February 14, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:

Last Friday, I was invited to participate in a discussion of county Executive Jan Gardner’s Community Leadership goals. ERUCC member, RaeAnn Butler also participated as over 80 community leaders came together to review the County Executive’s accomplishments during her first term in five key areas: education, jobs, seniors, community needs, and growth.           

Much has been done in creating a healthier, safer, and more livable Frederick but as we know, there is still more work to do. I appreciate the County Executive’s commitment to including community leaders as goals and priorities are set for our community. I appreciate the commitment and energy leaders in our community bring to working with others.
                                           
Among the topics we spoke about were affordable housing, access to jobs, funding of our educational institutions, the needs of older citizens, access to mental health services, transportation, and youth services.

Participating in that circle of conversation was truly a gift and a reminder that the best decisions are made when we are able to bring skills and perspectives from across various disciplines, fields of work, and experiences. The diversity of thought and experience enables deeper conversation that can result in decisions that are more inclusive.

After compiling the feedback and ideas from these leadership teams, County Executive Gardner will present the administration's goals for the next four years.
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 
   
“At the end of the day, the world will either be a more or less kind, compassionate, and loving place because of your presence.  Your move”
~John Pavolivitz
Sunday Worship
Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Luke 6:17–26 repeatedly intones “Blessed are you who.” What does it mean to be blessed?  Jeremiah 17:5–10 reads that to be blessed is to look for the long view, to feel oneself planted in an eternal stream of past, present, future, and infinity, and to trust that no mortal alone is in charge of our outcome.                                                                                                              
The Senior Choir will be singing. Bells will be ringing.
Adult Education
 
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.      
Let’ s Talk              9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
Through March 3
Exploring the Concept of Gratitude through Diana Butler Bass’s book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks . Led by Rev. Richard Leslie. This class is also being presented on Tuesday evenings.  Copies of the book are available for $10 each.
Fellowship Help
USE THE LINK BELOW to sign up to assist with Fellowship! It's a great opportunity to make a difference!

Thank you for signing up for putting snacks out for our friends!!
Please email me, Jclarkad@yahoo.com or text me  301-305-8181  with any questions. Thanks!! Julie Clark

CLICK HERE go see the sign up sheet
CKAF and ERUCC Pot Luck and Franklinton Trip Presentation
Sunday, February 24, 6-8 pm, Downtown Community Room @ ERUCC.
  
CKAF and ERUCC Pot Luck and Conversation about the 2019 trip to Franklinton Center. Rabbi Simon and Pastor Daniel invite members of our two congregations to come and share a meal as we see images and hear stories about the group’s experiences. Contact Pastor Barbara Kershner Daniel at  bkdaniel@erucc.org  or 301-662-2762 for more information.  
The Way

February 27th at 7 p.m.
March 3rd at 2 p.m.
ERUCC Community Room
"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.
We couldn’t do it without you! HELP IS STILL NEEDED!
Nick Brown, Executive Director of The Religious Coalition sends his thank you to us with the above words. I believe him, because I know how much we need each other as a church. We couldn’t host the Emergency Family Shelter (EFS) without our volunteers who make dinner and spend time with the families.
In December, our team of volunteers from ERUCC, UUCF, and Kol Ami hosted 3 families, feeding them dinner each evening when they arrived. The parents were so grateful to have loving people willing to listen and provide home for a week.
With construction behind us, our church will host the EFS four weeks this year. We host from Saturday to Saturday. The weekly start dates are Feb. 16, May 4, Sept. 21, Dec. 14. Sign up using the link below:
Everybody's Birthday Party
Saturday, February 23rd
5 to 7 p.m.
Downtown Community Room at ERUCC
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ERUCC GAME NIGHT
MARCH 2, 2019
We had so much fun playing games at our Rehoboth Beach Retreat that we would like to continue the fun at Church Game Night. So come by the Community Room at 7 p.m. with your favorite games, a snack and or drink to share, and your smiles. This event is for all ages!
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!
Gift Cards Make Great Thank You's!
Consider giving a gift card that will also support the building project. For several years, ERUCC has offered this opportunity. Shop with gift cards in everyday categories including groceries, gas , restaurants and more . A percentage of each gift card purchased goes directly to ERUCC. Maybe you can even purchase these cards for yourself!
A complete list of available gift cards is found on the church website. Alert Barbara Barry [ ebbarry1@gmail.com ] or call the church office to indicate exactly what gift cards you want.  Buy your gift cards from us by writing a check to the church and writing Scrip in the memo line. 
Winter Weather
When winter weather hits, we may be uncertain about what will take place at church and what won’t. To take some of the uncertainty out of the quandary, here’s our winter weather policy:

You decide whether a drive or walk to the church is safe enough. We do not encourage you to risk life and limb to get to church at all costs, but we expect to hold services for those who can plan to arrive safely, unless the Frederick roads are closed. Our Pastors and Organist can walk to the church, so they will always be present for Sunday morning services.

Evening activities are generally governed by the public school schedule; for instance, if schools are closed on a Monday, there will be no Monday Mess Hall, Children’s Choir, or bell choir rehearsal. The same policy applies to committee meetings and any other regularly scheduled church activities.
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