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United Methodist Women Day Apart – “Healing Broken Circles”

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On Saturday September 29th, the United Methodist Women hosted “Healing Broken Circles” moderated by Jo Dee Davis and 9 associates, some of whom were previously incarcerated individuals, some family, some friends, all volunteers. The purpose of this program is to assist those who are incarcerated to become fully functioning individuals once returned to society.

Did you know that the cost to provide incarceration for one individual for one year is $30,000? What becomes of an individual who is incarcerated? Only Ohio and one other state have DRC’s, not just DOC’s. DOC, or Dept of Correction, indicates that those who are incarcerated in those states are “put away” with the intention of removing the offenders from the general population, a punishment with no rehabilitation. ODRC, or Ohio Dept of Rehabilitation and Correction, provides some (fairly small amount of) rehabilitation with the purpose of attempting to give the offender skills necessary to return him/her to a productive (and emotionally capable) life once released. Marion Correctional Institution is such an institution. It is there that Healing Broken Circles is doing its “magic”. It may be relatively small, but the results are amazing.

The program consists of a wide variety of educational and emotional support programs with the purpose of healing the individual thru love and understanding. We learned a lot about working through the trauma that inmates have. As stated, “A traumatized brain is broken. It does not work right. It cannot decide, choose, plan. It cannot tell you what is wrong. It is terrified.” With a dedicated staff of volunteers, some prior inmates, some family members, some people interested in doing valuable volunteer activities, Jo Dee provides opportunities to heal, learn, and thrive for those touched by the justice system by, among other things, providing education and training, and coordinating and providing services, for displaced and hard to employ individuals, including those currently incarcerated, those formerly incarcerated and those at risk of incarceration. Until last year, 800 of the 3000 inmates in Marion prison were able to avail themselves of the program. Currently, due to state funding issues, only 300 can participate.

The program’s focus is on 5 areas of service: Turning Professional (workforce development & job readiness), True Potential (community & self-awareness, Thinking People (advanced & continuing education), Thriving Path (care for mind, body & spirit), and Talented Performers (art & creativity). We were treated today to a description of these programs, a discussion of the importance of returning a person to a productive person, and how Healing Broken Circles helps to provide the stated desired result. And we were shown such skills as Improv (teaches one to recognize emotions in oneself and others, for instance), heard how yoga helps to change a person’s attitude towards himself, even changing facial expressions and postures, and participated in several exercises ourselves in various areas. What fun! Those who presented, besides Jo Dee and several volunteers, were former inmate participants in the program, all of whom demonstrated clearly that they were well on their way to total integration in the community. We broke for lunch, one or two of the former incarcerated individuals at each table. Each of them was not only excellent communicators, comfortable speaking to the group during the presentation, but we found new friends during lunch. Each was currently involved in extending their education, all anxious to share with others what had so changed their lives. And lunch was provided by Freedom Ala Carte, which provides jobs for women who were previously involved in human trafficking.

We have invited our new friends to help us with the garage sale. A few live in or near Columbus. If you meet anyone who tells you he/she is with the Healing Broken Circles program, please make them feel welcome.

Lastly, the Healing Broken Circles program needs not only a large number of volunteers, but funding, the major portion of which comes from the state. In addition to contributing to this 501c3 organization, what can we do to help? We can help to decrease the prison population ($30,000/year, remember?). We were told to each “tell 2 people”. I’m telling you – Issue 1 will appear on the ballot in Ohio on Nov 6th. If passed Ohio Issue 1 – also known as the Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment – would change the state’s constitution to reduce drug penalties and send fewer people to prison. Those using or possessing drugs would face a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in county jail, rather than a fourth- or fifth-degree felony, which could lead to prison time. Anyone convicted of those crimes would face probation or less for the first and second offenses within 24 months. On the third offense, the person could be sent to jail. Currently, someone convicted of holding even a small amount of drugs is sent to prison. This is a waste of not only the person’s life, but also of our tax money! Vote “Yes” on Issue 1 on Nov 6.

If you are interested in learning more about this exceptional organization, Healing Broken Circles,  or even in getting involved yourself, go to http://www.healingbrokencircles.org/ . – Eileen Reidinger


Linworth UMC Debt Retirement Celebration

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Sunday June 25th, 10 AM Worship

Featuring special guest: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

This year Linworth United Methodist Church commemorates a 20 year journey on the corner of Bent Tree and Federated in northwest Columbus with our debt retirement celebration. The history of this worshipping congregation dates back to the late 1880s when Linworth was once known as “Elmwood.” The Linworth United Methodist Church was at the time known as “Bright’s Chapel,” named after the pastor at the time.

The first building to serve this congregation was located at 2424 West Granville Road and is now the Linworth Village Bookshop. At the time, Linworth was a rural farming community as part of a Methodist circuit.

In 1955, Linworth entered into the second major chapter of its history when the decision was made to build a new church on land bought at 6200 Linworth Road. During this time, the church experienced tremendous growth as Columbus and its suburbs continued to expand.

By 1995, Linworth UMC was again looking towards ministry needs of the future and a larger space. After much prayer and deliberation, our current location was purchased in 1996 and the ground-breaking ceremony was held on October 6th of that year. On December 7th, 1997, the consecration service was held with Bishop Judith Craig officiating. Artist Ken Valimaki created a beautiful new and award-winning baptismal font and cross that are still widely-known symbols of our church to this day.

In the past 20 years at Bent Tree and Federated, Linworth has been focused on its mission to improve lives locally and globally through the transforming power of Jesus Christ. One of the most amazing blessings at Linworth UMC in this chapter of our existence has been the growth of the Linworth Children’s Center. Launched in 2000 with 38 kids, the program has now grown to serve over 300 kids every year and is renowned as the leading children’s center in the West Ohio Conference. The ministry of LCC has allowed the church to reach new families in new ways with the love of God. Nowadays there isn’t a day that goes by without the church bustling with activity from so many kids and families that are a part of our wider church family.

Linworth also marked a milestone with the creation of our “New Connections” contemporary worship service, which has also reached many new families over the past several years. With our new multi-purpose sanctuary, we have been blessed to have a space that fits both traditional and contemporary worship and can be used for other events like the bi-annual Garage Sale, which continues to be a Linworth tradition like no other.

These years have not just been marked by new and growing ministry at the corner of Bent Tree and Federated, though. The missional heart of Linworth beats stronger than ever as we have reached out to partner with new ministries in the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus and in Laos in recent years. By the grace of God, these missionary endeavors have brought the church once known as Bright’s Chapel to places it could have never imagined all those years ago.

Now Linworth UMC looks ahead to our next chapter in ministry. If the last 130 years are any indication, God has some incredible things in store for our future. May we as the people of Linworth United Methodist Church continue to be guided by God’s providence, rooted in the love of Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live out the Gospel and change the world.

Advent/Christmas Events & Worship Schedule

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Advent & Christmas Calendar
It’s never too early to start planning ahead for the Advent and Christmas season. Here are upcoming dates for you to mark on your calendars at Linworth!

Sunday December 4th

Children’s Musical (10:30 AM service)

The children’s musical is Aaron the Allergic Shepherd which is about a shepherd boy who is allergic to sheep. He is nervous about visiting baby Jesus because his sneezes might scare him, but is reminded by an angel that Jesus loves everyone no matter who they are.

Sunday December 11th 

Advent Reflections in Poem and Song (9:00 AM service)

A classical Christmas performance from the Linworth Chancel Choir featuring songs interspersed with poetry and congregational carols.

Sunday December 18th

Christmas Bingo! (4:45 PM)

Support the 2017 Laos Trip youth at their fundraiser event, Christmas BINGO! Join us on December 18th from 4:45-6:30! Pre-sale tickets are sold after church services–$8 for adults and $4 for ages 17 and under (or $10 and $5 at the door). There will be a silent auction and dinner is provided. All funds contribute to the 2017 Laos Trip! Please contact Jessica Cavinee (jcavinee@linworthumc.org) for more details.

Dublin Silver Band (7:00 PM)

The Dublin Silver Band will be back at Linworth performing their Christmas Concert at 7 PM. This is a free community event!

Saturday December 24th

Christmas Eve services

Linworth will be offering four Christmas Eve services once again this year.

4 PM – Family Service
6 PM – Celebration Service
8 PM – Lessons & Carols
10 PM – Communion & Candlelight

Rejoice at the coming of the Lord!

Sunday December 25th

Christmas Day

Linworth will be offering one 10:00 AM worship service on Christmas morning instead of both a traditional and contemporary worship service. Organist Tom Cook will provide an organ recital at 9:00 AM for those who arrive early.

Sunday January 1st

New Year’s Day

Linworth will again offer one combined 10 AM worship service as we ring in the new year. Please adjust your schedules accordingly!

2016 Family Advent Festival

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Family Advent Festival

Saturday, Dec. 3 from 12-2 PM


Crafts/activities, soup with Santa, and family fellowship! Purchase baked goods from the UMW Bake Sale and enjoy the LUMC Children’s Musical before the festival.

Donations and helping hands appreciated!

And don’t miss the Children’s Musical at 11:15 AM!

Contact for event: Alisha Artis, aartis@linworthumc.org

LCC Gift Fest – November 11-12

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Holiday Craft Fest

Everyone welcome!
Friday November 11 3-7 PM
Free balloon twisting 5-7 PM!
Saturday November 12 9AM-2PM
Free face painting 10AM-12PM!
The craft fest features 60+ vendors as well as a bake sale and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the LCC scholarship fund!

Trunk or Treat – Sunday October 30th!

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Linworth is happy to announce that Trunk or Treat is back! We welcome all children and families from around the northwest Columbus area to come to Linworth UMC on Sunday October 30th for this safe and fun alternative to Trick or Treat. We’ll have lots of cars and trunks decorated to their Halloween best and plenty of treats to hand out. Best of all, it’s a great time to celebrate community and fellowship. Please join us!

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