November 28, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Diana Butler Bass in her book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks , compares concepts of love and gratitude, noting that both words can be used as nouns (feelings) and verbs (actions). She goes on to speak of the choices we have to be both grateful and generous. “If we practice gratefulness, it becomes a natural and normal way of engaging the world. With gratitude, our hearts open toward one another. It can make us different and helps us prosper.” 
           
Bass offers some practical techniques or ideas we can use to become more grateful such as cultural gratitude, such as at Thanksgiving or religious festivals.  She states that gratefulness is about relationships.

On Thanksgiving Day and in the days ahead, we will gather with family and friends. There will be prayers giving thanks for God, family, friends, food, our health, and many other things. Bass reminds us that practicing gratitude can transforms our lives IF we practice it every day.

So, I invite us to express gratitude on Thursday and then again on Friday and Saturday and Sunday and all the days there.

Happy Thanksgiving.  
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
"When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed." (Fred Rogers)
Sunday Worship
Advent 1 “Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy”
Our first lesson for this morning will be from Isaiah 2: 1-5. God will judge between the nations, and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows    and their spears into pruning tools.  The second lesson is from Romans 13: 11-14.
           
The season of Advent is a time of anticipation. In the momentous conversation between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama that resulted in the publication of the Book of Joy, one of the “pillars” of joy they identified was “perspective.” Opening ourselves to a different perspective can bring a sense of hope in the midst of despair–allowing joy to creep in no matter what. Opening to the perspectives of others can shift our fear to compassion, turning swords into plows. Salvation is near, says the scripture, when we wake up, when we prepare room in our lives for new light, new insight, new hope to enter.
          
Communion will be shared via stations this morning. Rev. Michele Beadle will be preaching.                                               
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Sunday we are offering one adult education class

Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship  Coffey Room
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 (10:30a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship. 
Wednesday Advent Services
Trinity Chapel
15 West Church Street
December 4, 11, and 18
12 noon – 12:15 p.m. Service of Prayer
12:15 – 12:50 Soup Lunch & Reflection
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS
 Based on Mike Slaughter’s popular book Christmas Is Not Your Birthday, our mid-week Advent services will explore how to find peace and joy at Christmas and throughout the year.
December 4                       Expect a Miracle
December 11                    Giving Up on Perfect
December 18                    By a Different Road
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Mental Heath Event - Thursday, December 12, 7:00 -8:30 pm
NAMI Frederick will host an educational lecture on Mental Heath As We Age. Eric Weakly will be presenting. Topics include the most recent research information on older adults and mental health, evidence-based programs for older adults and what we can do as we grow older to maintain wellness. Thursday, December 12, 7:00 -8:30 pm, YMCA Community Room. Sign up at
ERUCC Christmas Pageant Star Search
We are working on an ERUCC Christmas Pageant! Come learn more about this fabulous show STAR SEARCH. Rehearsals are on Mondays at 5:00 pm in the Choir Room. We will generally rehearse Monday evenings from 5-5:30 pm with two additional rehearsals on Sunday, December 8 following the 10:30 worship service and Friday, December 13 in the evening (dress rehearsal). The show date is Sunday, December 15.  We would love to have you! If you have any questions, or would like to participate, please contact Tricia Coffey ( trishcoffey1195@gmail.com or 301-455-8720). We look forward to having you join us–it’s going to be great fun!!!
CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HISTORIC HOUSES OF WORSHIP
Enjoy the annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship this holiday season in Downtown Frederick. This special open house celebrates Frederick’s tradition of religious diversity, local history, and the holiday season on Thursday, December 26, 2019 from 4:00-9:00pm. This is Frederick's most popular church tour and is a great opportunity to step inside some of its most beautiful buildings.

As the sun begins to set, visitors can tour many of Frederick’s famous clustered spires and other historic houses of worship by candlelight. Guests will be welcomed with special programs, angelic choirs, and nativity scenes. 
Stop by the Information Center at 19 E Church Street to pick up a printed map of participating sites and other information about Frederick including dining, shopping, and lodging guides.

Parking garages are indicated on the map. There is a fee of $1 per hour at garages. Meters in Downtown Frederick are free after 5pm. Vehicles with disability placard can park for free in metered spots for double the time. 

ERUCC: Sign up for one or as many shifts as you like. If you would prefer to have a sitting job, consider signing up for an inside MAIN position. Please contact Julie Clark, Jclarkad@yahoo.com, 301-305-8181 with any questions you may have. Thank you for volunteering!!
SIGN UP HERE:
CLAIMING OUR STORY…OWNING OUR STORY…HONORING OUR STORY
A One-Day Retreat for Women
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
Saturday, January 11, 2020
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Light breakfast to be served at 8:30 am. Program will begin promptly at 9 am.
Lunch from Firestones will be provided
                                A $10 donation for meals is requested  
RSVP to erucc@erucc.org by January 8th

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do. When we own our story, we can write a brave new ending." Brene Brown

Stories are transformational. Stories is how we make meaning of our lives. We have stories of joy, bliss, trust, betrayal, gratitude, connection, loss and so on. Stories transform over a period of time just as we do.

How do you tell your story? Has your story transformed you? What have you gained from your experience? Do you embrace all your experiences?
During this time together, we will create a safe space in which we can explore ways to own our stories, honor them, and learn from them. We don't need anyone other than ourselves to honor our stories. But sharing our stories in a circle of trust can be affirming and healing. 
The next best thing to being wise oneself
is to live in a circle of those who are.
~ C.S. Lewis

Providing Sunday Fellowship with your loving hands is all we need! Every Sunday, volunteers put out food and drinks for us to share! As a volunteer, your duties are to set up and clean up! Julie Clark will train you, provide the food and drinks and assist you in this volunteer experience. Sign up now for a Sunday next month. Thank you! Contact Julie at 301-305-8181 or Jclarkad@yahoo.com or sign up directly at: 
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762