Ash Wednesday Service

    Ash Wednesday Worship Service
    February 14, 2018, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Our Lenten “Journey with Jesus” – and with one another – begins this coming week.  We will gather together as a worshiping community for a simple service of Scripture, song, silence and prayer.  Our Ash Wednesday service will include the imposition of ashes as well as Holy Communion.  Child care will be available.  Please join us if you are able.  All are welcome.

Adult Education: Rage at God

Sunday Mornings, February 4 – March 11,
9:15 – 10:00 am in the Sunshine Classroom
The Bible presents a personal God who intervenes in human lives and invites a human response.  Next to being loved, God seems to like being hated.  Any number of stories and psalms in Scripture attest to this.  Job laments, “Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties? I cannot eat for sighing; my groans pour out like water.”  Jonah storms at God for sparing Nineveh after sending him to that city to prophesy its impending destruction.  When God asks if he has reason to be angry, Jonah replies, “I have good reason to be angry, even to death.”  The psalmist asks, “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?  How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?”  God seems able to abide any human response except indifference.
February 4 marks the start of a five-week exploration of rage at God.  I use the term “rage” instead of “anger” because when people are angry with God they are usually intensely angry.  We’ll examine this rage as depicted in film, poetry, and songs, as well as Scripture, and explore what it has to tell us spiritually.
This Adult Education series will be led by Mark Grimsley.  Child Care will be provided.

Adult Education Class on Godly Play

What is GodlyPlay?

The Godly Play approach helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles serves children of all ages. Dee shared her storytelling skills with us at the All Church Family Reunion – adults, youth, and children were mesmerized by the power of story. We are all learners, we all love to hear stories – so join Dee and Susan for this exciting adult education series. By the end of the series, you will have an understanding of Godly Play and experienced its power.

Nicaragua Mission Trip 2018 Fiesta Dinner

It’s my pleasure to announce the Sixth Biennial North Church Fiesta Dinner on Saturday, February 3, 6:00 to 8:00 PM! Hold onto your seats. Don’t jump up to run to the phone to make your reservations just yet. There’s plenty of time to sign up and get in on all the fun. Let me fill you in on the plans…

Every two years, a mission team from North Church make plans to head down to Masaya, Nicaragua to join with the Chacocente Community in work, community building and having lots of fun. Since 2008, we have been getting to know members of eight families that at one time lived on the Managua dump and have since built a wonderful little comunidad. Indeed these eight families decide what work will be doing and lead us in the projects we undertake. Over 30 North Church community members have made the trip down during the five trips accomplished thus far. Each year, our small group of intrepid travelers work hard to prepare for the trip. This year, we started making plans nearly ten months before our flight to Managua on June 6, 2018. Our leaders, Kim Heimlich and Chris Isaacs, made a reservation with the Chacocente leaders last summer to ensure that they’d be ready to host us June 6 to 15.

A big part of our preparation is including our North Church family in the planning for the trip and immersing you in Nicaraguan culture. The kick off for this participation opportunity is a highlight of the North Church Community calendar: the magnificent Fiesta Dinner. You won’t want to miss it! The food is delicious and will help you to feel transported to Chacocente. Our menu looks to be as delightful as it was two years ago…


Chips & Homemade Salsa


Cucumber and Tomato Salad, Fresh Piña


Picadillo Beef, White Rice, PintoGallo (beans & rice), Black Beans, Mac & Cheese


Tres Leche Cake (an incredible, sweet concoction that is well worth the wait)


Punch, Franklin County Agua, Decaffeinated Cafe

After dinner, we will share an entertaining program that will help you understand why we have been making this trip every two years and why we are eager to return once again. Travelers past and present will share exciting stories from our past trips and give you a preview of what we are planning for this trip. Generally we say that what happens in Masaya, stays in Masaya, but we just might spill a few secrets on this special evening.

It is one of our primary goals to take along young people, so that they may expand their perspective on la creación de Dios. Rumor has it that a few travelers from past years are tempted to join us on our next trip. Perhaps we’ll be able to announce an addition or two to our group at the Fiesta. Even if you’ve never traveled with us, there’s still time to sign up to come along on the trip between now and the dinner.

Even if you are unable to make the trip down to Masaya, we hope you’ll come to the dinner to learn more about this important outreach and educational experience that is central to what makes North Church special.

Call Susan Kinzer now to make your reservations. We need to hear from you by noon on January 26 to make sure we have enough Tres Leche cake prepared to fill you up!

Christmas 2017

December 24th

  • No 8:15am worship, only 10:30am
  • 7:00pm Christmas Eve Family Service
  • 10:30pm Pre-Service Music
  • 11:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

December 25th

  • Office closed for Christmas

Consecration Sunday

The altar is dressed up as The Table of Abundance for Consecration Sunday, when we recognize and celebrate the gifts shared by our members. It’s a harvest festival for the fruits of our labors.

Bill Cohen’s Concert Celebrating Our True Blessings

An alternative to the Black Friday Buying Frenzy!

Friends. Freedom. Food. Music. Jobs. Parents. Children. Laughter. Emotions. And dozens of other things. We all have so much to be thankful for — everyday, not just Thanksgiving Day.  So join me as I sing a unique concert of songs that express gratitude for all that we have.

Friday November 24
7:30 to 9 p.m.
Maynard Avenue Methodist Church
2350 Indianola Ave,
Columbus, OH
Free parking will be available in the church lot and on nearby streets.

Playing piano and guitar, I’ll sing songs written by, made famous by, or inspired by, a wide variety of folks — John Denver, the Weavers, Phil Ochs, Louis Armstrong, Don McLean, the Beatles, and others. Even Johnny Appleseed, Jiminy Cricket, and the “old ladies” on the TV show, “Golden Girls.”

On several songs, Ann Fisher will add beautiful flute accompaniment, David Maywhoor will add the beat on percussion, and two surprise singers will add vocal harmonies.

Besides the music, we’ll hear some thoughtful quotes, reminding us of our many many blessings on Planet Earth. No sermons here but words of inspiration and emotion from sources as varied as Albert Schweitzer, Rod Serling, Gandhi, Einstein, and Buddha.

We’ll be asking for $10 per person donations at the door. Proceeds will go to help my wife Randi make her annual winter trek to the Dominican Republic. That’s where she serve as a volunteer translator for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee, a team of doctors and nurses who provide free basic medical care to impoverished Haitian workers who live and work just inside the D.R. border.

For many, Thanksgiving is a day to gorge on food, and the next day is a day to splurge on buying material goods. Let’s make this holiday more meaningful by celebrating our true blessings, giving heartfelt thanks for them, and taking action to make this a better world.

We the People Are Greater Than Fear Forum

Join us December 3rd to hear attorney Jennifer Nimer, Executive Director CAIR-Columbus, describe how Islamophobia affects Muslims’ day to day life — through workplace discrimination, hate crimes, and through the challenges that immigrants and refugees face

in Central Ohio. The struggles faced by the Muslim Community in Columbus will be lifted up in the first-hand stories of recent immigrants receiving assistance through CRIS. Right after the Forum, through Better Plate Columbus, immigrants and the settled population will cook, share and discuss some of their favorite dishes from cultures within and outside the Muslim world.

Families with children are welcome. Onsite childcare will be provided during the 3-5 PM forum, and children can join the social hour from 5 to 7 PM.

Donations Accepted.

Forum Location:
North Congregational UCC
2040 W. Henderson Rd.
Columus, OH 43220

More Information:

No One Alone for the Holidays Thanksgiving Dinner at St. John’s Church

Nov. 23rd  12:00 PM

This meal was designed for those who would otherwise have nowhere to enjoy Thanksgiving.


59 E. Mound St.
Columbus, Ohio
Parking is available in the parking garage on E. Mound St. south of High St.

North Church ONA Outreach Team is bringing Thanksgiving dinner to St. John’s Evangelical Protestant UCC again this year. No mater who you are or where you are in life’s journey, you are welcome to join us for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Meal prep volunteers welcome. Contact Marilyn Lloyd at North Church

City Sidewalks Show at Vaud-Villities Features North Church Choir Members

A one act Holiday Revue directed by Johnny Steiner, CITY SIDEWALKS is full of Holiday favorites, some with a twist. Do you like dancing?…do we have dancing…hip hop, ballroom,  clogging, and the ever popular Reindeer kick-line.  This is a great way to spend a December afternoon or evening.  We hope to see you there.
Show times are Thurs. Dec 7 at 7:30pm,  Sat Dec 9 at 2:30pm and 8:00pm, and Sun Dec 10 at 2:30pm.  Adult tickets are $20.00.  Senior tickets are $15.00.  All seats are reserved.
Ardin Applegarth, Carri Hainline and Dawn Leach will be singing and sharing the stage with some very talented adults and youth from the Central Ohio area.  You can see any of us for tickets.  If you order before the end of Church on Sunday Nov 26, adult tickets are also $15.00.  (you get the cast discount)!  You can also order by phone at 614 262- SHOW (7469) or

Messiah Sing-A-Long

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra invites us to join them for the annual Messiah Sing-A-Long on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
Community choirs are invited to join forces to sing Handel’s Messiah in the historic Southern Theatre.  Participants will sing the chorus sections together.  No arias, just choruses.  No extra rehearsals necessary!

November 5 Adult Education “Breaking the Cycle of Stress and Fear”

Laura Grace Holtsberry begins a four-week course that employs a spiritual lens by which to examine the challenge of having effective conversations on difficult subjects.  The first session lays the foundation for the course, and focuses on loving God and loving one another.  The second explores how to stop assuming what others are thinking and sets forth the basic skill set needed for constructive dialogue.  The third addresses how to have a conversation on any topic, even with those who may disagree with us.  The final session is an open conversation on our core church values that function as a practicum on using the skills of compassionate communication.
(EDIT) the Nov 26th date was changed to Nov 19th:
This class will meet November 5, 12, 19, and December 3 at 9:15 in the Sunshine Room.

November 10 Faith and Film Night:  Arrival

November Faith and Film Night:  Arrival

By Mark Grimsley

In most science fiction films, the audience knows what it means when extra-terrestrials arrive on Earth.  It means trouble.  Big trouble.  And that’s exactly the fear of most governments when twelve gigantic, lozenge-shaped space ships appear in locations all over the globe.  What do the beings inside want?  There’s no way to know without learning how to talk to them.  And that’s the problem at the heart of Arrival.

To solve it, the U.S. government turns to world-class linguist Dr. Louise Banks (played by Amy Adams), who is assisted by physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner).  The government is wary about the aliens’ intentions.  But it is more afraid of what may happen if another country learns to communicate with the aliens first.  What if China or Russia makes a breakthrough with the aliens first and uses what it learns against the United States? What if shots are fired, bringing alien wrath down upon the whole globe?  From her first, tentative encounters with two aliens (who are only dimly visible), Banks develops confidence that the reasons behind their visit are benign.  But other governments, particularly China, are moving toward the opposite conclusion, and Banks’s quest for a linguistic breakthrough becomes a race against time.

Superbly directed by Denis Villeneuve, Arrival is a meditation on the problem of communication across a wide chasm that also poses important questions about the universe, being, time and space.   Critics were almost unanimous in their praise for the film, with many ranking it among the best films of 2016.

Arrival, rated PG-13 for some gun violence and occasional profanity, will be shown in the Rainbow Room on Friday, November 10, at 7 pm, with a Video Descriptive Service audio track available for those who may need it.  Refreshments will be provided.  If you would like to attend and need childcare, contact Jo Anne Nay at

Game Night and Parents’ Night Out

Friday, Oct 27th at 6:30pm in the narthex at 2040 Henderson Rd, Columbus, 43220

North Church Inter-Generational Family Game Night
Bring your kids, your parents, your friends and your games and come play!  We will provide games and light snacks.

Parents, make game night your night out!
Enjoy a Friday evening out while qualified Sunday school teachers entertain your kids at Family Board Game Night at no cost.

Starts 6:30pmPick up by 9:00pm


Faith and Film Night: Loving

Faith and Film Night last Friday viewed “Loving.”

The film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple behind the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down laws against interracial marriage.

Loving was shown with a Video Descriptive Service audio track available for those who may need it, and there was a group discussion of the film and themes afterward.

Try Williams Ordination

Congratulations to Terry, our former student pastor, on his ordination! Terry has been serving as a licensed pastor at Orchard Hill United Church of Christ in Chillicothe for the past several years.

Adult Ed: The Masks of God

Adult Education Class Sundays at 9:15 a.m. “The Masks of God:
How Four Great Religions
See the Divine”
On September 24, Mark Grimsley and Janet Lohr begin a five-week comparative exploration of four of the world’s great spiritual systems: Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. (The term “spiritual system” reflects a recognition that Buddhism fits neither the western concepts of “religion” nor “philosophy.”) The course assumes a basic familiarity with Judeo-Christianity and therefore spends most of its time exploring Buddhism and Islam, but always with a comparative glance at Judeo-Christianity. It examines these faiths thematically: first, an overview of humanity’s universal recognition of the divine; second, an examination of the founders of the four spiritual systems; third, an introduction to the sacred writings of these systems; fourth, their major practices; and finally, the ways in which these spiritual systems call upon their adherents to live mindfully, both in their individual lives and in their engagement with the world.

A Prayer From the Children of North Church

Today is BREAD Sunday at North Church, so our children computers this prayer during the children’s time portion of our worship. They talked about how BREAD helps our community, and how we can support BREAD. This is their prayer:

Dear God,

Help us build a community where all people feel welcomed, where we listen to each other, where all people has a home, where everyone gets education, we all get food (ice cream especially), everyone is kind to each other, where we all are family, every body feels loved, and where theres freedom of speech.

Upcoming events for BREAD:

House meetings our congregation during the month of October. These sacred conversations will provide a space to get to know people in our congregation, strengthen relationships, talk about serious community problems, and give you more information on the work of the Justice Ministry or Rodef Tzedek Network. Please contact the leaders of the Justice Ministry or Rodef Tzedek Network in your congregation for more details.

Join North Church at the BREAD Annual Assembly!

Monday, November 13th

7:00 p.m.

Christ the King Catholic Church

2777 E. Livingston Ave.

Columbus, OH 43209

We’ll celebrate Investment Drive accomplishments, hear updates from BREAD leaders and local officials on campaigns to implement solutions to community problems, hear testimonies from BREAD leaders, and vote on the next community problem that we’ll tackle.

Family Board Games Night and Parents’ Night Out

We had a lovely evening Friday playing Scrabble with members and visitors, while some of our kids played ball with the neighbors’ children in the parking lot.

Games Night / Parents’ Night Out happens on the fourth Friday. Stay and play, or drop your kids off for a while with our Sunday school teachers for some grown-up time.

Pumpkin Sale

Pumpkins will be arriving the first week of October to fill the North Church pumpkin patch! Bring the kids, and pick out a great pumpkin for carving.


Sunday through Friday 11:30 – 7:30

Saturday 10:00 – 7:30

Harmony Project Concert

Concert for Us
Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Nationwide Arena
Tickets: $25 and $50, special needs seating available

All the Harmony Project choirs, 1000 voices in total, will perform.

Harmony Project has been holding concerts twice a year since 2009. They began at the Lincoln Theater, then moved to the Southern, then to the Ohio Theater, where last season they held two sold out concerts. The choirs have grown to the point that they had to find a larger venue.

The concert will include music from Styx, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Pete Townshend, Elton John, Rag’n’Bone Man, and One Republic.

As a member of Harmony Project, Pam Highlen is able to order tickets before sales are open to the public. IF you would like to order from Pam, please contact her between August 24-September 8, 2017. IF you order early from her, you will receive the best available seats in Nationwide Arena! Be sure to specify you name, email and postal address, the number of tickets you want to purchase, and whether you want $25 or $50 tickets, AND if you have special needs (aisle seat, wheel chair, disability seating, main floor; no steps).

Learn more:


Let Your Light Shine Tuesdays

We’re facing not-so ordinary times–international and national, statewide and local, political news, fake news, personal views, perceived and real threats, challenges to our way of life, our security, our welfare and future.

Some of us need to talk about it all.

We’ll resume on September 19th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  Bring something to eat, and any concerns and ideas you want to discuss.  Our conversations are always wide open and respectful.

Bible Study Fridays 11am

A new Bible study group will be meeting to read Genesis | LISTEN UP! Bible Study series (Copeland, Layzer, and Rardin) together on Friday mornings beginning September 15th from 11:00am to 12:15pm.  The book covers chapters 1-11 of Genesis, with other books to follow.

Pre-order a book by asking Pastor Eric before August 15th.  The book cost is $5 through the group purchase ($7 if you get it yourself online.)  Please let Pastor Eric know if he can help with the cost.


During the 10:30 service on next Sunday August 6th, the will be a presentation of a short drama based on the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” the story of a young girl who lived in Hiroshima during World War II.

Family Board Game Night & Parents’ Night Out


Join us Friday at 6:30 to exercise your brain, or just come for the fun of it!  Light snacks will be served, and we’d love to learn your favorite board game, so bring it along!

If you’d prefer to have your kids play games instead, they will love being entertained by members of our highly qualified Sunday School staff while you take a moment to recall your life before your kids.  No charge, light snacks will be served.