September 27, 2018

Dear Congregation:

A typical Daniel family vacation includes visiting churches, museums, and ruins. Such was the case on the recent vacation Ken and I took to Spain and Portugal. We never tire of wandering around cathedrals, admiring the vaulted ceilings, the art, the history of those historical monuments to faith. It’s also true that visiting those cathedrals and examining their history is a reminder of some aspects of church history that we must never forget. Is this building built to the glory of God or to demonstrate wealth and power? By what means was the money and materials secured for the structure?

Ken and I have also been fascinated by the number of “Resistance” museums in Europe. We have visited resistance museums in Germany, Norway, and France. Wandering the streets of Lisbon, Portugal last week we came upon another resistance museum. The Museu do Aljube – Resistência e Liberdade is an activist museum whose purpose is to remember and document the struggle against the dictatorship which governed Portugal from 1926 to 1974. This museum is a tribute to all those who fought and risked their lives during the years of continuous struggle and for which they were often persecuted.

I was struck by this sign in one of the exhibits and invite you to ponder the words, “Preserving the memory of history is an act of citizenship.” I invite you to consider the impact of remaining silent in the midst of oppression and injustice. Then, consider what you are doing to preserve history and remember so that we can learn from the past in order to have a more safe and just present and future.   

Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
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Food for Thought  

"Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service." ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Sunday Worship
  September 30

Our Gospel reading for this Sunday is from Mark 9: 38-50. In a cultural context where who is in, who is out, and who is right is an important concern, the first disciples find themselves preoccupied with another who is not a part of their group. The story in Esther 7:1–6, 9–10; 9:20–22 describes a woman shows great courage and fortitude in overcoming the social and political roadblocks to saving her people and her integrity as part of her community of belonging.                                 

The Senior Choir will be singing and the Cambridge Bell Choir playing.
Building Dedication
October 7
4 p.m.

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A dult Education, Sunday, September 30

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 and Richard Leslie.  
Let’ s Talk              9:30 – 10:15 a.m.      
Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
The Great Convergence
A series of 7 video presentations on how conservative and liberal Christians are coming together and finding common ground and connections.

September 30                       Vocatio
This week’s video features Bruce Van Blair. Bruce’s interests keep hie has begun a ministry called, “Converging Paths;” a partnership venture with the BTS Center in Bangor Maine, exploring our vocational callings in our everyday workplaces, and our leadership in faith communities. Bruce has written a wide collection of sermons as well as several books, including The Believer’s Road, and In A Nutshell.
Pneuma Divina Scripture: Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13
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15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701