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.
CHANGES IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S CHURCH ROUTINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
December 22: No Children’s Church: Children are to stay with their family for the service of Lessons and Carols.
December 29: There will be one multiage Sunday School class in the Community Room at 9:30
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
Sunday, January 5 1:00 – 2:00 Franklinton Center Trip Prep Meeting
Paige Coffey is planning a fun activity for after the trip meeting.
Saturday — Monday, January 18-20 Work Trip to Franklinton center
$75 per person. Leaving the church at 6 am on Saturday morning. Returning early evening on Monday the 20th
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
Back by popular request, Lucy Adkins and Alyssa Kline will plan this event with help from others.
FRANKLINTON CENTER WORK TRIP: January 18-20, 2020
Open to Adults and Youth (6th through 12th grades)
Franklinton Center, Bricks, North Carolina $80 per person (includes housing and meals) Housing- Hospitality Houses #1 and #2 (This trip is being subsidized by budgeted funds for mission trips.)
The Franklinton Center at Bricks is a conference, retreat, and educational facility in eastern North Carolina with a focus on justice advocacy and leadership development. Franklinton Center is an historic center of transformation where issues affecting the marginalized, the oppressed, and the poor are addressed.
A former plantation, Franklinton Center traces its beginnings to the founding of Franklinton Christian College in 1871 and the Congregationalist Bricks School in 1895. A merger of those two schools in the 1950’s formed Franklinton Center at Bricks. The Center is related to the United Church of Christ and is managed by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries.
As with all church buildings, the more work a volunteer group can provide to maintain facilities, the more funds that are available for programs and meeting the direct needs of people.
|Saturday, January 18
6:30 a.m. Leave ERUCC
Noon Arrive Franklinton
6:00 pm Dinner
|Sunday, January 19
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayers
9:00 – Noon Work projects
Noon – 1p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Work Projects
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Free time
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Evening Reflections
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast at the Center
Finish Work Projects/ Leave for Home by 11:00 a.m.
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT EDUCATION
January 5 275th Anniversary Program
Come and learn what exciting things we have planned for our 275th Anniversary Year
January 12 Puerto Rico Trip Sharing
January 19 Adults will join the Let’s Study the Bible class
January 26 Franklinton Center Trip Sharing
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?”
January 7 John 11: 45-53 Trade-Offs
TUESDAYS WITH TED IN THE CHURCH OFFICES: TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH 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
David Brooks, “The Lies Our Culture Tells Us About What Matters – and a better way to live”
Our society is in the midst of a social crisis, says op-ed columnist and author David Brooks: we’re trapped in a valley of isolation and fragmentation. How do we find our way out? Based on his travels across the United States — and his meetings with a range of exceptional people known as “weavers” — Brooks lays out his vision for a cultural revolution that empowers us all to lead lives of greater meaning, purpose and joy.
7-8:30 Book Discussion
For those who wish to have a deeper discussion of David Brooks’ work, join in a discussion of his book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.
|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.
Jan. 1-No class
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text her at 301-524-5223.
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel. More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.
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.
- March 24 An American Marriage
- 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