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Cheryl Varga

I have been a member at LCR for over 20 years. I am currently privileged to serve as a Deacon and sing with our praise band Arise. It was starting up the former Saturday evening contemporary service, where I grew to enjoy praise music. It is now at our traditional service with praise music at 9:30am that I am able to lead worship as an assisting minister and Arise member.
Over the past years I have served as a confirmation teacher as well as a Sunday school teacher to the high school class. However the one committee that I was asked to lead was a Prayer ministry. Pastor Foy wanted a team to pray for our LCR members, where they could come, pray with someone quietly and in private. I am proud to say that this prayer ministry has come into it’s own within our services, where on Sunday mornings, there are open requests for prayer concerns for family, friends, people around the world and in our own back yard, as well as celebrations.
I attended the 2 year Diakonia program sponsored by our Synod .In 2007 I graduated and was installed as a Deacon at LCR . I currently sit on the Diakonia Steering committee.
I enjoy gardening, and cooking with my husband Ed. We have two daughters Sarah and Kate.

Barbara Merritt

I have been a member at LCR for 9 years. I am privileged to serve as a Deacon. I enjoy serving as an Assisting Minister and at times as a Communion Assistant at the 11:00 service.
Over the past years I have served as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School Leader for Pre-K.

I attended the 2 year Diakonia program sponsored by our Synod and graduated June 9th 2012 and was installed as a Deacon at LCR.

God led me in the ministry of Faith Accompaniment and Spiritual Guidance and then a spin off of that ministry: Merciful Mondays.

I volunteer for an organization called Advocates For Homeless and Those in Need, AHTN. I especially enjoy Rejuvenation Station on Wednesdays. I volunteer as a driver attendant riding the AHTN bus and picking up those in need and having them enjoy a shower and a light meal. I volunteer for Code Blue and shared meals.

I enjoy my mornings reading scripture before I start my day.
I have a passion for the Old Testament.

I have two daughters Dawn and Sharon and one son Woody, as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Clyde Buery

Clydeis a married father of two adult children. After retiring from his nearly 35 year long career as a counselor for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation serving the mentally ill and substance abuse population in Philadelphia County, he became a congregational Deacon at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Yardley. Clyde also is a volunteer with the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging doings programs with seniors citizens regarding their prescription medication; and with Silver Lake Nature Center as a trail and lake maintenance crew. Clyde works part-time as a private contractor with Saint Mary Medical Center as a trainer for the Chronic Disease Self Management Program out of Stanford University.

Clyde first became involved with Advocate for the Homeless and Those in Need over two years ago and then moved into the program that eventually became The Way Home. The past two years have been spent developing a relationship with the residents of Tent City and facilitated the relocation of those residentswhen that became necessary.

With a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from East Stroudsburg University and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, Clyde has a wealth of experience working with diverse populations, and understanding the special problems of reintegrating those people into society.


Mike Reynolds

Deacon Michael J. Reynolds currently serves LCR as Treasurer of the congregation. As such, he manages, authorizes and executes all of the expenditure documents of the congregation. Along with his Assistant Treasurer, Ms. Ronnie Gropper, he is responsible for all payroll issues of the employees and contracted service suppliers to LCR, maintaining the financial records of the church and filing all of the various documents required by the Federal Government and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As an executive member of the Congregational Council he is LCR Financial Committee liaison to the Council.

Deacon Mike sings in the adult choir, has taught youth Sunday School and Confirmation classes, and is currently facilitating the Men’s Saturday Bible Study Group. Additionally he has facilitated contemporary adult biblical study courses in conjunct with the pastor and other lay leaders.

He is a charter member of the formation of Family Promise of Bucks County, an agency of community churches, synagogues and mosques that work together to reposition unemployed and homeless families, by providing shelter, transportation to daily activities, counseling and guidance to regain employment and housing for the displaced families. The special mission of Family Promise is to maintain the integrity of the families -- keeping them together as their family unit while being supported and aided in getting “back on their feet”.

Captain Michael J. Reynolds, now a retired officer of the United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine, served for 15 years as a licensed vessel captain and a certified instructor of the initial qualification regimen for the USCGMM captain’s license.

Deacon Mike is a graduate chemical engineer, with a BS in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He is recognized by the American Society of Quality Engineers as a certified Quality Engineer. Mike is semi-retired from active sales management work; currently working part-time for a specialty chemicals distributor in Trenton NJ.

Mike and wife Barbara have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.