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 Christian Education classes for all ages at 10:10 a.m.

Jan 15

Thinking Out Loud – January 2015

 

“He’s GOD, our God, in charge of the whole earth. And he remembers, remembers his Covenant— for a thousand generations he’s been as good as his word.” – Psalm 105:7

Pastor Davefrom Pastor Dave

2014 was a good year at Lincoln Park UMC. Except for a couple of snow cancellations, we were able to worship together every Sunday at the 9 and 11 o’clock hour. Over the course of the year, we celebrated several special services including baptisms, a Rite of Confirmation, a Family Day Service, Anniversary Service with our District Superintendent the Rev. Dr. Anita Powell and an end of the year Love Feast.

Over 2014, there were several ongoing programs at the church including our Sunday School for all ages, the Potter’s Wheel for children 6-12 during the 9 o’clock hour, a confirmation class, United Methodist Youth, the Agape Group, Monday Bible study and exercise class, a book club, men’s bowling team and breakfast. Short term programs included and The Long Goodbye, a five part series on issues surrounding the end of life, Saturday evening dinners and worship experiences and a wonderful church musical camp which concluded with a Friday evening and Sunday morning performances!
There were also single events including a church golf outing, our annual church picnic, and a Christmas Dinner and Celebration.

Once again, our congregation was active in mission and outreach. Our Youth went on their summer mission trip to Washington, D.C.. Twice a month, volunteers continued serving lunch at the New Journey Soup Kitchen at South 6th Street in Reading. Every other month, we prepared and served dinner at Opportunity House, a homeless shelter for men, women and children on North 2nd Street. And on the third Sunday of each month, our women’s Sunday School class cooked homemade soup for the Mohnton Food Pantry.

During the months of November and December, our Mission’s Team coordinated the collection of groceries for the New Journey Food Pantry, 49 shoe boxes filled with children’s items for Operation Christmas, gifts for a dozen families in Reading through the Salvation Army Angel Tree ministry, and a workday with Habitat for Humanity renovating abandoned homes. On the night of our Christmas celebration, we also collected toiletries for the New Journey Food Pantry and wrote Christmas cards to our at-home members. We also undertook a new initiative as a congregation in 2014 partnering with the 10th and Green Elementary School in Reading providing school supplies and purchasing books for several classes at Christmas time.

I’m sure I’ve overlooked a few programs or ministries of our church, but the above is evidence that we serve a good God, who keeps covenant with us, and of our own faithfulness in keeping covenant with one another as we “seek and share Christ”. Some things in life can only be experienced and accomplished when living together in Christian community. I personally rejoice and give thanks for the life we shared together throughout 2014 and feel encouraged in what God will do in and through us in 2015. Let us commit ourselves to God and to one another for the coming year.

Dear God, who are we that you are mindful of us and yet you have made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor. Thank you for calling us out from our selves to live together in Christian community. We renew our covenant this day to participate in the life of our congregation through our prayers, presence, gifts and service that in all things your kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Jan 15

Worship Notes – Winter 2015

Sunday Worshipfrom Pastor Dave

Our sermon series for the next few months is entitled “That’s What the Man Said: The Sayings of Jesus.” It’s based on a Discipleship Workbook written by Maxie Dunnam, a retired United Methodist pastor and author. While Jesus healed many people and performed miracles, he was forever speaking words of life. They are not always easy words to hear for they challenge our acceptance of the status quo and our divided loyalties. But, the words which Jesus speaks are the truths that set us free. Come, as we gather for worship, let us sit beneath Jesus’ teaching and allow his Spirit to make, in us, all things new again.

 

 

 

January 11 “Violets Cracking the Rocks” Matthew 6:25-34
January 18 “Destiny Is a Matter of Choice, Not Chance” Luke 13:22-30
January 25 “God Has No Grandchildren” John 3:1-15
February 1 Guest Preacher: Pastor Larry Carl Mark 1:21-28
February 8 “For God’s Sake, Be as Christian As You Are” Matthew 5:13-16
February 15 “What Can I Get By With” Luke 17:5-10
February 22 “A New Look at the Sabbath” Mark 2:23-28

Jan 15

Congregational Meeting

Saturday, February 7, 9-11:30 AM

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves;
but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”
– Proverbs 29:18 (The Message)

On Saturday, February 7, all members and friends of our congregation are asked to attend a congregational meeting pertaining to the life and future of our church. There have been clear changes taking place in Main Line Denominations for some time now, the effects of which are being felt in many local congregations, not the least of which has been an aging and declining membership. It has become incumbent upon local congregations, possibly as never as before, to have a clear understanding of these changes, to build a consensus on how to live in light of them, and to have at least a few possible visions for the future.

On Saturday morning, February 7, we will meet for a light breakfast beginning at 9:00 followed by our meeting time. I am praying that everyone who is able will be a part of this important on-going conversation concerning our life together.

— Pastor Dave

LPCUMC

Jan 15

Usher, Communion Steward, Greeter, and Teacher Training

Saturday, February 7, 11:30 – 1 PM

Following our congregational meeting in Memorial Hall on February 7, all ushers, communion stewards, greeters and teachers will meet upstairs in the sanctuary, at 11 AM for a training session and update on our Safe Sanctuary policies. If you have volunteered for any of the above ministries, please try to be in attendance.

Nov 30

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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