June 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 6

Our Mission
Gathered by Christ. Growing in Faith. Sent to Serve.

We are pleased to present the first edition of our monthly e-newsletter in its new, mobile-device friendly format. As always, we hope this publication is an informative supplement to the information found on our website. Submissions can be sent to office@lcr-yardley.org .
Spring Congregational Meeting
Please plan to attend our Spring Congregational Meeting this Sunday, June 10th, immediately following the single worship service at 10:00am. 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, approving an update to the Endowment Fund, receive an Update on our Outreach Planning, and hear a summary of the Synod Assembly.
The Revised Endowment Fund and current Memorial Fund documents will be available in the narthex. Please take the opportunity to read the revisions suggested by Council so that you can be prepared for our June 10th 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. We hope to see you there.

Pastor's Note
Dear Friends in Christ,
W e have so much for which to be thankful here at Resurrection! At the end of the month, five Resurrection seniors will graduate from high school.
Tim Ehrenfeld will be going to the University of Delaware in the fall. He and Chase Lawrence will be roommates.  Tim became an Eagle Scout this year, was Prom Committee Chair and ran the sound system for the Stage Crew.
Chase Lawrence will attend the University and room with Tim Ehrenfeld! He will major in biomedical engineering major.  Chase earned his Eagle Scout Award this year adding plank walkways and trail medallions in 5 Mile Woods.
Nathan Fitchett will be attending University of Pittsburgh in the fall, undecided on a major at this time. Nathan earned the Boy Scout Eagle rank and last summer he climbed to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park!
Rachel Estey is headed to Lehigh University to study engineering. Rachel has earned her 2nd degree black belt and ran cross country and track all four years of high school. She also sings in the adult choir at Resurrection.
Jonathan Papp is graduating from Pennsbury, where he was on the golf and baseball team. Next year he will be going to Cabrini University for Business and a minor in Sports Management. He will also be playing On their golf team as well.

We look forward to hearing about Kelly Vajda's plans as well. Congratulations to all!

We praise God for Resurrection’s eight new members who will be received on Sunday, June 10th. May we all grow in faith and may our witness to God and our service in Christ’s name bring joy to all!
Pete and Carol Hamma  both grew up in New Jersey and lived there until they retired. Then they built a house in Central PA and lived there until four years ago. Now they live in Morrisville and are happy to visit with friends and family. They especially like to celebrate all family birthdays.  They have been worshiping at Resurrection for quite some time and are happy to become official members.

George Roehr and Haddi Bergstrom   George and Haddi are originally from the mid-west and both have family living in Kansas, Iowa, and Minnesota. George’s work as a mechanical engineer brought them to Yardley in June 2010 and Haddi decided to continue her education at Villanova University where she entered the Master of History program in 2011. Since then she has earned a second Master of Arts degree in Theology and is now an instructor of Theology at Villanova. George continues his engineering work as a ‘Design Engineer’ at RBC Bearing in West Trenton, NJ.   Haddi comes from a rich ELCA Lutheran tradition as the fourth of five children of an ELCA Lutheran pastor. Her sister, Hannah, was ordained as an ELCA pastor in January 2015 and is currently serving in Minnesota. George was raised in the Wesleyan church but was baptized into the Lutheran church in 2007.
Patricia Rowe and children Elliott, Quentin and Jacob - Trish and husband Matthew grew up in southern New Jersey and have lived in Yardley for the past 15 years. Their three boys love baseball, Star Wars, and music and have been active in LCR’s Faith Alive Sunday School Program. Elliott received his First Holy Communion this past Maundy Thursday. They have two Siamese cats and are excited to be part of LCR.
Welcome Everyone! And, blessings to all as we are “Gathered by Christ, Growing in Faith, Sent to serve.

Pastor Kristina

Sunday, June 3rd
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, June 10th
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion with Children & Youth Leadership
11:00 AM Spring Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 17th
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion - One blended service during summer months

Sunday, June 24th
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion - One blended service during summer months

Sunday, July 1st
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion - One blended service during summer months
Please CLICK HERE  to view LCR's June Event Calendar.
Invite a friend and join us on Mondays from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, in the LCR library. To learn more about Merciful Mondays, please contact Barbara Merritt at woodwardba@yahoo.com.

Upcoming topics include:
June 11th - Open Discussion
June 18th - No Merciful Monday 
June 25th - No Merciful Monday
July 2nd - Pain (Emotional/physical)
July 9th - Care-Giving
July 16th - Care-Giving
Come and study the Scripture with Pastor Kristina on Sundays, July 1st through August 19th from 8:30am - 9:30am and find out! For more information, or if you’d like to join, please see Pastor Kristina or contact the church office at (215) 493-2018 or via email at office@lcr-yardley.org .
Be sure to mark your calendar for LCR's annual Yard Sale being held on July 27th and 28th. If you have questions or would like to help, contact Kathy Heuer at k.heuer@verizon.net

Interfaith Food Alliance News
The Interfaith Food Alliance is selling tickets to the Trenton Thunder game at 7:00pm on Saturday, June 30th. Come out for a fun evening at the ballpark while supporting this important organization. In addition to ticket sales, the 50/50 that night will benefit the IFA! Fireworks following the game will cap off the evening! The cost is $10 per person. An informational flyer is posted on the bulletin board with details.

This month, the Interfaith Food Alliance is seeking donations of packaged sugar for their food pantry. Donations of white, brown or confectioners sugar can be left in the bins located outside of LCR's Administrative Office. You may CLICK HERE to make monetary donations. We thank you for your kind and generous hearts!
2018 Vacation Bible School

Together, with Bear Creek Camp, LCR will offer a full day VBS from 9:00am - 3:00pm (half day 9:00am - 11:45am for preschool children), during the week of June 25th - June 29th. Before and after care will also be available.  Registration forms with further details are available in the Narthex and and on our website. Please consider being a VBS volunteer - a signup sheet is on the board.

Sonshiners' June Update
Fifteen people joined us on May 10th for an amazing experience as we toured the magnificent Hindu Temple (Shri Swaminarayan Mandir) located in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The splendor of this beautiful place is indescribable. We were continually in awe as the tour guide showed us through the building with its exquisite Indian art and architecture. It was a very educational and inspiring day as we learned about Hinduism and were able to witness some of their ancient rituals. After our visit to the Temple we enjoyed a delicious lunch together at Lola’s Italian Restaurant in Robbinsville. We thank all the people who drove in the carpools and, most especially, our “facilitator” Susan Fiscarelli for arranging this wonderful day.
We held our monthly worship service at Pickering Manor Nursing Home on May 16th. Volunteers this month were Donna DiCesare, Ted Ebersole, Kay McCorkle, Julie Scott, Bonnie Sheppard, pianist Betty Berner and, of course, Clyde Beury, our faithful worship leader. Our thanks to all the volunteers who come every month to help with this ministry which is always so appreciated by the residents of Pickering. We welcome others to join us just one hour a month for this very rewarding ministry. Our next service will be on Wednesday, June 20th, at 10:30am. Pickering Manor is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown.
The next event for the Sonshiners will be a tour of the Burlington County Prison Museum in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, on Thursday, June 14th. This museum is a National Historic Landmark which operated as a prison for 54 years (1811-1966) and was the oldest continually used prison in the USA. It is even rumored to be haunted! We will meet at church at 10:00am to carpool. The tur begins at 11:00am and costs $2 per person.   After the tour we will have lunch at the Robin’s Nest Restaurant in Mt. Holly. If you would like to join us, please sign up at the bulletin board at church by June 10th or contact Susan Fiscarelli at (215) 493-1168 or via email at nfiscarelli@yahoo.com . Please let us know if you can drive or need a ride.

The Disciples’ With Special Needs (DWSN) will try once again to have their picnic at Dave and Cheryl Smith’s house on Friday, June 15th, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. The cost is $5.00. Their address is 2330 Lakeview Drive in Yardley. If there is heavy rain, the picnic will be held indoors at LCR instead.  Please let us know if you will be joining us so we can plan for food by calling (215) 493-2018 or by email at lcrdwsn@verizon.net by this Friday, June 8th. Thank You.
The vegetable garden is now producing!  With the arrival of this abundance, all of which is donated to local food pantries, comes an opportunity for you to join our team!  If you can donate one hour per week (or more) in weeding, watering, picking, and delivering produce, please contact Mike Casey about a schedule and keys to the gate at  dcasey16@comcast.net  or call (215) 860-7859.

LCR youth are raising money to help with the cost of youth events. If you need help with some chores at home such as mowing, raking, trimming bushes, garage clean-out, painting, etc., LCR youth can help! They will work for a free-will offering. Please sign up on the bulletin board on the ramp and let Pastor Kristina know you need help. If you have any questions, please contact the office at  office@lcr-yardley.org  or call (215) 493-2018.
Special thanks to those who donated for your generous response to the request for toiletries last month. The Missions Team was able to pack 50 gift bags which were delivered to Libertae in time for Mother’s Day.
CJ Prendergast, grandson of Barbara Merritt, wanted to do a school project involving the homeless. He collected food items for donation to LCR to help feed the homeless and those in need. Congratulations, CJ, on a job well
June Shared Meal

On Sunday, June17th, we will be hosting a Shared Meal for those in our community who are hungry for not only food, but also fellowship. Set up begins at 2:30pm with the meal being served at 4:00pm. Our menu will include chicken, sides, salad, rolls and dessert. Please consider providing a dish and/or joining us for dinner. A sign-up sheet is located on the ramp leading to fellowship hall. All are invited!

LCR Book Club Date Change
The book club meeting for June is being moved to July 1st from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm, at the home of Trish Davis (1161 Lily Pond Lane in Yardley). We will be discussing Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Please RSVP by email at jollydavis@verizon.net or phone (215) 321-8511.

A Mother's Mutterings by Christie Paton

“Be careful what you ask for.”  It’s a phrase I say a lot.  Sometimes I even remember it.  And today, I have a story for it.

How often have I complained that, while I love Megan to pieces, and find her enthusiasm so contagious, and boasted that she’s just so happy she makes me happy…she is a LOUSY cleaner-upper!!!  Well, a couple weeks ago, I’d had it.  “GO CLEAN YOUR MESSY ROOM!” I roared.  And she did.

Days later, I went to empty the overflowing trash can in the kids bathroom.  I lifted out the plastic liner bag and it was dripping something gross. “Jim!” I called.  He came in to survey the situation.  I said, “I bet I find some rotting strawberries in here that is causing this reddish, foul-smelling liquid.”  Well, I was spot on.  But that was not the only thing.  Apparently, on Megan’s “cleaning” rampage, she just tossed a whole bunch of stuff out without even looking at what she was doing.  We also found:

2 half-filled water bottles
3 granola bars
a bag of Chips Deluxe cookies
a bag of Cheez-its
an unopened carton of chocolate milk
what used to be a banana (ugh!)
and, a $5 bill!

Jim was beside himself: “She threw out five dollars?!”  My first (possibly wicked and certainly retaliatory) thought after being furious was, “Well, surely I have fodder for A Mother’s Mutterings this month!!”

On the other side of the coin, I did NOT ask for my children to grow up.  If fact, there were times when I begged Daniel from a young age not to grow any older.  He replied logically, “Mommy, I can’t help it.”  Now that 14-year old boy is many inches taller than I, it’s “Mom” no longer “Mommy”, and he acts like, well, the teenager he is.  Even a good adult friend, when Daniel answered a question in a monosyllabic monotone, said, “Teenagers!”  And Daniel is a good, polite kid (I’m told).

I was recently looking through old pictures to submit one of Megan for a baby montage for her 5 th grade end-of-year celebration.  (Don’t even get me started on both my kids graduating their respective schools this year!  That’s for next month most likely!)  Anyway, so I was looking through old photos.  Megan joined me this morning and it was still fun because she is still young enough to really get a kick out of old adorable, silly pictures and videos. I know from experience that Daniel would be like - and most likely in a monotone - “That’s not even really that funny,” if we showed them to him.

And there were a few minutes reminiscing about my little bright and inquisitive baby boy… where I ponder those crazy outfits Daniel used to put together, and the blackmail pictures of him wearing my heels, or giving his (then brand-new) teddy bear a big hug, and so many others… and I wonder where that fun-loving innocence and silliness went… and I spend a moment of mourning for the loss of it.  And not only where it went, but when it went.  And, more big picture, why do we have to lose it at all?
And I think again as I have many times in the past, as Daniel has come into his own person and I realize that Megan soon will be becoming more independent as well, that I am so glad that I spent the time with my kids watching them grow up, and I was there and experienced all those memories… (and let’s face it, took all those pictures for days like this!) 

I don’t regret a minute.

Oh, and to my knowledge, Daniel has not thrown out any cash.

Celebrate the Ministry of Bishop Claire Burkat

In honor of Bishop Claire's 12 years of service and her 40 years of ordained ministry, the Synod Council is planning two - yes, two - events to celebrate her gifts and her contributions to our synod.
On Saturday, July 7th, there will be a FREE all-you-can-eat BBQ and Day of Fun from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the United Lutheran Seminary campus, located at 7301 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. There will be activities for children and the young at heart.Please call (267) 323-3737 to RSVP.
On Sunday, July 8th, a Retirement Gala will be held from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Tickets are $115 per person. Please use the following link for reservations https://book.passkey.com/go/SynodBishopGala

(215) 493-2018