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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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.

Thursday Night Live

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

Please join the Lincoln Park Praise Band Thursday Night, August 15, at 8:00 pm for a time of Praise, Prayer, and Fellowship. All are welcome to come and refresh, relax, and refill!



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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We Welcome Pastor Christopher Jacob Kurien

. . . and Say Farewell to Pastors KyungMo and SunAe Koo

From Beth Auman, Staff-Parish Relations Chair

In May our District Superintendent was asked if Pastor Koo and Pastor Lee-Koo would consider an appointment back to their home conference (Peninsula Delaware) to fill a sudden vacancy. After much thought and prayer, the Koos accepted the appointment to Christ United Methodist Church, in Salisbury, Maryland, effective July 1, 2019. On Sunday, June 23, we wished them well and thanked them for their service to Lincoln Park these last two years.

Also effective July 1, the Rev. Dr. Christopher Jacob Kurien will be appointed to Lincoln Park Community United Methodist Church.

Welcome Service for Pastor Kurien, July 7

Welcome Service for Pastor Kurien, July 7

Born to missionary parents in Kerala, India, Dr. Kurien received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, India, in 1985, and was ordained by the Church of South India (Methodist/Anglican and Presbyterian merged denomination). He served or founded several churches in India before coming to the US for further study.

Our new Pastor served a Clinical Pastoral Education residency in Houston before attending Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree there in 2001. Upon graduation he received a transfer of orders to the Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church.

There he was appointed as Senior Pastor to St. Matthews UMC in Reading until he left , in 2005, to become District Superintendent of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. After his term as District Superintendent, Pastor Chris was named Executive Director of Connectional Ministries for the Conference. Before his appointment to Lincoln Park, he was appointed to Lansdale First UMC, Lansdale, PA.

Pastor Chris’s wife Christy is a math teacher at Reading HS and has commuted here through all of his appointments. They have three adult daughters, Susan, Ann, and Elsen, who’s married to Manu. In his free time Pastor Chris enjoys traveling, hiking and genealogy.

We welcome the Kurien family to Lincoln Park Church!

From Our New Pastor, The Rev Christopher Kurien

Dear Friends,

Dr Chris Kurien

Rev. Dr. Chris Kurien

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! As I write this message to you in early June, Christy and I are spending the month preparing to move back to the Reading area. Some of you might be traveling over the summer and I pray traveling mercies for you and your loved ones. I want to take this first opportunity to briefly introduce myself and our family.

I grew up in a clergy household in southern India in the beautiful state of Kerala. I completed my Bachelor and Master degrees in India and was ordained in 1985. In 1986, Christy and I got married and a year later we were blessed with twin daughters, Susan and Elsen. In 1988, our young family first came to the United States for my doctoral studies in Chicago. We lived on the south side of Chicago for almost five years and at the end of our time there, our daughter, Ann was born. We moved back to India in the fall of 1992.

In the 1980s and 1990s, I served congregations in India, Chicago, and Detroit. Through a series of God’s blessings, our family moved back to the United States in 2001 to serve St. Matthews UMC in Reading, PA. Since that time, we’ve lived and served in a variety of ministry contexts in the Eastern PA Annual Conference.

Wherever we’ve lived in PA, Reading has been a place we have returned to. Christy has taught math at Reading HS for over a decade, and our kids have friends from their childhood here.

So, our return to Reading brings us great joy!

Our kids are young adults living in various parts of the country. Susan is a clinical pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital living in Boston. Elsen is a professor of pharmacy at St. John’s University and lives in New York, NY, with her husband Manu who’s a professor of physiology at Columbia University. Ann graduated from Yale University with a Master of Divinity this past year and is preparing to go to law school. Our family enjoys traveling, hiking together, and actively engaging in our community.

We’re excited to meet all of you and for this new season in our ministry together. Christy and I look forward to spending time and getting to know each of you individually.

Pastor Chris

Summer Mini Concerts 2019

Music NewsOur summer mini concerts begin each Sunday at 10:45 AM as a prelude to the Traditional 11 AM worship service. Each Sunday a unique talent is offered from the local area, and some from right within Lincoln Park Church. Please join us. If you have any questions, please contact Bev Perella, Director of Music.

Mini Concert Calendar

July 14 Ron Bellamy, Solo Handbell Ringer
July 21 Piano and Organ Duets by Mary Muenz and Beverly Perella
July 28 Trumpet and Vocal Selections – Jim Spangler and Maeve Bartra
August 4 Soprano Duets – Krista Gilham and Lindsey Villecco
August 11 Flute and Piano – Robin Lilarose and Beverly Perella
August 18 The Wyomissing Band
August 25 Brian Mishler, viola

UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters Around the World

UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters

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Updated: May 4, 2019

The United States has experienced more than 200 confirmed tornadoes, as well as a devastating blizzard, damaging winds, rainfall and hail this year.

Today’s superstorms need an organized response – and that is what UMCOR is doing.

UMCOR’s board of directors recently authorized the distribution of $20,236,883 in funds for U.S. disaster response, touching 10 states from Iowa to Florida, Nebraska to Alabama, as well as Puerto Rico.

Funding is provided by thousands of donors like you, each giving as they can. Your support is needed to ensure UMCOR continues its organized response.

Please help our neighbors today!


UMCOR and our partners are responding to disasters both in the United States and around the world. Please join us in prayer for the areas affected and consider a gift to UMCOR Disaster Response. As we assess the impact of these storms, we will provide timely updates as we receive information. We will also share additional ways in which you can provide assistance.

Wildfires in California

As thousands flee wildfires in California, UMCOR is in close conversation with the disaster response coordinators of the California-Pacific and California-Nevada Conferences of The United Methodist Church.

UMCOR is already actively engaged in California in response to previous wildfires and we anticipate supporting both conferences as they identify and respond to the needs of the populations affected by the current wildfires.

We pray for the safety of the firefighters and first responders as well as those evacuating their homes. UMCOR stands ready to support the response of the conferences with relief kits, Early Response Teams, and funding.

Hurricane Michael on the Gulf Coast

We are proud to say that because of UMCOR’s investment in disaster response training, our partners are better prepared to reduce risk and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.

UMCOR partners have begun their local response in the Alabama-West Florida, South Georgia and Florida Conferences. Other neighboring conferences have provided assistance, and all were well prepared to respond quickly using UMCOR response training and the UMCOR supply network.

Affected Conferences are not yet ready to receive out-of-conference volunteers. We remind those wishing to provide assistance to please not self-deploy or donate unsolicited items. Many areas are still engaged in emergency response efforts.

Alabama-West Florida

Before Hurricane Michael made landfall, Conference Disaster Response Coordinators were in touch with local leaders and secured a 35,000ft2 warehouse in Marianna, FL with necessary equipment to expeditiously stock and distribute relief supplies.

Moreover, the Conference was awarded a $10,000 solidarity grant which partners are using to support evacuees and survivors in the impact zone. Assessments are underway and continue to expand as more residential areas open to response teams. Many church structures have been damaged or destroyed. Partners continue to receive relief supplies from UMCOR warehouses.

For more information please visit,, or call 888-942-4477 (please note this line should be used for information relating to the Alabama-West Florida Conference only).

South Georgia

In South Georgia assessments are underway and partners have deployed a shower trailer, clean-up supplies and water. Early Response Teams are mobilizing, including teams from both South Georgia and North Georgia Conferences. Local churches and partners are assembling additional cleaning kits for immediate use.

For more information, please visit


The Florida Conference was awarded a $10,000 Solidarity Grant to deliver relief supplies to affected areas. Early Response Teams are responding and assessing damage.

For information please visit or call 855-228-3862.

Hurricane Florence

Local partners and volunteers have responded to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Florence in unprecedented ways. ERTs are active in both the South Carolina and North Carolina Conferences. Partners have delivered supplies and kits throughout the region and local churches continue to assist with damage assessments and relief efforts.

We are asking that those wishing to assist please do not self-deploy or donate unsolicited items. Affected conferences are managing their responses locally and will make requests for materials and response teams as they continue their assessments.

In North Carolina and South Carolina, long-term recovery volunteer teams are still needed in response to previous disasters, providing opportunities for those wishing to assist immediately while the Conferences continue to assess the specific needs from Hurricane Florence.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the North Carolina Disaster Call Center at 888-440-9167, or through the North Carolina Conference webpage.

If you would like to volunteer, contact the South Carolina Call Center at 803-726-3105, or through the South Carolina Conference webpage.

UMCOR Across the U.S.

UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response teams are hard at work not only in the Carolinas and Gulf Coast, but across the country. Often, our partners work in places affected by disasters that do not receive substantial media attention. Explore the many places UMCOR partners are currently assisting in disaster response on the map below.

UMCOR Around the World

Earthquakes and Tsunami in Indonesia

UMCOR is fortunate to consistently work with many partners in Indonesia. We are currently coordinating with partners on the ground to address immediate needs of vulnerable people affected by the earthquakes and tsunami. We have been in contact with Methodist Church leadership to support assessment, initial relief work and further evaluation and prioritization of needs as we reach recovery phases.

Typhoon Mangkhut

Since 2017, UMCOR has trained and funded Disaster Management teams in order to empower communities to proactively alleviate suffering caused by the effects of disasters. Their work allows for communities’ advance awareness and preparedness, aligning with the efforts of other conference teams and ecumenical councils from across the region.

At a national level, this initiative ensures that the maximum number of people are prepared for a storm’s impact. Moreover, the Manilla, Davao and Baguio Episcopal Area offices continue to distribute daily weather advisories to community leaders.

UMCOR IDR has authorized a 10,000 USD Solidarity grant to address immediate needs in the most hard hit provinces of Baguio while the Disaster Management Coordinators in the Philippines continue to work with their communities after Typhoon Mangkhut and maintain their assessment of damages and analysis of needs.