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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

 Join Us in Worship for the Next 4 weeks! 

 Join Us inJoin Us in Worship for the Next 2 weeks!  Next 4 weeks! 
Our leading question, “I’ve been meaning to ask… ” conveys intentionality, warmth, curiosity, and consideration. In essence, this question also implies the following statements: “I’ve been thinking about you and I’ve been wanting to check in… You’ve been on my mind… I haven’t known how to have this conversation, but I’m getting started with a question.” The ellipses symbolize the main objective of this series: to cultivate courageous conversations— and to keep having them, even if we need to pause. We pray that through vulnerability and authenticity these conversations lead us to glimpse hope, joy, and beauty.
This series alone will not resolve our divisions and differences. However, it will invite us to behold each other as images of the divine. It will help us strengthen our capacity for empathy and compassion. It will show us the simple power of asking unassuming questions. It will remind us that courage is rooted in the heart.

Linworth Children's Center (LCC) POLICY UPDATE
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. 
Policy Update from Pastor Anna:

As the Delta variant of Covid19 is upon us, things are changing, but not in the directions for which we hope and long. Cases are rising. Vaccination rates are slower than necessary. Skepticism is high, and so is frustration.
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 plan to continue requiring masks until Franklin County has had two consecutive weeks under 50 cases per 100,000 people.
I know. We are tired of change. We long for certainty. We long for connection. We long to see the smiling faces of those within our community of faith and with those we have the privilege of calling our neighbors. But for a little while, the change in which we will participate is that of changing toward care and caution.  If you have a need, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of your pastors or your staff. We can’t meet needs of which we are unaware. 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.
                                  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

 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:
Chancel Choir Retreat


August 28th 9:30am-1:30pm 
High School age and up
Lunch included!
Childcare available! (Sign up deadline for childcare is August 21st)

Rehearsals beginning September 2nd from 7:30-9pm (Childcare is available with advanced notice)
Register for INDOOR Worship on Aug 22nd (10:30 am)
Register for INDOOR Worship on August 29th (10:30am)
9:00am Traditional Worship From Sunday August 8, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday August 8, 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

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!

Handbell Retreat
August 29th 1-4pm at Powell UMC

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

                Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project

Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project a Great Success!
Our LYF youth and adults were able to serve the community through Habit for Humanity Play House Project on Saturday, August 15. Twelve youth and four adults along with the Habitat build team were able to creatively paint countless pieces of wood, shingle 2 small roofs and assemble all the pieces in 6 hours. In the end, everyone was excited with what they created and even more excited to present the two playhouses to Aysha, Liberty, and Justice, three wonderful little girls.

The Youth are looking forward to doing this again sometime in the upcoming year. They also would like to thank the Legacy Committee for the grant that made this ministry possible.

 “Back to School at Three National Mission Institutions” 

With Voices from the Field Monday, August 16, at 6:00 p.m. ET, virtual via Zoom

On Monday, August 16, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, hear how three National Mission Institutions are helping children, youth and adults successfully return to school.

Wesley House Community Services, Louisville, Ky—will talk about their new early childhood Headstart program
InterServ (Interfaith Community Services), St. Joseph, Mo—will talk about their youth educational support programming
Wesley Community Service Center, Portsmouth, Va—will share about its new GED program for adults

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please save the confirmation; it contains your personal link to the event.

We look forward to seeing you on August 16!

Jessica Tulloch
and the Mission Giving Promotion Team

     s in Worship f Missions - Adopt a Family

Volunteer Coordinator for Christmas Ministry Needed –

Every year LUMC provides for families in need at Christmas through our adopt-a-family outreach. Our previous coordinator for this ministry has relocated to another state. We are looking for a volunteer leader (or small group of volunteers) to organize this outreach ministry this season. Please prayerfully consider if you can serve in this capacity. If you would like to volunteer to coordinate this outreach or if you would like more information please contact Pastor Sara at or call the church office at (614)336-8485.

  Worthington Student Mentoring Opportunity 

Worthington Student Mentoring Opportunity Flyer


Application Link  / Informational Video

 Save the Date! 

Save September 16th, 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!


 Director of Contemporary Worship Job Posting 

Director of Contemporary Worship Music 

About Linworth United Methodist Church:  

Linworth United Methodist Church is a 600-member congregation located in northwest Columbus,  Ohio. We belong to the West Ohio Conference and the Capitol Area North District of the United  Methodist Church. We have approx. 60 staff members which includes those employed by our faith based Children’s Center (LCC) that provides daycare and programs for children from six weeks old  through kindergarten. We are a Reconciling Congregation. Reports to: Senior Pastor 

Supervises: Musicians and Vocalists (predominantly volunteer) for Contemporary Service FLSA Status: Non-Exempt 

Overview of Position:  

The Director of Contemporary Worship Music (DCWM) is a part-time position totaling 15-20 hours a week. The  DCW is responsible for planning and leading Sunday morning worship music for the contemporary service and  providing special musical support for other contemporary and non-traditional services as requested through  the year (i.e. VBS, Christmas musical, etc.). The DCWM will either create or implement a team-based approach to creating worships slides (Linworth UMC utilizes Proclaim). 

Education, Experience, and/or Qualification Requirements: 

A Bachelor’s degree in music is desired but not required given an equivalent combination of relevant education  and experience. Must demonstrate proficiency on guitar or keyboard in various musical styles. Must be able to  collaborate with the AV Team on sound checks and the technical elements of the soundboard and equipment  use. The DCWM must be comfortable selecting music appropriate for the mission, vision, and values of  Linworth DCWM. Technical proficiency is a requirement, with experience in Proclaim highly preferred. 

The DCWM must be a committed Christian who strives to create community, to grow in Christ, and to serve  the world consistent with Linworth’s mission statement. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

• Ensures the year-round provision of music for the contemporary service. Selects music to support the  liturgy and schedules musicians and vocalists to participate in the music ministry. 

• Creates lead sheets with lyrics and chord progressions for the band. 

• Communicates information and provides music to band. 

• Ensures preparation of slides with accurate, readable lyrics.  

• Recruits and develops musicians from within the congregation to serve in the contemporary band. • Leads weekly rehearsals, including regular soundchecks and time for guiding the band members in  spiritual development and congregational engagement.

• Develops repertoire of a variety of musical genres including familiar praise songs, traditional  Methodist hymns performed in a new style, and secular songs and creatively uses music to enhance  congregants' reception of the message. 

• Develops annual budget for maintenance and purchase of equipment and instruments (in  collaboration with the Director of Traditional Music). 

• Collaborates with other church staff and worship team members to prepare for worship. This will  include a weekly meeting with pastors and creative planning members to discuss upcoming themes  and coordinate the various elements of the service. 

• Collaborates with the Director of Traditional Music in a collegial and engaging way to further the  relationship between services. This also includes collaborating on 5th Sunday, blended, family worship.  • Exhibits the ability to communicate well with the band members and the congregants, displaying  authentic enthusiasm and passion for the music minisLUMC Work Culture 

• Office setting with core hours of 8:30 -4:30 for full-time staff. 

• Work/life balance is valued and encouraged. 

• Continued learning and spiritual growth is expected. 

To Apply:  

Please email a cover letter and resume to Victoria Roach, HR Administrator, at . Deadline for application is Friday, August 13th.


 LCC Updates 

Hiring Part Time and Full Time

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:
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“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
―Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
Embrace Change
Feeling anxious? Try these easy ways to relax and center yourself.
1. Take a Deep Breath
Breathwork is a simple way to focus and calm yourself. Breath is like your spirit, because breath is life. When your mind is racing, slow down and breathe. You can even say “Breathe in” when inhaling and “Breathe out” when exhaling. This beginner's guide using the Box Breathing method can help.
2. Listen to Trees
Time spent in the woods or a nearby park is a true head clearer and a chance to be closer to God. Started in Japan, “forest bathing” is a low-impact way to live in the moment while tuning your senses to the sights and sounds we often miss in our hectic lives. It may also bring health benefits.
3. Gather Your Friends
Friendship is valuable any time. After a year of anxious isolation, community and emotional support is more important than ever. Consider inviting friends to lunch or a potluck dinner. Or organize a painting or cooking class with a friend. You can even host it online. If you do meet in person, be sure to follow any CDC health safety protocols.
Count Blessings and Learnings

Deaconess Sophia Agtarap recently shared insights about how the past year has been like a low-cabin-pressure situation. Here are a few takeaways from her devotional talk.
1. Don’t take the last one. Usually, no one wants to take the last bite. As the pandemic began, the country wasn’t practicing much restraint. Folks hoarded supplies with disregard for their neighbor. Now that we are going into stores again, ask yourself: Do I need this? How can I invite others to, please, take the last one?

2. Don’t wait for an occasion to celebrate. During the pandemic many of us have been receiving and giving care packages more than ever before. None of these instances were to mark any other occasion than: I’m thinking of you—are you OK? Whether it’s sending someone a note in the mail, dropping off baked goods or having ice cream before dinner: Don’t wait for a reason.

3. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Working remotely has shown us that, yes, that meeting could have been an email. But, really, we have tested our capacities and systems to the breaking point. Some have taken on more roles, thinking, “It’s just temporary.” That temporary status has reached its first anniversary. Not everything we do is meant to be done.

 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:  August 25, September 22, October 27th, November 17th (due to Thanksgiving week) and no meetings in December. 


  Children's Worship! 

After a year of kid’s Zoom Sunday School, we are excited to once again gather together at the church. 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 

We are in need of a pantry restock for our church pantry that services those in need within the community!  We have a specific need  for 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!

 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.

If you are interested in joining us, each group is hosting a fall retreat day at the end of August. The Chancel Choir retreat will be Saturday, August 28th from 9:30am-1:30pm and will include lunch. The Reverberation Ringers retreat will be Sunday, August 29th, from 12:30 through 4pm and will be a joint event with Powell United Methodist Church’s handbell choir, and will also include lunch.

Please contact Christine Hiester to sign up:

 Next Habitat Build 

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!!!


We will again be providing school supplies for Brookside Elementary students in need of them. This year, we ask that you contribute your choice of any of the following: markers, pencils, notebook paper, binders, folders, glue, glue-sticks, scissors, crayons, etc. Pick up a few things when you're out and drop them off at church on Sunday or during the week in the box / container provided.

 Volunteer Opportunity 

"Those who can do, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” – Author Unknown

We our looking for office volunteers to help during the week. Tasks vary from general office work like answering phones to putting together kits for church programs and anything in between. If you feel called to help, please contact Stephanie at or call the office for more information 614-336-8485. Thank you!
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Verse of the Week: 

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord."
Psalm 150:6

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