Tuesday, November 21, 2017
How Can I Serve?

Volunteer Opportunities

UALC offers projects for small groups and individuals.

A Season for Giving

There are many opportunities to be generous this season. Ministries below are looking donations and help. For gift and donation ideas, download an idea list here. Contact Laura Fullen,, for general questions.

Toy Drives

Donated new merchandise is made available in stores for Hilliard City and Caldwell, Ohio, families through SON Ministries and HARP (Helping Appalachian Rural People). These holiday gift stores help families, who could not otherwise afford gifts, to shop for the children in their lives at a very low cost. Children’s items large and small are needed. Stocking stuffer items are also needed. Toys collected through Dec. 3. For a list of toy ideas, click here.  SE Ohio contact: Becky Armstrong, Stocking stuffers contact: Becky Harrass, 

Operation Christmas Child®

From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Packing your own box? Find details here. Volunteers are needed during Collection Week, Nov. 13-20 at Mill Run. Contact Keri Sutter, for details. Shoeboxes can be dropped off at Mill Run beginning Nov. 13, but must be received by 3:00 pm on Nov. 20. Find the drop-off schedule here.

Angel Tree®

Angel Tree® is a program of Prison Fellowship that connects parents in prison with their children through the delivery of Christmas gifts. You choose a family, and then purchase, wrap, and deliver a gift for each child on behalf of his or her incarcerated parent—and in the process, share the Gospel. Pick a family from the tree in the lobby on Sundays, Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3. Contact Erika Mitiska,

Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry

Watch for a list of specific items requested during the holiday season. Monetary donations will be collected Sunday, Nov. 19 and at Thanksgiving services on Nov. 22 and 23. Contact Tom Andres, 

LSS Food Pantry

New and gently used Bibles and non-perishable food can be dropped off in the LSS bins at Mill Run and Lytham Road. To volunteer, contact Tom Andres,

Christmas For Internationals

International and American friends join in fellowship. Bring a plate of finger food to share. Sing classic Christmas songs. Many will hear the story of the first Christmas, perhaps for the first time. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:00-8:30 pm. Register here to get a ticket. Contact Dave Mann,

Additional Items Needed

Scarves, hats and gloves for all ages from infant to teen; socks for preschool age–adults; wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, tissue paper and tape for wrapping stations; non-perishable food items; prayer. 

Coats and Accessories

UALC supports SON Ministries’ Winter Wear Coat Store. Thanks to generous donations, hundreds of coats are purchased for children in the Hilliard School District and Hilltop Preschool. Donations of hats, scarves and gloves for children ages infant to 18 years will be collected through December for distribution by many groups. Sign up to volunteer at the store, or contact Kathleen Turvy,

Family English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

There are many ways to get involved with families who want to learn English. There are opportunities to work with all ages including:
Academic Support: for school-aged children (K-8) with homework, support children on educational websites and facilitate math and language arts games.
Indoor Recess: Joyfully oversee and interact with children (K-8) in an indoor recess environment. Recreation, Legos, board games and craft tables.
Early Childhood: Care for and pour into young children (3 months-pre k) with love, language and learning. Early Literacy and kindergarten preparedness emphasized.
Snack Angels: Children at the Program often arrive hungry, In order to help them learn and play better, we supply a light, healthy meal. Sign up as an individual or as a group.
Adult Hospitality: Adult ESL students enjoy community during a class break for fellowship, coffee/tea and a light snack.
Volunteers of all ages are needed and frequency is based on your schedule. Tues. and/or Thurs. evenings, 6:00-8:30 pm, at Mill Run. Contact Dave Mann,; or Kim Emch,; or visit

IFI Bible Study and Training 

Support the International Friendships (IFI) Friday night Bible study by providing and serving dinner. This is a great small group activity and no training is required. To sign up to help with dinners, contact Jerry Cable, 

God’s Hygiene Help Center

Noticing that food pantries and shelters in her Linden neighborhood had no resources for hygiene items, Tammy Jewell started the Hygiene Help Center. Prayers, coupons, help shopping and packing, and donations of hygiene and home cleaning items are needed. Current need: female hygiene items for schools. Contact Tammy Jewell,

Worship Community Leadership Teams

Each community has a team of leaders who ensure the smooth operation of each worship service, connect members and attenders to Congregational Care and pray for the worship services. There are many ways to lend a hand on Sunday mornings: usher, serve communion, lector, bake communion bread, run sound or slides, pray, and many more. 
Contact a member of the Community Leadership Team to serve:
Lytham Road Traditional - 9:00 am Leaders: Jim Fritz and Charlie Oellermann. Contact
Lytham Road Celebration - 10:30 am Leaders: Eric Schoeff, Kristin Schoeff, and Bruce Wall. Contact
Lytham Road Xalt - 10:30 am Leaders: Steve Bruns, Steve DeWeese, and Shad Good. Contact
Mill Run Sanctuary - 9:00 am Leaders: Steve Heavilin and Bob Masheter. Contact
Mill Run Sanctuary - 10:30 am Leaders: Kathy Felty, Rob Twitchell, and Mark Voltmann. Contact
Mill Run Xalt - 9:00 am Leaders: Diane Mountz, Dan Overmyer, Jen Overmyer, Mike Short, and Katie Ulring. Contact
Mill Run Xalt - 10:30 am Leaders: Lisa Ryan, and Greg Schad. Contact

Connect Center

Share the love of Jesus with members and guests visiting our church on Sunday mornings! The Connect Center serves as a place where people can come to find out “what’s happening” in the church. Mill Run contact is Dawn Griebel, Lytham Road contact is Carole Roys,

Visitation Ministers

As we are called to care for the body, you have an opportunity to care for others by serving as a Visitation Minister. Visit those who are hospitalized, homebound, in care facilities, and connect with people going through various life experiences. Training is provided. Contact Becki Bork,

Retirement Home Ministry

Serving four local care facilities by sharing the love of Christ with residents and staff. We currently need piano players, volunteers to assist residents, and people to lead the service and give a short Bible message. Contact Jeff Morlock,

Worship Tech Volunteers

Looking for additional volunteer sound and slide technicians for our worship services. All training is provided and schedule is flexible. Contact Steve Gill,

Transform Lives and Volunteer with Family, Youth and Children’s Ministries

God is at work here and there are many amazing ways to contribute! The ministries serving children and youth have some specific volunteer roles for you to consider. Many talents needed to work directly with kids of all ages or behind the scenes. We’ll help you find the right fit for your talents and availability. Fill out an online application here, which includes descriptions of volunteer opportunities. Questions? Contact David White,, 614-451-3736, ext 4691.

Community Garden is Harvesting and Preparing Beds for Winter

We strive to deliver Jesus’ love by growing food for the hungry, welcoming immigrants and refugees through gardening and cooking, along with preserving His creation by turning waste into compost. Every Saturday morning through Nov., 9:00 am at Mill Run Garden. Find more information at Contact Todd Marti,

Donate to the Clothes Closet Ministry

Donate gently used clothes, shoes, pajamas, under garments, purses, coats and linens. Volunteers sort items and provide them to various outlets within and outside the community in locations across Ohio. Drop off bins located at Mill Run and Lytham Road. Contact Cathy Shaw, 

Food and Helpers Needed for Lutheran Social Services Food Pantries

Help serve families that come to the Food Pantry at Frebis and Champion, Tuesdays and/or Saturdays. Individuals, families or small groups are all welcome; training is given when you arrive. Don't forget to pick up a few non-perishable groceries and place in the bins at Mill Run and Lytham Road. Contact Tom Andres, for information.

UALC Bed Brigade Ministry

Join our group of dedicated volunteers who build a simple, sturdy, bed and provide them to families in need. This includes the frame, mattress, linens, pillow, Bible, prayer and good cheer. Serving opportunities with the Bed Brigade team include building beds, gathering mattresses, delivering beds while interacting and praying with the families. Contact Dale Cory,,

Worship Community Serving Opportunities 

Mill Run Communion bread baking: Recipe provided. Deliver bread to freezers anytime. Barb Winter,
Mill Run Communion robe care: Help a few hours a month to care for the robes. Kathy Felty, Kfelty@columbus,
Lytham Road Sanctuary pew care: Weekly straightening up of the pew materials. Call the church office.
Lytham Road Xalt service is looking for people interested in serving communion. Contact Marlin Seymour,