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June 30, 2022
If you walk by ERUCC on any given morning, you may find a group of Temple School future professionals hanging out. They’re drinking coffee, eating lunch, chatting. I so enjoy walking past and hearing their conversation and laughter.
I took this photo yesterday and told them how glad I was that they felt comfortable to gather on our steps. I added that I wanted to take a photo so you could see how sitting on our steps are a place of enjoyment. One of the future professionals said, “Thanks for being so welcoming.”
Providing a welcome and safe space for people is one of our core values. Whether it is the front steps or the Community Room or the sanctuary, we want to send the message, “We are glad you are here.”
As our country reels with the January 6th hearings, the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the uncertainty of the economy, the war in Ukraine, and the continued spread of Covid 19, it is even imperative that ERUCC members and friends create an environment of care for anyone who sits on our steps or enters our doors. These are days when people reach out to the faith community seeking comfort, hope, and peace.
Let us be ready for those visitors who came to our steps and our doors, welcome them and extend our radical hospitality to all.
As Kim Sexton’s ministry with us as Associate Minister for Children’s Ministries concludes, it is important for our congregation to take time to reflect on what we should start, stop, and continue as it relates to what and how we are sharing in our ministry with children and their families. With thanks for his help, David Cooney has agreed to facilitate three Listening Sessions on this. The schedule is:
- Tuesday, July 12, at 6:00 pm via Zoom
- Sunday, July 17, in the Community Room after the 10:30 am service (babysitting provided)
- Wednesday, July 20, in the Community Room at 6:00 pm in person (babysitting provided)
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701