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Sunday, June 13 Worship Bulletin

Sunday, June 13 Worship Bulletin

Join us for Worship at 8:30 a.m. in- person in historic Trinity Chapel or in-person at 10:30 a.m. in our main Sanctuary.

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Worship:       

            We will be reading from I Samuel 15:34 – 16:13. God regrets allowing Saul to become Israel’s first king and solves the problem by providing for a new king. This time, the people would not get a vote. The process for selecting as well as the result would surprise everyone. God looks beyond superficial attributes and sees deep into the heart.

The Rev. David Cooney will be leading worship this morning.

Food for Thought:   

            “Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectly…but merely to be LIVED. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically LIVED.” (Mandy Hale)

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

May 27 Thursday Thoughts

May 27 Thursday Thoughts

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May 27, 2021

Dear Congregation:

The Tuesday morning Bible Study group has been studying the theme of community as expressed in the Book of Hebrews.  This week we discussed the theme of Sabbath Rest.   The scripture passages we looked at spoke to the ways in which God invites us into rest and we do not listen.  We do not listen to the life-giving power and restoration that comes when we enter into Sabbath Rest with God.

Much of our time focused on the theme of rest being a pause.  A pause from our usual activities.  A pause from work.  A time when we stop, pause, and do something else that will connect our spirits with the Spirit of the Living God such as meditating, listening to music, sitting by running water.  We reflected on how the pandemic was a long pause from our usual activities and perhaps we have learned during this pause that we can let go of some things that were not serving us well.

We also spoke about the importance of the pause in music, as a time of anticipation for what is yet to be.   “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11: 1)

As I begin vacation, taking my own pause, I am excited not only by the chance to rest and reconnect with family and friends, but I am also hopeful about what I may learn and experience during this pause.

I wish you all the best as you take your own pauses in these days ahead.

 

Worship:        Trinity Sunday

This week’s scriptures seek to reckon with the mystery and power of the God whom we worship and who calls us into new life and service.           Psalm 29 uses an abundance of images from creation to describe God’s power and majesty. In Romans 8:12–17, Paul draws on this paradoxical nature of our relationship with God who is powerful enough to defeat sin, but also intimate enough that we can refer to him as a parent. John 3:1–17 presents us with the story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus, seeking to understand this new rabbi’s power.

The Rev. John Shillingburg will be preaching and leading worship this Sunday.

 

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 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!

May 20, 2021 Thursday Thoughts

May 20, 2021 Thursday Thoughts

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May 20, 2021

Dear Congregation:

ERUCC continues to be a blessing and support for our younger adults as they explore their faith through a variety of ways – worship, Sunday School, youth group activities, community service, and travel.  In 2020, we were unable to travel to the UCC National Youth Event or welcome our German partners.   We hoped and prayed that 2021 would provide the opportunity to engage in travel once again.

As I write this, we have Plan A and Plan B for a trip July 22-31.  Plan A is to visit our partners from Klein Schwechten in Germany.   We will be traveling to Ravensbrueck and staying at a youth hostel that is close to the concentration camp that housed, mostly women.  During our week together, we will join in outdoor activities, visit Potsdam, and hold conversations about our lives under the pandemic.

As of this writing, Germany is not open to US visitors which may lead us to Plan B which is spending a week in Memphis, TN at First Congregational UCC.    This program will involve an immersion in the civil rights movement, particularly related to labor.  We would be visiting the Civil Rights museum and engaged in their food ministry, bike repair ministry, and other mission projects.

Whether we do Plan A or Plan B, our youth will be immersed again in a transformative experience.

Due to COVID, we have been unable to do our usual food raisers.  While each family provides financial support for their son or daughter to participate, we count on our fund raising efforts to make these trips as affordable as possible.

I am asking you to consider making a gift towards our summer activities.  I am asking you to continue to invest in our youth by contributing online and marking your gift “youth” or write a check to ERUCC and put “youth” in the memo line.

Thank you.

Pastor Daniel

 

Worship          Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1–21 “I will pour out my Spirit….”

Pentecost, as described in the classic text in Acts 2:1-21, is a high holy day of the life of the church. Pentecost is the day we celebrate the founding of the Christian church.  More than that, on Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into the life of the church and into our own lives.  The power of the Holy Spirit is reinforced in the gospel for this day, John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15, when Jesus explains what the Holy Spirit will do for the faithful.  Romans 8: 22-27 implies creation itself has been in a period of birth, bringing something new into the world.

You are invited to wear red, to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit,  as you come to worship in the building or worship at home

 

Food for Thought:   

Come Holy Spirit, come. Renew your church. Ignite our hearts. Open us to new understanding. Propel us to greater ministry. Breathe on us.  Come, Holy Spirit. Come!

 

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