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Tomorrow Night - Friday, October 6th - 6:30pm
Congregational Dinner to meet our Pastoral Candidate
hosted by the Council and the Call Committee

Sunday, October 8th - 10:00am
Service to be led by our Pastoral Candidate
Immediately following the service, the Congregation
will meet to vote on the pastoral candidacy

See further details in article below

Council President's Message

At different times in our lives travel takes on many flavors...When much younger, those of us of certain generation, traveled to a local state park or beach for a family vacation or traveled to gather with family. Traveling by car was relatively boring... we sat in the back seat and read a book if inclined or stared out the window. Arrival and departing were noisy and memory laden - such excitement!

For some of us a little younger, we traveled with entertainment (not too bored in the back seat) sometimes to a family resort like Disney or an educational place in a big city or state nearby. Travel became a vacation expectation. BIG Trips were a big thing...but they became to be expected in a few short years.

The youngest generation may travel with greater ease than previous generations, (once through security check points!), going far and wide as families are far part, destinations feel less exotic as neighbors and family have ventured to many of them in advance of our trips.

For those stay-at-home types; we travel virtually through literature, our computers, newspapers, and vicariously through Facebook as we connect with people that we may see in person very infrequently. We are potentially living in the "most connected" period of human history.

What does travel, either physical or virtual, bring us?...... irrespective of our age and experiences.   I hope that it opens hearts and minds to other cultures, languages, sensitivities and with family in attendance shared memories and understandings.
However, it appears that this connectedness has been managed for us by the very tools that offered the great promise. Most people appear to connect with those most like themselves - friends of friends with the same color, creed and beliefs. Are we virtualizing and connecting the world or are we traveling in ever smaller virtual and physical circles that limit thoughts, connections and community?

Much of the New Testament consists of letters written by the apostles to congregations encouraging community and behaviors that enable connectedness. Acting as a Christian, according the Christ's teachings and with the guidance/interpretations of the disciples, is truly the best way of achieving connectedness and being in community. Up front and transparent whether virtual or in person is what Jesus taught us to value and the apostles helped us understand how to achieve as we work in community.
Where are your travels
taking you?
In Peace,
Elizabeth M. Young 
Council President
Pastoral Call Update
What is Happening? 
On October 6th our pastoral candidate will join the congregation for a dinner to learn more about them and for the candidate to get to know us in a direct and personal way.  You should expect the candidate to say a few words and share his/her experiences and history as a pastor.
The dinner will be fellowship Hall at 6:30pm - 8:30pm hosted by the Call Committee and the Council.  If you would like to join the team preparing for the dinner please call Liz Young at (908) 922-2500.
On Sunday October 8th the pastoral candidate will lead our single worship service at 10:00am.   Immediately following the service we will have a congregational meeting.  At this meeting we will vote on whether we accept the Council's proposal of this candidate as our new pastor.
This is a ve r y confidential process and we must remember that the candidate is coming from another congregation that is unaware of these activities.  The pastor's current congregation would want to hear directly from their Pastor what is happening.  So.... we will let the pastor guide this very  sensitive communication in his/her own time.
Synod representatives will be attending the service and the congregational meeting on October 8th to guide us through the process and ensure that we successfully complete and prepare for the next steps.
  W hat Can You Do? 
Please pray for LCR and our future and this discernment period.
Please attend the dinner on October 6th and learn about the candidate and share your support f or LCR as your worship home.
Please worship with us on Octob er 10th with the intention to prayerfully vote as to whether the candidate is a good fit for LCR.

In This Issue
Council President's Message
Pastoral Call Update
Worship Schedule
DWSN October Event
LCR Missions Team Meeting
New Library Books Available
Meeting Time Change
E-Newsletter Submissions
God's Work Our Hands Day
Merciful Mondays
Sonshiners October Update
Rev. Bruce Thorsen Installation
Shared Meal
Interfaith Food Alliance News
5th Sunday Appeal for October
Reformation Oktoberfest
Reformation 500 Events
Christmas Bazaar & Lunch with Santa
LAMPa News
A Mother's Mutterings
Worship Schedule

Sunday, October 1st    
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion
Sunday, October 8th

10:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion  
Sunday, October 15th
8:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service with Children's Leadership
11:00 AM Service of Holy Communion

Sunday, October 22nd  
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 October Event Calendar.

DWSN October Event
C ome join us in costume for dancing a nd refreshments at the DWSN Halloween Dance! The event will take place at LCR o n Friday, October 13th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The c ost is $5 per person. If you will be joining us please call (215) 493-2018 or email to RSVP.
LCR Missions Team Meeting
LCR's Missions Team meets quarterly to plan outreach ministry opportunities for our congregation.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00pm as we work to close out the year and plan for 2018.  Our meetings are efficient and fun.  We hope to see you there!

New Library Books Available
Thanks to a generous donation, two new books have been placed in the LCR Library. These books are: My Book of Bible Stories (a children's book) and the Family Illustrated Memory Bible. Please feel free to read these books or any of the other wonderful books that are on the shelves.
Meeting Time Change  
On Sunday, October 8th , the Christian Education 100 class will meet from 9:00am to 9:45am. The class will resume at its regular beginning time of 9:45 am the following Sunday, October 15th .

E-Newsletter Submissions 
Please email all articles to the Church office at  for review . Once approved, they will then be forwarded to our editor, Jenni Panaia for publication.


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God's Work Our Hands Day

L CR's God 's Work Our Hands Day took place on Sunday, September 10th.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank those who participated in the various projects - your service is greatly appreciated!
Merciful Mondays     

 We will be not be meeting on October 9th, but Merciful Mondays will return on October 16th.  Upcoming topics are as follows:   
  October 16th - Addictions (All types)
October 23rd - Grieving (Any type of loss)  
October 30th - Mental Health Issues 
November 6th - Open Forum (An open forum brings forth any issue on the table - No holds barred) 
November 13th - Health Talk 
November 20th - Let's talk "Comfort Food" - Bring your recipes! 
November 27th - Family Talk
Should you have any questions or if you have suggestions for future topics, please contact Barbara Merritt at (215) 519-7499 or
Sonshiners October Update
After our summer "hiatus", the Sonshiners resumed the new season on September 14th with an attendance of 24 people.   As always, we began with a delicious Pot Luck Meal which was to be followed by a planning session of ideas and activities for the coming year.   After the meal, however, we instead said our "Farewells" to Betty Miller, a faithful member of the Sonshiners for many years.   Betty is leaving us for health reasons to move to North Carolina where she will be closer to her daughter.   We are sad that she is leaving but know it is best for her. We had a s pecial cake in her honor, presented her with a few meaningful gifts, read a poem written for her and sang a few songs about her.   We send our prayers with her to North Carolina for happiness in her new home.
Although people were not much in the mood for planning after such a "bittersweet" farewell, we did schedule events through January of 2018 as follows:  Thursday, October 12th, Lunch and Tour of the Byers' Choice Christmas Museum, Chalfont, PA. Meet at church at 9:30am;  Wednesday, November 15th, Bristol Riverside Theater Matinee, 2:00pm, to see "Quartet" with lunch at the King George Inn at 11:45am; Thursday, December 14th, Annual Christmas Luncheon, 12 noon at the Yardley Inn; Thursday, January 11th, Annual New Year's Celebration and Pot Luck at church, 12 noon, with a "Crazy Gift Swap."   Mark your calendars now and watch for detailed information on all of these events in your mail slots at church.
Our monthly worship services at Pickering Manor continued throughout the summer. Our faithful leader, Clyde Beury, conducted the service on September 20th, aided by his dedicated helpers: Donna DiCesare, Kay McCorkle, Julie Scott, Barbara and Hank Merritt, and pianist Betty Berner. Our next service will be on Wednesday, October 18th, at 10:30am.  We invite you to join our group for this wonderful ministry which is very rewarding to us and the residents. Pickering is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown.
Plan to be with us for our next event on Thursday, October 12th, when we will tour the Byers' Choice Christmas Museum followed by lunch at the Joseph Ambler Inn. If you are coming, please sign up by October 8th on the church bulletin board or contact Susan Fiscarelli via email at or (215) 493-1168.
And finally, we share a special note received from Betty Miller:
   "Dear Sonshiners: I write this with love in my heart today for every one of you. It was so great to see so many turn out for my farewell. It was a day of good food, good cake, beautiful gifts and good company. I will enjoy filling the album with all of your pictures. I read the "Farewell Poem" over and over at home and it was beautiful as were the songs you sang to me. You are all a blessing to me and I will never forget you. Thank you all. Love, Betty"
Service of Installation for Rev. Bruce J. Thorsen
Please join Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church as they welcome their new pastor, the Rev. Bruce J. Thorsen. The Service of Installation will take place on Saturday, October 2st at 4:15 pm. The Rev. Marcia Bell will preside and The Rev. Jim Goodyear will preach. Rostered leaders are invited to vest and process. The color of the day is green. A Reception of Celebration will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 733 Ridge Road in Sellersville, PA. Please RSVP to (215) 257-9423 or
Shared Meal With the Homeless & Those in Need
Thank you to all who helped to make our September Shared Meal for those living homeless and/or food insecure such a success!  Our October meal will take place on Sunday, October 15th with set up at 2:30pm and the meal being served at 4:00pm.  Our October menu will feature Italian Cuisine!  We hope you will join us for dinner as we share hospitality and fellowship with our guests.  If you are able to help by providing a dish, the signup sheet is posted on the bulletin board along the ramp leading to fellowship hall.  Italian entrees, salad, rolls/bread and dessert would be greatly appreciated.   Please contact Diane Casey with any questions at .
Interfaith Food Alliance News

As school is back in session, granola bars are now especially in need at The Family Backpack Center and will be our featured donation item for the month of October.  The children must bring a healthy snack each day and so these items are very much appreciated by the families who visit the center.  Please consider picking up a box during your next shopping trip and dropping it in the collection box located outside of the office.  Your support is greatly appreciated by The Interfaith Food Alliance and the families we serve!  The IFA meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm, rotating locations.  You are invited to join us in October on Thursday, October 12th when we will meet at LCR.  Please come out to learn about this interfaith, nonprofit organization and the work they are doing in our community to help families with chi ldren.   If you have any questions, please contact Diane Casey at . 
5th Sunday Appeal for October

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the recipient of LCR's 5th Sunday appeal for October will be A Woman's Place, the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County (Doylestown, PA). They are a non-profit organization that offers a full range of programs and services to individuals experiencing domestic violence and their children, providing them with the tools to lead safer and healthier lives. A Woman's Place offers emergency shelter, emotional counseling, support groups, prevention education, financial empowerment programs and leadership programs. A blue 5th Sunday Appeal envelope is included with your weekly envelopes for your donation. If not using the blue envelope, please indicate "October 2017 - 5th Sunday Appeal" with your donation. You can learn more about A Woman's Place by visiting
Reformation Oktoberfest    
Plan to join us on Saturday night, October 28th at 6:00pm for our Reformation Oktoberfest! In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, LCR has planned an evening of fun, fellowship, and good German food. Please sign up on the ramp to attend and also contribute to the menu.  We hope to see you there!
Reformation 500 Events

As part of the celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, congregations, conferences and agencies are finding many ways to commemorate this world-changing event.  There will be worship services and educational programs, explorations of Lutheran music an d culture and the contributions of Lutherans of color, and more. T he following link to see some interesting events you might like to attend, celebrating Ref ormation 500!
Christmas Bazaar & Lunch with Santa
Mark Your Calendars for the Best Ever Christmas Bazaar
and Lunch with Santa!
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
752 Big Oak Road, Morrisville, PA
The event will include crafters, vendors, build-a-basket gift table, Secret Santa Shop for children, silent auction, a raffle, and much more. For children there will be lunch with Santa that includes a craft, which will be $5.00. Other food/lunch items will be available for purchase as well. Proceeds will benefit Interfaith Food Alliance Morrisville, St. John's Youth, Shared Meals, Feed My Flock, AHTN, and other area non-profits.  Interested parties wishing to rent a table should contact Michelle Beres at (215) 378-9365 or via email at . One lunch voucher will be given to anyone renting a space. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Diane Coyle at (215) 493-8472 or
LAMPa News

Did you know that the ELCA has an advocacy team based in Harrisburg, PA?  Did you know that LCR member, Diane Casey, has recently been appointed by Bishop Claire Burkat to represent SEPA while serving on the LAMPa (Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA) Policy Board?
LAMPa's Mission:  " In response to God's love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just public policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good".  ELCA advocacy works for change in public policy based on the experience of Lutheran ministries, programs and projects around the world and in communities across the United States. We work through political channels on behalf of the following biblical values: peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease. If you have any issues of concern, or wish to hear more about this ministry, please contact Diane Casey at (215) 595-5623 or
A Mother's Mutterings 
by Christie Paton         
Back in the Swing?   

It's Fall.   Leaves are turning, weather getting cooler, kids back at school.  
You'd think I'd be falling back into a schedule too. But no. The house is falling apart around me.   I am almost drowning in laundry.   (Clean laundry, that is, but in baskets.  My approach to this is more, try to knock out about 5 loads in one day so that I don't have to do a little each day...therefore it's clean, if not folded and put in drawers.   Everyone is now old enough... if you have nothing to wear, you know where it is... find it in the basket yourself.)   There may be  some clutter around that I should have addressed in the past time to start now.   And I decided that we need to make some improvements to the kids' bathroom so they can get out of mine, so that's thrown in on top.   Not the fall I was hoping for.
But then last weekend...Megan had softball practice for 3 hours on Saturday morning.   Then Daniel had a soccer game early in the afternoon.   Then it was back to a scrimmage for Megan later that day.   The weather was gorgeous, and it was a fantastic day of watching my kids play sports outside.   And I realized that I loved it, and there was no place I'd rather be.   This weekend, more of the same; Daniel had a home soccer game and Megan had a tournament at the shore, so that was three games on Saturday.   Great fun just to be there.
So, maybe it is the fall I was hoping for after all.