October 2018 | Volume 8 | Issue 10
Our Mission
Gathered by Christ. Growing in Faith. Sent to Serve. Empowered to Witness.
We are pleased to present the October 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 .
Pastor's Note
Dear Friends in Christ,

Fall has arrived and the reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves adorn the trees with splashes of color. The rich brown earth is exposed again as the flowers and grasses are wilting. Out in the countryside, the pale green yellowish brown of the mounded cut hay accentuates the flat plains of the denuded fields. What a glorious wardrobe nature has! God has embellished nature with color and textures our human clothes cannot begin to emulate.

During the month of August, the Human Resources Committee and I interviewed candidates for the position of Music Director. After one of the candidates appeared for his interview in surprisingly casual clothes, I began to reflect upon how we clothe ourselves, how we present ourselves. After all, appearance matters. 

When I lead worship, I wear a clergy shirt and nice slacks, a skirt or a suit. At the 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM, I also put on a white alb (robe), tied with a cincture (rope belt). These are symbols of my office of pastor. When you see me in this attire, you know that I am serious about leading worship.

On the other hand, when Tors and I go for a hike, take the dog out or work in the garden, I put on my jeans, an everyday shirt and comfortable shoes. 

How we dress says a lot about not only who we are but what we are up to.

In Colossians, we read these words about how we Christians are to dress, clothe, ourselves:
“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

While it is true that how we attire ourselves matters, what matters most is how we clothe ourselves with the virtues God values.

As you revel in nature’s changing wardrobe, and hunt around in your closet for the ‘right’ sweater to complement your shirt, remember the words from Colossians about how God would have us dress.
Pastor Kristina
Sunday, October 7th
8:00 AM 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 Service of Holy Communion
Sunday, October 14th
8:00 AM 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 Service of Holy Communion
Sunday, October 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, October 28th
10:00 AM Service of Holy Communion
Please CLICK HERE  to view LCR's October Events Calendar.

 Junior Choir Rehearsals have resumed on Sundays from 9:45am - 10:00am. If your child likes to sing, please consider him/her becoming a part of this choir under the leadership of our new Music Director, Geoffrey Shoffstall. We are always happy to welcome new kids! Please contact Geoffrey with any questions.
The LCR Men's Group has resumed and meets on Saturdays from 8:00am - 9:00am in the Conference/Ed. Room. They are studying the Life and Letters of Saint Paul using a DVD Course entitled "Thinking Through Paul" taught by Professors Bruce Longnecker and Tod Still (both from Baylor University's Theological Seminar). Each 30 minute DVD video lecture will be followed by informal discussion and fellowship. For further information contact Gabriel Patay.  
Please join LCR’s Missions Team members for our quarterly meeting on Wednesday, October 17th at 7:00pm. The team is comprised of a fun group of members who meet quarterly to plan LCR’s mission outreach both globally and locally. We hope you will join us!  
Hard copies of the monthly e-newsletter are available in LCR's narthex. They can be found on the table nearest the bulletin board.

Sonshiners' October Update
On September 13th the Sonshiners kicked off the Fall season with a “Back to School for Seniors” event that was preceded by our usual Pot Luck Lunch. A group of fifteen of us had a great time participating in a Spelling Bee, a Quiz for Old People and a Quiz for Bright People along with a very difficult Word Jumble of over 25 words dealing with Autumn. We really taxed our brains with the quizzes and the jumble, but did find that many in our group were good spellers. If anyone missed a word, they were given the buzzer and had to drop out. We had about five standing at the finish. All received token prizes of school supplies. It was lots of fun and some want to repeat it again next year!  As always, our fabulous Sonshiner cooks provided a delicious Pot Luck Meal preceding the activities.

Our monthly worship service at Pickering Manor Nursing Home was held on September 19th. Our faithful volunteers this month were Donna DiCesare, Kay McCorkle, Julie Scott, Bonnie Sheppard, Pianist Betty Berner and our fearless leader, Clyde Beury.  The residents are always so happy to see us and truly appreciate the message and hymns we bring to them. We welcome others to join us in this very rewarding ministry. Why not give it a try?  Our next service will be on Wednesday, October 17, at 10:30am. Pickering Manor is located at 228 North Lincoln Avenue in Newtown.  For more information please contact Betty Berner. 

Our next Sonshiners’ event, “Lunch and Legends of Ghosts,” will be at 11:00am on Thursday, October 11th, at the Continental Tavern in Yardley. We will have lunch there and also experience their presentation on the legends of ghosts and other secrets of this historic building which once was a way-station for the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Reservations must be made as soon as possible, so please sign up at the bulletin board at church or contact Susan Fiscarelli at (215) 493-1168 or via email at nfiscarelli@yahoo.com . The Continental is located at 2 North Main Street in Yardley. 
Merciful Mondays
 Join us for Merciful Mondays each Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, in the library. Our topic of discussion for October 8th will be “Grieving”. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact Barbara Merritt at woodwardba@yahoo.com . Future topics are as follows:
October 15th - Grieving
October 22nd - Caregiving
October 29th - No Meeting

Reformation Day Collection

 Looking for a way to honor a confirmand? Looking for a way to celebrate Reformation Sunday? Looking for a way to provide a little something extra to a neighbor who could use a little help this month? Your LCR Missions Team has the answer! We will be collecting FRESH OR FROZEN MEAT of all types on Sunday, October 28th. All meat collected that day will be delivered to local food pantries. While many collections are coordinated gathering canned and dry goods, and these items are greatly appreciated, there are few opportunities offered to donate fresh meat. Please bring your donation to church on Reformation Day, leaving it in the freezer or refrigerator in the kitchen and then join worship as we celebrate with those affirming their baptisms and the continual reformation of the church! 

Justice at the Table (formerly the synod hunger team) will be hosting  Hunger 101 , an interactive simulation event which gives participants the opportunity to experience, first hand, what food insecure people have to go through to feed their families. The event will be held on Sunday, October 7th, from 1:30pm - 3:30pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, located at 100 N. Main Street in North Wales. Please join us for a time of learning and fellowship.
October Shared Meal

Our October Shared Meal with our neighbors will take place on Sunday, October 21st with set-up at 2:30pm and the meal at 4:00pm. The theme will be Italian Night at LCR! All are welcome, so please plan to share dinner and hospitality with us. A sign up sheet is located on the ramp leading to fellowship hall. Thank you for opening your hearts and kitchens to our neighbors!  If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Diane Casey at dcasey16@comcast.net .
Support the Interfaith Food Alliance

Please consider buying a shopping pass for $5.00 to support the IFA which can be used at Boscov’s on Tuesday, October 16th from 8:00am to 11:00pm. Your pass will give you 25% off your total purchase. If you don’t shop at Boscov’s, please consider purchasing one as 100% of your $5.00 donation will go to help parents in our community feed their children. Contact Diane Casey, Berni Beury or Eileen Heitman to purchase your pass.  

While The Interfaith Food Alliance appreciates any and all donations, the highlighted items for October are Coffee, Tea Bags, Hot Chocolate! Please leave your donation in the bin outside of the church office. Thanks! 

DWSN Update

First and foremost a very big THANK YOU to all who donated items and joined us last month to assemble breakfast blessing bags and make cards for those experiencing homelessness. There were at over 90 bags made that will be distributed. Your generosity and efforts are greatly appreciated.

Bring a friend and plan to join us for our Annual Halloween Dance Party on Friday, October 26th! Dress in your best costume and come enjoy some music, dancing, refreshments, fun and fellowship at LCR from 7:00pm - 8:30pm. The cost is $5 per person. Please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible by calling (215) 493-2018 or email  lcrdwsn@verizon.net if you will be joining us. This makes planning for refreshments so much easier on us. Thank you.
  A Mother’s Mutterings… By Christie Paton

Be Like Megan 
Sometimes I am just reminded that I should try to be more like Megan.  Perhaps not everything that Megan does is something to strive for… but in the end, she’s a good egg.

It was September 16th, and Pastor Kristina appropriately incorporated 9/11 into her sermon. Initially I thought, oh boy, I don’t want to remember all the tragedy of that day – I am not going to like this sermon. Well, it turned out to be one of my favorite sermons so far, because there was a takeaway.  I hope I paraphrase correctly.  (Darn, why didn’t I write this right away, instead of waiting two weeks?  I have forgotten some of the good wording she used.  {sigh} Hopefully, I have the gist.)

So Pastor Kristina talked about the heroes of that day, the firemen and others who went back into burning buildings to save others, the people who bravely made sure that Flight 93 never made it where it was intended.  Those people were really acting in a Christian manner.  But, she said, those are extraordinary acts for extraordinary humans.  We all don’t have to – or don’t even have the opportunity to – do something as heroic as that; but there are ways that we can help others and show our Christian nature, even if it just seems like something small.  For instance, we can help with Shared Meals, which was happening later that day.  (At this point, I thought, oh shoot, it’s shared meals again already?  I missed it again. {sigh})  We can bring a meal to someone who needs one, or provide a ride.  We can even just listen when someone needs to talk.

So that was the sermon in a nutshell.  Back to Megan.  Like I said, she is not perfect.  But...

  • despite the fact that she stole my boots and wore them to church that day, and…
  • despite the fact that she called Daniel a loser when he passed by her as he was called up to the front of the church, and…
  • despite the fact that she said “mmmmmmm” after communion, and…
  • despite the fact that she also took the communion cup back to the pew, and…
  • despite the fact that she passed me a note in church, and… subsequently folded it into a fortune teller…

…well, I still say, that I need to be more like Megan.  Maybe not like those particular examples.  But…

Because… (and I don’t know if she came up with this on her own, or if she was listening to the sermon and something triggered in her brain…)

… on that note she passed me was written: “Can I help at the Shared Meal today?” It’s just something she loves to do and the ladies always appreciate her help, so I was certainly happy to say, “Of course!”

And that was just another reminder that day of how I should aspire to be like Megan.

LCR Book Club

For the month of October, LCR’s Book Club will be reading "Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved" by Kate Bowler and will meet on Sunday, October 26th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Liz Young’s home. Please contact Trish Davis with any questions.