February 7, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:

In October of 2016, I was invited to be in the inaugural CREDO program with the United Church of Christ. Both the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church, USA, have embraced this program. It is a holistic wellness benefit that offers clergy space and resources to examine significant areas of their lives. It encourages leaders to discern prayerfully the future direction of their vocation as they respond to God’s call.

As part of that program, I was placed into a cohort group with three other colleagues from across the country. Hal is serving a congregation in Colorado, Curran in northern California, and Jeff in Connecticut. We clicked from day one and so appreciated the insights that we could share with each other. Those five days together were a powerful a reminder that we need people to journey with us. When the week was over, we decided to stay in contact, checking in at least once a month and meeting face-to-face once a year.                                                      

This week I spent time with Hal, Curran and Jeff reflecting on our ministries, sharing ideas about worship and administration, praying, and walking. We shared ideas women’s and men’s retreat, Bible studies, fellowship activities. We shared thoughts about how we are doing as clergy in this rapidly changing world as well as how we are keeping our promises to our families. 
                                                                                                                                      One of the conversations we shared was about loss and grief, how what we think is change is more than change, it is also grief. That what we see happening in our world causes us to feel grief as we see civility erode and behaviors and things we used to be able to count on disappear.  As we talked, I reflected that even though we are excited about our new space and the opportunities it offers us, there is loss involved. Our smaller, more intimate social room is no more. Some of us get lost as we wander around the space and try to remember where the new rooms are. Some of our members and friends have gotten older and are no longer able to attend worship on Sunday mornings and we miss them. We asked ourselves, do we acknowledge the losses in our lives? Not just the death of loved ones but other losses that come along with change.
                                                                                                                                      I was grateful for a poem Curran shared and that I share with you that reminded me that we have a community, the church, where we can not only acknowledge our losses but where we can find comfort and strength in the midst of life. I hope these words give you something to reflect on today and in the days ahead.        
                                                             
            No One Swims Alone by Judy Brown

No one swims alone: 
An old rule in the home
Where I grew up along the lake 
Safety first.

No one swims alone
No matter what their strength.
So here, as well, in azure seas, 
For those of us swimming 
Through losses in our lives,
No one should swim alone.
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    
  "In a gentle way, you can shake the world." (Mahatma Gandhi, 20th century)

Sunday Worship
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Isaiah has a vision of heavenly splendor in Isaiah 6:1-8 and hears a voice from heaven: “Here am I; send me!” Jesus teaches beside the sea in Luke 5:1-11, and then commands his disciples, “Put out into the deep water.”                                                                                      

This Sunday we will be recognizing our Boy Scouts. Spirit and Young Spirit will be leading us in song this Sunday. 
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.
Fellowship Help
Each Sunday after 10:30am service at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, volunteers set up snacks and drinks in the community room. ERUCC members and visitors gather after church for an average of an hour in the community room. Typically, snacks and drinks are provided so unless you desire to supplement with your own treats or gifts, it is not necessary. Ideally, if 2 volunteers sign up, you should have enough time to organize the food and drinks, set out plates and cups and cleaning up afterwards. 
Arrive at 9:30am if you would like to sit through part of the service, otherwise I would suggest setting up no later than 10:30am. Plan on spending an hour cleaning up afterwards.
You may use any food or drink item found in the pantry, the walk in fridge, the fridge near the door, and the freezer by the sink. Check for labels to be sure it is not saved for another event. If you add or return an item to the fridge or freezer, label it with the stickers found near the coffee pots. 
Coffee will be made before the early service so refill the containers from the large coffee maker. Dump all these at the end of your shift. Cold drinks are found in the walk in fridge and fridge by the door. Look in the pantry for pitchers and lemondae mixes. 
Paper products are on the shelves near the mop closet. Silverware and dishes are inside the cabinet near the freezer. I can orient you to the dishwasher at your first visit. 
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
YOUTH SUB SALE
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The sandwiches will be available for pick up on Saturday, February 9th beginning at 5:30 pm or on Sunday, February 10th. Thanks again for your support! 
God's Kids Club - Tubing at Liberty Mountain –
Friday, February 8  –  7-9 p.m.
This is for those 5 years and up. The cost is $25.00 a person. Please RSVP with payment by today, February 3rd to Kim Sexton. Each person will need a completed release form: CLICK HERE to get the form. For questions, contact Kim at ksexton@erucc.org .
We couldn’t do it without you!
Nick Brown, Executive Director of The Religious Coalition sends his thank you to us with the above words. I believe him, because I know how much we need each other as a church. We couldn’t host the Emergency Family Shelter (EFS) without our volunteers who make dinner and spend time with the families.
In December, our team of volunteers from ERUCC, UUCF, and Kol Ami hosted 3 families, feeding them dinner each evening when they arrived. The parents were so grateful to have loving people willing to listen and provide home for a week.
With construction behind us, our church will host the EFS four weeks this year. We host from Saturday to Saturday. The weekly start dates are Feb. 16, May 4, Sept. 21, Dec. 14. Sign up using the link below:
SING-A-LONG WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Saturday, February 9
6-9 pm
ERUCC Community Room
Pot luck supper – bring a dish to share
(Beverages and popcorn will be
provided by the church)

Let’s start at the very beginning.  This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time.  We’ll watch the movie on the “big” screens in the Community Room and sing along with cast.
                                                                                           
This is a fellowship event for the whole family. Invite your family and friends to join us.
Everybody's Birthday Party
Saturday, February 23rd
5 to 7 p.m.
Downtown Community Room at ERUCC
Everybody has a birthday so this party is for you!

The Community Room will be decked out for a birthday party complete with party hats and birthday cake.  We will have 12 separate party tables, (one for each birth month) each decorated in its own unique party theme. You’ll be invited to sit at the table of your birthday month.
 
Please bring a main dish, side dish or salad to share. 

After supper we will play some games. The evening will end as we sing Happy Birthday to one another and then cut into the birthday cake!
We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in decorating a table for your birthday month, please contact Starr Schaeberle or Pastor Daniel.  
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!
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