Author: Amy Aguilar

Thursday Thoughts July 15, 2021

Thursday Thoughts July 15, 2021

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Dear Congregation:

On July 22, 12 youth and 3 adults (Trish Coffey, Joe Adkins and myself) will be departing for our trip to visit with our German partners in Klein Schwechten.  It has been two years since we have seen each other and we are all excited to be together again.

Our group is flying on Iceland Air which offers a stop-over in Iceland.  We will be arriving on Friday the 23rd at 6:30 am and boarding a bus for the Golden Circle Tour, highlighting some of the best sites in beautiful Iceland.  This is the same tour our ERUCC Scandinavian cruise group embarked on several years ago.

We spend the night at a youth hostel type hotel and then leave early the next morning to fly to Berlin.  Our friends will greet us at the airport and the rest of the day will be spent with our host families.

Sunday morning, I will be leading worship with Pastor Alex and youth from both groups will be reading scripture and reflecting on their dreams for peace.

Monday we leave for Ravensbruck.  Some of you have read recently published historical novels such as Lilac Girls and Lost Roses which depict the lives of women resisters and spies during WWII who were imprisoned at Ravensbruck.   We will be staying at a youth hostel there that has been transformed into an international youth meeting place.   Here’s some information from the website:

Our youth hostel has been a place of questioning, learning and understanding for many    years. In the immediate vicinity of the former women’s concentration camp, in the houses          of the guards   of the former concentration camp, in order to create the opportunity for   school trips conferences and international youth encounters right next to today’s          memorial.

            Located in the middle of several nature parks and countless chains of lakes, our    Ravensbrück             Youth Hostel is an ideal starting point for bike tours, canoe tours and                     hikes.

            Sustainability seals of approval guarantee quality standards with the aim of conserving    and saving resources, choosing environmentally friendly products where possible and             offering educational offers with a social and environmentally-oriented focus.

 

As we gather with our German partners and learn more about this aspect of German history, we will be engaged in mutual conversations about climate change and the environment, the dynamics occurring in both our countries of white supremacy, anti-racism, and the dangers of rejecting freedoms such as freedom of the press.

So we will worship, learn, and engage in conversation but we will also have time to play.  After a year of looking at screens for school, I believe both the German and the American youth are more than ready to run around, play games, and enjoy being in the nature.

On the way back to Klein Schwechen and our last evening with our host families, we will make a stop to visit the city Potsdam.

Thank you, ERUCC and friends, for your support of youth ministry.  These opportunities nurture the faith of our youth and the adults who participate in this partnership as well as provide a foundation for understanding what it means to be global citizens

Worship:       

             This Sunday we read from Ephesians 2:11–22.  Christian communities throughout Asia Minor were finding their way. They consisted of people from different backgrounds, and the old animosities and traditions that existed between them were hard to shift.  These words remind us that all are welcome.  The early church is called to build something new and unprecedented around the cornerstone of Christ.   The story in Mark 6:30-34 & 53-56, in which Jesus and his disciples pause for some respite and prayer in a quiet place.   In a lovely invitation, Jesus calls the disciples to “come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile.”

 

Food for Thought:   

“You can dream, create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it requires people to make the dream a reality.” – Walt Disney

 

Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor

Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ

15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701

301-662-2762

Thursday Thoughts July 8, 2021

Thursday Thoughts July 8, 2021

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July 8, 2021

Dear Congregation:

I enjoyed my time away with Ken, sleeping, walking, eating great food, exploring Michigan and its parks and quaint towns.  But is good to be back in the office and great to have seen some of you already.

I extend my appreciation for the church staff and Consistory leadership and others for caring for our members and welcoming visits over these past weeks.

The blessing of our recorded live streaming of Sunday services is that I was able to watch the services upon my return.  Grateful to John Shillingburg, Bob Manthey, and David Cooney for their worship leadership.  Like you, I was inspired by their words and pastoral presence.  To see and hear the children’s message and the ERUCC singers and our wonderful Alison, fed my soul.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday and in the weeks to come.

General Synod Begins Sunday, July 11 

UCC officers: ‘Join us in prayer for our time together’

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Each biennium the United Church of Christ gathers as the General Synod to discern the Spirit’s calling to the church in this present day. General Synod 33 will begin on July 11, 2021, with opening worship and will continue through July 18, 2021. Although General Synod convenes to conduct the business of the Church, we approach this work in a spirit of worship.

Each day the Rev. Janet Ross, national setting chaplain, will provide a prayer request on the UCC.org homepage. We invite you to incorporate the prayer requests into your daily prayer practices or to pray daily for General Synod as the Spirit leads. We are praying for the manifestation of God’s presence and power among us as we attend to the work of the church. We are praying for restorative times of worship and witness. We pray that every attendee will find in our offerings loving affirmations of belonging. We pray for courage. We pray for joy. We pray for wisdom. We pray for our resolutions. We pray for love. We pray for smooth technology. We pray for patience and grace.

We simply ask that you pray for the church. Because of our faith, we know our prayers will reach God and the hearts of those who gather.

Worship:       

             Psalm 85: 9-13 is a psalm of praise.  In Mark’s gospel, Mark 6: 14-29, John the Baptist’s preaching of repentance threatens the established power and he is killed.

 

Food for Thought:   

“Rest is not idle, is not wasteful. Sometimes rest is the most productive thing you can do for body and soul.”    (Erica Layne )

 

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