While Learning



Mark your calendar. Vacation Bible School will be August 5-9 from 9 am to Noon in Trinity Chapel. This is for children 4 years old through 6th grade.

$40 Registration fee

Email the office for the registration form.


Monday         Note book dividers or 1 inch binder for Frederick school supply drive
Tuesday        Blank note card for college student or those serving in the military
Wednesday   New toothbrush and tube of tooth paste for family shelter
Thursday       15 oz can of corn, green beans, or red beans for Blessings in a Backpack
Friday            New standard pillow case for Religious Coalition

Can you help with snack supplies for Vacation Bible school? Check out our supply needs: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4aaaab2aa13-vbssnacks


God’s Kids Club and Tiny Tots will meet Wednesday, August 28 from 9 am to 2 pm for cooking day. We will cook and eat lunch, have chopped snack contest, play bingo and more. Bring your favorite family snack already made up to share. We will be in the kitchen and community room.

To sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4aaaab2aa13-music


CONFIRMATION CAMP (August 5-9, 2019 – Mon-Fri – 9-3)

Confirmation Intensive program. This week will include learning basics about the Christian faith, visiting various places in the community where the church is involved in mission, time with mentors, and visits to other places of worship. Youth are welcome to bring their friends to Confirmation Camp with no obligation to continue with the remainder of the confirmation year activities.

FALL RETREAT (Mar-Lu-Ridge – September 13-14, 2019)


Meets at 9:30 am in the Community Room

August 4 Key Compost
August 11  Terry Logee presents information on how to measure your carbon footprint and steps you can take to reduce your footprint. What are the ways we can be a better creation care steward?
August 18 The Beginnings of the United Church of Christ facilitated by Pastor Daniel.
We will watch a video that explores the history, theology, and polity of Christian traditions that united to form the
United Church of Christ in 1957. The denomination was a result of an ecumenical movement of united and uniting
churches that brought together two Protestant denominations: the Evangelical and Reformed Church and the
Congregational Christian Churches. Each of these was, in turn, the result of a union of two earlier rich, unique
August 25  Let’s Talk about our Summer Reading facilitated by Marj Menchey Berkheimer
  Come discuss what you read that you really, really enjoyed and want to share with others.


ADULT FORUM       Meets at 9:30 in the North Classroom Thru 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. A limited number of books are available for purchase for $10.

Wednesday September 11th the Wednesday Evening Discussion Group will begin a new eight session series of Living the Questions curriculum titled ProFuture Faith—The Prodigal Species Comes Home featuring Rev. Michael Dowd, an eco-theologian, pro-science, 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. The sessions are titled:

1. Un-Trivializing God-Reality as Thou
2. The Purpose of Religion and Necessity of Science
3. The Epic of Evolution-A Cosmic Timeline
4. Thus Sayeth Reality-What is Inevitable: What is Needed
5. Thus Sayeth Reality-What is Futile: What is Urgent
6. Why We Struggle-Un-Trivializing Mythic Wisdom
7. Impermanence and Death as Sacred-Embracing Limits
8. Staying Sane, Sober and Inspired in Contracting Times

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. If you do not have email, I can give you a hard copy but, in the interest of preserving trees and reducing trash, material will generally be transmitted electronically.


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.



August 27                               Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

To be admired by someone we admire—we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at 63, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light. (Amazon.com)

September 24 Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The
Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the
National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange
Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore
the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries,
who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating
what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their
tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in
precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future. (Amazon.com)


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 .

We celebrate a small victory against plastic water bottle usage! With the help of Stacey Collins and PNC, we
were able to provide aluminum water bottles to all the students in the SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative
Project) Summer Program. This project kept 70 water bottles a day out of recycling or the landfill and provided
an opportunity to teach the students about sustainable practices. Thank you Stacey! Thank you PNC!Coming soon!

August 4: Phil Westcott will share the story of Key City Compost. Though they are a business, their missionSunday Serendipity Classes

is in sync with our mission to care for the earth. Reflect on Key City Compost’s mission statement; Through
the diversion of food waste from landfills, we can reduce total atmospheric carbon, increase soil carbon, create
jobs and strengthen our local food system with high quality soil products. FEED PEOPLE NOT LANDFILL.

Are there ways we can individually and as a church reduce our food waste?

August 11: Terry Logee will share information on how we can reduce our carbon footprints in our own
homes. Every small step we take will help in our mission to care for the earth. Come find at least one thing
you can do to combat climate change.

Fellowship Hour

August 11. We will kick off our Carbon Footprint Challenge. Take the challenge to change one habit or
practice! With everyone’s participation, we can make a difference.

Also on August 11, during Fellowship Hour, Terry Logee will help members access a website to measure their
carbon footprint.

From the Pulpit!

On August 25 our Green team member and guest pastor, Esther Ziegler, will focus on environmental
stewardship in her message.