Thursday Thoughts – April 5, 2018

Dear Congregation:

First, a word of thanks to all who participated in our Holy Week and Easter services. So many have commented about the beauty of the services and especially about the music. Thank you.

Secondly, I wanted to give you an update on my surgery recovery. Overall I’ve been doing very well. I was off all the medication within a week of the surgery but on Palm Sunday I started to have pressure in my head and experienced some vision problems. Many of you noticed that I had some confusion throughout the week. An MRI on Good Friday indicated that there was significant swelling at the surgery site. The cavity where the tumor was located is around the size of a softball.  In my consultation with the surgeon yesterday morning, he said that my symptoms were normal for the amount of swelling and healing that is required.

I’m back on medication for at least six weeks to help reduce the swelling. The challenge with the medication is that it makes me a bit hyper and affects sleep. But I’m working on managing the sleep as best I can. Gallons of Sleepy-time tea didn’t seem to work but my Mom’s suggestion of warm milk seemed to do the trick last night.

A continuing challenge is that I need to give myself more time for tasks such as writing and typing. I’m not as quick on my feet. So, I ask your patience and understanding during this healing process. Everything just takes a bit longer to figure out and a little longer to do.

In the midst of all this, my father was hospitalized in Pennsylvania over the weekend and my brothers and I are in the process of preparing him for a move. So this, too, weighs heavy on my mind and heart.

When you come to worship this Sunday, we have another opportunity for you to take some treasures home from ERUCC.  Mike McGreevy has hung the new cabinets in the Sacristy and together we re-organized the blower room. Candles in one place, punch cups in another. All easily found and no tripping over miscellaneous junk.

We have a variety of things including some old chairs that could be fixed and find a loving home. Hundreds of sherbet glasses. (We’re keeping the punch bowls and cups.) See the photos below.

We were happy to see that Susan Kulp and David Howard came to continue painting in the Thomas Room. Thank you.

Food for Thought:

“It is such a letdown to rise from the dead and have your friends not recognize you.” (Rob Bell)

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:

Sunday Worship:              Love Is a Response to Grace /Holy Humor Sunday

John 20:19–31 “Peace be with you.”

In this story, Jesus appears to the disciples when they are locked away in fear and breathes upon them with a word of peace and empowerment.

Acts 4:32-35 describes how the early followers of Jesus were so unified that they shared their possessions and cared for another so that no was in need. The Gospel lesson is from John 20: 19-31. When Jesus appears to his followers after the resurrection he shows them his hands and side. Then he breathed on them and blessed them with the Holy Spirit. Thomas arrived later after Jesus had left and said he needed to see for himself. Jesus came to be with them again when Thomas was with them and encouraged Thomas to touch his hands and sides.

Today is Holy Humor Sunday so wear your bright colors and funny hats and be prepared to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Young Spirit and Spirit will be singing. The Cambridge Bell Choir will be ringing.

Think of the last time someone calmed and empowered you. When have you done the same for someone else? Make it your mission this week to look for occasions to breathe peace into a situation of fear.

Adult Education, Sunday, April 8, 2018  “Let’s Talk” “Let’s Talk about Happiness”

In celebration of the Resurrection and Holy Humor Sunday, today we will explore research that has been done on happiness.  Led by Pastor Daniel in the West Classroom of Trinity Chapel.

The items below are looking for a new home.

Light fixture covers Sherbet Dishes Available Chairs anyone?


Construction/Building Update

CLICK HERE to see this week’s video of the construction project. We visit the newly refinished labyrinth.

Thanks to Jenna Duranko and Amy Aguilar for this week’s update.

Check out the improvements that were made to the Sacristy (photo to the right)



It’s not too late to sign up for the interfaith Seder on Saturday, April 7th from 5-8:30, with Calvary United Methodist and Congregation Kol Ami.
Location: 131 W. Second Street Frederick, MD 21701

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