weekly update

February 14, 2024


We love the time that we get to gather as a community each week! We hope you will invite your friends and family to join us this Sunday at one of our services - 8:30 & 11am traditional services or 9:30 & 11am contemporary


WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT IF YOU MISS ANY OF OUR WEEKLY SERMONS IN EITHER OUR TRADITIONAL OR CONTEMORARY SERVICES, YOU CAN ACCESS THEM ON OUR WEBSITE HERE .


GET INVOLVED! We love being able to serve our families and our community and we have SO many opportunities to plug in at The Purple Door Church. We are fully open and have all of our activities available to our congregation and community! There are plenty of places for you to serve – WE NEED YOU and want to encourage you to check out list of opportunities – go to our website:OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE  . 


PRAYER REQUESTS - We want to remind you that we are here for you! If you need prayer during this time, please reach out to us HEREYou may also drop prayer requests into our Purple Prayer Box in our parking. It’s located at the front of the lot facing Columbus Street.


THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! All who give offerings and gifts to our church! Your gifts help to keep the lights on in the church, help keep the air conditioning unit working, help to keep the water flowing, and the staff paid. Your gifts and offerings help so many ministries inside and outside of the church, so THANK YOU!


We also want to encourage you to check out our NEXT STEPS  tab here on website where you can find in-depth information about our different ministries and events, including Bible studies
and small groups

what's new!

what's new this week at purple door church

NO MERGE TONIGHT!

WE WILL MEET NEXT WEEK AT 6PM FOR A POTLUCK &  ATTEND ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE TOGETHER!


ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – WED., FEB. 14TH, 7PM

Please mark your calendars to join us for our Ash Wednesday service as we embark together on the journey of Lent.

EASTER FLOWERS ORDER DEADLINE EXTENDED – 2/25!
If you would like to order Easter flowers, order forms are available at the Info. Desk. $9/ea. and deadline is Feb. 25th!

TRADITIONAL SERVICE COMMUNION SERVERS NEEDED
If you are interested in serving communion at the 8:30 or 11am traditional service, please contact the church office at 614/875-5612.

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE – MAR. 28TH – 7PM
Join us in our sanctuary for a reverent service as we think about Jesus’ last days on earth.

EASTER – SUNDAY, MAR. 31ST, Normal Sunday Morning Times
Invite your friends and family to join us for a celebration Easter Sunday!

See Pastor Brandi, BrandiB@gcumc.org.

 

PT POSITION AVAILABLE IN CHURCH OFFICE – FINANCE SECRETARY Applications available at Info. Desk. Link to job description here.


WINTERFEAST TICKETS & DONATIONS

WINTERFEAST is 3/1! 

This is our main camp fundraiser and we are grateful for the support all of you give to get the students to camp.  Winterfeast is $15 - includes dinner, dessert and an opportunity to check out some amazing silent auctions.  We hope you will join us.  If you are willing and able, we are seeking donations of deserts and silent auctions. See Pastor Brandi!

family & kids

SCHOLARSHIPS! High school seniors and current college students! Scholarship applications are available. Grab one at the Info. Desk or email Pastor Brandi, Brandib@gcumc.org.

 

DADS NIGHT! Upcoming: 3/3, 4/5, 5/5, 6/7, 7/7, 8/2, 9/1,

   10/4, 11/3, 12/6. RSVP:  Pastor Brandi


CHURCH CAMP will be here before we know it!  This year’s dates are 6/9-6/12 for preteens (those that will enter 5th and 6th grade this coming fall) and 6/9-6/14 for those entering 7th grade or older in the fall. Watch for registration forms for campers and other details soon.  ALSO NOTE: the main camp fundraiser, Winterfeast, will be 3/1.


MERGE! Merge is our mid-week family programming. It begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings and takes place in our Family Life Center (FLC). 


Merge is in an eight-week series, Optical Illusions, acknowledging that things aren't always what they seem.  We will be taking the time to discover the truth in Jesus!


 We ask that you sign up, if possible, as this helps us have enough materials and prepare for the evening: Click HERE 

               On the signup, there are also opportunities to serve, whether it is providing snack, helping with the preteens or sharing the message with the kids.  We would love for you to share your gifts with our families!


PRETEENS (5th-6th)!! 


UPCOMING:

2/17-2/19 Operation Grove City

4/12-4/13 SuperStart

5/31 Putt Putt


HEY TEENS (7th-12th grade)! Teens meet on Sunday evenings, starting at 6pm for a time of dinner, worship, message and a service opportunity.



We are looking for DINNER volunteers! Sign Up here .

UPCOMING:

2/18 Operation Grove City

2/25 Normal Youth



Questions on any of the above or to RSVP for events, contact Pastor Brandi .

If you'd like to visit our Children/Family/Teens page, go here .

all church

ASH WEDNESDAY is February 14th, and we will be having our Ash Wednesday service at 7pm that evening. Mark your calendars and join us as we begin the season of Lent.


TECH We are in need of tech personnel for both our traditional and contemporary services. Able to serve? Contact Traci, 614/439-8558 or traciw@gcumc.org to get plugged in! It’s a GREAT place to be!


FOOD/BACKPACK PROGRAM @ HIGHLAND ELEMENTARY - Will you join us in helping Highland Elementary and their backpack program? This program allows students to have food on the weekends when they are not coming into the school building.  Here are some of the items you can bring in!


Breakfast: oatmeal, pancake mix and syrup, cereal-box or bars etc.

Meal: canned meat, noodles, etc.

Side: Easy Mac, soup, canned pasta, etc.

Drink: Kool-Aid mix, water, flavored water, etc.

Fruit: canned or cups

Veggie: canned or cups


CHOIR! Our Traditional Choir is always accepting new members! Rehearsals every Wednesday @ 7pm in our sanctuary. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Julie .


MENTAL HEALTH: REAL TALK, REAL SUPPORT - What's Happening? We will soon add a second meeting each month at a different location - The Buckeye Ranch! Watch this space for updates!

  • REAL TALK is a peer-led support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental health struggles. Find peace, strength and empowerment in the company of other parents dealing with the same kind of struggles. 
  • REAL TALK provides a safe, authentic space for sharing hard truths, exploring real feelings and celebrating successes.

                         JOIN US:  4th Tuesday of Every Month, 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room.

  • CONNECT ON FACEBOOK HERE .

For questions, contact Sheri Dunagan, sheri.dunagan@att.net or call/text 614-439-7110.


HOBBIES/COLLECTIONS – Do you have a hobby you’d love to share or display for our congregation? Wanted -  volunteers to display in our church display case. Do you have a collection, artwork or themes you’d like to share in the display case? Please call Sandy Reddig at 614/875-5613 or email her HERE .

places to plug in

GET INVOLVED! We love being able to serve our families and our community and we have SO many opportunities to plug in at The Purple Door Church. We are fully open and have all of our activities available to our congregation and community! There are plenty of places for you to serve – WE NEED YOU and want to encourage you to check out list of opportunities – go to our website: https://www.purpledoorchurch.com/opportunities-to-serve.


A LOOK AT WHAT WE NEED: It truly takes the hands and feet of ALL of us to do our part to make this church run day in and day out! We have some AMAZING volunteers who make this place exceptional and a place to call HOME. Here is a look at where we could use some help:

TECH TEAM (both Traditional and Contemporary) - Contact TRACI WURSCHMIDT

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS – Contact PASTOR BRANDI

MONEY COUNTERS – Contact KELLI NEWHOUSE

LANDSCAPE TEAM – Help keep our grounds looking glorious! Kids are welcome! Contact SANDY

HOSPITALITY TEAMS – Contact Pastor Brandi, or sign up HERE .

WE NEED CHURCH OFFICE HELPERS - We need volunteers to work in the church office. You mainly will be answering the phones and other small jobs that might need to be done. If you are available, we need several spots to be filled on a regular basis: the second and fourth Tuesday in the afternoon from 9am-noon and the first and second Wednesday afternoon, 12-4pm. Also, we always need substitutes to fill in spots for our regular volunteers. If interested, please contact PEG ADDINGTON  or 614/270-1639.

prayer

PRAYER BOX – Did you know we have a Prayer Box located in our parking lot? It is a little purple mailbox located in the front of our parking lot facing Columbus Street. Our Prayer Chain is committed to praying for the people of this church and our city. If you have a prayer request, you can drop it in that box at any time. Prayer requests are collected weekly and prayed over by our committed prayer team.



PRAYER TEAM - Prayer is powerful and an amazing gift from God. We have the opportunity to talk directly to our Creator and the ability to pray on the behalf of others. Our prayer team started meeting this past Monday and we will continue to meet every week on Mondays at 9am. During our time together, we will be praying over our Sunday morning prayer requests, needs of the church, our community and nation. We will be prayer walking the church as well. If you are interested in joining, please contact CLARENCE DINNEN.


TO REQUEST PRAYER - If you'd like us to pray alongside you, you may fill out a prayer card during one of our services and put in the offering plate or in the offering boxes outside of our worship spaces; or, you may send an email to commuincations@gcucm.org . We would be honored to pray alongside you.

bible studies

for more info., contact pastor brandi HERE

*RIGHT NOW MEDIA Just a reminder that Right Now Media is available to all of our members as you think about your relationship with God in this upcoming year. Right Now Media is a database FULL of online Bible studies and social groups for individuals, families, children and groups. We often use this media resource in our Bible studies and small groups throughout the year. It’s a GREAT resource for you or for your family to be able to plug in to God’s Word and in the times we use it in our own church group setting. If you’d like to take advantage of this FREE online resource, contact Pastor Brandi to get set up. She just needs your email address. Your faith journey isn’t one you were ever meant to take alone. God made us for community!



         MONDAY NIGHT STUDY, 7PM, VIA ZOOM, BEGINS JAN. 22ND

        THE FIGHT TO FLOURISH, by Jennie Lusko

        WATCH THE TRAILER HERE


       What if your struggles aren't a barrier to thriving, but an invitation into your most vibrant days?

In THE FIGHT TO FLOURISH, Jennie Lusko draws on her experiences after the loss of her five-year-old daughter, Lenya, to show you that the ingredients for a fresh and thriving life are right in front of you. The word flourish is written all over you and your future - learn more at www.JennieLusko.com/thefighttoflourish.


            WOMEN’S STUDY – SATURDAY MORNINGS, 8AM, VIA ZOOM

            IN THE WAIT - 6 WEEK SERIES ON WAITING. 


            Our lives often weave seamlessly in and out of these seasons. Breakthroughs, families, jobs, graduations, homes, and health may all be things you are desperately waiting for. Waits can be exciting, a little scary, moderately annoying, or painfully unbearable. We can all probably relate to a wait, whether now or in the past, that has been all-consuming, that takes our thoughts hostage and doesn’t allow us to think of anything else. Our prayer for this devotional is that we would be reminded of this important truth: God can use seasons of waiting for our growth and His glory.” In the Wait is a six–week study diving into the topic of what it means to wait on the Lord. It offers real stories of hope, biblical application, and action steps to make life happen even in the midst of waiting. The heart of this book is to encourage women in seasons of wait, to not give up, and to fight for full reliance on the Lord. in this study, you will learn • how to listen to God’s voice in this season • how to persevere when the waiting seems impossible • how to find community • how to discover joy during hardships • how to claim victory over your waiting season • how to have gratitude in the midst of it all.



           THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY


     Beginning September 7th at 10am. We will meet every Thursday morning and this year, we are studying the Book of Revelation. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come and check it out. We have a great group of fun and caring ladies, but gentlemen are certainly welcome too!

st. mark's IGLESIA HISPANA campus

PASTOR LIZZY: LIZZYO@GCUMC.ORG

“THE LITTLE HOUSE” - With the help of the Free Store and lots of donations, we have been operating the “Little House” where we can provide different resources specific to the new families in the country/state. These items include household items, bedding supplies, kitchen supplies, kids toys and when we have some, furniture. This has been a blessing to the community and also to share the love of God. We have the opportunity to pray for those families we are serving and give them a Bible. Contact Pastor Lizzy for more information or ways to connect with this ministry: LizzyO@gcumc.org.


As you know, we were looking for a teacher for our nursery and God heard our prayer. We are thankful to have Micah and Yoselin Eller helping with this group. If you are still interested to come to our campus and serve our Sunday School Classes, let us know! REMEMBER: language is not a barrier. Most of our kids go to school here and speak English.


BOOK COLLECTION! We are collecting Christian base books or coloring books (for babies to high school age). If you have some in good condition, we will take them! We have been buying some for our toddlers at the dollar store. This is to share with the kids who are attending the afterschool program in our church.

There will be a box on the Information Desk with a sign

 “Iglesia Hispana / St. Mark’s Campus.”


CAN YOU GIVE A DAY? Do you love your church and cleaning is something you enjoy? Every month, we have a cleaning day at our west side campus, St. Mark’s Iglesia Hispana. Every 3rd Saturday of the month at 9am, we go through our building and make it pretty! Email Pastor Lizzy for more info: lizzyo@gcumc.org.

united women of faith

for more info., contact BRANDI

Looking for a place to fellowship with other women, gain encouragement, give encouragement and grow deeper in your faith? We have several groups (aka “Circles”) that meet regularly throughout the week, have different areas of interests, and we’d love to invite you to find your fit!

 

We currently have three Circles:

REBECCA CIRCLE - meets the third Tuesday of the month @ 11:30am. For more info. or questions, contact Ann Beal (614-371-4472) or Peg Addington (614-877-4200), who are the leaders.

 

HANNAH CIRCLE - meets the 2nd Monday @ noon. For more info. or questions, contact Sue Flowers (614-357-7935) or Nina Riley (614-579-4624), who are the leaders.

 

MIRIAM CIRCLE – meets the 3rd Sunday of each month @ 12:30pm. For more info. or questions, contact Brandi Blackstone (614-402-6706) or Tami Adams (614-545-8887), who are the leaders.

 

Each of the Circles would love to welcome new members. You do not need to be a member of our church. If you are interested in any of the Circles, please free to call the leaders or just show up at a meeting. Our UWF Circles are a wonderful way to meet new people and learn more about what actions they each do to help our church family and community.

MISSIONS

SEED PACKET COLLECTION: The Missions Team is collecting food seed packets again this year. You may drop off vegetable seeds at the Info. Desk in the box marked “SEED PACKETS.” Please no flower packets.

 

TOUCH A TRUCK -

We are having a free Touch A Truck event for the entire family on April 27th from 11-2pm. This event is being sponsored by the Missions Team! We ask that each person who attends, that is able, brings a non- perishable food item(s) or clothing item(s) to fill the church bus for ongoing missions we have at the church. 


Join us for a great day of fun trucks, heavy equipment, and some delicious food trucks! Learn about local services available throughout your city as well as ongoing missions here at our church for our families as well as throughout the city, state, country, and even internationally!!


MISSION TRIPS


INTERNATIONAL MISSION TRIP:

Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.

We are serving with Hands and Feet Ministries on March 23-30, 2024. 

https://youtu.be/5BRgn4mswzk


Be part of this trip PRAYING for them!


CURRENT FUNDRAISERS:


SHOP AT KROGER AND GIVE BACK! Did you know that you can make a financial contribution to our Missions Task Force JUST by shopping at Kroger? It’s simple! All you have to do is link your Kroger Shopping Card to Grove City United Methodist Church.


Go to Kroger.com and log into your digital account (or create a digital account, if not already created).


Scroll down to “Community Rewards” and click. From there, you can select our organization by either scrolling or searching for “Grove City United Methodist Church.” Make sure our name matches our organization number, which is XY804. Enroll. Easy as that! Kroger will make donations to the organization based upon spending of those whose cards are connected to that organization.


Any questions regarding enrollment need to be directed to Kroger individually.


FREE STORE:


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! The Free Store is in need of additional volunteers to help with sorting clothes weekday mornings at 9am.  You choose what day or days and how long you want to work. Come and join us — we would love to have you as part of our team!! Contact John Hampson, 614/313.4666.


Thanks to your generosity, we now have plenty of Adult Men’s and Women’s Winter Coats. WE CAN STILL USE CHILDREN’S WINTER COATS - both boys and girls. 


We are also in need of toiletries: shampoo, toothpaste, and soap.


Monetary donations are also welcome.

 

******PLEASE NOTE: WE ONLY ACCEPT CLOTHING. WE DO NOT ACCEPT APPLIANCES, TOYS, OR FURNITURE.

 

CAFÉ:

The time slots to volunteer in the café are: 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am.

A sign-up sheet will be on the Mission Counter in the café area. If you’d like more info. or to volunteer, contact Pastor Lizzy,

 

Refreshments are available in the café upon donation and all proceeds will go to further Missions projects throughout the year.

 

COMMUNITY MEALS!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THIS MINISTRY.


DON’T FORGET, OUR COMMUNITY MEAL IS THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, 4:30-5:30PM, and is for our congregation, as well as for the City of Grove City!


What is the “COMMUNITY MEAL?” It’s a time for us as the Purple Door Church to come together, to fellowship with one another as it is a meal for our congregation, as well as come together with our community and serve them. It’s a time for us to gather and share God’s Love with others.

 

     What can I do to HELP? There are several ways you can help. 

1.    Preparation - prepare the meal, put to-go bags together, wrap plasticware and cut desserts.


2.  Set up - put up tables & chairs and set the tables


3.  Serve - kitchen servers, table servers and drink servers


4. Tear down - clean up dining room, clean up kitchen, put away leftovers, etc.


5.  Bake - desserts of all kinds are needed (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.)


If you have any questions, please reach out to Angie Russell or 614/270-1743, or contact Pastor Lizzy .

giving

We have a few different ways you can give financially. During our services, we pass collection plates as an act of worship in collecting our tithes and offerings in all services; however, if you still are not comfortable with passing of the plates or bringing your offerings forward, we have taken extraordinary measures so that you can continue to give.


The boxes will remain outside of each worship space where you can drop your tithes and offerings. 


GIVING ONLINE YOU CAN GIVE ONLINE THROUGH OUR PLATFORM, ENGAGE. DIRECTIONS FOR SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT ARE BELOW.

Online giving is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • 1.     Click on “Give” on our website, purpledoorchurch.com
  • 2.     Choose “Forgot Password”. Type your email and if the church has your email in our system, a link will be sent to your email. 
  • 3.     Click on the link in your email and it will direct you to Engage/Suran and you may follow the prompts to set up your account.

Any questions regarding giving, contact Kelli at our church office, 614/875-5612, Kelli

CLICK HERE TO GIVE: GIVE


Further, if you would like to know the weekly financials of the church, you may pick up an info sheet at the Info. Desk.