January 16, 2020

Dear Congregation:
 This weekend, 65 members of ERUCC and Congregation Kol Ami will travel to Franklinton Center in North Carolina. We have done this trip together for ten years now, an embodiment of our Christian and Jewish traditions to serve as a means of healing the world. This year we will fix floors, install drop ceilings, paint, do some landscaping work, and replace soffits on one of the old buildings. The work we do is important and critical for Franklinton Center. More importantly, we are living out God’s call to live together, to learn from one another, to respect and care for one another, and to be a light in the world.

It’s even more significant that we take this trip on the weekend when we remember the ministry of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Dr. King envisioned the “Beloved Community”  as a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings.

I believe the relationship we share with Kol Ami and the relationship with Franklinton Center staff and those who come to the Center is a realization of King’s Beloved Community. Together, we seek to learn and work together for a world of peace and justice for all.

Thank you for your prayers as we travel. I invite you to come to the Community Room on Sunday, January 26 th at 9:30 to hear about this year’s trip and its impact on our lives.  
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
“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday Worship
Second Sunday after Epiphany
Today we explore God’s call to us. Isaiah is called by God to proclaim the restoration of Israel in Isaiah 49: 1-7. Jesus calls disciples in John 1: 29-42. Through these accounts, we are invited to consider the ways that God’s call comes to us and discover the ways that God equips and strengthens us to live into this call.                                                                                          

The Senior Choir will be singing this morning.  The Rev. Richard Leslie and Jo Ann Fritz will be leading worship with a guest preacher, The Rev. Marie A. Bacchiocchi, interim minister at the Stanley UCC in Chatham, NJ .  
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
All adults are invited to attend Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship                                  
Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship          Liz Coffey Room
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 (10:30a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship. Led by clergy members of the congregation.  
to be placed in the beautiful ERUCC plaza behind the back entrance!
CLICK HERE for a form.
Deadline is May 1st.
Want to help support the annual work trip to
Franklinton Center?
We will accept cash or checks towards expenses, including building supplies. You can also help us stretch our budget by donating food. Here's a sign-up genius link with our requested food donation list:
Donations can be received thru FRIDAY at 4 p.m.

JUST IN TIME FOR THE SUPER BOWL and back by popular demand! The youth will be selling and preparing delicious submarine sandwiches again this year to raise funds to offset costs for the National Youth Event and other youth-related activities. Orders can be turned in beginning immediately up through January 27 th . You may turn in your order forms and payment to the church office, fax it to the church office or to Trish Coffey. If you haven't had one of these delicious handmade sandwiches before, you won't want to miss them. They make delicious meals especially as you watch the Super Bowl! Sandwiches may be picked up between 10:30 and 11:30 am on Saturday, February 1 or on Sunday, February 2.  

This year the youth will also be selling baked goods to benefit the World Wildlife Fund to help with the recovery and care of animals injured in the Australian bush fires. What better way to finish off your meal than with a delicious homemade baked good? Order forms for baked goods may also be submitted with your sandwich order forms. There will also be baked goods for sale following worship on Sunday, February 2 nd .  

The youth thanks you once again for your generosity and support!
Let’s celebrate our church history through time-tested recipes from our members . We want cherished recipes to remember our members such as Rachel Ford’s scotcheroos. And we want recipes from our newer members that will become a part of our ERUCC heritage. Please consider sharing a favorite family recipe for our 275th anniversary cookbook. The finished book will include special photos and historical information as well. Share your recipes with Elizabeth Slade at: elizaslade@gmail.com
February 1 and March 7 from 4-9 pm
As an effort to reach people attending First Saturday events, especially families with young children, we will be opening our doors on First Saturdays in February and March. We will serve as a place where people can come in and get warm, get some hot chocolate, use the restrooms, and hang out a little bit. Through a generous donation, we will also sign up to have an ice sculpture on the steps of the church for Fire and Ice February 1 st .
We can use your help in providing a hospitable place. Here’s how you can offer radical hospitality:
1.     Volunteer your time that evening – greet, serve hot drinks and snacks, direct people to bathrooms and baby changing tables
2.     Donate hot chocolate and cookies or crackers

Contact the church office if you are interested in supporting these efforts. Thank you.
You’ve been accepted to the Hogwarts school for witchcraft and wizardry! On Sunday February 16 join us for a magical night in the trinity chapel from 6-8 pm. Tickets for the Hogwarts express are $3 for adults and $2 for kids! Wear your most mystical outfit and come to cast spells, charms and make potions! 
We are receiving gifts for Puerto Rico earthquake relief. You can make checks payable to ERUCC and note Puerto Rico in the memo line. You can also give online at  UCC.org . CLICK HERE TO GO TO GLOBAL MINISTRIES
God's Kids Club
God's Kids Club will meet on Wednesday, January 29th from 9 am to 2 pm. Our theme will be Frozen. Please bring a bag lunch and a gently used toy, book, or puzzle for BINGO. Please register by 1/24 at
Momentum: Moving Racial Justice Forward
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Join us on Feb. 9 th from 12:30-2:30 in the Community Room as we move through a time of reflection and conversation about how we as individuals, and as a congregation, can be intentional agents for a more racially just and peaceful society.
Participants will enjoy time to inventory their interests and talents, brainstorm creative ideas, and form partnerships to move those ideas forward.
Lunch will be provided, so RSVPs are critical . Please let the Church Office know you will be attending by Feb. 5. Questions: Contact Michelle Beadle at pastorbeadle@gmail.com
Did you know that 2 of our 18 th century pastors were denied access to the pulpit and locked out of the church by dissident factions? Did you know that there have been only 16 pastors of ERUCC in 275 years and that the most recent 6 pastorates have averaged more than 30 years each? Did you know that our 2 shortest pastorates ended amid charges of “scandalous conduct,” “sexual irregularities” and “drunkenness”?  Did you know that more of our pastors were natives of Philadelphia than of the entire state of Maryland? 

If you want to hear these stories and more , Pastor Emeritus Fred Wenner will present “Pastors of ERUCC” in the Downtown Community Room on Sunday, February 2 from 9:30 to10:15 a.m. and then again on Monday, February 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend!
The next best thing to being wise oneself
is to live in a circle of those who are.
~ C.S. Lewis

Providing Sunday Fellowship with your loving hands is all we need! Every Sunday, volunteers put out food and drinks for us to share! As a volunteer, your duties are to set up and clean up! Julie Clark will train you, provide the food and drinks and assist you in this volunteer experience. Sign up now for a Sunday next month. Thank you! Contact Julie at 301-305-8181 or Jclarkad@yahoo.com or sign up directly at: 
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701