March 7, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent and our journey to Easter. Throughout this season, we will be exploring the theme of “journey” and our own road or path of faith.  Many of us will devote more time this season to reading the Bible, praying, engaging in works of justice and peace, and attending special services and opportunities. Saturday, you are invited to engage in a spiritual retreat led by our intern, Joseph Michael. Each Wednesday you can attend noon services at Trinity Chapel.       
                                                   
On Sunday, March 31 st you will be able to ponder the story of the Prodigal Son or the Parable of the Loving Father by viewing an original reproduction of Rembrandt’s painting, “The Prodigal Son.”
                                                                                                                                      In these weeks, we turn our focus to our relationship with God and what we may experience along our faith journey.  

I recently listened to a podcast with Representative John Lewis as part of Krista Tippet’s, Becoming Wise,” series. In that podcast, Lewis says, “I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward is already done.” Civil rights leader John Lewis on living as if the “beloved community” were already our reality.          

Here’s a link to the whole podcast if you would like to listen to it: 
https://onbeing.org/programs/beloved-community-john-lewis-2/#audio                                            

His words resonated with my heart and I have decided that in this Lenten season, I want to work on living as if the “beloved community” was my reality. What does that look like? How will that influence my behavior with others?                                                                                 

What spiritual practice might you adopt this year?
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 
"Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions.... Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the 'Beloved.' Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence."                                                                 
~Henri Nouwen, 20th century
Sunday Worship
First Sunday in Lent -- The Wandering Way
Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, recounts the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery. Our Gospel Lesson is from Luke 4: 1-13. After Jesus’ baptism, he went on a pilgrimage into the wilderness. A common practice among spiritual leaders of his day, this was a time to dig deep into the humanity of his soul. Along the way he encounters what we all encounter along the paths of life–temptations to stray from the path that God has intended for us. But “all who wander are not lost”–for it is in the wandering that we find our true selves.                                                

This Sunday we will be recognizing our Girl Scouts. Spirit and Young Spirit will be leading us in song this Sunday. 
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 (10:30a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship.  Facilitated by Lee Thomas.

Let’s Talk               9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
 Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
The Bible and Spiritual Disciplines: From Birth to Epitaph
March 10, 17, 24, and 3. 
With Rev. Richard Leslie. 
We Need Your Help!
Saturday, March 9 we are hosting a large banquet in the Community Room. Set up will begin around noon and the banquet will finish at 12 midnight.
Seeking individuals who can act as hospitality to our guests. It can be as little or big amount of time as you have to spare. Please let me know if you are able to help us out! aaguilar@erucc.org
Coffee and Happy Hours with Pastor Daniel

I was the speaker for the Chimes group in February and enjoyed having the uninterrupted time to have a conversation with the group. I would really enjoy having that same kind of time with other members of the congregation.  

Here are some times when I invite you to come by the church office for a conversation:

Thursday, March 14   4:30-6:00 p.m. -  Happy Hour
Monday, April 1       9-10 a.m.  - Coffee
Tuesday, April 9      5:30-7  p.m. - Happy Hour 
DAY RETREAT: Experiencing God as Living Water
– Led by Joe Michael  SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!
Please join us for a spring cleansing retreat on March 9 th  from 1 to 5 pm in Trinity Chapel. This time will incorporate prayer, meditation, reflection, and sacred silence as we experience the living water of God's spirit. We will be reflecting on God's cleansing and refreshing. Please RSVP by March 4 th by contacting the church office or:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CA9AB2DA46-experience  
CELEBRATE JOSEPH MICHAEL on March 17, 2019
Our student intern, Joseph Michael’s last Sunday with us will be March 17. Please plan to come and thank him for his time with us. He’s been a blessing to our congregation and we are grateful to have been a part of his faith journey.
BUILDING FUND AND YOUTH FUNDRAISER: 
Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17
Save the date and join us for our biggest joint fundraiser. The Frederick County Homebuilders Home Show is March 16 & 17. Our job is to work the gates welcoming visitors, handing out the programs and collecting a suggested parking fee. Last year we made over $2,000.   It doesn’t work without you and especially our youth. If you have questions, contact Joe Adkins at jadkins@cityoffrederick.com Sign up here:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4baaab2ca3f85-homeshow  
ERUCC Scholarships Available

ERUCC is fortunate to have several scholarship programs available to our members as they seek educational opportunities to develop knowledge and skill in realization of their full potential. The McCardell Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Robert McCardell in honor and memory of members of the McCardell family. The Kieffer Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Henri L.G. Kieffer, pastor of this church from 1910-1946. The Liz Coffey Scholarship Fund was established in memory and honor of our beloved youth Liz Coffey.

Contributions to these Scholarship Funds by members and friends of the church are always welcomed.

These scholarships are gifts to church members for post-secondary undergraduate education and are awarded by the Scholarship Committee. The awards are based on the quality of the candidate's plan for use of the funds, the ability and promise of the applicant, and the need for financial assistance. The aid may continue for subsequent years after an interview with the Scholarship Committee, submission of intent to reapply, and a transcript of grades for the current year.

Scholarship applications are available through the Church Office for new applicants (301-662-2762) or aaguilar@erucc.org

Students wishing to renew scholarships must also contact the Church Office providing the information requested. All application materials must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee through the Church Office by the April 30 deadline.

Any further questions can be directed to Sandra Trout, Chairman of Scholarship Committee at troutsandra@aol.com .
Easter Flowers
This year we will purchasing Easter lilies from the Dutch Plant farm to decorate the Sanctuary and Chapel for Easter.

Orders are due by March 24. CLICK HERE for the form.
THIRD ANNUAL ERUCC GOLF TOURNAMENT!
Monday, April 22 at Clustered Spires
(rain date: 4/29)

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!
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762