July 18, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Today, our group of youth and adults, is traveling back to Frederick from our two week trip to Germany. During that time, we have seen historic sites in Germany and Lisbon, Portugal. We have visited more than a few churches and eaten a lot of new food. We have jumped into the waters of the Baltic Sea, visited a coal mine, and walked through an old forest. We have challenged ourselves with canoeing and biking. We participated in work projects and discussions about the environment, history, and education. We planned and worshipped together. We have navigated meeting people and getting to know them when we didn’t speak their language. All of us have been challenged to move out of our comfort zones and in the process have gained increased confidence and resilience.
          
The highlight of this exchange, as always, is the time we spend sharing life with our host families. We gain new perspectives about our own families, lives, church, country and the world. Marcel Proust wrote, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”  This has certainly been my experience of travel.
          
For us as people who follow the way of Jesus, we experience a shared life of work for peace and justice. Together, we explored why we need to care for God’s creation as we care for the most vulnerable of God’s people. 
          
Come on Sunday and hear more about this transformative experience in the life of our youth and the adults who accompanied them.   
           
Many thanks for all your prayers and support that make these experiences possible.
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
We are called to listen to God’s word of grace, and then let it shape our living. Christ changes all priorities, cutting through distracting social expectations. Colossians 1:15–28 portrays Christ at the center of everything; the universe is being reconciled to God through Christ. The Gospel lesson, Luke 6: 36-42, asks us to examine our own lives before pointing out the faults in others.  
Adult Education
  Sunday, July 7
  Adult Forum             9:30 – 10:15 a.m.     North Meeting Room

Sunday Serendipity           9:30 – 10:15 a.m.   Community Room
  Germany Trip report – Youth and adults will share their experience of meeting with our German partners.
On Monday, July 29 at 7 pm, join us at the ERUCC Downtown Community Room, 15 West Church Street in Frederick, for an author talk and book signing with Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and author of “Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World.”

On the morning of December 14, 2012, stay-at-home-mom Shannon Watts was folding laundry when the news broke that there had been a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut involving young children. Outraged and heartbroken, Shannon felt an overwhelming need to act. Discovering there was no organization for gun violence similar to MADD—Mothers Against Drunk Driving—she vowed to build it.

“Fight Like a Mother” is the powerful story of how one mother’s cry for action started a national women’s movement. Moms Demand Action has established chapters in all 50 states and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action, and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly 6 million supporters

This event is presented in partnership with Curious Iguana and Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ (ERUCC). Free and open to the public; no registration required. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more information, contact Curious Iguana at 301-695-2500, info@curiousiguana.com.
Young Adult Cookout
(ages 18-35)  
Sunday, July 21 4:30 p.m.
6619 Teal Loop, Frederick, MD 21703
Come and catch up with everyone for a night of food and fellowship! Main dish will be provided. Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share. Contact Catie Sexton for questions: 301-663-5912
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Frederick City Feeder School Supply Distribution
Thursday, August 15 th is the date for the annual Frederick City Feeder School Supply distribution. You can help children and youth in our community get off to a great start as they begin a new school year by donating school supplies, funds for the purchase of supplies, and volunteering at the annual Frederick City School Supply distribution day.

The Religious Coalition along with volunteers from local churches, The Temple School, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, and other community members will help distribute school supplies for the 2019-20 school year to Frederick City families in need.

The school supply drive will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 199 North Place, Frederick. We have access the entire building and so have expanded the distribution day to include a reading area and the ability to have activities as the families wait for distribution to start.

Hope you can help.  We need volunteers from 8 am to 8 pm registering families, organizing the supplies, supervising in the movie area, reading books, distributing supplies, and clean-up.

Here is a sign-up link for volunteers:
If you wish to make a donation of school supplies, see the attached list. You can donate school supplies through the United Way's "Stuff the Bus" program at various locations around the county or drop the supplies off on the day of distribution on August 15 th .

You can also make a financial donation through the Religious Coalition https://www.thereligiouscoalition.org/support-us/donate/ .  Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the donate online link for a one-time donation to school supplies.  There is also information on how to donate by mail. Please mark your checks “school supplies.”

The funds given through the Coalition are then spent on school supplies by me and other members of the “buying” team. 
Can't help with the distribution? Perhaps you can add one of these items to your shopping list and drop it off at church? Click HERE for the list of supplies.
Summer 2019 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 Click HERE to sign up!
SAVE THE DATE – BETHANY BEACH RETREAT WEEKEND
September 20-22, 2019
Back by popular demand -- Bethany Beach weekend. While we were not able to secure Alexander Campbell Hall with its 80 beds, we do have the Stone House and Disciples House on the property for 48 beds. If we need more beds, we can rent rooms in Campbell Hall where we stayed last time and join another church group scheduled for that building.
Check your calendars and let us know if you are interested. All ages are welcome. Please let us know if you intend to join the fun. We are starting a list of attendees: aaguilar@erucc.org
Vacation Bible School 2019
August 5-10
9 am to Noon in Trinity Chapel. 
4 years old through 6 th grade.
    
$35 Registration fee until end of July
Click HERE for the Registration Form
The Downtown Community Room @ERUCC launched it's new website.
Check it out by clicking the photo to the right.

Feedback welcomed! aaguilar@erucc.org
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762