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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

Message from Pastor Anna
On behalf of my family (both nuclear and extended), we would like to thank you for your cards, notes, snacks, and (most importantly) prayers after my dad's death. I am so grateful to know that we are so cared for by this community.
Garrett and I had planned to be away for the weekend (Nov. 20th and 21st... I am competing in a powerlifting meet and we're spending the weekend in Cincinnati), so when you don't see me in worship on the 21st, please know that I am still grateful for your prayers and for the opportunity to take the time away that I had planned.
Worship Sunday
Please join us as we discuss thankfulness this Sunday.  All are welcome!
Policy Concerns from Your Pastors
We remain steadfast in caring for our neighbor and we continue to take steps to respond to the affects of COVID 19.
We will 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 will remain masked for the duration of their 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. May we change more and more into the likeness of Jesus.
Holiday Office Hours
Thursday, November 25th Closed Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 26th Closed Day After Thanksgiving
Friday, December 24th 8:30 am–noon Christmas Eve
Monday, December 27th Closed Christmas Observed
Online Giving
If you have an online giving account through the church, you may have recently received an email from Vanco talking about a new giving app. Vanco is the service provider that processes our online giving. Please know that this app is not required for your online giving. At any time, you can log into your online giving account at linworthumc.org/giving, where you can make changes to your account, initiate a new donation, or update payment information. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Matthew at the church office: business@linworthumc.org or 614-336-8485.
9:00am Traditional Worship From Sunday November 14, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday November 14, 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!!
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Upcoming Events & News
Advent in a Box
Everything you need to complete the activities is in your box! There are “finish at your own pace” activities for the 4 weeks of Advent including hands on experiments, interactive prayers and a few family building challenges. Each box also contains a daily devotional a the contents to create an Advent Prayer Star. We will be passing Advent in a Boxes out on Sunday, November 21 and to our LCC Families on November 22 so everyone is ready for Advent beginning November 28.
Advent in a Box is also an awesome way to be invitational to people who might be uncomfortable coming to church. You may consider taking an extra box or two and give them out as gifts. This is a perfect opportunity to send the light into your community.
Advent & the Arts
Sunday, December 5 from 1-3pm
One way we prepare for the Christ Child is by pulling out our family decorations from Christmases past as we reminisce. We remember who gave us each ornament, where we found some, and when we made certain other ornaments with loved ones. The collection of decorations  is always changing and we often make room for more.
LUMC would like to invite you to join in for an afternoon of creativity as we gather to make Christmas projects and memories together on December 5, 1-3pm, in the Fellowship Hall. We will provide the supplies and the Christmas devotion.  We ask that you register here or call the church office.
Linworth Christmas Tree
In the absence of being physically together last Christmas, we created a "Linworth Family Christmas Tree." This tree has one ornament from each family at Linworth UMC, and we want to ensure we have yours! If you are new to Linworth or if you did not get a chance to bring an ornament last year, we would love to add yours to the tree this year! You can bring your ornament for drop off when you pick up your Advent-in-a-Box, bring your ornament to worship, or drop it off in the office. If you need someone to pick an ornament up (if you are not driving or are choosing not to leave home), please call the office.
As you are planning which ornament to share, please know we will not be returning the ornaments. You may also bring a short note about your ornament (including your family name). We continue to enjoy this beautiful and meaningful addition to our Advent and Christmas Worship experience.
Youth Group Friendsgiving

This Sunday, November 21 from Noon – 1:30 is our youth group Friendsgiving.
Please contact Pastor Brooke for more information bhilliard@linworthumc.org
 
Thanksgiving Offering
Each year, LUMC invites our church family to contribute toward a special Thanksgiving Offering, which benefits the "In Our Own Backyard" mission fund. This fund supports ministries and outreach efforts that are nearby, in our local area: Smoky Row Food Pantry, NNEMAP Food Pantry, IMPACT at Claremont, and others. We appreciate your ongoing support in this unique season! You can contribute at here or by writing a check to the church with "Thanksgiving Offering" in the memo line. If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
Cards for Christ Ministry
Keep bringing in your cards for Christ.  Pick up a box of Christmas Cards and share the love of God with the incarcerated throughout Ohio this Advent season.  You may drop off your cards at the Church office between 830 and 430 during the week or on Sunday mornings.  Follow the Facebook page or contact Pastor Sara at pastorsara@linworthumc.org with any questions.  Cards need to be dropped off at LUMC by Tuesday Nov 28th.

Our 2021 holiday Adopt-a-Family program is underway! We have made some changes to our program this year. We are providing for families from Brookside Elementary School, Perry Middle School and Smoky Row Food Pantry. Each child will be provided two gifts of approximately $30 each (1 toy or game and 1 necessity item). Each family will receive a $50 gift card for food and a family bible / devotional book. All gifts and donations should be returned to church by Sunday, December 19. You can drop off items in the church office between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm—Monday thru Friday or Sunday mornings. If these times do not work for you, please call Stephanie to arrange a convenient time for drop off. Cash donations can be mailed to the church to Matthew Smith’s attention or contributed through electronic giving on the church website. Volunteers will be needed to deliver the gifts. All questions and interest in volunteering can be directed to Daphne Kackloudis, who is coordinating this year's program dlkackloudis@gmail.com or 614-940-4543. Through our Adopt-A-Family outreach, together we can share the love of Christ at Christmas with those in need. Please find the list of families and details here.  

Alternative Gift Market

What IS an Alternative Gift Market? It is a different kind of shopping experience. Gifts are purchased in honor of family members and friends. Instead of buying another tie for Uncle Fred or another stuffed animal for your grandson, you might decide to provide tuition and supplies to allow a child in Laos to attend school, or purchase the nails to build a house for a needy family in Columbus. Then you receive a card telling your family member or friend about this unique present given in their honor.
Why are there Alternative Gift Markets? Many of the world’s critical needs today are going unmet. They are a celebration of abundant life for all of the people in the world. They are an appropriate non-profit response to consumerism. They can nourish peace in our local and global neighborhood.
How do you do it? You may pick up your Alternative Gift Market shopping list at a table in the narthex any Sunday in November. Complete the form and place it with your check in the offering baskets at the rear of the sanctuary, or mail them to the church office. You may also give digitally by clicking here.
You can make a WORLD of difference this Christmas!

United Methodist Student Day is November 28

Worrying about college expenses is just one of the anxieties that many young students struggle with. It can take away from their ability to excel in their studies or to immerse themselves in valuable activities at college. But for United Methodist students, the UMC is always there to help them accomplish their goals. For more than 100 years, United Methodists have been supporting their students’ educational needs through a special fund. On Sunday, November 28th, we will celebrate United Methodist Student Day by receiving a special offering. When you give to the UM Student Day offering, your gifts support the Gift of Hope Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to deserving United Methodist students annually. When you give to this special offering, you invest in young leaders who bring their Wesleyan values into their schools and professions.

To give, please visit linworthumc.org/giving or write a check to Linworth UMC with "UM Student Day" in the memo line. To read about the impact that the UM Student Day offering makes, click here (https://www.umc.org/en/content#query=umsd&daterange=0&sortby=most-relevant)           

Poinsettia For Christmas
Poinsettias can be purchased in honor or in memory of a loved one, and will be displayed during our Christmas Eve services. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a dedication to a friend or family member while adding to the beauty of our church during the Christmas season. Poinsettias are $10 each and can be picked up after the 10:00 pm service on Christmas Eve or donated for distribution to a family in our neighborhood. In order to purchase a poinsettia, please pick up an order form at the church, contact the church office, or fill out the online order formOrders are due by Sunday, December 19th.
Jurisdictional Conference Reflections
Last week Pastor Anna met alongside leaders in the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) to participate in the special session of the Jurisdictional Conference. The main work of the conference was to set directions for our denomination as lived out in the NCJ moving forward.
You can read Bishop Palmer's thoughts here: https://www.westohioumc.org/conference/news/narrative-continuing-united-methodist-church
You can also read about the NCJ Conference here, which includes a link to a full summary, the "Call to Grace" documents written and adopted by the delegates, and delegate reflections: https://www.westohioumc.org/conference/news/ncj-delegates-talk-anti-racism-and-future-vote-reduce-bishops-1
Donations for Ronald McDonald House
We are still collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House to aid with programming.  We are also collecting old glasses to take to Lens Crafters to help overseas.  You can drop off in the designated bin at the top of the coat rack near the stairs. If you need more information about this outreach, please contact Cathy Jones or Stephanie, office@linworthumc.org or 614-336-8485.
A Word from the Stewardship Team
Thank you to all that have turned in pledge cards.  Your generosity is appreciated and helps us plan better for the coming year in ministry, discipleship and community outreach.  Your pledge matters and there is still time to turn them in!  Click here to view and print. You can turn your card into the office or you can mail it in.  
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 Sunday Worship 

 
        We invite you to join us!  All are welcome! Masks are Required.
  • 9am Traditional Worship - In person or Online
  • 10:30 am Contemporary Worship - In person or Online
This week's bulletin: https://linworthumc.org/bulletins/
Digital Connect Card (Blue Card):
https://linworthumc.breezechms.com/form/bluecard/

 Contemplative Prayer Circle 

 Join us for the last Contemplative Prayer Circles of 2021 in December. Hosted on Zoom, these quiet and reflective evening circles include prayer practices, time in silence, with opportunity for sharing and reflection. If you’re curious to learn more, or want to sign up, contact spiritual director and traditional worship director, Christine Hiester. christinehiester73@gmail.com
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LCC is Hiring
WE NEED YOUR HELP! LCC is HIRING! Please spread the word we are
hiring full time and part time employees. We offer competitive pay, health
care, retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick time! Send
resumes to hr@linworthumc.org.

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Verse of the Week

"We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing." 
2 Thessalonians 1:3

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