September 19, 2019

Dear Congregation:

Over 30 of us from ERUCC will be “retreating” at Bethany Beach, Delaware this weekend. We offered this all age church retreat last year as a way of saying, “thank you,” for all the work so many did for the building project. Who would have guessed that we would encounter a major tropical storm that weekend? Rather than be discouraged, we demonstrated our usual flexible and resilient selves and played games all weekend. Not once did anyone complain about the rain. I believe what happened was exactly what I hoped would happen. We would have uninterrupted time to just be with each other, make new friends, strengthen friendships, have a good time.

While I hope the weather is better than last year, the most important aspect of the weekend is being with members of our church family. It’s a joy to see all different ages being together and enjoying each other’s company.                                                                                                                                      
We will miss you on Sunday. You will be remembered in prayer as the “retreaters” gather for worship on the beach and give God thanks for our community, creation, and the gifts of life.  
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:

Food for Thought 
The church that plays together, stays together.  
Sunday Worship

The first scripture reading is from I Timothy 2: 1-7. Paul urges his “son” in the faith – Timothy – to pray for all people in authority and he affirms that he was appointed by God to bring the Good News of salvation. Jesus delivers a challenging parable about the shrewdness of a dishonest servant in Luke 16: 1-13, and follows it with several sayings about the nature of faithfulness.  
The Senior Choir will be singing. Rev. Esther Ziegler will be preaching.
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk                              Community Room
Video Series- Climate Crisis, Faith and Justice
Cliff Barr will facilitate using the video series Renewal, Stories from America's Religious-Environmental Movement. (This series will continue through September.)

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. Richard Leslie and Rev. Carolyn Roberts.

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.
Family Shelter
ERUCC is hosting the emergency family shelter, September 20-27. 
Here is the link to volunteer:

We need donations of juice boxes, orange juice, small water bottles, and snacks. Please drop by the church office or bring them to church on Sunday.
Green Team News - You can join the climate strike right here in Frederick!
Frederick MD Climate Strike
Start:  Friday, September 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Location: Front of Winchester Hall 12 East Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Host Contact Info:

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:
* 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 will begin composting in October 2019! Please make a financial donation to ERUCC to sponsor a month to compost at our church for $130. We already have 7 sponsors! 4 more and we will have made a year commitment to reducing waste to landfills in Frederick County. Please contact Linda Coyle at or Julie Clark 301-305-8181 with any questions. To learn more about Key City Composting, see KEYCOMPOST.COM
Please join the FEARless (Face Everything and Rise) Group (Our awesome young adults!) for Family Game Afternoon on September 29 th from 1 pm - ? in the Community Room.
Please bring your favorite family game and an appetizer or dessert to share. Contact Catie Sexton Schaeberle if you have any questions at (240) 397-0816 or .
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.
Host families needed for Catawba Choir
Do you like music? Do you like to meet new people? You could be one of our host families. The Catawba choir will be back October 19 th to October 22 nd and singing during services on October 20 th . The students will be placed in pairs with host families. Currently, we need housing for up to 25 students. Contact Kim Sexton at or Catie Sexton Schaeberle at for more information or to sign up to be a host.
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 or sign up directly at: 
“We are God’s Holy Vessels”
November 1-2, 2019
Mar-Lu Ridge, Jefferson, MD
$100 (include lodging, three meals, and materials)
(Contact Starr Schaeberle for more information)
"But we have this treasure in clay jars…."
Each of us is created a precious vessel of God’s love. Each of us has experienced hurt in some way, bringing a sense of brokenness. To move toward healing is to offer the gift of life and wholeness (or wholi-ness), not only for ourselves but also for others as we come to see each person as a Holy Vessel and as we come to desire that wholeness for all of creation.
Come away and spend some time with your friends from ERUCC. Sit in silence. Walk in nature. Share meals and laughter. Come be renewed and refreshed.  
Send your payment of $100.00 to the church office to reserve your spot!
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Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street
Frederick, MD 21701