Choir Rehearsal: Choir Rehearsal is held every Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
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. We are currently involved in a Devotional Bible Study. Come on out and join us for a lively discussion!
Bible Study: 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 Luke. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.
Carpenters Table: Baust Church is scheduled to host the Carpenters Table for the last time in 2017 on Thursday, December 14th. We appreciate any contribution you are able to make, whether it be a food item or helping to set up, serve, and/or clean up. There will be a sign-up sheet for contributions in the Good Shepherd Room. For your information, here are the eight dates (always on Thursday) that EBUCC will be hosting Carpenters Table in 2018: Feb. 8th, March 22nd, May 3rd, June 14th, Aug. 2nd, Sept. 6th, Oct. 25th, and Dec. 13th. Please contact Kathy Cromwell at KathleenCromwell@comcast.net, 443-331-3160 (home), or 410-456-7672 (cell) if you are interested in helping or have any questions.
January Newsletter: All articles for the January 2018 newsletter are due to Helen Miller by this Sunday, December 17th.
Book Group: For December we are reading King and Maxwell by David Baldacci. Baldacci brings back Sean King and Michelle Maxwell — former Secret Service agents turned private investigators — in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous case ever. The group will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, December 19th, at 7 p.m. in the parsonage.
In January 2018, the group will be reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. This is the story of A.J. Fikry, a man whose life seems to be on a downward spiral following the death of his wife, the declining sales at his book store, and the theft of his rare Poe poem. Then a life-changing “package” is left in his store. Slowly, A.J. Fikry’s life starts over in a different direction.
In February 2018, the group will be reading WONDER by R.J. Palacio. Currently a novel-based major motion picture, WONDER is the inspiring story of August Pullman, a child born with a facial difference that has kept him out of mainstream school until now. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid — but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness.” Indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
Five Year Planning Committee: The Five Year Plan Committee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, January 2nd of 2018, at 7 p.m. in the parsonage.
The Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain has been reactivated. If you have someone who needs prayers, please email Jane Rodkey at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 oatmeal, boxed cereal, and cream of wheat during the month of December. 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 for 2018: Would you like to honor, celebrate, or remember someone or something which is important to you or to our church family? It is time to start signing up for altar flowers for 2018! 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 2018” at the sanctuary entrances that you may fill out and turn in to Susan Hardinger as well. Only March 11th and May 6th have already been reserved for 2018; all other dates are open.
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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE BULLETIN ARE DUE TO HELEN MILLER BY 9 AM EACH THURSDAY.