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July 21, 2022

Dear Congregation:
On Tuesday we welcomed our friends from the Altmark region of Germany. Because of COVID, it has been four years since they have been able to visit. We are so grateful that despite the virus and the craziness of travel these days, they are here with us again.
The congregational support for our children and youth is an incredible gift to them, our congregation, and the world. Imagine that our young people grow up loved by their families and dozens of caring adults who nurture them in faith, impart life lessons, serve as mentors, and provide encouragement. We all know that a kind word of support speaks volumes to a young person. As the legendary poet Maya Angelou once wrote, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
For many years, Kim Sexton and I have been able to work with and support our children, youth, and family ministries. And we’ve seen firsthand our community’s generosity in action. When we reach out to the congregation with requests for donations of funds or cereal or coats or school supplies or whatever the case may be, we know our congregation will respond. Most recently, you have provided funds and food as we provide hospitality for our German friends.
Your generosity helps the work Kim and I do much easier. Even more, our children and youth grow up in an environment of generosity. They learn about giving from the congregation.  They experience the joy of sharing.
Thank you for your continued support of our children and youth. They are not just the future of the church. We know and we acknowledge, and we celebrate, the gifts they share with the life of the church and community today.

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 W. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21702

Article by Jenna Duranko