While Learning


There will be one multi-age class for preschool through elementary school on Easter Sunday April 21 at 9:30 a.m. in the preschool room.
There will be No Children’s church on Easter Sunday. Please enjoy worship with your family.

Tiny Tots
Join us on April 15 at 4:00 p.m.in the Nursery for Easter activities. We will eat dinner at 5:00 p.m. and hunt for Eggs at 5:30 p.m. Please bring a basket and sign up for a dish to share for dinner https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4AAAAB2AA13-easter3


April 15 Easter egg Hunt ***

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 – APRIL

Sunday, March 31 4:00 – 5:30 Tale of the Lion

80 minute movie in which the oldest African American citizens of Frederick tell their stories.

6-7:30 pm Summer Trip Planning All youth going to General Synod and Germany need to be present for this meeting.
Tree planting in the afternoon. This is part of an interfaith initiative. You can also participate on April 7 if this date doesn’t work. Supper will be provided.

Sunday                          April 7 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Co-authors and immigrant youth will discuss immigration issues described in Blessed are the Refugees, a newly released book of eight story-reflections about children who fled Central America on their own to escape violence. ERUCC Community Room.

6:00 – 7:30 pm              Planning for Youth Sunday                                  (Dinner will be provided tonight)

Monday, April 8, 7 pm                          Join the Frederick Interfaith Youth Initiative
Join the Frederick Interfaith Youth Initiative. Our mission is to foster spiritual understanding and love among people of diverse beliefs through listening, respect, love, and by addressing significant issues of our time.
First meeting will be held Monday, April 8 at 7pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD.

Youth group leaders and one or two youth ages 15 to 30 from all places of worship are invited to collaborate about significant issues of our time and create an agenda for future meetings. All faiths are welcome! To RSVP or for more information contact: Naseem Azadi, naseem.azadi94@gmail.com
****Let Pastor Daniel know if you are interested. We will need one of our parents or youth advisors to attend this meeting.

Sunday, April 28, 6-7:30                         Dinner Together and Youth Sunday Practice


LET’S STUDY THE BIBLE AND PREPARE FOR WORSHIP 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.



April and May A Study of the Book of Ecclesiastes Sometimes considered the most curmudgeonly and cynical of all the books of the Bible, Ecclesiastes is also praised for telling it like it is. It addresses eternal problems that have always troubled human society: the problem of pain, the fruitlessness of overwork, the vanity of ambition, the age of anxiety, the fear of death and being forgotten. Ecclesiastes reminds us that these are not 21st century problems. This book of wisdom also reminds us that the great joys in life are fairly simple: snuggling under the covers, having close friends and/or a sweetheart, sunlight, rest, eating good food and drinking good wine, and a good days’ work. It offers soothing certainty about what it means to enjoy the good life: waiting, expecting, with open arms, to receive day by day the good things that come

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY WITH ESTHER ZIEGLER 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

6 TO 7:30 P.M. IN THE PARISH HOUSE CONFERENCE ROOM Join the conversation as we watch a TED Talk. Light refreshments provided
April 2
Three Ways to Practice Civility with Steven PetrowWhat does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn’t be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work to be more civil — and start talking about our differences with respect.


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.


April 23 Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
“[Picoult] offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle. Her many readers will find much to discuss in the pages of this topical, moving book.”—Booklist (starred review)
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others – and themselves – might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. (Amazon.com)

                                                          May 28 Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

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 even farther, and 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)


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
schedule permits and invite others to do so as well.

The Chimes Learning and Service group will meet on Thursday, March 14, at 10:00 am in
the Flora Room at ERUCC. Our speaker will be Hermine Bernstein, program director for
Blessings in a Backpack, a program which helps school children who are in need by
sending food home for the weekends and school breaks. If you would like to assist with this
program, please bring jars of peanut butter, any brand, preferably creamy and no larger
than 16 oz. For information or questions please contact Mary Meyer, 443-293-7042, or
mmeyer222@yahoo.com. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

ERUCC WORK WEEK                 April 22 – 26                   8 am – 4 pm
This is our third year for a stay-at-home work week. In the past two years, we have replaced ceiling tiles and lighting, painted, installed flooring and cabinets, cleaned, decluttered, and then painted some more. This year we have painting to do as well as renovations to the old bathrooms in the main sanctuary building. Also, we need to replace the vanity in the archives room on the second floor of the parish house with shelving units. There are many other projects as well. All hands are needed for the work, as well as preparing lunch and snacks for the workers. Look for more detailed lists in the weekly bulletin.BETHANY BEACH Retreat           September 20-22


ERUCC EVENTS                                                                                                                     AMY AGUILAR
Event Assistance:
We have many events coming up in April and I need your help! Perhaps you can help for an hour or for the whole evening? Please consider giving your time as we develop this business. The following are my immediate needs: 

April 5 Peace Walk Lunch (smallish group)

o A small group will be stopping downtown for lunch. I need someone to be here to greet them and show them to the Coffey Room. Be there to answer any questions and then make sure the doors are locked. I will be out of the office this day. 

April 7 Book Event in Community Room

o 3:30 p.m. 2 Greeters

o 4:00 p.m. Hospitality

o 6:00 p.m. Clean up/lock up 

April 11 Sass Magazine Wellness Seminar

o 3 p.m. Set up crew

o 5 -6 p.m. Hospitality/Greeters (2) 

April 13 Birthday Party in community room (sweet 16, 150 people)

o 5 p.m. Set up (2) people

o 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Host the event, being in charge! 

      • This will involve making frequent sweeps around the room, answering questions, being the point person for any issues that arrive. Ensuring bathrooms are stocked with toilet paper and paper towels.
      • Clean up crew…make sure guests have removed all trash and room is returned to a clean state for Sunday Worship. 

April 19 Rehearsal Dinner

o 3 p.m. Set up o 6 p.m. Greet

o 9 p.m. Ensure caterers have removed all trash and building is locked up. 

April 24 RE-MAX Appreciation Event

o 5 pm. Assist with Set up

o 5;30 to 6 :30 Greet

o 9:30 p.m. Assist with cleanup/assure building is locked.

April 26 Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless Community Partners Forum

o 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Host

o 9 to 10 a.m. Greeters

o 12 noon Lunch Hosts (assist caterers/bathroom checks)

o Direction/Room Set Need two people who can help direct people to the different rooms. This will utilize        the WHOLE facility.


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