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 or Sunday School: There will be no choir rehearsal or Sunday School during the Summer months (June, July, and August).
Bible Study: The Bible Study group will meet next on Thursday, August 16th, at 6:00 p.m. in the parsonage. We are doing a Summer 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, September 6th. A sign-up sheet will be in the Good Shepherd Room for any items needed. For your information, here are the remaining dates (always on Thursday) that EBUCC will be hosting Carpenters Table in 2018: 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.
Totem Pole Playhouse: For those of you who would like to spend an afternoon at a musical, plans have been made to go as a group to see “Mama Mia” at the Totem Pole Playhouse on Sunday, August 12th, for the 2:00 p.m. show. On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — on which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! The story is told with Abba’s songs, such as “Dancing Queen.” If we have a group of ten people, we will get the group rate of $35. Intent and money are due to Sandra Stonesifer by July 9th.
Baust Literary Society: For August, the Baust Literary Society has selected The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan. It is a story within a story about a hospice nurse, her soldier husband, and a terminally ill professor whose lives become intertwined in a soul-searching journey. Can Deborah learn how to help her husband? Can Michael conquer his demons? Will her patient, Barclay, be able to find peace of mind in his final days? On so many levels, this book is relevant to the emotional struggles people face in today’s world.
In September, the selected book is A Painted House by John Grisham. The narrator is a farm boy named Luke Chandler, age seven, who lives in the cotton fields with his parents and grandparents in a little house that’s never been painted. The Chandlers farm eighty acres that they rent, not own, and when the cotton is ready they hire a truckload of Mexican workers and a family from the Ozarks to help harvest it. For six weeks they pick cotton, battling heat, the rain, the fatigue, and sometimes each other. As the weeks pass, Luke sees and hears things no seven-year-old could possibly be prepared for, and finds himself keeping secrets that not only threaten the crop but will change the lives of the Chandlers forever. A Painted House is a moving story of one’s journey from innocence to experience.
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.
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 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 (email@example.com).
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 July. 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.