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.

May 10

Thinking Out Loud – May 2017

I have always been prayerfully attempting to weave these moments together into a more intimate knowing of your story — your family, your aspirations, joys, and sorrows.

All those years I fell for the great palace lie that grief should be gotten over as quickly and as privately as possible. But what I’ve discovered since is that the lifelong fear of grief keeps us in a barren, isolated place and that only grieving can heal grief; … only by experiencing that ocean of sadness in a naked and immediate way do we come to be healed – which is to say, we come to experience life with a real sense of presence and spaciousness and peace.
– from Small Victories by Anne Lamott

Pastor Dave

Pastor Dave McMillan

The intensity of my grief may come as a surprise to some. Ours has possibly been an hour a week together on a Sunday morning, a hello and well-wishing at the front door after a service, a brief conversation in the Wagner Room catching up on children. For others, there have been additional hours spent in Bible Studies, Sunday School, over church meals, meetings, Trustee Workdays, and visits. But I hope you’ve known that for me it has always been more than this. That I have always been prayerfully attempting to weave these moments together into a more intimate knowing of your story — your family, your aspirations, joys, and sorrows. I hope you have known that when I look at you, I have always tried to see you whole.

There will be many things I’ll miss about Lincoln Park: my drive down the hill on Jefferson Boulevard into our tiny hamlet, our beautiful brick colonial church. An introvert by nature, I’ll miss my second story office (which was my bedroom for six years when I served as associate pastor) where I could escape to read, prepare Bible Studies, and write sermons, while listening to the sometimes steady flow of traffic below — of people stopping by to drop something off or speak with Marilyn. I’ll miss our sanctuary with its high white ceiling, tall window, and soothing green painted walls, the same paint used by the trustees in the parsonage living room and hallway, bringing everything full circle.

Of course, what I’ll miss most are the people. I feel fortunate to have been able to work with a gifted, dedicated staff. There has been many a Sunday when our Worship Leaders, Mark and Becky, and Bev, our organist, pianist and Music Director, have helped carry a service, especially when I’ve struggled. The Music Ministry at Lincoln Park, with our Praise Band, choirs, and special music has been inspiring. Marilyn, our Office Administrator and Bookkeeper, while often sleep deprived, has been a joy. Carl, our Sexton, is one of a kind. Kyle, our Youth Leader, has connected with our youth and has great promise. And our Nursery Attendants, Kathy and Kris, have been Godsends. What endears me most about our staff is that they love our church and it shows.

If I were to start expressing appreciation for members who’ve been special to me over the years, it would be a long list. Each of you, whether we’ve known each other for a long or short time, have been special to me in your own way. But let me say that I am very grateful for those of you who have accepted positions of leadership while I’ve been here. Your love and commitment for our church has made us a better people and has often made me look good in the process. Where would we be without those who are willing to accept the call to lead and serve in the church?

While I believe in my heart that my choice to move to a new congregation and soon marry is the Lord’s path for me, it is bittersweet. But, this only reminds me of what a meaningful and wonderful experience I have had here: how much I have felt loved. I will always have a special place in my heart for the folks at Lincoln Park.

A forewarning: I imagine several of you will be showing up in my future newsletter articles. If you do, please know that it will be with love.

May 10

Worship With Us – May and June 2017

In May and June we follow the Revised Common Lectionary for Easter and Pentecost. These two Christian seasons expound upon Resurrection life and Spirit living.

 

May 7 Jesus: The Good Shepherd John 10:11-19
May 14 ONE SERVICE 10 AM

(Youth Leader, Kyle Robbins, is preaching)

Led by the Youth Group Summit and Potter’s Wheel classes
May 21 Inescapable Grace I Peter 3:13-22
May 28 In-between (Ascension Sunday) Acts 1:1-11
June 4 Music Sunday (both services)
June 11 Guest Preacher: The Rev. Melinda McKonly
June 18 Proclaim the Good News

*PASTOR DAVE’S LAST SUNDAY*

Matthew 9:25-10:8
June 25 Guest Preacher: The Rev. Clifford Flick

 

Here are Some Dates to Remember

From Beverly Perella

Family Sunday, May 14:  One Service at 10 am
Our Youth Leader, Kyle Robbins, will preach, and the service will be led by the Youth Group Summit and Potter’s Wheel classes. The theme is Sticky Faith. Our CHERUB CHOIR will sing, and there will be refreshments afterward. Please come and enjoy!!

Music Sunday, June 4, Both Worship Services, 9 and 11 am
The Praise Band will lead worship at the 9 am Contemporary Service. At 11 am, The Chancel and Bell Choirs will present music leading us through the Liturgical Year, which includes the music of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Thanksgiving, Pentecost, and general Sundays.

Summer Concert Mini-Series: June 11 through September 3
If you have a suggestion for a guest musician, please tell Beverly Perella. If you’d like to support the series financially, you may give cash or a check marked Concert Fund. There are small envelopes in the pews for donations. On July 9 we’ll feature a PATRIOTIC CONCERT by Debbie Pyle and her piano students.

May 10

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

From Pastor Dave McMillan

During the week of June 4-10, nine volunteers from Lincoln Park, Mohnton, and Olivet UMC, in Coatesville, will travel to the United Methodist Disaster Response Center in Tarboro, North Carolina. Along with 40 other Methodist volunteers from across the country, we will help families still recovering from hurricanes and flooding of the past two years.

Our work will include demolition, cleaning, laying tile and flooring, studding walls, installing insulation, dry walling, spackling, and painting. Brian Hibshman, a member of Mohnton UMC, general contractor and veteran of numerous work trips, has graciously agreed to lead our expedition. Please keep us in your prayers that we might be the “salt of the earth.”

Jan 26

Monday Morning Bible Study

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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

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

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