June 28, 2018

Dear Congregation:

Thank you for the surprise recognition of the 35 th anniversary of my ordination last Sunday. I have enjoyed reading the cards and appreciate all the kind words.

35 years is a long time to be in parish ministry. I am grateful that ERUCC continues to support their pastors and church staff in participating in continuing education opportunities to stretch, grow, and stay fresh in our ministries. Few churches offer a part-time Christian Education staff person like Kim Sexton with sabbatical time and yet the leaders of ERUCC saw this as valuable for her life and ministry. Our leaders continue to support sabbatical time and continuing education opportunities for me, as well.

This week I have been attending Worship Camp being held at the national offices in Cleveland. The Faith Formation team of the national setting of the UCC has gathered seven pastors from across the UCC to explore new expressions of worship and to learn from our peers. As we have explored new expressions we have traveled to the Cleveland Museum of Art, worked through new ways to sing hymns and use music, and discussed helpful and meaningful ways to use multimedia.

I always learn from my peers and this week has been helpful in affirming what we currently do in worship that feeds our souls as well as imagining new expressions of worship in our new and renewed spaces.

***As you watch the weekly video update from Jenna, please consider what time you may have the week of July 22 nd to assist in moving things into the kitchen and other spaces. We hope to have occupancy permits the week of July 15 th and will develop a plan for how we will move and wash our dishes, glassware, and other items.

We will then be looking for volunteers to help our Facilities Manager and Property Committee to complete work on the Thomas Room and the old bathrooms by the Thomas Room.
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:   
“I believe there's a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”  ( Oprah Winfrey)
Sunday Worship
  July 1
Our first reading is from 2 Corinthians 8:7-15. Paul asks the Corinthians to strive for excellence in generosity, balancing their abundance with the needs of the less fortunate. When Mark walks in, the dead begin to rise, as we hear in the Gospel lesson, Mark 5:21-43. Just touching Jesus heals a woman, sick for twelve years. In the presence of her parents and three disciples, a child who has died is raised to life.

We will be sharing communion at the chancel rail this morning.
A dult Education, Sunday,  July 1
Our pastoral intern, Domenik Ackermann, shares his life and faith journey
Construction/Building Update
It's great to see the progress this week.
CLICK HERE to see the video. Thanks to Jenna Duranko for her weekly update.

MEN OF ERUCC – Come join us on Sunday morning
Some ERUCC men have begun a breakfast group for socializing and growing our faith. We have decided to meet the first Sunday of the month at 8 AM.   It's “Bring Your Own Breakfast.” We gather in the Liz Coffey Conference Room. Feel free to drop by as your schedule permits and invite others to do so as well.
Bethany Beach All Church Retreat
September 8-10
REMEMBER TO RSVP for the Retreat! Spaces are filling up quickly. RSVP by August 1 to be included.
Click HERE for more details

If you are interested, contact the church for more details.
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701