Author: Amy Aguilar

A Meditation from Pastor Daniel

A Meditation from Pastor Daniel

Last evening for our Consistory meeting opening, I shared this meditation written by Rev. Elsa Cook, a UCC minister. I first read it in an email sent by Rev. Michael Caine, pastor of Old First Reformed UCC, Philadelphia.
I was asked to share it more broadly, so here it is, with permission from Rev. Cook. You can click on the link to experience it as a guided meditation.
Let us find a minute
to catch our breath
after all that has happened
in six months
and in just one week
let us breathe in love
breathe out fear
breathe in hope
breathe out every evil
expel all the air
so that there is nothing
left but mutual affection
feel that catch in your
throat and let go
as you fill your lungs
with honor and zeal
for people and creation
and even the future
breathe in what will serve
God and fill your spirit
feel that stuff
pump through your veins
with every bit
of oxygenated wonder
push the uncertain
discomfort that has
lived so comfortably
in every fiber
of your being

for the the past several months,

out through your pores
release the toxins
that have held you back
from believing
that God is with you.
God is in every
breath and every hope.
God is in every
blessing and
every need.
Breathe in
this faith.
Breathe in.
Catch your breath
so that you are not
overcome by evil
but let that evil go and
know that evil will
only be overcome
with good trouble.
Let us catch our breath
so that we can be
The good trouble God needs.
Book Discussion: November 2 at 8 p.m.

Book Discussion: November 2 at 8 p.m.

How to be Anti-Racist

Engagement, Conversation & Opportunities

“Becoming an anti-racist is a life-long journey.  It happens in community with other committed people who journey together and commit to decentering whiteness, leaning into practices to decolonize socialized patterns of thinking and behaviors.  The process includes relearning history, correcting false narratives, and working towards radical shifts in policies and structures that harm black lives”. ~ Velda Love

 

Book Discussions

via Zoom Call

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86893297577?pwd=OEVSOVJrc1VRVzJmMkJydlk2SlZ4Zz09
Meeting ID: 868 9329 7577                Passcode: 494164

 

November 2 at 8 p.m.

So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

 

December 1 at 7 p.m.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Austin Channing Brown

ERUCC Announces Prayer Vigil

ERUCC Announces Prayer Vigil

PRAYER VIGIL ON THE EVE OF THE USA ELECTIONS on Monday, November 2 ,  7– 7:30pm

ERUCC will hold a prayer vigil on the eve of our election day on the front steps of the main sanctuary.  The vigil will include time for silence as we hear the beating of one another’s hearts for peace.  The only words spoken will be a brief welcome and an invitation to share in the prayer of St. Francis, “Let me be an instrument of thy peace.”  Those gathered will be invited to sing, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

 

Candles will be provided.  Masks are required and participants will be asked to maintain physically distancing.

 

The vigil will also be live streamed on the ERUCC Facebook page – Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ.

Sunday, October 25 Bulletin

Sunday, October 25 Bulletin

Click HERE to retrieve the Sunday, October 25 Bulletin.

Join us for worship in person at 8:30 a.m. in Historic Trinity Chapel or at 10:30 a.m. in our main Sanctuary.

You may also join us via live stream at: https://boxcast.tv/view/sunday-1030-service-632387

 

Worship Notes:

As the community of Jesus’ disciples, we are called to find ways to proclaim the love of God to our neighbors.  The Gospel lesson in Matthew 22: 34-46 reminds the emerging Christian community of Jesus’ rules – unconditional love for God and neighbor. Today’s reading from the Hebrew scriptures, Deuteronomy 34: 1-12, brings to an end the life of Moses.  He is given a glimpse of the promised land, but he will not cross over into it.

Felecia Bishop will be speaking as part of our Faces of Love campaign.

We will also be dedicating our pledges for our 2021 financial support of the mission and ministry of ERUCC.    Pledges can be made in person, via the web page, via mail, or dropped off at the church office or brought to worship this Sunday to be received during the offering.

Don’t forget to come by the church between noon and 2 to pick up your tasty treat lovingly prepared by David Howard.  A thank you for your ongoing prayer and support.

Thursday THoughts, October 22, 2020

Thursday THoughts, October 22, 2020

CLICK HERE to read Thursday Thoughts for October 22, 2020.

Dear Congregation:
From the Stewardship/Generosity Committee – Faces of Love
This Sunday we will bring our month’s spiritual journey to completion as we pledge our financial commitment to the mission and ministries of ERUCC for the coming year.
As we offer our pledges, we invite people also to reflect on what God is calling you to give or do this year as a renewal of your commitment to continue to grow in faith and love. What is one step that you might take?
At the 10:30 Service, Felecia Bishop will speak, after which we will offer our pledges and commitments. There will be paper, post-it hearts you can use to write down the step you have chosen and place it in the plate along with the pledge cards and offerings. Since there are no longer pencils in the pews, please bring something to write with.
To celebrate this day of appreciation and commitment, a boxed, tasty treat for each family member will await you after the 8:30 and 10:30 services and at our socially distanced “Consecration Sunday Drive-by” between noon and 2 p.m. During this time our gloved and masked team members will safely greet you with your treat and a cheery welcome! Please enter the church parking lot from West Church Street. You can then exit through the alley to West Second Street. If you are not able to pick up your treat in person, let us know and we will deliver it to your home.
If you need a gluten-free option or need it delivered to your home, email, call, or text David Howard, dehowardcello@gmail.com; 202-841-5061.
Pledges can also be dropped off on Sunday, during the 12-2 drive-by
YOU are the Faces of Love. Our bulletin covers have reflected some faces; please be sure to add your face to these images. We are all the church together.

Worship Notes
As the community of Jesus’ disciples, we are called to find ways to proclaim the love of God to our neighbors. The Gospel lesson in Matthew 22: 34-46 reminds the emerging Christian community of Jesus’ rules – unconditional love for God and neighbor. Today’s reading from the Hebrew scriptures, Deuteronomy 34: 1-12, brings to an end the life of Moses. He is given a glimpse of the promised land, but he will not cross over into it. Felecia Bishop will be speaking as part of our Faces of Love campaign. We will also be dedicating our pledges for our 2021 financial support of the mission and ministry of ERUCC. Pledges can be made in person, via the web page, via mail, or dropped off at the church office or brought to worship this Sunday to be received during the offering.
Don’t forget to come by the church between noon and 2 to pick up your tasty treat lovingly prepared by David Howard. A thank you for your ongoing prayer and support.
Food for Thought:
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” (Soren Kierkegaard)

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

 

Sunday, October 18 Bulletin

Sunday, October 18 Bulletin

Click HERE for the Sunday, October 18, 2020 Bulletin

Join us for worship in person at 8:30 a.m. in Historic Trinity Chapel or at 10:30 a.m. in our main Sanctuary.

You may also join us via live stream at: https://boxcast.tv/view/sunday-1030-service-112158

 

Worship Notes               

In Exodus 33:12–23 , we are privy to a conversation between God and Moses. Reminiscent of last week’s struggle of the Hebrew people with an idea or presence of God vs. a tangible, physical god, Moses also asks for proof of God’s presence – to see what God looks like. Matthew 22:15–22 tells the story of discerning taxes, where the stamping of Caesar on the coinage settles the question – “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and unto God the things that are God’s” (v. 21). While this can be seen as an example of the separation of church and state it also harkens back to the wilderness experiences of discerning and following God’s guiding presence.

Thursday THoughts, October 15, 2020

Thursday THoughts, October 15, 2020

CLICK HERE to read Thursday Thoughts for October 15, 2020

 

Dear Congregation:

Do you have your ballot?  Do you know how to vote?  Would you be willing to join an energetic group of people trying to get as many people to the polls as possible?  Please join us on Friday evening as we celebrate our right to vote and the importance of participating in our democratic process.  This Friday, October 16th,  we will welcome musicians from the Frederick School of Rock, Pizza Llama, and Jay Mason from the FCPS Board of Education.

The ERUCC Faith and Democracy group completed 3000 postcards that were handwritten and sent to voters in Georgia, encouraging these voters to get to the polls.  We’re hoping that the record turn-out for early voting in that state can be attributed, in part, to the efforts of our work and that of others.

Many in the congregation are working with various groups such as the League of Women Voters to get out the vote.  These efforts include committing  to or encouraging at least  three friends to vote on or before Election Day. Because of the changing rules and procedures amidst the pandemic, it is more important than ever that we know our voting rights and that we have a plan vote.

I recognize that we, as individual members and friends of ERUCC, have a variety of thoughts and opinions with this election and with many other aspects of life.  What I really appreciate is our willingness to share those perspectives with one another.  It is not always easy to stay in community when we share differences of opinion but we are called to love one another as God has loved us.

Please continue to share your perspectives with me.  I sincerely want to learn what all of us value and how we can make ERUCC stronger and more welcoming as a community.  I also want us to explore how we can embody those values in the larger community of Frederick that we love.

 

Worship Notes               

In Exodus 33:12–23 , we are privy to a conversation between God and Moses. Reminiscent of last week’s struggle of the Hebrew people with an idea or presence of God vs. a tangible, physical god, Moses also asks for proof of God’s presence – to see what God looks like. Matthew 22:15–22 tells the story of discerning taxes, where the stamping of Caesar on the coinage settles the question – “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and unto God the things that are God’s” (v. 21). While this can be seen as an example of the separation of church and state it also harkens back to the wilderness experiences of discerning and following God’s guiding presence.

Food for Thought:   

           

“The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours; it’s what you gather and shine back. And it gets more power from reflectiveness; if you sit still and take it in, it fills your cup, and then you can give it off yourself.”   (Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith)

 

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

Sunday, October 11, 2020 Bulletin

Sunday, October 11, 2020 Bulletin

Click HERE for the Sunday, October 11, 2020 Bulletin

Join us for worship in person at 8:30 a.m. in Historic Trinity Chapel or at 10:30 a.m. in our main Sanctuary.

You may also join us via live stream at: https://boxcast.tv/view/sunday-1030-service-112158

 

Sunday Worship
In our scripture readings for this Sunday we are invited to reflect on what it means to be formed as a community of God’s people, committed to living out the ways of God. Exodus 32: 1-14 contains what is likely one of the most confusing and dramatic stories in the Hebrew Scriptures. It has been interpreted in myriad ways, but mostly as a cautionary tale of turning toward other gods. In Philippians 4: 1-9, Paul uses the Greek word ekklesia — which translates “called out” — to describe the early Christian church. He calls the church to stand firm in the faith, to focus on what is true, honorable, and just. And in all, pray, rejoice, and focus on all that is truly good in God’s realm.

 

Thursday Thoughts October 8, 2020

Thursday Thoughts October 8, 2020

CLICK HERE to read Thursday Thoughts for October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020

Dear Congregation:

September of 2020 marked the 6th Anniversary of the Emergency Family Shelter.  Since September 2014, the Coalition has sponsored a rotating family shelter hosted by local congregations. During the day families are sheltered at the Coalition’s day shelter and receive case management support from our staff.    For the past 2,000+ nights, the program has provided a safe and compassionate environment to more than 200 families.

ERUCC is among the congregations who have hosted families over these past six years.  The families have been staying at Trinity Chapel during the weeks we are hosting.  Volunteers have come from our congregation as well as the Unitarian Uiversalist Conhregation of Frederick and Congregation Kol Ami.

During the pandemic, families have been housed at Camp West Mar (YMCA Camp), Mar-Lu-Ridge and hotels as it was not prudent or safe to move families from church to church.

The challenging aspect of the scattered church shelter model is the toll it takes on families moving from place to place and the difficulties our congregations have encountered to provide night-time housing.

I am excited that in 2019, the Coalition purchased a large and historic farmhouse at 7516 Hayward Road from the City of Frederick.  This farmhouse will serve as the new home for the Emergency Family Shelter.  With over 9,000 square feet, this property will allow a comprehensive, single-site shelter program, offering the stability that families experiencing homelessness need.  Conveniently located on a bus route, the new Emergency Family Shelter will provide temporary housing and supportive services to up to 50 of our neighbors in dire need every day of the week, around the clock.  This property will:

  • Provide a more stable day and night-time environment
  • Lessen the adverse effects of homelessness on children
  • Expand the Coalition’s capacity for care
  • Host centralized support services
  • Allow Family meal preparation in shared kitchen and dining facilities.

This is a huge project that will require support from the entire Frederick community.  Our faith communities, with our commitment to serve neighbors in need, will play a huge role in supporting the development of this facility.

Members of the ERUCC Mission and Social Advocacy Committee toured the facility in September and will be considering how ERUCC will financially support this project.

 

Daytona Beach Work Trip              November 14 – 21, 2020

We are gathering a small group, less than ten people, for a Daytona Beach mission trip, November 14th – 21st.  We will be working with the same organization as we did in 2018 and 2019.  Contact Pastor Daniel if you are interested and want more information about the safety protocols, travel plans, housing, etc.

 

Worship Notes               

In our scripture readings for this Sunday we are invited to reflect on what it means to be formed as a community of God’s people, committed to living out the ways of God.   Exodus 32: 1-14 contains what is likely one of the most confusing and dramatic stories in the Hebrew Scriptures. It has been interpreted in myriad ways, but mostly as a cautionary tale of turning toward other gods.  In Philippians 4: 1-9,  Paul uses the Greek word ekklesia — which translates “called out”  — to describe the early Christian church.  He calls the church to stand firm in the faith, to focus on what is true, honorable, and just.  And in all, pray, rejoice, and focus on all that is truly good in God’s realm.

Food for Thought:   

“God dreams for us today. Today, at this moment, God has an image and hope for what we are becoming. We should not let God dream alone.”   (Dorothy Soelle)

 

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