Sunday Bulletin

One on One Mentoring

The 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, email office@linworthroadchurch.com. 

Discover Life! 
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30pm

It's not too late to join this class designed to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ. We'll begin with dinner at 6:30pm, then watch an "Alpha" video followed by table discussions. This is a great way to help a friend (or yourself) learn the basics of the Christian faith. Please RSVP to the church office with your name and the number of people coming with you. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to partner together in the gospel! 

Creative Night
Thursday, August 16, 6:30pm

We will gather to inspire, empower, and release the God-given creativity in all of us. We know you’ll have unique input and enjoy a little something special we’ve got planned. If you’re not sure if Creative Night is for you, just come anyway! We would love for you to check it out and experience for yourself what God might already be stirring up within you. If you have questions, or want to be added to the emails, contact Kim at kfoulis@gmail.com.

Leaders Retreat
Saturday, August 25, 9am-2pm

This retreat, for life group and ministry leaders alike, will focus on reconnecting us as leaders as we go into the new ministry year. God is working at Linworth and we want to move together. A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided. We will meet at the Worthington Community Center from 9 to 2 and finish the afternoon with some fun on the softball field. Please RSVP to office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Mark Your Calendar for these upcoming events!        

  • Men’s Work Day—Saturday, September 15, 9am-2pm
  • Men’s Getaway at Tar Hollow State Park—Friday/Saturday, September 28-29
  • Axis Intergenerational Event for Parents and Students - Saturday, October 27

Sunday Preview: Whom Does God Rescue

In the last message, Pastor Nick helped us see a remarkable reality--even the tragic consequences of David’s sins did not remove him from receiving God’s unconditional promise. In his suffering, David recognized the fingerprint of God’s mercy and ran to Him rather than from Him. In this message, we see the story of David’s life is drawn to a not so tidy conclusion. The ending of 2 Samuel promises both to puzzle and surprise.  

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Chris Martin finishes our series on The Unstoppable Kingdom, a study of the book of 2 Samuel. 

Sunday Bulletin

Baptism | Sunday, August 26

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

Church Survey

Last week, you should have received an email, including a link to the survey regarding keeping only one service, or returning to two. Please remember to complete this by August 6. If you need the link, please call the office at 614-442-5722, or email office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Discover Life! 
Wednesdays, August 8 and 15, 6:30pm

It's not too late to join this class designed to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ. We'll begin with dinner at 6:30pm, then watch an "Alpha" video followed by table discussions. This is a great way to help a friend (or yourself) learn the basics of the Christian faith. Please RSVP to the church office with your name and the number of people coming with you. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to partner together in the gospel! 

Creative Night
Thursday, August 16, 6:30pm

We will gather to inspire, empower, and release the God-given creativity in all of us. We know you’ll have unique input and enjoy a little something special we’ve got planned. If you’re not sure if Creative Night is for you, just come anyway! We would love for you to check it out and experience for yourself what God might already be stirring up within you. If you have questions, or want to be added to the emails, contact Kim at kfoulis@gmail.com.

Leaders Retreat
Saturday, August 25, 9am-2pm

This retreat, for life group and ministry leaders alike, will focus on reconnecting us as leaders as we go into the new ministry year. God is working at Linworth and we want to move together. A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided. We will meet at the Worthington Community Center from 9 to 2 and finish the afternoon with some fun on the softball field. Please RSVP to office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Sunday Preview: Mercy Triumphs Over Judgement

In the last message, we saw the consequences of David’s sin with Bathsheba begin to play out. David's son Amnon rapes his half-sister Tamar, which leads to another son, Absalom, killing Amnon in retaliation. Eventually, that leads to Absalom challenging his father for the throne, which forces David to flee Jerusalem. In this message, we will pick up the story, and we'll see three main movements in the story. First, we will see David’s continued exile. Then, we will see Absalom’s downfall and death. Lastly, we will see David’s return to Jerusalem. During this period of David’s life, you really begin to wonder who is really in control. Is it David, Absalom, Joab, or is it God? As well, you wonder if God’s covenant with David will win out and triumph over David’s sin and mistakes. 
 
Join us this Sunday as Pastor Nick Carruthers dives into this story and seeks to answer these questions, as we continue in our series on The Unstoppable Kingdom, a study of the book of 2 Samuel. 

Sunday Bulletin

Discover Life! 
Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 6:30pm

This is a three-week class designed to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ. We'll begin with dinner at 6:30pm, then watch an "Alpha" video followed by table discussions. This is a great way to help a friend (or yourself) learn the basics of the Christian faith. Please RSVP to the church office with your name and the number of people coming with you. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to partner together in the gospel! 

School Supply Drive

We are looking for donations of new school supplies for our Single Parents Ministry and Whispering Oaks Ministry. If you are able to help out, please stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday and pick up a star showing the items needed. All items need to be returned to the church by Saturday, August 4.

Single Parents Picnic | School Supply Pickup
August 4, 3-5pm

All single parents and their children are invited to attend this picnic. The main dish will be provided, but please bring a side dish to share. We will have school supplies available for pickup, so bring your child’s supply list with you. While you are “shopping” for school supplies, your car will be washed by our high school group. Childcare is provided. Please RSVP by sending an email to singlemoms@linworthroadchurch.com.

Mark Your Calendar!
Mark your calendar for these important upcoming events:

Leaders Retreat - Saturday, August 25, 9am-2pm

Axis Intergenerational Event for Parents and Students - Saturday, October 27

Sunday Preview: Strange Love

In the last message, Pastor Rich showed us how God enters into the ugly messes we make. Examining the depth of David’s sins, Rich proved David’s life is a living picture of the amazing grace of God. At the same time, there are consequences to our decisions. In 2 Samuel 12:10 God warned David, “Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.” The fulfillment of this ominous prophecy begins to unfold in the next part of our story, and speaks to the profound cultural moment in which we live, the fierceness of God’s discipline, and the strangeness of God’s love.  

Third Quarter Report

Third Quarter Report: 2017-2018

Dear Linworth,
 
March - April - May 2018
 
Last summer, Pastor Nick Carruthers convened a focus group made up of Linworth members to interact on the health of our life groups. The Reveal Survey had exposed pockets of discontentment that we wanted to understand and address.
 
The group was facilitated by a pastor-friend outside of Linworth who could provide an objective sounding board for our members. Much of what our members shared that evening reinforced life groups as a vital strength in our community. Yet, the facilitator could detect some lack of satisfaction. When he asked about the presence of the Holy Spirit “showing up” in groups, it was, in his words, “like a bomb had gone off.”
 
That question ignited a lively conversation with engaged dialogue from this cross-section of our church, clearly revealing a hunger and thirst for more. The dissatisfaction was not with our life group leaders, but with a sense that there is a supernatural element missing from our church. 
 
The pastors took this as from the Lord and, with that feedback in hand, we planned for the new year. We determined a series on the Holy Spirit was needed and what better place to ground it from than the book of Acts. Calling it “Empowered,” we a) described the person and work of the Holy Spirit; b) challenged the naturalistic paradigm that minimizes God even in His church; and c) challenged you to hunger for more and pray with expectation.
 
The other element we added as a result of this emphasis was an evening of worship called “Encounter.”  These have been incredibly special and Spirit-filled evenings with many of you seeking prayer and physical or emotional healing. At one Encounter, we were led to pray for a man who was on a physically precipitous decline due to cancer. (He is not a member of Linworth, but a friend to many here.) We believe God reveals Himself both in our suffering as well as in the times He chooses to alleviate our suffering. In this case, this friend appears to be on the pathway to full recovery—his cancer has been greatly reduced, and his own doctor is calling it a miracle. 
 
We are learning together and want to be open to all God has for us. We need all of Him to fulfill our mission and create the kind of community that is marked with kingdom love and kingdom maturity. Our next step is to increase our understanding of spiritual gifts.  
 
Thanks for your faithful giving so we can continue to “be Jesus” to our community. Your partnership in the gospel means so much to me and the other Pastors. 
 
At the end of this e-mail is a link to our third quarter financial report. It covers the nine month time period from September to May. For that time period, our giving and income are above our budgeted expenses by 3%. Expenses for that same time period are 3% below projections. We thank God for His faithfulness and generosity as He works through you. If you have yet to participate in this realm of worship and discipleship, we encourage you to prayerfully begin by seeking God and committing to a set offering each month. Your participation in this work will help us extend what we do in our city and will be a great source of joy and growth in your own life.

For His glory,
 
Pastor Chris

Weekly Bulletin

Discover Life! 
Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 6:30pm

This is a three-week class designed to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ. We'll begin with dinner at 6:30pm, then watch an "Alpha" video followed by table discussions. This is a great way to help a friend (or yourself) learn the basics of the Christian faith. Please RSVP to the church office with your name and the number of people coming with you. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity   to partner together in the gospel! 

Townhall Meeting
Sunday, July 29, 6pm

We will meet to discuss having one or two Sunday morning services. Your input is appreciated! 

School Supply Drive

We are looking for donations of new school supplies for our Single Parents Ministry and Whispering Oaks Ministry. If you are able to help out, please stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday and pick up a star showing the items needed. All items need to be returned to the church by August 1.

Single Parents Picnic | School Supply Pickup
August 4, 3-5pm

All single parents and their children are invited to attend this picnic. The main dish will be provided, but please bring a side dish to share. We will have school supplies available for pickup, so bring your child’s supply list with you. While you are “shopping” for school supplies, your car will be washed by our high school group. Childcare is provided. Please RSVP by sending an email to singlemoms@linworthroadchurch.com.

Kairos Prison Ministry Training
Fridays, August 10-September 28

Kairos Weekend #21 at North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, will be held this October. The team building meetings for serving will be Friday evenings from 6-10pm, from August 10-September 28/29. If you are interested in serving at the next Kairos weekend, or want more information, please contact the church office.

Sunday Preview: David's Life--A Metaphor For God's Grace

Of all the great leaders of the Old Testament, David is among the greatest. Warrior and king, composer and conqueror, unifier of kingdoms, a man after God’s own heart. So great was David that one of the most well known titles of Jesus would be Son of David. Like almost all the great figures of the Bible, David was a man who struggled and was flawed. However, in the midst of his serious struggles emerges a picture of the surprising grace of God, as God invades David’s mess and invites him into restoration. 

Join us this Sunday as we explore this complicated man and how God reaches into any situation, no matter how difficult, and offers us grace. Pastor Rich Hendricks continues in our series on The Unstoppable Kingdom, a study of the book of 2 Samuel. 

Weekly Bulletin

Discover Life! | Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 6:30pm

This is a three-week class designed to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ. We'll begin with dinner at 6:30pm, then watch an "Alpha" video followed by table discussions. This is a great way to help a friend (or yourself) learn the basics of the Christian faith. Please RSVP to the church office with your name and the number of people coming with you. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to partner together in the gospel! 

Townhall Meeting | Sunday, July 29, 6pm

We will meet to discuss having one or two Sunday morning services. Your input is appreciated! 

Kairos Prison Ministry Training | Fridays, August 10-September 28

Kairos Weekend #21 at North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, will be held this October. The team building meetings for serving will be Friday evenings from 6-10pm, from August 10-September 28/29. If you are interested in serving at the next Kairos weekend, or want more information, please contact the church office. 

Fresh Wind Prayer | Sundays, 9-9:40am

We want to be a church led by the Spirit. To inch us closer to this reality, we have a church-wide opportunity this summer to seek Him. Beginning July 1, join with others to pray for revival in our church and country, the Discover Life outreach, the Sunday service, and for whatever else as He leads. Fresh Wind will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Mark your calendar for these important upcoming events:

  • Leaders' Retreat - Saturday, August 25
  • Axis Intergenerational Event for Parents and Teens: Saturday, October 27

Sunday Preview: The King God Wanted

The book of 2 Samuel can be divided up into two sections--the first describing David’s rise, and the second outlining his fall. This week, we will look at the last of the chapters which follow his rise and the greatness of his reign. We will see all of the ways that David embodied God’s ideal chosen king. While ultimately David fell short, he did foreshadow the true and better King who is to come.

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Nick Carruthers continues in our series on The Unstoppable Kingdom, a study of the book of 2 Samuel. 

July Linworth Life

Highlights from June...

  • 53 men attended the Men's Ministry presentation of The Heart of Man film on June 2.
  • Corey Baugher's Comparative Religions course kicked off on June 4.
  • Ten people attended the Ballroom Dancing event hosted by the Singles Group on June 15.
  • We celebrated the Linworth dads on Father's Day with an interview with Scott Watkins. All dads received a freshly grilled hamburger on their way out of church.
  • About 250 people enjoyed burgers, hot dogs, and an endless sea of side dishes and desserts at the LRC picnic on June 24. 
  • Nine families were served by the LRC Food Pantry in June.
  • Two patients were treated at the Linworth Free Clinic in June.
  • The H20 Evangelism Ministry continues to hand out cold bottles of water and a gospel tract at the Worthington Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Weekly Bulletin

Family Ninja Warrior Camp | Saturday, July 14, 9am-2pm

Families, come to the Family Ninja Warrior Camp! Our focus will be overcoming our fears by learning to trust God, based on the example of one of the Bible’s most famous warriors, Joshua. Music, games, lunch, and Legos will be part of the fun. Families will conclude the day by testing their skills on a giant fifteen obstacle inflatable ninja course! Childcare will be available for children under 3, but pre-registration is required. This is a great event for inviting another family. Be sure to register today at 

 

Mark your calendar for these important upcoming events:

Town Hall (one or two service discussion) | Sunday, July 29, 6pm
Leaders' Retreat | Saturday, August 25
Axis Intergenerational Event for Parents and Students | Saturday, October 27

 

Fresh Wind | Sundays Mornings Before the Serivce

The pastors communicated a vision of being a church led by the Spirit throughout our Empowered series. To inch us closer to this reality, our pastors are facilitating a church-wide opportunity this summer to seek Him. Beginning July 1, from 9-9:40am, join with others to pray for revival in our church and country, the Discover Life outreach, the Sunday service, and for whatever else as He leads. Fresh Wind will meet in the Fellowship Hall. 

Sunday Preview: Surprising God, Surprising Grace

King David stabilized the kingdom and is enjoying peace. With time for reflection, it does not escape his notice that the tent containing God’s house pales in comparison to his own. Driven by the evident disparity, David hatches a plan with his friend to tip the scales the other way. He is going to build God an amazing house. But God has other plans, and in saying "No" to David, He sets in motion an intimate and surprising human/divine conversation. It is a conversation revealing more grace than David could ever have imagined, a grace that reaches down to us.  

Join us this Sunday as we learn about the Unstoppable Kingdom. Pastor Chris Martin will continue in our series through the book of 2 Samuel. 

Weekly Bulletin

Baptism | Sunday, July 22

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

Lifeline Car Wash/Bake Sale
Sunday, July 8

Please come to the Lifeline Bake Sale and Car Wash! We are raising scholarship money for our Lifeline High School mission trip with Appalachia Service Project (July 15-21). Buy a dozen cookies or bring a dozen cars to get washed!

Family Ninja Warrior Camp
Saturday, July 14, 9am-2pm

Families, come to the Family Ninja Warrior Camp! Our focus will be overcoming our fears by learning to trust God, based on the example of one of the Bible’s most famous warriors, Joshua. Music, games, lunch, and Legos will be part of the fun. Families will conclude the day by testing their skills on a giant fifteen obstacle inflatable ninja course! Childcare will be available for children under 3, but pre-registration is required. This is a great event for inviting another family. Be sure to register today at https://linworthroadchurch.churchcenter.com/registrations

Lifeline Middle School Ministry
Wednesdays, 7-9p

Middle School Ministry now meets on Wednesday nights at LRC! We are a ministry consisting of 6th-8th graders. If you have questions about the youth group, email Alex at alexf@linworthroadchurch.com.

Fresh Wind | Sundays beginning July 1

The pastors communicated a vision of being a church led by the Spirit throughout our Empowered series. To inch us closer to this reality, our pastors are facilitating a church-wide opportunity this summer to seek Him. Beginning July 1, from 9-9:40am, join with others to pray for revival in our church and country, the Discover Life outreach, the Sunday service, and for whatever else as He leads. Fresh Wind will meet in the Fellowship Hall. 

Sunday Preview: Every Spiritual Blessing

Is there something that prevents you from experiencing the blessing of God? Do you have an everyday confidence and awareness that He is alive and working in you? In our journey through 2 Samuel, the fifth chapter marks a significant turning point in the life of David. David’s scope of responsibility grows exponentially and the writer reaffirms why success came to him. That same pathway of blessing is available to you. It is not easy, but it is remarkably simple. Sound interesting?

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Chris Martin continues in our series through the book of 2 Samuel, and invite a friend. Don’t live another day without the blessing of God. 

Weekly Bulletin

Church Picnic | This Sunday, June 24

Acts 2:46 “They were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” Please come to the church-wide picnic! Make new friends and catch up with old friends. LRC will provide the meat and drinks. If your last name begins with A-P, please bring a salad or side dish for 8-10 people. If your last name begins with Q-Z, please bring a dessert for 8-10 people. We will start right after the service.

ESL Volunteers Needed

The ESL Ministry to adults at the Whispering Oaks apartment complex is looking for more volunteers to help with tutoring. ESL is offered on Saturdays from 12-1:30pm, but a weeknight could be added if we had enough volunteers. We also need donations of CD players to give to the students (for homework practice). If you are interested in learning about this ministry, email office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Two Ways to Support PDHC: 
Walk for Life July 21 and Baby Shower

Come to the Walk for Life on Saturday July 21 along the Scioto Mile at Audubon Metro Park. This event will be family friendly with lots of activities. We hope you can participate as a walker or as a sponsor to a walker. Also, the Women’s Outreach Ministry invites you to join in a church-wide “baby shower” in support of PDHC’s expectant women and their babies. We will be collecting items at LRC on June 24 and July 1. Please visit the table in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday for more information.

Family Ninja Warrior Camp
Saturday, July 14, 9am

Families are invited to join us for Family Ninja Warrior Camp! We will learn how God trained Joshua with His Word to overcome his fears and become one of Israel’s greatest leader warriors. Together, families will put these same principles into practice as they learn some ninja warrior skills. The camp will conclude with lunch and an opportunity to test yourself on a giant ninja warrior course. Registration begins next week.

Lifeline Middle School Ministry
Wednesdays, 7-9pm


Lifeline Middle School Ministry has a new home on Wednesdaynights at the church from 7-9pm! We are a ministry consisting of 6th-8th graders. If you have any questions about the youth group, please email Alex Fabian at alexf@linworthroadchurch.com.

Fresh Wind | Sundays beginning July 1

The pastors communicated a vision of being a church led by the Spirit throughout our Empowered series. To inch us closer to this reality, our pastors are facilitating a church-wide opportunity this summer to seek Him. Beginning July 1, from 9-9:40am, join with others to pray for revival in our church and country, the Discover Life outreach, the Sunday service, and for whatever else as He leads. Fresh Wind will meet in the Fellowship Hall. 

Starts August 1--Prayer Card Reminder

Remember to turn in your prayer card, so that the pastors can pray with you for friends you'd like to invite to Discover Life. Starting August 1, for three consecutive Wednesdays, we will be showing a series of videos designed to introduce our non-Christian friends to Jesus Christ, and help new believers to grow in their faith. Each week will consist of a meal, an Alpha video message, a brief discussion, and dessert. Please invite and bring your friends who need to hear the gospel and have their questions answered.

Sunday Preview: David's House vs Saul's House

Last summer we began a journey through the period of Israel’s history described in the book of 1 Samuel. 1 and 2 Samuel were originally one book, so we ended last summer very much in the middle of the story. In this series, we continue on this journey through 2 Samuel.

This Sunday, Pastor Nick Carruthers kicks off this new series. We will take a look at the first four chapters of 2 Samuel, and we will see that Yahweh is on the move, and that He will accomplish all that He has promised. 

Weekly Bulletin

ESL Volunteers Needed

The ESL Ministry to adults at the Whispering Oaks apartment complex is looking for more volunteers to help with tutoring. ESL is offered on Saturdays from 12-1:30pm, but a weeknight could be added if we had enough volunteers. We also need donations of CD players to give to the students (for homework practice). If you are interested in learning about this ministry, email office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Baby Dedication
Sunday June 24

Our next baby dedication will be on Sunday, June 24. If you wish to have your baby dedicated during one of our Sunday morning services, please email office@linworthroadchurch.com.

Church Picnic | Sunday, June 24

Acts 2:46 “They were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” Please come to the church-wide picnic! Make new friends and catch up with old friends. LRC will provide the meat and drinks. If your last name begins with A-P, please bring a salad or side dish for 8-10 people. If your last name begins with Q-Z, please bring a dessert for 8-10 people. We will start right after the service.

Two Ways to Support PDHC: 
Walk for Life July 21 and Baby Shower

Come to the Walk for Life on Saturday July 21 along the Scioto Mile at Audubon Metro Park. This event will be family friendly with lots of activities. We hope you can participate as a walker or as a sponsor to a walker. Also, the Women’s Outreach Ministry invites you to join in a church-wide “baby shower” in support of PDHC’s expectant women and their babies. We will be collecting items at LRC on June 24 and July 1. Please visit the table in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday for more information.

Fresh Wind | Sundays beginning July 1

The pastors communicated a vision of being a church led by the Spirit throughout our Empowered series. To inch us closer to this reality, our pastors are facilitating a church-wide opportunity this summer to seek Him. Beginning July 1, from 9-9:40am, join with others to pray for revival in our church and country, the Discover Life outreach, the Sunday service, and for whatever else as He leads. Fresh Wind will be in the Fellowship Hall. 

Save the Date for Sports Camp
Saturday, July 14

Save the Date for this year's Family Sports Camp, which will be a one-day event on July 14.

Sunday Preview: Justice

There is not any doubt that Jesus came to proclaim justice. But over the last several decades, the meaning of justice has been dividing churches, Christian colleges, and denominations. What is justice? How does it relate to the mission of the church? And what is my individual responsibility to fight for justice?

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Chris Martin seeks to bring light to these questions. We will also celebrate our dads and hear form one dad seeking to find the balance between work and home.