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Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Gathered by Christ - Growing in Faith - Sent to Serve

  1700 MAKEFIELD ROAD | YARDLEY, PA 19067 
T: 215.493.2018 | E: Office@lcr-yardley.org 
 
 
Council President's Message
Rituals and Miracles

Today is April 1st and I am glad it is a Saturday; the work week is over and I have a moment to catch my breath; take a nap and finish the book I am reading. I still have many things on my list but there is one thing that is making today better than most Saturdays.

I have expectations. Big expectations.

I am going to Disney in Orlando next Saturday for a whole week. Disney is my kind of place - it is fun, sunny, safe, challenging to figure out to minimize the wait in line (especially school vacation week!!) and rewarding when you do everything on "the list". Mostly I am excited because this is a ritual that my daughter and I established 20 years ago and she wants to keep this ritual going. This was her idea: spending time with me at Disney this year. What a miracle for me! And she has asked her significant other to join us. She wants to share this miracle of shared time together with him too.

I am blessed. Very blessed.

Like my Disney vacation Lutheran Church of the Resurrection has many established rituals; worship service, Spring Clean Up, waving palms and singing Alleluia, Easter breakfasts, and trumpets... and I want to keep some form of them continuing because my relationship with God is a miracle and my relationship with LCR is a miracle. Both given by God's Grace and Love.

Share with me this Easter miracle with any and everyone who comes to LCR.

We are Gathered by Christ, Growing in Faith, Sent to Serve.

Peace,
Liz
Elizabeth M. Young
Council President
Children's Egg Hunt
 
  Get ready to fill your Easter baskets! Please join LCR's Families with Young Children on Saturday, April 8th at 3:30pm for an EASTER EGG HUNT! Children of all ages are welcome. We will decorate Easter bags (provided), hunt for eggs, and finish the party with a treat. Please e-mail Elise Rothmund with any questions at rothmundelise@yahoo.com .

Good Friday Readings

LCR will continue our tradition of presenting continuous readings of Bible passages from 12noon to 3:00pm on Good Friday.  If you would like to participate by reading pre-selected Bible passages for a period of 15 minutes, please sign up on the bulletin board list.  Members of our congregation, family and friends are encouraged come and listen - you are welcome to arrive and depart silently at any time during the readings.  This is a wonderful way to observe the solemnity and reverence of Jesus' time on the cross.
 
Easter Sunday Brunch

Join Us in Fellowship Hall on Easter morning from 8:45am tho 10:45am for brunch. You will find a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you are able to provide a casserole or other baked good to share, or if you're available to set-up, serve or clean-up. Set-up will take place Saturday, April 15th at 11:15am. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Timo at (267) 392-5809 or e-mail wjoant@gmail.com .

VBS Teachers & Assistants Needed
 
It's not too early to start recruiting teachers and assistants for VBS (Vacation Bible School).  This year's class will begin Monday, August 7th, through Friday, August 11, 2017, from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  We already have teachers for music and pre-school, but will need a teacher for art and two classroom teachers.   PLEASE NOTE:  You must be fully MOCS-trained (Make Our Church Safe) to serve.  Help will also be needed for set-up the week before (July 31st through August 6th).  You do not need to be MOCS-trained to help set-up.  For further information, please contact Tricia Carroll at (908)391-8822 or via e-mail at carrollp24@gmail.com.

New Member Classes
   
Be reminded that classes for new or prospective members will be held on two consecutive Wednesday evenings, April 19th and April 26th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in LCR's Conference/Education Room.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining the church as a new member, please contact the office via email at office@lcr-yardley.org or (215) 493-2018.   
Thank You!

Sincere thanks for all those who provided soup, salad, bread, testimony, fellowship and support during our Lenten soup suppers and services. We hope that everyone who participated more fully reflected upon our theme of "Lord, I Need You Now," and on how we at LCR live out that theme in service to others. With gratitude, Mike and Pam Garozzo.
   
April 2017
Vol 7, Issue 4

In This Issue
Council President's Message
Children's Egg Hunt
Good Friday Readings
Easter Sunday Brunch
VBS Teachers & Assistants Needed
New Member Classes
Thank You!
Worship Schedule
Easter Altar Plant Donations
DWSN April Event
Gardeners Needed
E-Newsletter Submissions
Shared Meal
Merciful Mondays
Cantus Novus Concert
April 5th Sunday Appeal
Sonshiners Update
A Mother's Mutterings
Worship Schedule

Sunday, April 2nd
8:00 AM Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM FAITH ALIVE! Children of all ages - Starting in Church, ending in Fellowship Hall Classrooms
11:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion

Wednesday, April 5th
7:00 PM Mid-week Lent Worship Service - Fellowship Hall (following Soup Supper) 
 
Sunday, April 9th
PALM SUNDAY
8:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion  
 
Sunday, April 16th

EASTER SUNDAY
8:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service  
11:00 AM Service of Holy Communion  
Sunday, April 23rd
8:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM FAITH ALIVE! Children of all ages - Starting in Church, ending in Fellowship Hall Classrooms
11:00 AM Service of Holy Communion

Sunday, April 30th 
8:00 AM Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM FAITH ALIVE! Children of all ages - Starting in Church, ending in Fellowship Hall Classrooms
11:00 AM Service of Holy Communion

Please CLICK HERE to view LCR's April Event Calendar.

Easter Altar Plant Donations 

The Altar Guild invites you to sponsor beautiful Easter plants that will be used as our altar display for Easter services. Choices are:   6" hyacinths and tulips for $9.00 and lilies for $13.00. Use the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Please request your plants by APRIL 9th and designate "Easter Flowers" on your offering envelope. Please feel free to take your plant home after the 11:00am service on Easter Sunday.
 
DWSN March Event    

Join us for our DWSN April event at Manor Care.
We will be playing Pokeno and sharing refreshments with the residents on Friday, April 21st from 6:30 - 8:00pm.  Manor Care Health Services is located at 1480 Oxford Valley Road in Yardley. The cost is $5.00 per person. Please email  lcrdwsn@verizon.net or call (215) 493-2018 if you will be joining us.

Gardeners Needed

We need your help keeping LCR looking beautiful! Duties include weeding and watering the Welcome Garden about 4 times per spring/summer.  No meetings!  Please call Kari Ries at (215) 493-3291 or email kariries@hotmail.com if you are interested. 
 
E-Newsletter Submissions 
Please email all articles to the Church office at  office@lcr-yardley.org  for review . Once approved, they will then be forwarded to our editor, Jenni Panaia for publication.

 

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Shared Meal with the Homeless and Those in Need
 
Please join us as we host our community for a Shared Meal for those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity on Sunday April 9th. Set up will begin at 2:30pm, with the meal being served at 4:00pm. Please note, this is a change from our usual 3rd Sunday of the month date.  As our assigned date falls on Easter this year, we traded hosting dates with our neighbors, Zubaida Foundation and Mosque as Easter is not a holiday for them.  This is one of the many benefits of being involved in an Interfaith organization!  Our menu will include ham, side dishes (potatoes, mac & cheese, hot vegetable dishes), rolls, and desserts.  A sign up sheet is located on the ramp leading to fellowship hall.  We would appreciate donations of hams, as well as help baking hams which will be purchased from our congregational budget.  Contact Diane Casey    dcasey16@comcast.net with any questions.  Special thanks to Pack 95 Cub Scouts who assisted with our March Shared Meal!  

Merciful Mondays
        
On Monday, April 3rd, we covered the topic "How are you...how do you really feel?" We will be not be meeting on April 10th, but Merciful Mondays will return on April 17th.  Upcoming topics are as follows:

April 17th - "Pain"
April 24th - "Anxiety"
May 1st - "Grieving"
 
Should you have any questions or if you have suggestions for future topics, please contact Barbara Merritt 
at (215) 519-7499 or woodwardba@yahoo.com.


Cantus Novus Concert
 
 
Love will be in the air and we will have a program to make everyone feel the spirit. Come, let us cast a magical spell with music spanning the ages, from Thomas Morley to Eric Whitacre, with some special surprises as well. Let your heart be enchanted as Cantus Novus presents this special concert on the following dates: 

Friday, May 5th, 8:00pm

Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA

Saturday, May 6th, 8:00pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Doylestown, PA

Sunday, May 7th, 4:00pm
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Yardley, PA

Tickets may be purchased in advance online or by phone order (215-968-3414) - $20 (general), $10 (students). CLICK HERE to buy you tickets now at and save 20%! Online payment accepted via credit/debit card or PayPal.  Phone orders by check or credit/debit card
Online sales will close at 12 pm on 5/4/17 . Tickets ordered on or before Monday, April 24 , will be mailed; after that date they will be held at the door. Tickets purchased at the door at the time of the concert - $25/$15 (cash or checks). Seating is limited, so please call in advance for availability of tickets at the door.
 

April 5th Sunday Appeal  

Lutheran Settlement House has been designated as recipient of our April Fifth Sunday Appeal. Established in 1902, LSH is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to serving children, adults, and families living in Philadelphia.

The core mission of Lutheran Settlement House is: "to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through an integrated program of social, educational, and advocacy services". Some of the main programs of LSH include: a Bilingual Domestic Violence Program providing free, quality counseling services for victims and survivors of domestic and dating abuse regardless of gender or sexual orientation; Jane Addams Place Homeless Services providing comprehensive clinical case managements services that include coordination of parenting education, employment, mental health service, addiction treatment and healthcare; and the Senior Center providing community based services, activities and classes, as well as a daily meal and monthly food cupboard to enhance the quality of life for Senior Adults.

We ask for your help in supporting this very worthy cause - and encourage you to include them in your giving on Sunday, April 30th.  
 
Sonshiners Update

On March 9th a group of twenty-two Sonshiners traveled to Bensalem where we enjoyed a fabulous lunch and Tour of the National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel.   Our Tour Guide was a delightful elderly Sister of the Blessed Sacrament who presented in great detail the life story of Saint Katherine and her family.  Born into the prominent and wealthy Drexel family of Philadelphia, Saint Katherine was an heiress, philanthropist, religious sister, educator and founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. Canonized in 2000, she was the second saint to have been born in the United States.
 
The Drexel Family always felt that their wealth was a gift from God and was meant to be shared with those in need and generously opened their home to serve the needs of the poor.   Growing up in this atmosphere, Katharine continued to support the poor and the minorities and was eventually called to religious life.   Established in 1891, the buildings and grounds of the Shrine are beautiful, peaceful and spiritual.   Soon, however, the Shrine and its grounds will have to be sold due to lack of funds. We were so fortunate to have been able to visit before this happens.   A delicious lunch served in their cafeteria completed our visit. Many thanks to Mary Hammer for arranging this wonderful Tour!
 
Due to the snowstorm, our March worship service at Pickering Manor Nursing Home had to be cancelled.   Our next service will be on Wednesday, April 19th, at 10:30am.  Please join us if you can. Pickering is located at 226 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown.
 
Our April event took place on April 5th.  More than twenty people enjoyed Bristol Riverside Theater's presentation of "Jesus Christ Superstar" preceded by lunch at the King George Inn.
 
Watch for news of our Tour of the Rosebank Winery which is planned for May.  If you have any questions, please contact Betty Berner at (215) 750-3955 or  bettyberner@comcast.net.
 
A Mother's Mutterings                                       
by Christie Paton  
Hectic...or Burning the Candle At Both Ends...or Barely Keeping My Head Above Water...or You Get The Idea
 
So right about now my life has hit a busy time.   It's March 24th and this article is due tomorrow.   I feel like perhaps I've written about something like this once or twice before... it's like the water is about at my lower lip, almost covering my mouth right now, as I'm barely keeping my head above water.   And yes, some of it is my fault.   Admittedly.
 
The spring always traditionally feels like a huge list that I just check off once things are done.   Not that I don't enjoy those things, but once over, it's another one off the list.   I feel the same as I always do at springtime, but this year, things are a bit different.
 
A few of you may know that I took a part-time job at the end of May.   Prior to that, I had called my old boss to see if they were hiring part-time, and while he had some nice things to say to me, turns out they were only hiring in India.   I told him that was too long of a commute for me and that was the end of that... for the moment.   Then out of the blue, about a month and a half ago, my old boss emailed asking if I was still interested, and the wheels started rolling.   End of the fairy tale story is that I happily went back to my old job part-time, which was the opportunity I had been waiting for.   I am so thrilled to be working again in a capacity for which I am well-suited.  So that's great news.
 
However, there was some overlap between saying goodbye to the old part-time job and beginning the new, and last week and this week I was working both jobs.   I do understand that this is only what normal people do on a regular basis (without all the extra commuting around of course) and I don't know how you do it.   (Allow me to offer my kudos here.)   I am super grateful that Jim was able to help out immensely these past two weeks.   And I was warned by a good friend that I shouldn't try to keep up with the pace I would normally run at when working only one (or no) job... for instance, she told me it was ok to buy food for dinner instead of making it and gave other such advice.   But that didn't stop me from trying.   (And that's why a couple of days ago, I knew I was starting to come down with this nasty cold that has now settle in.)
 
For instance, just this past Wednesday, I was only working the old part-time job that day.   I left the house, and headed to the church to plug in my crockpot full of bean soup for the soup supper that night.   I dropped off cookie money at the Girl Scout leader's house.   I went to the produce store to buy a small bouquet for someone who had made a special trip over to the workplace the week before to dig me out after the snow (I mean, who DOES that?   It was so nice of him!) and THEN I headed to work.  I put in a full day, then headed home... almost.   I stopped by the farm to pick up milk, grabbed Megan early from Girl Scouts and drove her over to softball practice at 5, for which I had loaded her equipment in the car before leaving in the morning.   I then went home (finally) to pick up Daniel, stopped by the church to make sure the soup had heated up and took Daniel to the middle school, where I had to drop him off early for a 6:00 dodgeball tournament.   I then headed back to pick up Megan, whose softball practice was done also at 6.   She had gotten hit in the back by a rogue softball throw, so we made a quick stop at CVS to pick up some Epsom salts for her to soak in that night.   We got to the soup supper late, but were able to enjoy some food, fellowship and worship for an hour.   Arriving home, I ran the bath for Megan and begged Jim to go pick up Daniel at 8.
 
When I explained all the running around that evening to several people, they all just shrugged and said, "Well, that's just being a mother."   And they were right.
 
BUT.   But.   but.
 
Do you know what else is just being a mother?   It is the opportunity to be a part of Megan's life by being the assistant coach for her Odyssey of the Mind team.   Megan and her team have been a bright spot in my life for the past 5 months or so.   I have been involved in OM for 7 years now, the 6 before this year as a coach of Daniel's team, and assisting with Megan's team the past three, including this year.   (Daniel decided to take this year off from OM.)   Megan's team is different than any I have ever coached before.   First of all, the parents have been unbelievably supportive and helpful, which makes our job as coaches much easier.   The kids themselves are so excited about the program and their skit and are willing to put the work in to make it happen.   They argue over who gets to create which props; they continually ask what else there is to do and how they can contribute and are always thinking of how to make things better.   Of course, we've had some small bumps along the way, and it's not all unicorns and lollipops, but overall, it's a fun group of 4th graders.   They get along socially with each other and like hanging out, which helps as well.  
 
So wouldn't you know it?   At the Regional Tournament, they placed first overwhelmingly and are now headed to the State Tournament.   We are so proud of them and their accomplishments!   This is a team that I am happy to take to States because they have worked hard and earned it.  So that's NEXT weekend, ironically on April Fool's Day.   And unfortunately, in Pittsburgh.   So wish us well as we drive out to Pittsburgh next Friday for the tournament on Saturday.   Of course, by the time you read this, it will all be over!
 
BUT in the meantime, after taking a few minutes to remember how excited I am for OM, it's back to running.   Because of course, why would it be easy?   I still sing with the Bucks County Choral Society and our concert is on Sunday.   We have a dress rehearsal tomorrow, and I have to send Megan with her softball coach as she travels to their first tournament of the season at the shore.   Jim would have taken her, but he has to take Daniel to a soccer game in South Jersey early tomorrow morning.   They will meet up with Megan sometime during her first game.   Fortunately, the tournament is near Jim's sister's and they will get a chance to visit, so that will be nice.   We'll all meet back at our house sometime tomorrow evening.   On Sunday, Megan has softball practice in the morning.   I am gone from about 1-7 at my concert, and will unfortunately miss Megan's last OM practice before States.   I know it seems crazy, but from experience, I know I will be exhausted after the concert... it is going to be great, and I'll have fun, but will collapse once I get home Sunday night.
 
But you know, it's all just part of being a mother.