Choir is now on Summer break and will not rehearse again until September.
Adult and Children’s Sunday School will be on its Summer break until September.
Book Group: The book selection for June is from the New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett. His book, Whiteout, is an artfully crafted suspense novel about human betrayal, medical terror, and a race against time. This well researched work of fiction begins with a missing canister of a deadly virus, a lab technician bleeding from the eyes, and a research facility security director who now has some grave problems. Although this is just a story, it is based on facts and will make you think about how secure we really are from the viruses and biological weapons we are actually creating. The next Book Group meeting will be on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the parsonage.
Bible Study: Bible Study will continue through the Summer! 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 Genesis. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.
No Service on July 2nd: Our church will not be having worship on July 2nd. Instead, your are encouraged to attend another church that Sunday or attend the worship service at the General Synod that afternoon. A 56-passenger air-conditioned motor coach from Rill’s Bus Service has been contracted to provide transportation to the Baltimore Convention Center. It will leave St. Paul’s UCC at the corner of Bond St. and Green St. in Westminster at noon and return at 6:00 p.m. or later depending on traffic. A $10 donation will reserve a seat on the bus. The rest of the cost of the bus transportation and gratuity will be paid by a generous anonymous donor.
To make reservations, contact Diane Flickinger at email@example.com or by phone at (410) 775-1670. Donations should be mailed by June 30th to St. Paul’s UCC at 17 Bond St. Westminster, MD 21157.
On the Road Travel Group: Join us as we travel to Tobey’s Dinner Theatre on July 16th to see “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.” The buffet will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. This Old Testament story of Joseph, his brothers, and his amazing coat comes to vibrant life through uplifting song and dance, including country, calypso, pop, and rock and roll music. Tickets are $59. If you are interested in going, contact Sandra Stonesifer at (410) 857-0416 by July 1st with your intent and money. The theatre is located at 5900 Symphony Woods Rd. Columbia, MD.
Kennie’s Market CTA Program: The Kennie’s Market Community Treasures Award Program began in May. If you sign up and designate Emmanuel (Baust) UCC as your organization, your purchases through November are credited to our account. A percentage of your purchases will come back to the church as an award. It doesn’t cost you anything besides the time to sign up. Signing up online is easy. If you give Carolyn your information, she will sign up for you. Forms with the necessary information needed for Carolyn to enroll you in the Treasures Award Program are located at both sanctuary entrances.
Sermon Suggestions Wanted: Do you have a special subject, topic, or Bible verse you would like Pastor Jeff to use for a sermon this summer? He is looking for your input and open for suggestions.
Mission Trip to Appalachia: Our Baust Mission Trip is on for August 13th-18th, 2017 to Mustard Seeds and Mountains in North Fork, West Virginia and we are excited! Six of us are going, but this is no vacation. We are priming ourselves by learning about the culture in this Appalachian area as well as the culture of poverty in general. We hope that you will pray for our mission and also join us in the preparation. We are reading four books and watching four movies as a learning experience for this trip. The books are Night Comes to the Cumberlands by Harry Caudill, Restoring At Risk Communities by John Perkins, When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, and Compassion by Henri Nouwen. The movies are Matewan, The War, The Grapes of Wrath, and October Sky. Feel free to join us in the readings and we will let you know when we are going to view the movies. In addition, this mission is about helping both with our hands – fixing up houses – and with our spirit – sharing our faith with the families we are serving. We hope to learn from our experience and bring something back to share with the Baust congregation. The Consistory has given some financial support to this mission effort. We are also giving the congregation a chance to help as well. Envelopes are available in the pews if you would like to make a donation. The money that we pay for registration not only provides us a place to stay, but also goes towards tools and building materials that we will be using in North Fork. In addition, we are responsible for feeding ourselves and two interns at the site. Any and all contributions are appreciated and go to a good cause. For more information, please contact Pastor Jeff at (304) 886-1218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pray for our success in this exciting mission!
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 peanut butter and jelly during the month of June. There is a box located in the Good Shepherd Room for collecting these items. Please note that they can always use tuna fish, 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:
July 16th August 20th August 27th September 3rd
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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE BULLETIN ARE DUE TO HELEN MILLER BY 9 AM EACH THURSDAY.