Category: Announcements

ERUCC Pledges $25,000 to the Religious Coalition for Family Shelter Counseling Room

ERUCC Pledges $25,000 to the Religious Coalition for Family Shelter Counseling Room

With our goal of $25,000 we will be a sponsor of one of the counseling rooms, significant since members of our congregation including Melanie Hoffman, Anne McGreevy, Tina Baker, Cathie Duncan, and Cathy Zier worked in that building.

Thanks so much for the generous gifts we have already received.  ERUCC  rocks!

 

You can donate on-line or via check to ERUCC!  Thank you for your generosity.  https://erucc.org/give-to-erucc/ 

Nature’s Best Hope Virtual  Presentation

Nature’s Best Hope Virtual Presentation

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FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Register here to receive your Zoom link for this live event: https://bit.ly/TallamyHood
Hear about alarming declines in global biodiversity and the simple steps that each of us can take to reverse this disturbing trend. Learn how we are nature’s best hope.

This event is co-hosted by the Master of Science in Environmental Biology and MACS (Multi-faith Alliance of Climate Stewards). #HoodENV #FrederickMACS #suecarney #envisionfrederickcounty #JohnDeere #FoxHaven #CommonMarket #MonarchAllaince #SierraClub

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GREEN TEAM INITIATIVES

GREEN TEAM INITIATIVES

Becoming a Creation Justice Church

We here at ERUCC have long taken seriously the issues of social justice and environmental stewardship. Our green team is now looking to take that to a new level by becoming a UCC Creation Justice Church.

So, what does this mean, and how can you get involved.

First, here’s a review of some of the initiatives undertaken in the past two years:

  • Encouraging the use of sustainable products,
  • Reducing waste including the elimination of disposal cups, plates and utensils,
  • Adopting a program to compost food waste
  • Educational forums and classes on topics ranging from recycling to climate change.
  • Collaborating with other groups to plant trees
  • Participation with the Frederick Food Security Network to grow fresh vegetables for people in need
  • Advocacy for the Frederick Climate Emergency Resolution and two forest preservation bills
  • Signing up to use community solar at ERUCC and in some of our homes

Becoming a Creation Justice Church will designate our entire community as a “green” church. As a congregation, we will consider environmental and justice issues in all our actions and decisions. Every committee and team will have a part to play. Whether it is looking at green investments, using energy-efficient practices, or considering the environment in our worship and education, we have an opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to Creation. In doing so, we witness to the Frederick community that we are committed to being the church and living out our faith.

So where are we in this process?

The congregation must now formally adopt a covenant statement that outlines our commitment to sustainability. Joining this covenant commits our congregation to caring for the Earth, and putting it at the forefront of our thinking as we move forward with our church and life choices.

The Green Team drafted a covenant for consideration by our church and presented it to Consistory. If Consistory approves the covenant, it will then come before the congregation at our May Congregational Meeting for a vote. The covenant reads as follows:

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.

We further realize that negligence in the care for our planet has resulted in damage to our environment and that this damage has disproportionally affected marginalized people in our country and throughout the globe.  Therefore, we commit to advocating for environmental justice so that those who may not be in a position to speak for themselves can reap the rewards of such efforts.

As a church, and as individuals, we pledge to care for our planet and to seek justice for those whose lives have been adversely affected by the neglect of our environment. This also means that we will recycle responsibly, use the earth’s resources with as little waste as possible, support efforts at reducing the effects of climate change, help protect endangered species, reduce our carbon footprint and stop air and water pollution.”

As this point, we are seeking feedback from you. Is this something you feel we can commit to?  Please send your thoughts to Linda Coyle, Chair of the Green Team at lkcoyle@yahoo.com.   This feedback will guide the Green Team and the Consistory as we consider future action.

Thanks in advance.

 

 

Thursday Thoughts December 24, 2020

Thursday Thoughts December 24, 2020

CLICK HERE to read the Thursday, December 24 Thursday Thoughts

December 24, 2020

Dear Congregation:

Tonight, as we welcome the birth of Jesus, remembering and celebrating that God is with us, may we be blessed with these words:

In the beginning, the Word;

the Word was in God’s presence,

and the Word was God.

The Word was present to God from the beginning.

Through the Word all things came into being….

In the Word was life, and that life was humanity’s light-

a Light that shines in the night,

a Light that the night has never overtaken.

Go forth to witness to the Light, to the Word,

to the Glory of God dwelling in us;

Go forth to live in grace and truth.

(Rev. Susan A. Blain, Minister for Worship and Gospel Arts, Justice and Local Church Ministries, Faith INFO Team, UCC)

 

May you be blessed with the wonder of Christmas and the good news of light shining into our lives.  The light of Christ shines and nothing, absolutely nothing, can ever put it out.

 

Worship Notes              

                        Christmas Eve Services

5:30 p.m.   Children’s Service in the main sanctuary (live streamed)

7:30 p.m.    Candlelight & Carol Service in the main sanctuary (live streamed)

10:30 p.m.  Christmas Eve Communion Service (Trinity Chapel)

 

            First Sunday After Christmas   December 27

Our first reading is from Isaiah 61:10—62:3. In this portion of the long book of Isaiah, we read of the people’s return from exile, and encounter recurring themes of justice and righteousness, as well as the overarching theme of salvation. The prophet emphasizes God’s message of forgiveness, consolation, and hope, revealing God’s plan of blessing and salvation. The Gospel lesson is from Luke 2:22–40 resounds with the salvation theme as the righteous and devout man Simeon encounters the newborn Christ child and breaks into his song of praise.

The service will conclude with the “Letting Go and Letting God” ceremony.  This is a time when the congregation will be invited to write down on a piece of paper those things which each person wants to let go of from the old year of 2020, receive God’s grace and move into the new year with divine blessing and hope.  The dissolving pieces of paper will be placed in a bowl of water at the front of the chancel.

 

Food for Thought:              

“Joy to the world!”  Anyone for whom this sound is foreign, or who hears in it nothing but weak enthusiasm, has not yet really heard the gospel. For the sake of humankind, Jesus Christ became a human being in a stable in Bethlehem: Rejoice, O Christendom! For sinners, Jesus Christ became a companion of tax collectors and prostitutes: Rejoice, O Christendom! For the condemned, Jesus Christ was condemned to the cross on Golgotha: Rejoice, O Christendom! For all of us, Jesus Christ was resurrected to life: Rejoice, O Christendom! … All over the world today people are asking: Where is the path to joy? The church of Christ answers loudly: Jesus is our joy! (1 Pet. l:7-9). Joy to the world!   (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

 

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

 

The Mitten Project

The Mitten Project

Here is an AWESOME opportunity to serve the Downtown Frederick Community. 

ERUCC has joined the Federated Charities – Charity Mitten Project.

Starting Sunday, December 6th a decorated collection box will be located in the lobby of the church where you can place donations of Mittens, Winter Hats and Gloves of all shapes, sizes and colors.

These donations will be collected once a week through New Years Day and taken to the Federated Charities building where items will be put out for the public to take as needed – no questions asked.

Feel free to email colleenbaldree@gmail.com with any questions. THANK YOU

275th Anniversary Limited Edition Ornament for Sale

275th Anniversary Limited Edition Ornament for Sale

Now Available!                               November 2020                          CLICK HERE FOR FORM

Excited to reveal the 275th Anniversary commemorative ornament, featuring  Trinity Chapel’s beautiful stained glass window.

This miniature, just 2”x3” in size, reproduces the historic window on glass, with a metal frame and hanger. Now available for sale at $15 each, your purchase supports the Preserving Our History campaign. All funds raised through the sale of the miniature windows go directly into our historic building preservation fund.

Just 200 boxed miniatures were ordered, the shipment is here, and they are available for purchase today. Use the order form below, or contact ERUCC to submit your request.

A sincere thank you to Jeff Schaeberle whose photograph of the stained glass window was used to create this miniature. His talents shine brightly at ERUCC!

 

 

Yes!  I/We want to order the miniature of Trinity Chapel’s stained glass window

Quantity:  _______  @ $15 each *  = $          ___________

How would you like to receive them?  r Pick up from church

Deliver with my next envelope    Other __________________________________

I/We would like to make an additional donation to the 275th Campaign this year $ __________

 

Name:             ___________________________________________________________________

Address:          ___________________________________________________________________

Email:  _____________________________________ Phone:______________________________

 

* 100% of your purchase is a donation to ERUCC’s Preserving Our History campaign! The cost of the ornaments has been underwritten so that all purchases support the anniversary campaign.

 

Thank you!

 

 

EVANGELICAL REFORMED CHURCH  |  UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD  21701  |  301-662-2762 ♦ Fax 301-695-2578 ♦ www.erucc.org