November 21, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Last week, Amy and I attended a workshop on the social media platform, Instagram. People my age use Facebook. Our teenagers and younger adults prefer to use Instagram for communication. Amy challenged me to record a day in my life on Instagram and so I did. Every few hours on Sunday, I posted a photo of what I was doing, who I was with, and a few comments. It was a lot of fun trying to figure out what people might find interesting about my day. I shared the photo the youth group really liked as I pulled compostable material from the trash. They added #we compost.
           
Amy has been posting photos of things that are happening around the church as well as groups that have been using the space. All of this is to give you an idea of who is coming in and out of our beautiful space.

If you’re on Facebook, you’ve seen a lot of photos as we have captured our members and friends in the act of cleaning, painting, moving stuff, teaching, cooking, etc. We like seeing one another in action. I’ve also learned that other people like seeing how we work and play together.  Now I know how to use another social media platform to get the word out about the wonderful people of ERUCC, all that we do and the joy we share as we work together.
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
"Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone--we find it with another." (Thomas Merton, Love and Living)
Sunday Worship
The reign of God, observed on this Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. The Apostle Paul proclaims the reign of Christ in Colossians 1: 11-20. In our Gospel lesson, Luke 23: 33-43, at the place of the Skull, Jesus is crucified.  The Senior Choir will be singing as well as Children’s Music and Movement.          
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                              Community Room
Video Series- Climate Crisis, Faith and Justice
Cliff Barr will facilitate using the video series Renewal, Stories from America's Religious-Environmental Movement.   

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. 
Forgot Your pledge? It's Not Too Late:
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.
THANKSGIVING SERVICES AT ERUCC
November 28
Thanksgiving Day
10:00 a.m.
Service of Thanksgiving in Trinity Chapel. This service will include an anthem by the Senior Choir, a reading of the President’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, and the singing of traditional Thanksgiving hymns, including, “America the Beautiful.”
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Support Our Youth!
Part of our tradition is to hold a Youth Dress Up Dinner around the holidays. This year we will be hosting the youth on Sunday, December 8th.
We are asking for help with the food for this dinner experience. All items need to be delivered to the church by December 1st. 
HANGING OF THE GREENS
November 24 from Noon – 2:00 p.m.
The more hands, the merrier, and the quicker we will get things done.
Join us after morning worship to help ready the church for Christmas.
ERUCC Christmas Pageant Star Search
We are working on an ERUCC Christmas Pageant! Come learn more about this fabulous show STAR SEARCH. Rehearsals are on Mondays at 5:00 pm in the Choir Room. We will generally rehearse Monday evenings from 5-5:30 pm with two additional rehearsals on Sunday, December 8 following the 10:30 worship service and Friday, December 13 in the evening (dress rehearsal). The show date is Sunday, December 15.  We would love to have you! If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please contact Tricia Coffey ( trishcoffey1195@gmail.com or 301-455-8720). We look forward to having you join us–it’s going to be great fun!!!
CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP
Enjoy the annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship this holiday season in Downtown Frederick. This special open house celebrates Frederick’s tradition of religious diversity, local history, and the holiday season on Thursday, December 26, 2019 from 4:00-9:00pm. This is Frederick's most popular church tour and is a great opportunity to step inside some of its most beautiful buildings.

As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight. Guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. 
Stop by the Information Center at 19 E Church Street to pick up a printed map of participating sites and other information about Frederick including dining, shopping, and lodging guides.

Parking garages are indicated on the map. There is a fee of $1 per hour at garages. Meters in Downtown Frederick are free after 5pm. Vehicles with disability placard can park for free in metered spots for double the time. 

ERUCC: Sign up for one or as many shifts as you like. If you would prefer to have a sitting job, consider signing up for an inside MAIN position. Please contact Julie Clark, Jclarkad@yahoo.com, 301-305-8181 with any questions you may have. Thank you for volunteering!!
SIGN UP HERE:
Wednesday Advent Services
Trinity Chapel
15 West Church Street
December 4, 11, and 18
12 noon – 12:15 p.m. Service of Prayer
12:15 – 12:50 Soup Lunch & Reflection
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS
 Based on Mike Slaughter’s popular book Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, our mid-week Advent services will explore how to find peace and joy at Christmas and throughout the year.
December 4                       Expect a Miracle
December 11                    Giving Up on Perfect
December 18                    By a Different Road
CLAIMING OUR STORY…OWNING OUR STORY…HONORING OUR STORY
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

Stories are transformational. Stories is how we make meaning of our lives. We have stories of joy, bliss, trust, betrayal, gratitude, connection, loss and so on. Stories transform over a period of time just as we do.

How do you tell your story? Has your story transformed you? What have you gained from your experience? Do you embrace all your experiences?
During this time together, we will create a safe space in which we can explore ways to own our stories, honor them, and learn from them. We don't need anyone other than ourselves to honor our stories. But sharing our stories in a circle of trust can be affirming and healing. 
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: 
Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in ERUCC. Don't forget to add bkdaniel@erucc.org to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox!
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762