April 25, 2019
Dear Congregation:

The United Church of Christ has launched the 3 Great Loves Campaign at General Synod 31 in July 2017. This initiative is the UCC’s opportunity to express how our Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, and Love of Creation work together to address inequities in our current world.  Over the course of the next two years, through the lens of the 3 Great Loves, the UCC will tell the story of how we are impacting and transforming the world, united in common purpose and mission.                                                                                     
ERUCC has been living out these 3 Great Loves in many ways, most recently with the establishment of our Green Committee.  This energetic group has been encouraging us to reduce our waste at the church by using dishes and cups that can be washed rather than paper products that can be thrown away. They encouraged our church’s participation in a multi-faith tree planting project in Walkersville. This Sunday, in honor of Earth Day (April 22), they have planned activities during social hour to learn more about what we can do to care for our earth.

Here’s what you can look forward to on Sunday:
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 
"The proof that God raised Jesus from the dead is not the empty tomb, but the full hearts of his transformed disciples. The crowning evidence that he lives is not a vacant grave, but a spirit-filled fellowship. Not a rolled-away stone, but a carried-away church."  
~Clarence Jordan
Sunday Worship
Humor Sunday and A Celebration of God’s Gift of Creation
In the time of uncertainty and fear described in John 20:19–31, God’s ultimate power is revealed through the wounds of Jesus. Gifts of peace and Spirit are given to Thomas and the other disciples, to empower their witness. Psalm 150 is a hymn of the community that gives praise to God.                                                                                                                                        

Members of the Green Committee will be sharing activities following worship. Spirit and Young Spirit will be singing. We will be welcoming Harry Pomeroy into the life of the church through the sacrament of baptism.
Adult Education
Let’s Study the Bible                       9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  
Meets in the Liz Coffey Room, basement of the main sanctuary building
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 (10:30 a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship.  Facilitated by Rev. Lee Thomas.

Let’s Talk               9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room
  Welcome to the United Church of Christ
This month we will explore how the UCC thinks, proclaims, works, equips, and engages each part of the denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. 
April 28     Church Designations and Statements of Public Witness: Responding to the General Synod
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – Sunday, May 5 th  following the 10:30 service.  Please plan to attend. Nacho luncheon after the meeting.

NACHO SUNDAY?? Yes, this is your Sunday! Join your fellow church goers at our ERUCC Annual meeting on Sunday 5/5/19. Bring your favorite dip, your favorite chip or any variation of Mexican food or drink you would like to share on Sunday for fellowship after the 10:30am service in the Community Room. ALL are invited to attend this potluck and annual meeting. Questions? Contact Julie Clark, 301-305-8181 or Jclarkad@yahoo.com

Family Shelter HOST WEEK: 
MAY 4, 2019 - MAY 10, 2019
Site Coordinator: Rebecca Shillingburg
Email: rebecca.shillingburg@gmail.com
Interfaith Passover Seder – Saturday, April 27, 5 p.m.
Join Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick, ERUCC, Calvary UMC, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at a celebration of Passover. We will partake in dinner and the ritual meal of the holiday that commemorates the Exodus from Egypt and the start of Spring. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interfaith-passover-seder-tickets-57724535640
At Calvary UMC, 131 W. 2 nd Street, Frederick
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701