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.

Feb 01

Thursday Night Live

Thursday Night Live“It’s Thursday Night Live!”

Please join the Lincoln Park Praise Band Thursday Night, February 16, 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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Jan 26

Monday Morning Bible Study

bible_graphicFrom Pastor Dave McMillan

Our Monday morning Bible Study meets from 11am–12 noon in the Church Library in the Perkins Education Building.

Every Monday morning, throughout the year (September–June), we read through one book of the Bible at a time attempting to understand and apply the Living Word to our everyday lives.

We are currently reading and discussing the gospel of Luke. Everyone’s invited to a lively time of reflection, questions, and discussion.

Come and join us!

Jan 26

Covenant Bible Study

from Pastor Dave

One of the most meaningful experiences I had here at Lincoln Park while serving as the associate pastor, 1989-1995, was going through the 34 week Disciple Bible Study with twelve other members of our church. Yes! It was a big commitment, but one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Some of those who went through the same Disciple Study have said the same!

The Covenant Bible Study meets on Thursday nights, 6:30–8 pm, in the church library. For eight weeks, we’ll be reading the scriptures and discussing how to live out our covenant relationship with God. If you’re interested in attending this study, please let me know so I can provide materials.

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Covenant Bible Study

Jan 26

Monthly Men’s Breakfast

Men's BreakfastOn the first Wednesday of each month, we will join for breakfast at 8 am at the Deluxe Restaurant, 2295 Lancaster Pike, Shillington. After a brief Bible reflection from Pastor Dave, we will pray then get down to the business of bacon and eggs and good fellowship. I hope you will join us!

— Pastor Dave

Jan 26

Worship With Us – Jan and Feb 2017

9am WorshipTo begin the new year, we will be following the Revised Common Lectionary which leads us from Jesus’ circumcision at eight days old to his baptism at around age 30, to the calling of his first disciples, the inauguration of his ministry, preaching, and transfiguration. In observing and following Jesus, we begin to see a pattern for our own spiritual formation. We find we are becoming disciples of the one who called us to take up our cross and follow him.

 

January 15 Come and See John 1:29-42
January 22 Follow Me Matthew 4:12-23
January 29 The Beatitudes Matthew 5:1-11
February 5 Guest Preacher – Pastor Larry Carl Matthew 5:13-20
February 12 But, I Say Matthew 5:21-37
February 19 Be Perfect  Matthew 5:38-48
February 26 Transfigured Matthew 17:1-9

 

Every Third Thursday Join Us for Worship at 8 pm

Thursday Night LiveIt’s Thursday Night Live! Please come for a special monthly worship service  in our Wagner Room the third Thursday of every month. During this casual worship time, we’ll sing, pray, hear 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’d like to supplement weekly worship with a new experience in a different setting.

Jan 26

Thinking Out Loud – January 2017

From Pastor David McMillan

 

But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?  ….As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
— Romans 10:14,15

 

Pastor Dave

Pastor Dave McMillan

My niece recently published her first book, Shoot Down the Wendy Bird.  These words were spoken by Tinker Bell who was afraid Wendy would win the affections of her Peter Pan.

My niece writes “I’ve forever been drawn to the feisty fairy that goes after what she wants despite all obstacles. No little girl was going to come in and take her love away, or ruin the good thing she had going in Neverland. Nope, she’d secure her happy ending, no matter what.”

That’s how Shoot Down the Wendy Bird was born. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to what you want. It’s permeated with the drive to seize opportunities and situations, and to empower yourself to take an active role in your destiny. It’s what these short stories and poems all share, even if they are all so very different. At the core of the book is the passion “to live a better, happier, and more magical life.”

Please know that I love my niece very much and that her book is very well written, but the funny things is, I struggled to find within it the means “to live a better, happier and more magical life.” Instead, what I was left with was the feeling of the absence of a presence who is able to make all things new again, a presence I call God.

I believe my niece, now in her early 30’s, is representative of a growing number of young people who are searching for a narrative in which to find meaning, belonging, and hope.  They are also a part of the growing number of so-called Nones and Dones, mostly 20 and 30-somethings, making up almost 20% of our population, who are leaving organized religion because they no longer believe in religious teachings, or, in some cases, in God.  There are a number of reasons why some people are finding religion irrelevant to their lives, but all point to a deepening secularization of our country. Unlike some, I do not believe that our growing secularization as a nation is because of the absence of a dedicated time for prayer in schools or because stone replicas of the Ten Commandments have been taken out of the lobbies of our courthouses. I believe it is something more fundamental than this.

What I see in Christian homes is the growing absence of a presence, the recognition, writes author Calvin Chin, “that there is something larger than a human being, accompanied by capacities for awe, respect and shame.”  When the absence of this presence exists, writes theologian Harvey Cox, “Christmas becomes a family reunion; Easter a spring style show; and Thanksgiving a time when there is no one to thank.”

I am guilty on this account, of becoming restless when praying over the Christmas turkey or Easter ham goes on at length to recount all God’s faithful acts or to remind us of our covenant responsibilities. But I’ve begun to recognize the need for authentically, lovingly speaking the language of faith in our homes, to remind ourselves of our biblical narrative and to intentionally acknowledge and yield to the One, “in whom we live and move and have our being.”

I believe the onus for the loss of faith in our homes rests primarily upon parents and grandparents. Possibly in fear of alienating our children and grandchildren or looking hypocritical, we’ve abdicated our roles as spiritual leaders and the vows we made to our children at their baptism… to lead them to faith in Christ “by our teaching and example.” I believe many of us have erred for too long in thinking that our “example” is enough. Our shortcoming has been in our failure “to tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.”

Among many of the so-called Nones and Dones today, there remains a search for a master story in which to find meaning and belonging, in which they can inherit the “passion to live a better, happier, and more magical life.” Many turn to the stories of Hollywood, celebrities, fantasy, vampire trilogies, or young adult fiction of unrequited loves.

All the while we, their elders, who have been entrusted with the good news of a God with us, a God of unconditional love, have chosen to keep this gospel to ourselves. In the words of the Apostle Paul “How are they to call on one whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him?… As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

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