About Us

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“St. Columba’s is a welcoming Christian community that seeks to be open in spirit, deep in faith, rich in worship, active in service.”

Our Mission

This mission statement above is embodied in all that we do, from making music and celebrating the Eucharist, to the many ways we engage in lifelong faith and formation, to the ongoing care and hospitality that we extend to one another and to those outside our walls. A sense of mission is woven through the very fabric of this place.

According to the late Rev. Margaret Guenther, "If you had come to St. Columba’s in 1884, you would have worshiped in a little white frame chapel, standing approximately where our fieldstone church stands today. No problem parking on 42nd Street–it didn’t exist. According to legend, in fine weather the congregation gathered under the Columba oak, which is still with us, gnarled and showing its age but a powerful symbol of the life and growth of our community."

Our story merits its own calendar of saints, those folk who have loved this sacred space for over 133 years. We know some of the names inscribed in the stained glass windows as donors. We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses! For which we say only, humbly and gratefully: “Thanks be to God!”

Important Links

Learn more about the history of St. Columba's.
"St. Columba's History" by the Rev. Margaret Guenther
"A Brief Chronology of St. C's" by the Rev. Margaret Guenther and updated by Barbara McGowan