June 27, 2019

Dear Congregation:

As we cleared security at the airport in Milwaukee on our way home from General Synod, just beyond the TSA checkpoint is a sign that reads, “Recombobulation Area.” I know we weren’t the only ones to look up and laugh when we saw it.                                        

Apparently that’s part of the intent as quoted in this article. https://onmilwaukee.com/visitors/articles/recombobulationsigns.html
“Recombobulation" is not a word, but that didn't matter to Barry Bateman, the former airport director who made up the word and suggested the signage in order to add some comic relief to what can be a tense aspect of air travel.                                                                             

Any of us who have traveled through a TSA checkpoint know that taking off your jacket, removing your shoes, emptying your pockets, pulling out your Kindle or laptop is a pain. Then you walk through the x-ray machine or stand with your hands over your head as the machine whirls around you.
 
When you exit on the other side and see all the stuff that you had carefully packed earlier, spread out, needing to be repacked, we are discombobulated or scattered and perhaps even confused. Recombobulation, our made-up word, is meant to invite us to take the scattered stuff or the confused experience and get our act together. (You can fill in a different and more colorful word, if you wish.)

It occurred to me that this made-up word is a metaphor for much of our daily life.  For those of us who attended General Synod, we opened up our hearts and our minds to meet new people.  We experienced new ideas. Some of our current ways of thinking were challenged. Long held beliefs may have been shattered. We are, in other words, discombobulated. We will now spend the time considering what we heard and learned and experienced, those scattered memories and thoughts and feelings, and find some meaning and purpose from all of this and combobulate it all into our lives.

When we return from vacation after having read a good book or experienced a more restful time or have hundreds of photos from our travels, we need to figure out how to integrate all we have experienced.
           
Perhaps we may even consider our sanctuary a “Recombobulation Area.” A place where we bring together our faith and our daily lives in a safe environment, surrounded by supportive friends. 
           
What do you think?

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 God gives you something you can do,
why in God's name wouldn't you do it?" (Stephen King)

Sunday Worship
  In Luke 9:51–62, Jesus and the disciples are on the journey to Jerusalem. The disciples, angry when a village does not welcome them, want to call down fire from heaven. Jesus shows them a new way, teaching them, and us, to love our enemies.

Paul in Galatians 5:1, 13–25 spells out what it means to pick up the mantle of discipleship. We are called to live by the Spirit, giving up “the works of the flesh” and letting God’s love speak through us in our care for our neighbors.
           
This morning we will have the pleasure of celebrating the marriage of Stephanie Pain and Missy Sites.
Adult Education
 
Sunday Serendipity               9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Downtown Community Room
General Synod Report
Come hear about the experience of ERUCC folks who attended General Synod.
 
Adult Forum Begins on July 7
Beginning on July 7 a new Adult Forum class is being offered at 9:30 am on Sundays. We will be using the book entitled, “Traits of a Healthy Spirituality” by Melannie Svoboda (SND). The book features a different topic on Christian spirituality each Sunday. There is no prior preparation required. 

We will be meeting in the North Meeting room. Your facilitators are Cynthia Duranko and Allen Maples. For additional information, please contact Allen Maples at 301-471-1378. We hope that you can join us.
A limited number of books are available for $10.00
Interested in Church Membership? 
Pastor Daniel will be holding two information sessions about church membership on Sunday, June 30th from 4-5 and Tuesday, July 2 from 7-9 . Conversation will include information about ERUCC, the United Church of Christ, ways to be involved in the life of the church, and expectations of church membership. Content will be the same at both sessions so you can choose either one to attend.  Contact Pastor Daniel at bkdaniel@erucc.org if interested or if you have any questions. The sessions will be held at the church.
Children’s Summer Musical Rehearsals
Sunday Mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

It's that time of year again. Time for our summer musical rehearsals! We hope many of you children and youth will join us.  Blast off on an intergalactic adventure as we board the space shuttle Discovery and travel through space where we will discover all the indescribable things in creation that God has created. We will have help from various stars, planets, and even a robot as we are led by the wise and patient Flight Commander, Mr. Houston.
Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:15 in the Trinity Chapel high school classroom. Rehearsals will continue through the summer with the production in late August/early September. 

Participation is open to anyone who is willing to lend a hand and we hope you will join us! These musicals help raise money for several of the youth programs and mission trips throughout the upcoming year. We are looking for older youth to help with important pieces of the production as well including assisting with directing, choreography, lights, sets, sound, and costumes. 
There are also parts for those who want to sing in the chorus, parts for those who want to act, parts for those who want to dance, and parts for those who want to be involved, but not on stage. If you have any questions, or if you are an adult and are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Tricia Coffey ( tntcoffey@comcast.net or 301-455-8720). We look forward to having you join us–it’s going to be great fun!!
HOPE TO SEE YOU ON SUNDAY!
Vacation Bible School 2019
August 5-10
9 am to Noon in Trinity Chapel. 
4 years old through 6 th grade.
     
$30 Registration fee until end of June
$35 Registration fee until end of July
Click HERE for the Registration Form
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762