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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Why Church

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At first, it sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: “What do a Baptist, a Lutheran, a Pentecostal, and an Episcopal Minister all have in common?” Well, this is no joke. In September, what these ministers have in common will be their sermons. In a most unprecedented approach, several area church pastors will join together to present a series of sermons titled, “Why Church?”

They are meeting weekly and sharing in the writing and planning of each sermon. I question if any community can ever remember a time when preachers from different denominations and backgrounds worked together on their sermons to preach a series of joint effort messages. These sermons will not be “why MY church” but “why THE church?”

“Why Church?” is being presented due to the ever growing attack on the Christian church. The mudslinging that has taken place over the last few years against the church demands a response from its leaders as to why the church is important. We’re going to answer that question together.

We will be inviting the entire community to find their way into one of the churches presenting the series and to give us a sincere and open ear as to why the church is needed in Lincoln, Illinois. Over the next month, you will be hearing from many church and civic leaders as to why they appreciate the church in Lincoln.

To help in ringing the bell, these churches will be handing out bookmark invitations. The people from these congregations will be wearing bracelets and flying yard signs for the entire month that read “Why Church?” You will also be able to get pertinent information on a newly created website: www.whychurch.net. There is still time for other churches to join. Just contact one of the ministers already involved.

Why not accept one of these invitations and try a church in the month of September? You just might hear what your heart has been longing for.

Church & Minister; Worship Times; Address; Phone; Website

Abundant Life House of Praise,

Robert Long 10:00am
1422 Pekin St., Lincoln



Church of the Nazarene,

Greg Wooten 11:00am
2501 Woodlawn Rd., Lincoln



Immanuel Lutheran,

Andrew Nyren 9:00am (5pm on Saturdays)
1409 Pulaski St., Lincoln



Jefferson Street Christian Church,

Dustin Fulton 9:00am, 10:45am
1700 N. Jefferson Street, Lincoln



Lincoln Christian Church,

Ron Otto 8:15am, 9:30am, 11:00am
204 N. McLean St., Lincoln



Mt. Pulaski Christian Church,

Mark Weber 8:00am, 10:30am
115 N. Washington, Mt. Pulaski



Open Arms Christian Fellowship,

Larry Crawford 9:00am, 11:00am
311 Broadway, Lincoln



Second Baptist,

Glenn Shelton 10:45am
1728 Tremont St., Lincoln


The Christian Village,

Ryan Edgecombe 10:00am – Nursing Home
1507 – 7th Street, Lincoln

217-732-2189 11:00am – Sr. Apartment Bldg

Trinity Episcopal Church,

Mark Evans 7:30am, 9:45am
402 Pekin St., Lincoln


[Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church]


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