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Sunday, June 14, 2020 Bulletin

Sunday, June 14, 2020 Bulletin

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June 14

Matthew 9:35-10:8 describes the ministry of Jesus and his disciples. There are many in need of Jesus’ healing ministry. Jesus acknowledges that he cannot do this work alone and calls disciples to join him. However, the authority to cast out unclean spirits and cure disease requires that the disciples sacrifice their former lives and any hopes of wealth or prestige.

June 11 Thursday Thoughts

June 11 Thursday Thoughts

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Dear Congregation:

Since the beginning of March, life at and with ERUCC and our community has been a constant barrage of new experiences.  Whether it’s been how to worship or how to conduct the church’s business or how to have fellowship and educational programs, every day brings new challenges in meeting the needs of the congregation and the community.

In this new environment, I have participated in at least 3 webinars or calls every week about COVID, technology, cleaning, mental health in these days, and meeting spiritual needs when we cannot gather or engage in our usual rituals.  I must admit that these resources have been very helpful but so much new information all at the same time is taxing on my brain.

Then we had the murder of George Floyd and the unleashing of anger, frustration, and energy to say, “Enough is enough.”  The past few weeks have engaged our congregation in even deeper work on anti-racism.   This, too, is taxing on the heart as we open ourselves to identifying and dismantling our behaviors as individuals and as a community that contribute to institutional racism.

All this is to say that I recognize the challenges of dealing with COVID will be with us for months.  Our work in dismantling institutional racism will be before us for years.  These challenges are not a sprint, but a long-distance run, and we all need to pace ourselves for this meaningful and hard work.

I am grateful that Ken and I will be able to take some time off to rest, renew, and refresh. I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow, June 12th and returning on July 1st.  Please contact Amy Aguilar at the church office with any questions or concerns. (aaguilar@erucc.org)

This Sunday, June 14th, if the technology works, you will hear a sermon that I recorded.  Rev. Michelle Beadle will be preaching on June 21st and Rev. Carolyn Roberts on June 28th.

I look forward to seeing you upon my return – in person in worship on July 5th or virtually in worship and on zoom calls.  Take care and peace.

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

ERUCC Volunteers for the Frederick Food Sustainability Network

ERUCC Volunteers for the Frederick Food Sustainability Network

This morning David Howard, Susan Kulp,(pictured) the Logees and the Barrs worked in the gardens of the Frederick Food Sustainability Network. We are one of four teams from ERUCC who are volunteering for this cause. Hopefully our efforts will pay off with healthy foods for families in need. One of our teams will be there every Friday morning throughout the growing season.

Sunday, June 7, 2020 Bulletin

Sunday, June 7, 2020 Bulletin

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June 7             Trinity Sunday                                                                                  

Genesis 1: 2:4a reminds us that in the beginning, God expressed delight in creation and declared it “very good.”  In Matthew 28:16–20, Jesus bestows authority upon followers to carry the good news of God’s love to all places. The promise in verse 20 asserts that Jesus is the assurance that God will not abandon the community of creation.

On this Trinity Sunday, the readings invite us to explore and celebrate the many ways God is revealed in and through continuing relationships within this good creation. God entrusts remarkable potential to all that is created. New beginnings emerge as the community of creation lives into such promise.

 

 

June 4, 2020 Thursday Thoughts

June 4, 2020 Thursday Thoughts

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Dear Congregation:

We know that we are dealing with two viruses.  COVID 19 and the virus of racism.  We have been living in fear and anxiety with a virus that can lurk inside some of us without symptoms.  A virus that preys upon the most vulnerable.  A virus that keeps manifesting itself in new ways and with new symptoms.

We already knew that black and brown communities are disproportionately  affected by the virus.  We also know that  black and brown communities are disproportionately affected by police brutality.  Those communities are disproportionately represented in the prisons of our country.  We know that black and brown communities face institutional racism in education, government, business, and the faith communities.  Truth is that those communities face racism everywhere.

It has not gone unnoticed that the confluence of COVID 19 and the response to the death of George Floyd has pushed our country to a deeper conversation about racism.  I am grateful for t your willingness to go deeper into that conversation.  The response to the classes Rev. Michelle Beadle led earlier this year demonstrated a willingness to become vulnerable and examine our own prejudices.  That has broadened more in these recent weeks.

Thank you for taking this journey of faith.  We all have prejudices and it is important that we identify them.  It is important for us to examine how our white privilege has socialized us in ways that have given us advantages that our black and brown siblings do not have.  This is our work to do and I am grateful for our friends of color who have been so patient with us.

If we stay on this path of learning and understanding and dismantling what is getting in the way for all people to live in security and peace, we can be the change.  Our friends of color are tired, fed up, and asking us, “How long?”  Do you hear them?  Are we willing to take the difficult, painful journey of examining our own lives and what we may be doing that contributes to racism?  Jesus said to us, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Change is challenging.  Change can be painful.  But imagine with me, a country where we really do live up to all that we say that we value.

Special Announcement

Special Announcement

Special Announcement –  In Response to the Death of George Floyd

Dear Congregation:

I wanted to make sure that you received this information as soon as possible.

While we are seeing many around our nation and community responding to the death of George Floyd, we are aware that he is just among the many who have died as a result of institutional racism.

Many of you have asked, “What can I do?”

First of all, we can all educate ourselves by exploring our own lives and how we, as white people, have benefitted from the system.  On Monday, we sent out a list of resources – books, articles, podcasts and movies – that can empower you with greater understanding of racism in our country.

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 4 at 7 pm, my colleague, The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, will be offering a program on anti-racism resources.

“For Such a Time as This: Anti-racism Resources for Building the Beloved Community”                          Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg                                                                                                                         Thursday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Zoom: uuma.zoom.us/j/98156575224

One tap mobile: +13017158592,,98156575224#

Dial: +1 301 715 8592

(Meeting ID: 981 5657 5224)

This program is being offered to other congregations in Frederick, as well.

Secondly, if you are comfortable participating in a peaceful demonstration, one is scheduled for Friday, June 5th.  This event is being planned by young adults.  Here’s a link to their video conversation to give you an idea of their vision for the event:  https://www.facebook.com/rougexroyal/videos/3002024893213420/

The demonstration on Friday will begin at Mullinix Park with people gathering at 4:30. If you wish, you can come to the church at 4:15 and walk down with a group from ERUCC.  Please make sure you wear a mask and bring a water bottle.  If you wish, make a sign to bring along.  Come at 3:30 if you need sign making materials – we have plenty of paper and markers at the church.  And yes, we will be maintaining physical distancing.

Pam Shepp invites us to watch the movie, “Just Mercy,” and join a discussion about on Sunday, June 7th at 7 pm.  Warner Bros. has made, “Just Mercy” free this month to stream on digital platforms in order to educate viewers on systematic racism.    To join the discussion follow these links: Barbara Daniel is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Just Mercy Conversation

Time: Jun 7, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87067537643?pwd=ZDJ3SEkrZ3JWcTR4WlZWVjFNNFhWQT09

Meeting ID: 870 6753 7643

Password: 827642

 

Pastor Daniel 

Sunday, May 31 Bulletin

Sunday, May 31 Bulletin

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Pentecost Sunday

Despite what appears to be chaos in the amazing account of this day of Pentecost, Acts 2: 1-21, order rests in God’s hands. God’s Spirit pours abundantly on the community of disciples, renewing them with a diversity of gifts for the common good. Jesus promises his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit in John 7: 37-39.
We traditionally invite people to wear red on Pentecost to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit.  Would you consider wearing red this Sunday as we gather for worship?  Please add the paper flames you received in your packets.  Don’t forget to send us a photo of your worship and/or you decked out in red to bkdaniel@erucc.org

Thursday Thoughts May 28, 2020

Thursday Thoughts May 28, 2020

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Dear Congregation:

I greatly appreciate the resources, prayers, and reflections my colleagues are sharing during these challenging times.  This morning, Michel Caine, Pastor of Old First Reformed UCC, Philadelphia shared this prayer with his congregation.  As he writes, “In light of all the missed or at least postponed rituals and life cycle events, I offer you a Postponement Prayer created by a Reconstructionist Rabbi, Heather Paul:”

“Holy One of Blessing,

I stand before You today

ready to embrace Your unending love

and ready to respond with love in return

 

Today is not the day I imagined

and yet I am still here, standing with You,

understanding that sometimes plans overturn

and all that we yearned for

remains undone.

 

Holy One of Blessing,

my heart breaks for what should have been

and longs for what’s yet to come

Help me find holiness

in this in-between time, waiting.

 

Bless me with savlanut (patience),

tikvah (hope), and koakh (strength).

Sit beside me in time’s waiting room

where I pray the day may soon arrive

when I can stand before You again

ready to welcome a new beginning

 

Blessed are You, Arranger of Time and Space,

Who blesses every season, and Who blesses Your people forever.”

Green Team: FOUR WAYS TO TO STAY GREEN DURING THE PANDEMIC

Green Team: FOUR WAYS TO TO STAY GREEN DURING THE PANDEMIC

1.  GREEN ENERGY:  Sign Up  with the Neighborhood Sun/ERUCC partnership in the Shepherds Mill community solar farm project where a percentage of your electricity will be solar!!  It is open now for full subscription sign up until 6/8 or until as long as the places last.    Our contact is Carolyn Ricketts, 301-806-6067;  the website is https://neighborhoodsun.solar/erucc.  When you sign up through this website, ERUCC will receive a donation.  Signing up is  easy, Carolyn will walk you through.  This project has been vetted by Terry Logee, so we know that it is reliable.  An email detailing the project was sent out on May 14; if you did not receive it or would like it forwarded to you, please contact Susan Kulp at smkulp@earthlink.net or Linda Coyle at lcoyle@yahoo.com. CLICK HERE for Green Team Community Solar information

2.  RECYCLING:  Because of  the additional cardboard and paper packaging from online ordering, the top environmental officer of the US said that Recycling is more essential than ever.  There is even some concern of a cardboard shortage developing, so let’s put it back into the supply chain.  Since Frederick County does NOT require that cardboard boxes be broken down,  just put your cardboard boxes and paper out for curbside recycling.  DO NOT PUT MASKS AND PPE IN RECYCLING even if they are plastic!!!  They need to be put into bags, sealed, and placed in the TRASH.  The CDC has requirements for proper disposal of PPE.   Much of PPE is thrown away carelessly and clogs drains and washes into waterways. Also, remember that Frederick Co.(which includes the city) does not recycle any clam shell containers or plastic bags.

3.  PLASTIC:  After all our efforts to avoid using plastic bags by bringing reusable bags for our grocery shopping, we can no longer do this in most stores, except in certain circumstances.  Giant, at least,  allows patrons to use their reusable bags in the self-checkout lines. Other stores probably do also.   Another alternative is to ask the checker if you can place the items you have bought back in your cart after they have been checked out.  Then take your cart back to your car where you can pack the items in the bags that you have cleverly stashed away in your trunk.  A little more work for you, but creation will thank you for it.   Also, some stores may recycle plastic bags and the clamshell containers we are getting from carry out.  Please let us know which stores recycle these items if you have that information.

The amount of plastic is surging during the pandemic and threatens the earth,  the oceans,  and their wildlife.  If you must get plastic bags from the store or restaurant carry out, REUSE them as often as you can.  Ask the restaurant not to include plastic utensils, napkins, and straws.  Studies reveal that plastic is showing up in our bodies and bloodstream, so let’s do all we can to reduce our plastic use.  Please contribute your ideas to help the rest of us out.

4.  COMPOST:  Now that we eating at home so much, this is a perfect time to start to compost.  You can easily compost at home in your own container; the internet has lots of information to guide you.  And many church members could  help you out.   Also, you could investigate the reasonably priced residential service offered by Key Compost, with whom ERUCC has had a contract .  Key Compost will pick up all your food scraps, including meat and bones,  and return compostable soil to you twice a year.  Key’s website, keycompost.com, has all the information.  Composting is a wonderful way to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the landfills and replenishes the earth.

A Little Church History

A Little Church History

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Discover the Civil War history of Frederick, with this … the site of one of the most infamous stories from the period.