November 14, 2019

Dear Congregation:

This morning our pastor emeritus, The Rev. Fred Wenner, spoke to the Chimes Group about his year abroad studying at Heidelberg University as well as his visit to eastern Germany in 1989. Fred was instrumental in establishing a strong relationship between the UCC and partners in Germany. This includes the current partnership the Central Atlantic Conference enjoys with the Evangelical Church of Middle Germany (EKM).

Fred shared a lot of interesting information during his presentation and focused on his trip to eastern Germany in November of 1989. Yes, Fred was in Germany when the Berlin Wall fell and it was wonderful to hear how it affected him as well as our partners. He made it very clear that there was a lot of praying and marching and lighting of candles prior to November 9, 1989. People had been gathering in churches for encouragement. Included in the crowds of people marching for reunification, were marshals whose sashes that read, “No violence.”

Standing for justice and peace is one of our age honored traditions in the Christian tradition. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus and people like Martin Luther King, Jr. We are inspired by the Gandhi’s of the world and others who speak and sing of non-violence.

Last week in worship we read from Thessalonians where the writer encourages the faith community to stand firm in the traditions in which you were taught. These words were meant to bring comfort to people facing persecution and living in a world filled with unknowns. 

The example of our East German partners is a reminder that these traditions of reading scripture, prayer, lighting candles, gathering for worship are more than meaningful. These traditions and practices can change the world.  
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
"A city isn't so unlike a person. They both have the marks to show they have many stories to tell. They see many faces. They tear things down and make new again." (Rasmenia Massoud, Broken Abroad, 21st century)
Sunday Worship
God is creating new heaven and new earth, a reign of harmony and wholeness for all creation. The prophet Isaiah foresees a day in Isaiah 65: 17-25 when n there shall be peace and rejoicing for the whole world. Jesus warns his disciples in Luke 21: 5-19 against idle speculation about the future. We do not know exactly what the future holds, but we live with confidence in the present age because we know that God holds the future.
                                                                                  
The Senior Choir will be singing.    
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                              Community Room
Video Series- Climate Crisis, Faith and Justice
Cliff Barr will facilitate using the video series Renewal, Stories from America's Religious-Environmental Movement.   

Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship  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. Facilitated by Rev. Richard Leslie.
PUTZ CONSTRUCTION
This Week - November 17
Beginning Sunday following services.
Yes, it’s the time of the year to begin thinking about building our annual Putz. A “ putz” is a nativity scene which tells the Christmas story with groups of figurines on a miniature, lighted landscape. It builds on a tradition of using lifelike figures to dramatize the Incarnation, traced to a tableau by St. Francis of Assisi in Italy in 1223. Settlers who emigrated to America from Germany brought this custom of creating extensive panoramas to teach their children about the birth of Jesus. 
Rev. Fred Wenner brought this tradition to ERUCC and it has been a treasured part of our annual Advent and Christmas celebrations.                                                  

We will begin work after worship on November 17 th and continue through 7:30 that evening. Work will continue every day/evening of that week until it is completed. Please contact Matt and Holly Davis or the church office if you are interested in working on this.
Forgot Your pledge? It's Not Too Late:
Please click HERE for the stewardship letter and HERE to download a pledge card. These are available in the back of the Sanctuary as well.
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR CARE PACKAGES

The children and youth will be creating care packages to send to our college students and those serving in the military. We are in need of donations to put in those care packages. Please consider donating prepackaged snacks, instant soup, popcorn, cocoa, tea, candy and raisins. Monetary donations welcomed and will be used to defray the cost of postage. Items donated can be put in the box in the Narthex of the main sanctuary. Questions contact Kim Sexton at ksexton@erucc.org .
Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0607985 , AmazonSmile donates to Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ?
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Support Our Youth!
Part of our tradition is to hold a Youth Dress Up Dinner around the holidays. This year we will be hosting the youth on Sunday, December 8th.
We are asking for help with the food for this dinner experience. All items need to be delivered to the church by December 1st. 
HANGING OF THE GREENS
November 24 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
The more hands, the merrier, and the quicker we will get things done.
Join us after morning worship to help ready the church for Christmas.
ERUCC Christmas Pageant Star Search
We are working on an ERUCC Christmas Pageant! Come learn more about this fabulous show STAR SEARCH. The show tells the Christmas story from the point of view of the stars. We are looking for participants of all ages. All children and youth interested in participating, please join us for rehearsals beginning Monday, November 11 at 5:00 pm in the Choir Room. We will generally rehearse Monday evenings from 5-5:30 pm with two additional rehearsals on Sunday, December 8 following the 10:30 worship service and Friday, December 13 in the evening (dress rehearsal). The show date is Sunday, December 15. A complete schedule will be shared with everyone during the first rehearsal and emailed for those who are unable to make it to the first rehearsal. Participation is open to anyone who is willing to lend a hand and we hope you will join us! The show offers opportunities for anyone including those desiring a speaking part, a non-speaking part, singing in the chorus, and also assisting with lighting, sets, sound, and costumes. We would love to have you! If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please contact Tricia Coffey ( trishcoffey1195@gmail.com or 301-455-8720). We look forward to having you join us–it’s going to be great fun!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ON NOVEMBER 11 th !
Please Join the Fearless Crew (Young Adult Group) for Friendsgiving on Saturday, November 16 th  from 5pm -? In the Downtown Community Room.
We have planned an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. Contact Tyler L. York with questions at tylerlyork@gmail.com or 301.401.3904.
Please RSVP below and feel free to invite friends too! 
Interested in Learning More About ERUCC?
If you are interested in exploring further what it means to a member of the church or just have questions about who we are and what we believe, we have set an opportunity for conversation on Sunday, November 17 , following the 10:30 service (starting around 11:45). We will meet in the Community Room by the piano. 

Please consider this as an invitation to come and be a part of the conversation. For those interested in making a commitment to this particular congregation, we will be welcoming new members on Sunday, November 24 and December 8.

Please contact Pastor Daniel at bkdaniel@erucc.org or call the church office at 301-662-2762 if you are interested in further conversation.
Wednesday Advent Services
Trinity Chapel
15 West Church Street
December 4, 11, and 18
12 noon – 12:15 p.m. Service of Prayer
12:15 – 12:50 Soup Lunch & Reflection
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS
 Based on Mike Slaughter’s popular book Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, our mid-week Advent services will explore how to find peace and joy at Christmas and throughout the year.
        December 4                       Expect a Miracle
December 11                    Giving Up on Perfect
December 18                    By a Different Road
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: 
Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in ERUCC. Don't forget to add bkdaniel@erucc.org to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox!
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762