January 17, 2019
Dear Congregation:
This weekend, 36 adults and youth from ERUCC will be traveling for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. work weekend at Franklinton Center. We will be joined by 21 folks from Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick and 7 people from the UCC congregation in Pinehurst, NC. We have a lot of projects to do. More importantly, we will share life together as our faith communities and explore what it means to be people of faith in service.

We’ll do our best to post on Facebook and the website so you can see what we are doing. Thank you for your gifts food and for holding the group in prayer.                                                                   

Nestled in rural Whitakers, N.C., Franklinton Center at Bricks is a former slave plantation that was transformed into one of the first accredited schools for African Americans in the South. Today, it is a conference, retreat, and educational facility focusing on justice advocacy and leadership development. Franklinton Center also serves the local community through various partner projects, including food justice and literacy outreach and programming.                               

For more information about Franklinton Center look at their web site: http://franklinton.uccpages.org/about.html .  
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 you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy."
~ Rumi
Sunday Worship
The first miracle reported in the gospel of John 2: 1-11 occurred at Cana of Galilee in gentile territory. John used the word “sign” rather than “miracle” to reinforce his belief that signs demonstrate faith and faith glorifies God. John describes signs as emerging from God’s will and not from someone’s need or want. A sign, then, points to something other than itself.                             

The reading from 1 Corinthians 12:1–11 attests to the abundance of spirit-given gifts and services provided to followers of the Christ. The author reminds us that each follower has a specific set of gifts which differ from others, and that these gifts are poured out upon all for the sake of the common good, not for individual desires. Different gifts are associated with different manifestations of God. Only the Spirit activates the gift. 

The Senior Choir will be singing.  Our pastoral intern, Joseph Michael, will be leading worship.
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!
A few items are still needed. They can be dropped off on Friday to the church office between 8 and 4!
Please help in any way possible.

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  
ERUCC youth will be making delicious submarine sandwiches again this year! For only $7.00 you can get a submarine sandwich of your choice of turkey, ham or Italian cold cut with your favorite toppings. This is a major fundraiser for the youth as they work to raise money for their trip to the National Youth Event in Wisconsin and their trip to Germany to continue our partnership with our friends there. The youth are thankful for the continued support of the congregation that enables them to pursue these wonderful experiences. You may complete the order form electronically and email it to erucc@erucc.org ; fax it to 301-695-2578 ; or turn it in to one of the youth or the church office. All orders are due by February 4th. The sandwiches will be available for pick up on Saturday, February 9th beginning at 5:30 pm or on Sunday, February 10th. Thanks again for your support! CLICK HERE for the form.
Winter Weather
When winter weather hits, we may be uncertain about what will take place at church and what won’t. To take some of the uncertainty out of the quandary, here’s our winter weather policy:

You decide whether a drive or walk to the church is safe enough. We do not encourage you to risk life and limb to get to church at all costs, but we expect to hold services for those who can plan to arrive safely, unless the Frederick roads are closed. Our Pastors and Organist can walk to the church, so they will always be present for Sunday morning services.

Evening activities are generally governed by the public school schedule; for instance, if schools are closed on a Monday, there will be no Monday Mess Hall, Children’s Choir, or bell choir rehearsal. The same policy applies to committee meetings and any other regularly scheduled church activities.

Saturday, February 9
6-9 pm
ERUCC Community Room
Pot luck supper – bring a dish to share
(Beverages and popcorn will be
provided by the church)

Let’s start at the very beginning.  This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most successful movie musical of all time.  We’ll watch the movie on the “big” screens in the Community Room and sing along with cast.
This is a fellowship event for the whole family. Invite your family and friends to join us.
Everybody's Birthday Party

Saturday, February 23rd
5 to 7 p.m.
Downtown Community Room at ERUCC
Everybody has a birthday so this party is for you!

The Community Room will be decked out for a birthday party complete with party hats and birthday cake.  We will have 12 separate party tables, (one for each birth month) each decorated in its own unique party theme. You’ll be invited to sit at the table of your birthday month.
Please bring a main dish, side dish or salad to share. 

After supper we will play some games. The evening will end as we sing Happy Birthday to one another and then cut into the birthday cake!
We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in decorating a table for your birthday month, please contact Starr Schaeberle or Pastor Daniel.  
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