Jan 26

Free Breakfast + Worship

WHEN: Every Fourth Sunday of the Month

You are cordially invited to a FREE breakfast and worship service held every fourth Sunday of the month here at Lincoln Park. Join us downstairs in Memorial Hall at 8:45 AM to fill up on eggs, breakfast meats, pastries, cereal, fruit, and much more! At 9:00 AM we will start worship with some songs, prayers, scripture, and of course the message, followed by some casual discussion. All are welcome, and you are encouraged to bring a friend!

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Jan 01

Welcome

Welcome to Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church!

Searching for meaning and direction in life? We can help! Come, experience Lincoln Park United Methodist Church! Come, experience God!

We are a small community church where people of all ages join together to worship and share fellowship with one another. Come experience Lincoln Park Church, we look forward to seeing you soon!

We offer a Contemporary Praise Worship Service at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday featuring our Praise Band plus a rich multimedia experience. We also offer a Traditional Worship Service at 11:00 a.m., as well as Sunday School classes for all ages at 10:10 a.m.

Professionally-staffed childcare is available during both Sunday morning worship services and Sunday School hour.

Jul 01

Hello, Lincoln Park!

From Pastor Kyung Mo Koo

 

SunAe and I were so surprised by the hard work and dedication that the congregation was willing to invest for new pastors that many of them had yet to meet.

 

Pastor KyungI greet the Lincoln Park family in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I thank God for giving SunAe and me the opportunity to serve God with Lincoln Park. First of all, I want to express my gratitude to some of you whom I met during the transition period. I thank the SPRC members for their warm welcome. You opened your hearts and embraced SunAe and me at our first interview. It was a heart-warming and encouraging meeting.

Dan Christopher, the Chair, kindly guided us in our first steps through a series of conversations, emails, and phone calls. Meeting Beverly Perella, the Music Director, was another inspirational experience. She explained in detail the Worship and Music Ministry, followed by a touching piece on the organ. It was a refreshing and rejuvenating moment for my soul. Under the leadership of the Trustee’s Chair, Todd Beamesderfer, more than 20 volunteers came to the parsonage and did an Extreme Home Makeover. SunAe and I were so surprised by the hard work and dedication that the congregation was willing to invest for new pastors that many of them had yet to meet.

We truly felt loved by Lincoln Park. Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality. I already feel at home with old friends.

Lincoln Park has many strengths for mission and ministry. Now we are adding one more characteristic: we have become a cross-cultural/racial congregation. Not only do we have some congregants from different cultures, but we now have a Korean pastor! This is a new experience for Lincoln Park, and there will certainly be some concerns and challenges along the way, but I believe it will be a unique and blessed journey of faith for us all.

I want to share what cross-cultural/racial ministry means and also tell you more about my cultural and religious background.

Ever since the Korean Methodist Church came into being (as a direct result of The United Methodist mission work 132 years ago) it has become the fastest growing Christian country in the world. According to the 2005 South Korean Census, Christians accounted for 25% of the population. Now, Korea has become the second largest Methodist community in the world. According to Christianity Today (March 2006), South Korean Churches have sent almost 13,000 long-term missionaries all over the world, which means that they are ranked second after the US.

After the U.S. immigration policy change in 1965, which was favorable to immigration from Asian countries, a steady flow of Korean immigrants began to arrive in America every year. This brought about phenomenal growth and development of Korean ethnic churches in the U.S. There is a Korean joke, “When the Chinese immigrate to a country, they open a restaurant; when the Japanese immigrate to a country, they establish a company; when Koreans immigrate to a country, they build a church.” Currently, there are about 600 Korean UMCs in U.S. and about 150 Korean pastors, like me, who serve in cross-cultural/racial ministry in The United Methodist Church. As a result, in The United Methodist Church, Koreans are the second largest ethnic minority group, right after the African-American church.

The Church’s affirmation of diversity is grounded in the biblical witness; that God uses people to witness across racial, national, and cultural boundaries. The experience of cross-cultural/racial ministry testifies to the Gospel and God’s mission, which are not locked within any one culture or nation.

I come from a different culture, and have various, unique experiences to share with and witness to you. The presence of a Korean pastor can be viewed as both a destabilizing force and a source of creativity. However, I strongly believe that our cultural and racial differences will enrich our understanding of the Bible and expand our perspectives of the global nature of Good News of the Gospel.

Under the context of our cross-cultural/racial ministry in Lincoln Park, we will learn, be challenged, develop, and help each other mature through a unique fellowship and spirituality in Christ.

Jul 01

Vacation Bible School 2017

vbsA Mid-Summer Night’s Dream?

Vacation Bible School for Ages 2–6
July 25, 26, 27, from 6–7:15 pm

From Beverly Perella,
Coordinator of Children’s Ministries

Bible Heroes

The Amazing Stories of David, Jonah, and Noah

Stories, games, projects, songs, and something special are in store for your little ones on three evenings in July. Bring your own children, and please invite relatives and neighbors! If you want to stay with another child who is not yet two, we’d be most happy.

Members of our youth group, Summit, will be assisting us each evening.

Please let me know if your children will be there, but walk-ins are welcome, too!

Jul 01

Welcome to Our New Pastors

From Dan Christopher, Staff-Parish Relations Chair

On Sunday, July 2, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Kyung Mo Koo and his wife, the Rev. Dr. SunAe Lee-Koo, to Lincoln Park Church.

Kyung Mo will serve as full-time pastor, and SunAe has a 1/4 time appointment here, funded by the Eastern PA Conference.

The son of a Methodist minister in South Korea, Kyung met SunAe at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. After they moved to the US, Kyung received his Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1999 and his Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007. He has been in ministry for 22 years.

SunAe has her Masters in Divinity from Wesley and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Spirituality from Catholic University in 2012. She transitioned from Pastor’s wife to Pastor, with her own charge in the Delaware Conference.

SunAe and KyungMo have wanted to serve one congregation together as a couple. SunAe especially enjoys Bible study and small groups.

Our new pastors have two children. Their daughter GaHye is a financial consultant in New York. Their son Justin begins an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point this month.

Please join us for worship and meet our new pastors!

Jul 01

Our Youth Group Goes Camping

SummitFrom Cheri Fallon, News-Linc Editor

Our Youth Group, Summit, went camping in June at Camp Ichthus in Palmerton, PA. They stayed in cabins, went horseback riding and rock-climbing. They played games; they worshiped. Daniel Antunes says, “ I had the best time! Kyle is very good at speaking! I loved the staff and the food was really good. There was a farm near the camp where we went horseback riding. There were small groups, too. It was a really good experience.”

Philip Antunes enjoyed the rock-climbing and the “King Swing,” which is a contraption between “two giant trees” including ropes, harness, and a pulley that the group pulls. “Think of it as a really big swing,” he says. Philip was surprised by how fast the weather could change there. It was very hilly. “You saw it sprinkling, then pouring, and the sun was out.”

Jun 30

Farewell to Pastor Dave

From Cheri Fallon, News-Linc Editor

Pastor Dave

Pastor Dave McMillan

The pews in our sanctuary were filled with well-wishers for Pastor Dave McMillan on June 18. It was his last Sunday at Lincoln Park before moving on to his appointment at St Paul’s UMC, North Wilmington DE, where he’ll live and marry his fiancée, Kim Walker, in the next year.

It was a bittersweet, combined service and farewell reception for a beloved Pastor, who has served at LP twice — as Senior Pastor for the last six years, and as Assistant Pastor in the early 90’s.

“It’s been all about the relationships,” says Pastor Dave, of his years at Lincoln Park. “I hope we’ve been able to provide pastoral care and a meaningful worship experience, reminding us of something larger — God’s grace over everything.”

The farewell worship included music from both the Praise Band and Beverly Perella’s Chancel Choir; a tribute from Worship Leader Becky Chadwick; and a presentation by Lay Leader Linda Lee and Staff-Parish Chair Dan Christopher of a pottery plate, commemorating Dave’s service here, and a scrapbook of pictures, messages, and memories.

Becky, in her heartfelt tribute, noted qualities that most of us know to be true about Pastor Dave: his “compassion, understanding, his commitment to his flock, his willingness to be open about who he is, his spiritual guidance.” Dave has, she says, “the ability to touch on what is wrong and help, lending a hand wherever it’s needed. And, with his sense of humor and strength of character, “He showed us how to try to be Jesus on this earth,” says Becky.

The messages in the scrapbook are telling of the fine relationships and meaningful connections Pastor Dave made with his flock:

 

You have been a friend to all.

— Nancy Villecco

Dave always remembered my Mom when she visited.

— Anonymous

Thank you for your empathy and your enjoyable, insightful leadership of our faith congregation.

— Tom Blakely

I love how you put a joke in every now and then when you spoke.

— Anonymous Youth

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your ministry and never had the desire to “sleep-in.”

— Beverly Ruffner

Pastor Dave gives a fresh perspective to well-known Bible stories.

— Anonymous

No one should be able to hit a golf ball that far.

— Dave Miller

With tears in our eyes and sweet wishes for Dave and Kim in our hearts, we say farewell to our Pastor. “How blessed our congregation is,” says Nancy Dettra, “to have had you as our pastor, twice!”

May 10

Volunteers from Lincoln Park Join Others on Mission Trip to North Carolina

From Pastor Dave McMillan

Updated June 30, 2017

During the week of June 4–10, seven volunteers, including four from Lincoln Park, traveled to the United Methodist Disaster Response Center in Tarboro, North Carolina. Pastor Dave, Todd Beamesderfer, Dave Gehr, and Sue Race joined others there, working on 800 homes badly damaged by hurricanes of the past two years.

The United Methodist Church has committed two years to disaster relief in the Tarboro area. It also hopes to raise $15,000 for this cause, to match funds appropriated there by FEMA.

The “modest” homes there have been raised off the ground now, about three feet, but they have no walls or flooring, says Pastor Dave. “Our work — in the town of Princeville — included laying subflooring, dry walling, and putting in a kitchen. We got a lot done in a week. We met the families whose homes we worked on; it was meaningful.” Homeowners had little warning before evacuating for Hurricane Matthew, so they took little with them, and three weeks went by before they were allowed back into their homes.

The “quaint” town of Princeville was founded in 1865, the first town in America founded by freed slaves. “There’s a lot of Civil War history there,” says Dave.

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