While Learning



Monday, November 4th from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Nursery and Downtown Community Room. Please wear your best church friendly costume and bring a bag to collect your goodies. Dinner will be a potluck. Please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4AAAAB2AA13-

Tiny Tots will meet on Monday, November 18th at 4 pm in the nursery. Our theme is “Being Thankful”. Bring a donation for the food bank GOD’S KIDS CLUB
God’s Kids Club will meet on Sunday, November 17th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to assemble the care packages for our college students and those serving in the military. We will be assembling 25 care packages with the youth group. Please bring 25 of something to go in the boxes. Dinner will be served. God’s
Kids Club is for those in Kindergarten through sixth grade. For questions, please contact Kim Sexton at ksexton@erucc.org.

Friday, November 8th from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have Lego Day in the Preschool classroom. Bring a bag lunch and gently used book for a bingo prize. This event is for preschool through sixth grade .https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4AAAAB2AA13-lego1

God’s Kids club and Tiny Tots Schedule
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***
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
*** Birth thru sixth grade activities



Sunday, November 3                               Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, November 17                              Stay the Day

Come for Sunday School and worship this day and remain afterwards to help construct the Putz. We
need help moving things into place and starting work on the platform. If you have any questions, please
contact Matt or Holly Davis.

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.

Sunday, December 8                               Dress-up Christmas Dinner — 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Put on your finest and come for a special dinner. Renea Kline is organizing this evening on behalf of the parents.

Friday, December 13                                 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.)

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
Work Projects
6:00 pm Dinner
Evening Reflections
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.



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)

November 3 The Good Funeral How to Prepare for a Meaningful Service for You and/or Your Loved One With Alison Shafer, Director of Music and Pastor Daniel Dr. Tom Long, professor of preaching at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta published a book, Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral. The book is a result of his concern for changes in funeral practices and services that have moved us away a community celebration of the deceased as a saint, a child of God, and a sister or brother in Christ. Over the years, attempts to make the service “more personal” have led to a devaluing of the power and presence and witness of the resurrection. There is a big difference between singing, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” and “For All the Saints Who From Their Labors Rest.” What happens when the “sharing a few words about the deceased” leads to lengthy accounts that only a few present “get” or even worse, inappropriate stories that make the other mourners cringe in their seats. Dr. Long asks, “Surely our culture will weary of the spiritual thinness of our funerals.” Long challenges, “Surely the task before the church now is to retrace our steps and to recover the grand liturgical theater in which Christians embrace their dead with tender affection, lift up their voices in hymns of resurrection and accompany the saints to the edge of mystery.” Come join in the conversation.
November 10 Navigating the Holidays 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.
November 17 & 24 Video Series- Climate Crisis, Faith and Justice Cliff Barr will facilitate using the video series Renewal, Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental
October 27 How Are the Children? (Part 2)


Let’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. This group is facilitated by clergy members of the congregation.


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?”

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, 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.

Tuesday, December 10 6-7                     TED Talk

Brian A. Little, “Who Are You Really?”

Are human beings just a group of traits? Brian Little speaks on personality at TED2016. Brian Little is one of those professors everyone adores. He turns to the “Big Five” personality traits, usefully acronymed as OCEAN: Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism.



On November 13th we will begin 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. The next two sessions will cover the 1st and 2nd Creation Stories. Professor Rendsburg holds the Chair in Jewish History in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University and is an expert in the history of ancient Israel and the literature of the Bible. The class meets at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings in the first floor classroom on the right as you enter Trinity Chapel.




November 19                                        Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances from the best-selling, 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)

No Meeting in December
Group will resume meeting in January



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 .

Keep track of paper and plastic materials you use only once. This week, watch how much you use paper plates, disposable utensils and straws. See what of those items you can replace with reusable Tupperware and flatware that you can take with you. From @CreationjusticeDispose of electronics properly (batteries included). E-end accepts and recycles your electronics: www.eendusa.com From 50 Ways to Be Green in Frederick County by GREENFREDERICK.orgCOMPOSTING

The ERUCC composting program is heading into its second month and you may be asking yourself why we are doing this? After all, we are a church. Shouldn’t we be focused on caring for the least among us? Yes, but as people of faith, we are also tasked with caring for the earth and these two tasks are intertwined. As our population continues to grow, we collectively take up more space, use more resources and create more waste. Composting is one way we can take action in caring for the earth.

The waste we create and throw “away” does in fact go somewhere. In Frederick County, that somewhere is Pennsylvania. Our landfill is full so we actually truck our waste to Pennsylvania and that landfill is 80% full. Clearly this is not a sustainable solution. Landfill waste is not just filling up land but also creating methane gas, a potent heat-trapping gas that contributes to climate warming.

Composting not only reduces the amount of food waste going into the landfill, but uses that waste to create fertile soil. Think about it! Instead of methane gas, we can be creating fertile soil!

Our partnership with Key Compost allows us to recycle ALL our food waste including meat and dairy plus paper napkins and compostable plates, cups and utensils.

You can participate in the composting project by placing leftover food, napkins and paper towels in the compost bin during fellowship events. You can also sign up to sponsor a month of composting for $130. This covers the cost of the Key Compost service plus the purchase of compostable bags and plates, cups and utensils for special events. As a further benefit, sponsors can compost their home food waste in our church compost bin! Our participation in the composting program can also serve as a model for other churches and for the groups using our community room.

Composting and recycling are tangible ways in which we can live out our faith.