January 9, 2020

Dear Congregation:
 Last Sunday, the offering plates were filled with stars, each star with a different word written on them. This was the tenth year we invited you to pick a star and ponder what significance your star word might have in your life, and how God might be speaking to you through that simple message. 

It’s always fun to see your faces as you read the word and wonder why that particular words was given to you. As we gathered for fellowship after the service, many of you were talking about your words from the past and how they spoke to you throughout the years. You wondered how this year’s word might bring meaning to your life.  This year, people shared their words on Facebook and now the conversation is broadened even more.

Peg Stahler posted, “For 10 years ERUCC has celebrated Epiphany by distributing star words during the church services. This year I got ‘humor’ and decided to think about my word from 2013, ‘laughter,’ along with it. 

Chuck Baldree’s is “family” and his comment: challenge accepted

Colleen Baldree received “expectation” and comments, “I expect that this will be an interesting challenge."

Kevin Coyle shares his word, "cheerfulness” along with a favorite scripture passage   (Numbers 6: 24-26)

Jill White writes, “Mine was ‘time’—imagine that.”

Joe Adkins received “wonder” and he wonders what 2020 will be like.

Jenna Duranko received clarity two years in a row and Kim Sexton received education for the second time.

 My word was “discernment” and I am joyfully discerning where 2020 may lead. Thanks for joyfully sharing this experience with one another.  
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


Sunday Worship
Baptism of Christ
In this season after the Epiphany, the scriptures invite us to wonder about the unfolding possibilities that are opened to us through the revealing of God’s ways in Jesus the Christ. On this Baptism of Jesus Sunday, we hear God’s Spirit-filled voice speaking new things into action, reminding us that we are God’s beloved children. The Gospel lesson from Matthew 3: 13-17 is the account of Jesus’ baptism. The voice from heaven that speaks at Jesus’ baptism echoes the voice spoken in Isaiah 42:1–9. These words proclaim the mission of God’s beloved servant to restore justice.                          

Spirit and Young Spirit will be singing.
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                               Community Room
ERUCC members will share their experience of their recent mission trip to Puerto Rico.

Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship          Liz 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. Led by clergy members of the congregation.  

to be placed in the beautiful ERUCC plaza behind the back entrance!

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Deadline is May 1st.
Annual Pastoral Assessment - Deadline Extended.

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Want to help support the annual work trip to
Franklinton Center?
We will accept cash or checks towards expenses, including building supplies. You can also help us stretch our budget by donating food. Here's a sign-up genius link with our requested food donation list:

Tuesdays With Ted in the Church Offices:
Tuesday, January 14 th from 6-7 p.m.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.  The group watches a TED Talk and then discusses the ideas raised in the presentation

David Brooks, “The Lies Our Culture Tells Us About What Matters – and a better way to live”
Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we're trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States -- and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as "weavers" -- Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.

7-8:30 Book Discussion
For those who wish to have a deeper discussion of David Brooks’ work, join in a discussion of his book,  The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.
February 1 and March 7 from 4-9 pm
As an effort to reach people attending First Saturday events, especially families with young children, we will be opening our doors on First Saturdays in February and March. We will serve as a place where people can come in and get warm, get some hot chocolate, use the restrooms, and hang out a little bit. Through a generous donation, we will also sign up to have an ice sculpture on the steps of the church for Fire and Ice February 1 st .
We can use your help in providing a hospitable place. Here’s how you can offer radical hospitality:
1.     Volunteer your time that evening – greet, serve hot drinks and snacks, direct people to bathrooms and baby changing tables
2.     Donate hot chocolate and cookies or crackers

Contact the church office if you are interested in supporting these efforts. Thank you.
I f you would like to be a part of the planning, please join us for a meeting on Monday, January 13 th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the North Classroom. Contact Marc Kline for questions: 240-446-5662 or marc.kline@me.com  
A One-Day Retreat for Women
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
Saturday, January 11, 2020
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Light breakfast to be served at 8:30 am. Program will begin promptly at 9 am.
Lunch from Firestones will be provided
                                A $10 donation for meals is requested  
RSVP to erucc@erucc.org by January 8th

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do. When we own our story, we can write a brave new ending." Brene Brown

It's not too late! We have 36 wonderful women who will be attending on Saturday! Don't miss out! Contact Amy TODAY! 301-662-2762 or aaguilar@erucc.org
We are receiving gifts for Puerto Rico earthquake relief. You can make checks payable to ERUCC and note Puerto Rico in the memo line. You can also give online at  UCC.org . CLICK HERE TO GO TO GLOBAL MINISTRIES
God's Kids Club
God's Kids Club will meet on Friday, January 29th from 9 am to 2 pm. Our theme will be Frozen. Please bring a bag lunch and a gently used toy, book, or puzzle for BINGO. Please register by 1/24 at
Momentum: Moving Racial Justice Forward
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Join us on Feb. 9 th from 12:30-2:30 in the Community Room as we move through a time of reflection and conversation about how we as individuals, and as a congregation, can be intentional agents for a more racially just and peaceful society.
Participants will enjoy time to inventory their interests and talents, brainstorm creative ideas, and form partnerships to move those ideas forward.
Lunch will be provided, so RSVPs are critical . Please let the Church Office know you will be attending by Feb. 5. Questions: Contact Michelle Beadle at pastorbeadle@gmail.com
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