November 1, 2018

****Important Notice  **** 
There is currently no heat in the Sanctuary.

On Monday, Facilities Manager, Mike McGreevy, began the annual process of turning on the boilers for the winter season. The good news is that we have heat in Trinity Chapel. The bad news is that Mike discovered, along with our vendor, that the boiler in the main building was leaking and had significant rust. It was deemed unsafe to turn it on. The Property Committee is currently reviewing bids for replacement.                                                                                                

We will hold services in the Sanctuary but you may want to consider wearing something warmer. We will also be live streaming the service in the Community Room which has heat.  Apologies for the inconvenience. We will update you when this situation is resolved.   

If you know people who are not on this email list who attend services in the Sanctuary, please share this message with them.
                                                    
Dear Congregation:

As you know, the boiler in the main building needs to be replaced at an anticipated cost of $45,000 The Consistory is seeking funds to help towards the replacement cost of the boiler. We're moving from a single boiler to two boilers. In this way, if one boiler is not working we have a back-up that can provide a source of heat.

We also need to make you aware that we have major work to be done on the soffit and columns on the main sanctuary building, as well as painting and soffit work on the parish house. We anticipate that these projects will cost approximately $90,000, perhaps more, depending on the extent of rot found and repairs needed.  The work is not simply cosmetic; it is important to repair rot, replace failing soffit, and paint wood to protect it from the elements, or the current problems will only get worse.

While we have funds in the Building Preservation Fund, at this time, there are no sufficient funds from Building Preservation to complete all of this work. Every dollar received will minimize the amount we need to withdraw from the Building Preservation Fund. 

Another Note:       Kitchen and Facilities Teams to be Formed
 Staff and leadership have been identifying current needs and gaps in our organizational and operational life and two primary areas for immediate leadership is with the kitchen and facilities in general. We can really use your help – immediately. Please note that the Kitchen Team would intersect with Fellowship but it will have a different focus. If you are interested in learning more or serving on one of these new teams, please come to the Community Room after the 10:30 service on Sunday. We will have descriptions of the expected work for these teams.
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  
"You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin–-to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours–-closer than you yourself keep it. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is." 
(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)

Sunday Worship
  All Saints Sunday
The command to love God and neighbor is summarized memorably in Mark 12: 28-34. Such love finds eloquent example in Ruth’s persistent care for Naomi in Ruth 1: 1-18. What does it mean for us, as individuals and as a church, to ground our life’s journey to love God and love for neighbor?

We will share in Holy Communion at the chancel on this All Saints Sunday as we remember in prayer those members of the congregation and friends and family members who have died in the past year. 
                                                                                                                                
The Senior Choir will be singing and we will have music from one of our bell choirs. David Howard, cellist, will be playing .
A dult Education, Sunday, November 1

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. Come join us as we seek to accurately anticipate what the morning’s sermon topic will be. Getting it right is a lot of fun. 
Facilitated by Stefan Mach.  
 
Let’ s Talk              9:30 – 10:15 a.m.      
Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
 Gratefulness
Richard Leslie leads a discussion on Diane Butler Bass’s book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The ERUCC Youth Group's annual pancake breakfast is on Sunday, November 4th from 8-10:30 am. Join us prior to the 8:30 worship service, before Sunday School or in between services. The food, company, and service are sure to be great and all funds raised benefit the youth group's mission and service projects. And....best of all, we will have this for the first time in the new Community Room. It's a bargain - $5.00 per person, $3.00 for children 8 and under and children under 2 are free! All you can eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, and special toppings - what a great way to start your Sunday morning! Hope you can join us!
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA
Sunday, November 4 th from 6:30 – 9:00 in the Community Room
Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims' families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit, and thereby putting people in danger.
The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking, and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven 
Safeguarding Houses of Worship: Active Shooter Workshop
Wednesday, November 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
ERUCC Downtown Community Room
Lt. Mark Landahl, Ph.D.,Homeland Security Commander, Western Maryland Information Center, Frederick County Sheriff's Office will be returning to lead active shooter training for clergy and lay leaders of Houses of Worship. The program will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 4 pm at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, 15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701.
Please contact Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel for further information at bkdaniel@erucc.org or 301-662-2762. If you are planning to attend, please email or phone and let us know. Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.
Consider Sponsoring the Monthly Live Stream
We have updated our weekly live streaming of Sunday services and other events with an additional camera, higher speed transmission, and no advertisement platform. This has been a great service for our members who have been hospitalized or home bound as well as for those traveling who want to check in. We know they have enjoyed watching the service and being able to participate on a Sunday morning when they’re not able to be here.  On occasion, we have folks watching from Germany and other places. 
Like the altar flowers and yellow rose, we are looking for sponsors for this valuable service. Would you considering sponsoring the live stream service for $50 a month? We would acknowledge your gift in the bulletin and it can be donated in honor or memory of someone. Please contact the church office if you are interested. Click HERE to email the office for available weeks.
Volunteer Training for the Alan P. Linton, Jr. Emergency Shelter
We will be having our annual training classes on the following dates below. Please plan to attend 1 training class. We will do our best to keep it short and sweet. If you have any friends or family over 18 that may be interested please encourage them to come to a training session. Please bring your personal calendar so that you can sign up while you are at the class. 

Saturday, November 10th from 10am-11am
(meeting in the shelter TV room)
Saturday, December 1st from 10am-11am
(meeting in the shelter TV room)
For more information, contact the Religious Coalition at 301-631-2670.
Community Room AV System Training
Interested in learning how to use the Community Room AV system? We will be training on Sunday, November 11 at Noon and Monday, November 19 at 6pm. The first part of the training will cover the basics including the functions that can be done from the touch screen. After that we’ll cover the more advanced (but not difficult) features of the console for those who want to continue. Please email Jeff@erucc.org if you plan to attend or have questions.
Christmas Coming
Wow, can it really be time to turn the calendar page to October? You know what that means? Soon it will be time to think about Christmas gifts. If you have a 'challenging' person on your shopping list, consider giving a gift card that will also support the building project. For several years, ERUCC has offered this opportunity. Shop with gift cards in everyday categories including groceries, gas , restaurants and more . A percentage of each gift card purchased goes directly to ERUCC. Maybe you can even purchase these cards for yourself!
A complete list of available gift cards is found on the church website. Alert Barbara Barry [ ebbarry1@gmail.com ] or call the church office to indicate exactly what gift cards you want.  Buy your gift cards from us by writing a check to the church and writing Scrip in the memo line. 
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762