Expression 1

Sometimes I get upset that we don’t live in the Jetson’s future that I thought would be a reality by 2017. There are no flying cars. There’s no robot maid. There isn’t a single pill to serve as an entire dinner. But what I wish for most is that automatic dental hygiene chair. You remember that? George Jetson sat down in a chair and a bunch of robotic arms came out and took care of his morning breath and gingivitis.
 
I hate the daily routine of flossing, rinsing and brushing every morning. And then I have to do it all again at bedtime. Isn’t there a more efficient way to keep my teeth clean and my breath at bay? Alas, there is not. I have to put in the time and the discipline.
 
And the same is true with our Expression #1 at Southland. If we want a transforming relationship with God, then we have to put in the time. But Bible Study and personal growth doesn’t come without some great resources. We’ve got a few things that serve as the electric toothbrushes of our spiritual lives.
 
Investing time to read, ponder and apply the words of God spoken through the Bible is a great plan. An easy place to start is to receive Southland’s Daily Devotional every weekday in your email.
 
Need help staying on track with reading Scripture? A reading plan is a great way to hold yourself accountable. Check out YouVersion to see some really great ways to keep your transforming relationship with God on the right path.
 
If you’ve been looking for a great Bible Study to supplement your personal growth throughout the week, then check out RightNow Media. It’s phenomenal video resources for all ages from churches and pastors all across the country, to help you develop and grow in your relationship with Jesus.
 
We've put together some great video series lead by our staff to help you with your pursuit of a transforming relationship with God.
 
This isn’t as much of a daily routine as it might be a jumpstart for your spiritual growth. For you fellas out there, t’d be a great chance to join others for surge in your spiritual journey.
 
Those are just a few ideas to keep your personal growth on track in 2016. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help. But, much like brushing your teeth, the world is a better place when you put the time into your Spiritual life. It’s totally worth it.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor