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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

 Join Us in Worship for the Next 4 weeks! 

 JJoin Us in Worship for the last week of this series!  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

 New                          New Endowment Leaf 

New Leaf on Endowment Tree
In memory of Patricia & Wallace Burkey
Faithful members of Linworth UMC
~ Susan & Howard Dean ~

 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:

Register for Worship on Aug 29th (10:30 am)
Register for Worship on September 5th (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

 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.”


 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:

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.

 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!


 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! 

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 the church pantry.  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!

 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: 

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

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