FOR YOUR SUMMER PLANNING :
Vacation Bible School will be August 3 rd to the 7th from 9 am to Noon. Bible School is for children 4 years old through 6th grade.
GOD’S KIDS CLUB BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT MONDAY MESS HALL
God’s Kids Club will meet on Friday, January 31st from 9 am to 2 pm. Our theme will be Frozen.
Bring a bag lunch and a gently used toy, book, or puzzle for bingo. Please register by January 24th
Scout Sundays are coming up if you or your child is active in scouting and would like to participate contact Kim Sexton at kseston@Erucc.org
Boy Scout Sunday February 9th
Girl Scout Sunday March 8th
|God’s Kids club and Tiny Tots Schedule 2020
1/31/20 FCPS No school Harry Potter Day *
* God’s Kids Club activities are geared towards children in kindergarten thru sixth grade. Time and day
Thank you to all who donated to the Care Packages. The Youth and God’s Kids Club had a great time filling them and I know the college students and those in the military look forward to them.
God’s Kids club and Tiny Tots Schedule 2020
1/31/20 FCPS No school Harry Potter Day *
2/16-2/17 God’s Kids Club sleep over ?*
2/24 Tiny Tots and God’s Kids Club Shrove Monday***
3/16 Tiny Tots Theme: Dr. Suess books **
4/6 Egg Hunt***
4/20 Tiny Tots Earth Day**
4/28 FCPS No School Day 275th History Day 9-2*
5/18 Tiny Tots Final Music Mess Hall
5/31 Last day of Sunday school
6/15 Tiny Tots Theme: Outside fun**
7/20 God’s Kids Club Reading Day 9-2*
* God’s Kids Club activities are geared towards children in kindergarten thru sixth grade. Time and day vary based on activity. Watch the newsletter and bulletin for further details and how to sign up.
** Tiny Tots activities are geared towards children birth thru Kindergarten. Tiny Tots meets on the 3rd Monday of the month from 4 to 4:50 in the nursey
*** Birth thru sixth grade activities
ERUCC YOUTH SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 1 Sub Preparation and Sale 9:00- noon
This will be one of our major fundraisers for summer trips and activities. Joe Adkins and Trish Coffey have
agreed to organize this activity.
Sunday, February 16 Harry Potter Event
You’ve been accepted to the Hogwarts school for witchcraft and wizardry! On Sunday, February 16, join us for a magical night in the Trinity Chapel from 6-8 pm. Tickets for the Hogwarts express are $3 for adults and $2 for kids! Wear your most mystical outfit and come to cast spells, charms and make potions!
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT EDUCATION
February 2 275th Anniversary Presentation
“Pastors of ERUCC” with Rev. Fred Wenner, Pastor Emeritus
Three Week Series: Preparing Our Church for Ministry in Today’s World
February 9 What is our church’s purpose?
Know our why. Building on our why. .The changing church environment – challenges and opportunities
February 16 Looking at the demographics
Who We Are as ERUCC – the demographics of ERUCC. Who is in our neighborhood – the demographics of
February 23 Building on the Why
In this class, we will seek to draw out the major themes found in the Lectionary scripture texts on which the sermon will be based. Exploring the lectionary Scriptural texts before the Sunday morning worship (10:30 a.m.) service will help prepare participants to be more fully involved and more present in worship. This group is facilitated by clergy members of the congregation.
THE CHIMES LEARNING AND SERVICE GROUP
Will not meet in January. Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 13 and Pastor Daniel will be our speaker. See you then!
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY WITH PASTOR DANIEL
Are you seeking comfort for an aching soul? Are you struggling with our broken world? Are you yearning for a way to interpret your life and the events of today through the lens of love, mercy, forgiveness, and redemption? All of this (and more) can be found in the Gospel of John. John offers a challenge to our lives that can be provocative, unsettling, and richly rewarding … but what else could we hope for in our encounters with stories of the Divine? In this study, dig deep into the Gospel as you ask: “What am I seeking? What are we searching for? And when we find it, what will we do?”
February 4 John 17: 20-26 That We Might All Be One
TUESDAYS WITH TED IN THE CHURCH OFFICES: TUESDAY, February 18TH FROM 6-7 P.M.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. The group watches a TED Talk and then discusses the ideas raised in the presentation.
Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge, “How our friendship survives our opposing politics”
Can you still be friends with someone who doesn’t vote the same way as you? For Caitlin Quattromani and Lauran Arledge, two best friends who think very differently about politics, the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election could have resulted in hostility and disrespect. Hear about how they chose to engage in dialogue instead — and learn some simple tactics they’re using to maintain their bipartisan friendship.
Tuesday, March 17, Mike Robbins, “The Power of Appreciation”
In this humorous and thought-provoking talk at TEDxBellevue, Mike talks about “The Power of Appreciation.” As Mike discusses, there is an important distinction between “recognition” and “appreciation.” Leaders, teams, organizations, and individuals who understand this distinction can have much more impact, meaning, and productivity in their lives and with the people around them. He also discusses important research in the field of positive psychology that exemplifies the importance of appreciation.
Mike Robbins is a former professional baseball player and author. His work focuses on appreciation, teamwork, leadership and emotional intelligence.
|WEDNESDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP
We are watching and discussing The Great Courses series of lectures called The Book of Genesis. The lectures, given by Professor Gary A Rendsburg, begin with a lecture titled “On Reading the Book of Genesis” which sets the guidelines for how he will address this epic book that sets the foundation for Jewish and Christian scriptures.
Feb. 5-When and Where Did Abraham Live?
MOMENTUM: MOVING RACIAL JUSTICE FORWARD
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Join us on Feb. 9 from 12:30-2:30 in the Community Room as we move through a time of reflection and conversation about how we as individuals, and as a congregation, can be intentional agents for a more racially just and peaceful society. Participants will enjoy time to inventory their interests and talents, brainstorm creative ideas, and form partnerships to move those ideas forward. Lunch will be provided, so RSVPs are critical. Please let the Church Office know you will be attending by Feb. 5. Questions: Contact Michelle Beadle at firstname.lastname@example.org
ERUCC BOOK GROUP 2020
(The book group meets once a month at various members’ homes. Depending on the time of year and the book read, this group usually includes 8-14 people.) Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information about ERUCC’s book club, write Pam Shepp at
email@example.com or call/text her at 301-524-5223.
February 25: Where the Crawdads Sing
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by
the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit.
Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward – with hope and pain – into the future.
April 28 The Lost Girls of Paris With 6 pm Dinner and pre-discussion on the concentration camp at Ravensbruck
May 26 Homegoing
June 23 Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov
July 28 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
August 25 The Next Person You Meet in Heaven September 22 Any book by Toni Morrison
October 27 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
November 24 The Overstory