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July 2, 2020

***Please note that the 8:30 Service and 9:30 Educational Classes are suspended. 
The 10:30 service can be viewed online at:
 11:30 a.m. Virtual Fellowship PW:  007681  

Dear Congregation:
It’s been twelve weeks since we last gathered as a congregation in our sanctuary.  This Sunday, some of us will share worship in the sanctuary and some of us will share worship via the livestream.  Wherever and however you choose to worship, your decision is honored as I hope you will honor the decisions of others.
As you know, reopening the buildings has not been an easy decision.  Besides researching all the science and data concerning the spread of the virus, we have been navigating the emotional toll this has taken on so many in our congregation.  For some of us, gathering at the church for worship has been not only a regular practice but critical for overcoming isolation.  Being with the church family brings meaning and purpose in ways that other group gatherings do not.  I have heard the pain and the heartbreak as week after week went by and we could not gather even as we all admitted we needed more time to consider how to gather as safely as possible.

The reopening team seriously reviewed the scientific data from the CDC and recommendations from the Frederick County Health Department.  These are reflected in how we will be worshiping.  When some of us do gather in the sanctuary this Sunday, we know that this pandemic is far from over.  We are not returning to life as usual or as we knew it prior to the beginning of March.  We will be wearing masks and sitting far apart from each other.  We will not be able to hug or shake hands.  We will not be singing as a congregation nor will we have the senior choir.   We will be surrounded by the smell of cleaning fluids and hand sanitizer. 
It will be different.  We will feel the difference not only because of the masks but also, we will feel the physical absence of some of our friends.  And to  reinforce a key element of our path forward, we respect the decisions of one another who choose to come to worship in the building and those who choose to participate at home. Each person must make their own assessment as to how and when they choose to worship.
We will need to continue to be vigilant in keeping connected with one another with all the ways we have been doing that over these past twelve weeks, focusing on what we have learned as a congregation, including:
  • How people have become engaged with worship in ways they never had before.  
  • How we came to appreciate the depth of care within our church family. 
  • How we needed to invest in new equipment to upgrade the online experience. 
  • How we continued to be the church even as we had to figure out new ways to do that.
I am sure there is other knowledge we have gained, and I welcome hearing from you about your insights.

I thank those who  served on the Worship Team throughout these twelve weeks, the AV tech crew, and the church staff.  We know that until there is a vaccine, this virus will have an impact on us, for many months ahead. Patience, flexibility, and faith must be our guides, always erring on the side of safety.    
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701
Food for Thought.


Sunday Worship
Jesus offers a relationship that leads to fullness of life, yet Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30 reports that many resist Jesus’ hospitality. Jesus likens them to two groups of children at play who can’t agree on a game and find fault with all that is offered. Today we will reopen the doors of the church for Sunday morning worship.  As a small group meets in the sanctuary, we know that we will continue to be gathered in many homes across Frederick and the United States as well as Germany. For your worship center, you have a little sparkly thing to add as a reminder of the joy we share as a community in Christ. 

Don’t forget to send a photo of your worship center  to                                               
The ERUCC COVID-19 Reopening Plan has been sent out in the bulletin packages that you have in your possesion. If you can't find it, I have attached it here for your convenience. CLICK HERE


If you have questions, please email Amy at, or call the office 301-662-2762

ERUCC Goes Live: Step 2: Cautious


Starting with our July 5 worship service, we can begin to ease back into in-person worship.  Please be patient with us as we work through this new system and rules of worship.  

We have implemented a “ticket” system that will allow people to reserve their seat for a given Sunday.  Those interested in attending in person may go online to EventBrite ( ) and reserve their space.  Once the spot is reserved, you can expect a call from a church member to answer any questions you may have regarding attendance.  No need to bring a ticket, just a mask and your bulletin.

We are doing our best to ease back into worship with your safety in mind.  If you have any questions, please review the COVID-10 Reopening Plan and email the office at

If you do not want to use EVENTBRITE, you may contact Sue Pinner at 301-228-2396 to reserve your spot.

Prayer Requests
Tamara Tamas                       Bettie Joe Crutchley              Mark Ulrich
517 Sugarbush Circle            3807 Bedford Drive                8831 Lew Wallace Road
Frederick, MD  21703           Jefferson, MD  21755              Urbana, MD  21704
Betsy Fisher                                           Jack Doll
309 Upper College Terrace                         7431 Willow Road Unit 41
Frederick, MD  21701                               Frederick, MD  21702

Because bulletins have been produced so far in advance, we ask that you send us your updated prayer requests: and we will do our best to keep the congregation informed.
Wednesdays at 6 pm on the Church Patio
Beginning July 8
We plan to hold worship outdoors on the parking lot and patio behind the main church building each Wednesday at 6 pm.    We will spread ourselves out and maintain the required and appropriate physical distancing.
Please bring your own chair and wear a mask. 
            Pastor Daniel will be leading the service and Brenda Hedges will be providing music.
Let’s Talk: Tuesday, July 7 from 7- 8 pm
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo
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The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
            In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’” (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence.  These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
Office Assistance Needed! 
July 2- July 14
Amy is off to Colorado to visit her family.  To help out, we need someone to come in and answer phones and just do some general office  work as needed and be available for the random inquiry we might receive.  Bring a book, your knitting, coloring or something to keep you busy. Work for many hours, or just a few.  You set the time limit. 
Only requirement....bring a mask to wear if communicating with a visitor.
If you are able to help out, please sign up by CLICKING HERE
Wednesdays at 6 pm on the Church Patio
Beginning July 8
We plan to hold worship outdoors on the parking lot and patio behind the main church building each Wednesday at 6 pm.    We will spread ourselves out and maintain the required and appropriate physical distancing.
Please bring your own chair and wear a mask. 
            Pastor Daniel will be leading the service and Brenda Hedges will be providing music.
Tuesday Morning On-Line Bible Study Resumes on July 7th 
11 a.m. 

Now is a great time to explore our online Bible Study! 
Each Monday, we will send out a Bible study sheet.  The passage will be one of the lessons from the previous Sunday's scripture readings.   You are invited to use the material for your own personal reflection and, if you wish, join a Zoom Call on Tuesdays at 11:00 am to discuss the passage with others.   
Join Tuesday Morning Bible Study Zoom Meeting  PW: 588188
If you wish to be added to this Bible Study mailing, please let Amy know:  
THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY from 7-8 p.m. Beginning July 2
Called to be the Church: The Book of Acts for a New Day
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Meeting ID: 896 7236 9983
Password: 427069
(If you are interested in participating in this study, contact the church office for the materials)
As we study Acts, we see a church that is dynamic and alive, not static or stuck. The gospel message and movement did not come to an end with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. There was a whole new beginning, one that no one could have predicted.  In so many ways, Acts is the perfect book for a God is still speaking Church.  Here more truth and light breaks forth from God’s Holy Word each new day as the movement of faith spreads like wildfire.                                
Among the matters to which Acts pays attention, in addition to leadership and conflict, are cultural diversity and the encounter with people who are not of our race or culture; the use of wealth and possessions; the role of women in the church; the relationship between church and state or between Christians and civil authorities; and the challenge of persecution.  Beyond that, Acts is full of rollicking good stories and adventures.
July 2               Acts 1: 1-26                
July 9               Acts 2: 1-47                                                                
July 16             Acts 3: 1-26                
July 23             Acts 4: 1-31       
July 30             Acts 4: 32- 5: 11
God's Kids Club
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4  p.m.
Fellowship and Learning.
Questions,  contact Kim Sexton at
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Meeting ID: 908 860 555
Password: 279307
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