While Learning



Tiny Tots will meet Monday, May 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the nursery. We will read How Full is Your Bucket? We will see how we can fill each other up. If you have questions, please contact ksexton@erucc.org


Thank you for the filled Easter eggs. The children had a wonderful time at the Easter Egg hunt!

The church picnic will be Sunday, June 9, from 1:00 PM to ? at Ballenger Creek Park Pavilion 2


May 20 How Full is your bucket*

June Diggs Pool ***

July Park ***

August Movie Bible Minute to win it ***

* Tiny Tots Lessons geared towards birth to kindergarten
** God’s Kids Club lessons or activities geared towards grade school to sixth grade
*** Family Event


                                  ERUCC YOUTH SCHEDULE – MAY

Sunday, May 5                                       Youth Sunday
Sunday,                                                  June 2 Fun Activity
  SUMMER 2019
June 21-26                                            UCC General Synod Meeting Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 3 through July 18                           Trip to Germany


Let’s Talk                                          9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Meets in the Community Room

May and June Healthy Lives and Conversations
May 5       Susan Kulp “Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis”
May 12     Ann McGreevy Supporting Youth /w Mental Illness
May 19     The Conversation Project with Cathie Duncan and                         Marj Berkheimer
May 26      Susan Kulp on Anxiety


9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the Coffey Room
Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship                9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
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.

Facilitated by Rev. Esther Ziegler and Rev. Lee Thomas.


11:00 – Noon in the North Meeting Room

A Study of the Book of Philippians

Every day struggles of all sizes creep into our lives, leaving us stressed. Frustrated. Anxious. Just plain miserable. The believers in Philippi were struggling. They were trying to grow in faith and live for Christ. Trying to deal with conflict and threats of persecution. The apostle Paul was stuck in a Roman prison when he wrote to this young church. His letter could have focused on his own troubles. Instead he wrote about living a life full of joy, peace, and contentment. He reminds us of important biblical truths and points us to Jesus as the ultimate example. Paul’s letter encourages. It inspires. His confidence reminds us of God’s wisdom and control in the difficult moments of life. His excitement challenges us in this guide to joy.

7-8:30 p.m. West Classroom of Trinity Chapel

A User’s Guide to the Bible. Published by The United Press, the publishing arm of The United Church of Christ, this five-session series is a practical introduction to the Bible for adults. The study includes a brief overview of each book of the Bible, as well as some Bible study tools and information on how to use them. If you have been telling yourself, “I should learn more about the Bible,” this is a good place to begin with a group that enjoys discussion and is sensitive to different perspectives.

Let’s Talk 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Meets in the Community Room

Welcome to the United Church of Christ This month we will explore how the UCC thinks, proclaims, works, equips, and engages each part of the denomination to be the hands and feet of Christ in the world. April 7 The Local Church: Membership, Organization, Freedoms, and Responsibilities April 14 A Commitment to Covenant: Connecting Congregations with the Wider Church April 21 General Synod: The Gathering of the Wider Church April 28 Church Designations and Statements of Public Witness: Responding to the General Synod


SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019

Back by popular demand — Bethany Beach weekend. While we were not able to secure Alexander Campbell Hall with its 80 beds, we do have the Stone House and Disciples House on the property for 48 beds. If we need more beds, we can rent rooms in Campbell Hall where we stayed last time and join another church group scheduled for that building. Check your calendars and let me know if you are interested. All ages are welcome.


May 28          Our Souls at Night by Kent

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son lives even farther. Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better–their pleasures and their difficulties–a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature. (Amazon.com)

June 25                                              Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking
[and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a
notorious true-life scandal.”

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a
magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their
father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in
charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and
thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children
are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly
realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to
keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. When Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphisbased adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. (Library Journal)


The Men of ERUCC will meet for breakfast to socialize and grow in faith on the first Sunday of the month at 8 AM. It’s “Bring Your Own Breakfast.” We will gather in the Liz Coffey Conference Room. Feel free to drop by as your .


The Chimes Learning and Service Group will gather for our annual Spring Luncheon on May 9 at Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant, 581 Hines Avenue in Frederick. We will gather at 11:00 am and orders will be taken starting at 11:30 am from a special menu offered to our group for the day. Each member will pay their own bill. This is an annual event and we always have a wonderful time. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN US. For RSVP or questions, please contact Mary Meyer at 443-293-7042 or mmeyer222@yahoo.com.


Interested in our annual ERUCC camping the weekend of 6/14/19? This will be a two-night stay. All are invited to attend. Singles, couples and families.

Do you LOVE cabin or tent camping? This year’s location has a pond and large group areas, as well as a kitchen and bathrooms.

Julie Clark has reserved two cabins that sleep 10 people (with the option to reserve another cabin for 10 more) and reserved two private tent campsites that accommodates 12 people.

This location is under 1 1/2 hours from Frederick near Winchester, VA. https://www.buffalogapretreat.com/

Deadline to reserve your spot is May 1, 2019. Once reservations are made, fees will be calculated per person. We will be sharing meals and can organize a carpool.

Julie Clark Jclarkad@yahoo.com 301-305-8181