weekly update

June 12, 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


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! Thank you again for continued giving and gifts that support our church! It is through YOU that all the amazing ministries of our church are able support our community and beyond!

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



The BUS TRIP TO THE CINCY RIVERBOAT will be meeting on Wed., June 26th at 8:30am in the church parking lot. The bus will be departing at 8:45am. Contact Sue Bailey with questions: 614/805-9645.


I want to extend my thanks for the welcome I have received as I transitioned into my new finance role in our church staff, and the patience with the transition of all our staff roles as well! I am so excited to serve my church family and our community in this new position.

During the month of June, I will be making myself available EVERY Sunday 8-11am for anyone in our congregation who would like to:

  • -          Check in on their year-to-date contribution (for comparison to your pledged amount)
  • -          Verify name/address/email for giving records and statements
  • -          Get help with setting up ONLINE giving
  • -          Or, just to say hi and put a name with a face 😊

I will be sitting at our Welcome/Info. Desk each Sunday 8-11am this month, with access to the Hospitality Room for more private financial conversations.

Thank you again for continued giving and gifts that support our church! It is through YOU that all the amazing ministries of our church are able support our community and beyond!  

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at andrean@gcumc.org or at the church offices.

DIRECTORY PHOTOS! In case you weren’t able to have your directory photo taken in the previously scheduled days, a make-up day as been added. June 13th, 2-8:30pm, a photographer will be taking photos at Story Point. WE ARE SHORT ON HOW MANY PEOPLE WE NEED IN ORDER FOR THIS DAY TO TAKE PLACE. SO IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SIGN UP TO GET THAT PHOTO, PLEASE DO SO ASAP! Please contact Kelli at the church office to schedule your time, 614/875-5612.

Check out the new Monday evening and Women’s Saturday morning BIBLE STUDIES starting in June in the Small Groups/Bible Studies portion!

family & kids

VBS IS COMING UP SOON – JULY 7-11THBe watching for our registration soon. Remember we do VBS family style, and we hope you will join. If you would like to help with VBS, we have lots of volunteering opportunities, so please email pastor Brandi, BrandiB@gcumc.org. And - guess what, we have a WISHLIST ! We will also get tags indicating needs out on the table soon.

MOMS RETREAT - Save the Date! Our moms retreat will be January 3rd-5th. We would love for you to join and ask that you RSVP to Pastor Brandi.DADS NIGHT! Upcoming: 7/7, 8/2, 9/1, 10/4, 11/3, 12/6. RSVP:  Pastor Brandi

SAVE THE DATE! This year's DADS RETREAT will be November 1st-3rd! More information coming soon, reach out to Kyle Jordan or Bo Blackstone with any questions!


Merge is our mid-week family programming. Throughout the school year, it begins at 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings and takes place in our Family Life Center (FLC), BUT DURING THE SUMMER, we have POOL PARTIES that begin at 6pm. Use the usual MERGE link below to sign up!

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

               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)!! 

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 currently studying the book of Revelation.

We are looking for DINNER volunteers! Sign Up here .

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


     Public Sale: June 13th, 8am-5pm; June 14th, 8am-6pm & June 15th, 8-12pm

PURPLE DOOR WOMEN will be meeting on July 8th at 10am in the Hospitality Room. Our main focus is on our church, church family (especially shut-ins) and our community. Questions:  please call or text Jean Davis at 614/282-8590.

BIBLE DRIVE! Thank you to all who have purchased Bibles for our Bible drive. This is a need that is ongoing, and we will ALWAYS be in need of more Bibles. We do have a particular link to purchase. Go to our website to purchase!

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!

MENTAL HEALTH: REAL TALK, REAL SUPPORT A peer-led, social-emotional support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental health struggles. Two meetings a month:

  • 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8pm – The Buckeye Ranch (5665 Hoover Rd.), Mary Dunn Building
  • 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8pm – The Purple Door Church, Fireside Room

For questions, contact Sheri Dunagan at sheri.dunagan@att.net or call/text 614-439-7110. Learn more online: www.RealTalkOhio.org.


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



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 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!


         BEGINS JUNE 24TH
         THE LOVE EVERYBODY WANTS, Madison Prewett Troutt


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • ECPA BESTSELLER • Speaker and author Madison Prewett Troutt shows you how embracing God’s love allows you to truly love yourself and cultivate deep, meaningful relationships.

“Packed with incredibly wise, practical insights and biblical truths, this book will help you find the love that lasts and transforms lives.”—Craig and Amy Groeschel, founding pastors of Life.Church and authors of From This Day Forward

Is there something wrong with me? How many more wrong ones until the right one? Am I hard to love?

Madison Prewett Troutt knows what it’s like to ask these questions in the middle of the night—to doubt and worry about never finding the love so desperately hoped for. But Madi has discovered a deeper truth now, that the love we’re searching for is already ours.

In The Love Everybody Wants, Madi sets aside the shallow messages our culture shouts every day to help us hear God’s beautiful whisper: I have loved you with an everlasting love. And nothing will ever change that.

Drawing from Scripture and stories from her own life, Madi invites us to embrace God’s unconditional love so we can love ourselves well—and never settle for less. The Love Everybody Wants empowers you to

• view relationships in whole, holy, and healthy ways
• rely on biblical strategies for healing when your heart is hurting
• overcome lies such as “I have to follow my heart and feelings above all else”
• understand that a life partner is meant to complement you, not complete you
• look to your future with joy—because you were made to love

This isn’t a manual for how to get a boyfriend or a manifesto for getting married. It’s a book about the abundant love already at your fingertips—the love God has for you. The love that lasts forever, the love that changes everything. The love everybody wants.


         BEGINS JUNE 8TH

         DON’T LOOK BACK, by Christine Cain


Moving on is not a one-time decision. It's a way of living.

There are times in life when we look back and feel desperate to make time stand still, particularly when we get blindsided by unexpected changes. But we can't stop the flow of life, and we can't stop time. What's more, looking back doesn't enable us to go back. More often than not, it just makes us stuck. In a place. In a space. In a memory. In a mindset. In a habit.

In Luke 17:32, Jesus drops three little words: "Remember Lot's wife." We don’t know her name, history, or story. All we know is that when she was fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah, she was told not to look back, and she did the one thing she was asked not to do. She looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. And out of the 170 women referred to in the Scriptures, she's the only one Jesus told us to remember.

With a rallying cry to "Remember Lot's wife," Bible teacher, international speaker, activist, and bestselling author Christine Caine motivates us to stop looking back, to get unstuck and to keep moving forward into God's promises and purpose for our lives.

We may not know all God's plans for us. We may not know where we are going, how long it will take us, or what we will encounter along the way, but with the strategies Christine Caine gives, we can move on from where we are to where God wants us to be.

In this new book, Christine will motivate you to

        stop looking back and start looking to Jesus;

        invite Jesus in to help you get unstuck from the many places we often find ourselves;

        move on from where you are into all God's plans, purposes, and promises for your life; and

        look forward to the future and keep moving toward it in faith--especially when your world is nothing like it once was.

Jesus is beckoning us onward into the newness of what lies ahead. Stop disqualifying yourself by getting stuck in the past. It's time to remember Lot's wife and not look back but move forward boldly.


This study meets every Thursday morning at 10am, but is currently on summer break. Check back near fall for our study for the 2024-2025 year. We have a great group of fun and caring ladies, but gentlemen are certainly welcome too!


Are you creative? Do you enjoy time in the Word? Join the two together, and come hang out with us on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6pm at the church office. Questions? Contact Pastor Brandi, BrandiB@gcumc.org

PURPLE DOOR WOMEN’S GROUP: Join our new group! Our focus is on our church and parishioners/shut-ins. Need more info.? Contact Jean Davis, 614/282-8590.

st. mark's IGLESIA HISPANA campus


We are getting ready for Summer!! Do you know that we have around 60 kids running around in our building because of different activities happening!? We want to invite you to help us clean and get our playground and outdoor areas to have some fun on the summer. JUNE 15 @ 9-12pm we will have our annual summer clean up!! Please bring your gloves and help us getting ready for the Summer!


VBS @ ST. MARK’S IGLESIA HISPANA. If you have always wanted to do a Mission Trip to another country to serve the kids, love them, teach about God, learn the culture and maybe practice your Spanish, here is your Special Invitation! JULY is coming and you can be the hands and feet of God to the west side of Columbus!! Last year, we had 35-40 kids coming to our VBS, and most of them, it was their first time listening about God!!! This year, you can be part of sharing the love of God to them July 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 28!! We need you to pray, help and/or give. You can sign up to help or contact Pastor Lizzy to more information.


JUNE 30 – WE WILL BE HAVING A COMUNNITY EVENT. We will have food for sale (pupusas), a garage sale, car wash, prayer station, kids station and worship!! This year, our church is engaging with our community. Service will be outside of our building to share how BIG our God is! You can be part of this: you can donate to our garage sale, help us by volunteering during our event and PRAY! Please pray so people can see God trough us!!


We offer a small food pantry to our community. If you have food to donate, we look for dry beans, chickpeas, lentils, rice, and pasta; canned goods (tomatoes, corn); cereal; snacks; spaghetti sauce; tuna and chicken.

“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.


After coming back from Mexico, our team realizes that Piedras Negras is a place where our hearts will continue to be. We look forward to future trips back but want to help in other ways until then. The best thing we can do is be intentional with our prayers! But we have also created an Amazon wishlist for ministries that we worked with alongside Hands and Feet. Currently on the list, you will see items for an orphanage that is funded by hosting events and they need resources for the pool/property they are able to use for these events. The money raised by hosting these events funds the needs for all of the youth living in the home. We will continue to add items from other ministries’ wish lists as well. Items purchased will be shipped directly to Hands and Feet for delivery to these ministries. If you aren't able to sponsor an item, we can use donations towards the items as well.  



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.


Our Free Store is open every Wednesday, 5-6:30pm. We serve over 200 people weekly!

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

Monetary donations are also welcome.





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.




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 ONLINE We have a few different ways you can give financially to your church:

  • -          Service Collection Plates
  • -          Giving Boxes outside worship spaces
  • -          ONLINE through Engage
  •  During our services, we pass collection plates as an act of worship in collecting our tithes and offerings in all services.

  • However, this isn’t your only option to support your church financially! There are also boxes outside of the worship spaces where you can drop off your tithe and/or offering.

    Additionally, did you know you can give online? Yes! You are also able to give online through our secure platform called ENGAGE.  

    You can follow the prompts directly through our website by clicking here (“Give ”) and following the prompts. 

    Through our online platform, you can set up a one-time gift or an automated reoccurring gift.

    For help with setting up online giving, or any questions regarding your contributions, please contact Andrea  at the church office.