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

Encounter
Friday, January 18, 7-9pm 

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

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

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

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

Sunday Preview: Breaking Free From the Past

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

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

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

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

 SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING 

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

 COFFEE FOR A CAUSE!

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

Sunday Preview: The Cross-Centered Life and Community

Galatians 6:6-18

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

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Christmas Eve Service

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

Coffee for a Cause!

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

Save These Dates!

• Encounter | Friday, January 18

  • Financial Peace University | Starting Monday, January 21

  • Leadership Huddle | Tuesday, January 22

  • Welcome to Linworth Lunch | Sunday, January 27

Faithwalkers Conference
December 27-30

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

Sunday Preview: Gospel Centered Relationships

Galatians 5:25-6:5

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

Sunday Preview: Gospel Freedom

Galatians 5:2-12

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

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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.