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Linworth Lantern - Weekly eNews to light up your week!
Linworth UMC welcomes and affirms all people regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, physical ability, socioeconomic status, or faith background as part of our community. To see our full statement of inclusion, visit our website.

This Week's Spotlights

Special Message from Pastor Anna:

James 5 says, "Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should have [the leaders] of the church pray over them. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up... Pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."
Almost 5 years ago, I found myself accompanying my father to Ohio State for a meeting with specialists regarding his health. That was the first time the word "transplant" was mentioned in regards to his liver disease, but since then the day when we scheduled a liver transplant for him has been on my heart and mind.
Earlier this week I received a call from the Ohio State University Comprehensive Transplant Center that I have been approved to be a living liver donor for my father. After extensive testing, I am excited and nervous to be able to serve my dad in this way. Our surgery is scheduled for December 3, 2021. As with anything in this strange land of transplant conversations, nothing is ever certain. There is still the option for him to receive the gift of life from a deceased donor. There are a lot of factors that play into the Dec. 3rd date.
At present, my intention is to take a leave to recover from the procedure. I have worked and will continue to work with the Rev. Tim Bias, our District Superintendent, and Bishop Palmer to ensure that the needs of Linworth UMC are cared for, and it is my full intention to return in great health to ministry with you all as soon as possible. During my leave, however, I have full confidence that this staff (both pastoral and program/support staff) will care for you well and keep the ministry of Jesus Christ at and through Linworth UMC running well. 
Because I know your hearts, I know that you're already thinking of what you can do. First and foremost, pray. Pray for my dad, our family, the doctors/nurses/caregivers at OSU, and for me. Also, I appreciate your patience with me as evolving information continues to come in and I make the necessary adjustments. As I steward my energy and wellness carefully so that I can be in the best shape possible before surgery, I will share updates with you as I am able. I am grateful to be serving such a grace-filled congregation who will continue to support my family during this challenging season.
This will not be the last you hear from me on this matter before my leave, so know that you'll get more updates when it is appropriate to share them. As always… 

Draw the Circle Wide, 
Pastor Anna
Our Money Story Sermon Series

 We are invited to discover and tell our money stories in light of God's money story of liberation and justice. We will be invited to transform our stewardship practices into more full expressions of who we are and what we believe. This stewardship season, we invite you to remember, release, reimagine, restore, and recommit your money stories so that we can write the story God is begging us to live into.   
Creative practice - we are creating a mural, and we'd love for you to participate!  There are two ways to be involved:
*Pick up a creative packet, complete your pieces, and either return them to worship, drop them off in the office, or arrange for a pick up.  We'd love for everyone to be involved!
*Join us for creative hour each week. We'll meet at the following times:
October 13 - 6pm
October 21 - 1 pm
October 27 - 6pm
Each of these sessions will also hold the opportunity for sharing in study scripture, prayer, and conversation!
Facebook Live - Join us at 11am on Wednesdays during October for scripture, prayer, and conversation!
Policy Update from Your Pastors:
At the most recent Administrative Council meeting, the team decided that we can pause/stop requiring registration for 10:30 worship. 
We remain committed to caring for our neighbor:
Let's stay vigilant in our efforts to protect our community.  Please remember that any person over the age of two must “mask up” before entering our building, regardless of vaccination status, and remain masked for the duration of your stay in the building.  Masks are available if needed.
We are all called to the ministries of serving, caring, and connecting with one another safely. As Delta surges continue, may we change more and more into the likeness of Jesus.
Policy Update for Linworth Children's Center (LCC)
We will be requiring all visitors, parents, and staff to be masked until recommendations by local health departments change. We strongly recommend that parents send KB and K students in masks. For below KB, masks will be parental choice. 
Remembering Native American Victims

Photograph of Capt. Pratt (back, center) and students at the Carlisle Industrial School (Indian boarding school) circa 1900. Public Domain: courtesy of the Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
United Methodist leaders decry church sponsorship of U.S. abusive “Indian boarding schools” and call for remembrance of victims and survivors. 

While authorized and primarily funded by government, some of these schools were also sponsored or operated by religious organizations, including several with Methodist affiliations. Some Methodists and their institutions shared and promoted the sentiment that Indigenous people must be “Christianized” and then “civilized” to be regarded as human beings, or as stated by prominent proponents, “Kill the Indian and save the man.” 

We know the names and locations of a number of Methodist-related Native American boarding schools and efforts are underway to identify as many such institutions as may have existed. We need to better understand our complicity in this form of cultural genocide and to bring the boarding schools more clearly into focus in our expression of repentance for the inhumane treatment to which the church and its members subjected Indigenous people in the past.

Click here to learn more about suggestions from the healing coalition for ways to remember the victims and survivors of the schools can be found.
Year End Tax Planning Tips
Year End Tax Planning tips! Did you know that if you are 72 years old you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA and pay taxes on some or all of that distribution? However, you can avoid that tax by having those funds distributed directly to a qualifying charity. Donations of stock have the added benefit of giving you a tax deduction based on what the stock is selling for on the date of the gift, not what you paid for it. Finally, any prepayment of 2022 pledges could have an impact on your Tax Year 2021 tax situation. If you know you will be able to itemize your deductions for Tax Year 2021 and may not for 2022, consider prepaying a portion of your pledge. If you have any questions about these donation methods, please reach out to our Business Manager, Matthew Smith at
9:00am Traditional Worship From Sunday October 3, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday October 3, 2021
Sponsor Bread & Water / Altar Flowers

Connect, Grow, and Serve with Linworth

The Linworth Lantern, our weekly eNewsletter, is here with all of the ministry updates coming up at the church and ways to Connect, Grow, and Serve!!
Upcoming Events & News

                  Children's Sunday School - 10:30 Service school
We have a Nursery for babies-toddlers (at both services) and classes for both preschool/kindergarten, and 1st-6th grade (during the 10:30 service).  The 1st-6th graders will join the congregation in worship for a children's moment and then go to their respective classrooms for more learning. Any questions please contact Pastor Brooke

 Meet a Pastor in the Park 
 Pastor in the Park has moved to a new Day of the Week...
You are invited to meet Pastor Sara on Fridays at 10 am  October 8, 15, and 22nd.

Meet at Linworth Road Community Park, South entrance at 10 a.m. on the following Friday mornings (weather permitting).  
Linworth Road Community Park is located at 5971 Linworth Rd, Worthington, OH 43085. All are welcome - invite a friend! 

Click here to register for each date listed above.

                 Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)
& Community Support 

You are invited to learn more about Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS) and their local efforts to welcome approximately 300 Afghans who were evacuated from their homeland. In addition to the immediate housing needs, CRIS is also exploring additional avenues of community support for groups or individuals to consider.  Your collaboration could have a lasting impact.  Join us to hear how your congregation or local civic groups and community members can rally around  these families, welcoming and supporting them as they build new lives.
We are gathering on Zoom on Wednesday October 13 at 3 p.m.  Please register for this conversation here.
If you have questions about this meeting please contact Rev. Sara McSwords at
If you would like to talk to a representative from CRIS directly please contact Erika Crawford at


                          Third & Fourth Grade Bible Sunday                                                         
On Sunday, October 24 at the 9 and 10:30 services, Linworth UMC is blessed with the opportunity to share our love and care for our 3rd and 4th graders as we gift them with their very own Bible. Do you have a student in 3rd or 4th grade? If so, we please fill out the digital registration form by Sunday, October 17.
Please note, we recognize you may not be able to join us that day. We still want to include your student and would love to get a Bible out to them early so we can include pictures of them with their Bible in worship.

If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Brooke.


                          Trunk or Treat for all Ages!                                                               
October 24, 3-5pm           
  Rain Date October 31, 3-5p

 Masks, strongly encouraged.  

Trunk-or-Treat is just not for kids and families. At LUMC, it is so much more than kids dressing up and collecting candy. Trunk-or-Treat is an opportunity for the entire church family to gather in fellowship while inviting the community to join in on the fun. We never know how offering hospitality and Christian love to our neighbors might be the seed someone needs to begin a life of discipleship.
How can you help and be a part of this great event? We will need folks to decorate their trunks and hand out candy. As well as people willing to work hospitality and welcome stations. If you are unable to join the event, we will be collecting candy to use at the event. Finally, we ask for prayer that all those who attend, share and experience God’s love.
To signup to be a part of this fellowship event, register here or register at the kid’s registration area on Sunday.

College/Young Adult Addresses Needed

Now that we are falling into a routine after summer and our young adults are back in college, moved, or started a new job it is a time to update their addresses and information so we can better stay in contact. Please take a moment to update your information or your young adult's information click here.

Dress For Success Donations by Linworth UMW
Thank you for all of your donations so far! 
Dress For Success will continue until October 19th. Collections can be dropped off during church hours (8:30 to 4:30) or in the container near the elevator. 


We appreciate all of your help with this important mission.  There is an immediate need for deodorant, white athletic socks and new underwear sizes S, M, L.  We also accept men’s smaller size jeans and pants and gently used hoodie sweatshirts of any size. We can also use personal hygiene products. Donations are being collected underneath the pantry cabinets next to the church office.  

Fall Newsletter

If you have not received the newsletter via mail, and would like a copy, there are some at the church office as well as outside the worship area. 
You can also access it here.  
Spiritual Journey

 Sunday Worship 

        We invite you to join us!
  • 9am Traditional Worship - In person or Online
  • 10:30 am Contemporary Worship - In person or Online
This week's bulletin:
Digital Connect Card (Blue Card):

 Contemplative Prayer Circles 

A time of quiet and stillness before God. A time of community support and sharing. A time of reflection with scripture, music, journaling, and poetry. Our Contemplative Prayer Circle is open to all and is a beautiful space of rest and peace in our month. If you are interested in learning more, or have questions, please contact Christine Hiester for more information.
Please click on link below as Christine speaks about the importance of contemplative prayer click here.
Register for Prayer Circle on Zoom

Join Christine Hiester on Zoom prayer circles: October 27th, November 17th (due to Thanksgiving week) and no meetings in December. 

Get Involved

Discipleship Baby Steps

Recently, while talking to a colleague about a project I was working on and feeling overwhelmed, I was reminded of how a baby learns to walk. It begins months before those first steps as infants strengthen and develop their leg muscles. The infants have no understanding of walking but they delight in standing on an adults’ lap bouncing up and down. As they continue to develop, they begin to crawl and soon find the edges of furniture and begin to pull themselves up and stand wabbly, holding on with both hands. We all know this progresses and the many stages that have to be learned before a baby can confidently toddle around.
I find it interesting that we adults, forget that learning something new, even discipleship, which is following and living out Jesus’ teachings, takes the purposeful plodding, stretching and strengthening our faith. In this COVID-19 season we have had to put some of our favorite ways to serve on hold but discipleship; acts of compassion, justice, worship and devotion continue.
How are your discipleship muscles doing? If COVID didn’t exist, many of you would be stretching your discipleship muscles, preparing to welcome our neighbors in to shop and fellowship at the fall garage sale. Actually, about 1,000 hours of discipleship would be strengthened through this event. WOW!
Here is the challenge, we can recognize our sadness of missing out on another event. But we also can reinvest those hours into other discipleship opportunities. How, you ask? Connect in worship, in person or online. If you haven’t seen someone connect for a while, reach out to them. Prayer and reading, devote 15-20 minutes a day to intentionally being with God. Be open to new ways to serve such as participating at Trunk or Treat, joining the children’s Sunday school team, or greeting on Sunday mornings. Finally, join a small group. We are slowly bringing back in person gatherings and equipping our space for hybrid events. Please let Pastor Brooke or your clergy team know you are interested in joining in. However you choose to strengthen you discipleship muscles, remember, it is baby steps. Each and every baby step will help you grow in you live out your commitment to Jesus Christ in discipleship.
Blessings, Pastor Brooke

U.S. EPA Energy Star for Congregations

Our very own Mark Barrett and Denny Devine as well as Mike Sundberg's photo credit on the United Methodist Church website!  Thank you for helping make our church more efficient.  Your time and dedication does not go unnoticed- We appreciate you all!

 Hilltop Community

Linworth’s support of our ministry work in the Hilltop area of Columbus helps us partner with diverse groups such as Burroughs Elementary School, Celebrate One’s initiative for the well health of newborns and under 1s, the Highlands Youth Garden, Ville on the Hill support for elderly people, fresh produce markets and free lending libraries, and various initiatives through the Shalom Zone. 
We are looking forward to getting back in the neighborhood sometime soon and are always open to new ideas on how to serve.  If you are looking for a place to share your talents and your ministerial service, and would like to know more, please contact Laurie Sandall 614-329-1508 or Pastor Sara  
We have a new volunteer opportunity to assist in classrooms at W. Broad ES.   Our Hilltop ministry has a good relationship with WBES, including the school being a site for produce distributions,  cohosting dinners, providing financial and clothing assistance as needed, partnering for summer reading programs, as well as helping with volunteers during the school year. If you are interested in this wonderful ministry, please contact Cindy Leonard ( volunteer coordinator). Email is Please reference the Hilltop Team as making the request.
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Verse of the Week:
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Galatians 5:13-14

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