June 20, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Tomorrow the biannual meeting of the United Church of Christ General Synod will begin. The theme for the 32nd General Synod is based on the scripture Matthew 5:16 “In the same way let your light shine before others . . .”  “When we light just one candle in the darkness, it illuminates dimly, but when many candles are lit, and all let their lights shine, together we can bring brightness to the world.” ― The Rev. Franz Rigert, Wisconsin Conference Minister.

Always an extraordinary event in the life of the Church, delegates and visitors will experience dynamic workshops, generative plenary sessions, inspirational worship, engaging youth activities, special banquets, and luncheons. Delegates will conduct the business of the denomination and set priorities for our ministries. Keynote speakers will offer illumination and insight into challenges that face our congregations and communities. And delegates and visitors alike will stand up for issues that demand a faithful witness, worship together, and participate in local community service projects.   (From the UCC web site)

ERUCC has a large group participating in the Synod meeting in the Youth program, serving as delegates, as volunteers and as guests.  We’ll be sharing our experience on Sunday, June 30 th at 9:30 in the Community Room.

If you want to watch the live stream of General Synod, click on this link: https://youtu.be/xsmv3e8dOf .   Opening worship will begin at 2 pm on Friday followed by opening plenary. You can tune in throughout the five day event.  
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 owe it to all of us to get on with what you're good at."
 (W.H. Auden, 20th century)
Adult Education
Let’s Talk               9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the North Room
  Healthy Lives and Conversations

Peter Brehm will discuss 
Mental Health Challenges and Supports in the Frederick LBGTQ Community
Topics covered will include:  
  • Learn about the prevalence of, and costs associated with, behavioral health
  • Gain insight about stigma and its impact on people seeking behavioral health service 
  • Understand the intersection of sexual orientation, gender Identity, &behavioral health 
  • Learn about practical steps to address stigma

Interested in Church Membership? 
Pastor Daniel will be holding two information sessions about church membership on Sunday, June 30th from 4-5 and Tuesday, July 1 from 7-9. Conversation will include information about ERUCC, the United Church of Christ, ways to be involved in the life of the church, and expectations of church membership. Content will be the same at both sessions so you can choose either one to attend.  Contact Pastor Daniel at bkdaniel@erucc.org if interested or if you have any questions. The sessions will be held at the church.
Children’s Summer Musical
 It's that time of year again. Time for our summer musical rehearsals! We hope many of you children and youth will join us.  Blast off on an intergalactic adventure as we board the space shuttle Discovery and travel through space where we will discover all the indescribable things in creation that God has created. We will have help from various stars, planets, and even a robot as we are led by the wise and patient Flight Commander, Mr. Houston.
We will begin rehearsing on Sunday, June 23 from 9:30-10:15 in the Trinity Chapel high school classroom. Rehearsals will continue through the summer with the production in late August/early September. A complete schedule will be shared with everyone during the first rehearsal. Participation is open to anyone who is willing to lend a hand and we hope you will join us! These musicals help raise money for several of the youth programs and mission trips throughout the upcoming year. We are looking for older youth to help with important pieces of the production as well including assisting with directing, choreography, lights, sets, sound, and costumes. 
There are also parts for those who want to sing in the chorus, parts for those who want to act, parts for those who want to dance, and parts for those who want to be involved, but not on stage. If you have any questions, or if you are an adult and are interested in helping with this effort, please contact Tricia Coffey ( tntcoffey@comcast.net or 301-455-8720). We look forward to having you join us–it’s going to be great fun!!

Help share ERUCC's extravagant welcome and love at Frederick Pride on Saturday, June 22!
Sign up to host our booth at  CLICK HERE

You are also encouraged to write a prayer or message of love to our LGBTQIA+ community during fellowship this Sunday in the Community Room. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤
Vacation Bible School 2019
August 5-10
9 am to Noon in Trinity Chapel. 
4 years old through 6 th grade.
$25 Registration fee until June 1        
$30 Registration fee until end of June
$35 Registration fee until end of July
Click HERE for the Registration Form
Just a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have expressed an interest in ERUCC. Don't forget to add bkdaniel@erucc.org to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox!
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701