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 SpringDaily 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.
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!
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!
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.