Sunday Bulletin

REACHING MUSLIMS CLASS | FEBRUARY 23, 9AM-12PM

Join us for a practical class for equipping us to share the Gospel with our Muslim friends/acquaintances. We’ll learn how to transition our conversations to the gospel, as well as answer the most common objections and questions Muslims have concerning the Christian faith. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall. Write “Evangelism Class” on your Connect Card or email missions@linworthroadchurch.com to RSVP. 

 CROSS CREW FRIENDSHIP LUNCH | FEBRUARY 24

Cross Crew families and volunteer families are invited to join us for a pizza lunch on February 24 after the service. Our goal in meeting is simply to provide the opportunity for everyone to get to know one another. Please RSVP with the number of people in your family, by Thursday, February 21. You can make your reservation by writing “Pizza Lunch” on your Connect Card, by signing up in the Fellowship Hall, or by emailing lisaf@linworthroadchurch.com

 KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY

Allan Nash and Barry Cook will be serving at the next Kairos weekend at North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, Thursday March 21-Sunday March 24. They will be in the Fellowship Hall after the service today to answer your questions and let you know how you can help. You can sign up to pray for 30-minute increments during the weekend, or make a donation to purchase cookies and meals for the weekend. Kids can help by making posters and decorating placemats for the weekend meals.  

 FULLY ALIVE MEMBERSHIP CLASS | MARCH 2, 9-NOON

Our next Fully Alive Membership Class will be on Saturday, March 2 from 9am-12pm. If you would like to attend, please contact us at office@linworthroadchurch.com, or write “Membership Class” on your Connect Card. A light breakfast will be provided, but unfortunately, there will be no childcare. 

 GREECE TRIP FUNDING/SUPPORT

**Doug this will be a quick 10 second mention/reminder*

Please don’t forget that the team going to help Refugees in Greece is still raising support. They are over halfway to their goal, but still have more to go!

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LIFE GROUPS

Life groups are the life blood of Linworth. It's impossible to create intimate community on a Sunday morning. Life groups help us connect with one another on a deeper level. Every group is different but at their core they bring people together in community for loving God and loving one another. Throughout the week groups are meeting and studying the Word, serving, praying, meeting needs, and encouraging one another. Find a group that meets your needs and see what a difference community can make!

MEN’S WORK DAY | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 8AM-2PM

Men of LRC, please come for a time of food, fellowship, and service. Breakfast will be served at 8am, and we will spend the day doing maintenance projects and repairs in the building. All skill levels are welcome.

CELEBRATION SERVICE | MARCH 31

Celebrating common experiences was part of our reason to gather as one body on Sunday morning. During months with five Sundays, we will be celebrating significant events on the fifth Sunday—events like baptisms, baby dedications, and testimonies. If you are interested in being baptized, or dedicating your baby, please contact the office.

REACHING MUSLIMS CLASS | FEBRUARY 23, 9AM-12PM

Join us for a practical class for equipping us to share the Gospel with our Muslim friends/acquaintances. We’ll learn how to transition our conversations to the gospel, as well as answer the most common objections and questions Muslims have concerning the Christian faith. A light breakfast will be served at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY

Allan Nash and Barry Cook will be serving at the next Kairos weekend at North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, Thursday March 21-Sunday March 24. They will be in the Fellowship Hall after the service today to answer your questions and let you know how you can help. You can sign up to pray for 30 minute increments during the weekend, or make a donation to purchase cookies and meals for the weekend. Kids can help by making posters and decorating placemats for the weekend meals.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR | POSITION AVAILABLE

We are looking for a new LRC Women’s Ministry Director. Applications are in the office and should be returned, along with your cover letter and resume, to Rich Hendricks or the Church office.

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MEN’S WORK DAY | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 8AM-2PM

Men of LRC, please come for a time of food, fellowship, and indoor service. Breakfast will be served at 8am, and we will spend the day doing maintenance projects and repairs in the building. All skill levels are welcome. Write “Work Day” on your Connect Card to RSVP.

 CELEBRATION SERVICE | MARCH 31

Celebrating common experiences was part of our reason to gather as one body on Sunday morning. During months with five Sundays, we will be celebrating significant events on the fifth Sunday—events like baptisms, baby dedications, and testimonies.  If you are interested in being baptized, or dedicating your baby, indicate your interest on the Connect Card or contact our office. 

  INNER HEALING | SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 8AM-12PM

As part of our series, Breaking Free From The Past, we looked at how our past plays a significant impact on who we become as adults. As a follow-up to the series, we want to offer a time to help you unpack what it may look like to dig down deep into the wounds of your past, and find healing and restoration in the Lord. Please join us on February 9 for our Introduction to Inner Healing Class.

CROSS CREW BAKE SALE TODAY!

Today after the service, in the Fellowship Hall, our Cross Crew students are raising money for the mission trip to Lesbos, Greece. Please come back and get some treats to eat during the Super Bowl while helping support the mission trip at the same time.

 WOMEN’S MINISTRY DIRECTOR | POSITION AVAILABLE

We have officially opened the application process for LRC Women’s Ministry Director. Applications are in the office and should be returned, along with your cover letter and resume, to Rich Hendricks.

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Welcome to Linworth Lunch
Sunday, January 27, 11:45am-1pm

If you are new to Linworth, you are invited to a “Welcome to Linworth” lunch. This is an informal setting where you can meet the pastors, learn about the church, and ask any questions you might have. Join us from 11:45am-1pm in the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday service.

Orphan World Relief | My Comfy Kits Program

This program provides backpacks for kids across the state who are entering foster care for the first time. Currently, we are collecting 200 new pajamas or comfy outfits (T-shirts and leggings or athletic shorts) for teen girls and boys, adult size
S-XL. Please drop off at LRC by Sunday, February 3.

Leadership Huddle
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30-9PM 

Leaders of life groups and ministries, please plan on joining us this Tuesday, for our Winter Leadership Huddle. Dinner will be provided. To RSVP, email office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Women's Bible Study
Begins Tuesday, January 29

Open Your Bible (a 7-week study) will leave you with a greater appreciation for the Word of God, a deeper understanding of its authority, and a stronger desire to know the Bible inside and out. This study will start Tuesday, January 29 at 7pm.

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Pete Kresge Ordination
Sunday, January 6
This Sunday, we will ordain Pete Kresge as an elder at Linworth. Pete will continue to serve in his current roles of life group leader and overseeing another life group. He will add the responsibility of helping oversee the church through our weekly elder meeting. Pete has not had a high-profile ministry, nor has he served on our staff. A number of you may not know him very well, but he is loved and respected in the circles in which he has served. During the last several years, Pete has focused on getting a Masters of Divinity degree through Ashland Seminary, as well as training as a hospital chaplain. We are excited to have him as part of our elder team.

Encounter
Friday, January 18, 7-9pm 

Encountering God brings new strength, healing and transformation. That is the goal of this worship event we call Encounter. By interspersing prayer, singing, and scripture, our desire is to become more fully alive in Him and more aware of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Children are welcome!

Knowing the Bible Class--Samuel
Starts Monday, January 21 
This is an in-depth study of the book of Samuel, which tells the story of the beginning of Israel’s monarchy, stretching from the miraculous birth of Samuel to the end of David’s reign, before the throne is transferred to his son, Solomon. The class will meet from January 21 through May 13, on Monday nights from 7-9pm, in the Fellowship Hall. Register at knowingthebible.net.

Financial Peace University
Starts Monday, January 21 
Financial Peace University is coming back to Linworth this month. Sign up for this life changing class and learn God’s ways of handling money! The average financial turnaround is $5,300 in just the first three months! Prior participants from LRC have paid off over $200,000 of debt. The nine week class will begin Monday January 21 at 6:30pm. For questions or to sign up, email office@linworthroadchurch.com. We strongly encourage young or newly married couples, as well as college students, to take this class. The cost is $90 for the first 12 sign-ups. The cost for couples is also $90. Financial assistance is available.

2018 Tax Information
To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your 2018 tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church. You may lose a deduction for some contributions if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church. If you have moved, please send your current address to office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Sunday Preview: Breaking Free From the Past

We are all shaped by our past and for most of us, the primary shaper was our family of origin. Our moms. Our dads. Our grandparents and siblings. We inherit much more than wealth or things. As the saying goes, Jesus might live in our hearts, but grandpa lives in our bones.

In this series, we will gently unpack some of these "soul-shaping" characteristics passed down through families--realities like generational sins, relational patterns, scripts, and generational blessings. The freedom promised to us in Galatians empowers us not only to face our past, but to grow from it--not only in self-awareness, but in turning from destructive to life-giving patterns that can bless the generations after us.

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Join us on Christmas Eve and invite a friend! We will have two services, at 5pm and 7pm. Childcare for infants through age 3 will be available at the 5pm service only. Also, yard signs and invitations for the Christmas Eve service are available in the Fellowship Hall. 

 SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING 

Our Christmas Eve offering this year will be divided between our global and local mission. Globally, your donation will support gospel proclamation through our partners in Managua. Our sister church in Managua is initiating a church-planting effort in three cities where they have established contacts and have done outreach. Locally, we want to extend more hope in our community through expanding the ministry of our free clinic and food pantry, both of which have specific plans to improve their services. An e-mail sent to you Friday provides greater detail. Thanks for partnering with us to build God’s kingdom and break down the gates of hell.  

 COFFEE FOR A CAUSE!

For that coffee lover on your Christmas list, pick up some coffee in the Fellowship Hall today. One pound bags of coffee are $8.50, and benefit Casa Hogar Vida (House-Home-Life), which is a project in Honduras helping families affected by the AIDS virus. 

Sunday Preview: The Cross-Centered Life and Community

Galatians 6:6-18

Do you remember the annoying kid in your grade school that went on and on endlessly extolling his or her virtues? Or maybe you were that kid? Adults need just as much validation, but are typically more discreet. Paul talks quite a bit about boasting in this concluding chapter of Galatians. He brings together all his major themes around the concept of a boast--or your source of glory. His narrative assumes we all must find our boast in something. Yet for the follower of Jesus, the cross-centered life turns everything upside down.  

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Christmas Eve Service

Join us on Christmas Eve and invite a friend! We will have two services on December 24, at 5pm and 7pm. Childcare for infants through age 3 will be available at the 5pm service only.

Coffee for a Cause!

We are once again offering one pound bags of coffee for $8.50. This coffee is grown in Honduras by a member of our sister church there, and purchased by Friendly Bean Coffee (Kansas City) who roasts, packages, and makes it available to us. Friendly Bean donates 50% of the profits from this coffee to Casa Hogar Vida (House-Home-Life), which is a project in Honduras helping families affected by the AIDS virus. Support a great work while giving a coffee-loving loved one a tasty gift! Check out the table in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday for more information.

Save These Dates!

• Encounter | Friday, January 18

  • Financial Peace University | Starting Monday, January 21

  • Leadership Huddle | Tuesday, January 22

  • Welcome to Linworth Lunch | Sunday, January 27

Faithwalkers Conference
December 27-30

We live immersed in a world of sights and sounds, but life’s truest treasures can’t be seen or touched. That’s why Jesus told us to store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust can’t destroy and where no thief can break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-21) And it’s why we invite you to join us this year at Faithwalkers, where you’ll be encouraged and inspired to enter more deeply into a life of faith. New this year: Faithwalkers Jr., an experience just for kids up to age 12. Faithwalkers Jr. will be administered by Oak Ridge Community Church and approved volunteers during the morning and evening sessions of the main conference. Register at faithwalkerseast.com.

Sunday Preview: Gospel Centered Relationships

Galatians 5:25-6:5

In the last message, Pastor Chris walked us through Galatians Chapter 5 where we saw what the impact of a spirit led life looks like. As we move forward in our Galatians series, we see that Paul still has some instructions for the Galatians in regards to how they live their lives. Paul takes a narrower focus and shows us how gospel-centered living impacts the relationships we have with those around us.
 
Please join us this Sunday as Pastor Nick LoSchiavo continues our journey through the book of Galatians, and invite a friend!

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MINISTRIES

Whether through a formal ministry or on your own, serving others is a great way to express your gratitude for what Jesus Christ did on the cross. These acts of service are necessary for building a healthy community, a healthy church body and are a great way to spread the good news to the wounded, hurting, and lost of this world. The ministries at Linworth Road Church are an outlet for you to serve and use your God-given spiritual gifts. Whether you want to help welcome people on a Sunday morning, have a passion for children, or wish to take the gospel to the nations, let us help you find a place where you can best serve. For more click on the Resources tab, then on Serving Opportunities.

LIFE GROUPS 

The new year is a great time to join a life group. Many groups are winding down for the holidays, but they will start back up in January. If you are new  to Linworth, you will find life groups a great step to finding a community of friends. Why not take a life group card today and check it out? Pick one up at the Welcome Desk. 

Life groups are the life blood of Linworth. It's impossible to create deep and intimate community on a Sunday morning. Life groups help us connect with one another on a deeper level. Every group is different but at their core they bring people together in community for loving God and loving one another. Throughout the week groups are meeting and studying the Word, serving, praying, meeting needs, and encouraging one another. Find a group that meets your needs and see what a difference community can make!

 LRC OFFICE CLOSED

The LRC office will be closed Thursday November 22 and Friday November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Sunday Preview: Gospel Freedom

Galatians 5:2-12

The cry for freedom against tyranny has produced some of history’s most unforgettable moments. The cries from William Wallace, Patrick Henry, and Martin Luther King are seared into our memories from movies, news reels, and classrooms. Paul, too, made an appeal for Christians to embrace, enjoy, and stand firm in their freedom. Unlike the earth-bound call for freedom, rejection of Gospel freedom has eternal consequences. In this next turn in Galatians, Paul gives a warning, lays out a diagnostic test, and makes his final appeal. 
 

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BABY DEDICATION

Our next Baby Dedication will be on Sunday, December 16. If you wish to have your baby dedicated during our Sunday morning service, write “Baby” on your Connect Card or contact the church office.

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS MISSION TRIP INTEREST MEETING | TODAY 

An informational meeting for a Mission Trip to a UN/Euro Relief refugee camp in Greece will be held immediately following the service on November 11 (11:45am). If you have any interest in this trip, please be at the meeting. If you have questions, contact Dale Schuler.

FAITHWALKERS CONFERENCE | DECEMBER 27-30

We live immersed in a world of sights and sounds, but life’s truest treasures can’t be seen or touched. That’s why Jesus told us to store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust can’t destroy and where no thief can break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-21) It’s why Paul said he walked by faith rather than by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) And it’s why we invite you to join us this year at Faithwalkers, where you’ll be encouraged and inspired to enter more deeply into this  life of faith. New this year: Faithwalkers Jr., an experience just for kids up to age 12. Our goal is to help our kids to develop a deeper faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. Faithwalkers Jr.will be administered by Oak Ridge Community Church and approved volunteers during the morning and evening sessions of the main conference. Register at faithwalkerseast.com.

Sunday Preview: Children of Freedom

Galatians 4:21-5:1

It has often been pointed out that there are two types of people: there are iPhone people and there are Android people; there are Coke people and Pepsi people; there are iOS people and Windows people. What we are going to see in this passage in Galatians is that the Apostle Paul also says there are two types of people: Ishmael's people and Isaac's people. There are flesh people and there are Spirit people, and there are slave people and there are free people. Paul’s question to the Galatians, and his question to us, is which person are you going to be? Are you going to move back into slavery under the law or are you going to live free in Christ?

Sunday Preview: From Sons to Slaves?

Galatians 4:8-20

Last Sunday we saw how Paul helped the Galatians understand their new identity as freed slaves who are now sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ. This week we will see Paul take a turn from the position of a theological teacher to the position of a concerned, caring Pastor who attempts to confront this new body of believers with a significant issue that is plaguing this church.

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FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
If you are looking for a way to serve the church, as well as our community, we have a place for you! Our food Pantry is looking for volunteers to serve, once a month on Thursday evenings, from 5:30-7pm. Please contact the church office if you are interested, or write “Food Pantry” on your Connect Card. 

OWR 2018 BENEFIT DINNER/CONCERT | FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2
LRC has been a vital partner with Orphan World Relief for ten years. You are invited to help OWR celebrate its ten-year anniversary at a dinner and concert on November 2 from 7-10pm. Register online at www.orphanworldrelief.orgor contact Doug at doug@orphanworldrelief.orgfor details. Deadline to register is today! 

 HUMANITARIAN CRISIS MISSION TRIP INTEREST MEETING | SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
An informational meeting for a Mission Trip to a UN/Euro Relief refugee camp in Greece will be immediately following the service on November 11 (11:45). If you have any interest in this trip, please be at the meeting. If you have questions, contact Dale Schuler at missions@linworthroadchurch.com

Sunday Preview: From Slaves to Sons

Galatians 4:1-7

Until this point in Galatians, Paul has been laying out a very detailed and intricate argument to the Galatians about their justification--about how they were made right with God. And the language and imagery of justification is that of a courtroom: it’s judge and defendant; it’s guilty or not guilty. What we saw at the end of the last message is that Paul begins to make a shift. He begins to add this new language and this new imagery of family. He says in Galatians 3:26, “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

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VISION NIGHT | TONIGHT! 6-8PM

The pastors and staff invite you to join us for our annual Vision Night. We will begin with dessert and coffee at 6pm. Please bring a dessert to share. This is a unique gathering of our church family when we reflect on the past year of life shared together and look forward to the coming year. Vision Night is our way of staying connected and moving as a united team into our future. There will be time for Q&A before closing at 8pm. Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers.

SINGLE MOMS! FALL FUN DINNERSATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 5:30-8PM

Single moms! Remember when you were a kid and you hung out with your girlfriends, laughing and playing board games until mom made you come home for dinner? Relive some of those times in the Fellowship Hall at our Single Moms Fall Fun Dinner. Someone else will make dinner and your children will be having a great time with our wonderful childcare volunteers. Please pass this invitation on to any single moms you may know. RSVP to singlemoms@linworthroadchurch.com.

MEMBERSHIP CLASS | TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 16 AND 23, 7-8:30PM

Our next Membership Class will be held at LRC on two consecutive Tuesdays, October 16 and 23, from 7-8:30pm. If you would like to attend, please register by writing “Membership” on your Connect Card, or contact the office at office@linworthroadchurch.com. Light snacks will be provided, but there will not be childcare. 

 FAITHWALKERS CONFERENCE | DECEMBER 27-30

We live immersed in a world of sights and sounds, but life’s truest treasures can’t be seen or touched. That’s why Jesus told us to store up treasures in heaven where moth and rust can’t destroy and where no thief can break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-21) It’s why Paul said he walked by faith rather than by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) And it’s why we invite you to join us this year at Faithwalkers, where you’ll be encouraged and inspired to enter more deeply into this life of faith.

  

Sunday Preview: The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

Galatians 3:1-14

The Christian life is dependent upon faith. We stand on faith. We live by faith. In this message, we are reminded again of what the apostle Paul said in Chapter 2. "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me."

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VISION NIGHT | SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 6-8PM

The pastors and staff invite you to join us for our annual Vision Night. We will begin with dessert and coffee at 6pm. Please bring a dessert to share. This is a unique gathering of our church family when we reflect on the past year of life shared together and look forward to the coming year. Vision Night is our way of staying connected and moving as a united team into our future. There will be time for Q&A before closing at 8pm. 

 

WOMEN’S MINI RETREAT | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7PM

The final meeting for this year's Ladies Mini Retreat series will be held on Friday, October 12, at 7:00pm, here at Linworth. We have learned to "Be Still" and contemplated "And Know." Now we will allow God to sit on His throne with the end of the verse "...That I Am.”  Sign up by writing “Retreat” on your Connect Card or contact the church office by October 10!

 MEMBERSHIP CLASS | TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 16 AND 23, 7-8:30PM

Our next Membership Class will be held at LRC on two consecutive Tuesdays, October 16 and 23, from 7-8:30pm. If you would like to attend, please register by writing “Membership” on your Connect Card, or contact the church office. Light snacks will be provided, but there will not be childcare. 

 COME TOGETHER—A FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP EVENT, OCTOBER 27 

Come Together is a discipleship experience that helps families create a legacy of faith for the next generation. Put on by Axis Ministries, this event will be held at LRC on October 27 from 9am-2pm, and will challenge our families to disciple their children and grandchildren with a Biblical worldview. Families will love this interactive and immersive event that helps them to wrestle with the great questions of life in a safe environment.  Registration is now open! Go to axiscometogether.eventbrite.comto sign up! Cost is $10, which includes lunch, snack, and a workbook for each participant.