weekly update

January 26, 2022


This past week, Pastor Dennis wrapped up his sermon series on worship. He gave us practical tips to put into practice to get our hearts and minds aligned in order to become an authentic worshiper and not just on Sundays. Pray. Focus our minds. Diagnose worship viruses that disable our worship. Worship is not a HAVE TO – it’s a GET TO.

Pastor Brandi is in a sermon series entitled AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST. She’s talked to us about carrying around and living out the love of Jesus to those we encounter. We all have circles of influence … how are you influencing yours? 


We want to remind you that we are here for you! If you need prayer during this time, please reach out to us at communications@gcumc.org.

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

family & kids

  • MERGE - WE BEGIN OUR WINTER SESSION TONIGHT WITH A MOVIE NIGHT! This session will continue through Feb. 23rd in a series on Jesus and SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS! We are so excited to continue to learn and grow as we continue to deepen our relationships WITH and BETWEEN our families! There is ALWAYS ROOM FOR YOU! If you’d like to join us, we meet Wednesday nights at 6:30pm! 
  • We do ask that if you plan on attending, that you sign up using our signup genius link so that we have enough supplies for everyone: SIGNUP GENIUS LINK

  • SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS! BRING YOUR BIBLES! We are excited to be walking our children through the Bible this year in their Sunday School class. If they could bring their Bibles with them each Sunday, that would be great! If your child needs a Bible, please contact Pastor Brandi, and she’d be happy to give them one! 

  •  CAMP – Thinking WARM THOUGHTS during this winter season …. And looking forward to CAMP! SAVE THE DATE FOR JUNE 12-17, 2022. Also, don’t forget our annual fundraiser for camp – Winterfeast. It’s March 4th and a great opportunity for kids to earn money towards camp expenses. To sign up to be a part of Winterfeast, contact Pastor Brandi.

Questions on any of the above? Contact Pastor Brandi.

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

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CONGRATULATIONS TO PASTOR LIZZY & SAMMY – This past week, we welcomed Daniel Levi to the Alatorre family! If you’d like to send a card to the Alatorres, feel free to send it to our main office and we will be sure they receive it.

JOB OPENINGOpportunity to Serve – Part-time position available at Purple Door! About 10 hours per week enabling ministry to take place with the Hands On Ministry. This is a custodial position for a few hours Friday evening and Saturdays, as needed. Requirements include cleaning, organizing, setups, teardowns, assisting people and/or groups in successful accomplishment of their ministries. Qualifications: faith, commitment to the Purple Door Church ministry, honesty and integrity, willingness to serve. If interested or if you have questions, please contact Tom Danklefsen, tomd@gcumc.org; 614/214-2496.


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 at SandyR@gcumc.org.


WINTERFEAST – Winterfeast is our annual fundraiser for kids going to camp. It’s a homemade sit-down dinner held in our Worship Center where you are served by our teens! There is also a Silent Auction FULL of good things to bid on! WE NEED SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS

! If you’d like to put together a gift basket of goodies or donate gift cards, contact Pastor Brandi. This coming year, Winterfeast is March 4th. Tickets will go on sale shortly after the new year so be on the lookout! Enjoy a delicious meal while supporting our kids to make a stronger and deeper connection with Jesus!

BIBLE STUDIES, SMALL GROUPS - 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. 24th. FORGIVING WHAT YOU CAN’T FORGET by Lysa Terkeurst. Lysa is a well-known speaker and author who has been through the HARD and she shares her wisdom, knowledge, insight with us through her books and studies. A great study to join if you’re struggling with forgiveness – you don’t have to be held hostage - be set free by forgiveness!

Wednesday Night IN PERSON Study – begins Jan. 5th, 7pm. FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT - The Fruits of the Spirit ... you hear them referenced often, but what are they? What do they mean and how do we make them come alive in our own lives? Join us in person for an in-depth 9 week study and learn what it means to outwardly bear the Fruits of the Spirit.


Saturday Morning Women’s Study, via Zoom - begins Jan. 8th, 8am. KNOWN BY NAME – RAHAB. The women in the Bible asked the same three questions we all still ask today: How does everyone else see me? How do I see myself? How does God see me? Rahab’s story, found in the book of Joshua, is a story of a girl boss, an assertive, confident woman who did what she had to do to provide for her family. Her identity was shaped by her upbringing. With no Bible study to join or podcast to download, Rahab learned her beliefs and behaviors in a culture that believed in gods, not God. But when opportunity knocked, she boldly trusted in the God she had never known, and became something she never imagined–a woman who brought freedom to generations. This Bible study will take you through Rahab’s story as she trusted God’s final word about her worth above society’s. You will learn how to shed unhelpful labels and fears, and instead revel in God’s unconditional love and acceptance of you–just as you are. You can be free from shame and doubt.

To get plugged in with any of our Bible studies or small groups, contact Pastor Brandi .



OUR NEXT COMMUNITY MEAL IS FEBRUARY 12TH and we definitely are in need of desserts. If you're able to help in any way, please contact Pastor Lizzy or use this signupgenius link (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4AACAA29A1FA7-community) so we can make sure we have enough help where needed. Thanks in advance for your continued support with this ministry!

We are looking for volunteers to help with our community meals of 2022! Below are ways that you can be part of this ministry.  

COOKS - You will be working with others with a set menu with all ingredients provided. 

SET UP - Arrive at 3:30pm to set up tables and chairs (must be 12 or older unless with parent).

KITCHEN SERVERS - You will be filling the meals in the kitchen (must be 16 or older).

DINING ROOM SERVERS - Serve the meal at their table (must be 12 or older unless with parent).

TEAR DOWN AND CLEANUP - Take down all tables and chairs and sweep the floor. This will be until 6pm or until done.

BAKERS ARE NEEDED FOR DESSERTS - Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Cupcakes, etc.  ALL are gladly accepted and appreciated.

For any questions pertaining to our Missions Team, contact Pastor Lizzy .


We have brought back the 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.

TEXT TO GIVE - In addition, you can text to give. Text the word “give” to 1 (614) 245-2492.


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