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March 12, 2020

Dear Congregation:


​I want to provide an update on how ERUCC is responding to protecting ourselves and those who visit us from the coronavirus. We have been reviewing information and recommendations as suggested by the Frederick County Health Department, the CDC, and emergency management personnel in Frederick County which includes the cleaning and hygiene practices we already do at ERUCC.

The Governor has declared that there cannot be any public gatherings of 250 or more.  This does apply to religious gatherings.  Our congregation has an attendance of 175 or less most Sundays. 

​We know, that the church community is a place of encouragement and refuge.  When there are so many things in the world causing concern and anxiety, the church is the place where many of us come to find meaning and understanding.

​I want you to know that we will be holding worship services on Sunday morning.

​Our members have been very conscientious about not coming to worship when they are sick. I appreciate that. We are continuing our encouragement of regular good hygiene practices such as washing our hands frequently. We have hand sanitizer throughout the building. We are conscious to wipe down surfaces more frequently.

​Please know, that these are practices we follow throughout the year to keep our members and anyone coming into our building safe.

​With all that being said, please use your judgment as to whether you feel comfortable coming to worship.   Remember that you can watch the service online through the church website at:

​We will find ways to remain engaged with one another in these days. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns that you may have. 

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

“Be still and know that I am God.”
Sunday Worship
Third Sunday in Lent    
Is God among us or not?” is a question running through this Season of Lent. When trouble comes on their journey, the thirsty people quarrel with Moses and question God’s presence in Exodus 17:1-7. John 4:5–42 tells a story about another thirsty voice and life-giving water. It is a story about broken relationships – those between Jews and Samaritans, between men and women, between community members. Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman about living water and she recognizes the presence of the Messiah in this conversation. Water gives both physical and spiritual life. Still today, Jesus’ words give life to our spirits. They restore and heal.  
 The Senior Choir will be singing.      
Girl scout troop 81226 will be selling cookies in the lobby after both services on Sunday for $5 per box.  They will have a  limited selection of each cookie on hand for you to purchase using eith er cash or check.  
Adult Education
9:30 to 10:15
Let’s Talk  / Community Room
Who and what is the Catoctin Association? 
With Cliff Barr, Member of the Association Council
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. 

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. Join us on March 13th from  5:30-8:30pm in the community room. Invite your friends as this is  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. 


We are sponsor the resource center consumable supplies for 1 month. Here is the list of what they use.

Toilet paper


Paper towel rolls

Kitchen tall trash bags

Diapers sizes 1,2,3,4,5

Large 30 gallon trash bags

Bath soap

Toilet bowl cleaning wand

Lysol spray

Clorox liquid bleach & Laundry detergent

Soft Scrub

Clorox disinfecting wipes

Diaper Genie refill rings

Febreze air freshener

While you are doing your weekly shopping, please consider picking up some extra for the shelter families in need. All items can be left in the boxes in the Narthex.  Additionally, items can be brought to the church offices. 
Wednesdays,  March 18, 25   April 1, 8
Noon–12:15 p.m. - Service of Prayer in Trinity Chapel
12:15–1 p.m. - Lunch and Bible Study Reflection
Theme:  One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. 'How,' Ann wondered, 'do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long —and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?' In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved—by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive.
ERUCC WORK WEEK: March 15- 20
 You can help get some projects done around the church, save the church some money, and get to know ERUCC members and friends all at the same time during ERUCC Work Week.  This is the fourth year we have done a “stay-at-home” week and worked on a variety of needed work projects around the church.
Keith Stickley, Chair of the Property Committee and our former Facilities Manager, have identified projects that we, as volunteers, can do to make our buildings safer, cleaner, and more welcoming.
CLICK HERE to visit our sign up genius and schedule your time. 
See Keith Stickley or Pastor Daniel if you are interested in helping this week.  If that week doesn’t work with your schedule and you want to do one of the projects at a different time, let us know.
Tuesdays With Ted
Tuesday, March 17
 Mike Robbins, “The Power of Appreciation”
In this humorous and thought-provoking talk at TEDxBellevue, Mike talks about "The Power of Appreciation." As Mike discusses, there is an important distinction between "recognition" and "appreciation." Leaders, teams, organizations, and individuals who understand this distinction can have much more impact, meaning, and productivity in their lives and with the people around them. He also discusses important research in the field of positive psychology that exemplifies the importance of appreciation.                                                                                                          
Mike Robbins is a former professional baseball player and author. His work focuses on appreciation, teamwork, leadership and emotional intelligence.
Wednesday Evening Discussion Group  - 7 p.m. in Trinity Chapel 1st Floor Classroom   March 4-April 8      7-8:30 PM
         During Lent the Wednesday Evening Study Group will take a break from studying the book of Genesis to spend six weeks engaged in reading and discussing the book Entering the Passion of Jesus---A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by  Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.        
          Professor Levine focuses on the history and literature surrounding the last days of Jesus’ life with the intent of deepening the student’s understanding of the risks involved in each day of Holy Week as well as the ethical and spiritual challenges these passages continue to raise.  In addition to the material found in the chapter we will read each week to prepare for class, the study includes a DVD lecture by Professor Levine who writes and speaks with wit, wisdom and deep compassion.  A significant portion of the 90 minute session is spent in group discussion but note that the title is A Beginner’s Guide so don’t feel you need to be a Biblical scholar to participate. The church has purchased books for the class and they are available in the church office. 
The class meets in Trinity Chapel at 7 PM in the classroom to your right as you enter the chapel.  It is facilitated by Esther Ziegler; please contact her at  or Amy Aguilar in the church office if you plan to attend. 


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

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: .

ERUCC Youth, Families and Friends,
The 2020 Home Show at the Frederick Fairground will be held March 21-22, and we will need lots of volunteers to help with parking and clean-up! This is a great fundraiser for the youth group. Please sign up for as many slots as possible using the link below--we need YOU! Please contact Shelley Weakly with any questions at 301-798-3537.  
Learn More on Wednesday,
March 18th at 7 p.m. 
What: Camino de Santiago
A pilgrimage along the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago
Who: ERUCC Pilgrims
When: May 2021
Where: Spain
Why: Step out, Look in
How: Petrucci Productions
David Petrucci
For more information,
A Pilgrimage along the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago
Have you ever thought of yourself as a Pilgrim?
Here is your opportunity to Step Out of your comfort zone and Look In your heart and spirit.
Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel is leading a group of ERUCC members and others to walk the Santiago de Compostela, a popular pilgrim route for over the last 1000 years and one of the most important religious structures in the whole of Spain.  This trip would take place in May of 2021.
This two-week trip begins in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France where we then walk over the Pyrenees Mountains the first day. This mountain range is spectacular.
Our itinerary takes us to Pamplona, best known for the Running of the Bulls (Feast of San Fermín). On the second night, we stay at Hotel Akerreta which was featured in the movie, “The Way”, directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen.
Other featured stops include The Burgos Cathedral and Santa Maria de Leon Catedral.
Our trip advisor is David Petrucci who has traveled to Spain for the last four years, covering 1500 Camino miles, walking over 1250 miles.

We will have a Pilgrim presentation on Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm in the Downtown Community Room at ERUCC. This will be your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about this exciting trip.
On Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm we will join the professionals at Trail House to learn about best practices, clothing needs, and equipment recommendations.
To learn more, contact Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel (, 301.662.2762) or David Petrucci (301.639.8435,
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