Category Archives: Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Dear Congregation:

During the summer months, ERUCC will enjoy hearing a variety of voices in the pulpit as I will be traveling with our members and friends to Scandinavia and Russia, attending General Synod, traveling with youth to Germany and then taking some vacation and sabbatical time.  I value the gifts our ERUCC clergy bring and I know that you value hearing differing voices and perspectives that my clergy colleagues bring to their study of the Bible and proclamation of the Word.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg, Rev. John Shillingburg, Rev. Esther Ziegler, Rev. Richard Leslie, Rev. Michele Beadle, and Rev. Carolyn Roberts as they share the Good News over the months ahead.

Sunday Worship:      Sixth Sunday of Easter                                                                                 The Gospel lesson for this morning is John 14: 15-21. As Jesus promised, God’s presence abides in us through the Spirit – our advocate, comforter, and encourager – and the practice of love. God’s nearness in Spirit blesses us in our witness. The hallmark of this relationship is love expressed in word and deed.  The nearness of God’s presence is underscored by Paul’s address to the Athenians, recorded in Acts 17:22–31. As Paul’s witness proclaims the saving love of God in Christ, a church forms and grows. Even when God’s presence is unrecognized, God in Christ draws near.

The Rev. John Shillingburg will be leading worship this morning.   The Senior Choir will be singing and all our bell choirs will be playing this morning.           

Adult Learning Options (9:30-10:15a.m.)

  • Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship –In this class, we will seek to draw out the major themes found in the lectionary scripture texts on which the sermon will be based. Come join us as we seek to accurately anticipate what the morning’s sermon topic will be and how the texts for the day speak to us. (Facilitated by Stefan Mach and meets in Trinity Chapel)
  • Let’s Talk: “Issues coming before the UCC General Synod (Facilitated by Jill White and meets in Trinity Chapel.)

 Construction Update

Thanks to Jenna Duranko and Kim Sexton for doing this each week.

Here are some views of the outside work behind the church.

Food for Thought:   

Let us be a blessing by sharing love generously.  Let us be a people gracious in our welcoming of God and others into holy community.  (Seasons of the Spirit, 6-26-2011)



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:

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