October 24, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Many of us have experienced the power of hospitality. I know our youth group has experienced this so many times as we have traveled to North Carolina and Germany and to General Synod and UCC Youth Events. I know our adults have experienced the power of hospitality when we travel and encounter neighbors in other parts of the world.

People who come through the doors of our church are experiencing the power of hospitality when you greet them for worship and when you are serving on the welcome team for one of our community events. Amy and I have heard over and over again from people holding their meetings or events or parties in our space, that one of the things that stands out for them is the ‘vibe.” The warm welcome. The hospitality. 
           
The gift of hospitality helps to transform people’s perceptions of church and for some of them, transforms their whole understanding of what churches are all about.
           
ERUCC has become so adept at welcoming and housing groups from all over the world that we often take for granted that this is something we do and we enjoy doing it.  Then we have a group, such as we had this weekend from Catawba College, and we are reminded that providing hospitality really can change lives. For some students, it was a transformative experience to stay with a family with three small children or one of our same gender couples. For some students, participating in the multifaith concert for peace was the first time they experienced the Muslim call to prayer, a Buddhist chant, or knew that the Baha’i faith had songs. 

Thank you, ERUCC, for being open and affirming for all our guests and continuing to provide radical hospitality. Thank you, for being the Church.
          
Here’s a word of thanks from Dr. Phillip Burgess, Catawba College. 

Words cannot express how much ERUCC has done for Catawba College to make this Back to Our Roots Tour a success. First of all, great Ministerial leadership, volunteerism, open affirming and welcoming students into their homes, arranging activities to enjoy all that Frederick MD has to offer. Churches all speak of the Love of Christ. BUT this is LOVE IN ACTION....True Faith with Works. I am so overwhelmed. Our students were truly moved by the generosity. This is the BEST life lesson to represent what it means to be a Christian.
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
Sunday Worship
 Our lesson for this week is 1 John 4:7-12. Rev. Michelle Beadle will be preaching as we begin a series on white privilege. Pastor Daniel will be leading the liturgy.   
                                             
The Senior Choir will be singing and  Market Street Brass will be joining us. Please remember that this Sunday we are receiving and dedicating or commitments for 2020.  
This Sunday concludes our four-week annual stewardship/generosity campaign. Our time of offering will also be our time of commitment in worship.

All worshipers will be invited to come forward during this time of dedication and offering, and will have a choice of up to three ways to participate.

  1. You may place your offering in the offering plates on the communion table.
  2. You may place your pledge for giving in 2020 in the basket on the communion table.
  3. You may also post a heart on the heart board nearest you, responding to one of two questions:
  •       How have I experienced ERUCC as a Face of Love?
  •       How will I commit to being a Face of Love in the coming year?
 
At the conclusion of the service, those who have made a 2020 pledge are invited to create their own Faces of Love heart, found on the table near the palms en route to the stairs and elevator.

Thank you to each of those who have contributed of their time and talents over these past weeks and months. Special thanks to Colleen Baldree for her creative talents in designing the logo and creating the posters, to Rob Peters for creating the very large heart used in the bit sanctuary, and to Susan Kulp for creating the chapel heart.

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.
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                              Community Room
How Are the Children? (Part 2)
Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention: A new video curriculum for UCC audiences. In 2017, delegates to the United Church of Christ General Synod passed a Resolution of Witness calling for an end to the ill-treatment of Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli military prisons. Discover why the UCC and other faith communities are calling urgently for an end to this systematic abuse of children. Features video testimony from UCC national executive leaders John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon and James Moos. 
This discussion will be led by Esther Ziegler.

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. Facilitated by Rev. Richard Leslie

Adult Forum                  Flora Room   
Traits of a Healthy Spirituality
Sister Melannie Svoboda defines and describes 20 specific indicators of a healthy spirituality. The indicators: self-esteem, wonder, joy, friendship, courage, tolerance, and the like, are "signs" rooted in life, yet solidly based on Scripture. Led by Allen Maples and Cindy Duranko.
275 th  Fundraising Fall Festival Chili Cook-off
Saturday November 2, 2019 in the Downtown Community Room
Cost: $10 entry fee

Details: Games, Music, Chili Cook-off (Prize TBD), Beer and Wine available for purchase. ALL PROCEEDS to benefit ERUCC's 275th Anniversary Events. 
 
We are looking for some volunteer Chili Chefs, and a few volunteers to help set up the event, sell the beer & wine, and help in the kitchen. Please reach out to Trish Coffey [ trishcoffey1195@gmail.com ] or Owen York [ owenjyork@gmail.com ] for further details. 
We will be ordering poinsettias from Frederick High School this year. All funds will benefit the horticultural program and Frederick High FFA Chapter. Each plant will have 4 to 6 blooms and will cost $10.00 per plant .  Plants will be placed in the Sanctuary and in Trinity Chapel.

To order, please fill out the form and return with payment to the church office no later than November 1 st
CLICK HERE To RSVP
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
301-662-2762