Choir Rehearsal: Choir Rehearsal is held every Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Bible Study: The Bible Study group meets every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the parsonage. We are currently involved in an Advent Bible Study. We invite all who are able to come and join us for an enjoyable hour of discussion. See the Bible Study Group page, accessible from the home page of our website, for more information.
Carpenters Table: Our last selected date to serve the Carpenters Table meal in 2018 is Thursday, December 13th. A sign-up sheet is available in the Good Shepherd Room for anyone who can help that day. Kathy already has all necessary food items, but needs volunteers to help warm the food before it is served. Our selected dates to serve in 2019 (all on Thursdays) are as follows: February 7th, March 21st, May 2nd, June 13th, August 1st, September 12th, October 24th, and December 12th. 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.
January Newsletter: All articles for the January 2019 Newsletter are due to Helen Miller by December 16th.
Baust Literary Society: The selected book for December is 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.)
In January, the group will be reading Code to Zero by Ken Follett. Set over less than 48 hours in 1958, Code to Zero takes place during the height of the American space race with the Soviet Union. The countdown for launch has begun for Explorer I, America’s best hope to catch the Soviet Sputnik and regain the lead in space exploration. If you like historical suspense novels, you will love this one.
Cookie and Fudge Orders: Let the church ladies do your baking this year! Baust church is once again selling our homemade Christmas cookies and fudge this season. Order forms can be found at both church entrances and are due by December 8th at the latest. Order pick-up will be on Saturday, December 15th from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Get your orders in as soon as possible so we can get to baking your favorite holiday treats! Access the order form through the link here —> Cookie Order Form 2018
Community Advent Bible Study: Caring and Sharing is hosting a Community Advent Bible Study at the Common Grounds coffee shop in Taneytown at 10:00 a.m. on December 4th, 11th, and 18th. The study is entitled “The Journey.” It includes a video and book and lasts about an hour each morning. All are invited to this wonderful community event.
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.
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 oatmeal, boxed cereal, and cream of wheat during the month of December. 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 2019: Would you like to honor, celebrate, or remember someone or something which is important to you or to our church family? Order forms for the 2019 placement of flowers on the altar or the piano are available at each church entrance. The forms show reserved and remaining dates to reserve 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. Once you have completed your information, please give or mail the form to Susan Hardinger.
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.