None of us wants to admit we feel lonely, but national surveys tell us it is the number-one problem in America. For four Sunday afternoons we will explore: how to recognize the various dimensions of loneliness, how to profit from facing loneliness and how to embrace and help others.
We will be meeting Sundays March 15, 22, 29 and April 12, from 1 -2 PM, in the church library in Perkins Education Building. Everyone is welcome to bring a bag lunch.
“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.
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.
This 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.
Our Fall New Members Class will be held on three successive Monday nights, November 3–17, from 6:30–8:30 pm, at the parsonage. If you’re interested in joining Lincoln Park Community UMC, please speak with Pastor Dave or call the Church Office, 610-777-1422.