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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

Office Closure for Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day, the office will be closed on Monday September 6.  The office will resume regular hours again on Tuesday September 7.
Garage Sale Notice
Just a few short weeks ago I (Pastor Anna) presided at a pandemic wedding: a simple ceremony, outdoors, with only the couple, 4 siblings, parents, and the photographer. At that wedding, I read the very familiar 1 Corinthians 13. Usually when this passage is read, the focus is love, but as I drove home from the park, I found myself thinking about hope and all that I’ve hoped for and had to set aside over the last year and a half. We hear in verse 13, “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” Faith and hope abide alongside love because we need them to. Until we know the fullness of God, we need faith and hope to accompany us on our journeys. 
Surely in this stretching season of ongoing pandemic, we have relied on our faith, and we have hoped for much. Just as love will endure beyond faith and hope, we lead with love as our default. Leading out of love, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the fall 2021 Linworth Garage Sale. 
With cases of Covid19 on the rise, we have examined all options in how to move forward and do not believe we can facilitate this event in a way that keeps our members, volunteers, and the community safe. Even before this most recent surge, the survey results displayed a hesitancy from volunteers in proceeding. In the meeting of leaders that followed a week after the survey went out, the leaders stated that the rise in rates in that week were concerning enough that they would change their survey responses. 
We understand that this decision may make you sad. It may also make you frustrated. We also recognize the grief that comes with such a momentous event being cancelled yet again. Please know that we considered so many options and tried our best. We simply cannot take the risk. We love each other and the community too much for that. 
The Garage Sale is more than just a sale. We know the community that is built in the preparation for such an event. Please know that we will be encouraging connections between our members in the season that would have been the garage sale. 
We also know that many people have been “saving their stuff” for the garage sale. At this time, to save costs on storage, we will not be accepting donations. If you cannot hold onto your treasures, we encourage you to call us! We can recommend partner organizations that are collecting donations. You may also entertain the idea of selling your items independently (through Facebook market or even resale shops like New Uses on Sawmill just off of Hard Rd.) and then donating the proceeds of your sale to the ministries at Linworth UMC usually supported by the sale. 
We pray for the end of this pandemic. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Have conversation with your doctor about receiving the vaccine (if you haven’t already). Each of us is called to act in love even as we journey in faith and cling to hope. 
Here’s hoping for Spring 2022… 

Pastor Anna, Senior Pastor
Denny Devine, Master of Garage Sale Ceremonies
"I've Been Meaning to Ask..."
Connection Survey
Dear Church - "We've been meaning to ask...?" - was our most recent sermon series where we explored several questions that the scriptures invite us to ask one another to become a closer and more compassionate faith community.  Asking questions of God and of one another creates opportunity for growth and connection.  We long to be a church that continues to grow in faith and connect with one another in authentic and meaningful ways.  
We have created a brief survey to ask you questions about what hurts, about what you need, and about where we want to go from here.  We care about your needs, your pain, and your hopes.  Many of the needs and some of the pain and hopes may be shared, even though so many of us feel alone we are often living similar stories. Whether it is a "common" concern or a unique individual incident - your story matters. We want to pray with you and for you.  We want to plan with you and for you. Will you take a moment to share your story with us?
As always please know that your pastors love you. We are only a phone call or email away. 
Please let us know if we can serve or support you in any way. 
In Christ's grace and peace - 
Your LUMC Pastors 
Pastor Anna, Pastor Sara, Pastor Gene, Pastor Brooke
Policy Update from Pastor Anna:
We remain committed to caring for our neighbor:
Any person over the age of two will be asked to “mask up” before entering our building, regardless of vaccination status, and remain masked for the duration of your stay in the building.
We understand that you may be uncomfortable wearing a mask, and if that is the case then we invite you to join us for worship on our live-stream. We live-stream both the 9 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. services.
We are here to serve, to lead, and to care for you. But you are also called to the same: ministries of serving, caring, and connecting with one another. As Delta surges, may we continue to 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. 
                          Missions for Haiti

As you have heard, no doubt, there was an earthquake in Haiti. This 7.2 magnitude earthquake has ravaged the already fragile nation. Less than a month after the assassination of Haiti's president, this earthquake was centered just 60 miles west of the earthquake in 2010 which such damage that full recovery has not been achieved. Then as if the country had not endured enough, Tropical Depression Grace dumped massive amounts of rain, causing flash flooding and mudslides.

Overwhelmed by the stress on the hospitals and with roads that are impassable, many who are injured are going without care, and many go without food, clean water, sanitation, and housing.

“Hundreds of thousands of people will sleep under the stars tonight for fear of the aftershocks that still continue,” reports David Draeger, UM Volunteers in Mission Coordinator in Haiti. “Many will go to sleep hungry because they don't have access to food or the ability to cook. Many will go to sleep not knowing the fate of loved ones still buried under rubble. Countless numbers have injuries that have not been treated because there is no medicine available.” The Methodist Church is active in the three major areas of destruction and has already done assessments and know what is required to help at this time.

It has been shared with me that at least four of our members have served in Haiti on at least 15 mission experiences after the 2010 earthquake. Whether you, yourself, have a personal connection, you share in the connection with our sisters and brothers in Haiti through Linworth United Methodist Church and the shared status as God's Beloved.

If you are able, we invite you to give, perhaps even sacrificially, to the relief efforts in Haiti. You may give online by clicking here or by giving to Linworth UMC, indicating "Haiti Relief" on the memo line or envelope category. Your tax deductible gift will be used to directly aid the people of Haiti in their relief efforts.

Of course, no matter the amount which you are able to give, we invite you to join us in covering the people of Haiti in prayer.
Donate to Haiti Relief

 New                  New Endowment Leaf 

New Leaf on Endowment Tree
In memory of Patricia & Wallace Burkey
Faithful members of Linworth UMC
~ Susan & Howard Dean ~
Register for Worship on Sept 5 (10:30 am)
Register for Worship on September 12th (10:30am)
9:00am Traditional Worship From Sunday August 29, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday August 29, 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

 Fall Membership Interest 

Are you interested in becoming a member with Linworth United Methodist?
Pastor Anna will be leading this five-part virtual study on UMC history, life together, beliefs, theology, and what that means for us as the Linworth UMC community. Those who participate in all five sessions, if not already members, will be eligible to join Linworth UMC on October 31st, but whether this is a primer, or a refresher for you on United Methodism, this is an opportunity for growth! Please fill this form out below:

 Labyrinth Prayer Walk 

A labyrinth is a meandering singular path used in prayer and meditation. It is a metaphor for life’s journey, a pilgrimage practice of mindfulness, and an opportunity to meet God with our whole selves- body, mind, and spirit. Many people use the labyrinth for discernment when a decision is on the horizon, to prayer for a loved one or the world, or during times of transition or stress. It’s a beautiful practice!

Christine Hiester will be leading a labyrinth walk at the beautiful outdoor stone labyrinth on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus on Wednesday September 8th from 6:30 to 8pm. RSVP is required: Space is limited to 20 people.”


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:


Are you interested in joining our Celebration Ringers? We are in need of a bass ringer for the 2021-22 choir season. These bells are bigger and heavier, so arm strength (or a desire to build it!) is a plus. Basic music reading ability is required. No handbell experience necessary- we will teach you the technique!

Rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:15 beginning September 2nd.

 Calling All Ringers & Singers! 


Reverberation Ringers and Chancel Choir fall Information– participants needed!

There’s no better time to get involved with the music of Linworth! Chancel Choir welcomes singers, ages high school through adult, and would especially benefit from tenor and bass voices as we come into the fall. We sing varied music throughout the year, plan special events in the Christmas and Easter seasons, and are open to those who might be seasonal singers because of travel or other commitments.

Our Reverberation Ringers choir is looking for a player to help in the bass bells section. Ringers need to have experience reading music, but we will teach you handbell technique. We have a great time building community and beautiful music each week!

  • Reverberation Ringers meets from 6:15-7:15 each Thursday during the choir year and plays in the service once per month.
  • The Chancel Choir meets from 7:30-9pm each Thursday after bells and sings to support the service most weeks from September through May.

Please contact Christine Hiester to sign up:

         In Person Children's Choir Coming Soon! 

Students in grades K-6 are invited to rehearse with Ms. Becky right after the 10:30 service each Sunday. Choir rehearsal will be from 11:30-12:00 in the choir room. The choir will sing periodically in worship services and will also explore dramas and musicals. We will be masked and following COVID safety protocols to ensure the safety of our young singers. Look out for more information and sign-ups coming in September!
Preschool Music Time:
New this fall for preschoolers, Ms. Becky will be doing music and movement time during preschool Sunday school classes. This active time will get preschoolers on their feet, singing and dancing to age appropriate church songs. There will be some opportunities to sing in worship for interested kids.

Contact Becky Stout ( with any questions about children's music at LUMC.




We are in need of men’s new white athletic socks, new underwear sizes S, M, L and men’s smaller size jeans and pants and gently used hoodie sweatshirts of any size. We can also use personal hygiene products.


Save September 26th, 2021 for the 30th anniversary celebration of New LIfe's breakfast ministry. Thank you for the support and gifts of time, talent, money, and clothing given to New Life over the years, your partnership is appreciated!


 LCC Updates 

Hiring Part Time
Monday-Friday 2-6p

Contact Linworth Children's Center
Spiritual Journey

 Sunday Worship 

Please join us!
  • 9am Traditional Worship - In person (no registration) or Online
  • 10:30 am Contemporary Worship - In person (registration required - link at the top of this email) 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:
Register for Prayer Circle on Zoom
Join Christine Hiester on Zoom prayer circles: September 22, October 27th, November 17th (due to Thanksgiving week) and no meetings in December. 


  Children's Worship! 

We are beginning slow by providing a place for kids to join everyone in the Worship Center for worship. After the passing of the peace, children will be invited to join a Pastor upfront for a children’s moment. When we dismiss, kid’s 3-3rd grade are invited to go to the east playground with Pastor Brooke and our Children’s Staff.

If you have a child that would like to join in on the fun, we ask that you register each child at the links below. Also, it can get warm on the playground, please provide a water bottle with child’s name. If we have inclement weather, we will utilize the social hall.

Register Now

Get Involved

of LUMC 

Thank you to those that have already donated to the church pantry!  We are still in need of cereal, canned fruit, meal kits and baby food but anything (within date) is welcomed.  If you feel called to help, please leave your donated items in the church office and label them as PANTRY.  Thank you!

 Next Habitat Build COMING SOON! 

We are pleased to announce that our 2021 new build with AEP and Habitat for Humanity will be locared at 1560 Briarwood Avenue in Columbus. This is just four houses down from the project we did with Habitat and Hilliard Adopt-A-House in 2019. The first work day will be Thursday September 9. Thereafter, volunteer opportunities are available each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The build will be led by Linworth's Jim Rosing. If you have an interest in helping, please contact Jim at or 740-602-0241. Join us! We can hardly wait to make a huge difference in another family's lives!!!
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Verse of the Week: 

"But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God." 
Ruth 1:16

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