Thursday Thoughts – March 8, 2018

Dear Congregation:

I write to you from a deep place of gratitude and thanksgiving. I am so incredibly grateful for the prayers, cards, emails, and messages of support on Facebook. Each and every thought and prayer has added to my recovery and healing from surgery to remove a brain tumor on February 26th. Thank you.

I realize that with building updates, fund raising efforts, and news on my health, you have been inundated with more emails than usual. I am concerned that some information and opportunities for you to participate and/or serve may have gotten lost in your email box. For this week’s Thursday Thoughts, Amy and I have compiled the following list of upcoming activities all in one place. Click the link to sign-up or call or email the church office for more information.

Work Week — March 12-16      

Home Show – March 17, 18, 19

March for Our Lives – March 24 –      Call the church office, only a few seats remain.

Sunday Worship                    Fourth Sunday in Lent God’s Love is Steadfast

Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22 “O give thanks to God, for God is good.”

Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22 is part of a prayer of thanksgiving for steadfast love from God. In John 3: 14-21 Jesus draws on the image of the bronze serpent that brought healing to those who had been bitten in the wilderness. For the writer of the gospel of John, this is a visible sign of Jesus’ willingness to stop at nothing – not even crucifixion – to proclaim God’s healing love.

This morning we will be receiving our One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Spirit, and Young Spirit will be singing. The Chancel Bell Choir will be ringing.

***Please note the 10:30 service will be held in the Great Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church.

Adult Education:                               Sunday, March 11 “Let’s Talk”

We continue our discussion of Walter Brueggemann’s book, A Way Other Than Our Own. Lent recalls times of wilderness and wandering, from newly freed Hebrew slaves in exile to Jesus temptation in the desert. God has always called people out of their safe, walled cities into uncomfortable places, revealing paths they would never have chosen. Despite our culture of self-indulgence, we too are called to walk an alternative path one of humility, justice, and peace. Walter Brueggemann s thought-provoking reflections for the season of Lent invite us to consider the challenging, beautiful life that comes with walking the way of grace. This week we will be exploring Brueggemann’s themes as shared in pages 30-57 of the book

Construction Update

CLICK HERE to see this week’s video of the construction project:

Thanks to Jenna Duranko and Amy Aguilar for this week’s update.
See the progress photos on the next page. We’ve come a long way!

Food for Thought:

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” (Meister Eckhart, 14th century)



Barbara Daniel

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:









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