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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

Worship Sunday
Please join us as we discuss gratitude and thankfulness in our next two sermons.  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.
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.  
Year End Tax Planning Tips
Year End Tax Planning tips! Did you know that if you are 72 years old you are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA and pay taxes on some or all of that distribution? However, you can avoid that tax by having those funds distributed directly to a qualifying charity. Donations of stock have the added benefit of giving you a tax deduction based on what the stock is selling for on the date of the gift, not what you paid for it. Finally, any prepayment of 2022 pledges could have an impact on your Tax Year 2021 tax situation. If you know you will be able to itemize your deductions for Tax Year 2021 and may not for 2022, consider prepaying a portion of your pledge. If you have any questions about these donation methods, please reach out to our Business Manager, Matthew Smith at
9:00am Traditional Worship From Sunday November 7, 2021
10:30am Contemporary Worship From Sunday November 7, 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
National Native American Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage month! Ohio has a rich Native American history, and there are many local activities and events commemorating this special month. We invite you to learn more about the culture, traditions, and contributions of Native Americans:
The Ohio History Center
The Ohio State University Multicultural Center
Upper Arlington Public Library

Other resources and virtual events:
The Library of Congress, the National Archives, etc.

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
Youth Musicians for Christmas Eve
We are looking for instrumentalists and singers (grades 7-12) who would be interested in preparing a piece for the 4:00 Christmas Eve service. 1-2 rehearsals in December. Please contact Becky Stout ( by Nov. 19 if you are interested!
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.

We Are Recruiting Ushers

Do you have a gift of hospitality?  We ask that you consider volunteering as an usher for the 9am service. We are looking to fill positions for 2022.  For more information, please contact Jean Davidson or home phone: 740 201 8597
New Life Donations
Thank you so much for your generosity with socks and hygiene products for New Life.  With the winter season approaching, we are asking for men's winter coats - gently used or new coats.  Please leave donations with us in the office or at the New Life donation station right outside the office doors.  

Virtual Early Response Team Class

West Ohio to Hold Virtual ERT Basic Class
Interested in learning how to respond with compassion to natural disasters across the U.S.? West Ohio will be hosting a virtual Early Response Team Basic Class to train new responders in providing a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster.
This virtual class will be taught by UMCOR-certified West Ohio ERT trainers and held over two days: November 19, 6:00-9:00pm; and November 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm. You must attend both sessions. Cost of the class is $30. A background check is required. For registration and further instructions, click here.
Cards for Christ Ministry
You are invited to share the love of God this Christmas Season so that every incarcerated individual in our state receives at least one card reminding them that they are loved.  Please pay attention to the guidelines for this ministry.   Pick up a box of Christmas Cards and share the love of God with others this Advent.  We had about 500 cards given from our church last year.  It would be amazing if we could double that and gift 1,000 cards this year! 
 Your card may offer a glimmer of hope in someone's time of need.  You are welcome to follow the Facebook Group "Cards From Christ" for updates from the ministry organizers.   You may drop off your cards at the Church office between 830 and 430 during the week or on Sunday mornings.  Contact Pastor Sara at with any questions.  Cards need to be dropped off at LUMC by Tuesday Nov 28th.

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!

Gratitude Posts

Go to Linworth's Facebook page on Friday's in November and join the conversation about gratitude.  This week we are discussing how you show gratitude.
Spiritual Journey

 Sunday Worship 

        We invite you to join us!  All are welcome!
  • 9am Traditional Worship - In person or Online
  • 10:30 am Contemporary Worship - In person or Online
This week's bulletin:
Digital Connect Card (Blue Card):

 Contemplative Prayer Circle 

 Join us for the last two Contemplative Prayer Circles of 2021. 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." Please click here to register.
Get Involved

Thank you to all of the wonderful office volunteers.  If you would like to share your gifts in the office, we would love to have you!  The time commitment is minimal but the impact is huge!  Please email Stephanie for more information

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Verse of the Week

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 6:21

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