Welcome to Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
www.erucc.org ● 301-662-2762 ● firstname.lastname@example.org
No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey… you are WELCOME here.
Join us in our annual holiday traditions of viewing the Putz, listening to our Trinity Chapel Bells and Christmas music and and touring our historic buildings.
Introduction to Houses of Worship Tour with Reverend Barbara Kershner Daniel
During the Houses of Worship Tour you would typically visit our Main Sanctuary and church building along with Historic Trinity Chapel. On the evening of the Historic Houses of Worship Tour, we have festive music on the 28 rank Fritzsche organ, played by Alison Shafer, our church organist, and guest organists. In addition, holiday music can be heard on the marimba, performed by Jenna Duranko.
To view a full list of virtual tour videos, please click for our YouTube: ERUCC Frederick
ERUCC Buildings & Grounds: A History with Bud Rossig
The main church building was erected in 1848-1850 in the Greek Revival architectural style. Trinity Chapel is the center for our Christian Education program. The small Colonial cruciform chapel is also used for the 8:30 am Sunday Worship Service. Trinity Chapel’s steeple was built in 1807 and is Frederick’s oldest of the clustered spires . The original stone tower was erected in 1763 and houses our ten-bell Trinity Chimes
Historic Trinity Bells
Trinity Chapel is the center for our Christian Education program. The small Colonial cruciform chapel is also used for the 8:30 am Sunday Worship Service. You are invited to visit the circa 1763 tower which houses our ten-bell Trinity Chimes. Several of the church’s chimers are demonstrating the art of ringing. If you are downtown, you will hear our church bells chime Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. and Sunday mornings.
During the Christmas season, ERUCC will usually have a Christmas Putz on display. A putz is a nativity scene, or creche, which tells the Christmas story with groups of figurines on a miniature landscape. It builds on the tradition of using lifelike figures to dramatize the Incarnation, a practice traced to a tableau by St. Francis of Assisi in Italy in 1223. Fred Wenner, Pastor Emeritus of ERUCC, introduced the putz to Frederick in 1986. The ERUCC putz includes live moss, plants, rocks, wood stumps, and miniature buildings. There are a variety of old dime store figures and a few sheep with real wool that were used at least 60 years ago. Other figures include hand-carved animals from Oberammergau in Bavaria and an olive wood camel from the Holy Land. Rocks have been brought back from various members and friends of the church from their travels. Among these treasures is marble from Greece, parts of the Berlin Wall, and stones from the real “Little Town of Bethlehem.” The narration is done by ERUCC Pastor Emeritus, Fred Wenner. This video uses the narration from 1998, which includes music from Handel’s Messiah.
Christmas Music and Decorations at ERUCC
Throughout Advent and the Christmas season, ERUCC is decorated with greenery and lights and the buildings are filled with joy and music. This year, ERUCC members and friends are fortunate to have these memories of worship and time together through video recordings and photographs taken throughout years past. This video is a compilation of photos and videos of Christmas Eve services and past Houses of Worship Tour events, accompanied by recordings of the ERUCC Senior Choir.
This denomination was formed in 1957 with the merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church (our German ancestors) and the Congregational Christian Churches (the New England “pilgrims”).
Frederick Maryland’s very own Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ Celebrates 275 years! We are joyous and proud of our history, relish our spaces and enjoy sharing with all who visit our buildings.
275th Anniversary Ornament Limited Edition For Sale
ERUCC’s 275th Anniversary commemorative ornament, featuring Trinity Chapel’s beautiful stained glass window. This miniature, just 2”x3” in size, reproduces the historic window on glass, with a metal frame and hanger. Now available for sale at $15 each, your purchase supports the Preserving Our History campaign. All funds raised through the sale of the miniature windows go directly into our historic building preservation fund. Click HERE for the order form.