April 11, 2019
Dear Congregation:

Yesterday, I read a piece by writer and artist, Jan Richardson, as she reflected on the meaning of Palm Sunday. I found it thought provoking and so appropriate for our Lenten theme of, “The Way.” Hope you find it meaningful as we approach Holy Week.

This is the week we remember once again the moment when Jesus enters Jerusalem, moving with intention and deliberation into what waits for him there.                                         

In some respects, the final stretch of Jesus’ path has been laid out for him. We know what will happen to him after he enters the city. We know the terrible road he will walk to the cross. Yet Jesus is no helpless victim here, no passive participant. He is not dragged into Jerusalem, nor does he slink into the city on the sly. Jesus does not cease to make his own road as he chooses to walk with courage and clarity.  

This week invites us to consider how we are moving through our own journey—through Lent as well as through life. Are we allowing ourselves to be swept along by circumstances, traveling our road by default? Or are we seeking to walk with intention and discernment, creating our path with some measure of the courage and clarity by which Christ walked his, even in the midst of forces that may lie beyond our control? 

There is a time for stillness, for waiting for Christ as he makes his dancing way toward us. And there is a time to be in motion, to set out on a path, knowing that although God is everywhere, and always with us, we sometimes need a journey in order to meet God—and ourselves—anew.                                                                                                                           

This is a week to ask, how do we meet God in motion? How do we move toward the One who is already making his way toward us? Whatever circumstance we may find ourselves in, how do we participate in creating our path? What road is calling to us and has our name written on its stones? Will we go? 

( Jan Richardson, from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons )
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 
"The measure of a man is what he does with power." 
~Plato, 4th century B.C.E.
Sunday Worship
Palm Sunday – The Other Way (Service Road)
On Palm Sunday, we shout our praises before quieting our voices to enter into the passion of our God. We will hear of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as we read from Luke 19: 28-40 and then of his passion in Luke 22: 14 – 23: 56. When Jesus’ critics urge him to silence his exuberant followers, Jesus says that if they were silent even the stones would shout forth his praise.             

This moment on this road for Jesus feels both like the end and the beginning. Such are so many moments of our lives. A pilgrimage may reach its destination but the hope, the wisdom, the lessons learned along the way have offered a new starting point for us. What have we learned and what transformation–what “other way”–are we called to in the name of right relationship in our lives?                                                                                                                                      

Special music will be provided by Market Street Brass and the Senior Choir. 
Adult Education
Let’s Study the Bible                       9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  
Meets in the Liz Coffey Room, basement of the main sanctuary building
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 (10:30 a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship.  Facilitated by Rev. Lee Thomas.

Let’s Talk               9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room
  Welcome to the United Church of Christ
This month we will explore how the UCC thinks, proclaims, works, equips, and engages each part of the denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. 
April 14    A Commitment to Covenant: Connecting Congregations with the Wider Church
Easter Tradition
Each year, the congregation of ERUCC brings fresh cut flowers to church on Easter Sunday. These flowers are displayed on a cross in front of our church.  Please continue this beautiful tradition and bring your fresh cut flowers to display on our beautiful cross!
ERUCC 3 rd Annual Stay-at-Home Work Week    
April 22-26     8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    
I n the past two years, we have replaced ceiling tiles and lighting, painted, installed flooring and cabinets, cleaned, decluttered, and then painted some more. This year we have painting to do as well as renovations to the old bathrooms in the main sanctuary building. Also, replacing the vanity in the archives room on the second floor of the parish house with shelving units. Other projects as well. All hands are needed for the work .
See the list in the Community Room or sign up to help on line at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e4ca9ab2da46-erucc1

David Howard
Pot Luck and Program

April 17 from 5:30-7:00 pm
Community Room
Lent is a time of reflection, of soul-searching and taking stock of our lives. For thousands of years, religious people have made journeys of the heart as a way of gaining perspective and insight, with pilgrimages of many different kinds. Inspired by passages in the scriptures that talk about the journeys, roads and pathways of life, we will make our “way” together through this poignant season. 
Many of us have watched the move, “the Way,” featuring Martin Sheen and his journey along the Camino de Santiago. ERUCC has its own Camino traveler in David Howard. David will be sharing stories and images of his journey along this ancient path.
Bring some food to share as we gather on Wednesday, March 17 th at 5:30 in the Community Room. It’s Holy Week and what better way to remember the journey of Jesus to the cross than to reflect on our own journeys.
Interfaith Passover Seder – Saturday, April 27, 5 p.m.
Join Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick, ERUCC, Calvary UMC, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at a celebration of Passover. We will partake in dinner and the ritual meal of the holiday that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and the start of Spring. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interfaith-passover-seder-tickets-57724535640
At Calvary UMC, 131 W. 2 nd Street, Frederick
Monday, April 22 at Clustered Spires
(rain date: 4/29)

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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701