Saturday, February 24, 2018

UALC Announcements

There's a lot going on at the church. Keep up with our current happenings here.

Watch the current announcement video.

Meditate + Fast + Commune

UALC created a Lenten Meditation Journal, as a way to focus and write down what you might be hearing from God this Lent. Pick one up at the Connect Center. This Lent, your church leadership believes it is time to invite the congregation to join together in an intentional, deliberate fast as we seek God—and we specifically pray for the Call Committee as they continue the search process for our next Senior Pastor. Attend our Midweek Lenten Meditation Services, which are great opportunities to break your fast and set aside some time to worship, reflect, pray, and meditate. Go to for more details.

New Director of Small Group Life

Please welcome Jennifer Jerrome as the Director of Small Group Life. She and her family joined UALC in 2008 and have been serving as a family on Sundays in Kids’ Church and on Tuesdays at ESL. Stop by Lytham Road any morning and introduce yourself to Jennifer, or contact, 614-451-3436, ext. 4693.

Short-Term Missions Informational Meeting

Join our meeting to discuss Summer trips to Caldwell, OH on February 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Mill Run, upstairs in Rooms 3002-3004.  Mary Bates, Director and CEO of HARP, will be speaking, as well as  Dale Cory, with Bed Brigade. If you can't come or if you have questions, contact Becky Armstrong,, or Mark Byram,

O2 Conference is coming to Mill Run on May 12!

If Kickstarter, Ted Talks, and Shark Tank had a baby that grew up in Columbus it would look like this event. It’s an inspirational Saturday evening event where 12-25 year olds present ideas that meet the needs of the Columbus community. People of all ages buy tickets to attend the event and hear from the presenters. They receive dinner and a portion of their ticket goes to fund ideas. Find all the details at O2CONFERENCE.ORG. Tickets are available now, the cost is $10 and includes dinner. Deadline for applications is April 15 so pass on the details to students and young adults.

UALC Quilt Guild Retreat

Quilt on your own projects at your own speed while enjoying fellowship and fun over two days. March 9-10, location tbd. No fees, but register by Feb. 28. Contact Deb DeWees,

February is Pantry Soup Month

Please bring your cans of soup to Lutheran Social Services carts at Mill Run and Lytham Road. Contact Tom Andres,

Women of the Word Bible Study

Join other women to study the newly revised “No Other Gods” by Kelly Minter. This 8-week study will challenge women to evaluate the modern-day idols in our culture and embrace a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Jesus. Four session meeting times start the week of March 1. Fee is $16. Find details and register at Contact Christie Masheter,

Adult Sunday School at Mill Run

Starting on March 4, we will be working through the books of Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. Join us for this new study led by Mark Locher. Sundays, 9:00 am at Mill Run. Contact Judy Webb,

Baptism Workshops

Come to the Baptism Workshop and you can prepare for that next step in your life. Adults, teens, and children of any age are welcome. Parents can learn more about God’s plan for passing faith on to children and how UALC partners with families. The first Sunday of every month, 12:00-1:00 pm, March 4, May 6 & July 1 at Mill Run, June 3 & August 5 at Lytham Road. Find details and registration at Contact David White,

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Learn about Spiritual Gifts, what Scripture says about them and why they are important. Then, discover your own gifts. This is a great class for those new to UALC. Wednesdays, March 7-28, 6:30-8:00 pm at Mill Run. Cost is $5. Find details and registration at

Women’s Captivating Bootcamp

Join other women and take an opportunity to be refreshed and renewed as the Lord speaks to your heart. This weekend’s focus is based on the book “Captivating” by Stasi Eldredge. March 22-25 at Eagle Wings Lodge in Logan, OH. Cost is $285. Find registration and details at Contact Amy Adams,

Start Making Summer Plans

Watch for more details about summer camps and mission trips here on announcements and at
Vacation Bible School – June 11-15
Kids’ Camp – July 15-19
MSM Summer Camp – June 24-28
HSM Summer Camp – June 25-30
HSM Houston Mission Trip – July 8-14
HSM Atlanta Mission Trip – July 16-25
Cedar Campus Family Camp - July 28-August 3

New Fitness Classes Offered and Teams Forming in 2018

Start off 2018 with a focus on fitness in an Christian environment. Everyone is welcome.
Tai Chi/Yoga – Mondays
Weekly exercise class to increase balance, flexibility and core strength while reducing stress in a biblical approach to tai chi and yoga. Mondays starting Jan. 15, 4:15-5:15 pm, Lytham Road.
Christian Yoga – Mondays & Sundays
These classes are for people of all fitness levels and provide a way to enjoy Yoga in the presence of God. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm, and Sundays, 7:00-8:00 pm at Mill Run.
REFIT® Cardio Fitness for Women Thursdays
REFIT® is a program for that engages the whole person; body, mind, and soul. This community-centered program focuses on building relationships as well as endurance. Thursdays starting Feb. 8, 6:00-7:00 pm, Lytham Road.
Co-Ed Softball – Sundays
Both men and women are invited to sign up for the new co-ed softball team. Games will be Sunday afternoons, May-August. Cost is $25/person. Must be 16+ years old. Sign-ups are Feb. 4-11. Contact Andy Smith,
Men's Softball – Mondays
Men are invited to join a summer softball league. The season starts in April, and a commitment to the full season is appreciated. Must be 16+ years old. Approximate cost is $30. (Note: only UALC members only are invited to share in the pride of our church and play softball on this team) Shaun Davis,
Men's Softball – Thursdays
Men's Thursday night league is looking for players. Games are fun but still competitive. On Thursdays from May-Aug. Cost is $40. Must be 18 years old. To be placed on a team, contact Roy Bobbitt,
For these fitness class and team details, including instructor information and fees, go to Other sports and fitness options including Tae Kwon Do, Men's Basketball and more are also listed there.

Middle School Ministry (MSM)

MSM Group has Moved to Sundays!
Middle School Ministry Group historically met on Wednesday nights. Come join us as we expand and grow our community, learning, worshiping, and having fun together! Sundays, 4:30-6:30 pm at Mill Run. Register here.
MSM Late Nighter
Come hang out at the Spring Late Nighter for some crazy fun and games, fellowship, and ice cream! Friends welcome. Friday, March 16, 6:30-11:00 pm at Lytham Road. 
MSM Micro Mission
Join us for a two-part introduction to missions and service-mindedness for middle schoolers. Friday night includes a Poverty Workshop to learn about poverty and what God says about it, then come back on Saturday for the Day of Service. Poverty Workshop with dinner—Friday April 13, 5:00-8:00 pm; Day of Service—Saturday April 14, 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
Find MSM details and registration at Contact Kelsey Payne,

High School Ministry (HSM)

“Can I Ask That?” Part Two
Do you have questions you’d like to ask about your faith? We’ll meet to study and discuss topics such as evolution, marriage and sexuality, and the imperfection of the Christian church. Come to all sessions or drop in when you can. Tuesdays, Feb. 13-Mar. 13, 6:30-8:00 pm at Mill Run. 
Find HSM details at Catherine Scurria, or Aaron Thompson,

New Support Groups Starting

Support Group for Caregivers
Are you a caregiver? Would it help to have others to talk to and to pray with once or twice a month? We know that care-giving is lonely stuff and we all need the support and encouragement from others who have been there. Let us know if you are interested in hearing more. Let's not keep doing life alone. Contact Jennifer Jerrome, for more information. We will start up as soon as there are a couple people who are interested.
Support Group for Parents of Children with Mental Illness
A support group is forming for parents of children who are navigating mental illness. This confidential group, formed with the intent of supporting one another through discussion and payer. Contact Jennifer Jerrome, with questions and to express your interest.

Adults 65+

While these are planned with Adults 65+ in mind, all ages are welcome. Contact and register by emailing Pastor Jeff,, or calling 614-451-3736, ext. 4652.
Progressive Euchre Card Party (For all ages)
All skill levels are welcome. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 1:00-4:00 pm at Lytham Road. While this is planned with Adults 65+ in mind, all ages are welcome. Contact or Pastor Jeff at 614-451-3736, ext 4652.
Thursday Bible Study
“The Kingdom of God is Like…” – Learning from Jesus’ parables about King and life in His Kingdom. Thursdays, Feb. 22-Mar. 29, 11:00 am-12:00 pm at Lytham Road.
Monthly Lunch and Program
There will be no monthly program on March 1 due to Midweek Lenten Meditation Services. Join us for the service with communion, followed by a light lunch. Thursday, March 1, 12:00 pm at Lytham Road. 
In-Town Mission Trip
Columbus Dream Center - Prepare and serve a hot meal. Donations are needed; hot dogs, buns, large cans of baked beans, and applesauce can be labeled “65+” and dropped off at the Lytham Road kitchen. Wednesday, March. 7, 11:00 am-2:30 pm, meet at Lytham Road to carpool. RSVP by March 1.
Questions? Contact Pastor Jeff,, or calling 614-451-3736, ext. 4652.

Volunteers Needed to Help Families

The Family ESL Program is a full family educational program where each family member is taking steps out of poverty through education. Children receive academic support while their parents/grandparents study ESL (English as a Second Language) to help them out of poverty. Volunteers are needed in all areas of the program including Early Childhood, academic support, adult classrooms, supplying light meals and more. Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Mill Run. Find details at

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

Help Serve at the Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry at 1460 S. Champion Ave. in March. Tuesdays, March 6 & April 10; 10:00 am-2:30 pm, Saturdays, March 10 & April 7; 12:00-3:00 pm. Contact Tom Andres,

Quilting Ministry for Missions

Join the Beacons quilting ministry on the second Thursday of each month. All skill levels welcome. 11:30 am at Lytham Road. Contact Sue Logan, through the church office, 614-451-3736.

UALC Quilt Guild (for all ages)

Come learn, teach, share a love of quilting. All skill levels welcome. Work on your own or charity projects. Each meeting includes devotions, fellowship, show and tell, tips/techniques, and a teaching. Second Saturday of each month, 9:00 am at Lytham Road. Contact Deb DeWees, ddewees@columbus.

LIFEwalk Ministries

Provides emotional and spiritual support through prayer for those going through difficult or challenging times. A team of two LIFEwalk ministers meet and pray regularly with someone in need.  Find details at Contact Kim Greene,, 614-451-3736, ext. 4723.

Faith of Our Fathers

Studies of American history and understanding current culture through the eyes of the Christian faith taught with DVDs and speakers. Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm at Mill Run. Contact Steve Sikora,

Do You Have an After Hours Care Emergency?

In the event of a Care emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the main church number, 614-451-3736, press 6, and your call will be forwarded to the on-call pastor. If he is unable to answer at that time, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

Inclement Weather

As events or services cancel at UALC due to the weather, please check the calendar at Click “Calendar” in the upper right hand corner of this page,  or the “Weather Cancellation” image on the homepage. Please note that UALC will be closed if a Level 3 Emergency is declared for Franklin County.