Up Coming Events and Meetings

There will be NO Choir Rehearsal this Thursday, October 19th. 


Adult Sunday School Class: Our Adult Sunday School Class is in full swing on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. in the Good Shepherd Room. Our topics for the next three weeks are as follows:

  • October 22nd – Political Unrest – North Korea
  • October 29th – Poverty in the U.S.
  • November 5th – Begin Devotional Bible Study

Come on out and join us for a lively discussion!


Bible Study: There is no Bible Study this Thursday, October 19th. Come on out and join us every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the parsonage for Bible Study. The group is currently studying the book of Exodus. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.


Work Day: A work day is planned for Saturday, October 21st beginning at 8 a.m. However, if 8 a.m. is too early for you, feel free to come any time. We can always find something for you to do and all help is appreciated.


Newsletter articles are to be submitted to Helen Miller by October 22nd.


All Church Committees: It is time to start building the 2018 budget. All requests for budget considerations must be submitted to Carolyn Dutterer no later than October 22nd. Email your requests to cfd2340@gmail.com. Contact Carolyn Dutterer if you have any questions.


Book Group: Our Book Group is going strong! Because of the increasing interest in reading and discussing issues presented by the authors of the books we select, we are changing just a few things for the better. First, we are going to show movies when they are available. Even if you didn’t read the book, you are invited to come and see the movie! We have a DVD for our next meeting.

In addition, we are selecting and promoting our books two months in advance so folks have time to acquire and read them. Our selection for October is Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly (this book is also available in a Young Reader’s Edition). In November we will be reading The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama, by Roland Merullo. In December we will be reading King and Maxwell, by David Baldacci.

The Group will meet to discuss our book for October and watch the movie on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the parsonage. 


Carpenters Table: Our next date to host is Thursday, October 26th. There will be a sign-up sheet for food items in the Good Shepherd Room. Also, please indicate if you are available to help with setting up, serving, and/or cleaning up. We are not scheduled to host in November. The last date this year that we will be hosting is Thursday, December 14th. Please contact Kathy Cromwell at KathleenCromwell@comcast.net or 443-331-3160.


Sock Sale: We will be hosting our Fall Rummage Sale on October 27th and 28th. We are currently accepting donations of Fall/Winter clothing of any size and used books. All donations may be placed in the Parish House. All proceeds will be donated to our local schools to be distributed to students who need monetary and personal items. Please support this mission project by donating, volunteering, or shopping! It’s a great way to clean out your closet and bookshelves! Tell your friends and family! For further information, please contact Susie Lawrence at 410-984-2780 or slawr@hotmail.com.


Homewood Auxiliary: October is the time to renew your membership for the Homewood Auxiliary or to become a new member. If interested, please see Sharon (Bloom) Dull now through the end of October.


Worship Committee: The Worship Committee is looking for someone to help plan the Veteran’s Day Sunday service on November 12th. If interested, see Pastor Jeff. 


Travel Group: Can you use some humor in your life? Join the Travel Group on Saturday, November 18th as we carpool to Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse to see “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Nancy wants her two families to get to know each other over Christmas dinner. What could go wrong? We will carpool from the church to the theatre for a Lighten Up Lunch (soup, salad, and sandwich) and show for $30 per person. For reservations call (410) 857-0416 or email sandys46@netscape.com by Saturday, November 4th.


Relief Fund for Hurricane Harvey: The United Church of Christ has a designated relief fund for Hurricane Harvey. If you want to help our friends and neighbors in Texas, you can make a donation in your offering with a designation “Hurricane Harvey.” Carolyn Dutterer will send all donations to the National Office. 


The Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain has been reactivated. If you have someone who needs prayers, please email Jane Rodkey at farodkey1@verizon.net or call 410-984-0648.  


Mission Projects: An article in the August newsletter asked for suggestions on mission-type activities that we might offer as volunteer projects to interested folks in our congregation. These could be anything from helping struggling churches in our Association and Conference to reaching out to poor communities in Appalachia to responding to natural disasters and tragedies as they arise. The focus can be local, state, national, or international, so the sky is the limit. Below is a possible mission-type activity to be considered.

Dominican Republic – We have been provided with information on a mission project in the Dominican Republic which focuses on feeding and housing the poor in local villages. This ministry has been working for 18 years to help the locals with food and sanitation needs as well as housing needs. If this is something you might be interested in working with or supporting, please contact Pastor Jeff or Susie Lawrence.


Taneytown Caring and Sharing Food Bank: Each church participating in Taneytown Caring and Sharing has been asked to donate certain food/necessity items for each month. EBUCC has been asked for donations of instant mashed potatoes and/or boxed potatoes during the month of October. There is a box located in the Good Shepherd Room for collecting these items. Please note that they can always use tuna fish, peanut butter and jelly, or any kind of cereal if you would prefer to donate those items. Jane Rodkey will take EBUCC’s collection to the Food Bank at the end of each month.


Altar Flowers: Would you like to honor, celebrate, or remember someone or something which is important to you or to our church family? There are open dates to sign up for altar flowers. We will take care of ordering fresh bouquets from The Cutting Garden for $40 (cash or check payable to “EBUCC”) or you may supply and deliver your own flowers. Please let Susan Hardinger (410-876-6507) know if you would like to reserve one or more of these dates. There are forms headed “Altar Flowers for 2017” at the sanctuary entrances. Current open dates for 2017 include the following:

December 10th        December 17th        December 24th        December 31st


Please see Bob Miller if you would like to serve as a liturgist or acolyte. Pastor Jeff encourages both youth and adults to volunteer as liturgist.


Prayer Shawls: Kathy Dull and the Sewing Club have been making prayer shawls that are blessed and then given out to those in need of prayer. If you would like to help Kathy and the rest of the Sewing Club to create more prayer shawls see Kathy Dull or Pastor Jeffry Dull.