LUMC Family,

Well as of writing this communication, you’ve hopefully been home for just over 12 hours under the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Orders. I encourage you to obey Governor DeWine and do your part to keep everyone well.

Just a few quick updates on our life together:

– We will shift our regular worship time to a unified, blended service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 29th. I hope you’ll tune in for a really wonderful live stream as we continue in this season of Lent.

– Our Virtual Prayer Circles will meet again this Wednesday evening, March 25th, at 7pm and 8:15pm. Christine Hiester leads this grounding and beautiful time of community with reflection, prayer, prompts for journaling, and time for sharing. There are a few spots available for the 7pm circle, and the 8:15 circle still has plenty of room. See the links below to register. It is easy to attend and you do not need your own zoom account to join in.

Register in advance for this meeting:
7pm: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrcuCuqDMtxbmHZINEPMaodo3ugXLyIQ
8:15pm: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpMuceGvpzkrpP-E19kbyZt1cKDnkjqDRQ

– We keep our website resources as up-to-date as possible, so please check the Covid19 tab at the top of the homepage for the most recent updates and resources. 

– Our church office is closed and will remain closed until Easter (at least). The staff continues to work to serve you and God’s beloved children, so please feel free to reach out via email. We are also regularly monitoring the voicemail box, and our mailbox (though checked regularly) is locked and secure.

– Keep up the calling and checking in with one another! I have heard so many lovely stories of the ways that we are building our community in this season.

– More and more of our “regular” functions are being held on Zoom. Check with your group leader or staff contact to check in about meetings. Our confirmation class met this Sunday as did our LYF, and they are examples of how our Discipleship journey does not stop just because we stay home.

Keep your eyes on Friday’s Lantern for information on upcoming studies, Palm Sunday worship, and other important information.

To leave you, I want to share a short YouTube video:

This video made me weep today. We are called to be those bells in the rain that signal hope. We can do that from wherever we are, and we can do it in our own way. Be that Hope when you can, and when you need that Hope, I trust you’ll find it in the God’s love through the Linworth United Methodist Church Community.

Draw the Circle Wide (and Wash Your Hands),
Pastor Anna