October 17, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Many of us enjoy listening to national Public Radio and the program, “Talk of the Nation”. In 2011, Elena Mannes, author of The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song , was interviewed. In her book, Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.  We know that listening to music can make us feel more relaxed, but in some cultures it’s actually used to ease pain.                                  

Humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Mannes writes that scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function. Therefore, there is so much potential in music's power to change the brain and affect the way it works.  

When we gather for worship each Sunday, music is an integral part of our praise of God. We are stimulated by the sounds of instruments and voices. When Alison opens up the trumpets, we immediately feel the power and strength. When we sing a joyful spiritual, we feel hopeful. When we sing a hymn slowly and quietly, we discover a place of calm and peace.                                       

Well, if you want some positive stimulation for your brain and heart, you will want to be in worship this Sunday as we welcome the Catawba College Singers and Praise Team. They have been to ERUCC several times and our own, Catie Sexton has sung with the group. Not only will you experience great music, you will have an opportunity to interact with young adults who just may renew your hope for our country and world.                                                                             

Then, I hope you will return for the Multi-faith Concert for Peace at 4 pm in our Sanctuary. A diverse group of choirs from a variety of faith expressions will share their hopes for peace in the world through the gift of music. We are grateful that the Catawba group will be singing during the concert and their jazz group will be playing at the reception following the concert.
           
“The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed... because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.”   (― Leonard Bernstein)

Faces of Love and the Woven Hearts
Our Stewardship/Generosity campaign, Faces of Love, began the first Sunday of October, and will end October 27. Each Sunday, we have a bulletin cover in one of the four colors that make up the logo for this campaign. This logo is on the letterhead introducing the campaign, the pledge cards, and on the return envelopes. The four colors identify four aspects of ERUCC’s Faces of Love. Our first Sunday was yellow, representing our church. The bulletin cover featured our sanctuary and members of the choir. The second Sunday was pink, representing service in the community, and featured Barbara on a disaster recovery trip in Daytona Beach.  This Sunday will be purple, representing our ministries with youth. The final Sunday will be orange, representing our witness for justice. Just as these four colors are woven together on the hearts, our ministries weave together, supported by our giving. Look for other pictures of the congregation in these ministries.
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 
This is a prayer, written by Kevin Coyle in response to the Tuesday Morning Bible Study group’s discussion of John 3 – when Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night.

By a Light Unknown (Kevin Coyle)
You came in as light casting away shadows of despair, showing us a love greater than evil’s ways. Your days were spent teaching, preaching things holy, unveiling truths hidden away.
Pure in spirit You echoed wisdom of past sages. Still, You went beyond to start a deeper song.
At the cross, Your words radiated with authenticity, your life, a symbol enduring. In these dark times, be again our guiding light, that our actions may brighten someone’s day, showing a path greater than this world knows.    

Sunday Worship
 Justice, love, and faithfulness are at the heart of the new covenant that God makes with the people in Jeremiah 31:27–34. As the prophet describes the covenant that leads the people out of slavery, but was eventually broken by their unfaithfulness, the writer distinguishes the nature of this new covenant written on their hearts. God empowers the people, engraving justice and the promise of God faithfulness in their very core. Luke 18: 1-8 includes a parable from Jesus about their “need to pray always and not to lose heart.” We are told of a persistent widow seeking justice against an unfavorable judge as an indication of our state in seeking justice in relation to a very favorable God.                                                                                                                        
This morning we welcome the Catawba College Singers and musicians to worship.   
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                              Community Room
How Are the Children? (Part 1)
Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention: A new video curriculum for UCC audiences. In 2017, delegates to the United Church of Christ General Synod passed a Resolution of Witness calling for an end to the ill-treatment of Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli military prisons. Discover why the UCC and other faith communities are calling urgently for an end to this systematic abuse of children. Features video testimony from UCC national executive leaders John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon and James Moos. 
This discussion will be led by Esther Ziegler.

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. Facilitated by Rev. Rob Peters

Adult Forum                  Flora Room   
Traits of a Healthy Spirituality
Sister Melannie Svoboda defines and describes 20 specific indicators of a healthy spirituality. The indicators: self-esteem, wonder, joy, friendship, courage, tolerance, and the like, are "signs" rooted in life, yet solidly based on Scripture. Led by Allen Maples and Cindy Duranko.
JOIN US TONIGHT
The Worship Design team met in September and will be meeting again on Thursday, October 17 th  from 5:45 – 6:45. Our meeting will focus on planning for Advent, our Sunday December services, and how we can creatively incorporate visuals, readings, and music to enhance our worship during the season. If you are interested in working with this group, please let me know so I can send you the materials we have been working with. If you can’t make the meeting Thursday night, there’s still opportunities to be involved. Contact Pastor Daniel.
We have begun our Stewardship Campaign for the year. Please click HERE for the stewardship letter and HERE to download a pledge card. These are available in the back of the Sanctuary as well.
On Thursday, October 24 we are hosting a Veterans Workshop with Congressman David Trone and Special Guests Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) and Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-VA). Here is a link to the event.

This is expected to be a LARGE event so we are looking for at least 4 volunteers to greet people in the upstairs lobby, around the community room and provide hospitality. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m.
If you have some time, please email Amy at aaguilar@erucc.org
275 th  Fundraising Fall Festival Chili Cook-off
Saturday November 2, 2019 in the Downtown Community Room
Cost: $10 entry fee

Details: Games, Music, Chili Cook-off (Prize TBD), Beer and Wine available for purchase. ALL PROCEEDS to benefit ERUCC's 275th Anniversary Events. 
 
We are looking for some volunteer Chili Chefs, and a few volunteers to help set up the event, sell the beer & wine, and help in the kitchen. Please reach out to Trish Coffey [ trishcoffey1195@gmail.com ] or Owen York [ owenjyork@gmail.com ] for further details. 
We will be ordering poinsettias from Frederick High School this year. All funds will benefit the horticultural program and Frederick High FFA Chapter. Each plant will have 4 to 6 blooms and will cost $10.00 per plant .  Plants will be placed in the Sanctuary and in Trinity Chapel.

To order, please fill out the form and return with payment to the church office no later than November 1 st
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
Green Team News -
Tree Planting Opportunities
Planting trees is one of the best tangible ways we can work to improve the environment. Trees sequester carbon, give off oxygen, stabilize the soil, reduce runoff, provide shade and provide food and habitat for animals. WOW! Trees are great.  There are several tree planting opportunities coming up with Streamlink. If you participated in the plantings last spring, you know that Streamlink does a great job of prepping the area by digging holes in advance and giving very good directions on what to do. Please consider signing up for one of these tree planting dates.   October 19 and 26 in Thurmont.

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP!!!
Floods, Droughts, & Justice: A Multifaith Discussion on Climate
Sunday, October 20th, 12-4:30 pm
Hood College,  401 Rosemont Ave , Frederick, MD
$15 registration, $25 with lunch*
Join caring folks from across Frederick’s diverse faith communities for an afternoon of learning and conversation. Join the Multi-faith Alliance of Climate Stewards, with Hood College, Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to:
• learn how climate change will impact our region
• be inspired by work underway in our congregations, local government, businesses, and neighborhoods to reduce our carbon footprint and to work for a just and thriving future in our warming world
• connect with opportunities to take climate action: at home, in our congregations, and across our community
Our keynote speaker, Maryland’s own climate scientist Dr. Don Boesch, will remind us about the future we face in Frederick and why it matters. Two panel conversations will explore how our communities are responding and can take further action together, and an expo will connect attendees with partners and resources.
We’re looking forward to gathering and learning with you! Register today:  www.ipldmv.org/macsconference
* Your payment will support Frederick County congregations coming together to address climate change. Please contact us at 202-709-7641 to discuss our scholarship options if the $15 registration fee would create a financial hardship for you.
ERUCC – “Be Fruitful”
(Gen. 1:28)

This is our first command from God, even if we so often and so easily jump to the “and multiply” part. This isn’t a command to be fertile. It’s our user instructions – what we are supposed to do (John 15:8). Having been blessed with the gift of life itself, we are asked this in return: to be fruitful – to bring forth into this world always love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22).

But that doesn’t happen by magic! Being fruitful takes choice, intentionality, and work – the kind of work we can only do for ourselves. To bear good fruit, to be an agent of God’s light, requires that we learn and grow, equipping ourselves to be ready to serve with courage and clarity whenever the moment arises.

Well, moments we have! Plenty! And we would be hard pressed to name a more insidious, relentless, diabolical, and divisive force at work corrupting our human family than racism. So, let’s get busy being fruitful!

This fall we will be offering a 4-week series on white privilege using the book Waking Up White and Finding Myself In the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Together as a congregation, all are invited to journey through this highly accessible and relatable book, exploring and reflecting on the many ways American racism plays out in everyday life, and identifying how we can be part of God’s good work in a world in need of healing.

For more information, including how to register, click HERE. Please feel free to share this flyer with friends who may be interested.

To register, online: CLICK HERE

Books are available at the Curious Iguana on Market Street for a 20% discount! BUY LOCAL!
The next best thing to being wise oneself
is to live in a circle of those who are.
~ C.S. Lewis

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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-2762