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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 
 
 
Pastor's Note

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
On December 31st, 2017, I preached on this Scripture:
 
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God 's will for you in Christ Jesus."(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) 
 
I encouraged the congregation to make 2018 a year of gratitude by listing three of God's blessings every day.  I hope that you will participate in this exercise of gratitude, make your list, and then, offer a prayer to God in thanksgiving for those blessings.
 
If you are like me, you appreciate a reminder,  so write the Scripture on an index card and put it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror or text it to your daily reminders in your calendar, and refer to it every day.  Not only is it an encouraging verse with which to start out the New Year, but it will sustain you every day of the year.  As we focus on the joy in knowing God loves us, if we cultivate a sense of God 's presence blessing us daily,  if we seek God's guidance in prayer in our personal and congregational life, we will continue to grow in our ability to give thanks in all circumstances.
 
I hope you will also join with me in thinking of three ways in which God has blessed you through Resurrection.  As we move into a new year together in ministry, let us use the power of prayer to discern God's plan for ministry here in this place and outside our doors.
 
May 2018 be a year when, together, we  "Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances ..."

In Christ,  
Pastor Kristina
Pastor Kristina Ahlman
 
Council President's Message

2018 - Gratitude

On Sunday, December 31st, during our Carols and Lessons Service, Pastor Kristina challenged us to think about 3 things for which we are grateful.  And to share as we were comfortable at our January 7th service.  So...I went ahead and completed my homework...

I am grateful for all the regular things that we think about when we count our blessings: caring parents, great friends, employment, cheerful neighbors, good health, almost perfect pets and healthy, independent children.  I feel very blessed as God has provided all these in abundance.  That is not to mean that I (like many people) have not had challenges, hard times, difficult choices and very serious problems.

God has provided the way through those times and granted me the grace to be content with how things have worked out.

God has graciously provided me a church home and community that has been a bedrock for my faith all my adult life.  When my children were young, we attended a small mission church in Massachusetts that started our family life on a good course. When we moved to Pennsylvania, we were fortunate to find LCR to continue that path. 

I celebrate and thank God for LCR each week.

Having endured 2017, a topsy-turvy year, with a good sense of humor; today I have more energy than I expected to face whatever is in store for 2018. 

For that measure of hope and positive expectations I am very grateful to God.

Peace, Prayer and Blessings,
  
Liz Young
Elizabeth M. Young
Council President
Social Media Update

Help us "spread the good news" about all of the great things happening at LCR.  The goal of social media should always be to create more connection between our church and it's members and between fellow members.  It should also give those who visit our page a glimpse of all that our church and its congregation have to offer.  Please take a few moments to like/follow our Facebook page, LCR-Lutheran Church of the Resurrection-Yardley, PA, and be sure to like, share and comment on our posts.  We also encourage those involved in our many ministries to snap some photos at your next event and send them to Jenni Panaia, along with a brief paragraph for posting at jmsp1008@gmail.com.

 
JANUARY 2018
VOL 8, ISSUE 1

In This Issue
Pastor's Note
Council President's Message
Social Media Update
Worship Schedule
2018 Offering Envelopes
LCR Prayer Chain
Merciful Mondays
Do You Like to Sew?
E-Newsletter Submissions
DWSN News
LCR Men's Group
January Shared Meal
LCR Indoor Yard Sale
FPLB Donations
AHTN Volunteer Opportunities
Sonshiners January Update
Interfaith Food Alliance News
A Mother's Mutterings
Worship Schedule

Sunday,  January 7th
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, January 14th
8:00 A 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, January 21st
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, January 28th        
8:00 A 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 January Event Calendar.
 
2018 Offering Envelopes     
Please remember to pick up your 2018 LCR weekly offering envelopes from the table in the narthex.
LCR Prayer Chain     
 
For special concerns you would like lifted up through our Prayer Chain, please e-mail Alan Chinnici at  achinnici@erols.com .
Merciful Mondays     
J oin us on Monday evenings in the Library from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  Future topics of discussion include:
January 15th - Grieving 
January 22nd & 29th - Addiction
February 5th - Relationships
If you have any questions or suggestions for future topics, please contact Barbara Merritt via email at woodwardba@yahoo.com  or (215) 519-7499.  
Do You Like to Sew?     
FREE cross-stitch and needlepoint kits/projects of various sizes are available for those who like to sew. If you are  interested or know someone who might enjoy this for the long winter nights,  please contact Berni Beury at (215) 736-9597 or via email at  Beury299@verizon.net.
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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DWSN News     


On December 8th, LCR's Disciples with Special Needs hosted a service of lessons and carols.  It was a beautiful service with the Disciples reading the lessons.  All who attended were asked to donate hand warmers and socks for our Shared Meal guests.  After the service, everyone was treated to hot chocolate and cookies.  Special thanks to Betty Berner for accompanying the group on piano and to Pastor Kristina for joining us and offering prayer.

Plan to join the Disciples with Special Needs for their Snowflake Dance being held on Friday, January 19th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5 and white themed desserts will be served.  White attire is encouraged.  Please call (215) 493-2018 or email lcrdwsn@verizon.net if you will be joining us.  Thank you.
 
LCR Men's Group     

The LCR Men's Group which meets on Saturday's at 8 am is beginning a  study of  Professor Koterskis' (from Fordham University) Biblical Wisdom Literature (starting with Proverbs and Job)  which is a DVD video course with each session lasting about 30 minutes followed by informal discussion and fellowship.   These sessions are fairly independent of each other, so please consider joining us for one or more of these meetings . For further information contact Gabriel Patay at (215) 428-2387or via email at   pataygs1@verizon.net.

January Shared Meal     

Thank you to all who helped to make our December Shared Meal a success!  Some provided food, some helped with set up and clean up, some served, and others joined us for dinner sharing hospitality with our guests - all were appreciated!
 
Our January Shared Meal will take place on Sunday, January 21st with set up beginning at 2:30pm and the meal being served at 4:00pm.  Our theme will be Comfort Food!  The menu will include  meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, potatoes, vegetables, rolls and dessert.  We hope you will join us for the meal and/or provide a dish.  A sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board on the ramp leading to Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome!

LCR Indoor Yard Sale     
Yard Sale  
For those of you who are making plans for the new year, please note that the ever popular Church Yard Sale will be held on July 27th and 28th. Preparations will take place during the 2 weeks prior and are a great opportunity for fellowship. Mark your calendars and join the fun. If you have any questions, please see Kathy Heuer or contact her via email at k.heuer@verizon.net.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks Donations 

Please consider giving a donation to Family Promise of Lower Bucks (FPLB) from  now through February 28, 2018 and your donation will be matched (a single donation counts as double) up to a total of $30,000.  Please visit www.fplb.org  and enroll in their $10 on the 10 th sustainable giving program for the first six months of your annual promise to be matched.  If you submit for a company match received by February 28th, it will also count as double.  Thank you!

AHTN Volunteer Opportunities   

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) moved into the Emmaus Road Lutheran Church for the start of Lower Bucks Code Blue. Code Blue runs through March 31st when temperatures plummet to 26 degrees including wind chill. It takes 18 volunteers to run one night of Code Blue.

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and without their help, someone in your community might not have a warm meal, or a ride to a doctor or work, or sleep without fear of hypothermia, and hope that someone cares enough to give them a helping hand. Take the next step to becoming a valued AHTN team member - attend a Volunteer Orientation.  An infor mational flyer is posted on the LCR bulletin board.  Volunteer Orientation dates are as follows:

Wednesday, J anuary 24, 2018 - 7:00pm
Langhorne United Methodist Church
301 E. Maple Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19047
 
 
Please visit http://ahtn.volunteerhub.com to register Volunteer Orientation or visit our website at  www.ahtn.org   to learn more.  Thank you!
 
Sonshiners' January Update

Our Sonshiners' Annual Christmas Luncheon was held at the Yardley Inn on December 14th, 2017.  Thirty-three people attended and enjoyed a wonderful meal, excellent service and great fellowship.   We were happy to welcome Pastor Kristina who joined us for this event and we hope will be back with us again for many of our future activities.   We were also glad to have Bill Kianka, one of our former members, back with us that day.  It's always good to see him.
 
We brought the Christmas season to our December worship service at Pickering Manor Nursing Home.  The residents enjoyed singing carols with us and, as always, were grateful for our visit.  Clyde Beury presented the Christmas message and readings and volunteers assisting this month were Donna DiCesare, Kay McCorkle, Julie Scott and pianist Betty Berner.   Pastor Kristina also came along with us for her first time meeting the residents at Pickering.   Our next service at the Nursing Home will be on Wednesday, January 17th, at 10:30am.  We are always happy to welcome others to join us for this very rewarding ministry.   Pickering is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown.  For more information about our nursing home visits, contact Betty Berner  at (215) 750-3955 or via email at  bettyberner@comcast.net .
 
The Sonshiners' next event will be our Traditional New Year's Yankee Gift Swap and Pot Luck Lunch on Thursday, January 11th, at 12noon.  As we did last year, instead of our former swap of newly purchased gifts, we are having a "White Elephant Swap."  Bring something that you have at home and never use or that you want to "re-gift."  It can be useful, funny, pretty, ugly, outrageous or whatever - but please be sure it is gift-wrapped.  We will swap and switch as before, but at no cost!  Come, join the fun and celebrate the New Year with us!  Sign up at the church bulletin board and let us know if you are coming and what you will bring for Pot Luck, or you may contact Betty Berner at the number/email listed above.
    
Interfaith Food Alliance News


The Interfaith Food Alliance is a coalition of ten communities of faith who have joined forces to combat food insecurity in our community through advocacy, education and service.  We meet on the  second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.

To meet our service commitment, we operate a food center for children of the Morrisville School District, and their families, who have been identified as experiencing food insecurity.  Our highlighted item for the month of January is Juice and Canned Fruit, though all donations are greatly appreciated.  Please leave your contribution in the bin located outside of the church office.  Monetary donations can be made by clicking the link below. These donations are used for the purchase of fresh meats, dairy products, and a variety of other foods for the families at the Family Backpack Center. Your generosity is a true blessing to those in need!

A Mother's Mutterings 
by Christie Paton         
   
It Just Doesn't Matter, You Know What I Mean...

Daniel and I are very particular about accuracy.   Yes, it can be very ann oying to those who are not so particular.    This is why Daniel did not like "estimating" while studying elementary school math... he said, "Why should I estimate it when I can just as easily determine the actual answer?"    Why indeed?    I get it.

However, on the other side of Christie, I am horrible with names.   (I have gotten a bit better with this in the last 10 years, but that is another story for another day.)   I actually skip over the names when I'm reading a newspaper article, because I know I will not remember them; I will remember what s/he did, but not their name.   It drives my friends crazy when they mention some actor and I am like, "Who's that?   What are they in?" and THEN I'll be like, oh right, I know who you mean, I just didn't know their name.   I know the names of people around me, of course, but for someone I'm not dealing with on a consistent basis, it just does not really make sense to waste gray matter on that.

Megan is so funny.   There are things that just aren't important to her to remember.   There are plenty of times this has happened, but this is the most recent incident.   Jim was talking about going to Chipotle one day - he goes there for lunch at work a lot and keeps telling us he wants to take us there.   He thought maybe Thursday, we'd go for lunch.   Well, Megan latched on to this.   A couple days prior to Thursday, she goes, "Oh I can't wait to go to Carlucci's for lunch on Thursday!"   Jim said, "Carlucci's?   Do you mean Chipotle?"   "Oh right, Chipotle."   The next dayshe said, "Oh yes!   Tomorrow we're going to Jalepeno's!"   "Chipotle?"   "Oh right, Chipotle.   You know what I mean."  

And that's what's important... we know what she means.   Perhaps she gets a little bit of that from me.   Oh well.