March 14, 2019
        
Dear Congregation:

Frederick is filled with groups helping our neighbors with food, housing, medical care and clothing.  Today the Chimes group heard a presentation by one of these groups – Blessings in a Backpack. Barbara Dillon, a member of the local steering committee, shared the following information:         
 
  • In Frederick County, more than 11,000 children (27% of all students) are fed by the Free And Reduce-priced Meal program every week, but, “Who will feed the kids on the weekends?” The food provided by BIAB offers a greater opportunity for these children to return to school better prepared to participate and learn. BIAB Frederick currently serves 2,500+ children in 18 local schools. It costs only $100 to feed a single child each weekend for an entire 38-week school year and 100% of the money raised is used to feed local Frederick children. The more money we raise, the more children we can feed. 
          
ERUCC will be receiving a special offering on March 17 th to benefit Blessings in a Backpack. BIAB Frederick mobilizes our local community, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends and during school breaks for local school children who might otherwise go hungry. You’ll be invited to place your offerings in one of the backpacks that will be available as you leave worship on Sunday.

You are also invited to bring these specific food items that are given to their children. We will deliver the food items to Blessings in a Backpack. They can only accept food from this list. Please check that packaging is not dented, torn, or soon-to-be expired.
  •  Spaghetti-Os or Ravioli…Cans only, please
  •  Chicken Noodle Soup (old-fashioned, regular size)
  •  2 bar/pkg. Oats & Honey Granola Bars…NO peanut or chocolate, please
  • 15 oz Cans…Corn, Green Beans, or Red Beans
  • Mac & Cheese…(7.25oz) box…NO MICRO CUPS, please
  •  5oz Cans Tuna in Water or Chicken…no packs or boxes, please
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 
“If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” 
~Mother Teresa    
Sunday Worship
Second Sunday in Lent – The Way Around (Bypass)
Our first lesson for this Sunday is Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18, God shows Abram the stars and promises, “So shall your descendants be.” The story of God the people of God shall continue because of the gracious, miraculous intervention of God. In the Gospel lesson, Luke 13: 31-25, Jesus “sets his face toward Jerusalem” as he laments the fate of the city.                  

We are not always understood. Jesus found this out, just like so many others whose closest family, friends and neighbors have created an idea of who we are and cannot imagine the possibilities God has called us to. Sometimes we must go ahead and do what we dream, claiming who we know we are, taking the way around what others think we ought to do and be.                             

The Senior Choir will be singing.
CELEBRATE JOSEPH MICHAEL on Sunday, March 17, 2019
Our student intern, Joseph Michael’s last Sunday with us will be March 17. Please plan to come and thank him for his time with us. He’s been a blessing to our congregation and we are grateful to have been a part of his faith journey.
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 (10:30a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship.  Facilitated by Esther Ziegler.

Let’s Talk               9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
 Meets in the North Room of the Parish House
The Bible and Spiritual Disciplines: From Birth to Epitaph
March 17, 24, and 3. 
With Rev. Richard Leslie. 
Coffee and Happy Hours with Pastor Daniel TONIGHT

I was the speaker for the Chimes group in February and enjoyed having the uninterrupted time to have a conversation with the group. I would really enjoy having that same kind of time with other members of the congregation.  

Here are some times when I invite you to come by the church office for a conversation:

Thursday, March 14   4:30-6:00 p.m. -  Happy Hour
Monday, April 1       9-10 a.m.  - Coffee
Tuesday, April 9      5:30-7  p.m. - Happy Hour 
BUILDING FUND AND YOUTH FUNDRAISER: 
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!!
Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17
Save the date and join us for our biggest joint fundraiser. The Frederick County Homebuilders Home Show is March 16 & 17. Our job is to work the gates welcoming visitors, handing out the programs and collecting a suggested parking fee. Last year we made over $2,000.   It doesn’t work without you and especially our youth. If you have questions, contact Joe Adkins at jadkins@cityoffrederick.com Sign up here:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4baaab2ca3f85-homeshow  
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (really)
At our Annual Meeting in May we will be electing persons to serve as Elders, Deacons, and Committee Chairs. Therefore the Nominating Committee (Betsy Fisher and Linda Coyle) are looking for faithful and gifted people to serve in leadership. If you know of someone you believe would serve us well in one of the positions (or if you yourself would like to serve), please contact either Betsy or Linda.  In addition to Elders and Deacons, we are seeking a chair for the Christian Education Committee and additional members to serve on the following committees: Property, Generosity, Worship, Mission and Social Action, Christian Education, and Finance. Please help us fill the vacancies by giving this serious thought. Descriptions of these positions are available on the table in the back of the sanctuary.   
ERUCC Scholarships Available

ERUCC is fortunate to have several scholarship programs available to our members as they seek educational opportunities to develop knowledge and skill in realization of their full potential. The McCardell Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Robert McCardell in honor and memory of members of the McCardell family. The Kieffer Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Henri L.G. Kieffer, pastor of this church from 1910-1946. The Liz Coffey Scholarship Fund was established in memory and honor of our beloved youth Liz Coffey.

Contributions to these Scholarship Funds by members and friends of the church are always welcomed.

These scholarships are gifts to church members for post-secondary undergraduate education and are awarded by the Scholarship Committee. The awards are based on the quality of the candidate's plan for use of the funds, the ability and promise of the applicant, and the need for financial assistance. The aid may continue for subsequent years after an interview with the Scholarship Committee, submission of intent to reapply, and a transcript of grades for the current year.

Scholarship applications are available through the Church Office for new applicants (301-662-2762) or aaguilar@erucc.org

Students wishing to renew scholarships must also contact the Church Office providing the information requested. All application materials must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee through the Church Office by the April 30 deadline.

Any further questions can be directed to Sandra Trout, Chairman of Scholarship Committee at troutsandra@aol.com .
Easter Flowers
This year we will purchasing Easter lilies from the Dutch Plant farm to decorate the Sanctuary and Chapel for Easter.

Orders are due by March 24. CLICK HERE for the form.
THIRD ANNUAL ERUCC GOLF TOURNAMENT!
Monday, April 22 at Clustered Spires
(rain date: 4/29)

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