April 4, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:
Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of opportunities for our congregation to put our faith into action. We have received an offering and collected food for Blessings in a Back Pack. A group of five traveled to Daytona Beach, Florida and finished a roof and other work on two homes to enable the homeowners to live without fear of further destruction to their residences. Last week over 50 people attended a showing of a documentary about the life of African Americans in Frederick County. Another group joined multi faith partners in planting 500 trees. We also received the One Great Hour of Sharing offering which will provide support for victims of disasters in the USA and around the world.

This Sunday you can plant trees (see link below) and also hear a panel present experiences, legal issues, and spiritual perspectives of children who flee Central America on their own to escape violence. This event is at 4 p.m. in our Community Room. Presenters will include immigrant youth and staff and volunteer attorneys of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services.

These are just some of the ways that we have had impact in the community and beyond over the last few weeks along with the hospitality members have shared with other groups coming in to utilize our facilities.

We need to feed and nurture our lives in order to have the energy to be involved in these projects and programs of impact.  We need to fill up with prayer, study, worship and fellowship with the community so that we continue to find hope and vision in what we are doing. 

Throughout the season of Lent we have explored the many ways in which God is with us on our journeys and how we are welcomed home after we have traveled away from God, gotten lost, and then found a welcome when we have returned home to God. We are making our way to the cross, journeying with Jesus as he teaches, preaches, heals and shows us the way to new life.

Holy week, which begins on Palm Sunday, April 14, brings all of this together as we journey with Jesus through the shouts of the crowd welcoming him to Jerusalem and as those shouts of praise turn to derision. We journey to the upper room where Jesus shares his last meal with the disciples. We journey to Jesus’ death on the cross as we ponder its meaning for us today. Each service during Holy Wee is a little bit different. Each of the services provides a layering of the journey of Jesus to the cross but also ways for us to consider the intersections between Jesus’ journey and our own.
           
I invite you to make the time for these worship experiences that challenge us as well as feed us with the grace and mercy of God so that we can continue to be engaged in bringing impact to our community.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762 e-mail: bkdaniel@erucc.org

Food for Thought 
A Prayer by Marcia McFee
Walker of our journeys, in the midst of our harried lives, you call us to lay aside all that entangles us, to follow you into service to others. You invite us to step into the waters of life and hope, reaching out to draw others to our side so, that together, we might enter your kingdom of laughter and joy.                                   
Sunday Worship
Fifth Sunday in Lent – The Free Way (Thoroughfare)
Paul stresses the Christian life as a matter of living God’s promised future in Philippians 3: 4b-14, of leaving something behind so that a life far better might be fully embraced. In the Gospel Lesson, John 12: 1-8, Jesus is anointed, as if for burial, by a woman who loves him. Thus we are given a preview of the events that are to await him in the coming week.                            

New paths are possible through freedom in Christ. And these ways are made plain before us if we have eyes to see. Yes, we will strain against adversity–such is life. But new life is always possible. New horizons are ours through relationship with God and with each other. We will offer symbols of our efforts this day in the form of rocks (which can be both stumbling blocks and stepping stones along the way) and affirm that God, our rock and our redeemer is with us every step. 

We will sharing communion by the method of intinction. Spirit will be singing.                                                                                                                                  

Bring the rock or stone you received at the beginning of the Lenten season to worship with you this Sunday.  
Adult Education
 
Let’s Study the Bible                       9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  
Meets in the Liz Coffey Room, basement of the main sanctuary building
In this class, we will seek to draw out the major themes found in the Lectionary scripture texts on which the sermon will be based. Exploring the lectionary Scriptural texts before the Sunday morning worship (10:30 a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship.  Facilitated by Esther Ziegler

Let’s Talk               9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room
  Welcome to the United Church of Christ
This month we will explore how the UCC thinks, proclaims, works, equips, and engages each part of the denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. 
April 7              The Local Church: Membership, Organization,
Freedoms, and Responsibilities  
Photos for Directory This Sunday, April 7                             
Community Room, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
At the time your photo is taken, you can also verify your contact information, which will appear in a separate directory. If you are unable to be at the church for any of these photo sessions, you can send a current photo of you/your family, together with any updates to your contact information, to our church office administrator, Amy Aguilar, by April 7.
Get to Know The Church Finances
On Sunday, April 7th following the 10:30 service, members of the Finance Committee will be holding a conversation with anyone interested in learning more about the financial life and well-being of the congregation. The conversation will be held in the Community Room at the tables near the piano.
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TREE PLANTING EVENT: 
Sunday April 7  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
MACS is sponsoring two multi-faith tree plantings in partnership with Streamlink Education at 8326 Retreat Rd., Walkersville. Register: http://www.streamlinkeducation.org/macstreeplanting
  •  Streamlink provides the trees in quart/6-8” pots, which are not too heavy for kids. They will dig the holes with an auger before our arrival and will have a flag at each hole.
  •  We will carry the trees to the holes, tamp down dirt around the trees, apply plastic sleeves, clean up afterwards.
  •  Unless there is major rain or snow, the events will go on, so dress for weather and bring gloves. Tools are provided.
  •  Anyone under 18 years of age must have an older person sign the Streamlink waiver and be responsible for him/her.
Happy Hour with Pastor Daniel

I was the speaker for the Chimes group in February and enjoyed having the uninterrupted time to have a conversation with the group. I would really enjoy having that same kind of time with other members of the congregation.  

I invite you to come by the church office for a conversation on
Tuesday, April 9      5:30-7  p.m. - Happy Hour 
ERUCC 3 rd Annual Stay-at-Home Work Week    
April 22-26     8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    
I n the past two years, we have replaced ceiling tiles and lighting, painted, installed flooring and cabinets, cleaned, decluttered, and then painted some more. This year we have painting to do as well as renovations to the old bathrooms in the main sanctuary building. Also, replacing the vanity in the archives room on the second floor of the parish house with shelving units. Other projects as well. All hands are needed for the work .
See the list in the Community Room or sign up to help on line at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4ca9ab2da46-erucc1
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (really)
At our Annual Meeting in May we will be electing persons to serve as Elders, Deacons, and Committee Chairs. Therefore the Nominating Committee (Betsy Fisher and Linda Coyle) are looking for faithful and gifted people to serve in leadership. If you know of someone you believe would serve us well in one of the positions (or if you yourself would like to serve), please contact either Betsy or Linda.  In addition to Elders and Deacons, we are seeking a chair for the Christian Education Committee and additional members to serve on the following committees: Property, Generosity, Worship, Mission and Social Action, Christian Education, and Finance. Please help us fill the vacancies by giving this serious thought. Descriptions of these positions are available on the table in the back of the sanctuary.   

JOURNEY ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
with
David Howard
 
Pot Luck and Program


April 17 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Community Room
 
Lent is a time of reflection, of soul-searching and taking stock of our lives. For thousands of years, religious people have made journeys of the heart as a way of gaining perspective and insight, with pilgrimages of many different kinds. Inspired by passages in the scriptures that talk about the journeys, roads and pathways of life, we will make our “way” together through this poignant season. 
Many of us have watched the move, “the Way,” featuring Martin Sheen and his journey along the Camino de Santiago. ERUCC has its own Camino traveler in David Howard. David will be sharing stories and images of his journey along this ancient path.
Bring some food to share as we gather on Wednesday, March 17 th at 5:30 in the Community Room. It’s Holy Week and what better way to remember the journey of Jesus to the cross than to reflect on our own journeys.
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Interfaith Passover Seder – Saturday, April 27, 5 p.m.
Join Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick, ERUCC, Calvary UMC, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at a celebration of Passover. We will partake in dinner and the ritual meal of the holiday that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and the start of Spring. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interfaith-passover-seder-tickets-57724535640
At Calvary UMC, 131 W. 2 nd Street, Frederick
THIRD ANNUAL ERUCC GOLF TOURNAMENT!
Monday, April 22 at Clustered Spires
(rain date: 4/29)

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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762