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.
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 Lytham Road Campus, for small groups and a few large group games. New friends are always welcome.
Fall Late Nighter
October 1 | 6-11 pm | Lytham Road Campus
This event is an awesome evening where the middle schoolers take over the church building and eat pizza, play games, and have loads of fun. Bring friends and neighbors to join in on the fun! The event is free.
Special Podcast Series
The UALC Podcast is a great place for faith-building conversations and explorations, and this series about following Jesus with your kids does just that. Check out the episodes about following Jesus with your kids at any age, or the episode specifically about following Jesus with your middle schooler!
Throughout the year, we have multiple service opportunities. Click below to find out more about potential upcoming ways to engage.
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.
Small Groups are one of the primary experiences of Christian community at UALC. A small group is a band of brothers and/or sisters in Christ where you can know and be known, love and be loved, care and be cared for, and grow in Christ together. Small groups meet 3-4 times per month all across town and new groups are always forming. Visit ualc.org/smallgroups 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.
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.
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.
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.
New Member Workshop
UALC is a dynamic family always welcoming new people. Our New Member Growth Workshop is built for those who want to learn more about UALC, meet people, and join our community in following Jesus together. Led by our campus pastors and other staff, it’s the best way to get connected and understand how we are living out our mission to be and to make disciples of Jesus. The next workshop will be on Oct. 17 at Lytham Road, and Oct. 24 at Mill Run, both from 4:00-5:45 pm. Nursery is available. New Member Sunday is Oct. 31 at both campuses. Register here.
Weekly 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 Lytham Road Campus, for small groups and a few large group games. New friends are always welcome. Contact: Kelsey Bacon
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.
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.
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.
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
Kids' Church (3yrs - 5th Grade)
For 3-year-olds – fifth graders
We are so excited for the Kids' Church 2021-22 school year at both our Mill Run and Lytham Road Campuses. It goes from August 29, 2021-May, 2022. (No pre-registration is necessary this year.) All children ages 3-fifth grade meet at 9:00 or 11:00 am for an engaging experience with Bible teaching and small group time. Click here for more info
Congregational Meeting | September 26
Attend the Fall Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 26, 12:30 pm at Lytham Road. There will be a vote on the yearly budget and an update from Pastor Steve. Everyone is also welcome to attend the Budget Discussion Forums on Sept. 26: Mill Run, 10:15-10:45 am; Lytham Road, 11:15-11:45 am. Go to ualc.org/council for more information
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. Fall session begins Sept. 20 through Oct. 18 on Mondays from 6:30-8:00 pm at Mill Run Campus. Cost $10. Register Here. Contact Terry Starr
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. Fall session is on Sundays, 6:00-8:00 pm at Mill Run from Sept. 19-Nov. 21. Cost is $100/family for materials and online FPU membership. Register Here
UALC Preschool and Kindergarten
Following Jesus With Your Baby
For parents and children newborn to two years old. This is a great workshop after you have gone through our Baptism workshop. You'll find this to be both encouraging and useful as you set aside time to think through parenting and spiritual growth. It's not too early for your baby to know they are loved by Jesus. One session. Andrea Taphorn.
Following Jesus with Your Preschooler
Parenting a 3- to 5 -year-old is full of unique challenges and opportunities. At this workshop, preschool and children's ministry staff will share practical insight and useful tips for raising children at this phase of life. Offered once a year at each campus. Contact: Andrea Taphorn
Following Jesus in Elementary School
Elementary student and parents – 1 session
Get a preview of Elementary School ministry at UALC. We will equip you with helpful information and pray you into a new school year full of adventure in growing and learning. Open to all elementary grades. Contact Andrea Taphorn
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 Andrea Taphorn
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. We meet in a bi-weekly rhythm of HSM at Lytham Road (community weeks) and HSM Small Groups (at-home small groups). Both are from 4:00-6:00 pm. For information and to get plugged in, contact Dan Kidd.
Following Jesus After High School
Recent high school graduates
Life after high school graduation is full of major transitions. We want you to be prepared to follow Jesus well in the season ahead, and for the rest of your life. Join other high school graduates to talk and pray through the major changes ahead. Contact Dan Kidd
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
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. Leaders are Greg Schad, director of Crossroads counseling, Stacy Schad, and Pastor Jeff. Workshop is open to individuals and small groups. Next workshop is on Tuesdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 2, 7:00-8:30 pm at Lytham Road (nursery available). Register here. Contact Jeff Morlock.
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
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. Contact: Andrea Taphorn
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
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.
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. We sing in Sunday and holiday church services. New children are always welcome. Meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 1, 2021-May 4, 2022, at Lytham Road, from 4:00-5:30 pm (optional game time from 3:30-4:00 pm). Cost is $20 per family. Register here. Contact: Brittany Burkey and Dulcy Delcamp, email Carol Choir.
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. Register here.
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.
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
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. Visit ualc.org/garden for details. Come on out on Saturday mornings, we have all the tools you'll need, (early spring-late fall). Contact: Todd Marti, or Irma Chon
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: Andrea Taphorn.
Festa 3-Generation Family ESL Program
(English as a Second Language)
Festa Summer Lunch Camp
A USDA Summer Food Service Program partnership between Festa and UALC for children in, grades K–12, who are facing poverty. We serve in many offsite locations in the summer months. Children also join cam with crafts, games, books and supervised activities. For information, visit the website here or contact Kim Emch.
Women Of The Word (WOW)
Meet, pray, and discuss with other women as you grow in your understanding of the Christian faith. This fall join us for "Better," by Jen Wilken. It's a ten week, in-depth study of Hebrews. Includes video teaching, small group discussion, and prayer. Offered at the following times:
Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45 pm - Lytham Road (begins 9/14)
Thursdays, 9:15-11:15 am - Lytham Road (begins 9/16)
Thursdays, 12:30-2:30 pm - Mill Run (begins 9/16)
Saturdays, 9:15-11:15 am - Lytham Road (begins 9/18)
Register here for next WOW sessions. Cost is $3 (participants should purchase the study guide on their own). For women age 18 and older. Friends, neighbors and co-workers are invited. Contact: Christie Masheter.
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 - 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 Andrea Taphorn.
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.
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 would like to apply, click here to fill out the form. If you have any questions about being an HSM Volunteer Leader, contact Dan Kidd.
Kairos Cookies Needed
Calling all bakers!! Kairos need lots of chocolate chip cookies by October 19!
Please 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, please), mark "Kairos" on each bag, and store them in the Mill Run or Lytham Road freezer.
You can drop off cookies on Sundays or throughout the week at either campus. Please store them in the general freezers that are in the main kitchens at each campus.
Contact: Paul Nordman
October 28-31, 2021
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. It is Thursday evening through lunch on Sunday. Download the brochure for more information. Cost is $285. The weekend is currently full, but you can be placed on a waitlist by clicking here. Contact: Amy Adams.
Men's Bootcamp Weekend
November 18-21, 2021
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.
Weekends are offered at various times throughout the year. Next one is Nov. 18-21, 2021. Contact: Jeff Schuster for more information.
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 September 21, 2021-May 16, 2022 on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, from 9:30-11:00 am. Join us and enjoy guest speakers, sisterhood, and meaningful conversation. Cost is $125 for the year and includes childcare. We also have a night Zoom meeting option from 8:00-9:30 pm with a cost of $35. Register here. Contact: Meredith Scott or Alison Thibaut, email MOPS.
SE Ohio/H.A.R.P. Mission Trip | Caldwell, OH | October 6-9 , 2021
Focus: Construction projects (both skilled and unskilled), and prayer and care.
We welcome anyone with a servant heart; both those with handyman skills, and those who would like to do lighter construction projects, and/or prayer and care. Teens age 13 and older are welcome with a responsible adult. Application deadline was Aug. 22.
Cost: stay in local hotel - $275; stay at H.A.R.P. warehouse - $175. Fee includes all lodging and meals.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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. Men's Bootcamp is a weekend retreat offered at various times throughout the year. Contact: Carl D'Onofrio or Jeff Schuster.
Athletes in Action – Rick & Karen Rogers
The Rogers are involved in the administration and discipling ministry of Athletes In Action, who dream of a day when there are Christ-followers on every team, in every sport, in every nation.
Cru - Jacob & Elizabeth Wershing
Reaching university students in the name of Jesus at Central Michigan and Saginaw Valley State to win them to Christ, build them in their relationship and community, and send them into the world as His laborers.
Telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments. While we are often recognized for our work with hotels, we also place and distribute Scriptures in strategic locations so they are available to those who want them, as well as to those who may not know they need them. Follow the Gideons Intl. Blog here.
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.