Lincoln Christian Church 
         204 N. McLean

Preaching Minister:
Tom Gerdts

  8:30AM & 11:00AM


Trinity Episcopal Church
402 Pekin St., Lincoln
Pastor:  James Cravens

 7:30 & 9:45AM Sunday
 9:00AM Tuesday-Friday


Immanuel Lutheran Church  ELCA
1409 Pulaski St., Lincoln
Pastor Joe Bleakley
 9:00AM Sunday

Zion Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
205 Pulaski St., Lincoln
Pastor Mark Carnahan
Pastor Kirk Cunningham
 8:00 & 10:30AM Sunday
 7:00PM Wednesday
Radio, WLLM-AM 1370:
 8AM Sunday
TV, Cable Channel 15:
 10:00AM Sunday
 5:00PM Monday

United Methodist

First United Methodist Church
302 Broadway St.,  Lincoln
Pastor:  Larry Maffett
Sept-May:  8:30 & 10AM 


United Pentecostal Church
1422 Pekin St., Lincoln
Pastor:  David Mitchell
 10:45AM & 6PM Sunday
Sunday School:
Bible Study:
 7PM Wednesday


To inquire about listing your congregation's worship information, please e-mail us at or call us at 217-732-7443.


Harvest of Talents yields record high

Monies used worldwide for disaster relief

By Jeff Mayfield

[OCT. 31, 2000]  Saturday’s 17th annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger yielded a record high of $66,870.17. Announcement of the harvest proceeds was made during the unity service of Lincoln Christian Church on Sunday morning in the Earl C Hargrove Chapel at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. Before presenting a check for the harvest proceeds to Richard Sprague, manager of International Disaster Emergency Service, Pat Snyder, harvest coordinator, noted that the amount presented to IDES on Harvest Sunday last year totaled $54,035.80. The millennium harvest total to date has far exceeded the ’99 year-end total of $59,201.52.


Highlight of the harvest auction was the sale of the ribbon-embroidered quilt, quilted by women in Indonesia under the direction of Mei Tanbunnan, which sold for a record high of $3,000. Mei learned the art of quilting from the late Luella Huff, a Lincoln quilter, and returned to Indonesia to teach it to native Indonesians.

Most of the 750 bags of South Dakota potatoes, which arrived at the Lincoln Church on Friday, have been sold, and the proceeds were included in the harvest total.

All monies raised at the annual Harvest of Talents are earmarked for world hunger. At a Nov. 11 board meeting, the directors of I.D.E.S. will determine missions that will be recipients of the year 2000 harvest proceeds. Funds from past harvests have aided orphanages, victims of earthquakes and hurricanes, famine victims, as well as victims of fires and other disasters.


Pat Snyder, harvest founder, expressed appreciation for the support given the Harvest of Talents by the community. She noted that there were no "small" gifts in God’s eyes and that surely every offering of talents would be a blessing to the world’s hungry people.

A Holiday Tour of Homes sponsored by the Harvest of Talents ministry team in early December will be added to Saturday’s proceeds.

Earlier events in conjunction with the year 2000 harvest included a Golf Play Day in September and a Musical Offering for World Hunger earlier this month.

[Jeff Mayfield]

Local Harvest of Talents feeds the world’s hungry

An interview with Pat Snyder

By Jeff Mayfield

[OCT. 27, 2000]  Have you ever wondered if anything done in Lincoln could ever possibly impact the world? One local woman feels like she may have been groomed her whole life to take on a mission with that kind of proportions. For about 17 years, Pat Snyder and a host of members of the Lincoln Christian Church have been reaching out and touching the world. Their sacrificial labors have netted over $600,000 to help needy, starving children and people mired in crisis at home and abroad. This Saturday, Oct. 28, the church will host its annual Harvest Day beginning at 7 a.m. Everyone in Lincoln and in the surrounding area is not only welcome to attend but greatly encouraged to do so! This is one way for sure that Lincolnites can reach out and touch the world!

Q. Pat, what is Harvest of Talents?

A. Everyone has been blessed with talents and gifts that they can use for the benefit of mankind. At Harvest of Talents we simply bring together the fruit of everyone’s gifts, hobbies and abilities and share them with the community. The result is that the proceeds generated are turned into food to feed the world’s hungry people.


Q. Were you concerned that Harvest of Talents would just be lost in the shuffle of so many other area festivals?

A. We decided that the only way to know if our concept would work is to simply just give it a try. So, the elders of our church gave us permission to try it that first year and that they would evaluate it and reconsider it for the next year. After about three to four years and after it became obvious to everyone that the Lord was really at work in this ministry and that it was the only way to explain its success, did the elders confirm that they wanted to see this vital outreach continued.


Q. What about this year’s harvest fest? Where is it? When is it? And what’s going on?

A. The community claims this event as much as the church does. Harvest Day activities begin this Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 a.m., when the sale of items begins in both the Fellowship Center and the Harvest Annex (the Woman’s Club building).


Yesteryear’s Kitchen in the Annex will offer for sale hundreds of jars of jams, jellies, salsa, applesauce, as well as sugar-free items. A variety of baked goods and fresh produce (pumpkins, gourds, turnips, etc.) will be sold at this location. For you muffin lovers, muffin mania will offer lots of treats for your palate. There will also be plenty of fresh-brewed coffees on hand.

Over in the Fellowship Center you will encounter shops offering handmade crafts, baskets, candy and cookies. There will be a Christmas shop and also doll and angel shops as well. The always-popular calligrapher’s table is back again this year.

One annual highlight at this site are the breakfast items, including the tasty caramel pecan and cinnamon rolls.


And you won’t want to miss lunch either! Back by popular demand is a fare that includes homemade vegetable soup (which is actually cooked outside in large black kettles), homemade pies and the consistently yummy barbecue sandwiches.

There will also be silent auctions taking place at both venues. The debut of this program allows people to bid on quality items who might be intimidated by the regular auction.

For you fitness fans, there will be a 5K run and walk that is co-hosted by both the Harvest and our local YMCA. The run is scheduled for 8 a.m.

Kids aren’t left out of the equation either. Dozens of activities for children through sixth grade are set to begin at 9 a.m. They even get to be with face and hand painters!


The climax of the harvest fest will be the 2 p.m. auction. Going up for auction this year will be the incredible millennium quilt along with a bunch of other quilts. There will also be a large walnut Breckenridge secretary, an oak hall-chair coat tree, a small oak secretary, a tiffany lamp, a Mary E. chair, counted cross-stitch creations and a plethora of one-of-kind heirloom quality items. Further activities for children will be conducted by the high school youth group during the auction.


Q. Where do the proceeds for Harvest of Talents go?

A. All proceeds from the harvest are channeled through the International Disaster Emergency Service, an Indiana-based organization that ministers to street children, orphanages, refugees, and victims of hunger and famine around the world. Buck Snyder, a member of Lincoln Christian Church, is currently serving on the board of directors of I.D.E.S. The past 16 harvests have raised $651,654. All harvest funds are earmarked for hunger needs.


Q. Will there be a worship service this year to wrap up the harvest?

A. Yes. This Sunday morning a check representing the proceeds will be presented to a representative of I.D.E.S. during a unity service. The public is invited to attend this service which will be held at 10 a.m. in the Earl C Hargrove Chapel on the campus of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. Harvest weekend will close with a 6 p.m. service of praise and celebration to be in the sanctuary of Lincoln Christian Church.

[Jeff Mayfield]


Church announcements

Weekend event for young students will feature service projects

[NOV. 3, 2000]  This weekend (Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4), Lincoln Christian College and Seminary will host 500 junior high students and their adult sponsors in a special weekend of worship and service called "Junior High Experience."  This event is designed to challenge young students to experience the power of God in all facets of their lives.  One of the main ways in which this is to be accomplished is through service projects, which will take place all day Saturday at various sites throughout central Illinois.  About 200 of the participants will take part in a citywide food drive for the Lincoln Logan Food Pantry, with the goal of filling the new addition of the facility with food just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Teams will also be sent out to the following locations:

In Lincoln:   

Christian Village

Habitat for Humanity

Maple Ridge Care Center

Mission Mart

St. Clara's Manor

Living Alternatives Crisis Pregnancy Center

In Bloomington:

Home Sweet Home Mission

Salvation Army Safe Harbor

In Clinton:

Little Galilee Christian Camp

In Decatur:

Fair Havens Christian Home

God's Shelter of Love

New Life Pregnancy Center

In Peoria:

South Side Mission

In Springfield:

Care Center and Computer Bank

Catholic Charities

Helping Hands Mission

Inner City Mission

Lewis Memorial

Mary Bryant Home

Mini-O'Beime Crisis Nursery

Sojourn Shelter


The organizers hope that this weekend will give young people the opportunity to see God in a variety of places and encourage them to take their experiences and serve others no matter where they are. 

[Tracy Thomas]

Serenity Concert to benefit
Niebuhr marker

[NOV. 1, 2000]  A Serenity Concert on Sunday, Nov. 12, will celebrate the accomplishments of the Niebuhr family of theologians, who lived in Lincoln beginning in 1902. Reinhold Niebuhr, the author of the widely known Serenity Prayer, was ordained in Lincoln.

The concert is scheduled for 2 p.m., Nov. 12, in Restoration Hall on the Lincoln Christian College campus. Performing groups include the Lincoln Area Music Society Chorale, the Faith Lutheran Choir, the Holy Family Children’s Choir and the Second Baptist Children’s Choir. Solos by Debbie Ross, Doug Raffa and Carolyn Sablotny Gerling will be featured. In addition, Steven Rigik of Chicago is a guest musician.

There is no charge for the concert, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Four children of the Rev. Gustav and Lydia Niebuhr were confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical Church, now St. John United Church of Christ, in Lincoln: Hulda, Walter, Reinhold and Helmut Richard. Hulda later taught at McCormick Seminary in Chicago, Reinhold at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and H. Richard at Yale University Divinity School. H. Richard’s son Richard R. Niebuhr is on the faculty of Harvard University Divinity School.


Reinhold, the best known of the Niebuhrs, was pictured on Time magazine’s 25th anniversary edition and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Lyndon Johnson.

To memorialize the contributions of this distinguished theological family, a committee headed by Margaret Peifer of Lincoln is working to erect a historical marker at St. John Church. Proceeds from the concert will benefit this effort.








International Evangelist Danny Morgan and his Ministry Team will be singing and preaching each night along with great praise and worship from the Full Gospel Praise Team. Come expecting to receive YOUR supernatural harvest !!! -- John 4:38

Full Gospel Evangelistic Center

426 N. Monroe St.

Lincoln, IL.

Sun. Oct. 29th through Fri. Nov. 3rd

7 p.m. - nightly

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