In this phase, life is full of changes and challenges where students are asking who they are, where they belong, and why there's never enough food in the house. At the heart of it, they want to see who actually cares.
We partner with parents to affirm the identity on young people as children of God and take greater ownership of their faith.
Weekly MSM Group
6th – 8th graders
Beginning Sunday, August 21
MSM Group 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 4:30-6:30 pm at our Mill Run Campus, for small groups and a few large group games. New friends are always welcome.
All of our middle school growth workshops are foundational, faith-building classes to prepare students for high school confirmation and the Christian life.
2022-23 School year – Lord's Prayer
2023-24 School year – Ten Commandments
2024-25 School year – Apostles' Creed
If students need to take a workshop online, click below for registration.
MSM Group this Fall
Launching August 21 - Mill Run Campus
We can't wait for another year of MSM Sundays! Sixth through eighth graders will have an awesome time connecting with peers, learning from the Bible with incredible adult leaders, and plain old having fun!
All kids are welcome, spread the word!
Contact Kelsey Bacon for more information.
MSM Late Nighters
Save the Date: Friday, September 9
Students won't want to miss our Later Nighter events! Join us for the fall event on Friday, September 9, 6:00-11:00 pm at the Mill Run Campus. We'll play crazy games, eat, hang out, and make new friends.
It's a great event to invite new kids to MSM.
Contact Kelsey Bacon for details.
Middle School Summer Camp
Middle School Camp is for students finishing grades 6-8. We head 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.
Summer 2023 schedule to be announced.
Partnering with Families
In this phase, life is full of changes and challenges where students are asking who they are, where they belong, and why there's never enough food in the house. At the heart of it, they want to know who actually cares.
We partner together with parents throughout the roller coaster that is middle school, affirming teens' identities as children of God and leading them to take greater ownership of their faith.
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.
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.
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. Click Here for more information.
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.
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 pastors and staff, it’s the best way to get connected and understand how we are living out our mission and vision.
Offered online each second Sunday of the month
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 Workshop (attendance is required for the first child only). Workshops are now offered online 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.
Middle School (MSM) Group
MSM Group 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 4:30-6:30 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.
Many volunteers are needed to help make our Sunday Gatherings possible each week. Please contact Aaron Thompson if you are interested in taking the next step to find a place to serve.
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.
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
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.
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. Learn More.
Kids' Church (3 yrs - 5th Grade)
For 3-year-olds – fifth graders
Children gather on Sunday mornings, at 9:00 or 11:00 am for an engaging experience with Bible teaching and small group time. Click here for more info
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 email@example.com, 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.
First Communion (5th Grade and Older)
Elementary student and parents – 3 sessions
Hear and learn how Jesus comes to us and gives us himself through communion and baptism. At the end of this workshop, kids have an opportunity to be baptized if needed, and encouraged to start taking communion regularly with our congregation. Next workshop will be in winter, 2023.
High School (HSM) Group
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.
Following Jesus in the Second Half (of Life) Workshop
Explore God's call in this next phase of life as well as opportunities to grow, serve, and impact your world. Discover biblical resources that address the challenges and the opportunities.
The Ten Commandments Workshop
6th-8th graders and parents | 4 sessions (online only)
Learn the meaning of the Ten Commandments and their value in life today. Register for the online workshop here. The online format is especially helpful for students who need to catch up with UALC workshops. Fee is $10 per student. Contact Kelsey Bacon
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.
The Lord's Prayer Workshop
6th-8th graders and parents - 4 sessions (online only)
Learn the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer and how to pray. Register for the online workshop here. The online format is especially helpful for students who need to catch up. Fee is $10 per student.
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
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
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.
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.
Women of the Word (WOW)
Meet, pray, and discuss with other women as you grow in your understanding of the Christian faith. Includes video teaching, small group discussion, and prayer. The first fall study, “Discerning the Voice of God,” by Priscilla Shier begins the week of Sept. 4. Offered at the following times:
Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm - Lytham Road
Thursdays, 9:15-11:15 am - Lytham Road (Childcare available)
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm - Mill Run
Saturdays, 9:15-11:15 am - Lytham Road
Find information and registration for the September study here. The next study, “Isaiah” by Melissa Spoelstra begins at the end of October.
For women age 18 and older. Friends, neighbors and co-workers are invited. Contact: Christie Masheter.
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.
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 Capstone (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 Capstone. Contact: Dan Kidd
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.
Back to School Blessing
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.
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. New children are always welcome. Beginning Aug. 31, we meet on Wednesdays, during the school year at Lytham Road, from 4:00-5:30 pm (optional game time from 3:30-4:00 pm). Cost is $30 per family. Registration coming soon.
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
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.
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.
Following Jesus After Isolation
Find your “new normal” with this two-session workshop that digs into what Jesus is leading you from and what He is leading you toward. We’ll discuss rhythms of life that keep God at the center as culture re-opens. Registration is open to individuals and small groups. Pastor David White will help pin down any logistics. Contact David White. There is no fee.
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
Soup-er Bowl Sunday - Lutheran Social Services (LSS)
What does offering have to do with the Super Bowl? We typically collect soup donations in February for the "soup-er bowl"... 20% of your offering supports mission partners locally and around the world. As a congregation, we contribute money from the UALC mission fund to support the efforts of Lutheran Social Services. They have the ability to greatly increase the buying power of this financial donation and purchase more food. This is just one small example of how your offering multiplies to support critical work in our community and around the world. Non-perishable donations are collected in the wooden bins at both campuses.
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.
Festa Summer Lunch Camp
Folding clothes to the Glory of God to people in need everywhere! Donations can be placed in the bins marked 'Clothes Closet' at both Mill Run and Lytham Road Campuses. Questions or would like to volunteer, contact Michelle Neeley.
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 - 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 would like to apply, click here to fill out the form. 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.
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 would like to apply, click here to fill out the form. If you have any questions about being an MSM Volunteer Leader, contact Kelsey Bacon.
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.
Fall weekend is Nov. 10-13. 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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
Join us this summer July 30-August 5. Cost dependent on lodging choice. Registration is closed.
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!
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. Download the M2M groups here. Men's Bootcamp is a weekend retreat offered at various times throughout the year. Contact: Carl D'Onofrio or Jeff Schuster.
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.