February 21, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:

A special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church will take place February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose will be to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward, authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity.

The special session will focus on moving the denomination past its decades-long struggle with issues around homosexuality. Proposed plans offer a way to stay together and ways to split.

I invite us to pray for our friends in the United Methodist Church as they ponder and discuss three different ways to overcome years and years of difficult discussion about who they are as a denomination and how to remain connected to one another.

The United Methodist news states that, “Key elements of the One Church Plan include eliminating the Book of Discipline language, “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. Also deleted is the requirement that ordained clergy cannot be “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.” Each annual conference board of ordained ministry and clergy session may determine standards for ordination or certification, including standards related to human sexuality. This plan also allows ordained clergy to perform same-sex marriages but does not require them to do so. Churches can vote on whether to hold same-sex marriages in their buildings. Clergy are also free to transfer to other conferences or churches based on the standards for ordination regarding homosexuals.”

There are two other options being presented to the delegates.  The Connectional Conference Plan addresses constitutional issues and states that if anything is changed in the Book of Discipline, it will require constitutional amendments.  The five U.S. jurisdictions would be replaced with three connectional conferences that are values-based rather than geographic in nature. Those conferences outside the United States could form a global conference, or create their own connectional conference, or join one of the U.S. conferences.

The Traditionalist Plan maintains the current global United Methodist teaching on human sexuality.

As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we have been through our own journey as a church and denomination to come to a time when we celebrate the radical inclusiveness that God has called to us in Jesus Christ. ERUCC would be radically different if we had not intentionally broadened our welcome. We have been energized and blessed by the presence of our LGBTQ+ members and friends. I pray that our brothers and sisters of the United Methodist Church have a faithful and respectful discussion in the days ahead and that they may overcome fear to see the blessings that radical hospitality of all of God’s children can bring to their life as congregations and their denomination.
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 
    "If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
~Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Sunday Worship
Seventh Sunday After Epiphany
In Luke 6:27–38, Jesus relates to the wisdom of the day and interprets God’s commandments for his time. Jesus teaches disciples that it’s not enough to love what is easy to love. 
          
The Senior Choir will be singing. Our pastoral intern, Joseph Michael, will be preaching.
Adult Education
 
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.      
Let’ s Talk              9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
Through March 3
Exploring the Concept of Gratitude through Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks . Led by Rev. Richard Leslie. This class is also being presented on Tuesday evenings.  Copies of the book are available for $10 each.
Everybody's Birthday Party
Saturday, February 23rd
6 to 8 p.m.
Downtown Community Room at ERUCC
Celebrate your birthday along with everyone else’s on Saturday the 23 rd from 6-8 pm in the Community Room. We’re having a potluck dinner along with cake, music and dancing, goody bags and games. Bring a song from your era (record, iPod, phone), a baby or childhood photo and a gift bag with a cake mix, frosting, and candles to donate to the food bank. If you are decorating your month’s table, feel free to arrive any time after 5 pm Contact Barb Barry or Starr Schaeberle with questions.

If you still have items to donate to the goody bags, small cake plates, please have them to the church office by Friday morning.
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Fellowship Help
USE THE LINK BELOW to sign up to assist with Fellowship! It's a great opportunity to make a difference!

Thank you for signing up for putting snacks out for our friends!!
Please email me, Jclarkad@yahoo.com or text me  301-305-8181  with any questions. Thanks!! Julie Clark

CLICK HERE go see the sign up sheet
CKAF and ERUCC Pot Luck and Franklinton Trip Presentation
Sunday, February 24, 6-8 pm, Downtown Community Room @ ERUCC.
  
CKAF and ERUCC Pot Luck and Conversation about the 2019 trip to Franklinton Center. Rabbi Simon and Pastor Daniel invite members of our two congregations to come and share a meal as we see images and hear stories about the group’s experiences. Contact Pastor Barbara Kershner Daniel at  bkdaniel@erucc.org  or 301-662-2762 for more information.  
The Way

February 27th at 7 p.m.
March 3rd at 2 p.m.
ERUCC Community Room
"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.
ERUCC GAME NIGHT
MARCH 2, 2019
We had so much fun playing games at our Rehoboth Beach Retreat that we would like to continue the fun at Church Game Night. So come by the Community Room at 7 p.m. with your favorite games, a snack and or drink to share, and your smiles. This event is for all ages!
DAY RETREAT: Experiencing God as Living Water
– Led by Joe Michael 
Please join us for a spring cleansing retreat on March 9 th  from 1 to 5 pm in Trinity Chapel. This time will incorporate prayer, meditation, reflection, and sacred silence as we experience the living water of God's spirit. We will be reflecting on God's cleansing and refreshing. Please RSVP by March 4 th by contacting the church office or:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CA9AB2DA46-experience  
Yellow Rose Sponsors for 2019
Now seeking sponsors for the yellow rose placed on the altar each Sunday in honor of those who are serving or have served in the military. Sponsorship is $6 per week. Contact Amy at aaguilar@erucc.org or drop a check in the offering. Please indicate that it is for yellow roses on the memo line!
Gift Cards Make Great Thank You's!
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. 
Winter Weather
When winter weather hits, we may be uncertain about what will take place at church and what won’t. To take some of the uncertainty out of the quandary, here’s our winter weather policy:

You decide whether a drive or walk to the church is safe enough. We do not encourage you to risk life and limb to get to church at all costs, but we expect to hold services for those who can plan to arrive safely, unless the Frederick roads are closed. Our Pastors and Organist can walk to the church, so they will always be present for Sunday morning services.

Evening activities are generally governed by the public school schedule; for instance, if schools are closed on a Monday, there will be no Monday Mess Hall, Children’s Choir, or bell choir rehearsal. The same policy applies to committee meetings and any other regularly scheduled church activities.
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762