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In this issue: Page:
At a Glance 1
Pastor Rob’s Message 2-3
Pastor Care Note
Caring and Sharing
Note to Betty Linton
Welcome New Member!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Men’s June Breakfast
June Calendar 8-9
Daily Bible Readings for June 10-11
Commission Notes 12
For All the Saints 13-14
Church Office Notes 14
Church Leadership 15
Church Staff 15
At a Glance
Summer is coming…
and so is Pastor Rob's Sabbatical!
Grace UCC Sabbatical
Sunday, June 3~Rev. Beth O’Malley
Sunday, June 10~Rev. John Shillingburg
Sunday, June 17~Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg
Sunday, June 24~Rev. John Shillingburg
Sunday, July 1~Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg
Sunday, July 8~Rev. John Shillingburg
Sunday, July 15~Rev. Beth O’Malley
Sunday, July 22~Rev. Rebecca Shillingburg
Sunday, July 29~Rev. John Shillingburg
Sunday, August 5~TBD
Sunday, August 12~TBD
Sunday, August 19~Rev. Beth O’Malley
Sunday, August 26~Rev. Beth O’Malley
The Grace Vine
Grace United Church of Christ
An Open and Affirming Congregation
25 East Second Street
Historic Downtown Frederick, Maryland
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It’s been a rough week. As many of you know, we have been praying each week in wor-
ship for my step mother who has been struggling with COPD and Multiple Myeloma
(bone marrow cancer). You may also know that she died on Mother’s day. So many
people expressed words of condolence and comfort to me during this time. How sad to
lose a mother figure on Mother’s Day. And yet, in an odd way, it was not sad at all.
She was surrounded by her children and the room was filled with laughter and stories.
At one point, as I sat by her bed holding her hand, she opened her eyes and looked at
me. I asked what she was thinking, not expecting an answer. Too weak to speak and
struggling for each breath she mouthed the words “I love you.” Early the next morning,
as she slipped into unconsciousness, I had the honor of putting on my stole, anointing
her with oil and offering the final prayers of the Church for her as we commended her
to God. She died an hour later surrounded with love. After 23 years apart, she and my
father were together again. A life well lived ended surrounded by those she loved. It
was sad, and there were of course tears, but I would say it was a beautiful Mother’s
Day. One I will always treasure.
The veil between this world and the next is so very thin. What I mean by that is that I
really do believe those we love are never all that far away. Singer Josh Groban has a
song which says “A breath away’s not far to where you are.” I think that’s true.
The scripture’s remind us that nothing separates us from the love of God in Christ Jesus,
our Lord. Not life and not death, not angels nor principalities. What this means is that
if I am in Christ and you are in Christ, then what separates us from each other? Nothing!
So if I die and you live, I am still with Christ, as are you. What separates us from each
other? Nothing, except time and space and we know those things do not bind the love
of God. And so even in death, we are in Christ. We celebrate that reality when we gath-
er together at the table of the Lord and receive the bread and wine of Holy Commun-
ion. It is Communion…with Christ and with each other! We remember the promises of
our Lord that when we eat and drink the Holy Meal, Christ is with us, and we are prom-
ised that one day we will feast together with Him in the Kingdom, where we will com-
mune with all those whom we love. That’s a theology we call the Communion of Saints.
From Pastor Rob’s Desk
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It’s the bedrock of our faith. Those we love are never really that far away, and some-
times, if I am just quiet and still, and my spirit is in the right space, it’s almost as if I can
feel their presence.
A life lived in grace and dignity, ended surrounded by love and sent forth to reunite
with her maker and those she has so dearly longed to see again. A most wonderful
Mother’s Day indeed.
All my love for your thoughts, prayers and support,
Summer is coming…
and so is Pastor Rob's Sabbatical
We have a schedule of pastors who will be with us on
Sundays, and for emergencies, but we are also looking to
put together a team of lay people who will be willing to
visit people in the hospital and nursing homes as we have
the need. Gary Johnson has agreed to coordinate this and
be the contact person for this ministry while Pastor Rob is away. Before the
summer, we will have a time to get together to learn about how to visit people in
health care settings, i.e. praying with people, hospital visitation guidelines, etc.
If this is something that would interest you, get in touch with Pastor Rob or Gary
From Pastor Rob’s Desk (cont’d)
A Pastoral Care note: Due to the current HIPAA (Privacy) laws, hospitals are not
permitted to contact churches on behalf of patients. If you know of a church
member who is hospitalized, please inform the church office. In the case of an
emergency hospitalization (whether yourself or a family member), please call
Pastor Rob at 240-217-2767.
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Following is a list of members and friends of our Grace Church
family who are currently ill, home-bound, recovering from an
injury or surgery, or hospitalized. If you know of other folks who
should be added to this list, please call the church office or
speak to Pastor Rob.
Caring and Sharing
Message from Jean Barrick:
To the congregation of Grace Church – Looking for
something to do to get you “out and about,” visit a
friend who is unable to get “out and about”.
An Open Letter to Betty Linton:
Dear Betty, Several years ago, Grace Church started a “Lay Ministry” for members who
wished to visit with those unable to attend church. I was so excited when I saw your name
on the list and decided to visit with you. What a great decision that was. You haven’t
changed at all, you are just as I remembered.
When I was a teenager, way back in the late 50s and 60’s (!!), you and your husband,
Jack, were in charge of the Grace Church Youth Group. I have such fond memories of your
home; and the activities (parties) held there and the church. We were so lucky to have you
guide us through those awful teen years – setting us on the right path with your kindness
Today, you are just as wonderful and I love our conversations. Looking forward to seeing
Worship and Education Chair
Millie Davis 801 Pine Ave.,Frederick, MD 21701
Joe Free 1117 Rocky Springs Rd., Frederick, MD 21702
Jean Gaver 7407 Willow Rd., AL 250, Frederick, MD 21702
Paul and Miriam Himes 9810 Masser Rd., Frederick, MD 21702
Karlene Kaufmann 2100 Whittier Dr., Apt. 405, Frederick, MD 21702
Pam Kehne 1632 Wall Dr., Pasadena, MD 21122
Betty Linton 990 Waterford Dr., Unit 206, Frederick, MD 21702
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June 3 Cross, Lana
June 6 Tobery, Judy
June 11 Santos, Jessica
June 12 Johnson, Guy
June 13 Tobery, Tom
June 15 Johnson, Lilly
June 19 Powell, James
June 25 Gaver, Jean
June 26 Conley, Kameron
June 27 Kula, Joe
June 29 Minnick, Roger
June 29 Reed, Chloe
June 30 Erwin, Betty
June 3/13 yrs Rob Apgar & Rob Apgar-Taylor
June 7/3 yrs Courtney & Mariela Farnsworth
June 10/50 yrs Austin & Karen Miller
June 11/1 yr Mr. & Mrs. J.P. Galetka
June 17 Mr. & Mrs. Cody Peterson
June 19/58 yrs Mr. & Mrs. Tom Tobery, Sr.
June 20/53 yrs Ms. Jean Barrick
June 24/19 yrs Ms. Trish Culler
Welcome, New Members!
Trevor Addie was received into the
congregation of Grace United Church of
Christ during worship on May 20th.
Please reach out and
welcome Trevor to Grace!
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast
Saturday, June 9th -- 9AM
Bob Evans on Route 40 (at the end of the
Golden Mile) . All men are invited to join us!
On the last Sunday of every month, the Congregational Life Commission hosts a
birthday party for everyone who celebrated a birthday during that month. (Please be
sure that your birthday is on file with the church office so that we can celebrate you!)
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Greeters and Fellowship Hosts
WE NEED YOU! Please think about serving as