Weekly Bulletin

Food Drive

The LRC Food Pantry is one of the ministries through which we reach out to and serve the community, as well as members of our own church body. Although we purchase most of our food from Mid-Ohio Food Bank, we also like to involve our congregation by having a food drive to collect specific items to add to our pantry. If you are interested in donating food, please pick up a bag and a food list from the LRC lobby. Thanks for your help!

Encounter Worship Night,
Friday, April 27, 7pm

Encountering God brings new strength, healing, and transformation. That is the goal of this worship event called, simply, 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. 

International Friendships Banquet
Saturday, April 28, 5:45pm

Many of you have heard IFI Director Rich Mendola share about reaching out to international students through International Friendships, Inc. IFI students will be sharing their testimonies at this year’s banquet, which will be at OSU. Come and learn how to get involved through prayer, volunteering, hosting students, and donating. Reservations must be made by April 15. For more information or to register, contact Angie Valtman or Dale Schuler.

Orphan World Relief Superhero Run/Walk
Sunday, April 29

Be a Superhero for kids locally and around the world! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and have fun running in one of the races while raising money for a worthy cause! There will be fun for kids of all ages, including a kids' dash before the 5K. Register at Orphan Run.

Senior Recognition
Sunday, May 6, 11:15 service

High school seniors! The church would like to celebrate this milestone in your life. To make sure that everyone is included, please contact AlexF@LinworthRoadChurch.com by May 3indicating: 1) That you plan to participate in this event; 2) Name of high school from which you are graduating; 3) Name of the college you plan to attend, or other post-graduation plans; and 4) What you plan to study in college, if applicable.

Sunday Preview: Empowered to Break Through Hatred

Scripture: Acts 10:1-11:18

Are there any forces powerful enough to stop the advance of the gospel and Christ’s kingdom? Undoubtedly, there were powerful external forces aligning against the early Christians in the first century. Namely, the might of the Roman government and its ego-driven Caesars. But could it be that the greatest threat to the growth of the church was not the government, but the heart condition of its own members? Acts 10 and 11 represent a massive turning point in our story. A dream, a vision, a reluctant apostle, and a spiritually eager Roman make up the operating room for God’s open heart surgery.

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Chris Martin helps us connect to an ancient story that reverberates with relevance into our own days. 

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Encounter Worship Night,
Friday, April 27, 7pm

Encountering God brings new strength, healing, and transformation. That is the goal of this worship event called, simply, 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. 

International Friendships Banquet
Saturday, April 28, 5:45pm

Many of you have heard IFI Director Rich Mendola share about reaching out to international students through International Friendships, Inc. IFI students will be sharing their testimonies at this year’s banquet, which will be at OSU. Come and learn how to get involved through prayer, volunteering, hosting students, and donating. Reservations must be made by April 15. For more information or to register, contact Angie Valtman or Dale Schuler.

Orphan World Relief Superhero Run/Walk
Sunday, April 29

Be a Superhero for kids locally and around the world! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and have fun running in one of the races while raising money for a worthy cause! There will be fun for kids of all ages, including a kids' dash before the 5K. Register at Orphan Run.

Sunday Preview: Everyone Has a Story

Scripture: Acts 9:1-26

In this message, we return to the book of Acts and its central character, the Apostle Paul. In chapter 9, Luke tells the story of Paul's amazing conversion. It is a story Paul will retell over and over again. Paul was turned from a violent persecutor of the church to its most passionate missionary. His story reminds us we also have a story. But are you aware of your story and how God has changed you? Can you share your story with genuineness and clarity? The book of Acts makes talking about Jesus the normal activity of Christians, and sharing our stories is one of our most underutilized tools.

Join us this Sunday to be re-envisioned on the power of story as Pastor Chris Martin continues in our journey through the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.

April Linworth Life

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Highlights from March...

  • A great crowd of friends and family came out to support A.J. Whitlatch and Luke Werbovetz, two LRC students who play for the Worthington Stars basketball team. 
  • Four women attended the Single Parents' Dinner on March 10. There was a presentation on nutrition with a Biblical perspective. 
  • Two residents accepted Christ at the Kairos Prison Ministry weekend (March 15-18), and numerous others reaffirmed their commitment to Christ. One man said he had never experienced love from anyone until this weekend.
  • 52 people attended the Grace-Based Parenting Conference on March 17.
  • 23 children participated in the LHM Speech Meet on March 23.
  • 43 people participated in the Cross Crew "You've Been Egged" outreach event.
  • On Good Friday, 175 of us gathered to worship, pray, and take communion in remembrance of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
  • Three patients were treated at the Linworth Free Clinic in March.
  • Eleven families were served by the LRC Food Pantry in March.

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Good Friday, March 30 | Easter, April 1

Join us on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ life and sacrifice through song, prayer, communion, and confession. The service will begin at 6pm. No childcare will be offered at the Good Friday service. Come back on Sunday to celebrate His resurrection! There will be three service options: the Sunrise Service at 6:30am(followed by breakfast), and our two regularly scheduled services at 9:30 and 11:15am.

Baptism | Sunday, April 22

We would love to support you in taking a step of faith by being baptized. For more information, go to linworthroadchurch.com/baptism.

Encounter Worship Event
Friday, April 27, 7pm

Encountering God brings new strength, healing and transformation. That is the goal of this worship event called simply Encounter. 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. 

Bethany Christian Services Concert and Silent Auction | Friday, April 6, 6:30pm

Join us at Long Street Live for the second annual concert & silent auction benefiting pregnancy counseling services and post-adoption support programs. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served along with great music provided by Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band! To register (free of charge) or for questions, contact BCSColumbusOH@bethany.org or call 614-787-4366.

International Friendships Banquet
Saturday, April 28, 5:45pm

Many of you have heard IFI Director Rich Mendola share about reaching out to international students through International Friendships, Inc. IFI students will be sharing their testimonies at this year’s banquet, which will be at OSU. Come and learn how to get involved through prayer, volunteering, hosting students, and donating. Reservations must be made by April 15. For more information or to register, contact Angie Valtman or Dale Schuler.

Orphan World Relief Superhero Run/Walk
Sunday, April 29

Be a Superhero for kids locally and around the world! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and have fun running in one of the races while raising money for a worthy cause! There will be fun for kids of all ages, including a kids' dash before the 5K. Register at Orphan Run.

Easter Preview: Hope

One author summed up the power of hope concisely: “Human beings can live for forty days without food, four days without water, and four minutes without air. But we cannot live four seconds without hope.” When it comes to hope, secular psychologists and faith-based communicators agree--hope is essential and without it we quickly break down.

When Christians re-tell the story of Easter, they are describing a story of hope. And that hope is more than a wish--it plants a foot in real space-time history. Are you struggling with despair? Do you feel like giving up? Why not join us this Sunday? You might find that the Christian story is the story you have been searching for all your life.

From Pastor Chris

This is a very special weekend for us. Along with the body of Christ around the world, we will celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. This weekend holds for us both the opportunity to rekindle our love for Jesus and engage our friends with a hope that crushes despair.   

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.  1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What Jesus accomplished gave birth to a new world. We share in this new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17)   

G.K. Chesterton said it this way:

On the third day, the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways, they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener, God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.

We hope you can join us all weekend long for these special events,
Pastor Chris

Easter Weekend at Linworth

Friday Night at 6
Friday was the day of Holy Week when Jesus went to the cross. Enter into the Passion with us at our Good Friday service. This is a one-night remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice through Scripture, song, and communion. 

Sunday Sunrise Service at 6:30
The young men and women of our Lifeline high school ministry will lead us in a simple service, helping us connect to Jesus in His resurrection. Student Director Alex Fabian will share our first Easter message of the day. After the service, please stay for breakfast. 
  
Sunday Services at 9:30 and 11:15
In a few short verses (1 Corinthians 15:20-28), Paul describes the whole of the Christian story and why the resurrection is so significant. Pastor Chris will deliver the Easter message, Hope--Why We Can’t Live Without It. It is a message we need. It is a message our friends needText your friends and family. Share our Facebook ad. Pray for seekers to attend. 

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Good Friday, March 30 | Easter, April 1

Join us on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ life and sacrifice through song, prayer, communion, and confession. The service will begin at 6pm. No childcare will be offered at the Good Friday service. Come back on Sunday to celebrate His resurrection! There will be three service options: the Sunrise Service at 6:30am (followed by breakfast), and our two regularly scheduled services at 9:30 and 11:15am.

Sunrise Service Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the sunrise service breakfast. We are looking for people to prepare fully cooked casseroles, help setup and serve food during the sunrise service, and clean up afterward. If you would like to help with the Sunrise Service breakfast (setup, clean up, or preparation of breakfast casseroles), contact office@linworthroadchurch.com.

International Friendships Banquet
Saturday, April 28, 5:45pm

Many of you have heard IFI Director Rich Mendola share about reaching out to international students through International Friendships, Inc. IFI students will be sharing their testimonies at this year’s banquet, which will be at OSU. Come and learn how to get involved through prayer, volunteering, hosting students, and donating. Reservations must be made by April 15. For more information or to register, contact Angie Valtman or Dale Schuler.

Linworth Homeschool Ministry Open House
Friday, April 6, 8:45am-noon

Experience the LHM co-op for yourself! Prospective parents and students (K-8th grade) will participate in LHM groups on Friday April 6, from 8:45am-noon. Parent Q&A at 10am. Childcare for infants through preschool is provided. Pack a lunch if you like, and stay after to meet new friends. Snacks will be available for purchase to benefit Pregnancy Decision Health Center. Register for the open house at the LHM website

Fully Alive/Membership Class
Saturday, April 7, 9am-noon

Our next Fully Alive Membership Class will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 9am-noon. If you would like to attend, please email office@linworthroadchurch.com. Breakfast will be provided. However, there will not be childcare.

Orphan World Relief Superhero Run/Walk
Sunday, April 29

Be a Superhero for kids locally and around the world! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and have fun running in one of the races while raising money for a worthy cause! There will be fun for kids of all ages, including a kids' dash before the 5K. Register at Orphan Run.

Sunday Preview: Empowered to Serve

Scripture: Acts 6:1-7

If we are honest, most of us find problems to be really annoying. However, sometimes problems can lead to opportunities. As we move on in the book of Acts, we are going to see the early church facing a pretty major problem. There is a segment of the church that is being marginalized and neglected. Through this problem, the early church learns a vital lesson on serving. Not only that, this problem also opens up an opportunity for new leaders to emerge in the early church.
 
Join us this Sunday as Pastor Nick Carruthers continues in our journey through the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.

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Good Friday, March 30 | Easter, April 1

Join us on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ life and sacrifice through song, prayer, communion, and confession. The service will begin at 6pm. Come back on Sunday to celebrate His resurrection! There will be three service options: the Sunrise Service at 6:30am (followed by breakfast), and our two regularly scheduled services at 9:30 and 11:15am.

Sunrise Service Volunteers Needed

Volunteers  are needed for the sunrise service breakfast. We are looking for people to prepare fully cooked casseroles, help setup and serve food during the sunrise service, and clean up afterward. If you would like to help with the Sunrise Service breakfast (setup, clean up, or preparation of breakfast casseroles), contact office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Linworth Homeschool Ministry Open House
Friday, April 6, 8:45am-noon

Experience the LHM co-op for yourself! Prospective parents and students (K-8th grade) will participate in LHM groups on Friday April 6, from 8:45am-noon. Parent Q&A at 10am. Childcare for infants through preschool is provided. Pack a lunch if you like, and stay after to meet new friends. Snacks will be available for purchase to benefit Pregnancy Decision Health Center. Register for the open house at the LHM website

Fully Alive/Membership Class
Saturday, April 7, 9am-noon

Our next Membership Class will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 9am-noon. If you would like to attend, please email office@linworthroadchurch.com. Breakfast will be provided. However, there will not be childcare.

Baby Dedication
Sunday, April 15

The time slots are filled for our baby dedication on April 15, but the next one will be on July 15. If you wish to have your baby dedicated during one of our Sunday morning services, email office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Orphan World Relief Superhero Run/Walk
Sunday, April 29

Be a Superhero for kids locally and around the world! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and have fun running in one of the races while raising money for a worthy cause! There will be fun for kids of all ages, including a kids' dash before the 5K. Register at Orphan Run.

Sunday Preview: Bold as Lions

Have you ever been afraid to take a stand for Christ? At one time or another, most of us have. Well, there's good news! Boldness (courage) is one of the first characteristics the Holy Spirit imparted to the early church. The disciples, who had been hiding in fear of the Jewish authorities, became fearless preachers. Those who had been hiding in fear became as bold as lions!

Join us this Sunday as we discover several things that can help us have the same boldness to be a witness for Christ. Pastor Mike Faler will continue in our journey though the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.

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One on One Mentoring

The specific intent of this ministry is to help every believer have a solid foundation for living out his/her faith. To do this, we pair up newer or younger believers with more experienced believers. They agree to meet six times using a pre-set curriculum as a point of reference. If you are interested in being mentored or being a mentor, contact office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Grace-Based Parenting Seminar
Saturday, March 17, 8am-3:30pm

This is a grace-based, character-driven model to help you nurture confident and cooperative kids—and have a great time in the process! You will receive a workbook and the book Grace-Based Parenting. A continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. The conference is FREE if you also attended the marriage conference in February. Cost is $20.00/couple or $10/single parent. Register today at lrcparentconference.  

Good Friday March 30 | Easter April 1

Join us Good Friday to remember Jesus’ life and sacrifice through song, prayer, communion, and confession. The service will begin at 6pm. Come back on Sunday to celebrate His resurrection! There will be three service options: the Sunrise Service at 6:30am(followed by breakfast), and our two regularly scheduled services at 9:30 and 11:15am.

Sunrise Service Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the sunrise service breakfast. We are looking for people to prepare fully cooked casseroles, help setup and serve food during the sunrise service, and clean up afterward. If you would like to help with the Sunrise Service breakfast (setup, clean up, or preparation of breakfast casseroles), contact office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Lifeline High School Retreat
April 6-7

The Lifeline high school ministry will be going on our spring retreat April 6-7 to Camp Otyokwah! If you have a teen interested in going, please contact Alex Fabian at alexf@linworthroadchurch.com.

Sunday Preview: Grace Over Greed

Scripture: Acts 4:32-5:11
 
The early believers were awestruck with the grace of God--an extravagant grace freely poured into their lives. But the gospel did not stop with a new spiritual understanding. It dislodged the control wealth and possessions held over them; it erased traditional economic divides since rich and poor all shared in the same grace. This edition of the Empowered Life shows how the Holy Spirit can help us experience this extravagant grace and be freed from the clutches of greed. 

Join us this Sunday and invite a friend as Pastor Chris Martin continues in our journey through the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.

March Linworth Life

Highlights from February...

Twenty-three artists of all kinds attended Creative Night on February 1.

About 20 people took the Fully Mature Class in February.

Ninety people sought the presence of God at the Encounter worship night on February 9.

Twenty-nine couples participated in the Marriage Workshop on February 17.

The Leadership Huddle was attended by 35 people on February 22. Chris gave a brief message on "becoming a people of His presence," and leaders ministered to one another through prayer. Life Group and Ministry leaders broke out in sub-groups to share recent "wins" and ministry needs.

One patient was treated at the Linworth Free Clinic in February.

Eight families were served by the LRC Food Pantry in February.

Weekly Bulletin

Baptism | Sunday, March 25

We would love to support you in taking a step of faith by being baptized. For more information, go to linworthroadchurch.com/baptism.

7 Keys to Effective Evangelism Class
Saturday, March 10, 8:30am-12:30-pm

This class is for those who desire to share their faith with family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or anyone who needs to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. The class will meet in the Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be available. This class is a requirement for participation in mission trips through LRC. For information, contact missions@linworthroadchurch.com.

Single Moms Dinner
Saturday, March 10, 5:30-8pm

Our next Single Moms Dinner will be on Saturday March 10th from 5:30-8:00pm in the LRC Fellowship Hall. Please let us know if you and your children will be able to join us by sending a message to singlemoms@linworthroadchurch.com. Feel free to pass this invitation on to other single moms you may know.

Welcome to Linworth Lunch
Sunday, March 11, 1-2pm

If you are new to Linworth, we would like to invite you to an informal time where you can learn about the church and ask any questions you may have. Join us from 1-2pm after second service in Room P. Please RSVP to nickc@linworthroadchurch.com by March 9. Children are welcome.

Grace-Based Parenting Seminar
Saturday, March 17, 8am-3:30pm

This conference is a grace-based, character-driven model to help you nurture confident and cooperative kids—and have a great time in the process. Each couple will receive two workbooks as well as the book Grace-Based Parenting. A continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Cost is only $20.00/couple. Register today at  lrcparentingconference.eventbrite.com.

Lifeline High School Retreat
April 6-7

The Lifeline high school ministry will be going on our spring retreat April 6-7 to Camp Otyokwah! If you have a teen interested in going, please contact Alex Fabian at alexf@linworthroadchurch.com.

Sunday Preview: Prayer and the Early Church

Scripture: Acts 4
 
In the previous message of this series, we looked at Acts 3 and saw Peter and John perform the first healing miracle in the book of Acts. In Acts 4, we see that as a result of that miracle, the religious authorities begin to take notice and the early church experiences its first interaction with persecution. However, in response, they don’t run. They don’t stop sharing the good news of Jesus. Instead, they come together and they pray. In fact, when you survey the book of Acts, you see that prayer was to the early church what oxygen is to life--it was essential.  
 
Join us this Sunday and invite a friend as Pastor Nick Carruthers continues our journey through the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.

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7 Keys to Effective Evangelism Class
Saturday, March 10, 8:30am-12:30-pm

Have you ever said to yourself, "I feel inadequate to share my faith," or "I don't know how," or "I'm afraid"? This class is for those who desire to share their faith with family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or anyone who needs to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. The class will meet in the Fellowship Hall. A light breakfast will be available. This class is a requirement for participation in mission trips through LRC. For information, contact Dale Schuler or Mike Faler at missions@linworthroadchurch.com.

Welcome to Linworth Lunch
Sunday, March 11, 1-2pm

If you are new to Linworth, we would like to invite you to a “Welcome to Linworth” lunch, an informal time where you can learn about the church and ask any questions you may have. Join us from 1-2pm after second service in Room P. Please RSVP to nickc@linworthroadchurch.com by March 9. Children are welcome.

Lifeline High School Retreat
April 6-7

The Lifeline high school ministry will be going on our spring retreat April 6-7 to Camp Otyokwah! If you have a teen interested in going, please contact Alex Fabian at alexf@linworthroadchurch.com.

Kairos Prison Ministry

We have a number of opportunities to help with an upcoming weekend that Kairos is planning at a local correctional facility. You can sign up for a half hour slot to pray for the weekend, bake cookies, or purchase $5 meal tickets for the residents. Kids can get involved by making placemats for the residents. For more information, see Barry Cook in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. 

Sunday Preview: Healing Today

Scripture: Acts 3
 
So far in the book of Acts, we have witnessed the Kingdom coming in power, the appearance of the promised Holy Spirit, and the birth of the church, when many signs and wonders occurred. Healing was one of the signs of that power. The idea of God healing opens us up to many questions. How does God heal? Does God still heal today? Why doesn’t God heal everyone? In this message, we will explore some of these questions as we continue to learn what it means to live a Spirit-filled empowered life.
 
Join us this Sunday and invite a friend as Pastor Rich Hendricks continues in our journey though the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.

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Kairos Prison MInistry

We have a number of opportunities to help with an upcoming weekend that Kairos is planning at a local correctional facility. You can sign up for a half hour slot to pray for the weekend, bake cookies, or purchase $5 meal tickets for the residents. Kids can get involved by making placemats for the residents. For more information, see Barry Cook in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. 

Leadership Huddle
Thursday, February 22, 6:30-9:15pm

Leaders of life groups and ministries, please plan on joining us for our Winter Leadership Huddle. Dinner will be provided. Our first goal is to minister to you and encourage you. Secondly, we hope to equip you for more impact in your ministry. Finally, we hope to connect you to one another so you feel a bond with other leaders.

Singles Event--Game Night
Friday, February 23, 6-10pm

Ladies and gentlemen! Singles of all ages! You are all cordially invited to the first ever meeting of “Single And Serving”! For our inaugural event, we are hosting a game night at LRC. We’ll start out in small groups so we can get to know each other, then come together for a big game. Please bring a snack food or beverages. We’ll also be talking about future events and the general spirit of the group. Email wolfgangg8r@aol.com to let us know you are coming or if you would like to be added to our Facebook group.

Parenting Conference
March 16-17 

Every parent wants to raise great kids, yet often we fall short of our dreams. Sometimes we’re just too busy and distracted. Some of us had less than ideal role models. Some of us are working at it, but we just don’t have a good game plan. With God’s help and a plan, you can raise truly great kids. This conference is a grace-based, character-driven model to help you nurture confident and cooperative kids—and have a great time in the process. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Sunday Preview: How the Spirit Forms Real Community

Scripture: Acts 2:42-47
 
All of us long for community and a sense of togetherness. At the same time, the values our culture prizes most teach, reinforce, celebrate, and undermine the very thing we want. Most people are lonely and relationally unfulfilled. This is not how God intended life to be. In the last message, we learned that the birth of the church launched a new community in which individuals shared their life together at every level--spiritually, relationally, and economically.  

Join us this Sunday and invite a friend as Pastor Chris Martin continues in our journey though the story of the first Christians in the book of Acts.