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Council President's Message

This is the year of Martin ...... Martin Luther.... the great reformer, also as the sub-title reads of a new biography written by Lyndal Roper, a renegade and prophet. Martin was a controversial person; deeply devout and serious thinker and complicated contradictory pattern of beliefs. The world in 1500 Europe appears to be a very different world from 500 years distance..... but was it?

I am reading this book to understand how Martin's mind and heart worked.... To understand another human being at a critical point in history. Perhaps I am reading to draw strength, may be a sense of purpose and conviction or maybe just because it might be a good story.

What I have learned (early goings) is that Martin, a charismatic personality, drew colleague to his inner circle of trusted advisors and developed a very strong bond with his wife, Katherina. This community gave him the base to try out ideas and plan his methods and approaches to change his world. His relationship with God was of course his other great energy source; wrestling with his faith in God at every turn.

Irrespective of Martin, the person and the Lutheran movement he appeared to initiate and the long shadow he casts on our worship and beliefs..... each of us individually must make sense of our purpose, goals, and values in our own way. We do that by sharing our thoughts and prayers with family and friends, experiment and think differently after understanding others' perspectives.

LCR is a church with members who want to connect and commune with each other; share the good news, witness our faith and speak about our personal and collective faith journeys. We are all reforming, learning and growing in the church home we call Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. How blessed are we? Very. 
Elizabeth M. Young
Council President
LCR Spring Congregational Meeting

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On behalf of Council, I am encouraging you to attend our Spring Congregational Meeting this Sunday, June 11, 2017, immediately following the single worship service at 10:00 am. The purpose of this meeting is for members of The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection to conduct the business of the congregation. We will be electing new Council Members and approving an update to the Congregational By-Laws by which we organize the administrative work at LCR.
This spring we celebrated the final payment made on the building mortgage; we embraced several new members who joined on April 30th. Several youngsters have celebrated their first communion with us. On Sunday June 4th we welcomed two new confirmands to our church. We maintain our property and sustain our spiritual health as we continue to serve our community. Much to celebrate and be thankful for.
We thank, with deepest appreciation, the guidance and leadership provided by Pastor Paul Beck to make all this possible with the support of our enduring Lord. In addition, I thank the current Council who has served LCR so diligently; meeting twice monthly and stewarding the administration of this congregation with great compassion and concern. We will celebrate out-going Council members and embrace newly elected Council members.
The agenda for the Congregational Meeting is included below. This letter and agenda was also sent in a separate email and via regular mail (the Constitution requires that all of you receive this in the mail.)
The Revised By-Laws (and current for your reference) are available in the narthex. Please take the opportunity to read the revisions suggested by Council so that you can be prepared for our June 11th meeting.
Your attendance at the meeting is important to the work of our congregation. We want to hear your voice, your thoughts and your prayers as we are Gathered by Christ, Growing in faith and Sent to serve!
Yours in Christ, 
Elizabeth M. Young
Council President
Council Members :
Jim Wohlhueter, Vice President    Berni Beury, Secretary
Dave Fitchett, Treasurer             Pr. Paul Beck 
Alan Chinnici                             Ronnie Gropper          
Sue Hess                                  Kathy Heuer
Elise Rothmund                         Candy Stanley
Jennifer Vajda                          Cheryl Varga   

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection-Yardley
Spring Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Immediately Following the 10:00am Single Service
Opening Prayer
Approval of Minutes from Winter 2017 Congregational Meeting

Old Business:
N ew Business:
  • Council Membership
  • Finance Update
  • Call Committee Update
  • Slate for Council Candidates
  • Revised By Laws
Closing Prayer

June 2017
Vol 7, Issue 6

In This Issue
Council President's Message
Spring Congregational Meeting
Worship Schedule
Summer Bible Study
Thank you from the IFA
DWSN June Event
E-Newsletter Submissions
Children's End of Year Picnic
Shared Meal
Vacation Bible School
Men's Group Summer Break
Merciful Mondays Update
Sonshiners June Event
The Welcome Church
A Mother's Mutterings
Congratulations Confirmands
Worship Schedule

Sunday, June 4th
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion
& Confirmation 
Sunday, June 11th

10:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM FAITH ALIVE! Children of all ages - Starting in Church, ending in Fellowship Hall Classrooms  
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Spring Congregational Meeting 
Sunday, June 18th
10:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion

Sunday, June 25th  
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion

Wednesday, June 28th  
7:00 PM Summer Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion - LCR Front Lawn (Tentative)

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

Summer Bible Study  

Please join us for a special Bible Study this summer. Our discussions will feature a new text each week based on Jesus' words spoken during His ministry.

All are invited to attend from 7:00-8:00pm, Tuesday evenings, beginning on June 13th. For more information, please contact Mike Reynolds at (215) 760-7682 or Howard Spencer at (856) 905-3708.
Thank You from the IFA 

Thank you from the Interfaith Food Alliance for the MANY POUNDS of sugar donated to The Family Backpack Center during the month of May! During the month of June, please consider donating a bottle of ketchup to the center.  It will be greatly appreciated by the families who visit the center.  Your donation can be left in the collection bin located outside the Office Manager's office.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT!
DWSN June Event
Please join us at LCR on Friday, June 16th  from 7:00pm - 8:30pm for a night of baking cookies and decorating cupcakes!  We will be preparing these goodies for the people who will be attending a Shared Meal (where those who experience homelessness or food insecurity share a meal and desserts provided by our community) at LCR on a Sunday.
Cost: In lieu of a monetary charge for the event please bring a bag of sugar or flour that will be donated to our local pantry. If you plan to join us pl ease call (215) 493-2018 or email as soon as possible. 
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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Children's End of the Year Picnic
  This Sunday, June 11th - following the Congregational Meeting, we will celebrate our children's participation with an End of Year Picnic. During this time, we will celebrate the 5th graders' graduation, and recognize the Youth Group Activities and Graduating Seniors. Jane Belak-Hamer will be organizing the menu - salads and desert donations from the Congregation. To help to round out our "picnic" menu - a sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Fitchett at, Jen Rehbit at, or Jane Belak-Hamer at
Shared Meal with the Homeless and Those in Need
Our June Shared Meal for those experiencing homelessness or food insecurity will be held on Sunday, June 18 th .  Set up will take place at 2:30 pm, with the meal being served at 4:00 pm.  Please join us - our menu will include all types of casseroles, salad, bread/rolls and dessert.

The Shared Meal is a wonderful time of fellowship with members of our community.  A sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board on the ramp leading to Fellowship Hall.  Please consider signing up to help out and join us to provide hospitality to our guests! Should you have questions, please contact Diane Casey at .
Vacation Bible School
Mark your calendars now for Vacation Bible School at LCR!   VBS is scheduled for will be Monday, August 7 through Friday, August 11, 2017, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, and is open to children ages 3 to 8 years old. The theme is Hero Central - Discover Your Strength in God!

Don't miss Preview Day this Sunday, June 11th at 10:00am!
The kids will meet our mascot Flash for games and fun! Registrations will be available June 15th.  We are still in need of additional teachers and staff to make the program successful.   Please contact Tricia Carroll for information on summer VBS and/or preview day at

Men's Group Summer Break

The LCR Men's Group will take a summer break , but will resume their meetings on Saturday, September 9th at 9:30am. In September, the Men's Group will continue their studies of the Bible using Professor Koester's DVD on biblical literature. For more information, please contact Gabriel Patay at
Merciful Mondays Update
Merciful Mondays meets on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Library. Upcoming topics of discussion are as follows: 

e 5th - Pain
June 12th - No M erciful Monday
June 19th - No Merciful Monday
June 26th - Chronic Illness
July 3rd - No Merciful Monday
July 10th - Addiction/Grieving

Please plan to join us for any of the sessions that strike you as an area of interest or concern.  We are here to help and listen. If you have any questions
or if you have suggestions for future topics, please contact Barbara Merritt at (215) 519-7499 or 

Sonshiners June Event

In the past several months the Sonshiners have come together to enjoy two great events.   Twenty of us attended a fabulous production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Bristol Riverside Theater on April 5. It was such a meaningful show to see during Lent depicting the last seven days in the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot.   Strictly adhering to the story of the final days of Jesus, the production is performed as a rock opera, filled with emotional intensity and powerful songs.   The entire cast was excellent and they performed as well as if we had seen it on Broadway. Before the show we dined at the King George Inn for lunch and had our own private room. We were treated like royalty and, according to the waitress, we were such a joy to serve that they gave us all a hefty discount! It was a marvelous afternoon for all!
Our meeting in May found us back at the church celebrating the May holidays of Cinco de Mayo and Mother's Day. We combined the two and called it "Cinco de Mama." We enjoyed a Pot Luck Lunch of many delicious Mexican dishes. It was amazing how our group of mostly Lutherans cooked such a variety of Mexican food!   We had lots of fun with games and activities celebrating both holidays. The highlight of the Mexican games was a competition of picking up paper beans and carrying them with a straw from one table to the next. Ted Ebersole was the champion! Obviously his years of singing enabled him to hold his breath the longest!   Another favorite activity was the game "Who is your Mama?" in which everyone brought a picture of his or her mother and we all guessed which mother belonged to which person.   This was not easy, but lots of fun when we finally found out and were surprised by some of the matches! Many thanks to Jane Helmis for planning such a great afternoon!
The monthly worship service at Pickering Manor was cancelled in May due to the fact that the room we use was not available, but we will return on Wednesday, June 21st. Please join us, if you can, at 10:30am. Pickering is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown.
  The next event for the Sonshiners will be a tour of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, June 7th. We will meet at church at 9:15am to carpool. Cost of tour is $11.00 (not including lunch). Lunch will be available on the premises. Please join us for this fantastic tour of these beautiful and historic public gardens located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Sign up at the church bulletin board or contact Susan Fiscarelli via email at or (15) 493-1168 to let us know if you are coming.
The Welcome Church
The Welcome Church is an ELCA Congregation of our Synod, worshipping with those experiencing homelessness in the City of Philadelphia.  They regularly meet at Aviator Park/Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  LCR will be worshipping with the congregation at 3:00pm on Sunday, June 25th, and will be hosting their coffee/hospitality hour following worship.  If you would like to attend, please meet at LCR at 1:15pm to carpool.  We are co-hosting with Grace Lutheran Church on that day. They are new to the hosting experience and will be looking to us for guidance.  We will be bringing drinks (hot and cold) and individually wrapped baked goods, granola bars, bananas or oranges.  If you cannot attend but would like to help out, cases of water, individually wrapped baked items or fruit would be greatly appreciated. A sign up sheet is located on the ramp leading to Fellowship Hall.  If you have questions, please contact Diane Casey at  Thank you for your caring hearts LCR!

A Mother's Mutterings                                       
by Christie Paton  
I know you are tired of hearing me yammering on and on about our busy schedule.  So, I'll just sneak those details into this story about Megan losing her marbles.  Most of the time, she has a lot of energy to keep up with all her own activities, but there are some times when she just collapses... And her collapsing occurs in a variety of ways.  There are the complete meltdowns, when you just say, "Ok, go to bed.  We'll see you in the morning."  There are the times when she just needs some alone time and works on a project quietly.  But occasionally, it's rather humorous when Megan goes completely cuckoo.  Jim has a myriad of phrases to describe this phenomenon:

-        "Megan has gone off the deep end."
-        "Megan's gone bonkers."
-        "Megan has lost her marbles."  (Needless to say, this usually prompts her to bring out a handful of marbles and say, "No I haven't... they're right here!")
-        "Megan is off her rocker."
-        "Megan's brain went to sleep an hour ago."
-        "Megan is no longer here."
It was Memorial Day weekend.  Saturday was busier than most with Megan playing three tournament softball games in the morning and having a dance recital late in the afternoon, Daniel having two soccer games in the evening (an hour away) and both sets of grandparents coming over for pizza after the recital.  We knew there would be a softball game on Sunday, but didn't know Megan had to be there at 7:15am until nearly 10pm on Saturday night.  So bright and early, there we were Sunday morning.  After the game we stopped at the farm for milk and Megan selected 3 of those candy Cow Tales to take home.  Once there, she popped them into the freezer to get nice and frozen.  (I never heard of such a thing, but, what the heck.)  She spent several hours quietly putting together a Vex Hexbug Spider Robot kit (like LEGOs), then we went to the pool where she played with a neighbor for a few more hours.  It was after we came home and had dinner that Megan started going a little bananas.  She went to get a Cow Tales that she had previously frozen, and held it behind her like a "tail".  She then told Jim and me that she was a cow, and proceeded to answer us only in "moos".  (She had also said she knew what she wanted to be for Halloween, at which point I replied that we were not addressing that in May!)  When Megan had eaten her Cow Tales, she then made a paper tail and pinned it to her pajamas.  She brushed her teeth, got into bed and called downstairs, "Mommy come up!  Wait until you hear what music I put on the Sonos to fall asleep to!"
It was "Cow Mooing Sound Effect Ringtone" - 13 seconds of mooing cows put on repeat.
I cannot make this stuff up!
Congratulations Confirmands

Congratulations to Caroline Estey and Madi Miller who made their confirmation on Sunday, June 4th. We wish them the very best as they continue their faith journey!