Summer Worship: We are now involved in our Summer Worship until September, during which we will explore different aspects of faith by watching and discussing an “Animate Practices” video series. There are seven short videos in this series (one to be viewed each Sunday during the Sermon portion of service). Following the video each week will be an open reflection between the pastor and the congregants based around the video topic. In addition to this Animate series, our Summer will include “hymn sings,” which are services packed full of your hymn suggestions. So start your vocal exercises and get your favorite hymns to Beth Brandenburg! Join us each week for our unique Summer Worship.
No Choir Rehearsal: There will be no choir rehearsal during the Summer months (June, July, and August).
Bible Study: The Bible Study group meets every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the parsonage. We are currently studying the Book of Ecclesiastes. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.
Carpenters Table: Thursday, June 14th is our next date to host Carpenters Table. Anyone interested in helping set up, serve, or clean up after the meal should get in touch with Kathy Cromwell. For your information, here are the remaining dates (always on Thursday) that EBUCC will be hosting Carpenters Table in 2018: 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.
Congregational Meeting: A special congregational meeting will be held after church on Sunday, June 24th. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the replacement of the parsonage windows at the price of $410 per window.
Book Group: For June, the Book Group has selected The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw, in which a Harvard professor and an ultra-secret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The group will meet on Tuesday, June 26th, at 6:00 p.m. in the parsonage to discuss the book.
Church Workday: There will be a workday on Saturday, June 30th, to take care of odds and ends around the church grounds starting at 8 a.m. Anyone who is interested in helping or has any questions can contact Brian Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-974-2358.
Monthly Luncheon: The next monthly luncheon will be on Sunday, July 1st. This pay-as-you-go luncheon is open to all and will be held right after church. The luncheon location is yet to be decided. There is no program, just fellowship and fun. If you have questions or other suggestions for places to go to lunch, please speak to Pastor Jeff.
Homewood at Plum Creek: Homewood at Plum Creek will be having its annual Tea Fundraisers on Saturday, June 23rd, and Tuesday, June 26th, in the Plum Creek Windows Dining Room at 12:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Angels Among Us” and the cost is $20 per person. Homewood has received a generous donation of several homemade wall hangings from Clara Kelly, a former employee and current resident at Plum Creek. These wall hangings will be offered in a raffle associated with the Tea. Sharon Dull is our Homewood representative and she has raffle tickets for sale. The cost of raffle tickets is $2 a piece or $3 for 5 tickets. There will be three prizes awarded and you do not need to be present to win. Proceeds will be used to purchase items which will enhance the care and provide activities for the Plum Creek Care & Personal Care Residents.
Graduate Recognition: This Sunday, June 17th, is our graduate recognition Sunday. Come on out to help us honor our graduates of all ages and hear of their future plans!
The Prayer Chain: The Prayer Chain has been reactivated. If you have someone who needs prayers, please email Jane Rodkey at email@example.com or call 410-984-0648.
Mission Trip for 2018: A group of members from our congregation has planned a mission trip to Clairvaux Farm in Earleville, MD from Sunday, August 5th, through Friday, August 10th, of 2018. Run by the Deep Roots organization, Clairvaux Farm serves as a homeless shelter for families with children who are currently or have recently been homeless and seeks to combat the lasting affects of homelessness while fostering relationships and community among their housed families. During our trip, we will get to know these families on a personal level while aiding in tasks and work projects around the farm and helping prepare, serve, and clean up after meals. Participation and support for this mission are very flexible (traveling to and working on Clairvaux Farm is not the only way to serve). The Mission Group is currently in the process of organizing fundraisers to contribute to the trip’s fund and planning how best to prepare for the experience. If you are interested or even curious about the mission program for 2018, please contact Pastor Jeff by text (304-886-1218) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are having a brief interest meeting open to all after church on Sunday, June 17th!
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, 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? There are still many open altar flower dates 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.
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.