January 2, 2020

Dear Congregation:
Happy New Year as we celebrate the 275th Anniversary of our congregation. There’s so much to remember and celebrate during this year ahead. 

Please plan to join your ERUCC friends for a 275 th Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, January 4 in the Community Room as we kick off the anniversary year.

In the meantime, I invite you to reflect on this poem by Maya Angelo. It speaks to me of our continued work and ministry.

CONTINUE: a poem
By Maya Angelou

My wish for you
Is that you continue
To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness
To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart
In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the peals of your laughter
To let your eloquence 
Elevate the people to heights 
They had only imagined
To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other 
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you
To remember your own young years 
And look with favor upon the lost 
And the least and the lonely
To put the mantle of your protection
Around the bodies of
The young and defenseless
To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street  
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise
To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm 
And count that as a
Natural action to be expected
To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to 
Say your nightly prayer 
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil 
And welcome good
To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit
To dare to love deeply 
And risk everything
For the good thing
To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance 
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name
And by doing so
You and your work 
Will be able to continue 

NOTE:  We will be de-decorating the church after the 10:30 service. Many hands make light work. Your help is appreciated.     
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
From Maya Angelou’s poem, “Continue”

To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer 
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil 
And welcome good.
Sunday Worship
Epiphany/Stars/Chancel Communion                                                        
On this day our church will celebrate Epiphany, a name that comes from a Greek word meaning “to make manifest” or “to display.” During the season of Epiphany, Christians rejoice in the gift of saving love and the unfolding vision of wholeness that God has made manifest for all people in Jesus the Christ. Our call is to participate in proclaiming this good news.             

We will read from Isaiah 60:1–6 as the prophet declares that “nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” The Gospel lesson describes the story of the arrival of the magi to pay homage to Jesus, Matthew 2: 1-12.                                       

 Communion will be served at stations by the method of intinction. The Senior Choir will be singing.
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                               Community Room
275th Anniversary Program.     Come and learn what exciting things we have planned for our 275th Anniversary Year

Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship          Liz 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. Led by clergy members of the congregation.  

275th Anniversary
Kick Off Happy Hour
Celebrate With Your Church Family! 

January 4, 2020
from 4-6 p.m.
the Community Room. 

All ages are welcome!
Annual Pastoral Assessment - Deadline Extended.

Will you consider taking time ( I promise it is short!) to provide your feedback?CLICK HERE for the letter explaining the process and HERE to take the short survey!
February 1 and March 7 from 4-9 pm
As an effort to reach people attending First Saturday events, especially families with young children, we will be opening our doors on First Saturdays in February and March. We will serve as a place where people can come in and get warm, get some hot chocolate, use the restrooms, and hang out a little bit. Through a generous donation, we will also sign up to have an ice sculpture on the steps of the church for Fire and Ice February 1 st .
We can use your help in providing a hospitable place. Here’s how you can offer radical hospitality:
1.     Volunteer your time that evening – greet, serve hot drinks and snacks, direct people to bathrooms and baby changing tables
2.     Donate hot chocolate and cookies or crackers

Contact the church office if you are interested in supporting these efforts. Thank you.
If you would like to be a part of the planning, please join us for a meeting on Monday, January 13 th from 6 to 7 p.m. in the North Classroom. Contact Marc Kline for questions: 240-446-5662 or marc.kline@me.com  
A One-Day Retreat for Women
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
Saturday, January 11, 2020
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Light breakfast to be served at 8:30 am. Program will begin promptly at 9 am.
Lunch from Firestones will be provided
                                A $10 donation for meals is requested  
RSVP to erucc@erucc.org by January 8th

"Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we'll ever do. When we own our story, we can write a brave new ending." Brene Brown

Stories are transformational. Stories is how we make meaning of our lives. We have stories of joy, bliss, trust, betrayal, gratitude, connection, loss and so on. Stories transform over a period of time just as we do.

How do you tell your story? Has your story transformed you? What have you gained from your experience? Do you embrace all your experiences?
During this time together, we will create a safe space in which we can explore ways to own our stories, honor them, and learn from them. We don't need anyone other than ourselves to honor our stories. But sharing our stories in a circle of trust can be affirming and healing. 
The next best thing to being wise oneself
is to live in a circle of those who are.
~ C.S. Lewis

Providing Sunday Fellowship with your loving hands is all we need! Every Sunday, volunteers put out food and drinks for us to share! As a volunteer, your duties are to set up and clean up! Julie Clark will train you, provide the food and drinks and assist you in this volunteer experience. Sign up now for a Sunday next month. Thank you! Contact Julie at 301-305-8181 or Jclarkad@yahoo.com or sign up directly at: 
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701