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February 6, 2020

Dear Congregation:

At the Fall meeting of the Catoctin Association, Jill White led participants through a day long exploration of how we can determine our congregation’s “why.” We learned about challenges and opportunities before congregation’s today and received fascinating demographic data about who is in the neighborhood or orbit of our churches.

Jill is a consultant with the United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund. The Visioning Process she leads for congregations, challenges congregational members to determine the assets of the congregation and then to develop a list of mission priorities.  Consistory members and some others have been engaged in conversation about the future and how we can use the gifts and talents of our members as well as our buildings for mission.

After the Catoctin meeting in the fall, it was apparent that it would be helpful to broaden the conversation and engage more members of the congregation in visioning for the future.

This Sunday, during the 9:30 Let’s Talk time, we will be gathering in the Community Room to begin a three-part series on Visioning for our Future. The first week we will explore the reality of what is happening in congregation’s today and consider how our life as a congregation may fit into these trends. On February 16th we will explore demographic data that will help us understand who is in the area around our church. On the 23rd , we will build on the previous two weeks and brainstorm where we believe God is calling us and where we may want to focus our energies and resources.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Food for Thought

"For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. 'Blessed are the merciful' in a courtroom? 'Blessed are the peacemakers' in the Pentagon? Give me a break!" 

~Kurt Vonnegut 
Sunday Worship
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Jesus tells us that we are salt and light as we seek to live as God’s people in the world in Matthew 5: 13-20. With the Spirit’s help, we offer our gifts and talents to extend the reach of

God’s realm. With Isaiah 58: 1-12, we learn what it means to “practice righteousness,” to restore beauty in community as we live out the heart of our faith.

Spirit and Young Spirit will be singing. Today we will be honoring our Boy Scouts.
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk  / Community Room

This week we begin a three-part series on Repurposing and Visioning: Preparing Our Church for Ministry in Today’s World. This Sunday we will explore how our congregation can discern our vision and mission in order to understand our “why.”

Let’s Study the Bible and Prepare for Worship / Coffey Room 
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 (10:30a.m.) service will help prepare participants to more fully involved and more present in worship.  The class meets in the Coffey Room.  Led by clergy members of the congregation. 
Momentum: Moving Racial Justice Forward
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.
Join us on Feb. 9th from 12:30-2:30 in the Community Room as we move through a time of reflection and conversation about how we as individuals, and as a congregation, can be intentional agents for a more racially just and peaceful society.
Participants will enjoy time to inventory their interests and talents, brainstorm creative ideas, and form partnerships to move those ideas forward.
Lunch will be provided, so RSVPs are critical. Please let the Church Office know you will be attending by Feb. 5. Questions: Contact Michelle Beadle at

Confirmation Sponsored Fish Fry Fundraiser!

The confirmation class will be putting on a Fish Fry each month during lent! The beneficiary of the funds is the ERUCC 275th Capital Campaign! Tickets will be on sale this Sunday at church from any of the confirmands. Price is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 12. The first Fish Fry will be held Feb. 28, 2020 from 5:30-8:30pm in the community room. **Note this first Fish Fry is open to our church community and their invited friends and family only, future Fish Fry's will be open to the public.
We are also looking for volunteers to help, you can view these options and signup here: 

If you are unable to attend, but still want to offer support, we can always use some funds to help offset the costs of purchasing all the food. 


to be placed in the beautiful ERUCC plaza behind the back entrance!
CLICK HERE for a form.
Deadline is May 1st.

You’ve been accepted to the Hogwarts school for witchcraft and wizardry! On Sunday February 16 join us for a magical night in the Trinity Chapel from 6-8 pm.
Tickets for the Hogwarts express are $3 for adults and $2 for kids! Wear your most mystical outfit and come to cast spells, charms and make potions! 
Let’s celebrate our church history through time-tested recipes from our members. We want cherished recipes to remember our members such as Rachel Ford’s scotcheroos. And we want recipes from our newer members that will become a part of our ERUCC heritage. Please consider sharing a favorite family recipe for our 275th anniversary cookbook. The finished book will include special photos and historical information as well. Share your recipes with Elizabeth Slade at: .  DEADLINE IS MARCH 1st. 
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