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July 4, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Back in May, I was privileged to attend an event hosted by our local and state elected officials in Washington, DC.  This event was for faith leaders and an effort to encourage us as faith leaders to continue to engage with our communities in responding to hate and animosity towards our neighbors. They shared a challenge for faith leaders and our communities to be leaders and speak up, to be present for one another, and remind one another that we share values of compassion and civility. 

On this Fourth of July holiday, I invite us to reflect on the best of who we are as Americans. What does it mean to be the land of the free and the home of the brave? What does it mean to contemplate the words on the base of the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free?”  What does it mean to sing “God bless America, land that I love?” What does it mean to be people who proclaim liberty and justice for all?

I was also challenged by the words of Madeline Albright in her speech at Bucknell University’s graduation that same month. "We are blessed to live in a country whose very identity and purpose are wedded to respect for humanity and all who comprise it," she remarked. "No matter our race or creed, we are all equal shareholders in the American dream. Living up to that principle, and valuing fairly the contributions of each other, is the great test our nation must pass in the 21st century."

Albright stated, “a true patriot is someone who wants to help his or her country become respected and admired — to be a leader among nations and the champion of values to which people everywhere can subscribe." But she also warned of "another kind of nationalism — the kind that talks about 'my country, right or wrong,' the kind that pays no heed to the well-being of others, the kind that retreats from global responsibility and confuses its own claims of greatness with greatness itself."

What does it mean to be an American, a patriot for you on this Fourth of July.

 Blessings and peace.
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 
"What happens when people open their hearts?
They get better."
 (Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood, 20th century)
Sunday Worship
In 2 Kings 5:1–14, help comes to Naaman from an unexpected source – a young Israelite serving girl. Jesus teaches that faithfulness to God’s word is more important than showy deeds of power. In Luke 10:1–11, 16–20, Jesus sends out 70 followers, perhaps recalling the story of Moses choosing 70 elders in Numbers 11:16. Jesus tells them how to behave as they spread the gospel to other towns. God reaches out to all people with a message of peace. In Galatians 6:1–16, Paul speaks to the Galatians about the importance of caring for others, especially those within the family of faith. We are to bear one another’s burdens.

The Rev. Carolyn Roberts will be preaching and leading worship this morning. Communion will be served at stations by the method of intinction.  
Adult Education
  Sunday, July 7
  Adult Forum             9:30 – 10:15 a.m.     North Meeting Room
“Traits of a Healthy Spirituality” by Melannie Svoboda (SND). This class will be exploring basic ideas of spirituality. Led by Allen Maples and Cindy Duranko.

Sunday Serendipity           9:30 – 10:15 a.m.   Community Room
           New Catoctin Association Mission Project:                    Garden of Hope/Huerto La Esperanza
Garden of Hope is a social enterprise with the mission of providing Guatemalan children and youth with green and safe spaces where they can connect with nature, have joyful experiences and develop life skills. We teach permaculture to people of all ages. The project also provides natural products and consultation about the design of school gardens, homes and businesses.
The profits from Garden of Hope profits support gardening activities (from the garden to the kitchen) and environmental care in collaboration with Asociación Juntos Podemos (Together We Can). The Catoctin Association has already begun to support this project financially. 
Come and learn about this project during Sunday Serendipity at 9:30. Led by Pat Hanberry.  
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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 this 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. 
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
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762