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.

May 02

Worship With Us – May and June

9am WorshipDuring the month of May, we will conclude our sermon series “Grounded: Finding God in the World” and begin a new series entitled “Not in God’s Name,” based on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ book Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.  Living in an age of religious extremism and violence, we will explore its supposed biblical roots to find that “to invoke God to justify violence against an innocent is never an act of sanctity but sacrilege.”  The God we worship in Jesus does not condone but rather grieves for those who use violence for said religious reasons… “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

 

May 1 Grounded: Finding God in the World: Revelation  
May 8 Family Sunday (one service 10 AM)  
May 15 Not in God’s Name: Bad Faith Genesis 6:5-8
May 22 Not in God’s Name: Sibling Rivalry Genesis 21:1-14
May 29 Not in God’s Name: The Stranger, Justice & the Particularity of Love I Chr. 29:10-16
June 5 Not in God’s Name: Relinquishing Power and Letting Go of Hate Matt. 22:15-22
June 12 Music Sunday  
June 19 Not in God’s Name: The Will to Power or the Will to Life Deuteronomy 30:15-20
June 26 Guest Preacher – Kyle Robbins, Lincoln Park UMC Youth Pastor

May 02

Lincoln Park Golf Outing

On Sunday afternoon, June 12, we’ll be holding our annual golf outing at Flying Hills Golf Club. We will play a Scramble format which means everyone will be part of a team of four. Everyone within the group takes a shot and then plays the best shot in the group. In other words, you can “stink” and still have fun! We have six tee times, so I’m hoping for 24 players! There will be prizes for the lowest team score and closest to the pin on par 3’s.

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Following our round, we will meet at the parsonage for hot dogs and barbecue!

The cost for our outing is $25.00 paid at the course to play and $6.00 for dinner. Please let me know if you are interested. In May, there will be a sign-up sheet in the Wagner Room! – Pastor Dave

May 01

Thinking Out Loud – May 2016

Pastor Davefrom Pastor Dave McMillan

“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?” – Fred Rogers

 

 

“The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31

 

It will soon be five years ago that I moved into the parsonage on the corner of 50 East Court Boulevard in West Lawn. I’m very comfortable in my home. It’s more than I need, but I appreciate the two and half bathrooms and the door from the garage into the house, especially in the winter time.

This past fall, my neighbor across the street, whose name I can’t remember, remarked that he never sees me. I told him it was probably because I live mostly on the other side of the house away from his own. The truth is, entering through the garage, I rarely see any of my neighbors. On occasion, when I’m letting Summer outside or putting out the trash, I’ll see Mark or Chris, or their daughter Ruth, who back up against me. If I had to give myself a grade as a neighbor, I’d say “barely passing.”

I have become familiar with Dick and Jean, an elderly couple, who live across the street opposite my driveway, mostly because they like to sit out on their front porch in the summertime and we exchange waves when I’m pulling in and out. When the Spirit convicts me, I’ll walk across the street and sit and talk for awhile. A few years ago, Jean’s son died unexpectedly and she asked me to perform his funeral. As a result, we’ve become closer.

When I first arrived, a neighbor who lives catty-corner to the parsonage was the first to welcome me. But somewhere along the way, I clearly said or did something to offend him. He no longer returns my wave. And, over the winter, stopping for coffee at Wawa, when I saw and greeted him, he walked past without ever saying a word. My daughter tells me not to worry …that “he’s just weird. ” But, it’s unsettling. I don’t do well with the feeling of having wronged someone, or even more, with being disliked. The sad thing is, for now, I haven’t the courage to approach him.

This “loving our neighbor as ourselves” is not as easy as it sounds. It takes an investment. It requires getting out of our comfort zone, time, and sacrifice. Author Peter Block writes about a breakdown of neighborhoods in America… “the problem is,” he writes, “people don’t feel like they ‘belong’ to such places, resulting in ‘an age of isolation.’ …We may live in a particular location, but it’s hard to sense that our lives are with others.”

Being neighborly, “loving our neighbor as ourselves,” “doing unto our neighbor as we would have them do to unto us,” is sacred work. Diana Butler Bass writes that it is through our neighbors that we come to know God…that love of God and love of neighbor are closely connected. For this reason, if we want to join in on the spiritual revolution she is convinced is already taking place with young people across the country, we need to reconnect with our neighborhoods.

I’m personally in agreement with her on this one. I believe the moving of the Spirit is toward things local. It always has been. With modernity, in our pursuit of who knows what, we chose to look beyond our next door neighbor – who may or may not want to have anything to do with us! But that doesn’t change the point. We need neighbors and neighborhoods to become human.

So, what grade would you give yourself as a “neighbor”? What grade would you give our church? I find myself feeling more and more convinced of our need to reach out right here to our surrounding neighborhood here in Lincoln Park. I’m aware of its rich history of neighborliness and I would like us to become a part of its resurgence. “It’s a beautiful day for a neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor.”

May 01

Thursday Night Live

Thursday-Night-Live-Wagner-Room“It’s Thursday Night Live!”

Please join the Lincoln Park Praise Band Thursday Night, May 19, at 8:00 pm for a time of Praise, Prayer, and Fellowship. All are welcome to come and refresh, relax, and refill!

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Thursday Night Live is a special monthly worship service held at Lincoln Park on the third Thursday of every month. During this casual worship time, we will sing some songs, say some prayers, hear some devotions, and join in fellowship with one another. This is a great opportunity for anyone who cannot attend worship on Sunday mornings, or for anyone who would like to supplement their weekly worship with a new experience in a different setting.

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Mar 01

Flea Market 2016

It’s a Fundraising Tradition at Lincoln Park . . . Can You Help?

Date: May 21, 2016 | 7am–3pm

Flea Market

WHAT DO WE NEED?
Fleas, plants, garden items, furniture, books, CD’s, DVD’s, baked goods, candy, women’s clothing…

WHEN AND WHERE?
All items should be brought to the church between 9:30 and 1 pm on Mondays–Thursdays, Wednesday evenings from 6:30–9 pm, and Sunday mornings. Place items in the basement of the office building until Sunday, May 1. After that, please place them in the breezeway between the church and the education wing. Pricing begins on Monday, March 7, and will continue every Monday and Wednesday from 11am until 1pm. Everyone is invited to help!

WHAT ABOUT CLOTHING?
The collection of women’s clothing will begin Sunday, May 1. It must be ready for sale and on hangers. Hang the clothing on the racks outside the Youth Room. Hangers are available at church.

Please do not bring plants until Sunday, May 15.

THE LAST DAY TO DONATE is Tuesday, May 17.

Flea Market
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