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THURSDAY THOUGHTS September 16th 2021

THURSDAY THOUGHTS September 16th 2021

The 10:30 service can be viewed online: HERE

A copy of  September 16th Thursday Thoughts can be viewed: HERE

September 16, 2021

Dear Congregation:

At the May 2021 annual meeting of the congregation, we voted to become a Creation Justice Church and the UCC has recognized our commitment to consider environmental and justice issues in all our actions and decisions. The Green Team has been working with every committee and group of the church to consider their practices and activities through the lends of creation justice.
What has that meant?  Using glass cups for communion and yes, that means washing them, thereby reducing our use of plastic. Reducing waste including the elimination of disposal cups, plates and utensils.   We have started to use the real plates, glasses, cups, and utensils at fellowship events again.  We have teams of members who work in the community garden as part of the efforts of the Frederick Food Security Network.  We spend time outside gathering for walks and other activities to acknowledge the gifts of air, water, trees, and plants.
These are just a few of the tangible efforts we have made, and are making, to recognize the gifts of creation and our responsibility in caring for the planet.
This Sunday, the Green Team has planned a variety of opportunities for us to name and embody our commitment to God’s creation.  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and all that sustains life.  Creation was God’s first act of love.  We love God through our acts of love and respecting, honoring, and not abusing God’s love gift of creation.
In May we adopted this language as part of our larger Creation Justice statement:
“We, the members of this congregation, realize that God has given us an amazing planet on which to live.  This planet is shared by the rest of humanity and will be shared with future generations as well.  As such, it is our responsibility to care for this precious gift and keep it healthy for those who will come after us.  Being good stewards of our environment will be at the forefront of our thinking as we plan for, and carry out, our ministries”
May it be so.
Rev. Dr.  Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
bkdaniel@erucc.org
301-662-2762

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THURSDAY THOUGHTS September 2nd 2021

THURSDAY THOUGHTS September 2nd 2021

The 10:30 service can be viewed online: HERE

A copy of  September 2nd Thursday Thoughts can be viewed: HERE

September 2, 2021

Dear Congregation:

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”
– Albert Camus

The French philosopher and writer Albert Camus spent his life learning to overcome difficulty. Camus lived too many of his days during wartime, including World War II, unable to escape the German invasion of Paris. Camus joined the resistance and fought with his words as the editor-in-chief of an outlawed newspaper called “Combat.” His clear and consistent writing on the human conscience won him the Nobel Prize in literature in 1957. As this quote suggests, it was his ability to adapt to his circumstances that protected his heart despite the tragedies he witnessed. And as he so movingly articulated, it is a fortuitous heart that has never been broken.

(From the web site Inspiring Quotes, August 19, 2021)
Rev. Dr.  Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
bkdaniel@erucc.org
301-662-2762

Congratulations to Pastor Daniel on Being Selected for the United Way “Outstanding Volunteer Award”

Congratulations to Pastor Daniel on Being Selected for the United Way “Outstanding Volunteer Award”

Award: “Outstanding Volunteer Award”

This annual award goes to an individual or organization that best exhibits what it means to be a helping hand in the community and going above and beyond for those in need. Decided upon by the volunteer team at United Way of Frederick County.

2021 United Way Outstanding Volunteer Recipient: Barbara Kershner Daniel, Evangelical Reformed Church United Church of Christ

ERUCC Columbarium and Memorial Garden

ERUCC Columbarium and Memorial Garden

ERUCC Columbarium and Memorial Garden

Situated in a cozy corner of the property is an opportunity to create a tranquil space for contemplation and a place to permanently memorialize members of our congregations.  We have contracted with Bruce Zavos of ZA+D – whom we worked with on our new community building- to develop a columbarium and memorial garden for the placement of urns and scattering of ashes.  Beautifully landscaped pathways lead to the cylindrical enclosure surrounded by standing partitions of niches and garden fences.  Benches will be provided for extended visits around a small planting area where ashes may be scattered.  As a tribute to the history of our church building, one of the stained glass windows will be incorporated into the design.

We will begin our fundraising efforts immediately in order to move onto the next phase with ZA+D.  Those interested in being a part of the campaign–and those interested in this being their final resting place–should contact colambarium@erucc.org.  This is an exciting opportunity for our church congregation and downtown Frederick!

Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 2

Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 2

Sunday, May 2nd  is the day for our annual congregational meeting. 

The Consistory has voted to call the annual meeting for Sunday, May 2nd at 11:45.  The meeting will be held in the Community Room with lunch being served immediately following worship.  Members and friends of the congregation may also participate via Zoom  — through video on a computer, tablet or phone – or by telephone.

Some logistics about the annual meeting which will be held on Sunday, May 2nd following worship:

  • You are encouraged to attend the meeting in-person or via Zoom.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82129963921?pwd=Y25uYlpxV2RtdVJKN3R0Q0xpamo2QT09 
Meeting ID: 821 2996 3921
Passcode: 498766

  • If you are participating by zoom, we ask that you stay muted during the meeting.  Please use the chat function for your comments and questions.
  •  When we take a vote, we will ask all zoom participants to unmute themselves to indicate by voice yea or nay.
  • A reminder that we have a recommendation to adopt a Creation Justice Covenant.  CLICK HERE TO REVIEW
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

How to Let Your Light Really Shine!   Have you Seen the announcement about the two Sunday night Zoom sessions on May 2nd and 9th at 7 p.m. called, “Exploring Your Spiritual Gifts?”  Have you wondered what the discussions will really be about and how the topic pertains to you?

If you want to know now what your spiritual gifts are, take the 10 minute assessment to find out at: https://godgiftsyou.com/assessment.  You will receive your results immediately.  Please note that the assessment is part of a 6-week course that may be offered after the two May sessions if there is sufficient interest.

For additional information, contact Jeanellen Kallevang at ggeggirl@hotmail.com or (301)919-2057, of Julie Clark at jclark@yahoo.com or (301)305-8181.