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 18

Thursday Night Live

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

Please join the Lincoln Park Praise Band Thursday Night, May 21, at 8:00 pm for a time of Praise, Prayer, and Fellowship. All are welcome to come and refresh, relax, and refill!

About

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.

 

Lincoln Park Praise Band

Lincoln Park Praise Band

May 01

Thinking Out Loud – May 2015

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ — John 20:19

Pastor DaveYou may not have guessed it. In fact, it may surprise some of you that your pastor is, by nature, a skeptic: one inclined to doubt in religious and/or spiritual matters. So, you can imagine what went through my mind when my eldest sister Jean called in March to tell me of her close encounter of another kind.

“We’re never really alone and we’re probably being reminded of it all the time.”

Let me preface by telling you that Jean is the most free-spirited in our extended family. Once, she unexpectedly flashed her chest to one of my brothers-in-law, (who was seated at the other end of our dining room table, complaining of weakening eyesight) saying “Here, can you see these?” Fortunately, most of us were looking in his direction.

Jean also likes to hold a needle and thread over the stomach of expecting mothers to predict the sex of their babies…with an astonishing degree of success, I might add. She also grew up during the early 70’s when Mary Jane and other recreational drugs were plentiful. So, you get my picture.

“Dave,” she said with obvious excitement when I answered her call. “You won’t believe what happened to me today. I was in my car on the way to our Poconos home when I came to a detour. I was feeling frustrated, but the next thing I knew Dad was in the car talking to me. I remembered coming to a detour when I’d been in the car with him as a little girl and how he’d reassured me that we would be fine… it was an opportunity to explore unfamiliar territory. And there he was again sitting next to me. I could hear his voice and see his nostrils flaring like they used to every time he was getting ready to say something funny.”

“Then, all of a sudden, he was gone and a hawk appeared, out of nowhere, just outside of my driver’s side window and flew beside me for a long time, flapping his great wings. Hawks have always been my sign bird. And then, when I called Diane (our youngest sister) to tell her what had happened, she asked ‘Did I know?’ ‘Did I know what?’, I asked. “Did you know that today is the anniversary of Dad’s death 11 years ago? So, Dave’ she asked, ‘What do you think about that?’”

Too afraid to tell her what I, the family priest, was really thinking, I tried to match her excitement and said something profound like “Wow!…That’s something!” While I’m a skeptic by nature, I’ve heard my share of similar stories and lived long enough to know that there are certain things that happen in life that are outside of my own experience and seemingly beyond reason. So, who is really to say about these things?

Clearly, for my sister, this had been an epiphanal moment. Who’s to say the dead don’t make themselves known to the living? According to my late Aunt Margaret, Jesus came and appeared to her when she was a young girl making her bed one morning. If you saw her face while she was telling her story, you couldn’t help but believe. In the gospel of John, after his crucifixion and death, Jesus appears to his disciples who are hiding behind locked doors in an upper room. Later, he appears to his disciples along the Sea of Galilee. And, the Apostle Paul writes how Jesus appeared to him in a blinding light on the Road to Damascus.

“That’s something,” I said to her trying to sound convincing. “It’s a thin veil that separates the living from the living. It’s probably more permeable than we think.” Looking back, instead of trying to explain mystery, the pastoral thing would have been to ask her what her experience had meant for her. As a brother, I should have asked how old my father looked and did he have his teeth in.

It’s a mystery this life, but I believe it’s a shared life. We’re never really alone and we’re probably being reminded of it all the time. I guess, it’s whether or not we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

— Pastor Dave

May 01

Worship With Us – May and June

9am-WorshipFrom Pastor Dave

In May and June, we’ll continue to consider the questions Jesus asked in the four Gospels. Following the Rabbinical tradition, Jesus uses questions to send his listeners on a “quest” for truth and transformation. What response will Jesus’ questions elicit within those of us who confess him as “Savior and Lord?”

 

We have a few special Sundays coming up. On Sunday, May 10, we’ll gather for one worship service at 10 am to celebrate our Church Family. On Pentecost Sunday, May 24, we’ll recognize our graduates for 2015. Sunday, June 7, is Music Sunday, including special musical performances for the glory of God and the building up of Christ’s Church! Finally, on Sunday, June 28, Debbie Pyle and her piano students will lead us at our late service as we give thanks for our nation’s independence.

 

May 3 Guest Worship Leader: Pastor Frank Sanders
May 10 Family Celebration Service (One service at 10 AM)
May 17 Questions About Identity Luke 8:26-39
May 24 Questions About Worry Matthew 6:25-34
May 31 Questions About the Reach of Love Luke 10:25-37
June 7 MUSIC SUNDAY
June 14 Questions About Healing John 5:1-17; Mark 10:46-52
June 21 Guest Worship Leader: Pastor Steve Belinski
June 28 A Question About Abundance Mark 6:31-44
July 5 Questions About Who Jesus Is Mark 8:27-30

 

May 01

Music News

Music News

Sunday, May 17 at 3 pm

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education Two Pianos/Eight Hands and Ballet Company. A freewill offering will be taken.

SUNDAY, JUNE 7 at 11am

Music Sunday, featuring Chancel Choir, the Bell Choir, and guest soloists.
Theme: Spirituals and early American music.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14

Summer Mini-Concert Series begins.

SUNDAY, JUNE 28 at 11am

Patriotic Music Celebration by Debbie Pyle and her students.

SUNDAY, JULY 19–SUNDAY, JULY 26
FAMILY MUSIC CAMP

This musical, open to all ages from baby to grandparents, begins on Sunday, July 19, with a dinner at 5pm, followed by a rehearsal until 7:30. Rehearsals are Mon-day through Thursday evening, from 6-8 pm, with a dress rehearsal Friday, at 6 pm. Our performances are Friday, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, July 26, at 10 am. There will be only one service that day. Staff for this event: Lindsey Villecco, Director, KC Dianna, Choreographer, and Bev Perella, Music Director.

Apr 20

Opportunity House

Opportunity HouseWE NEED YOUR HELP!

Volunteers are needed to be in charge of planning and preparation of the Opportunity House meal the first Tuesday of May, July, September, November. If you can help out, please contact Linda Hope. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help in this important ministry!

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