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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.

Sunday Preview: Getting Beyond Skin Deep Change

Are you skeptical about your potential to change? Maybe you have followed Jesus for a long time and experienced only superficial and skin deep change. You have traded in a few bad behaviors and replaced some old hangups; but other than that, your heart remains untouched. This next segment of Galatians begins to explain how the gospel digs below the surface and transforms not only our behaviors but our hearts.   

Sunday Preview: Gospel Unity

When we read the scriptures we see that Jesus really loves and cares about the unity of His church. In fact, if you read his high priestly prayer in John 17,  the main thing he was praying about was that his people would be one, that they would be united. However, when we come to this week’s passage in Galatians, we see that there was quite a bit of disunity and conflict in the early church about  how Gentile believers should relate to the law. What we will see in this first part of Galatians chapter two is that the basis of our unity as Christians is the gospel. We live in a culture right now where everything is so divided and polarized; unfortunately, that mindset has crept into the church. However, as followers of Jesus, we need to remember that we have been called to unity, and again our unity is in Jesus and in the gospel.

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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 writing “Men’s Retreat” on your Connect Card.

 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.

 SEEKING WORSHIP TEAM MEMBERS

The music ministry is looking for volunteers to fill two specific needs. The first need is for more guitar players. Currently, we do not have any electric guitar players to play with the bands on Sunday morning, and it is a spot we have wanted to fill for a while. On top of that, we are also looking for a couple of people to help mix sound on Sunday mornings. If you are a good guitar player, or you have a good ear for how music should sound, write “Music” on your Connect Card or contact Nick LoSchiavo at nickl@linworthroadchurch.com.

Sunday Preview: Still Amazing Grace

There is a temptation every Christian faces. It is a temptation to know and repeat the correct words of the gospel, but lose its meaning. The gospel is not mysterious. Yet there is something inside of us that subtly pushes against its essence. This is what happened to the Christians in Galatia. To the apostle Paul’s shock, they had quickly turned away from the gospel. The gospel is not only the message that saves us, but it is also the power to change us. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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