Kids from our last Child Dedication Service New Albany and J-town


Jordan and Marissa Perciful present their daughter, Anna Jean Perciful 

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Our names are Jordan & Marissa Perciful. On August 28, 2012 we welcomed our newest daughter Anna Jean. Anna is our second daughter and joins her big-sister Lucy. We’re grateful to God for blessing us with two healthy girls, and we desire to raise them up in a way that magnifies our Father in Heaven. Since having Anna here, we’ve been the recipients of much grace from God and His people and we are humbled and thankful. Psalm 139:14, “I praise you, for I am fear- fully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

David and Kristin Hynes present their daughter, Laura Ruth Hynes

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This is Laura Ruth Hynes. Laura is a family name on Kristin’s mom’s side. Laura is also named after Laurel Falls, Kristin’s favorite nature spot. We named her Ruth after Kristin’s great aunt who was a Godly woman, the book of Ruth in
the Bible and several friends named Ruth. Laura was born on March 28, 2012. We’re David & Kristin Hynes and her 3-year-old brother is Jonathan. I, Kristin, have learned and am continuing to learn humility, and God’s grace, through her difficult birth story and amazingly cheerful disposition. Our marriage verse that continues to prove true for our family is Ephesians 3:20-21.

Casey and Sterling Smallwood present their daughter, Jolee Sterling Smallwood 

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Our beautiful blessing, Jolee Sterling Smallwood, is named after her grandmother Rebecca Jo, dad Casey Lee and mom Rebecca Sterling. She was born July 11, 2012. She has an amazing big brother Clay. She brings us so much joy with every smile! She reminds us that while there may be an expectation of what is typical, one can sore above it. James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no varia- tion or shadow due to change.”

Matthew and Tara Thomas present their son, Andrew James Thomas 

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Our child’s name is Andrew James Thomas, born August 14, 2012 to Matthew and Tara Thomas. His first name means manly and brave. His middle name is after Tara’s grandfather who is a kind man who loves God and his family very much. Since having Andrew, we have learned (and are still learning!) how impor- tant it is to be a team and spend time as just husband and wife.

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Kids from our last Child Dedication at East Campus


Kent and Melissa Morris present their son, Masen Alexander Morris 

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Our names are Kent and Melissa and our baby is Masen. He was born Dec 31st, 2011. We had poured over many names and narrowed down to a few. When we saw him the first time Masen just seemed to fit. It’s an incredible thing to see a new life developing, learning and growing and it affords parents the opportunity to learn nearly as much as the child. Amongst many things, I think children teach you much about yourself, they are in many ways a reflection of you. John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Travis and Kellie Arnold present their daughter, Layla Nicole Arnold

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Travis and Kellie Arnold welcomed their daughter Layla Nicole Arnold to this world on August 30th, 2012. Her first name means dark beauty (which is fitting since she was born with a full head of dark hair,) and her middle name honors Kellie’s sister and mother. Layla is truly a gift from God, and her birth has taught both parents how little control they have over their lives and how God has a beautiful plan for everything. Layla’s birth has not only caused her parents to love one another more, but their love for God has grown tremendously as well.

Matt and Gäbri Warren present their daughter, Emma Rose Warren 

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We are so thankful for the beautiful blessing of Emma Rose Warren who is the daughter of Matthew and Gäbri Warren. She was born on a beautiful spring morning on June 7, 2012. Her name, which is Hebrew for healer, originally came from a dream her parents had soon after they found out they were pregnant. Emma brings happiness and joy to her parents and those who she’s around. May she grow to be a beautiful and powerful woman of God. May she bring healing and wholeness to a broken world. May she know God’s love for her deeply and be blessed all the days of her life.

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Kids from our last Child Dedication at Midtown Campus


Luke and Heather Barker present their son, Declan Lucas Barker

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Declan Lucas Barker was born on March 19, 2012 to Luke & Heather. He is our firstborn son. We were initially drawn to the name “Declan” by its look and sound, but ended up choosing it primarily for its meaning, “man of prayer.” HIs middle name, Lucas, is after his father, with whom he shares the same initials. One scripture that fully describes our past 7 months with Declan is James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Fa- ther of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” Declan has truly been a gift from the Lord.

Seth and Sloane Barnett present their son, Ephraim Fielder Barnett 

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Seth and Sloane Barnett are the parents of Ephraim (*pronounced Eff-rum*) Fielder Barnett. Fielder was born on May 26th, 2012. Ephraim means “fruitful” and Fielder means “dweller in open country”. Since having our son, God has shown us how to love sacrificially as we care for Fielder and serve one another. Psalm 127:3-5 says “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows to the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them…”

Darren and Brittany Jennings present their son, Beren Brown Jennings 

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Beren Brown Jennings was born on May 25th, 2012 at 1:50pm. It was amazing and crazy. Beren Brown is named after two great men—one fictional, the other real. Beren is a tragic hero in Tolkien’s The Silmarillion—the first human to marry an elf in the Lord of the Rings. We could geek out about it but we won’t here. Brown was Brittany’s grandpa’s name. Grandpa Brown was gentle and wise—a much loved man of God. The Lord knows how to give good gifts. We have learned to be more gracious to each other and ourselves in these 4 months. Psalm 73:26 is helpful in trying times.

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Register for the 2013 VBS: Not-So-Secret Identities

sojourn-kids-vbs-2013-banner-newSojournKids is happy to announce this year’s Vacation Bible School: Not-So-Secret Identities on July 15th-19th at the Midtown,  J-town, and New Albany Campuses (check times below). VBS is an event for kids, ages 3 through those who have completed grade 5, to learn about the gospel and participate in art, music, and games.  This year, kids will learn that you don’t have to be a superhero to follow Jesus, because God makes us who we are. We’ll learn about  five identities that God has given to his people through a study of the Book of Acts:

  • Monday: Worshipers—The Lame Beggar at the Beautiful Gate (Acts 3:1-16)
  • Tuesday: Servants—The Choosing of the Seven and Stephen (Acts 6:1-8:1)
  • Wednesday: Witnesses—Saul’s Conversion (Acts 9:1-22)
  • Thursday: Family Members—Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10:1-11:30)
  • Friday: Disciples—Priscilla, Aquilla, and Apollos (Acts 18:24-28)

Cost is 5$ per child. Each child must be registered individually. Scholarships are available.

Register for VBS at Midtown
(July 15-19, 9am-Noon)

Please e-mail Rachel Davila ( with any questions
or to ask about scholarships for yourself or a friend at the Midtown VBS.

Register for VBS at J-town
(July 15-19, 9am-Noon)

Please e-mail Ashley Stevenson ( with any
questions or to ask about scholarships for yourself or a friend at the J-town VBS.

Register for VBS at New Albany
(July 15-19, 6-9pm)

Please e-mail John Williams ( with any questions
or to ask about scholarships for yourself or a friend at the New Albany VBS.

Sign up to serve at VBS!

These pre-registration forms will shut down on Saturday, July 13th, but registration will continue at Sunday services and at the door on each day of VBS.

Easter at Sojourn

“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” — Luke 24:5

There’s nothing like Easter Sunday. And no matter where you live in the Louisville metropolitan area, Sojourn has a campus and a service time for you, with free childcare for your kids, a relevant sermon and compelling music.

Check out these campuses and service times:

Sojourn East

  • 8509 Westport Road, 40242
  • 5pm Saturday, March 30
  • 8am, 9:30am, 11am Easter Sunday, March 31

Sojourn Midtown

  • 1201 South Shelby Street, 40203 (St. Vincent’s building)
  • 9am, 11:15am, 5pm and 7pm Sunday, March 31
  • *no childcare available at the 7pm service

Sojourn J-Town

  • 11412 Taylorsville Road, 40299
  • 8am, 9:30am, 11am Sunday, March 31

Sojourn New Albany

  • 2023 Ekin Avenue, 47150
  • 9am and 11am Sunday, March 31
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