7:00 pm19:00

Back to School Prayer

Back to School Prayers 2017

The Breakthrough Prayer Team invites you to join us at any of the following locations to pray for our students, teachers and staff as they begin a new school year. If you like to name students, teachers, or staff to be lifted up in prayer, please stop by the lounge and sign the prayer lists located there.

Monday, July 24, 7:00 pm Meet at the flagpole at Heritage Middle School to pray for Robert Frost, Heritage Middle School, and Westerville North High School

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00 pm Meet at the flagpole at Genoa Middle School to pray for Fouse and   Genoa Middle School

Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 pm Meet at the flagpole at Westerville Central to pray for Alcott and Westerville Central High School

Monday, July 31, 7:00 pm Meet at the flagpole at Walnut Springs to pray for Mark Twain and McVay Elementary and Walnut Springs Middle School

Monday, July 31, 7:30 pm Meet at the flagpole at Cherrington to pray for Pointview and Cherrington

Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 pm Meet at the flagpole at Westerville South to pray for Blendon and Westerville South High School

Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 pm Meet at the flagpole at Wilder Elementary to pray for Huber Ridge, Wilder, and Hawthorne

Sunday, August 6, 12:30 pm Meet at the flagpole at Emerson to pray for Hanby, Emerson, Whittier, Annehurst, and Longfellow                      

Sunday, August 6, 12:45 pm Meet in the chapel to pray for other schools attended by Messiah’s students: those outside of Westerville City Schools and home schools


9:30 am09:30

A Matter of Balance

Matter of Balance is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity level of older adults who have this concern. Participation in a Matter of Balance workshop, has proven to be effective in the management of falls. 

Join this free workshop series at Church of the Messiah United Methodist church 51 N. State St. Westerville, OH 43081. Classes will be held July 26th -Sept 13th 9:30am - 11:30am in room 300. 

To register contact Jamie Weaver 614-738-1024 or jweaver217@aol.com

6:00 pm18:00

4th Friday Community Outreach

Westerville Uptown 4th Friday

Come out and support our Westerville community on July 28th at the next Uptown 4th Friday event.  Activities will run from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


5:00 pm17:00


H.U.G.S. is Messiah’s fellowship group for widows.  While not a grief support group, the ladies do support each other through monthly outings, lunches, service projects and day trips.  They’ve also compiled a vetted list of handymen.  If you’d like to join this group please call Pastor Linda at 614-882-2167, ext. 108 or Carolyn Hannick at 614-891-9138.  Limited scholarships are available for most events through Pastor Linda.  The following schedule lists upcoming events, some of which may be tentative.  All fees are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or your ticket is sold to someone else.

Messiah’s tickets for all events are sold, but the Otterbein box office has a few tickets remaining for each play. For information or questions call Carolyn Hannick at 614-891-9138.

7/29   Big Band Concert at Alum Creek.   6:30-8:30 Pot luck at Zacchaeus House              

            at 5:00.

8/5     Johnny Steiner Concert at Otterbein.  Dinner TBA

8/9     HUGS Lunch TBA


*Tentative       Click here for a signup sheet.


Jul 30

Christmas in July!

Christmas in July

The Faith in Motion and FROG Sunday School classes are inviting you to join with us to celebrate Christmas in July.

We all love receiving Christmas gifts but unfortunately, there are kids around the world who never have heard of Christmas, let alone received a gift. Operation Christmas Child is a ministry run by Franklin Graham in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse that provides shoebox gifts to these under privileged children. This small shoebox can teach a child about the love of God, lead him or her to faith in Christ, inspire pastors, and plant new churches. What goes into the box is useful and fun, but what comes out is eternal. We invite you to be a part of changing lives through the power of a simple gift.

When we started this project, our goal was 100 boxes and we filled 120. Last year 181 boxes were filled. This year our goal is 200 boxes and I am confident that Messiah can do this.

The boxes will be available outside of the sanctuary on June 24 and 25. Included will be a label that includes ideas of what to pack, a coloring page, and a picture of the church so the recipient can see where the gift is coming from. The $7 fee will be covered so you don’t need to include it.

The boxes will be returned the weekend of July 29 and 30. We will have a Christmas celebration , sing Christmas hymns and enjoy some Christmas goodies.

So together with FIM and the FROG class, I invited you to join in and bless a child.

Thank you,

Susie Hoff


1:00 pm13:00

Tapestry of a Town Walking Tour Through Historic Westerville

2017 Tapestry of a Town Walking Tour Through Historic Westerville

Don’t miss the 5th annual ‘Tapestry of a Town’ -- a walking tour of historic Uptown Westerville -- on Sunday, July 30 from 1 - 5 p.m. We have 11 new and exciting venues for you to visit this year, including four private historic homes.   The excitement continues in that Church of the Messiah is included on the tour this year as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

We hope many of you will join us in a celebration of Westerville’s heritage by attending this fun event.  Your ticket includes a booklet of information with a map for the self-guided tour, so you can start anywhere and proceed in any order that works for you.  Well-informed guides will greet you at each location and you will have a chance to see inside some of the most interesting buildings and homes in town and learn about Westerville’s historic legacy. As in past years, you will be able to enjoy live entertainment at many of the venues.


Please mark your calendars for the 2017 Tapestry of a Town and invite your friends and family to join you.  Tickets are still $10 and will be available in the lounge on Sundays in July after the 8:15 and 9:30 services. Tickets are also available at the Westerville Visitors' Bureau on Main Street.  Please call Bettye Siemon (891-8817) or Janet Laster (891-2546) for additional information and check our website at  http://www.westervillehabitat.org/tapestry-of-a-town-2017/   for additional information and a listing of sites.

This event is sponsored by the Westerville Habitat Partnership, of which our church is a supporting member. Thanks to the generosity of our attendees, last year we were able to give $3,255.00 from this event to build decent, affordable Habitat homes for deserving families in Delaware and Union Counties.


7:00 pm19:00

Grief Recovery Method 10-Week Group Program

The Grief Recovery Method® 10-session Support Group Program Responding to the addiction epidemic

The Action Program for those impacted by the epidemic of heroin, opioid and other drug addictions and fatalities

Whether your loss is from:

  • Death due to addiction

  • Divorce or end of a relationship due to drug behavior

  • Loss of trust, faith or safety due to drug seeking/using relationships

  • Loss of hopes, dreams and expectations for your loved one

  • As well as other losses

Your feelings are normal and natural. The problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural.

Myths about grief:

  • Time heals all wounds

  • Replace the loss

  • Grieve alone

  • Be strong for others

  • Bury your feelings

People say you have to let go and move on in your life, but they don’t tell you what you need to do to accomplish that. The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program not only makes that possible, but provides partnerships and guidance to ensure that it happens.


Tuesdays and Thursdays August 1 – August 31, 2017 • From 7:00 – 9:00PM

Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church

51 N State St., Westerville - Lounge

Cost: $40 (includes book)

For further information or to register, please contact

Lois Hall • (614)620-3664 or lhall@eachmatters.com

Or Vicki Shepherd 614-805-4641 or vicki575@aol.com



3:00 pm15:00

New Member Meeting

  • Church of the Messiah

Interested in joining our Messiah family? The next informational meeting will be held Sunday, August 6th at 3 pm for persons wanting more information about joining the membership of Church of the Messiah.  Pastor Jim Wilson will give a brief overview of the ministries of the church and answer any questions about church belief and membership.  Please contact Administrative Assistant to Membership & Ministry, Nita Jeffries for more information.

Meet in the Church Lounge at 3pm.

8:00 am08:00

Back to School Blessing

Join us at any of our weekend services August 12/13 as we have our Back to School Blessing. Children will receive a small trinket to remind them that God is with them and we are praying for them as they start off the new school year.

4:00 pm16:00

YWCA Family Center Dinner

Messiah serves a dinner of fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit, rolls, and brownies to the guests staying at the YWCA Family Center (900 Harvey Ct. Columbus) once a quarter. We depend on volunteers to provide fruit, rolls and brownies.

If you would like to help with food donations or would like to prepare food or serve, please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f49adaf23a57-ywca

8:00 am08:00

50 year Member Recognition

50+ year members will be recognized at all of our services. They will also enjoy a dinner and music event on Sunday, August 27th at 5:30pm. Contact Nita Jeffries njeffries@messiahumc.net for more information.

4:00 pm16:00

Steps of Faith 5K Run & Walk

  • Alum Creek Park

Steps of Faith 5K Run/Walk

Register Now at www.runsignup.com/stepsoffaith

Steps of Faith 5K Run & Walk is a community event celebrating all abilities! Steps of Faith was inspired by a Run For God community with the simple desire to glorify God in all that we do. The event is an opportunity to encourage one another in fellowship to run our race (Hebrews 12:1).  All proceeds are distributed to support The Heinzerling Foundation and Bradley's House of Hope.

The Heinzerling Foundation is a private non-profit organization that provides a residential home for 208 children and adults with severe or profound developmental disabilities. Heinzerling is located on the southwest side of Columbus, OH.

Bradley’s House of Hope is a facility under the care of Tesoros de Dios (God’s Treasures), a private non-profit organization serving nearly100 children with disabilities in Nicaragua, the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere.  The facility is named after a former resident of Heinzerling.

Race Information:

When: Sunday September 17, 2017

Where: Alum Creek Park in Westerville

Time: 5K begins at 4:00 PM. Race day registration begins at 3:00 PM.

Would you like to volunteer? Please contact Barb or Jim Kimmel at bkimmel@columbus.rr.com or cell:  614-395-5756  or home phone 614-890-8173 for more details. 



6:00 pm18:00


Moebius Announces Studies for 2017

Moebius begins new year of studies


Moebius is an ongoing study/discussion group that focuses on a broad range of topics related to the Historical Jesus, biblical scholarship, history of Christianity, faith vs. reason, and theological questions.  We are always challenged by our readings and learn much from our stimulating discussions.  Participants include members of Messiah as well as other churches.  We usually meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, September through April, 6:00-8:00 PM, in the Messiah Lounge.  Please join us for one or more of our studies this year; registration is not required, and volunteers bring refreshments.

Next session will begin Sept 17, 2017

We hope to see you at any of our sessions!  Contact Marlene Deringer at mderinge@gmail.com for more information

6:00 pm18:00

Fall Rummage Sale

Fall Rummage & Bake Sale

Mark your calendar for October 12, 13, and 14. New evening hours have been added for Thursday, October 12th from 6 - 8:30 pm. Friday, October 13th from 8:30am-2pm and Saturday, October 14th from 8:30am—noon.


Clean out your fall and winter holiday decorations now and pass them on to someone who can use them. Donations of clothing and household items (no furniture, TVS, or computers) can be dropped off on the top floor of the church on October 10th through noon on Thursday, October 13th.


Volunteers are needed to sort and price items during the week.  A time of fellowship and lunch is provided Monday - Thursday at noon for all helpers. Proceeds from the sale benefit missions locally and around the globe.


Oct 14

Fall Rummage & Bake Sale

Spring Rummage & Bake Sale

Mark your calendar for October 13 & 14. Friday, October 13th from 8:30am-2pm and Saturday, October 14th from 8:30am—noon.

Donations of baked goods, clothing and household items (no furniture, TVS, or computers) can be dropped off on the top floor of the church on October 9th through noon on Thursday, October 12th.

Volunteers are needed to sort and price items during the week.  A time of fellowship and lunch is provided Monday - Thursday at noon for all helpers. Proceeds from the sale benefit missions locally and around the globe.


5:00 pm17:00

Trunk or Treat

  • Church of the Messiah

Kids in 5th grade and under are encouraged to dress in costume. Together with their family they are invited to go from trunk to trunk to collect treats from 5-6pm. There will be games to play, a puppet show to watch and food for the family to enjoy. Bring your friends and neighbors! If you'd like to provide your car trunk and treats, let us know! The parking lot will open at 4pm to allow time for decorating before families arrive. 

Rain location is McVay Fellowship Hall.

Contact Xema Whitley for more details.

Nov 4

Smart Stepfamilies Conference - November 3 & 4

Church of the Messiah is excited to welcome Ron L. Deal, author and nationally known speaker on blended families, on Friday evening Nov. 3 and Saturday morning November 4, 2017.

Ron is a marriage and family author, conference speaker, and therapist. His top selling books, online articles, and daily 60-second radio feature FamilyLife Blended make him one of the most widely read and referenced authors on stepfamilies in the world. He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies™ and Director of FamilyLife Blended™, the ministry initiative of FamilyLife® to stepfamilies (for more information, visit www.SmartStepfamilies.org and www.FamilyLife.com.  

Registration now available! 

7:00 pm19:00

Veterans Tribute Concert

Veterans Tribute Concert Nov 13

Church of the Messiah invites the community to a Veterans Tribute Concert on Sunday, November 13, at 7:00pm. We will be honoring veterans and active duty military with our musical offerings.  The program will feature the Larry Loeffert Big Band, Chancel choir, Children’s choir, Men of Messiah, bag pipes, organ and great congregational singing.  We hope you will come and help us honor these brave men and women.  A free will offering will be taken to support the Columbus Chapter of Honor FlightThe program will be led by Messiah Music Staff: Johnny Steiner, John Holsinger, Jeff Chesser.


8:30 am08:30

Men's Bible Study

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 8:30am in room 301. We will be focusing on Daniel for the next few months. 

Jul. 22: Daniel chapter 11

Aug. 12: Daniel chapter 12



6:15 pm18:15

Messiah Crusaders - Softball Team

Come out and cheer on Messiah's co-ed softball team! Games are at Hoff Woods Park on McCorkle Blvd Westerville on fields 1 or 3.

7/21       6:15 vs St. John Neumann

7/28       7:20 vs Sharon Woods

8/4         Tournament




5:00 pm17:00

Young at Heart

Young At Heart

Messiah’s Young At Heart (YAH) group is an active friendship group for our seniors.  While there is no age requirements, most of the group range between 60-90 years old.  Monthly outings take them to chocolate factories, riverboat cruises and other fun activities.  If you’d like to join or want more information, please call Pastor Linda at 614-882-2167 or Carolyn Hannick at 614-891-9138.  All program fees are non-refundable unless the activity is cancelled or your ticket is sold to someone else.  Limited scholarships to cover outings are available through Pastor Linda.

7/19   Pot Luck at Pastor Sharon and John Beattie’s home – info to follow.  5:00

8/5     Johnny Steiner Concert.  Dinner TBA

8/21   Scavenger Hunt – tentative.  Info to follow.

8/22   Licking County Historic Jail tour and presentation$5.00Lunch TBA


5:30 pm17:30

Run For God

  • Church of the Messiah

Run For God Returns

We are excited to announce the Run For God 5K class will be returning this Summer! This class is designed help ANYONE regardless of fitness or experience level complete their first 5K. There will be multiple plans and the activity can be altered to meet your physical needs! Please let you neighbors, friends, family know of this unique opportunity to train together and grow in our faith together! Families and Individuals of All ages welcome! We will be focusing our training on preparing for The Steps of Faith 5K in September. 

Our first class will be Tuesday, June 27th @ 5:30- 7:00. 

Please email or call me with questions! Christy Vincent vincentchristy1982@gmail.com or 614-270-1821

To register go to





8:20 am08:20

Serve Breakfast at Church for All People

Church of the Messiah has a long standing ministry with Church For All People. On the third Sunday of each month, Messiah families prepare, deliver, and serve breakfast to ~130 neighbors at the Church For All People. For many of these folks it may be the only meal that they receive that day. We provide 10 casseroles, two large trays of Corned Beef Hash, three gallons of milk, apple juice, and orange juice, bananas, seasonal fruit, and paper products.  Breakfast servers arrive by 8:20AM, breakfast is served from 8:30AM, and worship follows afterwards at 9:15AM. To learn more about supporting the breakfast ministry, contact Mickey Cox 614-893-1569 or click on the link to signup  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/church81





9:30 am09:30

Meet the Goodpeople

Small Group Bible Study begins June 15 at 9:30. Join us! See our "News" page for more information, or call Pastor Sharon Beattie 614-301-9995.

7:00 pm19:00

Youth Welcome Home Concert

Our Jubilation Ringers, MS/HS, and Youth Choir will leave Westerville June 3rd for their summer tour. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel around Ohio and end up at Annual Conference at Lakeside. They will have a Homecoming concert at Messiah on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. Join us as we celebrate the gift of music.

12:30 pm12:30

Family Graduation Dinner

SENIOR CELEBRATION LUNCH – Sunday May 21st from 12:30-2 p.m. in McVay Hall.  For Seniors and their families.  Please RSVP by Sunday, May 7th so we can order the right amount of food.  Juniors and their families are needed to help serve.  Please contact Xema to volunteer.



7:00 pm19:00

Graduation Bonfire

SENIOR BONFIRE – for all youth to celebrate and “say goodbye” to our graduates.  Saturday, May 20th from 7-10 p.m. at Sofia Villaveces’ house.  No RSVP needed.  Just come with some great memories and stories to share about our Seniors.



11:00 am11:00


Fun Family Event for everyone!

We are excited about an upcoming fun filled day for families of all shapes and sizes in the community.  On Saturday, May 13 beginning at 11 a.m., we'll have video games, face painting, food and all kinds of fun in the parking lot of The Gathering Place, 74 N. State St., Westerville (across from the church).  At 1 p.m. we'll welcome the team of stunt riders from "Real Encounter" for an event that's sure to thrill and excite all ages.  You can find out more about "Real Encounters" by checking out their website at http://realencounter.org/events/

Bring your family and join us for this exciting Spring Event!

6:00 pm18:00

Healing Prayer Service

The Breakthrough Prayer Team invites you to participate in a prayer service Sunday, May 7th at 6:00pm in the chapel.

If you would like additional information please contact Pastor Linda at 882-2167, ext. 108. Prayer changes everything. Come and let us pray with and for you.



4:00 pm16:00

Handbell Spectacular

Church of the Messiah UMC of Westerville will host a Handbell Spectacular- a program featuring six handbell choirs from central Ohio Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00pm. Free admission Participating groups and churches:

Dings (Ecumenical Bell Choir from local Churches; Messiah Ringers & Jubilation Ringers from Church of the Messiah UMC, Westerville;

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Westerville;

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church of Dublin;

Prospect St. U.M.C. of Marion.

The program will include familiar hymns, folk songs, new compositions, and conclude with more than 24 octaves of handbells ringing together with organ and timpani! The concert will be hosted by Westerville’s own Larry Loeffert.



9:30 am09:30

Third Grade Bible Day

3rd Grade Bible Day

Calling all 3rd graders!  Bring your Bible and join us May 7 from 9:30-noon for an exciting morning of games, trivia, and crafts as we learn more about the Bible and how to use it.  We’ll end our time together with a pizza party!  You won’t want to miss it!!  (Don’t have a Bible?  Don’t worry – we’ll give you your very own that day.)

8:15 am08:15

Easter Celebration Services

Join us as we celebrate Easter. We have 5 services to choose from.

Saturday, April 15th 5:30pm

Sunday, April 16th 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am in the Sanctuary

Contemporary Service 11:00am in McVay Hall


2:30 pm14:30

Confirmation Classes


In 2017 we are offering Confirmation class for 7th grade and older youth from January through April.  The class is for youth who are ready to learn what it means to be committed publicly to Christ and the church.  The class meets on Sundays from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Gathering Place which is across State Street east of the church.  The class is led by clergy and lay leaders including mentors who lead the small groups within the class.  The experience features various visits to other congregations in the Columbus area, service projects and a Methodist heritage trip to St. Simon's Island Georgia during the 1st part of Spring Break. 

Confirmation classes start January 8th.  Confirmation Sunday is April 23rd, 2017.

6:00 pm18:00

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace Returns to Messiah
Beginning Sunday, January 8th at 6:00PM Room 300
Give your family or friends the gift of Financial Peace this Christmas. Learn how to make your money work for you! Space is Limited – Register today. Contact Terry or Eileen Tamasovich for details ttamatoe@aol.com or etamatoe@aol.com Go to https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu/classes/1032349 to get registered!

6:30 pm18:30

All Daughter Dinner

UMW All Daughter Dinner “Fiesta” benefits Nuevo Progreso House of Hope

The UMW All Daughter Dinner will be Friday, March 10 at 6:30 pm in McVay Hall. Tickets will be on sale Sundays February 26 & March 5 between services and in the church office Feb 27 - March 2 and March 6-7. There is a limit of 150 tickets and no tickets will be available after March 7. All women and girls are invited to attend.

The theme this year is “Fiesta.” Our guest speaker will be Pastor Kathy, who will talk about Nuevo Progreso House of Hope. 

There will be piñata, a Mexican hat dance and more!

Tickets are $10 for women, $5 for girls age 3 – 13, under 3 is free. No tickets will be available after March 7.   Remember, you don't have to have a daughter to attend, you just have to be a daughter! The menu will include fruit cup, chips & salsa, enchiladas, beans and rice with a variety of desserts. 

Back by Popular Demand - Confetti Filled Egg Shells!

Our mission project will be to sell cascarones, empty egg shells that are dyed and filled with confetti. It is a Mexican custom to crack them on your loved ones’ heads for good luck. We will take pre-sale orders of Cascarones during the ticket sale, 1 egg for $1 or 6 eggs for $5. We will also have some extra eggs for sale at the dinner. You may order cascarones even if you aren’t going to the dinner. Proceeds will benefit the Youth mission trip to Mexico in June.


Men needed to serve at the All Daughter Dinner March 10

Is your family attending the All Daughter Dinner? We are looking for a “few good men” to help serve our buffet and dessert. If you are available from 6 or 6:30 pm until about 8:30 pm on Friday, March 10 and you are willing to help out, please contact Julie Doel 614-579-2021 Julie@DoelFamily.com


9:00 am09:00

Supporting the Girls Workshop

Supporting the Girls Workshop

Saturday, March 4th, 2016 9:00am—1:00pm at the Gathering Place we will have a Supporting the Girls Workshop. Stop by and help withsorting, tagging, and making affirmation notes which are attached to bras distributed to girls and women through Ohio charities. This is a great opportunity to bring a friend and volunteer together. Teens this is a great opportunity to get your service hours for school. Contact: Jenna Johnston (614) 794-2259 stg.ohio@gmail.com for more information.


Jan 31

2017 Endowment



The Endowment Fund was created where gifts to the church can be held in perpetuity and the income generated used fulfill the purpose of the church in Christian ministry and mission according to the bylaws.

The Endowment Committee makes Grants available annually to emerging ministries and missions according to the Grant Guidelines. To apply, complete the Grant Application and submit along with supporting documentation to birwin789@gmail.com. Grants are awarded in the first quarter.

3:00 pm15:00

Christmas Eve Services

The church is busy preparing for another wonderful celebration of the birth of Christ.  We want to invite you to join Church of the Messiah for worship on Christmas Eve.  We will be offering five worship services this year on December 24th.

Traditional Services will be at 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm, and 11:00pm

 Special music will be part of each service.

There will be a special children’s focus during the 5:00 service

Communion will be served during the 11:00 service

Communion will be served in the chapel from 6:00pm thru 9:00pm

Live streaming of the service will happen at 5:00, 7:00, 11:00

Childcare will be available at 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00

4:00 pm16:00

Christmas Caroling

Christmas Caroling Dec 18th

Meet us in the sanctuary at 4:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 18th. We will divide up into groups and head out to sing Christmas carols to some of the shut-ins of our congregation. Everyone will meet back at the church for pizza and fellowship after caroling.