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KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY | COOKIES NEEDED BY SEPTEMBER 23

It’s Kairos Cookie Time again! Allan and Barry will be in the Fellowship Hall after the service, seeking cookie commitments and selling meal tickets for Kairos Weekend #21. Come find out more about this ministry, and how you can help.

ENCOUNTER WORSHIP NIGHT | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7PM

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!

WELCOME TO LINWORTH LUNCH | SEPTEMBER 23, 11:45AM

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 11:45-12:45 in the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday service.

PDHC EVENT | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

You are invited to a Celebration of Life banquet to support Pregnancy Decision Health Center (PDHC). This event will be at Villa Milano restaurant, with dinner at 7PM. Register at www.supportPDHC.org.

MEN’S GETAWAY RETREAT | SEPTEMBER 28-29

Take a break from the everyday grind to relax and renew your mind. Join us for the Men’s Getaway Retreat at Tar Hollow State Park on September 28-29. This retreat begins at 7pm Friday and ends 2pm Saturday. RSVP by marking “Men’s Retreat” on your Connect Card.

Sunday Preview: No Other Gospel

In this message, we kick off a new series on the book of Galatians, From Shackles to Sonship. In this first message, we see that the apostle Paul is really worked up and angry with the believers in Galatia. The reason he is so worked up is that false teachers have come into the churches and have taught a "different" gospel, which according to Paul is no gospel at all. In fact, Paul goes on to claim in the first couple of verses from Chapter 1 that there is only one gospel, and it’s the "Jesus plus nothing" gospel.

Sunday Preview: Brave New Success

In Brave New World, the citizenry of a futuristic London move constantly to and fro from one activity and sensual experience to the next. They rarely, if ever, think about the true meaning of their lives. All the old books have been done away with. Real emotion and ideals are purged. Those who control things perpetuate this lifestyle with easy pleasures and crass commercialism. This picture unnervingly mirrors modern day America. Ask someone how they are doing and often you hear the words, "I am so busy," or "I feel overwhelmed." "Busy" has become the favorite new self-descriptor. Why do we jam as many activities or as much work as we can in one day? Why are Americans sleeping so much less per night? What are we afraid of? To these questions and very modern realities, the Bible offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the world. 

Sunday Bulletin

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. Watch for more information!

WHISPERING OAKS HOMEWORK HELP

Imagine you are a refugee in a foreign land. The food, climate, and people are all new and different—and now you have homework to turn in! LRC collaborates with a few other churches to rent an apartment in the Whispering Oaks complex. Here the volunteers offer homework help, ESL classes, and other practical skills. There is an orientation/training on Monday, September 10, and students will be served the following week. If you are interested, please write “Homework Help” on your Connect Card, or contact Benj Foor at benjfoor@gmail.com.

BABYSITTERS NEEDED!

If you would like to serve several LRC Life Groups and earn a little extra money, we have a great opportunity for you. The need is from 6:45-8:45pm Wednesday nights at the church. Please write “Babysitter” on your Connect Card or contact Sarah Garmen at csgarmen@hotmail.comfor more information.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 4 (NOTE, THERE ARE 3 GROUPS)

Our Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening groups will be studying C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The Tuesday evening group will be going through Beth Moore’s A Women’s Heart. Write “Women’s Study” on your Connect Card or email women@linworthroadchurch.comto sign up or if you would like more information.

MEN’S WORK DAY | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 9AM-2PM

This year, the Men’s Work Day volunteers will be clearing brush and trees from the perimeter of the parking lot. If you would like to help or get more information, please email jfs8406@yahoo.com, or mark “Work Day” on your Connect Card. 

Sunday Preview: Brave New Happiness

The dystopia of Huxley’s famous novel Brave New World is unfolding in our 21st century world. One author found an eerie parallel in the ways we have become "enslaved by a compulsion for easy pleasure without accountability." In the novel, the residents in a futuristic London take a highly powerful pleasure drug called Soma. They take it to avoid any and every hint of stress or painful feelings. People are happy, but it is a cheap, conditioned happiness. This Brave New World is here today in the form of new pleasure drugs that are destroying lives, families, and communities. The story of the Bible offers a refreshing alternative on how to face pain and find comfort. 

Sunday Bulletin

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES BEGIN SEPTEMBER 4

Our Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening groups will be studying C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. The Tuesday evening group will be going through Beth Moore’s A Women’s Heart. Write “Women’s Study” on your Connect Card or email women@linworthroadchurch.comto sign up or if you would like more information.

KNOWING THE BIBLE | MONDAYS, SEP 10-DEC 17

Join us on Monday nights from 7-9pm for this in-depth study of the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. The study will focus on Israel's entrance into the Promised Land, which Yahweh promised to give to His people. Register for the class at www.knowingthebible.net.

MEN’S WORK DAY | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 9AM-2PM

This year, the Men’s Work Day volunteers will be clearing brush and trees from the perimeter of the parking lot. If you would like to help or get more information, please email jfs8046@yahoo.com, or mark “Work Day” on your Connect Card. 

MEN’S GETAWAY RETREAT | SEPTEMBER 28-29

Take a break from the everyday grind to relax and renew your mind. Join us for the Men’s Getaway Retreat at Tar Hollow State Park on September 28-29. This retreat begins at 7pm Friday and ends 2pm Saturday. RSVP by marking “Men’s Retreat” on your Connect Card. 

Sunday Bulletin

COME TOGETHER—A FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP EVENT

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 9AM-2PM

Come Together is a full-day, discipleship experience that helps families create a legacy of faith for the next generation. Put on by Axis Ministries, this family discipleship event 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 together in a safe environment.  Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

LEADERS RETREAT | SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 9AM-2PM

This retreat, for life group and ministry leaders alike, will focus on reconnecting 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 9am to 2pm and finish the afternoon with some fun on the softball field. RSVP by writing “Retreat” on the Connect Card or emailing office@linworthroadchurch.com.

KNOWING THE BIBLE | MONDAYS, SEP 10-DEC 17

Join us on Monday nights from 7-9pm for this in-depth study of the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. The study will focus on Israel's entrance into the Promised Land, which Yahweh promised to give to His people. Register for the class at www.knowingthebible.net.

MEN’S GETAWAY RETREAT | SEPTEMBER 28-29

Take a break from the everyday grind to relax and renew your mind. Join us for the Men’s Getaway Retreat at Tar Hollow State Park on September 28-29. This retreat begins at 7pm Friday and ends 2pm Saturday. RSVP by marking “Men’s Retreat” on your Connect Card.  

Sunday Preview: Brave New Technology

In the 20th century, two popular dystopian novels were written: 1984 (by George Orwell) and Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley). Neil Postman, in the foreword to his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, said the following about these books:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture….In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

Postman notes that American culture has become much more like Brave New World than 1984, and perhaps he is right. There is currently a narrative in our society of what human flourishing looks like, and increasingly it resembles the dysfunction described in Brave New World. In contrast, the Scriptures paint a narrative of what human flourishing looks like, and it is in direct opposition to the current view. In this series, we will take a fresh look at our society’s narrative of human flourishing and critique it in light of what Jesus and the Scriptures say.

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.  

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.