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.

Dec 01

Worship Notes – December

Sunday Worshipfrom Pastor Dave

Beginning on November 30, we begin the season of Advent as we await the birth of Emmanuel, God with us.

 
 
 
 
 
 

November 30 Sermon: Stay Alert (1st Sunday of Advent) Mark 13:24-37
December 7 Sermon: Confessing Sins (2nd Sunday of Advent) Mark 1:1-8
December 14 Sermon: Making Paths Straight (3rd Sunday of Advent) John 1: 6-8,19-28
December 21 Christmas Cantata: And They Were All There ( 2nd service)
December 24 Christmas Eve: A Service of Lessons and Carols (7 & 10 p.m.) Luke 2: 1-14
December 28 One Service (10am): Two Turtle Doves (Carol Sing) Luke 2:21-24

 

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

Nov 04

Habitat for Humanity Workday

habitat-for-humanity-logoHere’s an Opportunity to Make a Difference

from Jim Eckert

The Missions Committee will sponsor a workday for a residence in Reading on Saturday, November 15, 9 am to 2 pm.

Volunteers are crucial in keeping the cost of homes affordable for low income families who purchase them from Habitat for Humanity of Berks County. One important note: All volunteers on the site must be at least 16 years of age, and any-one under 18 must be accompanied by an adult who will sign a waiver for them.

Please wear old clothes and sturdy shoes (No open-toed shoes are allowed). Work gloves are needed and will be provided if you don’t have your own. Sign in at the job site approximately 15 minutes prior to scheduled time and bring a bagged lunch/drink. Tools are not necessary but if you choose to use your personal tools, bring them at your own discretion. The construction manager will assess your ability and have you do something you are comfortable doing.

There’s a sign-up sheet in the Wagner Room. Contact Jim Eckert with questions.

Nov 01

Thinking Out Loud

“Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” — Genesis 28:16

from Pastor Dave

Pastor DaveIn the book Old Testament book of Genesis, Jacob, having tricked his older brother Esau out of his birthright, flees before him to the distant household of his grandfather. Stopping to rest for the night, he makes a stone his pillow. As he lies there, he has a dream of a staircase reaching between earth and heaven with angels ascending and descending upon it. Then suddenly, he hears the voice of the Lord extending the same promise of blessing, of security and a future, which God had first made to his grandfather Abraham. Waking the next morning, clearing his eyes and looking around at the ground, the stones, shrubs, soaring birds and surrounding hillsides, he declares “Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.” Jacob then rises and, including his stone pillow, erects an altar to the Lord naming it “Bethel” meaning “The Entrance to the House of God”.

In her book A Geography of Faith: An Altar in the World, author Barbara Brown Taylor writes of the meaningful ways in which we can discover the sacred in the small things we say and do and in the simple practices of walking, working, and getting lost. The word sacred has been used by the Church to describe everything that is somehow connected to God, making it worthy of respect and devotion, even awe inspiring. Unfortunately, Taylor point out in her book, we have often limited our idea of the sacred to practices and sacraments within the church on Sunday mornings. We have unfortunately separated the sacred from the mundane and in the process feel our lives disconnected from God during the week.

In my own spiritual journey, it has been authors like Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Wendell Berry and my study of other world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, which have helped me to begin to see all of life as sacred. The way this works for me is in being mindful of all the ways my life is connected to God and the world around me and then being intentional about celebrating those connections. This morning, stopping to pick up coffee and breakfast at Wawa, I had left my things on the check-out counter to go back to pick up packets of ketchup. Returning, the cashier joked that she thought I had left her breakfast. At first embarrassed, I said I hadn’t, but that I would remember her idea in the future. I then searched out her name tag as she was taking my money. Her name was spelled “J-a-c-e-l-j-y-n”. “Oh well,” I thought to myself and took a flying leap thanking her by name. Fortunately, I got the pronunciation right and, noticing the apprehension in my voice, we both laughed.
Was my exchange with Jaceljyn at the check-out counter of little note or was it something sacred? Was it an altar, Bethel,… “The Entrance to the House of God?”

The problem so many of us face in the 21st century are our feelings of alienation from others and God. Unfortunately, unaware, we go around far too often during our busy weeks not recognizing that “God is in this place and we did not know it.” We need to be more mindful of and intentional about looking for and celebrating the connections between God and our ordinary daily existence.

So, let me encourage you in the coming days to look for the sacred in all things: in the gracious eye contact you make with passing strangers and in your kind words, in the work of your hands that the Lord gives you to do, in your gazing out of your car window at the beautiful array of fall leaves, in your preparation of dinner as you slice ripe tomatoes and cucumbers to make a salad, in the laughter you share with others around a breakfast or dinner table, in thanking your cashier by name. These moments can all be an altar, our Bethel, our entrance into The House of God, moments worthy of respect and devotion, even awe inspiring… leaving us feeling love, whole.

Nov 01

A Long Goodbye

EcclesiastesThis fall, the Nurture Committee is presenting a program entitled: “A Long Goodbye”. In the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, the “preacher” proclaims that there is “a time or season for every matter under heaven,” including “a time to be born and a time to die.” The last years or months of life can be a trying time for all. This program is designed to help us navigate the season of mourning and death. Presentation and discussion topics will include: the meaning of life and death, quality of life and end of life choices, care giving, hospice and palliative care, writing a will, choosing an executor & power of attorney, making pre-funeral arrangements, and coping with death as a family.

During the month of November, our program on navigating the season of mourning and death continues on Sunday afternoons, 3-4:30 pm, in Memorial Hall. Our Remaining topics include: “How to Write a Will, Choosing an Executor & Power of Attorney, making Pre-Funeral Arrangements,” and “Coping as a Family with the Death of a Loved One.” Whether or not you have attended any of the programs to date, all are welcome!

 
This program will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3-4:30 pm at the church, from October 12–November 16. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Dave.

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