November 21, 2018
        
Dear Congregation:

Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers asked, "How many times have you noticed it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest of extra-special meaning?"
      
Thanksgiving is one of those moments for me. A day and time to give thanks for family and friends, home and health, food and clothing. It’s also a time when I pause to think of those quiet moments when God’s grace breaks into my life in a surprise phone call, the brilliant colors of a sunset, the beauty of fresh snow. In those moments, I just have to say, “ah…thanks.”

What has been one of those moments for you?

May you find some quiet moments in the days ahead to give thanks for life and all its blessings. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family. 

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
Let us slow down enough to truly notice all that is presenting itself to us as blessing. (Kristi Nelson)
Thursday, November 22   

Thanksgiving Day Service                             
On Thanksgiving Day, at 10:00 a.m., a Service of Thanksgiving for the Community will be held in Trinity Chapel, 10 West Church Street. The service will include an anthem by the Senior Choir, a reading of the President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, and the singing of traditional Thanksgiving hymns as well as “America the Beautiful".
Sunday Worship
November 25
The reign of God, observed on this Christ the king/Reign of Christ Sunday, unfolds wherever people choose to live under God’s authority. John 18: 33-37 opens the trial of Jesus before Pilate where Jesus speaks truth to power. Revelation 1: 4b-8 witnesses to the primacy of Jesus’ rule over other temporal powers. The passage also identifies the church’s calling “to be a kingdom” engaged in holy service.  

The Senior Choir will be singing. Bells will be ringing. We will also share in healing prayers this morning.  
A Further Note:
           Following worship, we will enjoy a soup lunch and then begin the decorating of our church buildings for the Advent and Christmas season.

Please dress for the weather. The boilers are still being repaired and it may be colder than usual in the Sanctuary.
Fellowship Luncheon CROCKPOTS (and soup) NEEDED:  We're having the monthly, after church service lunch on Sunday November 25th ... and are requesting to borrow large crock pots, preferably filled with yummy soup, but if not, we can fill them.  We will also have salad, bread, etc. to supplement the meal, but soup is the main part of the meal. Please also bring a soup ladle, if you have one.

Please let Susan Leathery know at least 2 days beforehand if you're planning on bringing your pot filled with soup or not, as she will need to shop for ingredients to make enough soup to serve everyone. (It also might be a good idea to put a piece of masking tape with your name on it, on both the crockpot and ladle, to make it easy to figure out which equipment should go home with whom.)  Contact Susan at lilblueyes20872@yahoo.com   
A dult Education, Sunday, November 18

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
Writing for Spiritual Growth
Whether you are a Poet Laureate or struggle to write an email, you are welcome to join our writing for spiritual growth course November 18, and 25th. This short course will introduce you to writing techniques and approaches to help you deepen your devotional life. We will learn and practice different types of writing that help us understand ourselves better and express our creativity. If you are looking for a new way to know God, know yourself, or just a creative outlet, this course may be for you. Each class will include time to write, share, and discuss. All writing levels are welcome. Bring whatever you like to write on. Led by pastoral intern, Joe Michael.
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Christmas Coming
It’s only five more weeks until Christmas!!    Have you begun your gift shopping yet? 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