August 9, 2018

Dear Congregation:

In case you don’t already know this, we are a frugal church.  We know how to stretch our resources of people and funds.        
This week when some of the youth and adults helping with Vacation Bible School had a break, they moved stuff from various locations into their new spaces. With only a few hours’ notice, four guys were able to come to the church and move tables from the basement of Trinity Chapel to the new community room.   This was hot and heavy work, but many hands made the work load easier.   
                                                                                                                                      Rachel Ford and her granddaughter sorted through all manner of stuff in the new kitchen.  I know we are frugal because we seem to have kept every single plastic serving utensil that came with catered meals. Dozens of plastic tongs, spoons, forks, you name it.  We have enough pots and pans to outfit several churches. Same is true of our collection of vinyl tablecloths.                        

As we are moving things – again – it’s amazing to see what we have kept over the years. I imagine the hands who stirred soups and sauces in those huge pots. I imagine the fun meals served on those Halloween and Valentine’s Day tablecloths. I imagine all the conversations held around those tables we have moved back and forth hundreds of times.

There’s still a lot of moving and organizing to do and I am grateful for the many who have come forward to help. Thank you.                                                                                       
I’m also happy to share that we have received temporary occupancy for the new space. Services for Jack Patterson will be held in the Sanctuary and a time of fellowship following the service will be held in the new community room. Jack was excited about this new space and all its possibilities. I am thankful that we can gather around tables in our own space as we remember and give thanks for his life.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
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Food for Thought   

Sunday Worship
  August 12
Our first lesson, Ephesians 4: 25-5:2 reminds us that the new life in Christ is lived in love. Jesus reminds his disciples that he is the bread of life in John 6:35, 41–51, and models the true life lived in God.  
Participants in this year’s Vacation Bible School will share some of the songs they learned during the week. Today we will be welcoming new members into the life of the church and we will also be honoring The Rev. Richard Leslie.

A dult Education, Sunday,  August 12
 A Conversation about Origin by Dan Brown                          
Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.                                                       
You don’t have to have read the book to come and enjoy the discussion.                                             

Led by Allen Flora and Pastor Daniel

Construction/Building Update
We are ready to occupy our new space.
Take a quick tour before you get to experience it first hand.
Thanks to Jenna Duranko for her weekly update.

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The altar flowers for THIS SUNDAY are available for sponsorship. Cost is $40. Please contact the church office if you want to sponsor the arrangements.

301-662-2762 or
August 15th from 1-4 p.m.
We are seeking at least 10 people to help set up the School Supply Drive on Wednesday afternoon from 1-4. Needed: people who can help unload school supplies from Stuff the Bus and begin organizing the supplies. Please contact the church office if you are able to help! 301-662-2762 or
Are you interested in helping those who have transportation needs? We are compiling a list of people who are willing to drive people to doctor’s appointments, both locally and regionally and even to church on Sunday. 

If you can help out, please email Amy at or call the church office at 301-662-2762. We will add you to the list! Thank you for your consideration!
Since Advent 2018 will be our first one in the renovated building, the Worship Committee thought it would be nice for all of us to share in the creation of an ERUCC Advent Booklet. We have provided a scripture reading for each of the 24 days in Advent this year, and each volunteer author will be asked to share an insight or a thought which that scripture provokes, closing with a few words of prayer that will help to "wrap up" the devotional for that day. We want to give the writers plenty of time to prepare, so we will need to have the list of 24 people by August 31 st . Then, each one will be given their verse(s) and directions re: preparation, to be submitted by October 31 st .  

We hope that many of you will take advantage of sharing some of your original ideas surrounding the familiar Christmas story by participating in this project. It's always enlightening to read what other ERUCC friends have written about one of our favorite times of the Christian year. Please send your acceptance of participation to Kitty Bradley at or tell her when you see her, but please include your full name and email address. Thanks so much for your prayerful consideration of your participation.
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701