weekly update

May 25, 2022

Questions – If God is love, then why is there suffering? Jesus was very clear when He spoke that in this world, we WILL have suffering. Unfortunately, it’s part of our free will that often clouds our decisions and then we are left with paying the consequences for not only our own actions, but we are often affected by the consequences others must endure from their decisions, as well. Pastor Dennis reminded us that it is often at times our own irresponsibility that creates circumstances of suffering. The good news is that it doesn’t mean that God is not love or that He does not forgive. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. God can ALWAYS take what we think is broken and bring restoration and He can take the brokenness and the mess of our lives and transform it into something beautiful because that is what He does.

Last week, Pastor Brandi’s series “…WITH JESUS,” focused on the question, “How do I deal with mental health WITH JESUS?” A mental health nurse shared her story and her spiritual and professional insight with us, reminding us that, yes, as Christians, WE DO DEAL with mental health issues. We are not exempt; however, she also reminded us that Jesus is a resource and that He often uses medical professionals and medications to cure what we cannot on our own. Our God is a good God, always looking out for our wellbeing – spiritually, physically and mentally.


THIS SUNDAY, we hope you’ll join us at our 8:30 & 11am traditional services or our 9:30am contemporary service as we focus this Memorial Day weekend on the cost of freedom and at our 11am contemporary service, “Making Sacrifices … with Jesus?”

GET INVOLVED! We have SO many opportunities to plug in at The Purple Door Church. Our activities are ramping up and 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 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

CAMP - We are in need of a male counselor for camp! Do you like the great outdoors; sharing the love of Christ with teenagers? Then you will love serving in this way. Please contact Pastor Brandi if you feel this might be a place for you to serve! 


VBS WILL BE JULY 10TH-14TH! We are sticking with family style this year since we had so much fun together last year! REGISTRATION WILL BE LIVE SOON! We can’t wait to see you there!!!

MERGE –Our normal mid-week family programming is every Wednesday at 6:30pm and we’d love to have you join us!

It's hard to believe we are quickly approaching summer! While we love meeting weekly for Merge, during our summer months, we will meet just once a month during June, July and August! Be sure to sign up so that you don't miss out on the family fun!   SIGNUP GENIUS LINK

SUNDAY SCHOOL- It has been so fun to have our kids navigating through their Bibles this year - learning how it is organized and getting familiar with all of the books of the Bible. You have the opportunity to help them to continue to learn! Would you consider signing up to teach a week of Sunday school? It doesn't get much better than training up our youngest disciples! Sign up HERE  to serve! Questions on any of the above? Contact Pastor Brandi, Brandib@gcumc.org.


Questions on any of the above? Contact Pastor Brandi

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

all church

EMMAUS - The Greater Columbus Emmaus Community is planning a Walk here at The Purple Door Church the weekend of July 28th- July 31st 2022. This weekend will be unique in that it will be co-ed. Men’s tables and women’s tables will be assigned with separate sleeping arrangements. This walk will be a weekend filled with love and revitalization for the pilgrims walk with Jesus Christ. 


There are many needs for this weekend. The Emmaus Community is asking if anyone has been on a walk and remembers how special it was, please prayerfully consider being part of the Team for this weekend or help in any way to make this a wonderful, loving experience for those attending as pilgrims. Please contact Karen Brantley at ksbrantley86@gmail.com, Pastor Ruth Pribe at preacherlady@aol.com or Anita Shawler at niteranita316@gmail.com


  • General Meeting - June 7TH, 6pm, in the FLC (Family Life Center). Join us for a potluck as we hear from Amy Densborn.

Amy is SWACO’s Education Specialist and is responsible for educating the community about the importance of waste reduction, reuse, recycling and safe disposal at the Franklin County Landfill. Her passion for protecting the environment was spurred by her love for the outdoors and desire to protect mother earth for future generations. Amy has a background in wildlife biology and environmental sciences. Apart from talking about trash, Amy enjoys growing her own food, traveling, and bird watching.  

This should be very informative! Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to be a member, so bring husbands and friends.


  • Annual yard sale - The week of June 13th. Drop off all of your wonderful treasures to the FLC June 13-15th. The sale is open to church members on Wednesday, June 15th, 4-8:30pm and open to the public Thursday, June 16th, 8am-5pm; Friday, June 17th, 8am-8:30pm; and Saturday, June 18th 8am-noon.

NEW MEMBER CLASS - July 26th, 7pm!  If you missed the last meeting or have been praying about joining, we invite you to come learn about the church and getting connected! Please contact Sandy at the church office to sign up, SandyR@gcumc.org or 614/875.5612!


SMALL GROUPS – GET INVOLVED: Church Family. Community. Connection. These are an essential part of our faith journey. God does not call us to do life alone. We have some opportunities to form new small groups! Are you interested in learning more about growing in this way? Let's get you connected! Contact Pastor Brandi today.

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, cmdinnen@gmail.com.

PEACH TRUCK The Peach Truck will make its appearance not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES this year in our parking lot: June 25th, July 23rd and August 6th. You can pre-order your peaches by going to thepeachtruck.com .

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.


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!

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


Coffee and donuts are available in the café upon donation! All proceeds will go to further Missions projects throughout the year. 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to manage the café at specific times throughout Sunday morning. The time slots are 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am and a sign-up sheet will be on the Mission Counter in the café area. If you’d like more info. or you'd like to volunteer, contact Amanda Bailey, consmom12@gmail.com.



FREE STORE NEEDS DONATIONS! The Purple Door Free Store has been extremely busy lately. We need all sizes of infant’s, children’s and teen’s clothing. We also need small and medium adult men’s clothing. If you feel led to donate items, you can drop them off at the Missions table in the café. 



If you're able to help in any way, please contact Pastor Lizzy or use this signup genius linkso we can make sure we have enough help where needed. Thanks in advance for your continued support with this ministry!

We'd love to have your help in the following areas: 

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


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