October 31, 2019

Dear Congregation:

On the night of October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses – a proposal to debate the doctrine and practice of indulgences – to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, beginning what became known as the Protestant Reformation. Accordingly, this date has significance for churches of the reformed tradition. Luther chose this night knowing that many people would be attending church the next day – All Saints Day – and would thus read his statements of concern about the church.  

Our congregation commemorates Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday of October.

On the first Sunday in November we commemorate All Saints Day. In many churches, All Saints Day (November 1) celebrates all people of faith and their faithfulness to Jesus Christ. Our service, this first Sunday in November, includes a recognition of those loved ones among us who have died in the past year.  We acknowledge the pain and grief of loss. We also remember that those who have gone before us give us inspiration and strength for our life journey.

In many cathedrals in Europe, as you walk around the church building, you are literally walking on graves, stepping on the names of those who have died and are buried in those churches. At first, I was rather creeped out by this. It felt disrespectful. With further reflection, I found myself considering whose footsteps I gave walked in. I remembered the names of those persons and gave thanks. 

As we come to worship this Sunday, I invite us to remember and give thanks for those who have gone before us.  

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
"The important question to ask is not, 'What do you believe?' but 'What difference does it make that you believe?' Does the world come nearer to the dream of God because of what you believe?" (Verna J. Dozier, 20th century)

Sunday Worship
All Saints Sunday
 2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12 praises the community to which it is written, a community that is steadfast in the face of persecution. Luke 19: 1-10 tells of Jesus encounter with Zacchaeus and the crowd criticizes him for being the guest of one who is a sinner.                                                   

We will share in Holy Communion at the chancel rail on this All Saints Sunday as we remember in prayer those members of the congregation and friends and family members who have died in the past year. The Senior Choir will be singing. Children’s Music & Movement will also be singing.
It's Not Too Late to Pledge!
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.
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                              North Classroom
The Good Funeral
How to Prepare for a Meaningful Service for
You and/or Your Loved One
Alison Shafer, Director of Music and Pastor Daniel
Dr. Tom Long, professor of preaching at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta published a book, Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral. The book is a result of his concern for changes in funeral practices and services that have moved us away a community celebration of the deceased as a saint, a child of God, and a sister or brother in Christ. Over the years, attempts to make the service “more personal” have led to a devaluing of the power and presence and witness of the resurrection. There is a big difference between singing, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” and “For All the Saints Who From Their Labors Rest.”  What happens when the “sharing a few words about the deceased” leads to lengthy accounts that only a few present “get” or even worse, inappropriate stories that make the other mourners cringe in their seats. Dr. Long asks, “Surely our culture will weary of the spiritual thinness of our funerals.” 
Long challenges, “Surely the task before the church now is to retrace our steps and to recover the grand liturgical theater in which Christians embrace their dead with tender affection, lift up their voices in hymns of resurrection and accompany the saints to the edge of mystery.”

Come join in the conversation.

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. Lee Thomas.
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275 th  Fundraising Fall Festival Chili Cook-off
Saturday November 2, 2019 in the Downtown Community Room
Cost: $10 entry fee

Details: Games, Music, Chili Cook-off (Prize TBD), Beer and Wine available for purchase. ALL PROCEEDS to benefit ERUCC's 275th Anniversary Events. 
 
We are looking for some volunteer Chili Chefs, and a few volunteers to help set up the event, sell the beer & wine, and help in the kitchen. Please reach out to Trish Coffey [ trishcoffey1195@gmail.com ] or Owen York [ owenjyork@gmail.com ] for further details. 
We will be ordering poinsettias from Frederick High School this year. All funds will benefit the horticultural program and Frederick High FFA Chapter. Each plant will have 4 to 6 blooms and will cost $10.00 per plant .  Plants will be placed in the Sanctuary and in Trinity Chapel.

To order, please fill out the form and return with payment to the church office no later than November 1 st
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.
Please RSVP below and feel free to invite friends too! 
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
301-662-2762