No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. Because Jesus has taught us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves, we invite people of every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, economic circumstance, and physical and mental ability into the worship, rites and sacraments, fellowship, and leadership of our church. Markings “Sweating bullets to line up the Bible with our exhausting expectations, to make the Bible something it’s not meant to be, isn’t a pious act of faith, even if it looks that way on the surface. It’s actually thinly masked fear of losing control and certainty, a mirror of an inner disquiet, a warning signal that deep down we do not really trust God at all.” Markings 1 Markings (cont.) Inclement Weather Emergency Shelter Ash Wednesday 2015 Offering Envelopes Available 2 Free Tax Assistance through AARP Are you in Elementary School and Want to Help?...THIS is your chance!!! Layreaders Growing Project Celebration Dinner The Frederick School of Religion Thank You Notes 3 2015 Consistory, Board & Committee Members 4 February Calendar Insert Community Outreach Youth Events 5 Plan Your Calendar 6 Around the Congregation 7 Frozen for a Reason 8 -Peter Enns The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It One of the questions with which Christians perpetually wrestle is the place of scripture in our faith. For those seated on the right side of the faith spectrum, if not the right hand of God, the old saw, “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it” suffices. Those at the opposite end of the theological spectrum view scripture as a dated and defunct collection of tales that hinders the real and present experience of God. Most of us land somewhere between those two poles. We hold scripture, even when it is troubling or seemingly opaque, as something that comes as a gift from God. It is the closest thing we have to a first-hand twitter account of Jesus’ life and, thus, a glimpse of the nature and desire of God. It rightfully belongs front and center in our worship and devotional life. Yet we also acknowledge, as the UCC branding campaign puts it, “God is still speaking.” To put scripture in too lofty a place is to turn it into that which Moses warned our ancestors about: an idol. What’s a fella to do? One suggestion I would have is to spend a little time reading and reflecting with others on the book that will be the focus of our small group study during Lent and from which the quote above is taken. Enns, who is a professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, writes “the problem isn’t the Bible. The problem is coming to the Bible with expectations it’s not set up to bear.” What are our expectations of the Bible? Where might our preconceptions, based as much on culture and our point in history, get in the way of our hearing and seeing the Living Word in the written word? (Continued on page 2) Emergency Family Shelter Program February 21st– February 27th “Move-In” & “Move-Out” Teams Needed Nightly Dinners Needed Nightly Evening Host(s) Needed Nightly Overnight Host Needed Sign-Up Today!! See article on page 2 for more details. Markings (continued) Lent, the roughly six-week season leading up to Easter, begins with Ash Wednesday. We’ll begin the season’s journey with a service of worship on Wednesday, February 18th, at 7:00 p.m. This solemn service of word and communion reminds us of both our mortality and of God’s shaping presence in our life. In the weeks following you are encouraged to join with a small group of new and old friends, to read and reflect on Enns’ book. There will be groups meeting on Sunday morning and Sunday evening as well as during the day and evening throughout the week. You can join any of the groups by adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the main hallway. You can also order a book by noting that on the sign-up sheet. Books are $20 (hardcover) or you can order an electronic edition for about $10. Enns writes: “The Bible shows us how normal and expected it is for all people of faith to be a part of the same sort of process, the same spiritual journey, of living, reflecting, changing, growing in our understanding of God, ourselves, the world, and our place in it. If there’s a sense in which the Bible “tells us what to do,” I think that’s it: as a model of the diverse and unscripted spiritual life, not as our step-by-step instructional guide. The Bible doesn’t say, ‘Look at me!’ It says, ‘Look through me.’” Come and join us as we take a look. Notes Inclement Weather In the case of inclement weather you can get the latest word on our Sunday morning worship plans by checking the church’s voice mail greeting or by visiting the church’s web page at www.christreformeducc.org. Emergency Family Shelter At the end of February our church will once again host homeless families as part of the Religious Coalition’s Emergency Family Shelter Network. The families will arrive on Saturday evening, February 21st, and spend the next 7 nights with us. Leaving the church each morning by 6:30 a.m., the parents will spend their days at the Linton Cold Weather Shelter in Frederick while the children attend school. The families will arrive about 6:00 p.m. and enjoy a simple dinner prepared by members of our congregation. After the meal they will do what all families do: catch up on the day’s activities, do homework, watch television, eat a snack, relax. They will sleep in the room that houses our Chapel Sunday School class and choir rehearsals. To get ready we need to begin recruiting volunteers. There are lots of ways you can help. Each evening we’ll need three people to serve as hosts between 6:00-8:00 and two between 8:00-10:00. You can volunteer for the whole four hours or for just one of the shifts. We’ll also need one overnight host who will be present along with an employee of RCEHN. Overnight host will be able to sleep. We need people who are willing to provide an evening meal for about 14 women and children. We also need “move-in” and “move out” teams who can help unload and set up the bedding and other equipment on Saturday the 21st and 28th. This takes about 30-45 minutes. If you can help, please add your name to the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the church’s main hallway, call the church office or contact our shelter coordinator, Mark Boettcher at [email protected] Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday, February 18th, marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer, self-examination and spiritual redirection. It takes its name from the practice of faithful people on that day having their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. This ritual dates back to the sixth century. The ashes were used for two purposes: as a sign of humility and mortality; and as a sign of sorrow and repentance for sin. At first only public penitents received ashes. They were made to appear barefoot at the church and perform penance for their sins. Friends and relatives began to accompany them, perhaps in sympathy and in the knowledge that no one is without sin, and gradually the ashes were given to the whole congregation. This year we will observe the ritual by the imposition of ashes, the sharing of a simple communion and the chance to walk the church’s labyrinth. The labyrinth itself, like Lent, gives us a chance to reflect on our faith as not a fixed understanding, but a living and moving commitment. Join us at 7:00 p.m. on the 18th as we move deeper into what it means to be a follower of Jesus. 2015 Offering Envelopes Available 2015 Offering Envelopes are available in the church office. If you would like to receive a pack, please contact Bill Steigelmann at 301-293-3202 or see Debbie Bruns in the church office. Notes (continued) Free Tax Assistance through AARP Layreaders For many years AARP volunteers have provided free tax assistance for middle-to-moderate-income taxpayers. Tax assistance is available to all taxpayers that fall within the scope of the Program. Again this year, tax returns are being prepared free by IRS certified Tax Counselors at the Middletown Municipal Center every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through April 14th. To schedule a time to have your tax return prepared and filed for free, please contact Bill Falconer at 301-371-3264. Each week a different member or friend of CRUCC helps lead our worship service. They read scripture, lead prayers and help remind us that the work of worship is not solely for pastors. We would love to add you to the team of members and friends who help with the service. You will be scheduled to lead 2 or 3 times a year and the team members can switch dates with each other if scheduling conflicts come up. If you would be willing to help with worship please speak to Mark or Michelle. Are you in Elementary School and Want to Help?...THIS is your chance!!! THIS, which stands for Truly His In Service, is a new experience where elementary-aged kids come together to brainstorm service projects, design them, and see them through. THIS is your chance to shine as God’s light: start a food or clothing drive, create a walkathon, write a play or a song for worship to teach everyone about ways they can help make a difference, get a letter campaign going… together, THIS will change lives. There will be a general interest meeting held in the Social Room immediately following the 10:30 service (approximately 11:30) on Sunday, February 1st. Lunch will be provided, and while grown-ups are welcome and encouraged to stay, it is not required. At this meeting we will unwrap and sort the white gifts designated for Community Living and begin brainstorming future projects. Please indicate your interest in participating in THIS and let us know if you can attend the meeting on February 1st by contacting Pastor Michelle at [email protected] or 301-371-6610. Questions and input are welcome! Growing Project Celebration Dinner Please join us at Grossnickle Church of the Brethren on Sunday, February 15th, at 5:00 p.m. as we celebrate our work together to help our sisters and brothers around the world. We will host two guests from the Honduras Nueva Frontera program, which we will be sponsoring this year. A delicious meal will be served. Please RSVP to Linda DeLauder, Cynthia Zecher or the church office. The Frederick School of Religion The Frederick School of Religion classes start on February 9th. The location this year is Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick at 4880 Elmer Derr Road in Frederick. The School is an ecumenical teaching organization that provides a ‘Learning for Life’ experience for both laity and clergy. The six-week series of classes includes a broad range of religious topics appealing to diverse faiths. For more information and registration forms, please visit their website at www.frederickschoolofreligion.org or call Ron Adams at 301-371-6992. Thank You Notes To the very dear church family of our loving mother, Margie Hurd, Friends, associates, brothers and sisters in our Lord, Christ Jesus, Our hearts are saddened with the loss of our mother. But, our souls have been fortified by the outpouring of love and compassion we have received from so many of our mother’s beautiful friends and associates. Thank you for going out of your way to support us in our time of grief. Middletown is truly a spectacular community. And the Middletown Christ Reformed Church is truly a cornerstone of that community. May God continue to bless you one and all. As Mom would say, please remember to 'Smile for the joy of others.' ~The Cayers, the Russells, and the Hurds A special thank you to everyone for the wishes of good health and all the get well cards. I am doing fine now. Thank you. ~Leah MacMillan 2015 Consistory, Board and Committee Members CONSISTORY Elders: Andrew Corl, David Cutler, Gregg Petermann, Laura Verdi New: Bill Falconer, Beth Scott Deacons George Bramhall, Daphne Gabb, Jenny Powell, Judy Zeck New: Wendy Campbell, Keith Zecher CHAIRPERSON OF CONGREGATION (1 year term) Mike Remsberg (2016) CEMETERY BOARD OF TRUSTEES Wayne Brandenburg, Jay House, Richard Keller, Ed Link, Scott Montgomery, Tony Verdi New: Tom Mende, Carrollee Zecher CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BOARD Madelyn Cross, Christine Fontaine (Youth), Laura Fontaine, Paige Gorman, Sandy Oliynyk, Sarah Petermann, Sue Wickless New: Kim Bentz, Melissa Estes CHURCH PROPERTY BOARD Fred Dodge, Griff Garwood, Will Gorman, Terry Hill, Rich Potter, Garry vom Lehn, Keith Zecher New: Gary Bell, Mickey Keller, Craig Zecher DISCIPLESHIP BOARD Tyler Blum, Terri Boettcher, Judy Brandenburg, Peggy Dodge, Merle Guyton, Janet Lawler-Heavner New: Leah Bentz, Anita Link, Lorena Zecher PARISH LIFE BOARD Pam Arnold, Be’ Hill, Marty Estell, Crystal Fink, Jean Frock, Gertie Mende New: Connie Bell , Margaret Brandenburg, Gail Johnson NOMINATING COMMITTEE (1 year term) To be named (Deacon) ____ To be named (Elder) ____ To be named (Cemetery Board)___ New: Lesa Cook, Paul Fink, Chris Johnson CHURCH & MINISTRY COMMITTEE Robyn Bramhall, Bunny Cramer, Griff Garwood, Lisa Remsberg, Lee Warren New: Chris Johnson, Bob Sheffler PERSONNEL COMMITTEE Debbie Coffin, Charlotte Hanson, Stacey Haupt, Zoe Worrell, Lorena Zecher New: Ed Fontaine, Beth Mummert STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE (2 year term) Bill Falconer, Bob Galey New: Lynn Bittle, Mark Boettcher, Mary Garwood, Gail Patrick USHERING COMMITTEE Scott and Stephanie Mekkelson – Coordinator(s) CHRIST CHURCH CHILDREN’S CENTER Trista McAleavy, Director Jean Galey, Kim Hughes, Melissa Miller, Josie Remsberg, Katie Roberts, Debby Weaver, Nancy vom Lehn New: Terri DeLloyd, Jessica Yingling Community Outreach Special Olympics Maryland Keith and Lorena Zecher will be participating in the Deep Creek Dunk on Saturday, February 21st. This event is to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. Donations can be made in person to either Keith or Lorena or you can donate online at www.dunkmd.com. Please indicate that you would like to sponsor Keith or Lorena. Checks should be made out to Special Olympics Maryland. They would appreciate any donation that you can give. 2015 FEBRUARY FOODS OF THE MONTH Fiber Plus Bars 15 oz Pasta w/Meatballs Care and Share Sunday First Sunday of Each Month The first Sunday of each month, we collect food items for the Middletown Food Bank and items for use at the Heartly House domestic violence shelter. As you shop this month, please pick up a few items and bring them with you to worship. Collection boxes are found in the hallway between the sanctuary and the chapel. For a detailed list of items needed by Heartly House, please visit Blood Drive Dates Saturday, May 9 Saturday, September 12 Saturday, December 5 8:00 a.m.—1:30 p.m. Chapel Please give the Gift of Life! www.heartlyhouse.org. Youth Events Are You in Elementary School and Want to Help? ...THIS is Your Chance!!! Information Meeting February 1st @ 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided (details on page 3) High School Youth Freezin’ for a Reason & Parish Life Breakfast February 7th-8th High School Youth Birthday’s Join us as we celebrate Olivia, Thomas, and Christine's Birthdays! SkyZone February 15 Meet at the church @ 1:30 p.m. Plan Your Calendar S imply February ingles Events February 14 5:00 p.m. Dinner @ Mexicali Cantina Rehearsals Every Other Friday @ 4:15 p.m. Questions? Contact Terry Sparks 240.409.0049 (RSVP to Mary Lou) February 28 Christian Concert Seventh Day Adventist Church (Meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. For more details, please contact Mary Lou Dent at 301-696-1920 or [email protected] Parish Life Breakfast There will be a Parish Life breakfast in the social room on Sunday, February 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the Narthex and come early for fellowship and a great breakfast with friends and family. FEBRUARY Basket Class We will be making a basket suitable for hanging on the wall or a door. It is known as a Heart, Elbow or Choctaw basket depending on the pattern designer. Watch for the sign-up on the bulletin board for a picture of this interesting basket. The classes will be held in the Parish House on Tuesday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, February 27th at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $12.00. More information from Gail Johnson or Diana Corl. VBS Already?! Save the Date: July 13 – July 17 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. G-Force: God’s Love In Action A fun, action-packed VBS experience for rising K-5th graders right here at Christ Reformed MS and HS volunteers welcome! Adult volunteers needed! Keep your eyes peeled for more information in the months to follow. Happy Valentines Day from Called to Care Did you know that about one BILLION Valentines Day cards are exchanged each year? The holiday is 2nd only to Christmas in terms of cards being sent. Speaking of cards...if you have received cards from our church or cards from Called to Care there is a good chance that it was lovingly signed and mailed by Margie Hurd along with a short note inside. Margie had a talent for words and a heart filled with love for all. We will miss you, our friend. Around the Congregation SOUND TECHNICIANS ALTAR FLOWERS February 1 Tony Verdi February 1 TBD February 8 Matt Anticevich February 8 Dick & Susan Foot February 15 Chris Johnson February 15 Ruth & Bill Falconer Nick Fink February 22 TBD February 18 Ash Wednesday February 22 Tony Verdi MIDDLE SCHOOL HELPERS NURSERY VOLUNTEERS February 1 Mary Johnson February 1 Tim DeLloyd February 8 Barbara Ohler February 8 Luke James February 15 Melissa Estes February 15 Jessica Mekkelson February 22 Pat Wiles February 22 Connor Austin USHERS LAYREADERS February 1 Team 2 February 1 Paul Fink February 8 Team 3 February 8 Gail Patrick February 15 Team 4 February 15 Beth Mummert February 18 Ash Wednesday Team 5 February 22 Gregg Petermann February 22 Team 6 COFFEE HOUR HOSTS/GROUPS February 1 Beth & Mike Mummert February 8 Jessie Carson & Craig Zecher Memorials February 15 Spirit Stars Marjorie Hurd died on January 2, 2015. A service celebrating her life was held on January 6, 2015. February 22 Cemetery Board Baptism Grant Easton Montgomery was baptized on January 11, 2015. Warren Edward Hess was baptized on January 25, 2015. January 2014 8:15 am 10:30 am January 4 47 111 January 11 66 92 January 18 50 112 January 25 39 126 January Average — 161 2015 Average — 161 2014 Operating Budget Summary for DECEMBER Income Expenses Balance Operating Budget $61,838.08 $52,174.32 $9,663.76 Children’s Center $28,715.24 $27,822.88 $892.36 Global Church Budget $90,553.32 $79,997.20 $10,556.12 Christ Reformed United Church of Christ Rev. Mark Wakefield, Pastor Rev. Michelle Beadle, Associate Pastor Contemporary Worship 8:15 a.m. Sunday School for All Ages 9:15 a.m. Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour following Worship 12 South Church Street P.O. Box 333 Middletown , Maryland 21769 [email protected] www.christreformeducc.org Non Profit Organization U.S. Postage Paid PERMIT 2202 Frederick, Maryland 21701 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Church Office Hours Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 301-371-6610 Fax: 301-371-6912 CHRIST CHURCH CHILDREN’S CENTER 301-371-0360 Daycare – Early Learning Center Kindergarten thru 5th Grade 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday Reaching out to help people to know God through Jesus Christ. Equipping people to love God through the community of faith. Sending people to serve God throughout the world. An Overnight Adventure for K-8th Graders (Sleep Over or Stay Late) Snac k Each child must be accompanied by their own Adult Chaperone (max of 4 children per chaperone) s Movi es es m Ga February 7th, 2015 7:00 p.m. Lights Out 11:30 p.m. Minimum $1 Donation (Proceeds to benefit the Alan B. Linton Cold Weather Shelter) Please sign-up in the Narthex or by contacting the church office. Don’t forget to let us know whether you will be spending the night or just staying until lights out. Questions? See Pastor Michelle or a member of the Christian Education Board.
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