April 2019 | Volume 9 | Issue 4
Our Mission
Gathered by Christ. Growing in Faith. Sent to Serve. Empowered to Witness.

Resurrection welcomes all individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, economic status, age, disability, or family make-up. Child of God, you are welcome here!
We are pleased to present the March edition of our monthly e-newsletter. We hope this publication
is an informative supplement to the information found on our website. Submissions can be sent to office@lcr-yardley.org .

Celebrate the Savior
A Schedule for Lent, Holy Week & Easter Services at LCR

Lenten Soup Supper/Worship Service
Wednesday , April 10th - 6:00pm/7:00pm (See details in article)

Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 14th - 10:00am Single Service with Drama

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, April 18th - 7:00pm
Stripping of the Altar & First Holy Communion for Dean Austin, Gabby Capaldi, Neil Lovina, Andrew Meschke, Rina Meschke, Gabriella Woodward and Roland Woodward

Good Friday Readings of The Passion
Friday, April 19th - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 19th - 7:00pm
with The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, Morrisville United Methodist Church, Morrisville Presbyterian Church, Elect Saints Lutheran Church, and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 21st - 9:00am (Arise!)/11:00am (Traditional)
featuring Choir, Brass and Liturgical Dance by James Elwell, Julia Capaldi and Tayshaun Peters

Pastor's Note

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Paul uses these words to close his letter to the Christians in Philippi: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

The Bible’s command to think on the lovely, true and good things is not an idle suggestion. It is so easy to see the faults of others and all of the wrong in the world. This is especially true if we listen to the news on the TV or read it on the computer. It is rare to hear good news these days, unless one attends worship. Our weekly prayers raise up our concerns for others and the world in which we live AND always include praise to God for healing and joyful times like anniversaries or birthdays. Our weekly worship reminds us that God is always with us, that God has redeemed us and loves us with an abiding, passionate love. 

In a world filled with sadness and madness, filling our minds with thoughts of our blessings can be as refreshing as an April shower! How right Paul was in his advice for those of us who seek inner peace. Things that are just, true and virtuous constitute tonic for our hearts. 

Spring is here! The gloom and grayness of winter is over! Fill your mind with good thoughts. Focus on God’s abundant blessings in your life and the lives of others.

Pastor Kristina

Sunday, April 7th
8:00 AM Morning Glory - Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service with Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM FAITH ALIVE! Children of All Ages - Starting in Church & Ending in Fellowship Hall Classrooms
11:00 AM Classic Grace - Service of Holy Communion

Wednesday, April 10th
6:00 - 7:30 PM Lenten Wednesday Night Worship with Soup Supper
Sunday, April 14th
10:00 AM Palm Sunday Service - Service of Holy Communion

Thursday, April 18th
7:00 PM Maundy Thursday Service - Service of Holy Communion/First Holy Communion

Friday, April 19th
12:00 - 3:00 PM Continuous Readings of The Passion
7:00 PM Good Friday Tenebrae Service Supper
Sunday, April 21st
9:00 AM Contemporary Easter Worship Service - Service of Holy Communion
11:00 AM Traditional Easter Service - Service of Holy Communion  

Sunday, April 28th
8:00 AM Morning Glory - Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service with Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM FAITH ALIVE! Children of All Ages - Starting in Church & Ending in Fellowship Hall Classrooms
11:00 AM Classic Grace - Service of Holy Communion

Please CLICK HERE  to view LCR's April Events Calendar.
Join us for Adult Bible Fellowship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am and Wednesday mornings at 9:00am led by Clyde Beury or Tuesdays at 7:00pm led by Mike Reynolds.

The Lutheran Disaster Response was designated as the recipient of our 5th Sunday Appeal last month. This organization was chosen so we at LCR could help in their continued efforts to aid the people affected by various disasters that have occurred in many places.  Checks are still being accepted and should be made out to LCR with 5th Sunday Appeal written on the memo line.  Your generosity is appreciated, as always.
Plan to join us for Vacation Bible School this summer at LCR! The theme this year is “Step by Step,” and we have lots of exciting activities planned.  Mark your calendars now for June 24th through June 28th and look for further details coming soon.
Your Missions Team will once again be collecting Easter hams to brighten the celebration of local families in need. Please see the sign-up along the ramp and note that the hams are needed by April 14th. Your support is appreciated. If you have any questions, contact Lois Lohse at (215)736-2364.
We will be sprucing up the yard and landscaping on Saturday, April 13th from 9:00am to 12:00pm and hope you will join us! Please bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. The more hands the easier the work! Thank you from your LCR Property Team.
Family Promise of Lower Bucks (FPLB) is open to Lower Bucks families experiencing homelessness. If you would like more information or would like to become a Family Promise volunteer, please contact Kathy Fitchett via email at ktfitchett1189@gmail.com .
Please remember to take a few moments to sign the care cards that are located in the narthex. You can also add the names of those who could use extra thoughts, prayers or praise to the sign up sheet.

Faith Build 2019

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County to build one of the 4 homes currently under construction in Morrisville. To get on the construction calendar we have set goals to raise $2,000 and to provide a team of builders to work several days on the house. No previous skills are required—only a desire to learn and participate. Build teams work in groups of 5-10 depending upon the task. We are hoping for 15-20 build volunteers. If you want to help build, please contact either Hank Merritt or Bob Heitman. You can also volunteer to provide lunch for our team on days that they build.

Please make your checks out to Habitat for Humanity Bucks and include LCR Faith Build on the memo line. There will be a box in the Narthex for these contributions beginning on April 7th.

Easter Plant Sponsorship

The Altar Guild invites us to sponsor Easter Plants that will be used as our altar display for Easter services. Hyacinths and Tulips are $9.00, and Lilies are $13.00. Please use the sign-up sheet found on the bulletin board leading to Fellowship Hall. Requests must be made by April 10th. Please designate “Easter Flowers” on your Offering Envelope. Your plant(s) can be taken home after Easter Services.
Sonshiners' April Update

Although the scheduled presentation for our March meeting, “Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt,” had to be cancelled due to a problem with Eleanor’s calendar, she was gracious enough to send her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, to substitute for her. Neill Hartley, an actor, director and Assistant Professor of Theater at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, presented a superb reenactment of the former President. It focused on the first year of FDR’s presidency and presented details of the “New Deal”, Roosevelt’s program to help pull the United States out of the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Preceded by our usual “Pot Luck Lunch,” twenty-seven people attended the event and were very impressed by Neill Hartley’s portrayal of FDR. Eleanor has promised to be with us for sure to present her program sometime next year. Watch for the date!

We had to cancel our March worship service at Pickering Manor due to illness and the unavailability of some of our volunteers. Our next service will be on Wednesday, April 17th at 10:30am. Please join us if you can. New volunteers are always needed! The service and visits take less than one hour of your time and are so appreciated by the residents. Pickering is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown. For more information about our Nursing Home visits, contact Betty Berner.

The next event for the Sonshiners will take place on Thursday, April 11th, when we will have an “Art Class for Seniors” preceded by a Pot Luck Lunch at 12 noon. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at painting, now is your chance! Mike Casey, LCR’s “Artist in Residence”, has agreed to instruct us on the basics and more! No talent required and art supplies will be provided. Come join the fun and discover what artistic ability you might have.  Sign up on the church bulletin board to let us know if you are coming or contact Susan Fiscarelli at (215)493-1168 or nfiscarelli@yahoo.com .

We also ask that you plan to join us for our event in May. Make your reservations now to see “The Christians,” at the Bristol Riverside Theater on Wednesday, May 15th. We will attend the matinee at 2:00pm. The cost of tickets is $33 per person. For those interested, we will have lunch at the King George Inn prior to the show. The cost of lunch is not included in ticket price. Payment and reservations for the show are due by April 21st. Further details and reservation forms can be found in the mail slots at church or you may contact Betty Berner at (215)750-3955 or bettyberner@comcast.net .

IFA April Donations

The Interfaith Food Alliance is collecting donations of cereal as its highlighted item for the month of April. We will gratefully accept all varieties, but happen to have an abundance of Cheerios at this point. Please leave your donations in the gray tubs in front of the church office. CLICK HERE if you would like to make a monetary donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by those in need!  

The next IFA meeting is being held at Kol Emet on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00pm. Please plan to join us!

 Wednesday Soup Supper & Lenten Service

Plan to attend our final Lenten Soup Supper and Worship Service on Wednesday, April 10th. The Soup Supper will begin at 6:00pm with The Vajda Hymn Service (a simple sung service) following at 7:00pm. Mike Reynolds will be speaking on Patience & Forbearance/ Called to Support . A s ign-up sheet can be found on the bulletin board for those who wish to help provide soup, salad or bread.

Good Friday Readings

All are welcome on Good Friday, April 19th, when LCR presents continuous readings of The Passion from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Join us at any time during those hours to hear the word of our Lord and support our readers. Find a time that works for you personally to come, sit and listen for awhile or if you would like to participate, we encourage you to sign up for a 15 minute reading slot. A sign-up sheet for readers can be found on the bulletin board going down to fellowship hall.
Children's Egg Hunt at LCR

Bring your baskets for some pre-Easter fun on Saturday, April 20th! Plan to join us at 2:30pm in Fellowship Hall where the fun will begin with crafts, followed by an exciting egg hunt and snacks. Please contact Elise Rothmund via email at ebrothmund@gmail.com with any questions. Friends are welcome!
Easter Sunday Brunch

We invite you to join us in Fellowship Hall for Easter Brunch from 9:30am to 11:00am on Sunday April 21st. A Sign-up Sheet can be found on the bulletin board leading to Fellowship Hall. Please sign-up to indicate your contribution and your willingness to help with set-up and clean-up. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Timo at (215)486-5977 or via email at wjoant@gmail.com

Shared Meal News

Since our Shared Meal in April falls on Easter Sunday, it is a wonderful opportunity to share God’s abundance with our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity!

Our meal will include ham (provided by our Missions budget) and macaroni & and cheese, veggies (no green beans please) other side dishes and desserts. Donations can be dropped off in the kitchen on Easter morning when you come to worship or in the afternoon. Set up will start at 2:30pm and the meal is served at 4:00pm. The sign-up sheet is located on the bulletin board leading to fellowship hall.

Please consider joining us to help set up, serve the meal, and/or provide hospitality to our guests by dining with us. 

Merciful Mondays

Did you know that Monday nights are “Support and Care” nights at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection? Each Monday, from 7:00 - 8:30pm in the Library, we discuss a different life topic in this private closed setting. We encourage you to invite a friend who may need to share their story. Upcoming topics include the following:

April 8th - Depression
April 15th - Addiction
April 22nd - Topic TBD
April 29th - Topic TBD

Don’t forget to visit our “Merciful Monday Support and Care” corner next to the mailboxes at church. There’s a lot of information for the taking. Please contact Barbara Merritt at (215)519-7499 with any questions or if you have a suggestion for a future topic.

DWSN April Event

Join us for our DWSN Spring Picnic at the Smith residence on Friday, April 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Set up will begin at 6:00pm and if it rains, the event will be held at LCR. For further details or to RSVP, please email lcrdwsn@verizon.net . We hope to see you there!

A Mother’s Mutterings… By Christie Paton

 Ah, Springtime…
It’s finally spring. It’s a beautiful, warm sunny Saturday today, with the temperature in the 70s.  Just when you think it will never warm up again, you get a day like today.  My daffodils started blooming this week, and my flowerbeds light up with their yellow petals.  That unmistakable fresh spring smell fills the air.  Neighbors are out working in their yards, cleaning up old leaves and getting ready for planting.  A warm breeze blows gently.  There’s a garter snake basking in the backyard amongst the dry leaves in the grass (that my darling son took a picture of to antagonize me with… wait a minute, that’s a different story.  Thank you very much, Daniel.)  Other plants are bravely breaking through the soil.  It’s a perfect day for a bike ride along the towpath to Yardley Ice House. Ah, spring.
But spring with kids always means something different too.  Winter activities are wrapping up and spring activities are kicking into gear.  Daniel is done with winter track and spring track is starting.  Soccer practices are more frequent and the games have begun on weekends.  Megan’s Odyssey of the Mind team is going to States next week. Softball practices for her are finally outdoors and soon, weekend tournaments will begin.  And then, we’ll be leaving at 5:30 on Saturday and spending all that day and the next outside on the softball fields.  I think I am going to need my weekdays going to work to recover from the weekend tournaments!
In a month or two though, when school is winding down and there are orchestra and choral concerts and all sorts of other random activities that get thrown into this mix, and of course we’ll still have sports on the docket, I’ll be frazzled out of my brain wondering how we are going to fit all these things in.
But for now, I’m going to enjoy the beginning of spring and watching my kids play the sports they love… and I can’t wait.