Game Nights–Come Join Us!


imageOn the first Friday of each month, 7:30-10:00pm, we’re planning a young adult Game Night — Singles and Couples in the fellowship hall. Get a babysitter and come on down to join the fun! There will be Refreshments, Laughs, Games, Fun, Social Spiritual Message & Fellowship. Bring Wii, your favorite board-games, and a friend! Sponsored by Paul Christian & Ken Schoon. Next one: April 8, 2011. Contact Ken Schoon for more information.


This Year in Our History – March 2011

This Year in Our History

By James Barbee, Historian

25 Years Ago

EmmausIn 1986, The Greater Columbus Emmaus Community (GCEC) began having “Walks” at BSUMC. Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual formation program developed by Upper Room Ministries, part of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship. It is a 72-hour short course in Christianity, called Walks, which is designed to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. It is patterned after the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and has similar expressions under different names in other Protestant denominations.

At that time in Ohio, there were Emmaus communities already established at Hyde Park Community UMC in Cincinnati and First UMC in Marysville. About a year earlier, the steering committee of the GCEC had approached Pastor Stacy Evans about BSUMC becoming “home” to the community. The steering committee began holding its meetings here and subsequently monthly “Gatherings” of persons who had attended Walks in other communities were also held here. Plans were developed by the GCEC with help from leaders in the other two Ohio communities, and in concert with the church, to begin having weekend Walks at BSUMC.

The church had to be involved in the planning because during a week-end Walk, the community utilized almost the entire church building at some time or other. For example, the space under the gymnasium (now used for the Inn at Broad) was the weekend conference room; the gymnasium was divided in half by a tarp with one side used for sleeping and the other side for dining; the upper level Sunday School rooms were used for sleeping quarters and meeting space for the live-in team; and the sanctuary and chapel were used at various other times during the weekend. After the 1996 building renovations, when the Inn At Broad was established in the space under the gymnasium; the conference room for weekend Walks was moved to the enlarged room on the upper level, now known as Room 300.



Passover Food Drive


Support Jewish Families for Passover which provides essential food items for over 400 families to carry out the Seder and to assist people to keep Passover. A team of volunteers package and distribute the food to members of the Jewish community that otherwise could not appropriately participate in the Seder and keeping the Passover.  Learn more about Passover here or here.

Broad Street’s Outreach Cluster is collecting $10 Kroger and Giant Eagle gift cards. We’d like to give JFS 100 cards. Please bring your cards to the church from March 20 to April 3. You can also donate via our site using PayPal (general fund – and note Passover Food Drive in the comments).


Manna Cafe – March 2011 Update


At Manna Café, those who give often receive more and those who receive give more than they realize.

When the T’ferith Isreael group was cleaning up after they sponsored the meal on Wednesday, March 9, I told their leader, Goldie, “Thank you”. She responded, “We enjoy this. We believe in what you are doing and we like the way you do it”.

Ray, an OSU student who volunteered 30 hours as part of his course in Community Leadership, wrote in his Thank you note, “I appreciate the family environment. I believe everyone who attends, volunteers and guests, have a pleasant experience. I will take my Manna Café experience wherever I go.”

The mother of a volunteer liked what she has heard and sent a large donation.

One of the guests reported, “I feel there is a presence here.”

You have a chance to be part of this every Wednesday by coming at 4 pm or later and volunteering. Contact me to sign up!    —

-  Emily Schornstein

Hot mealsThe MANNA CAFÉ provides a welcoming community and nutritious meal every Wednesday evening to 150-180 guests from our community. We need 10-12 volunteers to help on Mar 30. To volunteer, please contact Carol Whitt @ 740-504-7868 or To learn more, speak to Emily Schornstein (441-8949). You may also leave a message at ext. 220 here at the church. To provide financial assistance (The meal for 180 costs $300), please indicate “Manna Café” on the memo of your check or on the offering envelope.

You can also donate online using PayPal, securely from our site by going to our Donate page.


Shawl Ministry – March 2011 Update


The Shawl Ministers are busy knitting and crocheting to replenish the supply of shawls that are in great demand. The saying, “You reap what you sow” is lived out by our crafters with each shawl we create. We love the making of the shawls and we are grateful when the fruit of our labors are received and used to lift the spirit of others; to soothe those who are weary; to delight their souls and to provide warm comfort on a cold winter’s day.

We are extending an open invitation to our church family to come and join us in this vital ministry. We meet the first and third Sundays of each month at 9:30 AM in the library on the second floor.

This year we plan to have a greater presence at church with the blessing of the shawls during worship the fourth Sunday of the month.

—  Leslie Summers and Karen Freudigman
Shawl Ministers Co-Chairs


Heart of the City Walk – 2011

Heart of the City Walk 2011 – August 20, 2011

Attention, all walkers! In fact, attention everyone! The Heart of the City Walk has been scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2011. Put this on your calendar and start walking now to prepare. You are not a walker? Just walk for five minutes TODAY. Add a minute tomorrow. Before you know it, you will be a walker. Believe me, this is NOT an event designed for trained athletes. This is designed for everyone who wants to experience the amazing health benefits of increasing your walking.

Let me tell you a story.

Aunt Rosalie, who is not really my aunt, but whom I happily claim as part of the family, moved to Ohio in 2009 because her health was starting to fail. She lives independently near my sister Elaine and my nephew Chris. When she arrived, she was on pain medication five times a day due to a back problem. Last summer, she decided—on her own — no prompting from family or doctor —- that she would try walking, although she had never been a walker. She went outside in the late afternoon, and using her walker, set out near her building.

She did not tell anyone. She felt better so gradually increased her distance. When winter came, she walked indoors. When she announced this accomplishment to the family on Thanksgiving, Elaine told her she would walk with her and measure the distance with her pedometer. It turns out that Aunt Rosalie is walking one and a half miles every day. It is never too late to start walking. Aunt Rosalie started at age 92. She now takes one dose of pain medication per day — if she needs it. And mostly, she does not.

Will you join us for this yearʼs Heart of the City Walk? It is really fun; just ask any of last yearʼs walkers. The $25 registration fee supports the Heart of the City Foundation. Last year we contributed $1800. If you are unable to contribute the $25, just come and walk with us anyway. You are welcome!

Start walking now!


–  Gail Hetzler and Marge Galloway


Requiem – April 3, 2011


Requiem, by K. Lee Scott

The Chancel Choir and the Chancel Choir of Indianola Presbyterian Church will present K. Lee Scott’s Requiem on Sunday morning, April 3. Scott’s Requiem is a non-liturgical Requiem drawing on texts from the Psalms, Revelation, a hymn text by Timothy Dudley-Smith and two texts by John Donne. Taking the better part of two decades to complete, Scott compiled a convincing and cohesive set of English texts incorporating a slight evidence of the traditional Latin form of the Requiem Mass.

Over the past few decades, K. Lee Scott has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of music for the Church. His compositions include anthems, hymns that have been included in several recently published hymnals, and several large works, including his Requiem. Accompaniment for the Requiem will be a chamber group in instrumentalists including cello, flute, harp, timpany and organ. Gary Everts and Doug Slusher, director of the Indianola Choir, will share the conducting. Solos will be sung by Cynthia Mahaney and Nancy Roberts. The two choirs will repeat the Requiem at Indianola Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning, April 10.


2011 Lenten Devotional

Please enjoy the Broad Street UMC Lenten Devotional, available in PDF format, here:



Education Event: One Day to End Homelessness

On Sunday, as an extension of the One Day to End Homelessness Campaign, Broad Street United Methodist Church will host an educational event/discussion about homeless youth and homeless families with children in Columbus.

The event will feature Erin Maus of the Community Shelter Board (CSB), Angela Lariviere of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) at COHHIO and two youth who will share their own experiences with homelessness with us.

Please join us Sunday, March 13th, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Broad Street UMC in the Chapel, at 501 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.