December 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 12
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Gathered by Christ. Growing in Faith. Sent to Serve. Empowered to Witness.
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Pastor's Note

 Dear Friends in Christ,

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Advent is rich with sights, sounds, and tastes. For me, the season comes alive with the scent of the Christmas trees, the familiar carols on the radio, the sweet taste of chocolate marzipan logs.
What about you?
When it is difficult for you to find peace in this distracted, busy time of year, tangible reminders like those can help us live more in the “now.” Too often, staying on top of our to-do list drives our days leading up to Christmas. It is easy to lose sight of God’s presence in the present.
As I was reading a devotion I receive in my emails, I was reminded of an Advent hymn we do not often sing, but perhaps should include next year.  It is called “Unexpected and Mysterious,” by Jeannette M. Lindholm. Here is verse three:
“We are called to ponder myst’ry and await the coming Christ,
to embody God’s compassion for each fragile human life.
God is with us in our longing to bring healing to the earth,
while we watch with joy and wonder for the promised Savior’s birth.”
This December, strive to notice God’s mysterious presence. Use your senses as your anchors this season to help keep you grounded in the present. What do you see, hear, taste, smell, touch that makes Christ known to you? What memories do these senses awaken for you that connect you to Christ? Where do you sense the coming Christ child in your life right now?
As you ponder the mystery and await the birth of Christ, may you notice God’s presence at work in, around, and through the world. May your senses feast richly on the many blessings of the season. And may God open your heart to receive God’s great gift, Christ Jesus.
Pastor Kristina
Sunday, December 2nd
8:00 AM Morning Glory - Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
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, December 5th
7:00 PM Advent Vespers
Sunday, December 9th
8:00 AM Morning Glory - Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
11:00 AM Classic Grace - Service of Holy Communion
FAITH ALIVE! Children will attend
11:00 AM service - Christmas Program Rehearsal following service

Wednesday, December 12th
7:00 PM Advent Vespers
Sunday, December 16th
8:00 AM Morning Glory - Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
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
Sunday, December 23rd
8:00 AM Morning Glory - Service of Holy Communion
9:30 AM Contemporary Worship Service
with Children's Christmas Program
11:00 AM Classic Grace - Service of Holy Communion

Monday, December 24th
7:00 PM Christmas Eve Family Worship
9:30 PM Candlelight Service Prelude
10:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 30th
10:00 AM Christmas Carol Hymn SIng with Service of Holy Communion
Please CLICK HERE  to view LCR's December Events Calendar.
Please join us as we meet each Tuesday from 7:00pm - 8:15pm on December 4th, 11th, 18th in the Resurrection Library. Meetings will resume in 2019 on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00pm.
Arise will rehearse on Saturdays at 10am on December 8th, 15th and 22nd. We will start rehearsing a Christmas song or two on the 8th and 15th in addition to rehearsing for Sunday services. We encourage you to join the LCR Singers and Share your Voice!
Hard copies of the monthly e-newsletter are available in LCR's narthex. They can be found on the table nearest the bulletin board.
The Altar Guild invites you to sponsor beautiful poinsettias that will be used as the altar display for Christmas Eve services. The poinsettias will be in 6 1/2” pots and the price is $9.50 (a $1 increase over last year). Please request your plants by December 12th (sign-up on the board) - designate “Poinsettia” on your offering envelope and place in the collection plate. Feel free to take your plant home during the week of December 25th. Office hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am - 2:00pm or after Sunday worship on December 30th.  
 Join us for Merciful Mondays each Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, in the library.  Upcoming topics include the following:

December 10th - Stress and Anxiety
December 17th - Blue Christmas
December 24th - No Merciful Monday 
December 31st - No Merciful Monday
January 7th - Open Discussion
January 14th – Pain
January 21st – Pain
January 28th – Addictions

If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact Barbara Merritt at .
Welcome to LCR!

Please join us in welcoming Barbara Norcross, Lisa Capaldi, Julia Capaldi, Gabriella Capaldi, Barbara Lovina, Neil Lovina, Lori Peters, Tayshaun Peters, and Donna Kimball (not pictured) who were received this past Sunday, December 2nd as new members at LCR. Plan to attend a special reception after the 11:00am service on Sunday, December 16th and help us welcome these returning, new members. We will also be welcoming Diane Woodruff and Mario Rothmund (being received on 12/9) and Myndal Austin (being received on 12/16) and Dean Austin (3rd grader - being baptized on 12/16).
IFA December Donations
While The Interfaith Food Alliance appreciates any and all donations, the highlighted items for December are toilet paper, tissues and/or paper towels Please leave your donations in the bin outside of the church office.  Monetary donations can also be made by clicking the link below. Your generosity is greatly appreciated by those in need!

Christmas Caroling & Cookies
Please join the Jr. Choir kids for Christmas caroling around the neighborhood on Friday, December 21st at 7:00pm - all ages can join! Also, please consider signing-up for cookies and hot chocolate for everyone after the caroling. See the sign-up sheets on the board. Questions? - please contact Jens Rosmus at or (267) 797-4351.

Creativity Workshop
The next Creativity Workshop will be held on Thursday, December 20th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the Library and Conference/Education Room. Let your creativity and spirituality flow! For more information, please contact Rev. Katherine Cartwright Knodel at (267) 833-3994.

Sonshiners' December Update

 Twelve people joined us on November 8th for a fascinating tour of the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum in Horsham, PA. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and spent a great deal of time with us as we viewed this remarkable assortment of military artifacts and memorabilia.  There were many historic exhibits spanning eras of aviation from World War I through Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that were housed indoors. Outdoors we were able to view some of the actual planes that were used throughout these eras. It was a very interesting trip to this little known “gem” of aviation history.  Following the museum tour we all enjoyed a very filling and delicious lunch at Lancers Diner on Easton Road in Horsham. Many thanks to Mary Hammer for arranging this wonderful day for us.
Volunteers at our Pickering Manor Worship Service in November were Donna DeCesare, Ted Ebersole, Betty Berner and our worship leader, Clyde Beury. Although our group was small this month, we still brought much joy to the residents as we sang special hymns for Thanksgiving with them along with Clyde’s presentation of his inspirational message to them. As always, we welcome others to join us for this ministry. Our next service will be on Wednesday, December 19, at 10:30 AM. Pickering Manor is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown. Why not give it a try? For more information, please contact Betty Berner.
Thirty-Eight people made reservations to come to our Annual Christmas Luncheon held this afternoon, December 6th at the Yardley Inn.  It was a great day of delicious food and good fellowship! Our thanks to Berni Beury for arranging this event.
December Shared Meal

November's Shared Meal was a huge success...our guests loved Taco Night! Thank you to all who helped by providing food and/or hospitality! December's meal will take place on Sunday, December 16th, with set-up at 2:30 pm and the meal served at 4:00 pm. Menu will include Ham (provided by LCR), Side Dishes, Rolls and Dessert. Please consider helping by providing a dish or joining us for dinner. Sign up sheet is located on the bulletin board. All are invited!  If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Diane Casey at .

AHTN Volunteer Meetings

 AHTN volunteer opportunities include Code Blue, Those in Need and Wheels to Meals. Please visit their website at for more information on how you share your gifts as a volunteer. Their next volunteer orientation meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00pm at Saint Ignatius Church, Old Rectory/Antioch Center 2nd Floor, 999 Reading Avenue in Yardley. To register visit . Looking ahead, if you are unable to make the December meeting, plan to attend the January meeting being held on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:00pm at Morrisville United Methodist Church, 501 W. Maple Avenue in Morrisville.
DWSN December Event
Please join us from 7:00pm – 8:30pm on Friday, December 14 th for a service of lessons and carols from our Disciples. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served in fellowship hall after the service. There is no charge for this event, but we ask that if you are able, to bring either a pair of warm socks, hand or feet warmers for donation to those experiencing homelessness. Please call (215) 493-2018 or email if you will be joining us. Bring your family and friends as all are welcome!
DWSN 2019 Event Schedule
Be sure to add the following dates for our Disciples with Special Needs events throughout 2019. All information such as times and places will be on the monthly flyer.

Friday, January 18, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
Friday, June 21, 2019
Friday, July 19, 2019
Friday, August 16, 2019          
Friday, September 20, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
Missions Update
Thanksgiving Offering

The 2018 Thanksgiving Offering recipient is Lutheran Disaster Response. Our collected offerings will be used to help those affected by wildfires in California, both immediate needs such as food and other necessities and long term needs such as rebuilding structures, emotional and spiritual support. Let us remember those in California who are suffering such great loss at this time and consider a gift that expresses our thankfulness to be able to help. The Missions Team greatly appreciates your support and generosity! 
Missions Giving Tree
The Giving Tree went up on Sunday, November 25th. The tree includes members from the Family Backpack Center and gentleman from The Way Home. If you select a tag with a name on it please sign your name on the sheet provided as instructions will be up on the tree. If you have any questions, please see anyone on the Missions team. We do ask that you have all wrapped gifts with the tag attached back to the church no later than Sunday, December 9th to ensure delivery in time to all. On behalf of the Missions Team, the Family Backpack Center and The Way Home - Thank You!

A Mother’s Mutterings… By Christie Paton

Daddy’s Little Girl
Last month, I wrote about mother and daughter relationships. Now, I am going to address father and daughter relationships… or at least one of them. Megan is the apple of Jim’s eye. He adores her no end, and while she drives him nuts, he can never stay mad at her. No matter how many socks she leaves on the floor, and how many other messes she never cleans up, and how she avoids cleaning her room (or heck, anything) by practicing piano, well, he still can’t stay mad at her. And he is always entertained by her antics.
The two of them just took a walk this evening and Jim said that Megan didn’t stop talking the whole time. He was so amused by her stories of school and she made it so easy because there were never any awkward silences. 
Megan, on the other hand, is relentless when she antagonizes Jim. (I know this sounds a lot like the daughter/mother relationships, but Jim says she treats him 100 times worse.)  She picks on him incessantly and is always trying to get his goat. For instance, she pretends she’s asleep when he comes to tuck her in, then yells, “Boo!” to try to scare him. She recently told him he was old and should join an over-65 group and that his hands are too big. But I know that secretly, Megan adores Jim. I mean, it’s not a secret to me, because she’s told me, but she’s also told me that she will never admit that to him – “Shhhh, don’t tell Daddy!” And THAT is the daughter/father relationship!
I have repeatedly said that never ever will I complain that Jim does not spend time with the kids. He is always driving them to soccer or softball games or practices. He plays hockey in the backyard with Megan. He and Daniel bike to Macclesfield to practice soccer. There will always be time to do other things (like house projects and yardwork) but there is only right now to spend with them at THIS moment. That is one of the things that’s so special about Jim.
And SO...

A little background – here’s a little known fact about Jim: he can moonwalk. Yes, fade-into-the-background, earth-tones, never-wants-to-call-attention-to-himself Jim is also a child of the 80s. Imagine his delight when Megan said to him the other day, “Daddy, do the moonwalk! And can you show me how to do that?”
It made his day.