October 4, 2018

Dear Congregation:

We are all familiar with the saying that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. That will certainly be the case over the next few months as we continue to welcome people into our new and renovated space. Their first impression has been the warm welcome from Amy as they inquire about the space and get a tour.  The next stage is when they meet our members. Nancy Jones or Jenna Duranko who are working as our events coordinators, or the number of volunteers who will be present to greet guests, point them in the direction of bathrooms and generally helping out as needed.

This morning, for example, a reporter and photographer came from the Frederick News Post. The photographer was as interested in Will, Cathie, Betsy Fisher, Kevin, Amy and I moving tables and chairs and setting things up as he was with the space. He liked the “action.”

In March of 2017, Ron Terbush led an after church conversation about what we needed to think about and do as we moved into the new space. We shared our values and how we hoped that anyone entering our space, whether for worship or one of our activities and programs or a community group, would feel like they were “home.” We wanted to have a professional atmosphere but also one in which people would immediately feel like they belonged.

We also agreed that we would need some months to discern exactly what we would need in terms of staff support. As we learn more and more about this expanded use of our buildings, we are depending on our church members and friends to help set up events, welcome people, clean up, and various other tasks.  Together, we are learning along the way.

Amy and I can tell you that the interest in our space is more than we imagined.

I am pleased to share with you this photograph of the first piece of art that is installed in the new space. It was donated by Colleen Clapp and is called “The Presence of Positive Energy.”  When Colleen offered this piece of art and sent the art committee the photograph, we were so excited. After pondering the best location, we knew and we were grateful that Colleen agreed, that the steps going down to the Community Room would be the best place for this wonderful piece of work. There is a presence of positive energy in our space and this piece of art truly helps us see and feel that. On a special note, Colleen’s spouse and out attorney, John Clapp installed the piece. Very tricky. We thank John, who has not only led us through some very interesting legal challenges but also tackled a challenging art installation. 

“The Presence of Positive Energy” will be a great first impression for those using our community room.      

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  

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." 
~ (Audre Lorde, 20th century)

Sunday Worship
  October 7
World Communion Sunday 
This morning we celebrate World Communion Sunday. This day is observed in many parts of the world to acknowledge the fact that Christians around the world are – symbolically – gathered around a common table. 

Our Gospel lesson is from Mark 10: 13-16. In this passage Jesus speaks about welcoming children. We will also read Psalm 8, a hymn of praise. 

This morning communion will be served to you as you are seated in the pews.  The Senior Choir will be singing.

Following church services, please join us as we set up the room for our building dedication. Pizza will be served.
A dult Education, Sunday, October 7

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.

October 7                 What are You Doing in Church?
Today’s video features Bruce Reyes-Chow. Most of his adult life, Bruce was a congregational pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  Now Bruce is a blogger, author, event speaker, church consultant and leadership coach. He has written two books: The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shookfoil Books, 2012) and But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race(Kickstarter, 2013). He believes that society and the church are strengthened by talking about such issues as: denominationalism and the future church; faith and technology; race and politics, parenting, urban living, etc.
Pneuma Divina Scripture: John 14: 1-9a

Come join us for an evening of great fun in the NEW ERUCC COMMUNITY ROOM! Come join us for dinner and enjoy the ERUCC Children’s Theatre’s latest production – O, Chicken of Little Faith! Our youth have been working hard all summer and this is sure to be a show you won’t want to miss! Showtime is 6:30 pm on Sunday, October 14 th . Dinner will be served at 5:00 pm prior to the show.  Tickets on sale ($10.00 per ticket). CLICK HERE to buy online. They may be purchased following the 10:30 service or online through the ERUCC website If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Coffey (301-455-8720 or tntcoffey@comcast.net ). All funds raised from this event will be used for a youth project of the musical participants’ choosing. Thank you for your support. We hope to see you at the show!
Christmas is 82 Days Away :-)
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. 
What you get -- a gift card. What we get -- a small percentage of the purchase price. 
For example, if you usually purchase your groceries at Giant Eagle, consider purchasing a $100 Giant Eagle gift card. You write a check to the church for $100. A few days later, we give you the gift card. We get 4% of your purchase = $4.00. Wow! That goes directly to the help pay the mortgage on the new building.  There are lots of popular stores in the list including: Lowe's -- we receive 4%; JoAnn Fabrics - we receive 6%; Regal Theaters - we receive 8%; Sheetz - we receive 3%; and dozens and dozens of other stores. There are great options for gifts as well with stores like Gap (14%); LL Bean (16%), Macy's (10%) and more.
Really, it is almost too good to be true. Don't wait until Christmas. Shop with us now by purchasing gift cards at ERUCC.
Orders are placed on the 1st and the 15th of each month.

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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701