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This Week's Spotlights

A message from Pastor Anna:

I lived with a math major for 3 of the 4 years that I spent at Ohio Northern University. It was not uncommon at all for me to come home after a long day of classes and activities and find her staring at the large whiteboard in our kitchen which was covered in numbers, letters, and symbols.

One of the few symbols that stuck (and let’s be real, it stuck from her studying, not from my own studying of math) was Δ.
In math, Δ means change.
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.
That said, we remain committed to caring for our neighbor. I have also been reminded of Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Chapter 15) which in The Message paraphrase says:
Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who are weak, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”… May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!
With all of that in our consideration, I want to share with you that Administrative Council met on Wednesday evening (August 4), and made the difficult and caring decision to implement masking requirements for all church related functions,* including worship, beginning August 8th. This means that 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.
*Linworth Children’s Center Board is meeting expediently and will be reviewing their policies and procedures in light of recommendations from the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County Public Health, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Ohio Department of Education. Communication from their board will come in next week’s Lantern. 

 Join Us in Worship for the Next 4 weeks! 

 Join Us inJoin Us in Worship for the Next 4 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.


 Dublin Silver Band Concert 

August 8th Dublin Silver Band Concert at 7:30p on the lawn of LUMC!
Please join us at 630p for family friendly games and food trucks. Bring your own chairs and make an evening out of it.

                                           Parking Lot Repaving 

Please note that the south parking lot off of Federated Boulevard will be closed for repaving from Monday, August 9 through Saturday, August 14. During that time, we ask that you park in the north parking lot off of Bent Tree Boulevard. The south parking lot will reopen on Sunday morning, August 15. If you have questions, please contact the church office.

 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 Monday, August 9th. 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!!!

 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:

                             Blessing of the Backpacks 


Sunday, August 15, 9 & 10:30 worship

Join us as we bless students, teachers, and school staff as they begin the 2021-2022 school year.

Register for INDOOR Worship on Aug 8 (10:30 am)
Register for INDOOR Worship on August 15th (10:30am)
9:00am Traditional Worship From Sunday July 23rd, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday July 23rd, 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

 “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

An optional breakout session will follow the one-hour program.

The quarterly Voices from the Field events feature leaders sharing their work and life stories, daily challenges, hopes and dreams. This conversation series highlights United Methodist Women initiatives supported by Mission Giving, initiatives that significantly improve the lives of women, children and youth down the block and around the world.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join the Voices from the Field virtual event on August 16 to find out more about the national work of United Methodist Women. Learn from people who are transforming their communities and how you, through Mission Giving, make this transformation possible.

Please copy and paste this text into your browser window:

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

                 Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Project

The LYF Youth will be participating in the Playhouse Project Saturday, August 14 from 9am-3:30pm. The Playhouse Project is a ministry through Habitat MidOhio where community groups sponsor and build a playhouse for local children. Each playhouse provides children safe and imaginative play space that they can call home.

The youth will be building two houses, one for 4-year-old Aysha and the other for Liberty, age 5 and Justice, age 9. If your student has not registered for this event, please go to
Register for this Event
 If your student would like to participate in this event, use the above registration button.  The deadline to register is Wednesday, August 11.
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)

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.

  Worthington Student Mentoring Opportunity 

Worthington Student Mentoring Opportunity Flyer


Application Link  / Informational Video


     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.

 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!


 Staff Announcements 

A message from Membership & Outreach Director, Shelby Elliott

At the beginning of this year, Pastor Sara randomly generated "star words" for staff that were interested in them. These words were intended to assist us in meditating on meaningful themes as we moved into the new year... and I got the word "discern."

To say that this year has lived up to the expectation of that word would be a gross understatement.  I won't belabor the point of how discernment has been a major theme of 2021 for me personally, but suffice it to say that I've been living in a state of simply doing "the next right thing" again and again. Today I'm writing to inform you that my next "next right thing" will take me out of the LUMC office. My last day working in our office will be on Thursday July 29th. 

First, please know that I have every confidence in the staff that is in place currently, and I've been very pleased with our new staff configuration the last few months. They're some of the most capable, creative and compassionate people I've ever known, which makes it both harder and easier to step away at this moment.  We're incredibly fortunate at this church. I say "we" because as a member, this is my church, and I'll remain a part of the worshipping community for the foreseeable future. For the time being, I also plan to remain on for Sunday morning responsibilities, while working toward the goal of reviving a volunteer-driven communications & A/V team (shameless plug: click here to sign up for that!) I look forward to the newfound capacity I'll have to contribute to LUMC as a member of the church, and I refuse to say goodbye because I'm actually not going anywhere! 

I truly believe that my presence as a member of LUMC's office staff these last four years was divinely orchestrated. Over and over again I heard the words from Esther 4 echoing in my head, "for such a time as this." Much like Esther, I was uniquely situated within this community to do the work of bringing about greater justice for the oppressed. Because of that opportunity, and the sincere love I've experienced here, my time on staff has been a gift that I would not trade for the world. Linworth is truly my family, and I thank you in advance for the continued love and support I know you'll show as I begin my new vocational adventure!

Until next Sunday, 


A message from Director of Contemporary Worship Music, Nick Traverso

I first would like to thank each, and every one of you for providing me a place to call home for the last two years. Moving to Columbus without knowing very many people was a big challenge, but my time spent with the band, staff, and congregation of LUMC made that a much easier transition.
It is with a heavy heart that I share that my last Sunday with LUMC will be August 1st, 2021. An opportunity has presented itself to be a principal player in a new piano bar opening in Columbus this fall, and it’s a chance for me to have the music career I’ve always wanted since I first picked up a guitar as a child. I will be playing every Friday and Saturday night and the overall time commitment of this new opportunity has put me in a position to choose between that or continuing with LUMC. After weeks of prayer and consultation with family and friends, I just couldn't pass up the chance to play music in this exciting new setting.
I cannot express enough how much I appreciate everything everyone at LUMC has done for me and my family and I will miss my Sunday mornings with you all very much. Please keep in touch and if there’s anything I can ever do for you individually or for LUMC, please don’t hesitate to ask.
LUMC will always hold a special place in my heart.

 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
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 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
  Garage Sale Update 


Your garage sale team has met and is still exploring ways to safely and responsibly host the fall sale. Tentative dates for the sale are October 15-16. The team is in conversation with staff and is being attentive to local and state health officials, keeping watch of the Covid19 pandemic. A definitive decision will be made regarding the sale on September 1st, so be sure to check the church website and Facebook page that day!

  VBS 2021 


After a long year of COVID having to worship virtually and Zoom Sunday school it was amazing to be back together for Family VBS and LCC VBS. Approximately 170 campers at LCC experienced VBS in their groups while coming together for assembly time to sing, meet Beacon and Lighthouse Keeper Sunny and hear the Bible Story.  In the evening, 73 children along with parents and youth and adult leaders enjoyed five evenings of singing, Bible story, science, crafts, and games.  
 Here are a few of the God Sightings from VBS 2021

Hearing multiple times, “It feels so good to be back together.”
The girls kept asking if it was time to go to church for VBS. – Flaute Rubinstein Family
Two families bringing grandma to family VBS.
Parents sitting with kids hearing and experiencing the Bible stories.
I started reading the Creation Story with my camp group and they kept asking me to read more. – Miss Clair
“VBS is my favorite week of camp.” – LCC Camper
Parents creating community, talking about parenting, and reconnecting while their kids enjoy games.
Youth stepping up in leadership and leading stations, drama, and setup.
Working parents enjoying VBS for the first time as leaders and participants.
Dancing with the older LCC Campers on stage, knowing they practiced. 
  Having VBS songs stuck in your head for days.
Talking with youth and adults and looking forward to begin planning VBS 2022.

Thank you to everyone volunteered and made VBS possible; countless office volunteers, Debby Steele, Janet Willoughby, Mike Smeltzere, Pastor Sara, Dan and Melanie Farkas, Jess Hilliard, Matthew Smith, Annie Johnson, Wesley Webb, Duane Webb, Owen Davis, Will Snyder, Alyssa Snyder, Abby Scott, Mia Manning, Eva Manning, Katie Stamolis, Owen Jauregui, C.J. Carpenter, Sydney Brown, Natalie Brown, Steve Houston, LCC Teachers. Additionally Becky Stout and Michelle Lowe for your help during VBS and on the VBS Sunday celebration.   



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!

 Calling All Ringers & Singers! 


Reverberation Ringers and Chancel Choir fall Information– participants needed!

It has been so incredibly wonderful to make music with our groups again this last six weeks, as the state, local, and Linworth community guidelines have slowly shifted to accommodate meeting in person. We still have more to this journey, but the movement has been positive as the number of fully vaccinated increases.

This Sunday our Ringers and Singers shared music together in the service for the last time until fall. We stretched our strange and brief musical season through June, since it had been so long apart, and the fall choir and handbell season will be a normal and exciting one!

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:

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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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