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Council President's Message
Birthdays Are Fun - No Matter How Old You Are!

Birthdays ARE Fun! As are Anniversaries, Get Togethers, Weddings, Baptisms, Picnics, Dinners, name it! They are fun because there are people, there is food, there is talk and usually love and a lot of connection. A happy event makes it funner!

I had dinner with an old friend who now lives out of state and we have not seen each other in about 3 years. Email and texts and an occasional phone call are not enough to really know what is going on in each other's lives. So, when the chance came we both adapted schedules and made the time to see each other. Over some Mexican food we shared the good news and the not so good news: rejoicing and consoling. We both did not want the time together to stop; after the waitress passed by the table for the 10th time...we spent 30 minutes in the parking 3 hours enough time to catch up on 3 years?

I went to birthday party this week; saw people I see every week. We enjoyed a great lunch and some wonderful laughs. I stayed longer than I expected because I was enjoying the fun, the precious connections reinforced by shared memories and experiences. I did not want the time to end. 

What a precious gift God has given us with the cross: we have "up and down" communion/connection with God through prayer and reflection and we have "across - back and forth" with our fellow humans through talk and shared experiences. We have the best of both worlds. God has given us the ability to appreciate the gift of communion with his/her heavenly being and connection with other human beings.

We have been given time, each other, and God's Grace each day.

What could be funner?
Elizabeth M. Young
Council President
Adult Faith Formation

"Who Do You Say I Am?" Jesus Study
Please join the Adult Faith Formation when on Sunday, September 17th, as the E 100 resumes with our study of the Gospels. If you have been confused by all the 'different' Jesuses that you have heard about, come explore the multifaceted messiah through the Gospel writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We will begin promptly at 9:45am and wrap up by 10:30am each Sunday in the Education Suite. Copies with more information on this study are at LCR on the table by the mail slots.
Vacation Bible School 

Our 2017 VBS program, Hero Central - Discover Your Strength in God, will take our kids on awesome adventures
alongside some of their favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids (and leaders) discover their strength in God! For further details and registration information, please CLICK HERE. 

VBS Teachers Needed

Vacation Bible School begins next week,  Monday, August 7th, through Friday, August 11th from 9:00am to 12:00pm.  We are in urgent need of at least two additional "teachers".  If you are fully MOCS-trained (Make Our Church Safe) and can spare one or two days during that week, please contact Tricia Carroll at (908) 391-8822 or e-mail  If we do not have enough teachers, we may have to cancel one or two age groups.  PLEASE DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN!  If you can help but have not completed the required MOCS training, please contact the office for training materials at (215) 493-2018 or via email at - it just takes a bit of your time.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

August 2017
Vol 7, Issue 8

In This Issue
Council President's Message
Adult Faith Formation
Vacation Bible School
Worship Schedule
DWSN August Event
Summer Bible Study
E-Newsletter Submissions
Shared Meal
Summer Picnic & Worship
AHTN Fundraiser
The Reformation: 500 Years of Music
School Supplies Collection
Interfaith Food Alliance News
A Mother's Mutterings
Worship Schedule

Sunday, August 6th  
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion
Sunday, August 13th

10:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion
Sunday, August 20th
10:00 AM
Service of Holy Communion

Wednesday, August 23rd   
6:00 - 7:00 PM Picnic Dinner
7:00 - 7:30 PM Summer Wednesday Worship with Holy Communion - LCR Front Lawn

Sunday, August 27th    
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion

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

DWSN August Event

Please join the Disciples' with Special Needs (DWSN) for a picnic on Friday, August 18th from 6:30-8:30pm at Dave & Cheryl Smith's house, 2330 Lakeview Drive in Yardley. There will be food, fun & games! The cost is $5 per person. If there is heavy rain, we will have an indoor picnic at LCR instead. Please RSVP by Friday, August 11 th via email at or call  (215) 493-2018 so that we can plan for food.

Summer Bible Study  
LCR's Summer Bible Study will continue INDEFINITELY through the fall . There's been very good attendance and all agree they want to continue. Please come out and join the group every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm in the LCR Conference/Education Room. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Reynolds at (215) 736-2616 or Howard Spencer at (215) 493-6961.
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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Shared Meal with the Homeless and Those in Need
Please join us for our next Shared Meal taking place on Sunday, August 20th!  The Shared Meal is a time when LCR members host and share a meal with members of our community who are experiencing food insecurity and/or homelessness.   This month we will enjoy a chicken dinner (all types of chicken), side dishes, rolls and dessert.  Set up begins at 2:30pm with the meal being served at 4:00pm.  ALL ARE WELCOME to join us to help prepare and serve the meal or provide hospitality by eating dinner with our guests and engaging in conversation.  A sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board on the ramp leading to fellowship hall.  Please bring a dish to share if you are able. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Casey at ( 215) 595-5623  or via email at

Summer Picnic & Worship  
Our final picnic and worship for the summer will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd.  Please come and bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided.  Food will be served at 6:00pm, followed by worship.  Weather permitting, we will be outside.  If you can help set up and/or grill the meat, please contact Pam or Mike Garozzo at (215) 499-1109 (talk or text) or .
AHTN Fundraiser    
Who loves Ice Cream & Water Ice?!?! 
AHTN's Fundraiser Night at Jo-Jo's Ice Cream
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, August 29th, 6:00-8:00pm
  • WHERE:  JoJo's Ice Cream & Water Ice
                 8801 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA 19054
Bring the family out to Jo-Jo's on New Falls Road in Levittown and grab a cool treat while supporting Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need! Walk around and check out our raffle baskets too. With the help of several local businesses, there will be lots of great gift baskets available for you to take a chance on! CLICK HERE for a preview of some of these amazing prizes!!
Help AHTN raise money so that they can continue to provide services to 'those in need' right here in our community - from bus transportation to a free meal to emergency shelter.  It is with your support that they are able to provide these services, so be sure to invite your friends and family to come out and help too. You won't want to miss this great event!

AHTN recently lost funding from one of their larger financial supporters and they are working hard to come up with ways to cut costs and replace the funds lost, so your support during this time is crucial. For further information and other ideas on how you can help AHTN, please see the flyer posted on LCR's bulletin board or visit
The Reformation: 500 Years of Music   
The Reformation:  500 Years of Music 
                          Saturday, September 16th at 7:30pm
                          Little Zion Lutheran Church
                          267 Morwood Road in Telford, PA 
          Featuring:  Dale Travis, baritone
                          Linda Beck, organ and piano
                          Curry Moyer and brass quintet
                          Art works of the period
All are welcome to this inspiring musical and artistic event celebrating not only the music of Martin Luther and others of his time -- but how the Spirit has inspired us through 500 years of music, including spirituals and Gospel music.
Dale Travis has sung all over the world, including performances with the San Francisco Opera and the Santa Fe Opera Company during the summer 2017.   Linda has played for him over many years at Little Zion.
Interesting tidbit:  Luther, Handel, and other composers signed their works:  SDG, which means Soli Deo Gloria.   All glory belongs to God!    
School Supplies Collection
The Missions Committee is collecting school supplies for the students who come to the Family Backpack Center. We would like to have the supplies collected by August 6 th so they can be distributed when the FBC is open prior to school starting. Some suggestions for school supplies are: key or combination locks, headphones, various colored pocket folders, loose-leaf paper, 1 or 2 inch binders, notebooks, red, black and blue pens, #2 pencils, crayons (box of 24), colored pencils, markers, highlighters, erasers, glue sticks, soft pencil cases, rounded tip scissors, flash drives/USB sticks, and boxes of tissues. Donations can be placed in the box located in the narthex. Thank you!

Interfaith Food Alliance News

Cleaning Products Needed
The Family Backpack Center, operated by the Interfaith Food Alliance, provides a supplemental food source to families in the Morrisville School district who are experiencing food insecurity - especially during the summer months.

While all donations are welcome, during the month of August we are especially highlighting a need for cleaning products of all types:  laundry detergent, Windex, Cleanser, liquid cleaner, dish soap, sponges, etc.  These important items are not eligible for purchase with SNAP (previously food stamps) Benefits.  Did you know that many of these items can be purchased
at the Dollar Store?
Please drop your donations in the collection bin outside of the church office manager's office or you can make a monetary donation to the IFA by visiting their website at The center is operated entirely by volunteers and you can sign up to volunteer via the website as well.  The Interfaith Food Alliance and the families they serve are very thankful for the support of LCR's members.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane Casey at

IFA Picnic 

Friends, guests, and supporters of the Interfaith Food Alliance are invited to a special picnic on Saturday, August 5 th from 12:00 - 4:00pm. There will be games for children of all ages, food and plenty of fun!!  Hot dogs, veggie burgers and beverages will be provided.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able, but either way, please come out for a fun aft ernoon! All are welcome! 

Locat ion:  Morrisville United Methodist Church
               501 W. Maple Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067

Please contact Diane Casey at
or Berni Beury at with any questions. 
A Mother's Mutterings 
by Christie Paton         

Growing And Growing And Growing...
So I have always said, I have few talents, but I am a very good cook, and it's something I love to do.   I am always trying out new recipes, I'm sure to the more than occasional dismay of those who most often have to eat what I serve, namely, husband, son and daughter.   And therefore, I am always pleasantly surprised when someone actually likes what I make!  
Summer is the time for salads and I'm always on the lookout for something different (although I do have a bunch of favorites).   One new salad I made this year was a chickpea salad, with chopped bell peppers, onions, and garlic, dressed with oil and vinegar.   And in a fit of "oh dear, we have a lot of cabbage, I went overboard when I bought that...Jim can you please pick up some coleslaw dressing on your way home?", I chopped up the cabbage, and simply poured on the dressing for some quick slaw.   After I came to that night, (having passed out when Daniel gobbled up the cole slaw and said, "This is really good!"), I mentioned to him that I was a bit surprised that 1) he liked not only the cole slaw, not being a huge cabbage fan... but 2) that he absolutely loved the chickpea salad, because frankly, other than the chickpeas, he really didn't like the other things that were in it.   He replied - and I quote - "I think your stuff is growing on me."
Well.   If that wasn't the right thing to say to me, I don't know what is!   I was so thrilled, not only because it's always rewarding when you put in the effort that someone likes your food, but that Daniel was eating something nutritious!   Anyway, enough about food.      
I have realized something about myself recently, but also realized that it's not a new thing (although the example I thought of from long ago has now escaped me.)  I do not want to take opportunities away from my kids.   I am sure there are limits to how far I will go with this of course, but in general, I want to make sure that if they are interested, they take advantage of their opportunities.   I do not want to say "no", just because it would make it easier for me.
For instance, Daniel was invited to a soccer camp for one weekend early in June.   It was 4 or 5 hours away, and it was not cheap.   But I just knew that he would love it, and really get a lot out of it and that it would really be a rewarding experience for him, so I strongly encouraged the powers that be to move forward with it.   Being so far away meant that Jim would have to drive him up there by himself, because I had to stay home with Megan for her weekend softball games, not to mention I was singing in a concert that weekend too.  It didn't make sense for Jim to come all the way home, just to turn around to drive back to pick him up, so he was away for the weekend and I had to do some logistical finagling to get both Megan and myself where we had to be, relying on the kindness of Megan's teammate's parents and asking a favor of my sister.
Another example is when Megan was invited to be on the softball district All-Star team this summer.   This was one of those things where, not only was there practice 6 days a week, but if you win one tournament, you move on to the next one, with the ultimate end in sight sometime in August, just about the time Daniel would be starting up again with soccer.   Did it wreak havoc with our vacation planning?   It absolutely did.   Do I feel that when you are not in this situation, it is easy to say, family vacation is more important than playing some silly game, so we should not plan around what may or may not happen?   Yes I do.   But, when I looked at the joy on Megan's face when she was practicing or playing the sport that she loves and just saw how happy it made her, I just could not take that opportunity away from her.   And I was so glad that we didn't.
(As a sidebar, since this is really not part of this story, in the end, her team won the first tournament but lost in the second one, allowing us to grab the one campsite left, on the week we had available to go to Maine, so all ended up working out well.   And even if it hadn't, I wouldn't have done things differently.)
Oh, I just remembered what my long ago example was!   I'm so glad that I got seasonal passes to Sesame Place when the kids were young and that I wasn't just lazy and said, oh I'll do that next year.   (I do that enough anyway!)   We don't go there anymore, and I'm glad that I took the opportunity to enjoy the local amusement park while the kids were young.
Ok, my point.   Once again I can only hope.   I can only hope that "my stuff" continues to grow on Daniel and Megan, and I'm not only talking about food, although that's good too.   I hope that they continue taking advantage of opportunities that are presented to them and that it becomes a lifelong approach.   I can only hope, and keep encouraging them.