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.

Mar 01

Worship With Us – March and April 2017

For the months of March and April, we will continue to follow the Revised Common Lectionary witnessing the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of our Lord.  Come and worship and allow the Holy Spirit to move in your heart as together we are transformed more and more into the image of Christ and find rest, joy, and peace amidst the challenges and storms of life.

 

March 1 Ash Wednesday: “A New Heart” (7 PM) Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
March 5 “A Necessary Testing” Matthew 4:1-11
March 12 “For God So Loved” John 3:1-17
March 19 “The Samaritan Woman” John 4:5-42
March 26 “Seeing Who He Is and Who We Are” John 9:1-41
April 2 “Winding Sheets” John 11:1-45
April 9 Passion Sunday: “The Cross” Matthew 27:11-54
April 13 Holy Thursday: “My Hands and My Head as Well” (7 PM) John 13:1-17,31b-35
April 16 Easter Sunday Matthew 28:1-10
April 23 “Peace be with You” John 20:19-31
April 30 “Did Our Hearts Not Burn” Luke 24:13-35

Mar 01

Thinking Out Loud – March 2017

From Pastor Dave McMillan III

 

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were once foreigners in Egypt.
— Exodus 22:21

 

I’ve recently returned from a Winter Pastors’ School on the campus of Stetson University in Deland, Florida. One of our three speakers was Dr. Carol Newsom a Professor of Old Testament in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her three day lecture was entitled “We are the Refugees: Our Biblical Ancestors as Displaced Persons, Refugees and Economic Migrants.”

Over three days, she reminded us of our biblical heritage as a people who have often lived as “strangers in a foreign land.” In the book of Genesis, God calls Abram to leave his country and father’s house to go to a land that God will show him. That land, of course, was Canaan, a land already long inhabited by other peoples. In the book of Exodus, due to a famine in the land, Jacob and his family migrate to Egypt where there is work and food enough to eat. In the book of Ruth, due to famine again, Elimelech, along with his wife Naomi and sons, “live for a while in the country of Moab” in hopes of finding work and food. In the book of II Kings, King Nebuchadnezzar tears down the walls of Jerusalem sending many of the inhabitants of Judah into exile in Babylon with some Jewish communities surviving there, in what is today modern day Iraq, for centuries. In Matthew’s gospel, afraid of King Herod’s decree for all male children under the age of two, living in Bethlehem, to be put to death, Joseph is warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus and flee as refugees into Egypt. The Holy Family remained there until they received word that Herod had died.

Dr. Newsom then helped to remind us of our own personal stories of dislocation. My story is part of the great Irish migration to the new world which lasted for close to a century, from 1830 to 1920. In the early 1820’s, lacking work at home, many Irish immigrated to the states to help build the Erie Canal and later the railroad going west. The largest wave of Irish immigrants came over during the Great Irish Potato Famine in 1845-1849. Many of these immigrants settled in New York City and would come to comprise a large percentage of New York’s northern regiments during the Civil War. There was another wave of Irish immigrants seeking employment opportunities and a better life for their families during the early part of the Industrial Revolution, 1880-1900. In the early twentieth century, Irish immigrants in large numbers continued to come to the new world for economic reasons and, for some, to find a husband. With many of the men in Ireland having immigrated to America for close to a century, available men at home were apparently hard to find!

My grandmother, Mary Inkster of Donegal, County Donegal, and grandfather, David McMillan of Ballymoney, County Antrim, arrived and settled separately in Philadelphia in search of work and a more hopeful future in 1916. My grandmother worked as a bank teller and grandfather in a grocery store. They met and married in Philadelphia in their late twenties and went on to have six children, including their only son, my father, David Junior.

While the descendants of most of us who were gathered at the Pastors’ School for three days had immigrated from Western Europe seeking economic opportunities, some could trace their passage to the new world back through slave ships from the Ivory Coast during the eighteenth century. Another Pastor, a Jewish convert to Christianity, could trace his passage to his grandparents who had emigrated during the Civil War in Russia in the early twentieth century to escape religious persecution. Not all of us could attest to the whereabouts of the legal documentation or the process of immigration that our forebears had followed. A few could trace their lineage through Ellis Island, while others were certain, their descendants had evaded immigration officials altogether.

Dr. Newsom’s stated purpose for her lecture was that of empathy. For various reasons there have been and always will be displaced persons: economic migrants and refugees. All of our families, at one time, have been one! Concerning the treatment of refugees and economic migrants, God through the prophets would often call Israel to remember that they too were once immigrants and refugees in a strange land. Empathy for others, especially the displaced, begins with remembering our own biblical heritage and story.

Image Credit: See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Feb 21

June 2017 Mission Trip

During the week of June 4–10, 2017, Lincoln Park UMC will be taking a trip to Tarboro, North Carolina, to help families who are still recovering from hurricanes and flooding over the past several years. Chances are we will be helping to demolish and/or restore homes. Tasks could include: demolition, cleaning, laying tile and/or flooring, studding walls and installing insulation, dry walling, spackling, painting, etc.

Brian Hibshman, a member of Mohnton UMC, general contractor, and veteran of numerous work trips, has graciously agreed to lead our expedition.

I can personally attest to the blessing which comes through these kinds of mission trips to help others. While brief and sometimes challenging, they can be life transforming.

The cost of this one week trip will be between $250–$350. This includes everything: travel, lodging, food, and supplies for our project. I’m hoping to have around twelve volunteers. If you are interested, please contact me.

— Pastor Dave

Jan 26

Monday Morning Bible Study

bible_graphicFrom Pastor Dave McMillan

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

Covenant Bible Study

from Pastor Dave

One of the most meaningful experiences I had here at Lincoln Park while serving as the associate pastor, 1989-1995, was going through the 34 week Disciple Bible Study with twelve other members of our church. Yes! It was a big commitment, but one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Some of those who went through the same Disciple Study have said the same!

 
The Covenant Bible Study meets on Thursday nights, 6:30–8 pm, in the church library. For eight weeks, we’ll be reading the scriptures and discussing how to live out our covenant relationship with God. If you’re interested in attending this study, please let me know so I can provide materials.

 
Covenant Bible Study

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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