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. We are currently participating in a special Lenten study, which includes a light serving soup and bread (austere for Lent). Every week during this Lenten study, meetings will feature a 30 minute segment from the movie “The Gospel of John,” which presents the word for word gospel of John based on the Good News Bible. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.
Carpenters Table: Baust Church last hosted our Carpenters Table on Thursday, February 8th. We appreciate any contributions made to help us run smoothly. For your information, here are the remaining dates (always on Thursday) that EBUCC will be hosting Carpenters Table in 2018: 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.
Book Group: The Book Group will meet on Tuesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m. in the parsonage to discuss 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.
In March, the selection is Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak. The main character, Peri, is subjected to a robbery and assault. Yet the attack seems to have less importance for Peri than an event arising from it. During the struggle, a photograph of Peri with two other women and a man in Oxford falls out of her bag. Peri “flinched as though the photo were alive and might have been hurt in the fall.” The rest of the novel, which travels backwards through her life and forwards through the evening to come, is devoted to excavating the importance of the photograph and exploring her thwarted relationships with those in the picture with her. While exploring spiritual themes, Shafak has become more adept at grounding her work in the real world. She is skilled at capturing the constraints as well as the pleasures of femininity, the dangers of religious extremism, and political repression. The whole novel is marvelously rich in intention. The center of the story rests on Peri’s relationship with the teacher at Oxford who pushes his students into deeper and deeper inquiries into the nature of God.
In April, the group will be reading The Shack by William P. Young. After suffering a family tragedy, a man spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, he journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, he finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
New Monthly Luncheon: We are changing our monthly breakfast to a monthly luncheon! In order to make it convenient for more folks to attend, we are now going to have a monthly get together for lunch instead of breakfast. This pay-as-you-go luncheon is open to all and will be held on the first Sunday of the month right after church. The first luncheon will be held at Flick’s Pub, attached to Lorien Health Systems at 100 Antrim Blvd. in Taneytown, on March 4th. There is no program, just fellowship and fun. If you have questions, please speak to Pastor Jeff.
Community Easter Egg Hunt: On Saturday, March 24th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., EBUCC will be holding its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. Jane Rodkey and Nancy Edwards are coordinating this event and they need the congregation’s help to make it a success. Donation sheets and flyers for the event can be found in the weekly bulletins and at both church entrances. Jane and Nancy need help after church on Sunday, March 11th, to put goodies in the eggs. Jane has already cleaned the eggs and has made bags of 100 eggs each to make the job go quicker. If we have enough help, it should not take us long to get the job done!
On-the-Road Travel Group: Who would think that something so simple and common as downsizing could lead to murder? Well this is the plot of “Death at the Garage Sale.” We will be going to a matinee show at Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse in Paradise, PA on March 24th to find out “who dunnit.” We will leave at 9:30 a.m. from the Parish Hall for an 11:30 a.m. light lunch and then a 1:00 p.m. show. Cost is $33.00 per person. Reservations are due to Sandra Stonesifer by March 10th.
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 – Interested?: As we look toward planning and programming for 2018, we are considering whether to continue the mission trip in 2018. So here is the question: Is anyone interested in participating in a mission trip in 2018? You do not have to actually go on the trip to participate in this ministry. If you are interested or even curious about a mission program for 2018, please contact Pastor Jeff by text (304-886-1218) or email (email@example.com). We will have a meeting after church on Sunday, February 25th, where interested participants will offer up mission ideas and we will vote on our favorite option. Don’t miss the opportunity to give us your input if you would like to be involved!
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 instant mashed or boxed potatoes during the month of February. 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.