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COVID-19 Updates

July 22 Update

This Sunday's Registration is Posted - Moving to Two Services
For the time being, we have decided to move from three outdoor services to two outdoor services on Sunday. We will only be offering the 9 AM and 11 AM services, starting this week. Registration for these services for this Sunday, July 26 are now available at the homepage of our website or directly by clicking HERE.


Baptisms

In March, we had more than 17 individuals excitedly waiting to be baptized on Sunday, March 15 - which ended up becoming our first in-person Sunday service cancelled for COVID-19.

Since then, we have been seeking ways to responsibly baptize during this time, and we are excited to provide an opportunity for several of these individuals to be baptized in each morning outdoor service over the coming weeks, Lord willing!

A testimony of faith is a huge part of the sacrament of baptism, and a wonderful way for our church family to better get to know and share in the joy of each individual being baptized!

While we cannot screen these testimonies during the outdoor service on Sunday, we hope that you will take a moment to watch and listen to how God has worked in the hearts of each of the five individuals in advance of their baptisms this Sunday. Click HERE to watch the testimony videos for Jack Parsio, Dominic Colatruglio, Owen Rose, Luke Fassett, and Naomi Sylvester.

 

July 7 Update

As of today, we plan to move forward with resuming our three outdoor services for this Sunday, July 12 at 9 AM, 11 AM and 6 PM, weather permitting.

We are working to provide additional golf umbrellas and tents for shade in the seating area. We continue to encourage you to bring your own golf umbrella and plenty of water.

Registration for these services is required and will still be available on Wednesday.

Due to the outdoor nature of these services, and the sufficient space for everyone to social distance within households, masks will not be required.

However, we ask that you monitor your social distancing with other households, and that you stay home if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

Our pastors and staff continue to monitor the latest updates and recommendations being made for our county on a daily basis. Should the recommendations for Franklin county change in the coming days and we need to adjust our plans, we will let you know in advance of Sunday. 

As we continue to plan on a day-by-day basis, we so appreciate your patience, flexibility, and grace as we navigate this time.

We look forward to seeing many of you again this Sunday, Lord willing!

Hold fast,
Your LBC Pastors and Staff

 

 

July 3 Update

July 5 Services Cancelled

 

Dear Church Family,

In light of the latest updates on July 2 from our Mayor and Governor - we have decided to press pause on our Phase 2 of regathering, and will not be moving the two morning services indoors this week.

As we started to work through the details of having all services outdoors again for this weekend, with the high temperatures expected on Sunday we did not think it would be wise to meet in-person outdoors this week.

We will take this week apart to regroup and work through what gathering will look like in the weeks ahead.

We will be providing a message online on Sunday morning, and will send an email when it is posted. We will be taking a brief break from 1 Corinthians to spend a few weeks in the parables.

We have committed to take this whole season week-by-week, but some weeks, it's more like day-by-day, so we are incredibly grateful for your patience and understanding as we navigate this very unique time.

Take care,
Your LBC Pastors and Staff

 

June 30 Update

Walkthrough Video - Phase 2

Our pastors walk through what to expect in this next phase of gathering again as we move two of our services indoors.


What to Expect - Phase 2

Be sure to check out the Phase 2 "What to Expect" resource HERE. Registrations will continue to be available at our website on Wednesday of each week.

Cleaning Team

We are seeking several people who would be willing to disinfect surfaces between services. It should only be a 20 minute commitment between the two morning services and we will provide all of the supplies and instruction, but would help tremendously! If you would be willing to serve in this way, please let us know HERE.

Food Pantry Restock

Thank you so much to all who donated items to the expanded food pantry in June. We delivered several weeks of groceries and meals to many families in our church and community, and almost all of the food items were distributed! If you are interested in donating to restock the pantry for July, HERE is a list and quantity of items needed.

 

June 3 Update

Walkthrough Video

Our pastors walk through what to expect - from registration to arrival to the service itself during this first phase of gathering again. Check it out, below!


Registration for this Sunday

Registration for this Sunday, June 7 is now available from the front page of our website, or directly HEREOne member from each household should register on behalf of your entire family. 

Because space is limited, we ask that families not split (some in a car spot, some in chair spots).

Lyric sheets for the Worship portion of the service will be posted to the front page of the website on Friday, and we will also have some hard copies available, or you can view the lyrics on your device. 

In case you missed it, you can find the full communication on what is available and what to expect in this first phase of regathering HERE.

We look forward to seeing several of you on Sunday!

 

May 31 Update

Food Pantry Restock
Thank you so much to all who donated items to the expanded food pantry in May. We delivered several weeks of groceries and meals to many families in our church and community. If you are interested in donating to restock the pantry for June, HERE is a list and quantity of items needed.

 

May 29 Update


Pastors Roundtable #2
We are excited to have another roundtable video posted answering some of the questions that have been submitted the past several weeks. The video can be found at the COVID-19 Adult Resources page, or directly HERE.


Phase 1 of Gathering Again
While these are unprecedented times, and we understand that not everyone will be comfortable returning to worship in person just yet, we are incredibly excited to be able to provide some opportunities to worship together again!

We are doing all we can to provide a responsible way to gather, worship and pray together. We also know that this will feel very different from what we are used to – many services may be hot, and there may be times where a passing plane make it a little more difficult to hear, but we hope you find encouragement in worshipping alongside some familiar faces.

We continue to ask for your patience, flexibility, and grace with our staff and with one another as we navigate this next phase.

Below you will find a comprehensive outline of "What to Expect" during this first phase. Registration for June 7th will be available on our website next Wednesday.

What to Expect - Phase 1 of Gathering

 

May 20 Update

Dear Linworth Family,

On Monday our Leadership Board met together via ZOOM for more than three hours. Much of this time was spent taking a deeper look at the detailed Phase 1 Plan for gathering again. Not only does our Board take seriously the responsibility we have to minister to and shepherd our multigenerational church family, we are also deeply convicted about our witness here in our community of Worthington.


After much discussion, we have reached the decision to introduce several smaller outdoor service options, in addition to the online service option, starting Sunday, June 7. As we all know, things throughout this pandemic have moved and changed quickly, so we will continue to monitor and respond to the recommendations being put out by our civic and healthcare leaders.

We know that you likely have a lot of questions about what this will look like, so we are working on a comprehensive communication piece which will walk through every detail of “what to expect” that we will be releasing next week. We kindly ask that you wait until that time, after you have had an opportunity to read through the plan, before submitting any questions that you may have.

Because we do not yet know how long we will meet outdoors, we realize that neglecting to look ahead to Phase 2 - likely an indoor option - would be shortsighted. So we wanted to let you know of some additional things we are working on that will better prepare us and our facilities for a return indoors.

At the end of 2019, our staff was in the process of exploring the possibility of replacing our pews with chairs in order to provide additional flexibility in our auditorium. While removing our pews was something we were considering even before this pandemic, it has become apparent that the pew design, upholstery, and lack of flexibility have made them one of the biggest obstacles to gathering again in our auditorium.

Because of this, we are working to remove our pews so that we can use our plastic chairs in the auditorium. Replacing the pews with our plastic chairs, while not ideal, will provide us with the flexibility we need to adapt to these latest challenges. It is our desire to one day replace the plastic chairs in our auditorium with more comfortable ones.

In addition to removing the pews, we are purchasing additional CDC recommended cleaning products, hand sanitizers, and reviewing our processes in light of the most recent guidelines to prepare for an eventual return to indoor gatherings.

Over these past ten weeks, our staff has been truly challenged and humbled by the reminder that the church is not about a building or tradition. It is about the people - the ability to gather as a body of believers to stir one another up, to encourage, and to worship… together.

We miss each of you deeply, and cannot wait to come together and worship alongside you again.

Hold fast,
Your Pastoral Staff & Leadership Board

 

Sunday, May 17

A video sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 is now available HERE.

 

Friday, May 15 Update

Good Morning Linworth Family,

As you are likely all aware, there have been several developments in recommendations and allowances being released for the state of Ohio, and our staff have been monitoring these very closely. 

For the past many weeks, we have been developing a comprehensive plan for Phase 1  of gathering again, and we will be discussing this plan with the Leadership Board on Monday evening. We look forward to providing Phase 1 details by next Wednesday, May 20, so keep an eye out for that communication.

We appreciate your continued patience, prayers, flexibility, and understanding as we adapt our gatherings and communicate our latest plans next week.

For this Sunday and the week of May 17, our building will again be closed for services, activities, and groups. We will be continuing in our series in 1 Corinthians, looking this Sunday at 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.

 

Sunday, May 10 Update

A video sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 is now available HERE.

 

Saturday, May 9 Update

Good Morning Linworth Family

On Thursday, March 12 our staff spent the majority of the day in meetings, working through a series of scenarios on how we could modify our upcoming Sunday service in order to provide a safe environment to gather and celebrate the baptism of seventeen people! By that afternoon, even more events had unfolded so our staff gathered with anticipation in the Student Ministry House to watch the press briefing by Governor DeWine. Before we knew it, that evening after an emergency meeting with our Leadership Board, we were cancelling Sunday's services altogether.

In just 24 short hours everything had changed, and I don’t think anyone expected the extent of this pandemic and the impact it would have on the way we gather as a church family.

Tomorrow represents the ninth Sunday we have not gathered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been some incredible blessings that have come from these peculiar days, but undoubtedly this has been a difficult season for many and the implications from this will be felt for years.

We are personally longing for things to return to normal sooner rather than later, but we want to temper expectations. One of the best parts about Linworth is that our family represents people across all generations. In addition to having many members the CDC would consider “at risk” by age alone, there are countless more with underlying health conditions or who live with somebody who is a part of this vulnerable population.

We have been actively working these past many weeks to find a way to gather that is mindful of all of our church family, their loved ones, and our witness to our community.

Today we are writing to solicit your feedback in relationship to returning to gatherings as a church during this time. As you can imagine, the process of returning to larger gatherings is going to be complicated for many reasons and will require significant grace and patience from all. Thankfully as Christians, we have experienced these things from God and we therefore know how to extend them to others.

Below you will find a link to a confidential survey that asks 12 questions. Before you take the survey, it is important for you to know that the collected responses will be only one of several considerations our staff is working through as we seek guidance from our Leadership Board, health experts, city officials and fellow churches.

Please know, before you take this survey:

  1. Linworth is committed to the unity provided by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many, both in our world and in our church family, have differing views on this pandemic. There may be a variety of opinions on how to proceed, but the foundational truth is that we are all united in the grace of God through the love of Christ.
  2. We want to encourage you to read Romans 12 before you take this survey. Romans 12 helps to set the context of putting the needs of others before our own. It reminds us of the priority of Christian love, and it teaches us to live peaceably with all, so far as it depends on us.
  3. If you have children, please note that we do not plan to offer any sort of childcare or children’s programs for a while once we return to gatherings. Children would remain with their families for the duration of the service. Please keep this in mind as you note your responses.

As a staff, we want to thank you again for all of the extraordinary ways we have watched you build up one another, our staff, and our community. It has been such an encouragement during this unique time.

If you did not receive the survey, you can email the church office at .

 

Tuesday, May 5 Update

As you may have already heard, this morning Scioto Hills made the difficult decision to cancel all Youth Camps for the Summer of 2020. This means that in addition to the New Frontier and Alpha Camps being cancelled, our high school SEEKers program will also not be taking place this summer.

We know that this is disappointing news as camp is the highlight of the summer for so many of our students and youth SEEKers leaders.

While this summer will certainly look different, we know that our God has known what the summer of 2020 would be from the beginning, and we look forward to seeing how he plans to use all of this to deepen relationships and further his Kingdom.

While Scioto Hills is not running Youth Camps this summer, they are instead planning to offer five weeks of "Fresh Air-Fun Filled-Get Out of the House Family Camps."

You can read the full update from Scioto Hills and find more information on Family Camps HERE.

Sunday, May 3 Update

This week, we will starting a new study in the book of 1 Corinthians - focusing on 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 this morning.

Today's video message is now live at our website under "Sermon Videos." This video and the other Sunday resources can be found on the bottom left block of our main page, or directly by clicking 
HERE.

Sermon Notes
If you would like to see the sermon notes for this week's message, you can find them HERE.

Persecuted Church Prayer Bulletin
Once a month in our church bulletin, we include a special insert that provides an update on some of the prayer requests from our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world in areas where persecution is a very persistent reality. While we don't have paper bulletins currently, we still wanted to provide you with a link to the May Prayer bulletin 
HERE

Don't Forget to Submit a Question
We hope you were able to watch the first Roundtable Q & A video which was posted on our COVID-19 Adult Ministries page in April. We plan to host another one soon, so if you have a question for the next Roundtable, you can submit it 
HERE. 

Giving
If you are looking to take part in worship through giving, you can still do so during this time by dropping your offering in the secure box on the front porch of the church office, or by mailing a check to the church at 6200 Linworth Rd, Columbus, OH, 43085. If you do not have a check, you can also give online 
HERE

 

Friday, May 1 Update

While we continue to be apart this week, we are actively working on a strategy for resuming our worship time together. Our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board continue to keep a close eye on the recommendations and updates from our civic leaders.

We recognize that this is an ever-evolving situation, so we plan to communicate more frequently in the coming weeks as details become available. We so appreciate your prayers for guidance, wisdom, and unity for our Leadership Team during this time.

With that said, this Sunday and the week of May 3, our building will again be closed for services, activities, and groups. We will be starting a new series in 1 Corinthians, looking at 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 in this week's Sermon Video.

Our Children's Ministry Presents: A Family Drive-Thru Event

Our Children's Ministry Staff have been seeking opportunities for a safe way to connect with our kids during this time, and we are excited to be hosting a Family Drive Thru in our parking lot for our Preschool and Elementary Families next Saturday, May 9!

This should be a fun outing for you and your kids, but in order to ensure that this is an event that is provided in a responsible and safe environment, we will be taking precautions (masks, gloves, social distancing), and ask that you follow the signs and guidance of our volunteers when you arrive, and stay in your vehicles. 

If you are the parent of an LBC kiddo, Nursery through Elementary School, check out the flier with more information and arrival times HERE.


Expanding Our Food Pantry
In an effort to provide some additional resources to those in our church family who could use a little help or encouragement during this time, we will be expanding our Food Pantry - and we need your help!

We will be expanding the pantry beyond non-perishable items in order to provide some additional grocery and encouragement items. If you are interested in donating, click HERE to see the list and quantity of items needed.

You can utilize a service like Amazon to have groceries delivered to the church (non-perishable items only, please), or you can drop items off at the church kitchen, including fridge/freezer items, and we will provide instructions for that to those who sign up.

We cannot wait to greet you in person again soon - we love and miss you all.

Hold fast,
Your LBC Pastors and Staff

Sunday, April 26 Update

This week, we will be concluding our study of the book of Judges - focusing on Judges 21:25.

This morning's video message is now live at our website under "Sermon Videos." This video and the other Sunday resources can be found on the bottom left block of our main page, or directly by clicking HERE.

Roundtable Q&A Session #1
Many of you may be wondering how the Pastors and Leadership Board reached the decision not to meet, and some of the biblical principles that we have been using as a guide during this time.

This is one of the questions that the Pastoral staff takes some time to answer in our first Roundtable Q&A Video - which was posted on our COVID-19 Adult Ministries page. You can find this video under the COVID-19 tab at our website, or directly HERE.


We hope to do this again soon, so if you have a question for the next Roundtable, you can submit it HERE. 

Giving
If you are looking to take part in worship through giving, you can still do so during this time by dropping your offering in the secure box on the front porch of the church office, or by mailing a check to the church at 6200 Linworth Rd, Columbus, OH, 43085. If you do not have a check, you can also give online HERE

 

Friday, April 24 Update

This Sunday and the week of April 26, our building will again be closed for services, activities, and groups. We want each of you to know just how deeply we long to gather with you again in person, but for now we look forward to finishing our series on Judges in this Sunday's sermon video.

We also want you to know that our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board have been praying and discussing for weeks, watching the latest recommendations by our civic leaders and health professionals, working toward a plan for "re-entry." We would covet your prayers for guidance, wisdom, and unity for our Leadership Team during this time

While we continue to take this a week at a time, we also want to assure you that we will not wait until a Friday to communicate about our first Sunday back together, but will be in communication well in advance of our first meeting back.

Pastors Q&A Roundtable #1 Now Posted
Many of you may be wondering how the Pastors and Leadership Board reached the decision not to meet, and some of the biblical principles that we have been using as a guide during this time.

This is one of the questions that the Pastoral staff takes some time to answer in our first Roundtable Q&A Video - which is now posted at our COVID-19 Adult Ministries page, which can be found under the COVID-19 tab at our website or directly HERE.

You can also continue to submit your questions at our website as we hope to continue this series in future weeks.

We want you to know that we continue to pray for you as a staff each week during our staff meeting ZOOM call, and we encourage you to regularly check the website for the latest information.

We cannot wait to greet you in person again soon - we love and miss you all.

Hold fast,
Your LBC Pastors and Staff

 

Sunday, April 19 Update

This week, we are excited to see some new faces as part of our Sunday morning video! Today we will be returning to our study of the book of Judges - picking up in Judges 16.

This morning's video message is now live at our website under "Sermon Videos." This video and the other Sunday resources can be found on the bottom left block of our main page or by clicking HERE.

Submit a Question
We realize that we are living in unprecedented times, and we know that there is a lot on your hearts and minds. Our pastors would love to come alongside you and take a look at some of the questions that you might be having during this time. You may have a question about faith or God's character as it pertains to COVID-19 (i.e. Why does God allow illness like COVID-19 happen if he is good?), or maybe you have other questions more broadly pertaining to Christianity and the Christian life.

Whatever the question, submit it HERE, and we will try and answer a sampling of questions as we continue to post videos during this time.

Persecuted Church Prayer Bulletin
Once a month in our church bulletin, we include a special insert that provides an update on some of the prayer requests from our brothers and sisters in Christ from around the world in areas where persecution is a very persistent reality. While we don't have paper bulletins currently, we still wanted to provide you with a link to the April Prayer bulletin HERE

Giving
If you are looking to take part in worship through giving, you can still do so during this time by dropping your offering in the secure box on the front porch of the church office, or by mailing a check to the church at 6200 Linworth Rd, Columbus, OH, 43085. If you do not have a check, you can also give online HERE

 

Friday, April 17 Update

Good Morning Linworth Family,

Before we get into our weekly update, we wanted to make you aware of an additional update and opportunity this week.

VBS Announcement
After prayerful consideration, we have decided that we will not be running our VBS program this June. To read the full announcement from Sheri and Molly, click HERE.

Linworth Youth Music Video Competition
Our students, along with Pastor Aaron and several of our Youth Leaders, have been hard at work creating music videos for the Linworth Youth Music Video Challenge. We would love for the whole church to get involved. To see the videos and to vote on your favorite top three, click HERE. Votes must be cast by Monday, as the Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday evening.

Week of April 19
In keeping with our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board's commitment to provide updates on a week-by-week basis during this time, we wanted to let you know that Linworth will still be closed the week of April 19 for all on-site services, activities, and groups.

Our staff and Leadership Board are monitoring the updates and recommendations of our civic leaders closely, and we have been working and praying through various scenarios and possibilities for when we are able to gather again. We would ask that you would pray with us this week for guidance and wisdom in this.

We continue to pray for you as a staff each week during our staff ZOOM call and we encourage you to regularly check the website for the latest information.

We cannot wait to greet you in person again soon - we love and miss you all.

Monday, April 13 Update

We have an opportunity for those of you who are looking for a way to serve some kids in our city.

For many years, our Linworth family partnered with the Lower Lights ministry in Franklinton, and many of our families still serve there actively today.

They have several students in their Bright Lights program who don't have access to the resources and encouragement that many of us do as they shelter at home. In addition, there are about 100 kids quarantined in a shelter around the corner from them who could also use some additional resources and encouragement as well.

We are looking for people to sign up to make activity packets for kids in a variety of age groups that will be delivered to these locations later this week.

If you are interested in serving in this way, click the button below to see suggestions for what to include in the activity packets and sign up for as many in whichever age groups you'd like.

Packets will be due to the church barn by this FRIDAY, April 17 at Noon. Once you have signed up, we will provide you with information on how to access the collection bins in the barn.

Thank you!

Sign up for Lower Lights Activity Packets

 

April 12: Easter Sunday

He Has Risen!

While this morning's circumstances are not what we had initially planned for this Easter Sunday, we cannot help but reflect on some of the similarities of this morning and the morning of that first Resurrection Sunday.

Jesus' disciples and closest followers woke up feeling uncertain, mourning the loss of what was, anxious about the future, and confused by how God could possibly be working after the events of Friday - only to be greeted by Jesus himself, who was alive!

And just like that first Easter Sunday, we wake up this morning in 2020 to a risen Savior, who has not changed since that firstEaster morning - even in the midst of our current circumstances. Hallelujah!

We are excited to celebrate with you today, right where you are, the living hope that we have through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This morning's message is now posted at our website under the "Sermon Videos" block on the bottom left of our main page, or directly HERE.

Happy Easter Your LBC Pastors and Staff

 

April 10: Good Friday

We as a staff are missing you as we approach this weekend, especially. But we hope that you will take some time on this Good Friday, right where you are, to take a look at Mark 15 with pastors Brent, Steve, and Aaron. The video is now posted at our website on the "Sermon Videos" page, which can be found on the bottom left of our main page or directly HERE.

This page also provides details on an opportunity for Prayer & Fasting tomorrow, as well as several songs graciously recorded for today by the Hardjono family.

Week of April 12
In keeping with our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board's commitment to providing updates on a week-by-week basis during this time, we wanted to let you know that Linworth will still be closed the week of April 12 for all on-site services, activities, and groups.

While this Easter Sunday doesn't look the way we thought it would as we started to plan a few months ago, our staff and ministry leaders have been working on the materials for Sunday and we cannot wait to celebrate Jesus' triumphant return from the grave!

We continue to pray for you as a staff, encourage you to regularly check the website for the latest information, and cannot wait to gather with you again.

Sunday is coming...
Your LBC Pastors and Staff

 

 

April 8: Holy Week & Good Friday Update

While we recognize that this Good Friday and Easter won't look like any we have experienced in the past, we can't help but feel blessed by all of you who have come alongside our church family and staff during this time to provide additional resources, opportunities, prayer, and encouragement. 

The staff has been heartened by all of the ways you have loved God, each other, our community, and been a light for Christ during these challenging times.

While we would normally reach out to just our Linworth parents on Wednesdays to let them know about the latest Children's Resources that have been posted, we wanted to reach out to all of you to let you know of all of the opportunities we will have available for the entire church in the coming days during this special week.

Good Friday
While we will not be hosting our annual Good Friday Service, pastors Brent, Steve, and Aaron will be having a panel discussion on Mark 15 moderated by pastoral apprentice, Trent Jones.

In addition, the Hardjono family, who was planning to provide some special music for our annual Good Friday service, has recorded some songs that we will be sharing on Friday as well.

These resources will be available on our Sermon Videos page of the website on Friday afternoon, and we will email you when they are posted. We will also provide additional information about Easter weekend at that time.

Children
Our weekly Wednesday Children's Ministry videos and resources are now posted on the COVID-19 Children's Ministry page, which can be found in the COVID-19 tab at our website, or directly 
HERE. This page has so many wonderful ways to help our kids prepare for Easter.

Youth
Tonight, Pastor Aaron will start the Youth Group livestream at 7 PM. Students will be able to access the livestream link, a video message, and discussion questions for their Small Groups via the COVID-19 Youth page, which can be found in the COVID-19 tab at our website, or directly 
HERE.

Adults
In addition to the "Reflecting on the Final Days of Jesus" daily devotional for this week, we have just posted a new video as we prepare our hearts and minds for Good Friday. Dr. Larry Lytle, a doctor of internal medicine and part of our church family, walks us through the crucifixion from a medical perspective. This video is now available at our COVID-19 Adult Ministries page, which can be found in the COVID-19 tab at our website, or directly 
HERE

We love you, and miss you all.

Week of April 5, 2020

In keeping with our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board's commitment to providing updates on a week-by-week basis during this time, we wanted to let you know that Linworth will still be closed the week of April 5 for all on-site services, activities, and groups.

We as a staff are (as we know you are) particularly disappointed that we can't be together this week as this Sunday is Palm Sunday, and next Friday is Good Friday, where we had planned to come together for a time of reflection during our annual Good Friday service.

But while we are disappointed, we recall our March memory verse, Hebrews 10:23, as a reminder of the ever-steady faithfulness of our great God! "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful."

Sunday morning, Pastor Brent will be providing a video message on Psalm 34. We are also seeking ways to provide you with some opportunities to remember and reflect on Jesus' final days leading up to his crucifixion next week while we are apart.

We continue to pray for you as a staff, encourage you to regularly check the website for the latest information for each ministry area, and cannot wait to greet you in person again soon!

Hold fast,
Your LBC Pastors & Staff

 

March 29, 2020

In keeping with our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board's commitment to providing updates on a week-by-week basis during this time, we wanted to let you know that Linworth will still be closed the week of March 29 for all on-site services, activities, and groups.

On Sunday March 29, we will post a video message from Pastor Brent on Psalm 27. Similar to last Sunday, we will also have a few additional items for this time of encouragement, reflection, and discussion wherever you are.

Children
On Wednesday, the Children's Ministry posted their first weekly Wednesday content to the COVID-19 Children's Ministry page. A tremendous thank you to the wonderful teachers and volunteers in this ministry, seen and unseen, who have come together so quickly. The kids have so enjoyed seeing your faces, even if only remotely!

Youth
The Youth Ministry also hosted their first week of "Online Youth Group" this past Wednesday. If you have a student, be sure to keep an eye on the COVID-19 Youth Ministry page for updates and next Wednesday's message from Pastor Aaron.

Adults
At our COVID-19 Adult Ministries page, we have posted some information on accessing the Explore Spring Daily Devotional, which starts next Wednesday, April 1. This week, we are also highlighting a book for fathers.

Prayer
We have started a COVID-19 Prayer Team, which is graciously being led by Sally Nelson. If you are interested in receiving COVID-19-related prayer updates during this time, reply to this email and let us know.

If you have a COVID-19-related prayer request you would like submit, you can do so by visiting the "Submit a Prayer Request" page at our website and click the "COVID-19 Prayer" box. We would love to know how to be praying for you during this time.

New Giving Option
In addition to mailing a check to the office or giving online, there is now a secure dropbox on the front porch of the church office where you can drop your offering.

We continue to pray for you as a staff, encourage you to regularly check the website for the latest information, and cannot wait to greet you in person again soon!

 

March 22, 2020

First, let us say, as a staff... we miss you! And we cannot express enough our gratitude for your continued support and encouragement of one another, and for us during this unprecedented time.

While we are apart again this week, Pastor Brent has recorded another video message. This latest video message on Psalm 16 is now live at our website under "Sermon Videos", which can be found on the bottom left of our main page. You can also access this page by clicking
HERE.

So get your Bible, turn to Psalm 16, and join us, individually or as a family, wherever you are this morning for this time of reflection and prayer as we open God's Word.

This week, in addition to the sermon video, we have included an additional passage of Scripture, a few worship songs to access from home, as well as some discussion questions for your small group, Bible study, ABF, or family - as opportunities for reflection and additional discussion around the passage this week.

If you or your children are involved in additional ministries at the church, we encourage you to check our website throughout the week for the latest updates, resources and opportunities. Our volunteers have come together in amazing ways to provide you and your children opportunities to stay connected during this time, and several of those videos will be available starting Wednesday - so keep checking the website throughout the week.

We love you and miss seeing you,
Your LBC Pastors and Staff

 

March 20, 2020

As we mentioned last week, our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board are committed to providing updates on a week-by-week basis during this time. 

In keeping with this plan, we wanted to let you know that Linworth will still be closed the week of March 22 for all services, activities, and groups.

As we did last week, we will post a video message from Pastor Brent on Sunday morning. This Sunday we will also provide a few additional items for this time of encouragement, reflection, and discussion wherever you are.

In addition to this, we are excited to have updates now posted at our website from each ministry area. You can access these updates, resources, and the latest information at the COVID-19 tab or by clicking HERE

A special thanks to all of our Ministry Leaders and Volunteers who have leapt into action this past week to provide encouragement and opportunities for all generations in our church family get into the Word and stay connected from home during this time.

This is certainly uncharted territory in the life of our church, and we know that this already difficult time has been made even more challenging by the inability to greet one another and worship God together in person as a body of believers, as God intends... but all the sweeter it will be when we come together as a church family again soon!

As we have been navigating this past week as a staff, we have been so encouraged by the overwhelming number of you who have reached out to meet the physical and spiritual needs of those in our church family and in your community in the name of Jesus. 

We continue to pray for you as a staff, and encourage you to regularly check back here for the latest information.

 

March 18, 2020

Just a reminder that we will NOT be holding any of our Wednesday evening programs today.

This morning, we wanted to make you aware of two forms - both accessible HERE, in the COVID-19 tab, and on the bottom half of our front webpage.

One form is for those who need help to let us know how we can serve during this time. From those in at-risk populations, to those who are in self-quarantine, to those who need additional resources, to specific ways we can be praying - many of us will need some help during this difficult time.

The second form is for those who are interested in serving others. Whether you are staying home or able to get out on a limited basis, there are ways for all to be a part of a service ministry! As we are made aware of needs, we will be in touch to connect you.

Our Pastoral Staff and Leadership Board are committed to providing updates and resources on a week-to-week basis. Check our website each Friday for the latest update for the coming Sunday and following week.

The next update will be posted on Friday, March 20 regarding the plans for this coming Sunday, March 22 and following week.


We have also created a COVID-19 tab on our front page that will be a hub of information, broken down into areas of ministry.

Our Youth Ministry will be the first to provide some initial resources to parents and students later today. Pastor Aaron will be reaching out to parents via email directing them to the new COVID-19 Youth Ministry page to access these resources and provide additional information.

For all other areas of ministry we will provide an update on Friday.

We thank you for your ongoing patience, prayer, and heart for service this week!

 

March 15, 2020

A video sermon on Psalm 42 is now available HERE.

Evening of March 12, 2020 Update

Dear Church Family,

After many discussions amidst our staff and Leadership Board – we have made the decision to cancel services for this Sunday. We will be posting a brief video sermon from Pastor Brent on Sunday morning by 10:45 AM. This can be accessed from the front page of our website under “Sermon Videos” on the bottom half of the page.

Starting Sunday morning and continuing through next week, we will not be hosting any formal church ministries or activities at our facility. This includes, but is not limited to; Bible studies, AWANA, MOPS, Youth Group, Choir and Prayer Meeting. We will post again here by next Friday at Nooon regarding the week of March 22.

We have created a page at our website (linworthbaptist.org/covid19) where you can find the latest updates and decisions on this COVID-19 situation as it pertains to our church. In addition to updates, you can also find links to a few resources for kids, as we know they will soon be home for an extended period of time.

We want you to know that this is not a decision made out of fear, out of panic, or out of lack of faith, but was made after seeking wisdom through prayer and council from our church Leadership Board, all while monitoring the recommendations from our civic leaders and healthcare professionals. Ultimately, we felt that this is the prudent thing to do for our church family.

While the value of meeting together regularly as a body of believers is a biblical one that we look forward to resuming again soon, we recognize that we are blessed to be a multigenerational church. And because of that, we are taking into consideration all of those in our church family who have been categorized as being at the highest risk of serious illness should they contract COVID-19.

Our mission here at Linworth is to Love God, Love People, and Share Christ - and to do so more and more. Even though we may not be gathering as a whole church family right now, we encourage you to be mindful of some of the many ways you can still Love God, Love People and be an extension of Christ even, and especially, during this frustrating time for our community.

Members of our Leadership Board and Pastoral Staff will be reaching out to those in our church family who the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has indicated are at the highest risk of serious illness should they contract COVID-19. We will be seeking opportunities to serve this population over the coming weeks, such as the delivery of groceries and medical supplies, and regular calls to check in and encourage.

We are truly blessed to have a church family that has a heart for people. We are encouraging everyone in our church family to be thinking of how you might encourage those in this high-risk category as well, both in our church family and in our communities.

In light of today’s ban on visitors to nursing facilities, we ask that you also think specifically of those in nursing homes, and consider taking some time throughout the coming weeks to give somebody you know a call on a regular basis.

These next few weeks may prove to be a lonely and isolating time for many individuals, and regular phone conversations, getting into the Word, or praying with one another over the phone is a great way to encourage those who are more isolated during this time.

As challenging a time as this is, we look forward to seeing how God uses each of you to further His Kingdom and bring glory to His name in the coming weeks.

Take care,
Your LBC Pastors, Staff and Leadership Board

 

  

Kids Home for a Few Weeks?

RightNow Media is like “Netflix for the church." RightNow Media is a huge library of original videos that people can access anytime, anywhere, and we offer a subscription to the Kids Channel for our church family members! CLICK HERE to learn more.

 

We have been reading through the Bible as a church, and whether you haven't started yet, haven't been able to keep up, or if you haven't taken advantage of the kid's version, this would be a great time to start or get caught up!

Kid First Quarter Reading Plan

 

 

Are You in the Increased Risk Category?

While the CDC does not expect most people to develop serious illness, they have indicated that this disease seems to affect adults, and most seriously older adults. The CDC indicates that this disease has an increased risk for serious illness starting at age 60, with the highest risk of serious illness or death occurring in adults older than 80 years of age. 

Also at higher risk for developing serious illness if they contract this disease are those with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, abnormally high blood pressure, etc.

If you are in a high risk category and we can help in any way, like pairing you with somebody to check in, or delivering groceries or medical supplies, please contact the church office. We would be happy to serve you in this way.