Last weekend, a group of 58 youth and adults from ERUCC and Congregation Kol Ami of Frederick traveled to North Carolina for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend trip to Franklinton Center. Every trip is different and every year we say, “Wow. This was great.” This year, too, was awesome.
Thanks to the leadership of Keith Stickley and Matt Davis, significant projects were identified for our work and attention – installing a new roof on the pool house, removing the old carpet in Hospitality #2 and replacing it with flooring, removing old soffit wood and installing new boards around the dining hall, sanding and staining pews from the chapel, and some painting.
The adults provided teaching and encouragement to the youth and the youth loved the work. They thanked us for the “meaningful” work and the opportunity to learn how to use power tools, measure and cut the floorboards, and learn how to use an electric sander. Those kids kept working and working and working and asking for more to do.
I am grateful for these adults who committed themselves to the youth and teaching as well as to the work. It’s great to get jobs done but the process is as important as the result. I am also grateful for the youth who gave so much of themselves this past weekend and I am grateful for parents who share their wonderful children with us.
These kinds of experiences bring hope and encouragement to us all.
Sunday Worship Third Sunday after Epiphany
God calls many different people in many different ways. In the Gospel lesson from Mark 1: 14-20, Jesus sees four fishers, and they immediately leave their nets in response to the call to “Follow me.” Jonah 3:1–5, 10 is also a story of call. The prophet Jonah has already failed once to respond to God’s call. Now God calls Jonah a second time to go to Nineveh to preach a message of repentance. Because of this reluctant prophet, the people repent and acknowledge God. God’s mind is changed and Nineveh is saved.
The Senior Choir will be singing.
Adult Education, Sunday, January 21 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. “Let’s Talk”
In January and February, the adult class on Sunday mornings is learning about the Apostle Paul. This week’s theme is, “The Romanization of a Radical” and the class will be led by Rebecca and John Shillingburg.
CLICK HERE to see this week’s video of the construction project:
Thanks to Jenna Duranko and Amy Aguilar for this week’s update.
“I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We’re here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don’t have time to carry grudges; you don’t have time to cling to the need to be right.” (Anne Lamott, 21st century)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org