While Learning




Tiny Tots will meet January 22 at 4 p.m. in the preschool Sunday school room. We will talk about snowflakes. Note this is a date change from the schedule.

Join us on January 29th from 1 to 5 p.m. for Space Day. We will have games, crafts, snack, and a movie, all space related. Bring a gently used item for bingo prizes. Please sign up in advance so we know how many to plan for!



The Nursery will now share space in the back right classroom of Trinity Chapel with the Preschool Sunday school class. Sherry will still be available from 9:30 to noon.

Children’s Church will meet after The Thought for the Day in the back left classroom of the Kindergarten to 2nd grade classroom. The students will meet the teacher in the narthex of the church and head as a group to the classroom. The teacher will escort the children down to the cross walk and across the street to Trinity Chapel.

Parents will need to come pick children up from both the nursery and Children’s church.

ERUCC YOUTH SCHEDULE            2018-19

Sunday, August 26                   6-7:30              Getting back to School                                                  

Coping strategies for beginning a new school year. Time management. Keeping calm in the midst of pressure. Led by Pastor Daniel.

September 8-10                                Bethany Beach Retreat

Sunday, September 16             6-7:30 pm       Youth Group Olympics                                            

Fun and games as we get to know each other and build community in our youth group for the coming year. Thanks to Trish Coffey for organizing this again.

Sunday, September 30             6-7:30 Youth Group  

RYE Discussion — Quinn talking about Simply Smiles. Ben offering one of his workshops

Sunday, October 7                                4 pm BUILDING PROJECT DEDICATION

Sunday, October 14                              Musical                                                                                            

Youth needed to help. Trish Coffey is coordinating.

Sunday, October 28                              6-7:30 pm                                                                                          

RYE theme discussion – PD, Alex, Lucy – From Barbie to Wonder Woman

Sunday, November 4                            Pancake Breakfast            Michele, Kelly, and Trish coordinating

Sunday, November 18              4:30 – 7:30 pm   Preparing Care Packages

We will enjoy supper together as we assemble care boxes for college students. This is a shared event with God’s Kids Club and parents.

December – cookie exchange?

Sunday, December 9                6:00 – 7:30 p.m.            Dress-up Christmas Dinner

Put on your finest and come for a special dinner.   Stephanie and Michele working on this

Friday, December 14                        Babysitting                       5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

This is a combination service and fund raising project as we offer an evening out for parents. We’ll be babysitting at the church and inviting parents to give a donation to the youth group towards our summer trips. (6th Graders are welcome to help with this event.)

Sunday, December 16            5:00 pm                Christmas Pageant   

Sunday, January 6                  1:00 – 2:00     Franklinton Center Trip Prep Meeting

                                                 6-7:30 pm                      Youth Group                       RYE Discussion

Saturday — Monday,   January 19 – 21     Work Trip to Franklinton center                                                         

$75 per person. Leaving the church at 6 am on Saturday morning. Returning early evening on Monday the 21st.

Saturday, February 2               9:00- noon      Sub Preparation and Sale                                               

This will be one of our major fundraisers for summer trips and activities.

Sunday, February 10                Kline’s planning a Fun Activity

Snow date is February 24

Sunday, February 24                Youth Group 6-7:30 pm

 RYE Discussion

Saturday March 2                      Overnight at the church                                                            

Bread baking and movie night at the church. We’ll bake bread to sell for a fund raiser and bake bread for communion as well.

Sunday, March 17                     6-7:30 pm             Youth      

Sunday, March 31                     6-7:30 pm            Summer Trip Planning

Friday, April 5 or 12                                               Fish Fry?                                                   

Sunday, April 28                     6-7:30            Planning for Youth Sunday

Sunday, May 5                      Dinner Together and Youth Sunday Practice                      

Sunday, May 12                    Youth Sunday

Sunday, June 2                      Fun Activity


June 20-26                  UCC General Synod Meeting                      Milwaukee, Wisconsin                  

All active youth are welcome to attend this event. We are asking for $250 per participant for this trip.

July 3 or 4 through July 14/15                                          Trip to Germany                                                                                

Any youth aged 14 and older and/or who is confirmed is eligible to go on this trip. Participants will need to be active in the youth group throughout the year and help with the fundraisers.   We are requesting a $500 donation towards this trip.  Pastor Daniel, Trish Coffey, Jim Weitz, and Glenn Wallace will traveling with the group as chaperones.


Beginning September 16

Let’s Study the Bible       9:30 – 10:15 a.m.   Meets in the Liz Coffey Room, basement of the main sanctuary building

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 more fully involved and more present in worship. Come join us as we seek to accurately anticipate what the morning’s sermon topic will be. Getting it right is a lot of fun.

Facilitated by Stefan Mach and Richard Leslie.

Let’s Talk                   9:30 – 10:15 a.m.            Meets in the North Room of the Parish House

The Great Convergence

The Great Convergence is a term used to describe the coming together of refugees from Christian liberalism and conservatism in recent years. It’s not a “meeting in the middle,” but a meeting “out in the wilderness” where those who have felt alienated or estranged from their native traditions have been drawn out to find faith in a new way beyond liberalism and conservatism. In the wilderness, refugees from both traditions find they share more common ground than they realized was possible – and are actively building a movable “tabernacle” in which to meet God, each other, and the world, as they make their way to a land of Promise. In this new faith context, spirituality and justice ignite each other, faith and doubt are both treated as allies in the pursuit of truth, and the Holy Spirit is experienced as God’s “still speaking” voice in our world.

September 16                         The Gifts of the Indigo Tent

Featured on this week’s video is the Rev. Cameron Trimble. Trimble is the Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal. She most recently served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and as Associate Conference Minister of Church Development in the Southeast Conference of the UCC. In her ministry in the national setting, Rev. Trimble was responsible for the development of national strategy for birthing new churches. In her conference setting, she directly oversaw the birthing of churches throughout the Southeast Conference. Each setting has given her a unique perspective on the challenges of cultivating leaders equipped to meet the needs of the future of mainline Protestantism.

Pneuma Divina Scripture: Exodus 36: 2-7

September 23                         Christ of the Convergence

Featured on this week’s video is Carol Howard Merritt, a writer, conference speaker, and the cohost of God Complex Radio. A minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she formerly served as a pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, an intergenerational congregation in Washington, D.C. Carol’s the author of Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation (The Alban Institute, August 2010) and Tribal Church: Ministering to the Missing Generation, (The Alban Institute, September 2007). Carol is also the co-host of the Internet Radio Show, The God Complex, with Bruce Reyes Chow, and she blogs for the Huffington Post.

Pneuma Divina Scripture: John 3: 1-10

September 30                         Vocatio

This week’s video features Bruce Van Blair. Bruce’s interests keep him going in several different directions including the startup of a new house church (now streamed live from our Countryside Chapel), and most recently joining the Countryside community to begin our new ministry “Converging Paths;” a partnership venture with the BTS Center in Bangor Maine, exploring our vocational callings in our everyday workplaces, and our leadership in faith communities. Bruce has written a wide collection of sermons as well as several books, including The Believer’s Road, and In A Nutshell.

Pneuma Divina Scripture: Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-13

October 7                                What are You Doing in Church?

Today’s video features Bruce Reyes-Chow. Most of his adult life, Bruce was a congregational pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). In 2008 he was elected Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the 2 million member denomination. Now Bruce is a blogger, author, event speaker, church consultant and leadership coach. He has written two books: The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shookfoil Books, 2012) and But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race(Kickstarter, 2013). He believes that society and the church are strengthened by talking about such issues as: denominationalism and the future church; faith and technology; race and politics, parenting, urban living, etc.

Pneuma Divina Scripture: John 14: 1-9a

October 14                                          Was It the Holy Spirit or the Pizza?

Phyllis Tickle is featured in this week’s video. She is the Contributing Editor in Religion for Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the book industry. Frequently quoted in sources like Newsweek, Time, Life, The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS, BBC, VOA, etc., Tickle is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Tickle is the author of some two dozen books, most of them in religion and spirituality. The Divine Hours: Prayers for Summertime, the first in a three-volume contemporary manual of prayer, was released by Doubleday in March 2000, followed by The Divine Hours: Prayers for Autumn and Wintertime in September 2000. In October 2001, the series was completed with the release of The Divine Hours: Prayers for Spring.  

Pneuma Divina Scripture: John 20: 19-25

October 21                                          Faith, Science and our Creator

In this week’s video we will hear from Michael Camp, a former Baptist missionary and aid worker for evangelical organizations. Off and on for seven years, he lived and worked in Somalia, Kenya, and Malawi. He has also traveled in Asia extensively representing missions and development organizations. He studied missions at William Carey International University and Fuller Seminary, earned a Master of Science degree at Eastern University in global economic development, and was a senior writer for World Vision. After more than a quarter of a century of involvement in the evangelical movement, including as a missionary, pro-life activist, and lay leader, Michael walked out of the church and conservative religion. Today, as a progressive Christian writer, one of his passions is to help people see they can leave religious legalism behind without losing their faith in God.

Pneuma Divina Scripture: Psalm 148: 1-10

October 28                                          A Conversation with Loren McGrail

Loren serves as the Communications/Advocacy and Church Relations officer for the YWCA in East Jerusalem. She also is the Coordinator for our new advocacy project called The Fabric of Our Lives. This project supports women’s livelihoods in the refugee camps and also the Right of Return as guaranteed under UN Resolution 194 and the right of all women for dignity, security, and peace under SCR 1325.

November 4                            The Mythological Imagination

Michael Bray is featured in the discussion for this Sunday. Born and raised in inner-city Washington, DC, by a strong single mother, he grew up in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-class faith community that gave him opportunities to live beyond the ordinary limitations of my socio-economic circumstance. Church was his first experience of the beauty that can arise when we transcend boundaries of difference. He has tried to live his adult life helping others imagine even greater possibilities.

Pneuma Divina Scripture: Philippians 4: 4-9

November 11, 18, and 25                   Writing As a Spiritual Discipline

Led by our student intern, Joseph Michael.

December 2, 9, 16, and 23               Advent Reflections: You Shall Have a Song

God promises, “You shall have a song” (Isaiah 30:29), even when things look the most bleak and hopeless. During these Sundays in Advent, we will be exploring four songs from the Bible:

            December 2                God New Song (Psalm 96)

            December 9                Song of Light (Isiah 42: 1-9)

            December 16              Mary’s Song (Luke 1: 49-55)

            December 23              Servant Song (Philippians 2: 5-11)           

January Series                      Healthy Practices

March 10, 17, 24                    Lenten Series on the Lord’s Prayer with Richard Leslie


11:00 – Noon

Flora Room, ERUCC Parish House

Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

September 18 – November 13

September 18             Session One: Civil Discourse and Followers of Jesus

September 25            Session Two: Jesus is Lord: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis                                                

(At the home of Molly and David. Call the church office for directions.)

October 2                   Session Three: Made in God’s Image and Likeness

October 9                   Session Four: We are One Body

October 16                 Session Five: To Protect and Seek Justice

October 23                 Session Six: Truth is Morally Central to Our Personal and Public Lives

October 30                 Session Seven: Christ’s Way of Leadership is Servanthood

November 6               Session Eight: Go into All Nations Making Disciples

November 13             Session Nine: Change the World Through the Life and  Love of Jesus Christ  “The Be@itudes”

November 20 – January 29

This nine part series digs deep into a revolutionary exploration of some of Jesus’ most often quoted – and misunderstood – teachings. Lead by Rev. Eric Elnes, Ph.D. this is one of Darkwood Brew’s most popular video series. The Be@itudes brings together scholars, theologians, activists, authors and even a scientist to approach the text in surprising new ways.

November 20              Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

November 27              Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

December 4                Blessed Are The Meek

December 11              Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

December 18              Blessed Are The Merciful

January 8                    Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

January 15                    Blessed Are The Peacemakers

January 22                    Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted

January 29                    Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted


For the ninth year, the Religious Coalition along with CASS and other partners in the community including Evangelical Reformed UCC, Frederick Presbyterian, The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, The Temple School, and churches and community members provided leadership for the distribution of school supplies to Frederick City students.

This year we were blessed again by thousands of donated items through the United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign. With these donations and with the generous financial support of the community and especially the Frederick County Bar Association, we were able to use funds to purchase backpacks for the entire county as well as more expensive items needed by students such as binders, dry erase markers, graph paper, etc.

We ran out of binders, graph paper, and large sticks. Our 2 inch binder order did not arrive in time for the distribution so those were taken directly to the school warehouse along with the leftovers from the day. Each year, we get better at estimating what our needs will be and have been keeping records of what we are receiving in donations and what we need to purchase in greater quantities.

We served 1541 students this year which is up from 2017. In addition to those 1541 students, we gave 20 backpacks with supplies to the Religious Coalition for those families who forgot about the distribution or who were unable to get there.

  2018                2017                2016                2015                2014                                                                           

Pre-K  – 5th Grade   836                  778                  803                  804                  498

6-8th Grades           344                  301                  300                  235                  207

9 – 12th Grades      311                  272                  270                  186                  201

Other Schools           50                    56

Total               1541                1407                1373                1225                906     

The biggest change for the 2018 project was a terrific streamlining effort with the Church of Latter Day Saints and the United Way. School buses and volunteers from the United Way arrived on August 15th, the day prior to the Frederick City school supply distribution, to the Mormon Stake. This eliminated supplies going to the warehouse and then being reloaded for the Frederick City distribution.   United Way volunteers sorted through supplies om the 15th. ERUCC members came and continued to organize supplies that day. Partners from across the county arrived between 4 and 5 to pick up their supplies. It was great team work.

The good folks at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as always, provided incredible support and hospitality. Some of their missionaries worked outside to facilitate parking and traffic control.   They provided volunteers to keep the bathrooms clean throughout the day. The church also provided volunteers to clean-up at the conclusion of the day.

We had a donors provide bagels and juice for a morning snack and another donor provided water and snacks for the volunteers. A wonderful hot lunch was prepared for us by Custom Imprints.

145 volunteers signed in for various shifts with about a dozen staying for the entire day. I know there were more who came in and out throughout the day. We provided more orientation this year which helped and will provide more next year.

 Volunteers and CASS and FCPS staff provided a respectful, safe, and fun environment. All you had to do was look at the kids’ faces to see their joy in choosing their supplies. Volunteers couldn’t say enough about the comments from students and parents expressing their appreciation for this gift.

I continue to enjoy coordinating this project and appreciate all the support from so many in the community.

This project is an incredible testimony to the power of schools, the faith community, and businesses to do great things – together.


Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Kershner Daniel


We will continue watching a DVD of lectures by Professor Amy-Jill Levine on “Great Figures of the New Testament.” Amy-Jill Levine is an Orthodox Jew and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She is a gifted lecturer who combines deep academic knowledge of the New Testament texts and the culture of the time with a subtle sense of humor. In the first session, she will focus on her rational for choosing the 20 persons included in the series, as well as introducing some of the tools of critical biblical study and the vocabulary related to it. Some of the people/characters we will learn about in the following weeks are John the Baptist, The Virgin Mary, The Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, Judas Iscariot, and Paul, the Hero of Acts. The approximately 1 ½ hours we spend together on Wednesday evenings combines watching a lecture and discussing it. There is no set text to read ahead but I do sometimes send additional material to participants via email.


Let’ s Talk: 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Meets in Trinity Chapel