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Sunday Worship Services
We gather each Sunday to hear the Word of God and receive His presence and promises to us in Holy Communion, praising the Lord through prayer, song, and fellowship. Find more here.
We are commited to meeting the real needs in our community and around the world. We all have daily opportunities to notice God at work and join in. Click Here to learn more about opportunities to serve.
As we pursue life with Jesus, we want to be more like Him by living with soft hearts, engaged minds, open hands, and whole spirits. UALC offers a variety of resources to support this growth, including organized Small Groups and ongoing Growth Workshops. Click Here to learn more.
Small groups are three or more individuals meeting together routinely in homes and rooms across the city. These groups are central to the relational life of UALC; where we can know and be known, love and be loved, and care and be cared for. Visit ualc.org/smallgroups for more information.
Covering a wide range of topics, Growth Workshop meet us right where we need to mature and prepare us for what’s next in life. Families, individuals, and sometimes whole small groups participate in workshops from time to time to carve out space for phase-specific growth and faith conversations that may not happen otherwise.
We believe that our neighborhoods, workplaces, and communities are places where we have opportunity to join Jesus where He is at work in the lives of others, serving them and sharing the hope that is ours in Christ. Find more here.
Daily Worship - Time With God
The rhythms of our week shape the values in our homes. Between Sundays we worship God at home through studying the Bible, prayer, fasting, laughing with family, sharing a meal with a neighbor, or doing our best at work. Worshiping God with everything means that everything can be worship when we do for God’s glory with an awareness of His presence. Click on this link to access our Daily Bible readings and resources for your time with God.
New Member Class
Joining the Family and Mission of UALC
UALC is a dynamic family always welcoming new people. The New Member Class is made for those who want to learn more about UALC, meet people, and join our community in following Jesus together. Led by our Senior Pastor, campus pastors, and staff, it’s the best way to get connected and understand how we are living out our mission and vision.
Next class begins April 23 at the Mill Run Campus. New Member Sunday is May 21. Find details and register here.
We offer the sacrament to members and non-members, children and adults alike. If you are parents of a young child, you'll first attend a Baptism Class (attendance is required for the first child only). Classes are offered in-person on the second Sunday of every month, 1:00-2:00 pm or by appointment. Parents will hear UALC’s strategy for partnering with families throughout all the phases from birth to college. Adults who've never been baptized but have put their faith in Jesus can contact one of our pastors to talk about being baptized. Find details and register here. After completing registration, Pastor Joe (Lytham Road) or Pastor David (Mill Run) will be in touch.
Middle School (MSM) Sunday Night
MSM Sunday Night is a fun, welcoming community where middle schoolers can come to grow, connect, and play lots of games with friends. We meet every Sunday during the school year from 4:00-6:00 pm at our Mill Run Campus, for small groups and a few large group games. New friends are always welcome. Contact: Kelsey Bacon
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Our UALC ministries and many of our mission partners are in deep need of help, and we are asking for our community to step up and engage in serving. Please click here to look through the list of current opportunities.
UALC Mission Partners
We are passionately invested with our mission partners. We seek to serve our world and invite our neighbors to catch the love of Christ as we serve together to meet real needs in our community. We serve regularly and lead others to serve as we give generously of our time, talent, and treasure. Click here to learn more about our mission partners and local serving opportunities.
Heart to Honduras (HTH)
Heart to Honduras seeks to form disciples who will transform their world -- to foster thriving Honduran communities by developing the gifts and capacities of visionary, engaged, local leaders. In addition, UALC supports Kaleb and Stacey Eldridge who are key HTH workers in Honduras. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hth.org.
Watch a video here about rebuilding hope in Lomas del Aguila after two hurricanes.
Watch a video here about re-planting hope with the communities in our UALC ministry areas.
Lutheran Church of South Sudan (LCSS)
The Lutheran Church of South Sudan is currently living as refugees in several neighboring countries, with its headquarters in Gambela, Ethiopia. We support their seminary, nursing school, and women's programs.
Current ways to engage:
Financial support by giving to UALC Mission Fund, ualc.org/give.
Short-term medical mission team
We are looking for medical professionals of all types for the next trip including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, and others. No specific trip dates have been selected for a mission trip. The earliest will be January 2022. Contact: Donna Locher
International Friendship, Inc. (IFI)
International Friendship seeks to extend life-changing hospitality and friendship to international students out of reverence for Jesus. In addition, UALC specifically supports Rich Mendola (executive director) and Jason Pinschenat (national mobilization director). Find lots more information here. Contact International Friendships; columbus.ifipartners.org. UALC Contact: Jerry Cable.
HARP - Helping Appalachian Rural People
Helping Appalachian Rural People is a Christian organization that works to serve people seeking self-sufficiency, leading to independence by providing spiritual, emotional, and material support. Learn More.
Elementary student and parents (Second grade and up)
Hear and learn how Jesus comes to us and gives us himself through communion and baptism. At the end of this class, kids have an opportunity to be baptized if needed, and encouraged to start taking communion regularly with our congregation.
A parent only class goes over the foundations of the sacrament, followed by a parent and child class. Younger and older children will rotate through course materials in small groups based on their age and grade.
Next class at the Mill Run Campus:
Parent class - Feb. 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
Parent and Child class - Feb. 19, 2:00-4:00 pm
Questions? Contact: Melissa Davis
God's Hygiene Help Center
Our mission is to help people in need and living in poverty to live more dignified and comfortable lives. We provide hygiene products, feminine hygiene products, school supplies and winter accessories to people who cannot provide these items for themselves. Contact Diane Hendrickson.
Anyone struggling with life issues such as alcoholism, overeating, codependency, sexual brokenness, or financial problems can find help here. Celebrate Recovery is a Christian, 12-step program dealing with all sorts of hurts, habits and hang-ups. Meets Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lytham Road. Ask more information through our confidential email: Celebrate Recovery.
Clothes Closet & Such
Supplying gently used clothing, shoes, and small kitchen items to those in need in the Greater Columbus area and Ohio. Donations can be dropped off at both campuses. In the Ministry Exchange Center (Lytham Road), and on the dock (Mill Run).
We welcome volunteers to help organize donations. We meet Wednesdays, 9:00 am in basement of Mill Run. Questions? Contact Michelle Neeley.
High School (HSM) Sunday Night
Join other teens in a discipling community, where we check in on each other, study the Bible, pray, and serve others together. Meets on Sunday, 4:00-6:00 pm, at the Mill Run Campus. For information and to get plugged in, contact Steve Almquist.
Living in a Digital World (3rd grade and older)
Elementary student and parents – 1 session
Our kids use devices and need guidance and wisdom from you, their parent, along with their faith community. You'll walk away with a framework to guide you and your child as they grow. Contact Melissa Davis
Season for Giving
During the holiday season, many UALC ministries and partners are looking for additional help and resources. We call this the "Season for Giving." More info.
UALC Preschool and Kindergarten
Following Jesus with Your Grandkids
A growth workshop for grandparents who desire to nurture grandchildren in their faith development and leave a legacy of faith.
Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
As a believer, each person is an important part of the Body of Christ. God has blessed you with specific spiritual gifts to use in serving Him and others. This inspiring, four-session workshop will help you identify those gifts and how they work together with your personal style and passions. Serving God with your gifts can be life-changing and rewarding. Contact Terry Starr
Nursery - Worship Information
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” We value intergenerational worship at UALC! God also put the wiggle in children, so don’t feel like you have to suppress them in worship. Feel free to bring a bag of fun to keep hands busy, while your kids take in way more than we give them credit for as they worship with you. The nursery (for ages 3 months - 3 years) is available at both campuses during the 9:00 and 11:00 am services. You can also stream services at home at ualc.org/worship. Questions? Contact UALC Nursery
A dedicated space for teens at both campuses, open after each service on Sundays, during the school year. Donuts, games, and hanging out with other teens and youth leaders. Contact Kelsey Bacon.
SE Ohio / HARP Mission Trip
Join a team to travel to rural southeast Ohio and help people in the community with light construction projects, prayer & care, bed building, or other projects. UALC organizes trips throughout the year.
Women of the Word (WOW)
Meet, pray, and discuss with other women as we study "Isaiah" by Melissa Spoelstra. Over seven weeks, learn to trust in God's character and comfort. Begins the week of January 2. Offered at the following times:
Tuesdays, 6:45 - 8:45 pm - Lytham Road (Begins 1/3)
Thursdays, 9:15 - 11:15 am - Lytham Road (childcare on request, begins 1/5)
Thursdays, 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Mill Run (Begins 1/5)
Saturdays, 9:15 - 11:15 am-Lytham Road (Begins 1/7)
For women 18 and older. Purchase a study guide from your preferred online resource. No fee, but registration is required. Click here for information and to register
Contact: Christie Masheter
Can I Ask That? (9th-12th Graders)
From the very beginning, faithful followers of God have embraced our curiosities. The Bible abounds with big, difficult, important questions. Part of being a Christian in a community of Christians is exploring—fearlessly and earnestly—how our faith makes particular claims on every part of our lives: heart, soul, mind, and strength. This course will address the question. and doubts our HSM students express. Contact: Dan Kidd
Confirmation (9th-12th Graders)
9th-12th graders and parents (1st session with parents)
UALC celebrates this important season where students begin the adult life of following Jesus. Delve deeper into the foundations of the Christian faith and learn practical ways to be a daily follower of Jesus. Please attend at least one retreat or camp and one mission trip prior to Confirmation. Contact: Steve Almquist
Congregational Meetings are held at least two times per year. Meetings include presentations of financial reports, voting on nominees to Church Council and Nominating Committee, and updates from the senior pastor and leaders.
Go to ualc.org/council for more information.
Financial Peace University (FPU)
FPU is a nine-week series where you'll learn how to manage your finances and get out of debt. You can prepare for your future; be it family, education, or retirement.
For children in grades 3-6. We sing, enjoy high-energy games, look in the Bible, enjoy a winter late-night retreat and a spring musical event. We sing in Sunday and holiday church services. Meets on Wednesdays during the school year, Aug. 31, 2022 - May 3, 2023, at Lytham Road, from 4:00-5:30 pm (optional game time from 3:30-4:00 pm). Cost is $30 per family. Register here. New children are always welcome!
Contact: Laura Natalie and Dulcy Delcamp. Email Carol Choir.
Alpha is an 8-session workshop for anyone who wants to explore the meaning of life, contemplate Jesus for the first time, or enhance their faith. The video teaching and group discussions present the basic, universal elements of Christianity. The intent of Alpha is to answer the biggest questions of life by pointing people to God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This life changing experience will better equip you to deal with life in this chaotic world. You may also use the materials in your small group and have a facilitator join your typical schedule. Contact UALC Alpha or David White.
Middle School (MSM) Mission Experiences
Throughout the year, we have multiple service opportunities. We go on a local mission trip serving throughout Columbus in the summer. We also do a two-day poverty-focused mission experience called the Micro Mission in the spring, as well as other one-off service experiences throughout the school year. Contact Kelsey Bacon
Following Jesus in Your Marriage
Marriage is God’s idea. Not only is his image reflected in the relationship between husband and wife, but he supplies all that is necessary to make couples thrive. This three-session workshop is designed to strengthen your most intimate human relationship. Discover biblical principles and foundational tools to improve the health and happiness of your life together. The workshop is open to individuals and small groups.
Finding God in Your Workplace
Learn how your workplace can be a place to follow Jesus' call to love God, others and be part of His mission. Three sessions available for small groups or individuals, led by a facilitator.
If you're a member, you are welcome to contact the UALC office to discuss scheduling your wedding service and reception at our Lytham Road or Mill Run Campus. For more information, contact Nichole Bellair
UALC Community Garden
The Community Garden at Mill Run supplies 15,000 lbs of fresh produce for individuals and families in Hilliard and surrounding areas. For vegetables, or to help in the garden (full families welcome), contact our garden stewards with any questions. Come on out on Saturday mornings, we have all the tools you'll need, (early spring-late fall). Contact: Todd Marti, or Irma Chon
Festa Summer Lunch Camp
Festa 3-Generation Family ESL Program
(English as a Second Language)
Family Serve (Community Garden)
For small groups, individuals, and families with kids of all ages are welcome. Join us at the UALC Community Garden for a brief discussion on what Jesus has to say about putting our faith into action. Then we will work together in the garden that feeds people in our neighborhoods. Small groups can set up a time and date that works for you. Contact: Melissa Davis
Volunteer - High School Ministry (HSM)
We are looking for individuals who love the Lord and enjoy serving, befriending, and discipling young people. Our volunteer leaders are a valued part of a community that is committed to discipling our high schoolers. Volunteers serve as small group facilitators each Sunday throughout the school year, they pray with and for our students regularly, and have the opportunity to join and lead students on mission trips, retreats, and other special events. Most weeks this is a 3-4 hour commitment (the majority of which will take place on Sunday). If you have any questions about being an HSM Volunteer Leader, contact Steve Almquist.
Volunteer - Middle School Ministry (MSM)
We are looking for individuals of any age who love Jesus and desire to love and serve middle schoolers. As a volunteer, you can serve as a small group leader, helping to facilitate the events of MSM and discipling students in a small group, or on the hospitality team, which helps with set up, tear down, check-in, and food. Volunteers serve on Sundays throughout the school year, meet regularly with their fellow leaders to grow together, and have the opportunity to join and lead students on mission trips, retreats, camp, and other special events. Most weeks this is a 3-4 hour commitment (the majority of which will take place on Sunday). If you have any questions about being an MSM Volunteer Leader, contact Kelsey Bacon.
Volunteer - Kids' Church
We are looking for adults who love Jesus and love kids. Volunteering consists of serving as small group leaders each Sunday morning throughout the school year. Depending on the age group you volunteer in, your Sunday morning commitment looks a little different. For Preschool leaders you lead a group for the entire worship hour with teaching a Bible story, playing, singing, and leading activities. Kindergarten- 5th grade have Kids’ Church small groups for about 20 minutes during the worship service. Leaders teach the Bible lesson, connect with kids by praying and playing a game each week. All curriculum is provided, and all activities are prepped for you, ready for you to use each Sunday morning. Most weeks this is a two-hour commitment (the majority of which will take place on Sunday). If you have any questions about Kids’ Ministry, contact Melissa Davis.
The nursery is seeking Jesus-loving, caring, nurturing staff who love babies and toddlers. Each Sunday and during the week, we offer nursery care at both Lytham Road and Mill Run. We are in need of more workers to provide for the needs of parents who would like to participate in a worship service and weekday ministry program. Your commitment is flexible whether one day, or more per month. This is a paid position. To apply to serve, contact Nursery Coordinator for an application and information.
Calling all bakers! Kairos needs chocolate chip cookies for Kairos Prison Ministry Weekends!
Bake and pack one dozen cookies per one-quart ziplock bag. These should be homemade chocolate chip cookies. Insert one dozen cookies in each one-quart ziplock bag (no bags with zipper tabs), and mark them with "Kairos" and store in the Mill Run or Lytham Road general freezers.
Women's 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. You'll explore key questions about who God intends you to be and the spiritual battle for your heart. The weekend is at the Eagles Wing Lodge in the Hocking Hills about an hour from Columbus. Download the brochure for more information. Cost is $285.
Spring weekend is April 27-30, 2023. Register here.
Contact Amy Adams
MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers)
Provides social, physical, spiritual and creative opportunities for moms with young children—birth through kindergarten, and expecting moms. We meet in-person during the school year, Sept. 20, 2022-May 16, 2023, on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 9:00-11:15 am at Lytham Road Campus. Join us and enjoy guest speakers, sisterhood, and meaningful conversation. Cost includes childcare. Costs and registration here.
Contact: Breanne Boeke and Lisa Laveen-Winkle, email MOPS.
UALC has a library at each campus filled with engaging, faith-based resources! Convenient self-checkout system and an online catalog! Bibles, Books, DVDs, and audio resources for all ages.
How Do I Check Out an Item?
We use a self-checkout procedure — directions are posted on the desks. Please return items promptly so we can continue to circulate the excellent resources that God has provided. If you need to keep materials longer, please let us know. Locked DVD display cases are located near the receptionist's desk and may be accessed when a receptionist is on duty.
• Books and music circulate for one month.
• DVDs should be returned next Sunday.
• Return items to either building.
Need Help? Contact UALC library
Men's Bootcamp Weekend
John Eldredge, author of "Wild at Heart," will help us explore key questions about who we are as men, who God intends us to be and the spiritual battles that surround us. It’s a time of peace and introspection, healing and restoration, laughter and camaraderie, and a charge to become the warrior and lover you were meant to be. Watch a Wild at Heart trailer video about the material.
Bring your fishing gear for the stocked pond, your hiking boots for the trails or swimsuit for the hot tub. But most importantly, get ready to experience God and brotherhood like you never have before. Cost: $295. Watch a UALC video about the weekend.
"GRANDS" Small Group
A group of grandparents meeting to study God's Word and encourage one another as we strive to help our grandchildren follow Jesus. This group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 9:30-11:00 am at Lytham Road. All grandparents and step-grandparents are welcome. Contact: Christine Thompson.
UALC Ministry Teams
Because we believe that everyone has gifts from God for ministry, various ministry teams are formed to carry out community outreach through youth and adults. To learn about serving on a ministry team, contact Jonathan Nasby.
Family Camp at Cedar Bay
Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, just 45 minutes from the Mackinac Bridge. This 30-year UALC tradition gathers more than 100 members and their friends. Accommodations include camping to lodges ranging from single-family units to ten-bedroom lodges. With 500 acres and six miles of beautiful Lake Huron shoreline, Cedar Bay provides lots of recreation including sailing, swimming, hiking and fun for all ages. Each day has opportunities for growth and refreshment as we grow together in Christ. The camp is located in Cedarville, find the map here.
Cost dependent on lodging choice. Dates for 2023 will be announced soon.
Middle School Summer Camp
Middle School Camp is for students finishing grades 6-8. We go to Woodland Lakes Christian Camp in Amelia, Ohio for a week of outdoor adventures, awesome teaching and worship, and hanging with friends. UALC members, non-members and friends welcome.
Kids' Camp (Summer)
Kids’ Camp is for kids finishing grades 2-5 for five-days and four-nights at Woodland Lakes Camp in Amelia, Ohio. UALC members, non-members and friends welcome. Come hear and sing about Jesus, as we make new friends swim, traverse a climbing wall, zipline and more!
Summer camp 2023 is July 16-20. Registration opens Jan. 28 and closes June 1. Details coming soon.
7 Day Bible Art Challenge
All artists are invited to participate in the UALC 7 Day Bible Art Challenge competition. Youth and adult artists have one week to create an artwork based on a passage from the Bible. Artwork is juried and cash prizes are awarded.
Find details and registration for the 2023 competition. Registration deadline is Feb. 12, 2023. Competition is Feb. 15-22, 2023.
Mission and Seminarian Financial Support
UALC provides financial support for seminarians and the mission work of both individuals and agencies. Our Missions Committees are responsible for the screening process that qualifies this funding. Please click here for additional information.
Men To Men (M2M)
M2M (Men to Men) helps UALC’s men fulfill their call from God to lead in their homes, church, and community. Weekly Bible studies in neighborhood groups, special training events and outreach.
Contact: Carl D'Onofrio
Kairos Prison Ministry
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to impact the hearts and lives of incarcerated men, women and youth, as well as their families,to become loving and productive citizens of their communities. www.kairosohio.org. Contact: Jim Daily
North African Outreach
UALC supports a local Christian congregation that reaches ex-patriates living in the area. As North Africa is a stepping stone to Europe for African college students, many people from sub-Saharan Africa attending local universities have an opportunity to hear the Gospel. Contact Dave Mann.
Pregnancy Decision Health Center (PDHC)
Lutheran World Relief (LWR)
Founded by Lutherans in the United States at the end of World War II, grounded in Lutheran theology and building on decades of experience, Lutheran World Relief tackles global poverty by helping people adapt to the challenges that threaten their livelihoods and well-being. “At Lutheran World Relief, we envision a future where all people, in every corner of the world can live full, dignified lives.” Web: www.lwr.og Contact: Pastor Dave Mann.
United World Missions (UWM) - Callie (Wulf) Fulton
Unreached People Group Training
This ministry reaches out to areas and people groups that have little if any possibility of hearing the Gospel. UALC supports leaders who train local believers to spread the Good News to unreached people groups. Contact Dave Mann.
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Food Pantries
Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) – Nathan and Sarah Esala
The Esalas have completed the translation of the New Testament in Konkomba, a language of northern Ghana. Nathan has recently received his Ph.D. in linguistics. Sarah now serves as a regional director for numerous translation projects in several countries.
Helping Hands Health & Wellness Center
The mission of the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is to be the caring hands of Jesus to provide medical care, health education, counseling and social services to those with needs. Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center is a community, faith based, free medical clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured adults whose income is at or below 400% of the federal poverty guidelines. 614-262-5094. Located at: 5100 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.