Up Coming Events and Meetings

Choir Rehearsal: Choir Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, October 17th, this week in the sanctuary at 7:15 p.m.


Bible Study: The Bible Study group will meet next on Thursday, October 18th, at 6:00 p.m. in the parsonage. We are doing a topical study on the concept of imperfection and the Christian Life. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.


Carpenters Table: Our next selected date to serve the Carpenters Table meal is Thursday, October 25th. A sign-up sheet is in the Good Shepherd Room for needed items. We have only one remaining date that EBUCC will be hosting Carpenters Table in 2018: 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.


Newsletter Articles: All articles for the November Newsletter are due to Helen Miller by Sunday, October 21st.


S.O.C.K. Sale: Collection of items for the Fall S.O.C.K. Rummage Sale is underway. The sale is on Friday, October 26th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 27th, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Clothes and books may be dropped off at either the Parish Hall or the Parsonage back porch. Help would be greatly appreciated to sort and hang up the clothes. Also, help is needed to clean up on Saturday starting at 2:00 p.m. For further information, please contact Susan Lawrence at slawr@hotmail.com. Dotty and Ed Smith will begin to move books from the parsonage garage to the Parish Hall on Monday, October 15th. Help would be appreciated beginning at 10:00 a.m.


Fall Roast Pork Dinner: Our annual pork dinner will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. and sign-up sheets for helping that day and for preparation day on Friday, November 2nd, are in the Good Shepherd Room. Please take time to review the needs and see if you can help in any way. Flyers are available at both church entrances.


Budget Planning Meeting: The 2019 Budget Planning Meeting will be held on October 29th at 2:00 p.m. in the parsonage. Please have all budget requests and other information that will be needed to build the proposed budget to Carolyn Dutterer no later than Sunday, October 28th.


Baust Literary Society: In October, the society has chosen to read The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts, an account of the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless Lipizzaner stallions kidnapped by the Nazis. This is a compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs. Behind-enemy-line adventures, courage, and sacrifice bring to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor.

For November, the selected book is A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult–one of the most fearless writers of our time–tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation, and, hopefully, understanding.

In December, the group will be reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Ove is a curmudgeon–the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” However, behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heart-warming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul, all of which will turn one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. (Soon to be a movie starring Tom Hanks.)


Camping Trip: Due to the possible weather from Hurricane Florence, our camping trip scheduled for September 14th – 16th was cancelled. We have rescheduled for November 9th – 11th. The site is still Granite Hill camping resort in Gettysburg, PA. It’s only 30 minutes from church so you can still make it to worship on Sunday morning! Call (717) 642-8749 to reserve your site or cabin as soon as possible. They even have a B&B! Details on the campground can be found at www.granitehillcampingresort.com. The Ravers and Bickertons will be in sites D17 and D18. If you do not want to stay overnight, that’s okay! You can purchase a Day Pass for $5 a person and visit us on Saturday. We would LOVE to have you. Even if it’s just to relax and sit around the campfire with good conversation, good company, and most likely good food of some sort. We will plan on having a campfire all day and you can come and go as you wish. The evenings can be quite chilly in November after the sun goes down around 7 p.m. Contact Beth Raver at (717) 965-7019 or ravers@embarqmail.com with any questions or to RSVP (even for just a visit on Saturday).


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.  


EBUCC Facebook Page: Check out the church’s newly updated Facebook page. Beth Raver does a fantastic job running and updating the page, so refer to it often. You never know whose picture you may see! Beth is requesting that if any of you are taking pictures that would be nice for the FB page, please send them to her. 


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 stuffing, hamburger helper, and instant rice 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 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 THREE 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. The remaining open dates for 2018 are as follows: Sept. 30th and Dec. 16th and 30th. 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.