May 16, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:

I have been attending the Festival of Homiletics this week in Minneapolis, Minnesota and sharing the experience with John and Rebecca Shillingburg. This is a continuing education event for preachers bringing together over 1,500 participants as we listen to lectures and sermons by some of the best preachers and professors of preaching in the USA.
This year’s theme, “Preaching as Moral Imagination,” wonders if the church, especially its preaching, still has a role in shaping the moral imagination of society. When many other voices insist on what morality, social norms, the good life, and “do unto others” look like, where does the church and its preaching step in and proclaim something different or distinctive? This year’s Festival of Homiletics theme believes that preaching indeed can make a difference for how our society, our nation, and our world can imagine morality, interpret the Bible, and construct theology that trusts in God’s activity and agency in the world God loves.
Every day of the conference I experienced three worship services with preaching and two lectures on preaching. I attended lectures on topics such as, “Preaching Dangerous Sermons” and “Preaching As Science Fiction.” I heard a presentation on generosity through art. Great music accompanied the preaching. 

Here are a few highlights of what I heard in sermons:
  • We will not break the strange-hold of money-love on our American Christians with one sermon, so…let us summon every ounce of courage, craft, subtlety, artistry, sensitivity, boldness, cleverness, creativity, and furious persistence to help people see that…money is unworthy of our love. But people are. All people. No exceptions. And the earth—every mountain, river, wetland, breeze, tree, and sparrow…”  (Brian McClaren)
  • “We need a moral Pentecost in our society today….Tongues from heaven to come on the church and give us new language to do right…Silence is betrayal. ” (William Barber, II)
  • There are legions of chasms in the world today – our families, our churches, between political parties. We are called to preach in the chasm and make bridges. (Frank Thomas)
I am grateful for the continuing education funds and time offered by ERUCC. Opportunities to attend programs such as the Festival of Homiletics challenge the head and renew my heart. Thank you.
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 
"If [we are] to survive, [we] will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between [us] and between cultures. [We] will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear." (Gene Roddenberry)
Sunday Worship
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Among the most potent tools used by Rome and empires in general for maintaining power and control is to create and maintain a system that keeps people divided. Acts 11:1–18 presents a direct challenge to this imperial system with the radical claim of a resurrection spirit that unites. 
The poet of Psalm 148 sings that the whole world should praise God; no matter what creature, no matter what station a human found in life. All people and all creation find a common unity in one voice. Revelation 21:1–6 reveals the new heaven and the new earth, and the possibility that things as we know them may change, fade, and pass away. In leaving his earthly life, Jesus, in John 13:31–35, calls on his followers to love one another.
           
The Senior Choir will be singing. The Rev. Richard Leslie will be preaching and leading worship today.
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
  Healthy Lives and Conversations
May 19      
The Conversation Project with Cathie Duncan and Marj Berkheimer
The Conversation Project is designed to help families have The Talk about end of life care and wishes. We will present a power point and share handouts : The Starter Kit.

No matter what your age, this is a subject of utmost importance.
June Trinity Chimes is in the works!

Submit all articles/announcements by Sunday, May 19!! aaguilar@erucc.org
Learning To Live a Full Life With Grief
A Grief Support Group Facilitated by Jo Ann Fritz

Loss comes to all of us at some time or another with multiple feelings, behaviors and choosing unhealthy lifestyles. It is important to move forward with your grief and at your own pace. Grief never ends, but our ability to live with it can get easier, but never forgetting our loved ones in the process.

All types of losses are included in this group: Loss of spouse, child, parent, friend, pet, job, etc. In this group we will not judge the losses, but work together to make life better for all. Togetherness, sharing, learning and supporting are key to moving forward.

The plan is to meet in the Thomas Room on Wednesdays at 1:00. Please call Jo Ann Fritz at 301-788-3640 for questions or to express interest.
Share Your Thoughts....on Thursday

We're looking for some writers for Thursday Thoughts for the summer months. We had guest writers during Pastor Daniel's sabbatical and the congregation really enjoyed the variety of perspectives and learning more about one another.

Interested? Let Pastor Daniel know and we will get you on the schedule. You would need to have a few paragraphs with your thoughts to the church office by Wednesday of your week.
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DRIVERS NEED : Drivers are needed for airport drop off and pickup. Drop off would be early on July 3 rd (around 7:30 a.m.) and pickup is July 18 th at 8 p.m.. Please contact Marc Kline at 240 446 5662 or klinemr@comcast.net
Spring Foyer Duty
Foyer Volunteers sit in the foyer during the 10:30 worship service to welcome late comers, direct visitors and redirect anyone who is not entering for the worship service. The goal of having foyer volunteers is to provide a welcoming atmosphere while maintaining a safe and secure environment.
Interfaith Nature Walk at Catoctin Creek Park
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3PM - 5PM
2929 Sumantown Rd, Middletown, MD 21769
Sponsored by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
FREDERICK PRIDE 2019

HELP SHARE THE MESSAGE OF ERUCC’S RADICAL HOSPITALITY at Frederick Pride. Frederick Pride is celebrating its 8th year in 2019!

This year’s festival takes place Saturday, June 22, 2019, once again at Carroll Creek Linear Park in beautiful, historic Downtown Frederick.

ERUCC will have a table with information about the church. BUT the best information to share is about the spirit of our congregation and our people. 

Please contact the church office ( erucc@erucc.org ), Pastor Daniel ( bkdaniel@erucc.org ), or Tyler York ( tylerlyork@gmail.com ) if you are interested in helping. We’ll need people to set up the table between 10 and 11. People to host the table from 10:30 – 6:30 and then to clean things up and get stuff back to the church.
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