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Sharing Songs and Stories

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Today I was immediately transported back to Camp Trinity on the outskirts of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, where Mrs. M., Mrs. C., and many other faithful leaders led the Vacation Bible Schools for the years that I was young. I stood in the back of Linworth’s sanctuary and watched my own small daughter mimic the motions of the big people around her, my heart sang.

After the opening, a few awesome VBS volunteers and I stood around chatting about our own childhood experiences. Longer in the past for some, the memories are still vivid. The communities in which we were raised imprinted upon us not only the stories of Jesus, but the sense of community which is meant to accompany the Gospel.

I’m astounded at the number of volunteers and the amount of energy the facilitating not only one, but two VBS sessions this week takes. It is a sight to behold, and I hope you’ll think about joining us in volunteering and in worship on Sunday. You, too, will get to lean on the everlasting arms with some new motions. And when you do? Think about the little voices that join you in singing. She is a 4 (and a half) year old who may be president someday. That shy guy? He may be your surgeon. The rowdy ones who cannot keep herself off of the steps of the chancel? She may be your pastor someday. The group of troublemakers in the back? They may be the community organizers which finally bring about the change that you’ve waited your whole life for. And the best part? They will do it all with the foundations of faith and community that they learned here: from us at Linworth United Methodist Church.

Monday Musing

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“You never regret a completed workout.”

Now… I’ve been pretty serious about my physical health for a while, I have never found the phrase above, meme-worthy as it is, to be wrong. There has not yet been a time that I haven’t been thankful that I at least did something to better my health.

So yesterday afternoon as I was perusing my social media, a friend posted the following:

Take your kids to church.
Make the effort. Wake them up early. Fool with the belts and the buckles and the fancy hair bows. Endure the sleepy, grumpy faces and the misplaced shoes. Run around like a mad woman gathering everybody’s everything and trying to get out the door on time. Hop to the car with a shoe in one hand and your make-up bag in the other. Give those babies a pop-tart and some milk and let ‘em eat it in the car. If its raining, get wet. If its cold, get a jacket. If you’re tired, go tired. But take those babies to church. You know why?
Because Jesus is there.
He’s there. And He’ll meet them there. And you too, Mama.
He’ll be there in the sweet smile of their Sunday School teacher as she greets them into their room. He’ll be there in the goldfish and the apple juice and the filling of their little bellies and hearts. He’ll be there in the hug from a sweet friend and the encouraging smile that assures you that they “just barely made it” too. He’ll be there in the sacred words read from the Bible speaking truth to their little impressionable hearts. He’ll be there in the worship and the raised hands and the watery eyes and whispers of praise.
So take them. Carry all of their Bibles and drawings and toilet paper tube creations. Sit by them in worship. Open your Bible and open theirs. Show them how to find the scripture the pastor is preaching from. Show them how to worship. Explain to them why He’s worthy of worship. Let them see you laugh and cry and praise and study. Forgive their wiggles and paper rustles and know that they’re listening even when it seems like they aren’t. Ask them questions and answer the ones they ask you. Introduce them to Jesus. Tell them of His greatness – his power – his faithfulness. Tell them with your words and show them with your life. Tell them what he’s done for you and how you’ve been changed by His grace and forgiveness and goodness and love. Tell them how they can be too. Point them to Jesus. Over and over and over again.
Take your kids to church. They’ll love it there. It’s the only place where they can go and just be themselves. They don’t have to “be” good enough or smart enough or athletic enough. They don’t have to perform for approval or achievement. They just get to go and hear how much God loves them. Just because they’re them. Just because He created them, they’re valued. Wanted. Their worth isn’t based on the grades they make or their ability to throw a curveball. Its not dependent on their performance or skill level. And they need a little more of that, don’t you think? A little more grace and a little less pressure. A little more love and a few less demands.
Take them to church. Before you take them to the ballfield or the dance studio or the gym. Before you take them on vacation or to grandma’s or to the backyard to play. Take them to church. Let them know its a priority. Show them it has eternal value. Let them see you set aside schedules and extra curricular activities and work and busy-ness to be present with the Lord in His house. I promise you won’t regret it. I promise you it won’t return back void.
Take them to church.
I promise it’s worth it.
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14
© Megan Breeland Woodham, One Step Ministries

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Being a pastor and all, I do not often get to experience this part of parenting. My fantastic spouse bears the Sunday morning responsibility of getting himself and the unpredictable little human with whom we live to church (and does so wonderfully, I might add). I try to leave the house before either of them are awake to take my own unpredictable self out of the chaos equation.

This was not the case yesterday. With my spouse out of town my poor kiddo got dragged out of bed earlier than normal to join me on the pastor schedule of church life. She was early into the office, sat through the worship prep. meeting, dutifully engaged the childcare staff for two services, sharpened pencils through an after worship meeting, and then ate a metric ton of pizza with the youth group. I don’t know who was more tired: her or me?! But you know what?

I don’t regret it.

It is hard to get kids to church. The post above reminds us. I would venture to guess that whatever stage of life you’re in, it is hard to get to church. You may have a body that hurts. You may have this one morning to rest up or sleep in. You may have other opportunities for community. You may have had a long week leading up to Sunday. You may have a long week facing you after Sunday. You may have been up too late the night before. You may have been up too early. You may not like to drive. You may not have someone to drive you. The list could go on forever.

But you won’t regret it.

The same way our bodies need a balance of rest and exercise, our souls need rest and exercise, too. I hope that in this faith community you find the ways to not only exercise your soul but also the place to rest and worship. Whatever is pressing in upon you that keeps you from worship, I hope you make the choice[1] to come. You won’t regret it.

… because if you’re not here, we miss you.

[1] Ask me sometime about the choices I make to allow a 5 a.m. run to happen. I do things like sleeping in my running clothes, set multiple alarms, and bribe myself with coffee, just to name a few.

Unpacking it All

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Well, I think I’ve unpacked almost everything in my office that needs unpacking. What I haven’t unpacked yet, however, is all that resides in my heart. It is tremendously difficult to leave a congregation as pastor, and it is an incredible honor to be welcomed by another. The past few weeks have been a roller-coaster of emotions for me. I think that more often than not we are spending more time trying to move past whatever emotion we are experiencing instead of recognizing that emotion for what it is and what has brought us to experience it.

So for now, instead of some great theological musing (because it is my hope that we have plenty of opportunity for that in the weeks, months, and years to follow), I’ll just leave you with a note of the humble gratitude that my family and me share after our welcome into the community of faith at Linworth United Methodist Church!


Draw the Circle Wide,
Rev. Anna Guillozet ~

VBS 2019 – Roar!

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Vacation Bible School 2019 – Roar! Life Is Wild, God is Good

Monday July 15th – Friday July 19th

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Preschool session– 9-11:30am (ages 3–5 years old and must be potty trained).

Elementary session– 1-4pm (Kindergarten completed-5th grade).

Every summer hundreds of kids from our church and community descend upon Linworth for an awesome week of fun, games, music, and learning about Jesus. This year’s VBS – Roar! Life Is Wild, God is Good- promises to be another unforgettable adventure as well!

Registration begins Sunday May 12th!

Each registered child receives a VBS T-shirt. Please indicate the size on the registration form. To ensure a T-shirt in your child’s size, you will want to return your VBS forms by June 10th . Your child will still
receive a t-shirt after this date, but the size preference is not guaranteed.

An introduction to VBS at Linworth

VBS 2019 Registration Form

VBS 2019 Volunteer Form

 

Graduation Sunday 2019

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On Sunday June 16th, we’ll be celebrating both Dads & Grads! If you or loved one is graduating from high school, college, or other continuing education, please submit the graduation information and a picture of the graduate via the form below:

Spring Garage Sale 2019

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Garage Sale

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Each year Linworth holds two garage sales that see people from all around our community come to the church to benefit important Linworth missions.

2018 Spring Dates:

Friday, April 12th: 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, April 13st: 9 AM  – 1 PM

* Tent opens at 8:30 AM on both days

The Mission of the LUMC Garage Sale is to:

  • Raise money for the LUMC Youth Programming and Mission Projects
  • Provide gently used affordable items to people in the community who need them
  • Contribute items to charities (e.g. , New Life UMC, Salvation Army, Kidney Foundation…)
  • Create a sense of community

If you would like to help and join in the fun there are many volunteer opportunities available including set up, sorting, organizng, pricing, repairing, moving furniture, measuring, sizing, greeting and orienting volunteers, helping with food preparation and serving, cashiering, assisting customers, and cleaning up.

Pick Up Policy

If you would like to help by picking up items for the Garage Sale, please read the Linworth UMC Garage Sale Pick Up Policy.

Garage Sale Donations

Donate items to sell:

Furniture
Antiques/Collectibles
Housewares/Glassware/Linens
Holiday Decorations
Floral/Candles/Knick Knacks
Adult, Children, Infant Clothing
Ties, Belts, Luggage, Purses
Costumes
Office Supplies/Media
Arts & Crafts Supplies
Sporting Goods, Toys, Games
Small Appliances & Electronics
Baby Equipment
Tools/Gardening Equipment

Items we do not accept:

Large Appliances
Mattresses, Box Springs
Torn or Stained Furniture
Chemicals or Paint
Console Stereos
TVs
Old Textbooks or Encyclopedias
Cribs
Open Household Items
Garbage

We ask that any items you donate to the garage sale be clean and in working order. We will have recycling bins available for electronics that do not work and for cardboard.

Monetary and Food Donations: We serve lunch and dinner all week for volunteers and contributions of gift cards are greatly appreciated. In addition, we need cans or two liter bottles of soda, and bottled water. Other money to defray the expenses (e.g., the cost of the tent, dumpster, etc.) is also appreciated.

If you need items picked up or have any questions about the garage sale, please call the church office at 614-336-8485

Register for the 2019 Winter Youth Lock In!

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It’s time for the Youth Winter Lock-In! If you are ready to stay up all night, have some great food, great fellowship, and great games then sign up and bring your friends. The lock-in is February 15-16 at the Worthington Community Center from 10pm until 6:45am. Registration will be available soon on the Youth page of the Linworth web site. Cost is $20 per student and includes all activities, food, and a t-shirt!

Winter Lock-in at the Worthington Community Center

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Linworth United Methodist Church is proud to partner with King Avenue United Methodist Church for this event, which is open to youth of all denominations.

  • Cost: $20
  • What: A night of swimming, movies, volleyball, dodgeball, basketball, food, friends, and staying up way too late.
  • When: Feb. 15th-16th, 10pm-6:45am @ Worthington Community Center located at 345 E. Wilson-Bridge Rd., Worthington, Ohio 43085. Pick-up and Drop off here.
  • What to Bring:
    -Pillow & Sleeping bag (people who sleep or want to be cozy)
    -Toothbrush (you will thank me at 5:30am after four straight hours of snacks)
    -swim suit and towel (keep it appropriate please)
    -Change of clothes if you feel so inclined
    -Deodorant (Ball games get pretty heated…just sayin)
    -Any PG movies that are excellent (or extremely corny and thus hilarious)
    -Cards or board games
    -Lots and lots of friends!
    -Any meds you may need (clearly labeled)
  • What Not to Bring: Drugs, alcohol, weapons, Debbie Downers.

Register using the form below, or download the form here and return to Jessica Cavinee or email to jcavinee@linworthumc.org:

When paying online, please note, that funds will need to be designated to “Winter Youth LockIn” (pictured below):

Click here to pay the fee (otherwise contact jcavinee@linworthumc.org)

2018 Trunk or Treat – Sunday October 28th!

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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 28th from 3:30-5:00pm, 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. Stay tuned & please plan to join us!

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/311653692950085/

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

 

Fall Garage Sale 2018

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Garage Sale

RSVP & Share on Facebook!

Each year Linworth holds two garage sales that see people from all around our community come to the church to benefit important Linworth missions.

2018 Fall Dates:

Friday, October 19th: 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, October 20th: 9 AM  – 1 PM

* Tent opens at 8:30 AM on both days

The Mission of the LUMC Garage Sale is to:

  • Raise money for the LUMC Youth Programming and Mission Projects
  • Provide gently used affordable items to people in the community who need them
  • Contribute items to charities (e.g. , New Life UMC, Salvation Army, Kidney Foundation…)
  • Create a sense of community

 

Pick Up Policy

If you would like to help by picking up items for the Garage Sale, please read the Linworth UMC Garage Sale Pick Up Policy.

Garage Sale Donations

Donate items to sell:

Furniture
Antiques/Collectibles
Housewares/Glassware/Linens
Holiday Decorations
Floral/Candles/Knick Knacks
Adult, Children, Infant Clothing
Ties, Belts, Luggage, Purses
Costumes
Office Supplies/Media
Arts & Crafts Supplies
Sporting Goods, Toys, Games
Small Appliances & Electronics
Baby Equipment
Tools/Gardening Equipment

Items we do not accept:

Large Appliances
Mattresses, Box Springs
Torn or Stained Furniture
Chemicals or Paint
Console Stereos
TVs
Old Textbooks or Encyclopedias
Cribs
Open Household Items
Garbage

We ask that any items you donate to the garage sale be clean and in working order. We will have recycling bins available for electronics that do not work and for cardboard.

Monetary and Food Donations: We serve lunch and dinner all week for volunteers and contributions of gift cards are greatly appreciated. In addition, we need cans or two liter bottles of soda, and bottled water. Other money to defray the expenses (e.g., the cost of the tent, dumpster, etc.) is also appreciated.

If you need items picked up or have any questions about the garage sale, please call the church office at 614-336-8485

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