January 10, 2019
Dear Congregation:
Another Christmas has passed and we have made the journey with the magi to the manger in Bethlehem. Now, in this season, we begin the work of embodying and living out the promises we have received.

For your contemplation this week I invite you to meditate on the words of Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. Thurman composed this poem, “The Work of Christmas.”

When the song of the angels is stilled,
         when the star in the sky is gone,
         when the kings and princes are home,
         when the shepherds are back with their flocks,
         the work of Christmas begins: 
         to find the lost,
         to heal the broken, 
         to feed the hungry,
        to release the prisoner, 
        to rebuild the nations, 
         to bring peace among the people,
         to make music in the heart.
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:   
You Are God’s Beloved
Sunday Worship
Sunday, January 13 - Baptism of Christ Sunday 
  This is the day in our church calendar when we celebrate Jesus’ baptism. It is the day we are encouraged to remember the role our baptism has played in our lives. It is a day we are challenged to remember that, along with Jesus, we are beloved by God and empowered to participate in God’s healing work in the world.  
We will read the story of Jesus’ baptism from Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22.  In Isaiah 43:1–7, the voice of God reminds the people of Israel that they are redeemed, called by name, and accompanied through various forms of turmoil and danger. The reminders to “fear not” are followed by historical events in the lives of the people. The message resonates with the voice coming from heaven after Jesus’ baptism: “You are my Son the beloved; with you I am well pleased.” We are invited to feel gifted by the God who will call us by name.                                   
Music will be shared by Spirit and Young Spirit. This morning we will be welcome Ella Jo Kittle into the life of the church through the sacrament of baptism.
Adult Education
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.       Sunday, January 13
Let’ s Talk              9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
Through February 24
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.
Support the Franklinton Center Trip
Food items needed for the Franklinton Center Work Trip.
Please help in any way possible.

We also have 3 turkeys that were donated. We need volunteers to cook, carve and package these for our trip. If you can help, please contact the Laura Rhoderick at Laura Rhoderick via email
Changes to Monday Mess Hall
Monday Mess Hall will resume on January 28 th .
At Mess Hall on January 28 th  we will have a Pie Pot luck https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4AAAAB2AA13-piepot  
6-7:30 p.m.
January 15
Cleo Wade
Want to change the world? Start by being brave
enough to care
Artist and poet Cleo Wade recites a moving poem about being an advocate for love and acceptance in a time when both seem in short supply. Woven between stories of people at the beginning and end of their lives, she shares some truths about growing up (and speaking up) and reflects on the wisdom of a life well-lived, leaving us with a simple yet enduring takeaway: be good to yourself, be good to others, be good to the earth. "The world will say to you, 'Be a better person,' Wade says. "Do not be afraid to say, 'Yes.'"

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. 
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701