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THURSDAY THOUGHTS

A Full Copy Of August 4th’s Thursday Thoughts Can Be Found HERE

August 4, 2022

Dear Congregation:
On July 14 I had the privilege of attending the inaugural meeting of the Key City Rotary Club. The large room at the ARC was filled with members of the community to celebrate this new service club that proclaims its mission as:
“To make a meaningful difference in Frederick County and beyond by putting our values into action. Our vision is a community where people unite and serve to create lasting change.”
In addition, a banner at the event listed the club’s values: inclusion, service, flexibility, integrity. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that organization? In this day and age, these values—especially when put into action—are more important and impactful than ever.
Those of us who are in Rotary know the club and its members are guided by what we call the “four-way test”: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
There was a powerful energy in the room as people claimed this mission, vision, and values. And it got me to thinking: Is ERUCC as clear about its mission, vision, and values as Rotary? Do we embody an excitement about who we are and what we do? Is there energy in our life together, so much so that people are asking us how to belong, join, and get involved?
And if not, why not?
I have been a Rotarian for 29 years and am very proud of the work this service organization does in our community and around the world.
And yet, while Rotary provides service opportunities, it misses the international life we share in the Church, where we embrace the gifts of people of all ages—not as people to help but as people who also serve. The Church community provides advocacy for those whose voices have been silenced. The Church provides sacred space where our souls may be filled with contemplation, prayer, song, and engagement with sacred texts. In the wake of a tragedy such as a school shooting, which are sadly all too common these days, we are not reciting the Rotary four-way test. We are looking within for words of comfort from God and our ancestors. We are reciting the 23rd Psalm, the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ words about being with us always. We show up in churches and in community places and light candles in the dark.
A few weeks ago, one of our newer members asked me about our mission statement. She remembered seeing it in the new member packet but wondered why it was not posted in other places and why we did not use it more often. What a great question.
So, here it is:

We, the members of this congregation, seek to celebrate in word and deed the gospel of Jesus Christ, by nurturing spiritual growth through worship, study, and prayer; by caring for one another as God cares for us; and by proclaiming God’s love for all people as we work to help our neighbors near and far. We commit ourselves to develop and implement specific programs to fulfill our mission.
ERUCC has a mission. We gather around the values of inclusion and authenticity. How can we embrace who we are and what we are called to do with a renewed commitment and joy?
We, the members of this congregation, seek to celebrate in word and deed the gospel of    Jesus Christ, by nurturing spiritual growth through worship, study and prayer; by caring           for one another as God cares for us; and by proclaiming God’s love for all people as we   work to help our neighbors near and far.  We commit ourselves to develop and implement         specific programs to fulfill our mission.
ERUCC has a mission.  We gather around the values of inclusion and authenticity.   How can we embrace who we are and what we are called to do with a renewed commitment and joy?

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

WORSHIP BULLETIN August 7th 2022

WORSHIP BULLETIN August 7th 2022

Services are at 8:30 am in Historic Trinity Chapel and 10:30 am in our Main Sanctuary and online.

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CLICK HERE for August 7th Children’s Bulletin

TRINITY CHIMES – August 2022

TRINITY CHIMES – August 2022

Read the August 2022 edition of Trinity Chimes below or download HERE.

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 28th 2022

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 28th 2022

A Full Copy Of July Thursday Thoughts Can Be Found HERE

Dear Congregation,As you can imagine as I am wrapping up my last week as staff for ERUCC after 20 years, memories are around every corner, in each drawer cleaned out and each interaction with members of the congregation. One memory that keeps popping in my head happened years ago at some event and someone said, “Aren’t we going to talk about God?” I thought what do they mean? It’s never felt right to me to spout scripture and get credit for all I was doing. I have always tried to live my life like Amy Grant’s song,” In My Father’s Eyes.” For me this was twofold this is how I see my own Father as well as how I see God. I felt that if I you wanted you to know God’s love you should feel it when I interacted with you. You should know you are a beloved child of God, that you have gifts that you are encouraged to share, that there is always enough (love, food, money and more).  When we share our gifts together, we make the world a better place.As I move on to my new role as church Grammie or as Maria and Alyssa say church Mom. I once again thank you for the wonderful celebration. Your kind words, lovely luncheon and unexpected gifts mean more than you know. It has been an honor, blessing and a pleasure to serve as the Associate for Children’s Ministry at ERUCC. I’m grateful for all we have shared with each other.Blessings,Kim SextonAssociate for Children’s Ministry

WORSHIP BULLETIN July 31st 2022

WORSHIP BULLETIN July 31st 2022

Services are at 8:30 am in Historic Trinity Chapel and 10:30 am in our Main Sanctuary and online.

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CLICK HERE to download the Sunday, July 31st 10:30 am service Worship Bulletin

CLICK HERE for July 31st Children’s Bulletin

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 21st 2022

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 21st 2022

A Full Copy Of July 21st’s Thursday Thoughts Can Be Found HERE

July 21, 2022

Dear Congregation:
On Tuesday we welcomed our friends from the Altmark region of Germany. Because of COVID, it has been four years since they have been able to visit. We are so grateful that despite the virus and the craziness of travel these days, they are here with us again.
The congregational support for our children and youth is an incredible gift to them, our congregation, and the world. Imagine that our young people grow up loved by their families and dozens of caring adults who nurture them in faith, impart life lessons, serve as mentors, and provide encouragement. We all know that a kind word of support speaks volumes to a young person. As the legendary poet Maya Angelou once wrote, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
For many years, Kim Sexton and I have been able to work with and support our children, youth, and family ministries. And we’ve seen firsthand our community’s generosity in action. When we reach out to the congregation with requests for donations of funds or cereal or coats or school supplies or whatever the case may be, we know our congregation will respond. Most recently, you have provided funds and food as we provide hospitality for our German friends.
Your generosity helps the work Kim and I do much easier. Even more, our children and youth grow up in an environment of generosity. They learn about giving from the congregation.  They experience the joy of sharing.
Thank you for your continued support of our children and youth. They are not just the future of the church. We know and we acknowledge, and we celebrate, the gifts they share with the life of the church and community today.

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
bkdaniel@erucc.org
15 W. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21702
301-662-2762

WORSHIP BULLETIN July 24th 2022

WORSHIP BULLETIN July 24th 2022

Services are at 8:30 am in Historic Trinity Chapel and 10:30 am in our Main Sanctuary and online.

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CLICK HERE to download the Sunday, July 24th 10:30 am service Worship Bulletin

CLICK HERE for July 24th Children’s Bulletin

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 14th 2022

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 14th 2022

A Fully Copy Of July 14th’s Thursday Thoughts Can Be Found HERE

July 14, 2022

Dear Congregation:
When I called a recent visitor to worship on Sunday morning, he was effusive with praise about the welcome he received.  He attended on one of the Sundays in June when I was on vacation and while he was sorry we did not connect he wanted me to know how much he enjoyed the service.  He said that there many people who connected with him and introduced themselves.  He felt at home.
Seeing someone you do not recognize, smiling at them, extending a welcome, introducing yourself takes a few seconds of time but for someone seeking community, it makes all the difference.
Another way we extend hospitality and welcome is how we care for our building.  When the building is clean and not cluttered, it says to those who enter, “We want our space to be welcoming, too.”
I spend a few hours every week cleaning up what has been left behind.  No one leaves things intentionally, it just happens, just like in our homes.  I find things like leftover bulletins and miscellaneous paper stuff in the pews and on tables.  Sometimes things in the sanctuary are not put back in place.  Sometimes there are signs and decorations from previous events that seem to remain long after the event is over.
I’m thinking it would be great to have at least four teams with two people each who choose a day to come in during the week and give an hour to help with this task of getting things back to where they belong and or in the trash.  Find a friend, plan to give that hour to the church, and then have coffee or lunch together.  Make it an excursion.
If this is something you may be interested in, please let me know.  Thanks in advance,
Note:
As Kim Sexton’s ministry with us as Associate Minister for Children’s Ministries concludes, it is important for our congregation to take time to reflect on what we should start, stop, and continue as it relates to what and how we are sharing in our ministry with children and their families.  With thanks for his help, David Cooney has agreed to facilitate three Listening Sessions. One has been held and there are two more that we hope you will consider attending:

  •  Sunday, July 17, in the Community Room after the 10:30 am service (babysitting provided)
  • Wednesday, July 20, in the Community Room at 6:00 pm in person (babysitting provided)

 

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
bkdaniel@erucc.org
15 W. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21702
301-662-2762

WORSHIP BULLETIN July 17th 2022

WORSHIP BULLETIN July 17th 2022

Services are at 8:30 am in Historic Trinity Chapel and 10:30 am in our Main Sanctuary and online.

Click HERE for July 17th Live Stream

CLICK HERE to download the Sunday, July 17th 10:30 am service Worship Bulletin

CLICK HERE for July 17th Children’s Bulletin

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 7th 2022

THURSDAY THOUGHTS July 7th 2022

A Full Copy Of July 7th’s Thursday Thoughts Can Be Found HERE

July 7, 2022

Dear Congregation:

There are seasons in our lives that are perplexing, concerning, and bewildering.  There are seasons in our lives that are painful, grief-filled, and exhausting.  There are seasons in our lives that are joy-filled, exciting, and beautiful.  And like the seasons we experience in nature, where one day it is hot and muggy and the next a cool and breezy day, so it is true in the seasons of our lives.

Over the past few weeks, members of our congregation have faced the death of loved ones. We have found ourselves with unexpected hospitalizations and surgeries.  Some of us are facing a change in our daily routine as we have retired or are making changes in our employment.  Some of us are preparing for a transition to an empty house as our youngest child heads off to college.

We know that change is inevitable; that the seasons come whether we want them to or not.

These changes can be bewildering and fearful.  We wonder how we will go on.  How will we live in this new season?

While those fears and questions do not leave us, we are not left alone to ourselves.  Light breaks into those days.  Hope arrives in unexpected ways.  We laugh as we remember a loved one’s life, even as tears flow from the pain of loss.  We recall stories of how quickly we were able to get to the hospital for that emergency surgery and give thanks.  As we help our young adult pack bags for their new life, we recall those precious days when we watched them get their first tooth, learned how to ride a bike and do all manner of silly things.

Over these weeks, I have seen again, how our church community surrounds one another with hope and light.  We make phone calls, send cards, make visits, and pray.  We listen as stories are told.  We are present as tears flow.  We celebrate the seasons of someone’s life and remind them of the impact they have had on our lives and those of so many others.

The musical, Rent, tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York.  They ponder life and how to make sense of what is happening around them.  They ask questions about how to measure the value of life in the beautiful song, “Seasons of Love.”   “In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in laughter, in strife…How do you measure a year in the life? How about love? Remember the love…Measure your life in seasons of love.”

May we see and remember the love that surrounds us from God, family and friends, and our church community as we experience these seasons in our lives.

Note:

Please plan to be in worship on Sunday as we celebrate the season of Kim Sexton’s ministry with ERUCC and give thanks for all she has shared with us.

Another Note:

As Kim Sexton’s ministry with us as Associate Minister for Children’s Ministries concludes, it is important for our congregation to take time to reflect on what we should start, stop, and continue as it relates to what and how we are sharing in our ministry with children and their families.  With thanks for his help, David Cooney has agreed to facilitate three Listening Sessions on this. The schedule is:

  • Tuesday, July 12, at 6:00 pm via Zoom

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83775669655?pwd=NWUxZVo4N09WN0RXQ3R2bWRLdnBJdz09

Meeting ID: 837 7566 9655

Passcode: 729030

  • Sunday, July 17, in the Community Room after the 10:30 am service (babysitting provided)
  • Wednesday, July 20, in the Community Room at 6:00 pm in person (babysitting provided)

 

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel

Senior Pastor, Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ

15 W. Church Street Frederick MD 21702

301-662-2762

bkdaniel@erucc.org