Author: Amy Aguilar

Sunday, April 18, 2021 Bulletin

Sunday, April 18, 2021 Bulletin

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The 10:30 service  can be attended in person or can be viewed online at:CLICK HERE to join the livestream at 10:30 a.m.

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April 18      Love Means Showing Up
            Luke 24:36b–48 “Peace be with you.”

Here it is again – another story like last week from John’s gospel (John 20:19–31) when Jesus encounters the disciples after the Resurrection and greets them with a word of peace. This encounter, however, doesn’t seem to calm the disciples but stirs them up. When does being a Christ-like peace bearer stir things up?

Acts 3:12–19 recounts Peter’s sermon following his and John’s healing encounter with a person who has been lame since birth (v. 2).

 

Thursday Thoughts April 15, 2021

Thursday Thoughts April 15, 2021

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April 15, 2021

Dear Congregation:

In last Sunday’s sermon, I reflected on how Jesus shows up, appears in person, walks through the locked doors of our hearts and minds and breathes new life and peace on us.  I reflected that Jesus appears every time words of hope, prayer, praise is shared by the followers of Jesus.  Jesus appears in person every time bread is broken, and people are fed.

Today, I give thaks for the ways in which our congregation and other congregations, are showing up for our community.  One of the many strengths of Frederick is the many ways in which businesses, non-profits, and government turn to the faith communities as partners in creating a healthier, safer, and more equitable Frederick.  In the past year, I have participated in discussions with members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Frederick Partnership on equity and inclusion in our community.  The faith community has continued to be a voice for justice and care for our homeless population and the Hayward Road Emergency Family Shelter is a great example of partnership between churches, foundations, businesses, individuals, and government.  Most recently, I have participated in numerous discussions about equity and accessibility in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

The faith community brings a needed and necessary voice to these discussions and I am grateful that we are being included in the conversation.

Last week, 135 of our neighbors showed up at ERUCC to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  ERUCC embodied the love and care of Jesus as we offered our usual hospitality.  People felt safe entering our building and their experience continued to be positive.  As we talked about prior to opening the new space, one of our core values was to offer radical hospitality for everyone who came through our doors, that we would see each person as a beloved child of God, and we would embody the love and care of Jesus.

Thanks, ERUCC, for the many ways you show up.

Worship Notes:          Love Means Showing Up

            Luke 24:36b–48 “Peace be with you.”

Here it is again – another story like last week from John’s gospel (John 20:19–31) when Jesus encounters the disciples after the Resurrection and greets them with a word of peace. This encounter, however, doesn’t seem to calm the disciples but stirs them up. When does being a Christ-like peace bearer stir things up?

Acts 3:12–19 recounts Peter’s sermon following his and John’s healing encounter with a person who has been lame since birth (v. 2).

Food for Thought:   

When there is shattered glass in my heart,

when the road is long and dull,

when the past has bent, the future vanished,

when I seem to walk from darkness toward darkness—

I pray not that the story be changed

but that my eyes be open

to you,

here beside us,

opening our eyes.

(Steve Garnaas-Holmes)

 

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

 

How To Let Your Light Really Shine

How To Let Your Light Really Shine

HOW TO LET YOUR LIGHT REALLY SHINE!

EXPLORING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Zoom Discussions – Sunday, May 2 and May 9 – 7 p.m.

Led by Jeanellen Kallevang

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88423175369?pwd=ZkpnOTZucTFaMzhJMFB2akZEQ0hBdz09

Meeting ID: 884 2317 5369        Passcode: 473395

Do you know:    Who God is leading you to be?   What spiritual gifts and talents God has given you?   How to translate your unique spiritual gifts into acts of love?

These sessions are for you if you are:  1. Unclear about what the various spiritual gifts are; 2.  uncertain which gifts you have; 3. Trying to determine how to use your gifts.

Prior to the first session, you will take an assessment to ascertain what your spiritual gifts are.  They can vary throughout your life.  The topics at the first session will include identification and explanation of each of the spiritual gifts and what it means to be blessed with a particular gift.

The second session will focus on using those spiritual gifts in your life – with family and friends, at church, at work and in the community.

If there is sufficient interest, a six-week study will be offered later. The study is called “God. Gifts. You – Your Unique Calling and Design.”  It includes Bible verses, discussion questions, and videos to make for lively discussion among the participants.

Contact Jeanellen Kallevang at geeggirl@hotmail.com or (301)919-2057 for details

The Stewardship/Generosity Team

 

 

 

Sunday, April 11 Bulletin

Sunday, April 11 Bulletin

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Worship Notes:          Love Is a Response to Grace

                        John 20:19–31 “Peace be with you.”

In this story, Jesus appears to the disciples when they are locked away in fear and breathes upon them with a word of peace and empowerment.                                                                    Acts 4:32-35 describes how the early followers of Jesus were so unified that they shared their possessions and cared for another so that no was in need.  The Gospel lesson is from John 20: 19-31.  When Jesus appears to his followers after the resurrection he shows them his hands and side.  Then he breathed on them and blessed them with the Holy Spirit.  Thomas arrived later after Jesus had left and said he needed to see for himself.  Jesus came to be with them again when Thomas was with them and encouraged Thomas to touch his hands and sides.

Thursday Thoughts April 8, 2021

Thursday Thoughts April 8, 2021

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Dear Congregation:

We are in the process of working on the annual report for 2020. As leaders of various committees and groups and staff prepared reports, it was clear that even in the midst of the pandemic restrictions, ERUCC was able to be the church.

Our re-opening team provided guidance for our church activities as well as how we could safely provide space for community groups.  As you know, we see our buildings as an extension of our ministry to a whole variety of groups and during the pandemic we were able to provide space when other buildings in the community were closed.

Yesterday, we were able to provide space for a vaccine clinic.  135 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine were administered with many of the doses going to underserved members of our community.  While we had offered our space for a clinic as soon as vaccines were available, this opportunity came through our friends at Grace UCC who were unable to host the clinic.   It went so well that another clinic is planned for April 21st.

This clinic went well, due in large part, because of the work of Amy Gervase Aguilar, our church administrator extraordinaire.  There are few things that happen at ERUCC without her touch.  She maintains the schedule for the buildings and most times serves as the one who welcomes our guests.  Yesterday, was no exception as people were welcomed and honored.  While we have been unable to rent much space during the pandemic, Amy has figured out how we can rent out beautiful commercial kitchen.  Not only does this bring income to ERUCC, we are pivotal in empowering young people in starting up their catering and food truck businesses.

In the ERUCC email blast you received earlier this week, we thanked as many people as we could for their work and leadership in the past month or so.  I did not want the week to go by without calling special attention to Amy’s work and how grateful I am that she is with us.  May 1 marks her second span of four years working with ERUCC having previously been on staff from 2009 – 2013.   Will you join with me in thanking her?

Worship Notes:          Love Is a Response to Grace

                        John 20:19–31 “Peace be with you.”

In this story, Jesus appears to the disciples when they are locked away in fear and breathes upon them with a word of peace and empowerment.                                                                                                        Acts 4:32-35 describes how the early followers of Jesus were so unified that they shared their possessions and cared for another so that no was in need.  The Gospel lesson is from John 20: 19-31.  When Jesus appears to his followers after the resurrection he shows them his hands and side.  Then he breathed on them and blessed them with the Holy Spirit.  Thomas arrived later after Jesus had left and said he needed to see for himself.  Jesus came to be with them again when Thomas was with them and encouraged Thomas to touch his hands and sides.

Food for Thought:   

Though the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the      people, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”   After he said   this, he showed them his hands and his side.                —John 20.19-20

 

The Damaged One emerges from trauma with peace.                                                           His wounds, his brokenness, evidence of what such peace endures.                                              Through doors of pain, walls of despair, he comes with peace.                                                           Yours, beloved, he comes through.                                                                                    Gravestone, locked door, unbelief do not keep him from you.                                         The wounds still gape. The room is fraught—  but he is not.                                                Now and yet to come, he’s here.                                                                                                         Now your pain can breathe.

            (Steve Garnaas-Holmes, www.unfoldinglight.net)

 

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

 

Easter Sunday Bulletin

Easter Sunday Bulletin

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 Easter Sunday

Women were the last at the cross; now they are first at Jesus’ tomb.  The news of the Resurrection fills them with “terror and amazement.”  The astonishing news of the Resurrection, Mark 16: 1-8, transformed Jesus’ followers into courageous preachers of the good news of Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                                                                    

We will share communion this morning.  Please have bread or crackers, juice, water or wine prepared in your homes to share in communion together.  Add some fresh flowers to your worship center in celebration of the gift of new life.

Thursday, April1 THURSDAY THOUGHTS

Thursday, April1 THURSDAY THOUGHTS

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April 1, 2021

Dear Congregation:

A prayer for this Maundy Thursday:

Jesus of Nazareth,

If the disciples had known

That the last supper would be their last meal with you

Before the crucifixion, I bet they would have listened differently.

I bet they would have put down their arguments,

And leaned in with their whole bodies.

I bet they would have asked questions

And halted the small talk.

I bet they would have taken notes and hung on your every word.

Jesus of Nazareth, I want to listen like that.

I want to listen like tonight might be the last time you speak.

I want to listen like everything could change tomorrow.

I want to listen like my soul depends on it.

So gracious God, clear away anything in me that might distract.

Clear away anything in me that might hinder my hearing and receiving of your word.

I am listening.

We are listening.

With hope and honesty we pray.

Amen.

(Sanctified Art, Rev. Sarah Are)

 

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 Easter Sunday

Women were the last at the cross; now they are first at Jesus’ tomb.  The news of the Resurrection fills them with “terror and amazement.”  The astonishing news of the Resurrection, Mark 16: 1-8, transformed Jesus’ followers into courageous preachers of the good news of Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                                                                     We will share communion this morning.  Please have bread or crackers, juice, water or wine prepared in your homes to share in communion together.  Add some fresh flowers to your worship center in celebration of the gift of new life.

 

Food for Thought:   

“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”   (NT Wright)

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