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Sunday school for preschool thru high school will start back up on Sunday, September 8th at 9:30 a.m. in Trinity Chapel. As usual, the Nursery will be open from 9 to noon in the main building and Children's Church will take place in the Children's Church alcove following the thought for the day.


Tiny Tots will meet Monday 10/21 at 4 in the Nursery. Our theme will be Fall.


Will meet on 10/9 from 9 to 2. Our theme will be pets. Bring your favorite stuffed pet and bag lunch.

God’s Kids club and Tiny Tots

10/9             FCPS No School Pet Day 9-2*

10/21           Tiny Tots Theme: Fall**

11/4             Halloween Party***

11/8             FCPS NO SCHOOL Lego Day 9-2*

11/17           God’s Kids Club Care packages with Youth*

11/18           Tiny Tots Theme: Being Thankful

12/15           Pageant 5 PM ***

12/16           Dinner breakfast with Santa*** 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*

8/3-8/7        VBS***

* 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 Nursery.
*** Birth thru sixth grade activities


Sunday, October 6 6-7:30 pm Youth Group Tonight, we will have a conversation about tools for dealing with anxiety. JoAnn Fritz will be our facilitator.

Sunday, October 20 4:00 pm Multifaith Concert for Peace 6 – 7:30 pm Youth Group We welcome students from Catawba College as we discuss how to choose a college or university.

Sunday, November 3 Pancake Breakfast

Youth training will be offered on Sunday. October 6, following Young Spirit practice. We should be done by 2 p.m.  Bring a bag lunch. This training is for any youth (6th grade and older) who wants to assist with Children's Church or Vacation Bible School. For questions, please contact Kim Sexton at ksexton@erucc.org.



Adult Forum September - November 24
Traits of a Healthy Spirituality

Sister Melannie Svoboda defines and describes 20 specific indicators of a healthy spirituality. The indicators: self-esteem, wonder, joy, friendship, courage, tolerance, and the like, are "signs" rooted in life, yet solidly based on Scripture. Taught by Allen Maples and Cindy Duranko.

Let’s Talk (meets in the Community Room)

October 6 Trish Coffey will speak about her work at the National Institute of Health
October 13 Eliane Coates will speak on her experience as a thru hiker on the Appalachian Trail. Eliane made the trek in 2016 in
memory of her father, Vince. Eliane grew up at ERUCC and as a teenager was active in our youth group.
October 20 How Are the Children? (Part 1)
Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention: A new video curriculum for UCC audiences. In 2017, delegates to the
United Church of Christ General Synod passed a Resolution of Witness calling for an end to the ill-treatment of Palestinian
children incarcerated in Israeli military prisons. Discover why the UCC and other faith communities are calling urgently for an end to this systematic abuse of children. It features video testimony from UCC national executive leaders John Dorhauer, Traci Blackmon and James Moos. This discussion will be led by Esther Ziegler.
October 27 How Are the Children? (Part 2)


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

ILet’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship (meets in the Coffey Room) 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 clergy members of the congregation.


The Wednesday Evening Discussion Group continues its series of Living the Questions curriculum titled ProFuture Faith—The Prodigal Species Comes Home featuring Rev. Michael Dowd, an eco-theologian, proscience, pro-future ‘evangelist’ and TEDx speaker. The basic format for each 1 ½ hour session includes conversation around the readings that will be sent to participants by email each week, a 20-minute video
presentation by Rev. Dowd, and a guided discussion led by Esther Ziegler.

The series is based on the premise that given our impact on Earth’s climate, we are already in the early stages of what could be called The Great Reckoning as the human species deals with the ecological consequences of its prodigal ways. Rev. Dowd makes the case that when human material wellbeing is put ahead of the health of the environment in which we live, we condemn ourselves. Speaking religiously, measuring progress and success in only human-centered ways casts us out of the Garden of our life-sustaining universe. However, measuring progress and success in Life-centered (bio-centric or eco-centric) ways provides us a way of living in the universe through which our species and all species may survive and thrive.

Those of us who have studied Living the Questions curriculum in the past have found it to be intellectually and spiritually challenging because it stimulates us to think about interpretation of scripture and doctrine in new ways. If you are planning to attend, or would like more information before deciding, please email estherrziegler@gmail.com to receive a PDF that provides a brief orientation and, if you choose to attend, the weekly reading materials

11:00 – Noon in the North Meeting Room
October – November 2019 Study of the Gospel of John

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?”

October 1             John 1: 1-18                 Setting the Stage

October 8             John 2: 1-11                 Party tricks

October 15          John 3: 1-18                 Jesus is Punny

October 22          John 4: 6b-26, 39-32    Living Water

October 29          John 4: 47- 5:18           Testimony and Signs

November 5        John 6: 13-35               Bread and Water

November 12      John 7: 45-8:11            Judgment

November 19      John 10: 22-39             The Tide

November 26      John 11: 32-44             True Life Changes

Church Offices

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

Tuesday, October 1 6-7 pm TED Talk

                                                     Rabbi Lord Jonathon Sacks, “How We Can Face the Future Without Fear, Together”

It's a fateful moment in history. We've seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism -- all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of "me" to the politics of "all of us, together."

                                                                                          7-8:30 Book Discussion

For those who wish to have a deeper discussion of Rabbi Sacks’ work, join in a discussion of his book, Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.

Tuesday, November 5 6-7 TED Talk

                                                                   Anne Lamott, “12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing” 

A few days before she turned 61, writer Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure. She dives into the nuances of being a human who lives in a confusing, beautiful, emotional world, offering her characteristic life-affirming wisdom and humor on family, writing, the meaning of God, death and more.

                                                                                         7-8:30 Book Discussion

For those who wish to have a deeper discussion of Anne Lamott’s work, join in a discussion of her book, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy.



              October 22                                            Becoming by Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.


November 19                                              Clock Dance by Anne Tyler
A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore to look after a young woman she's never met, her nine-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory--surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers. (Amazon)


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 .

Instead of buying your own copy, check out your local library for your next read. Libraries are valuable community centers, and chances are you'll only read the book once - no need to purchase every copy for yourself! You can also download library books on your electronic device using Libby or other electronic lending functions from Frederick County Public Library https://fcpl.org/.Tree Planting Opportunities Planting trees is one of the best tangible ways we can work to improve the environment. Trees sequester carbon, give off oxygen, stabilize the soil, reduce runoff, provide shade and provide food and habitat for animals. WOW! Trees are great. There are several tree planting opportunities coming up with Streamlink. If you participated in the plantings last spring, you know that Streamlink does a great job of prepping the area by digging holes in advance and giving very good directions on what to do. Please consider signing up for one of these tree planting dates. October 5, 19 and 26 in Thurmont.

Floods, Droughts, & Justice: A Multifaith Discussion on Climate Sunday,

October 20, 12-4:30 pm. Hood College, 401 Rosemont Ave, Frederick, MD $15 registration, $25 with lunch* Register: www.ipldmv.org/macsconference

Join caring folks from across Frederick’s diverse faith communities for an afternoon of learning and conversation. Join Multi-faith Alliance of Climate Stewards, with Hood College, Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA), and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to: • learn how climate change will impact our region • be inspired by work underway in our congregations, local government, businesses, and neighborhoods to reduce our carbon footprint and to work for a just and thriving future in our warming world • connect with opportunities to take climate action: at home, in our congregations, and across our community

Our keynote speaker, Maryland’s own climate scientist Dr. Don Boesch, will remind us about the future we face in Frederick and why it matters. Two panel conversations will explore how our communities are responding and can take further action together, and an expo will connect attendees with partners and resources.
We’re looking forward to gathering and learning with you! Register today: www.ipldmv.org/macsconference

* Your payment will support Frederick County congregations coming together to address climate change. Please contact us at 202-709-7641 to discuss our scholarship options if the $15 registration fee would create a financial hardship for you.

Fellowship Hour Green Team Happenings!

 October 6: Kick-off Day for Composting at ERUCC! Some of the Sunday School class children along with interested adults will be trained to be compost and recycling monitors during Sunday School from 9:30 - 10:15. If you would like to make this project work, please join us in becoming a compost/recycling monitor. Contact Linda Coyle or Julie Clark if you are interested or just show up!

 October 13: Carbon Footprint Challenge Day We will start a year long journey of reducing our carbon footprint one step at a time by changing habits and different behaviors. October will be the water bottle and coffee cup challenge month. Learn more about this challenge in church and during fellowship hour.

 October 20: Floods, Drought and Justice Conference at Hood College. Please register to attend! See info above.

 October 27: Empower Maryland Day. Empower Maryland is an energy efficiency program that we pay for each month on our electric bills. Though this program has been around for a long time, over 70% of eligible households have not taken advantage of it. A representative from Empower Maryland will be at Fellowship Hour to explain the program and sign people up. For each person signed up, the church will receive a donation. Win-Win!