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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

Personal Update from Pastor Anna
Just a few weeks ago, I shared news that I would be serving as a living liver donor for my dad who is terminally ill. In that email, I also shared that a lot can change between now and December 3rd (the projected surgery date). Indeed, a lot has changed. My dad's condition has changed, and at current he is not active on the transplant list. This means that he can receive neither the gift of life from a deceased donor nor from a living donor at present. We hope to strengthen his condition, and we have a few touch base dates on the calendar with his transplant team to reevaluate his fitness for transplant.
What this means for you... for us... is that the leave that I had worked to put in motion for myself for the months of December, January, and February is on hold. I continue to be amazed at the dedication and the flexibility of your staff, and we are adjusting plans accordingly.
I ask that you continue to hold my family in your prayers. Your outpouring of support has been amazing, and many of you have articulated your prayers. I also ask that you continue to grant me grace. There are a lot of you, and there is only one of me. I will continue to share news as I have it and as I have energy to do so.
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.   
This is the final part of the stewarship season.  We hope you will join!
A Word from the Stewardship Team
We hope that you all have received our mailings!  In case you have misplaced or if you have not received the pledge card in the mail, click here to view and print.  You can bring it back to service this Sunday October 31, turn it into the office or you can mail it in.  If you have any questions, please call the office.
Policy Concerns from Your Pastors
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.
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 24, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday October 24, 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

Welcoming New Members

Will you please join us in celebration as we introduce our newest members this Sunday at both services. Tamra Pace and Roger Steedman (top picture), and Jeanne Melvin (pictured bottom left) will be joining at 9am and Abby Foster and Margaret Morosko (pictured bottom right) will be joining at the 1030a service.  Let's also welcome Sarah Thompson, who has been worshiping primarily at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Sunday Funday Children's Pajama Party

We are taking a break from our 10:30 Sunday school schedule for 5th Sunday Funday this Sunday, October 31!
Preschool and Elementary age kids will not want to miss the opportunity to wear their pajamas to church and join their friends for a Not So Spooky Pajama Sunday! We will all begin in worship with our families in the worship center. After the children’s moment, everyone will go to the Library for a short devotion and some fantastic games. We look forward to seeing all our kids for a Not So Spooky Pajama Sunday.

 New            Trunk or Treat for all Ages!                                         
                               This Sunday October 31, 3-5p               
Masks, strongly encouraged. Invite a friend!                                                                  

Zimblestern Installation

The Zimbelstern (Meaning “Cymbal Star” in German), is a “toy” organ stop consisting of a metal or wooden star or wheel on which several small bells are mounted. When engaged, the star rotates, producing a continuous tinkling sound. It was common in northern Europe, Germany in particular, throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. After about 1700, the bells were tuned to particular notes. The device is most effective to be used with Baroque music of an upbeat nature or hymns registered using bright sounding pipes. The Zimbelstern truly makes a joyful sound. I will be using it a great deal during Advent season.
Our pipe organ is a 1960 Schantz that was made in Orville, Ohio. The organ had been in a Methodist church in Hialeah, Florida. They built a new building around 30 years ago and installed a larger pipe organ. We purchased their old organ from a man in Tennessee who had disassembled it and stored it in a warehouse. We purchased it from him in 1997 and John Muller (Muller Pipe Organ in Croton, Ohio) completely refurbished the Schantz/Muller and installed it at our current building in March 1998. The organ at the old church on Linworth Road was an electronic Allen Digital Computer organ that we sold to Maize Manor United Methodist Church in the north end of Columbus. We have added an Oboe stop (2009), Mixture III (2013) and Trumpet (2019).
Pat and Wally Burkey’s oldest son, Eric, is an organist in Tampa, Florida. A friend of his made Eric three Zimbelsterns. He had been the organist at two churches and also has a large electronic organ in his home. He quit playing at one of the churches and brought that Zimbelstern home. He donated it to our church in memory of his parents. John Muller installed the Zimbelstern last week in the Great Chamber on the opposite side of the chancel. A toe stud was added on the organ to engage the Zimbelstern.

Walking in the Worship Center
Pastor in the Park has concluded for this season - Pastor Sara thanks everyone who joined her for walking and talking this fall!  Stay tuned for opportunities to join her for Walking in the Worship Center in the coming months.   

Cards for Christ Ministry
You are invited to share the love of God with the incarcerated this Christmas Season.  Local churches throughout Ohio are pulling together to collect 70,000 Christmas Cards so that every incarcerated individual in our state receives at least one card reminding them that they are loved.  Please pay attention to the guidelines for this ministry.   Cards must be submitted without envelopes, no sparkles, no pop-ups, no specific identifying information - just a brief message of love  - for example - God Bless You, You are Loved, Peace Be With You... and just a first name (or from your sister in Christ or from Bob...).  Pick up a box of Christmas Cards and share the love of God with others this Advent.  We had about 500 cards given from our church last year.  It would be amazing if we could double that and gift 1,000 cards this year! 
 Your card may offer a glimmer of hope in someone's time of need.  You are welcome to follow the Facebook Group "Cards From Christ" for updates from the ministry organizers.   You may drop off your cards at the Church office between 830 and 430 during the week or on Sunday mornings.  Contact Pastor Sara at with any questions.  Cards need to be dropped off at LUMC by Tuesday Nov 28th.

We Are Recruiting Ushers

Do you have a gift of hospitality?  We ask that you consider volunteering as an usher for the 9am service. We are looking to fill positions for 2022.  For more information, please contact Jean Davidson or home phone: 740 201 8597
Dress for Success Thank You Letter 

Dear Church: 

With heartfelt appreciation and, thanks I want to thank you and the staff, on behalf of the United Methodist Women here at Linworth. I believe this charity drive was the best we've ever had. I'm sure your closets have more breathing room. Be rest assured that your items are in good hands and will go to many persons in need.
United Methodist Women, Linda Higgins-Evening Circle 

 at Linworth
Thank you for your continued support of our food pantry.  We are asking for donations once again.  We are in need of cereal, baby wipes/toilet paper, household cleaners like laundry detergent and dish soap as well as feminine hygiene products.  Thank you for all of your gifts.  
Addresses for Future Mailings
Thank you to those that have reached out with corrections to your addresses and even ensuring I have accurate information for other members!   If you have received our most recent mailings, fantastic!  If not,  I would like to include you and your family in all that we do here at Linworth UMC. Please let me know if we need to add you or update your information into our database.  Reach out to Stephanie or call the office.
Spiritual Journey

 Sunday Worship 

        We invite you to join us!  All are welcome!
  • 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):

      Women's Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study is meeting in Room 210 on Sunday mornings @ 10:30 am and is using the Zoom-hybrid system if you prefer to join us remotely. This autumn, we are studying Praying with Power by Patsy Clairmont. Class usually runs until 11:30. Please join us for a time of fellowship, learning and growth in our faith. To sign up, please click here.

 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: November 17th (due to Thanksgiving week) and no meetings in December. 

Get Involved

 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  

New Volunteer Opportunity

We have an 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). Or you may also contact Pastor Sara for more information.

Thank you to all of the wonderful office volunteers.  If you would like to share your gifts here in the office, we would love to you!  The time commitment is minimal but the impact is huge!  Please email Stephanie for more information

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Verse of the Week

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Jeremiah 29:11

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