April 18, 2019
Dear Congregation:

Tonight, we will gather in the sanctuary and remember the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples. We remember that at this meal, he took off his garment and used it to wash the feet of the disciples. They were shocked and said, “Lord, we should be washing your feet!” Jesus replied, “I am doing this to set an example for you.” Nothing is more powerful than someone acting on their convictions and values.

Tonight, we gather to remember that we, too, are called to be an example, living reminders of the hope we have in Jesus Christ. We gather tonight to pray and break bread and remember that Jesus called us to share. Tonight, we remember that we are called to be servants to one another and neighbors near and far.

Tomorrow, we will gather and hear of Jesus’ death on the cross. We will feel his pain and we will remember that God knows our pain. We will take the time to pray and listen in the dark, even though it is hard to admit our struggles. 

These worship moments prepare us for the great Easter celebration when we come and remember that nothing in all of creation can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. We will sing and pray and hear scripture that reminds us that God gathers up the broken pieces of our lives and shapes them into something new.

I invite you to come and remember. Come and see and experience the good news that death and destruction does not have the final say. Light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.
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 
"Power consists in deciding which story shall be told."
~Carolyn Heilbrun
Join us tonight:
7:30 p.m. – Holy Communion and Tenebrae Service (Main Sanctuary)
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34). 
This service has three main parts:
  • A Service of Light-- based on the traditional Vespers service in which we recognize Christ our Light;
  • A Service of Holy Communion in which we are invited to participate as one of The Twelve at the Last Supper;
  • A Service of Shadows--Tenebrae--in which we meditate on the Passion of Christ and experience in dramatic form the extinguishing of the Light.

Join us tomorrow:

Good Friday -- April 19  Noon and 7:30        (Main Sanctuary)
Our services this day focus on the painful journey through Jesus’ arrest, trials, crucifixion, and death on the cross. We will read scripture describing the events of this day accompanied by periods of reflection.  
Sunday Worship
In the Easter story as recorded by Luke 24: 1-12 when the women come to the tomb they are met by two men who ask, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead. It spurs recall of Jesus’ teaching. Resurrection is not a matter of fear, but of joyful faith. Acts 10:34–43 tells about Peter’s witness to the God revealed in Christ, whose impartiality offers acceptance to all.                                                                                                                                                     
Special music will be provided by brass as well as our vocal choirs. This morning communion will be served to you as you are seated in the pews.
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 Esther Ziegler.

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 21     General Synod: The Gathering of 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

Family Shelter HOST WEEK: 
MAY 4, 2019 - MAY 10, 2019
Site Coordinator: Rebecca Shillingburg
Email: rebecca.shillingburg@gmail.com
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