Tuesday, September 25, 2018

UALC Announcements

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

Watch the current announcement video. 

Hurricane Florence Relief

To make a contribution where 100% goes to Hurricane Florence relief, you can make donations through the North American Lutheran Church. Donate online: and click on Donate. You may also mail checks payable to: North American Lutheran Church, 2299 Palmer Drive, Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112-2202 (Check Memo Line: “Disaster Response Fund”).

Congregational Meeting – September 30, 12:00-3:00 pm, Mill Run

Join us at the Congregational Meeting to approve the 2019 budget, extension of pastoral calls and the Hilltop property transfer. A light lunch will be served, and childcare is available. Budget discussion forums will be held that morning: 10:00 am at Lytham Road and 11:00 am at Mill Run. Information about the transfer of the Hilltop property was mailed to the congregation the week of Sept. 2 and an open forum will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 pm at Mill Run.

International Partners

Come hear David and Jul Stone, long-time international partners, share how the love of God is communicated in very different cultures. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Mill Run, immediately following the congregational meeting (scheduled until 3:00, but could end early). Dessert available.

Hilltop Property Transfer

Find more information about the Hilltop property transfer on the FAQ here. Bill Wulf, Past Council Chair, and Wes Thompson, Lead Pastor of Veritas West Church, share about Hilltop in this video here. We invite you to join an information meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 pm at Mill Run. You may also submit questions at

Pastor Taphorn Sabbatical

I’m pleased to share with you that Pastor Brodie Taphorn has been approved for a sabbatical leave. Brodie will be on leave during the months of October and May-July, 2019. Sabbatical leaves for our pastoral staff are designed to support and stimulate their growth as servants of this church, and usually make provision for appropriate rest and personal and professional development in order to strengthen their ministry. UALC pastors who receive the benefit of a sabbatical leave are expected to return to their roles. Please join me in praying prayers of thanks for Brodie and prayers for his growth and service here among us. -Pastor Steve

Wedding Coordinator Positions Open

UALC is hiring wedding coordinators to join our wedding team. A wedding coordinator works under the leadership of the wedding director and will meet with the engaged couple once the church/pastor is secured, talk about details of the wedding but also help walk alongside the wedding couple as they navigate the wedding plans, showing them Jesus all along the way. Contact Tori Short, to apply.

Join UALC!

Becoming a member is a simple process at UALC and we believe it’s important to get connected into the church. Find details and registration at Contact Judy Webb,

Extended Summer Worship Schedule

For more details about the schedule, visit

UALC Preschool Celebrating 50 Years!

This fall, UALC’s Preschool and Kindergarten celebrates 50 years of offering high quality, part-time programs for 3-, 4-, 5- year-olds based on Christian values. As we plan our celebration, we’d love to hear from families who attended the program over the years. Please take a moment to fill out a short online form or contact the preschool office. Find details and the form at Contact Jodi Coleman,, 614-451-3736, ext 4633.  

Baptism Workshops

Prepare for your baptism or your child's by participating in this workshop. Workshops are on the first Sunday of the month, 12:00-1:00 pm at alternating campuses. Lunch is provided; find location details, and register here. David White,, 614-451-3736, ext. 4691.

Family, Youth & Children’s Ministry 

Pre-K and Elementary 
We’ve designed our preschool ministries around a child’s specific phase of life. We love little ones and we’d love to be your partner for pursuing healthy growth and faith. Contact Andrea Taphorn, Find details and registration for events and Next Step Workshops at and
Middle School Ministries
We’ve designed our middle school ministries around your student’s specific phase of life. We love middle schoolers and we’d love to be your partner for pursuing real-deal discipleship. Contact Kelsey Payne, Find details and registration for events and Next Step Workshops at
High School Ministries 
We’ve designed our high school ministries around your student’s specific phase of life. This fall we are inviting friends, diving deeper into scripture, and taking new and exciting steps in our faith. Contact Aaron Thompson, or Jon Zawodny, Find details and registration for events and Next Step Workshops at
Discipleship at this age of important decisions and independence is full of big questions. We offer summer and school year opportunities to be discipled one-on-one or in small groups by an adult who will encourage you in your next steps of life and faith. If you are part of UALC but go away for school this can still be an incredible thing in your life. Contact David White,

Adult Sunday School 

In-depth Bible study and discussion. At Mill Run, 9:00 am, and Lytham Rd, 10:15 am, we’re studying the Book of Acts. Open to all. $5 fee, starting Sept. 9. Leaders: Mill Run, Mark Locher; Lytham Road, Barbara Masten and Charlie Oellermann. Contact Judy Webb,

Next Steps for Adults

How Do You Serve God? 
Do you know your spiritual gifts and are you using them as God intends? Discover Your Spiritual Gifts will help you identify your spiritual gifts, your personal style and your passions so that you can serve God and others joyfully and enthusiastically while following His will for your life. Offered throughout the year and available for small groups. Find details at Contact Terry Starr, 

Small Groups and Studies

Small Group Life 
Small groups are a place to make connections outside of Sunday worship. They provide opportunities to experience new relationships, practice true discipleship and simply live life together. Acts 2:46-47 describes the Fellowship of Believers, which we are called to be a part of. If you’re looking for a way to get connected, please fill out the Help Us Get You Matched Up form at Contact Jennifer Jerrome,
Seven-Day Bible Art Challenge 2019 
You’ll have one week to create an original artwork based on an assigned Bible verse. Youth and adult artists are welcome to enter. Find details and registration at Registration closes Wednesday, Feb 13. Seven-Day Challenge: Feb. 20-27. Contact
Quilt Guild 
Come learn, teach, and share a love of quilting. Retreat: Nov. 9-10 at Mill Run. Meetings: Second Saturday of each month, 9:00 am-12:00 pm at Lytham Road. Contact Dee Wagner, 
Intergenerational Discipling 
For parents and grandparents interested in building family strengths across generations, for the purpose of nurturing and discipling children. We will cover topics of love, communication, commitment, stress, and faith during this 12-week course. Wednesdays, Sept. 19-Dec. 12, 6:30-7:45 pm at Mill Run, $10 fee. Contact Christine Thompson,

Adult Enrichment

For a list of all adult activities and for more information, contact or visit
Progressive Euchre Card Party 
Never played? Come and learn—all ages welcome! Bring a friend and a snack to share. Tuesday, Sept, 25, 1:00-4:00 pm at Lytham Road. 
Monthly Lunch and Program 
Joins us once a month after the Thursday Bible Study for a catered lunch and program. 11:45 am-1:00 pm at Lytham Road. Cost is a donation.  
Thursday, Oct. 4 - Jerrome Woods of Schoedinger Funeral Services will present benefits and details of funeral pre-planning. 
Ladies of the Club 
Enjoy lunch and fellowship with other mature single women.
Friday, Oct. 12 - 11:30 am at Joey Chang’s, 3799 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard. 
RSVP to Charlene by calling the church office, 614-451-3736.
Two Daytime In-Town Mission Trips 
Wednesday, Oct. 10 - 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Assist residents of local retirement centers and care facilities or donate homemade pies for our annual Harvest Worship Service and lunch. 

Adult Enrichment Weekends

Renewal - Men’s and Women’s
Recommit yourself to be a disciple of Jesus. The weekend has group and individual time to meditate, pray, share your story, worship and relax. Followed by six months of forming a team to pass along the experience to others. 
Men’s Weekend: Oct. 20-21 at Mill Run, $65 fee. 
Women’s Weekend: Oct. 27-28 at Mill Run, $65 fee. 
Find details and registration at Contact Judy Webb,
Women's Boot Camp
A retreat where you will explore key questions about who you are and who God intends you to be and the spiritual battle around you. You’ll have extended time alone with Jesus. At the Eagle’s Wing Lodge in Hocking Hills. Oct. 4-7, $285 fee. Find details and registration at Contact Amy Adams,

Sports and Fitness 

Find a full list, details, and registration at
Men over 30 Basketball 
Contact Dave Charlson, 
Tai Chi – Mondays 
Contact Pam Mann,
Christian Yoga Fitness - Mondays 
Contact Stephanie Schroer,
Christian Yoga – Wednesdays 
Contact Julie Carter,
REFIT® Cardio Fitness for Women – Thursdays 
Contact Stacey Swanson,
Tae Kwon Do - Ages Eight to Adult 
Contact Angie Edmonds,
Martial Arts for Ages Five - Eight
Contact Ella McWherter,

Support Ministries

LIFEwalk Ministries
LIFEwalk ministries provide 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.
Celebrate Recovery® 
Anyone struggling with life issues such as alcohol- ism, overeating, codependency, sexual brokenness, or financial problems can find help in this Christian, 12-step program. Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lytham Road. Newcomers always welcome. Find details at Confidential contact,
LIFESource reaches out with the hope Christ gives us, to men and women who struggle with sexual and relationship brokenness, such as pornography, same-sex attraction, emotional dependency, extra-marital affairs, sexual abuse, and intimacy problems. All communication is confidential. Contact Mary Lou Garves,
DivorceCare® is a Care, Study, and Support Group for those who are going through separation or divorce. Mondays, Sept. 10-Dec. 10, 7:00-8:30 pm at Mill Run, $20 fee. Find details and registration at Contact Susan Jones,


Prayer Line 
UALC members, or anyone who desires prayer for any need or concern, can share a prayer request. All requests are confidential unless instructed otherwise. Submit a request two ways: call 614-643-4725 or the main church number (614-451-3736, and select option 5); or go online to and fill out the request form. 
Ministry Time 
Prayer time during and after worship services, for anyone who desires prayer through the power of the Holy Spirit. Contact Buff Delcamp,
Weekly Prayer Request Group 
Be a part of our weekly prayer group and pray for our ministries and our outreach to the world. Find details at for requests and the option to sign up for weekly email. Contact Buff Delcamp,

Community Outreach 

The World is Coming to Columbus! 
International Friendships, Inc (IFI) partners with universities and Christian volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars, and their families. You and/or your small group can support the IFI Friday night Bible study by setting up or providing and serving dinner, no training is required. Some IFI volunteer opportunities require training like hosting students for holidays, being a conversation partner, etc. Help with Friday event at Lytham Road. Contact Jerry Cable, Online training courses available anytime at
Full Family ESL (English as a Second Language) Program
A full family educational program where each international family member is taking steps out of poverty through education, especially in English. Volunteers are needed to work with all ages. Volunteer Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, beginning Oct. 4, 6:00-8:30 pm at Mill Run. Find details at Contact Dave Mann, or Trish Barnett,
Highland Pen Pal Program 
Looking for pen pals to write to 5th grade students at Highland Elementary. Letters are exchanged once a month, and there is a Meet & Greet party at Highland sometime the end of May. Contact Mim Braaten,
Feeding Those in Need 
Serve those in need at Lutheran Social Services (LSS) food pantry by filling orders for non-perish- able food items, assist shoppers with the selection of fresh produce and meat items, make Christian material available, and be alert for opportunities to prayer with shoppers. Contact Tom Andres,
Clothes Closet Ministry 
“Folding Clothes to the Glory of God to people in need everywhere!” What we take? Gently used, clean clothes, coats, shoes, accessories, and linens. Would you like to know more or volunteer? Wednesdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm at Mill Run. Contact Cathy Shaw,
Give Hygiene, Give Dignity 
Donation drive for basic hygiene. Current needs: feminine products, detergent, and diapers. Updates on most needed items: godshygiene. Contact 
Community Garden 
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 community garden. Find details at Contact Todd Marti, 
Bed Brigade 
Help build simple beds for families in need. Volunteers needed for building and delivering beds, gathering mattresses, interacting and praying with the families. Contact Dale Cory, 

Global Outreach

Short-Term Mission Trip 
Have you ever considered going on a short term mission trip? We are in the planning stages for our trip to Honduras in January, 2019. Contact Team Leader Jen Geistfeld,, for an application and information. We are asking you to pray about whether this is your time to join us. Ages 13 and up are invited. Application due September 30. 
Operation Christmas Child 
Pack a shoe box (or two) to send to children around the globe. Find instructions on what to buy and how to pack at Contact Keri Sutter,

Serve at Church 

Encountering God Through Music-Making and Fellowship
We are a group of musicians who seek to lead the Mill Run Sanctuary congregation each week to worship God and to encounter Him in a powerful yet personal way. If you are an instrumentalist, a vocalist, or musician who’s interested in music ministry, please come join us! Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm at Mill Run. Contact Shine Wu,
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,
Family, Youth & Children (FYC) Ministry Teams 
One of the most amazing things about UALC is the way people invest in each other’s lives. You can join a volunteer team serving preschoolers, children, middle or high school students this year. No matter your age or gifts, there is a place for you. Contact any staff member of the FYC team or apply at using the “Volunteer for FYC Application” Form. 
Connect Center 
Help share the love of Jesus with members and guests visiting our church on Sunday mornings. Be a part of helping others know Jesus by seeing His love through your smile, kind words and service. The Connect Center serves as a place where people can come to find out “what’s happening” in the church. Mill Run: Dawn Griebel, Lytham Road: Carole Roys,
MOPS Childcare Volunteers 
While the UALC Mothers of Preschoolers group meet, childcare is provided through our MOPS KIDS program. If you love spending time with kids and are interested in being a blessing to new moms, we’ll find a fit for you. First and third Tuesdays beginning Sept. 18, 9:00-11:15 am at Lytham Road. Contact Laura Natalie,
Seeking adults and teens to “Be a Hero” to elementary-aged kiddos at our Awana program. Awana does Bible teaching and verse memorization exercises. Many roles exist, including some with shorter time commitments as well as prayer warriors and scholarship donors. Training and support provided. Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm at Mill Run. Find details at Contact
Serve your Worship Community 
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 - 
Lytham Road Celebration - 
Lytham Road Xalt -
Mill Run Sanctuary 9:00 - 
Mill Run Sanctuary 10:30 - 
Mill Run Xalt 9:00 - 
Mill Run Xalt 10:30 - 
Check the Know Your Row pads for information on your Community Leadership Team. 

Donating Throughout the Year

During the year we collect items for mission to the community far and wide. 
Ongoing Collections: 
• Hygiene items: diapers, feminine hygiene, soap, deodorant, cleaning supplies, etc.
• Non-perishable food for LSS
• Bibles and Christian materials 
Find details at Drop-off in Ministry Exchange Center or bins at Lytham Road and Mill Run. 
Special Event Collections: 
• Toys: big and small
• Winter gloves, hats and scarves
• Cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry
• Preschool shoes and socks
• School supplies
Details to come at and watch The Cornerstone newsletter for the latest news. 

Looking Ahead 

Winter Coats, Toys and Food 
It’s not too early to be thinking about those in our community who will be in need of winter coats, holiday meals and kid’s Christmas gifts (toys, gift cards and small items for stockings). Watch for details of needed items and volunteer opportunities for the SON Ministries coat drive, Operation Christmas Child, Angel Tree, LSS Food Pantry and Helping Appalachian Rural People. Details to come at

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.