October 25, 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.   

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Dear Congregation:

It’s been a great time of sharing with our German friends this week. Thank you, ERUCC, for your continued support for these partnerships.

Speaking of partnerships. ERUCC has been a faithful partner with the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs since its founding. Our congregation was the first congregation to host the emergency family shelter and provide a respectful and compassionate environment for homeless families. We were all sorry to discontinue our participation during construction due to lack of space. 

Now that construction is completed, we have placed our congregation on the schedule for housing families once again. Please consider being involved in this valuable ministry in our community. We’ll need people to prepare supper, provide snacks, and be available with time in the evenings during our host week.

Look for more information to come about serving during the week of December 15-22.
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 cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
(Mark Twain)
Sunday Worship
  Reformation Sunday
Faith and hope will not be silenced in the face of need, whether our own or other’s. When we risk speaking and acting with persistence for the sake of mercy, we may take heart. God listens to our cries and acts with saving power to bring wholeness.                                     

 Today’s Gospel lesson from Mark 10: 46-52 is the last story before the account of Jesus’ return to Jerusalem for his final days. Bartimaeus, described as a “blind beggar,” takes the risk in calling out to Jesus for healing. 

Rev. Loren McGrail will be preaching this morning. Loren serves as the Communications/Advocacy and Church Relations officer for the YWCA in East Jerusalem. The Senior Choir will be singing
A dult Education, Sunday, October 28

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 Richard Leslie and Stefan Mach.  
 
Let’ s Talk              9:30 – 10:15 a.m.      
Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
October 28                          A Conversation with Loren McGrail
Loren serves as the Communications/Advocacy and Church Relations officer for the YWCA in East Jerusalem. She also is the Coordinator for our new advocacy project called The Fabric of Our Lives. This project supports women’s livelihoods in the refugee camps and also the Right of Return as guaranteed under UN Resolution 194 and the right of all women for dignity, security, and peace under SCR 1325.  
All Saints Sunday – November 4 –
We will be remembering those in our congregation, as well as loved ones and friends, who died during the past year. During the prayers at both the 8:30 & 10:30 services, the names will be read, followed by the tolling of a bell. You are invited to bring a photo of whomever we will remember in prayer. These photos can be placed on a table in the front of the church. If you wish to include the name of someone who has passed away since last November 5, please contact Amy at aaguilar@erucc.org  or 301-662-2762.
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!
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. 

Tuesday, October 30th from 7pm-8pm
(meeting next door in the Religious Coalition Building Conference Room)
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.
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. 
Hurricanes and disaster events keep coming. You are responding through UCC Disaster Ministries to the needs of people affected by 2018 hurricanes within the United States and around the world. Stay up to date on the UCC response to hurricanes and other disaster events at www.ucc.org/disaster and Facebook “onegreathourofsharingucc”
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762