Please join the Lincoln Park Praise Band Thursday Night, June 21, at 8:00 pm for a time of Praise, Prayer, and Fellowship. This is a special monthly worship service held 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.
Pastor SunAe Lee-Koo is leading a Bible class on the That the World May Know film series by Ray Vander Laan. The class meets Wednesdays 10-11:30 AM, in the library. Please join and learn more about the living, breathing Word of God.
Classes for nursery, Potter’s Wheel (grades 1-5), and youth, as well as adult classes will begin on Sunday. September 17.
Lessons in the nursery will be taught by our nursery attendants Kathi Ernst and Kris Fedeli during each service and at the regular Sunday School time of 10:10. Potter’s Wheel will be available at 9:15 and 10:10 and will be led by Beverly Perella and Barb Leas during the contemporary service. Additional teachers are needed for the 10:10 lesson. Please offer your help to Beverly. The youth class will be taught by our Youth Leader, Kyle Robbins at 10:10. Adult classes meet at 10:10 downstairs in Memorial Hall and the Perkins Education Building, Room 103.
Our second annual VBS for young children (as young as 18 months and as old as 7) featured the stories of Noah’s Ark, David and Goliath, and Jonah and the Whale. Eleven little ones assisted by 15 of our youth created their own arks, met the “real” David (Adam Gehr) and Goliath (Ken Hoch) as they acted out their battle, and crawled through the belly of the whale after Jonah (Ryan Chadwick) was saved by God. These three tales reminded the children that “God is always with us,” the theme for our program.
Each evening began with a craft followed by the story, a song, a game, and, of course, an appropriate snack including whale gummies! Special thanks to Kim Zachmann, a member of our church and an art teacher, for her skills at creating a walk-through whale, a boat, and the backdrop for Noah’s Ark. Our new pastors Kyung Mo and SunAe Koo offered nightly assistance and assumed the role of photographer, and Barb Leas was my able and willing assistant. Thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement for the refrigerator boxes and to Jim Gehman for picking them up. I am indeed grateful to all who helped or participated.
The dates for VBS for 2018 are July 24, 25, & 26. It’s never too early to mark your calendar or to offer help!
From Dan Christopher, Staff-Parish Relations Chair
On Sunday, July 2, we welcomed the Rev. Dr. Kyung Mo Koo and his wife, the Rev. Dr. SunAe Lee-Koo, to Lincoln Park Church.
Kyung Mo will serve as full-time pastor, and SunAe has a 1/4 time appointment here, funded by the Eastern PA Conference.
The son of a Methodist minister in South Korea, Kyung met SunAe at the Methodist Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. After they moved to the US, Kyung received his Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1999 and his Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007. He has been in ministry for 22 years.
SunAe has her Masters in Divinity from Wesley and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Spirituality from Catholic University in 2012. She transitioned from Pastor’s wife to Pastor, with her own charge in the Delaware Conference.
SunAe and KyungMo have wanted to serve one congregation together as a couple. SunAe especially enjoys Bible study and small groups.
Our new pastors have two children. Their daughter GaHye is a financial consultant in New York. Their son Justin begins an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point this month.
Please join us for worship and meet our new pastors!
Our Youth Group, Summit, went camping in June at Camp Ichthus in Palmerton, PA. They stayed in cabins, went horseback riding and rock-climbing. They played games; they worshiped. Daniel Antunes says, “ I had the best time! Kyle is very good at speaking! I loved the staff and the food was really good. There was a farm near the camp where we went horseback riding. There were small groups, too. It was a really good experience.”
Philip Antunes enjoyed the rock-climbing and the “King Swing,” which is a contraption between “two giant trees” including ropes, harness, and a pulley that the group pulls. “Think of it as a really big swing,” he says. Philip was surprised by how fast the weather could change there. It was very hilly. “You saw it sprinkling, then pouring, and the sun was out.”
The pews in our sanctuary were filled with well-wishers for Pastor Dave McMillan on June 18. It was his last Sunday at Lincoln Park before moving on to his appointment at St Paul’s UMC, North Wilmington DE, where he’ll live and marry his fiancée, Kim Walker, in the next year.
It was a bittersweet, combined service and farewell reception for a beloved Pastor, who has served at LP twice — as Senior Pastor for the last six years, and as Assistant Pastor in the early 90’s.
“It’s been all about the relationships,” says Pastor Dave, of his years at Lincoln Park. “I hope we’ve been able to provide pastoral care and a meaningful worship experience, reminding us of something larger — God’s grace over everything.”
The farewell worship included music from both the Praise Band and Beverly Perella’s Chancel Choir; a tribute from Worship Leader Becky Chadwick; and a presentation by Lay Leader Linda Lee and Staff-Parish Chair Dan Christopher of a pottery plate, commemorating Dave’s service here, and a scrapbook of pictures, messages, and memories.
Becky, in her heartfelt tribute, noted qualities that most of us know to be true about Pastor Dave: his “compassion, understanding, his commitment to his flock, his willingness to be open about who he is, his spiritual guidance.” Dave has, she says, “the ability to touch on what is wrong and help, lending a hand wherever it’s needed. And, with his sense of humor and strength of character, “He showed us how to try to be Jesus on this earth,” says Becky.
The messages in the scrapbook are telling of the fine relationships and meaningful connections Pastor Dave made with his flock:
You have been a friend to all.
Dave always remembered my Mom when she visited.
Thank you for your empathy and your enjoyable, insightful leadership of our faith congregation.
I love how you put a joke in every now and then when you spoke.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your ministry and never had the desire to “sleep-in.”
Pastor Dave gives a fresh perspective to well-known Bible stories.
No one should be able to hit a golf ball that far.
With tears in our eyes and sweet wishes for Dave and Kim in our hearts, we say farewell to our Pastor. “How blessed our congregation is,” says Nancy Dettra, “to have had you as our pastor, twice!”
During the week of June 4–10, seven volunteers, including four from Lincoln Park, traveled to the United Methodist Disaster Response Center in Tarboro, North Carolina. Pastor Dave, Todd Beamesderfer, Dave Gehr, and Sue Race joined others there, working on 800 homes badly damaged by hurricanes of the past two years.
The United Methodist Church has committed two years to disaster relief in the Tarboro area. It also hopes to raise $15,000 for this cause, to match funds appropriated there by FEMA.
The “modest” homes there have been raised off the ground now, about three feet, but they have no walls or flooring, says Pastor Dave. “Our work — in the town of Princeville — included laying subflooring, dry walling, and putting in a kitchen. We got a lot done in a week. We met the families whose homes we worked on; it was meaningful.” Homeowners had little warning before evacuating for Hurricane Matthew, so they took little with them, and three weeks went by before they were allowed back into their homes.
The “quaint” town of Princeville was founded in 1865, the first town in America founded by freed slaves. “There’s a lot of Civil War history there,” says Dave.