A CD Release Concert + Fundraiser for Grace Congregational Church’s Mission and Service programs will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary.
CD Release of “Uplifting Guitar Hymns”: Ron Pulcer and guest musicians will perform selections from Ron’s new album, which was recorded at Grace Church. The album includes 18 hymns, Spirituals and religious songs, and features instrumental fingerstyle guitar arrangements by Ron. Guest musicians include Marina Smakhtina (cello, guitar), Linda MacFarlane (dulcimer, guitar) and Phil Henry (djembe, guitar). For more info:
Fundraiser for Mission and Service programs: A Free Will Offering at the concert will be given to the Mission and Service Committee at Grace Church, which in turn supports local non-profits. Also, a portion of CD sales after the concert will be shared with Mission and Service. A member of M&S Committee will speak to concert audience about their programs and plans. For more info:
Join us for our Christmas Eve Family Service at 6:00pm. Members of our youth choirs offer upbeat Christmas anthems. The choirs will help lead the traditional Christmas story told through drama and song! Arrive early to hear a prelude of favorite seasonal songs.
The Sanctuary Choir will offer a Musical Prelude at 10:30pm, joined by guest instrumentalists for this beautiful and uplifting music. The Candlelight Evening Service begins at 11pm. We will all share in the beauty and comfort of lighting candles and singing “Silent Night” as the wonder and mystery of Christmas unfolds.
This week images of U.S. Border Patrol agents ruthlessly chasing and rounding up Haitian immigrants have shocked and horrified us all. Right now there are thousands of people from Haiti seeking safety in the United States who are fleeing the devastation wrought by natural disaster and civil unrest. Instead of responding to those needs by offering safety and welcome; the administration continues to deploy deportation and detention as their primary response. There is a long history of humanitarian failures to Haiti and these actions undermine the laws that determine access to asylum and more importantly undermine our moral standing as a country.
It is critical that Congress put pressure on the administration to end their practice of using Title 42 as justification for these expulsions. Title 42 is a public health order that allows the administration to not allow for entry, even for those seeking asylum. There is no public health benefit to this and it is being used to deport those legally presenting themselves to ask for asylum and safety. Instead there should be administrative actions taken including expanding the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation, offering Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) designations and the option to use humanitarian parole for Haitian arrivals.
Congress must also hold those responsible for the egregious abuses and open violence that Haitian migrants are being subjected to. There must be an investigation and consequences for the flagrant human rights abuses.
Answering the call to love our neighbor looks like a lot of different things, but it is unambiguous in intent – we must do more and do better for care for our Haitian neighbors. Join with us as people of faith to urge Congress and the administration to take these critical steps.
Those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear facial coverings. Those who are fully vaccinated are encouraged to wear the type of protection that makes them feel most comfortable. We continue to social distance and practice good hand hygiene. Please feel free to spread out and utilize the entire Sanctuary during worship. Meeting groups are asked to utilize our larger gathering spaces.
Let’s keep our Grace family safe and healthy!
Dear Grace Church Family:
Hello from the “Open” Group!
Yes, our faithful committee has remained connected to monitor the regional effects of the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to safely meeting at Grace Church. We are working hard to keep our doors open.
We want to remind meeting organizers to contact Kit in the office to choose the largest available meeting space for their sessions. We are encouraging social distancing! Folks who meet in Fellowship Hall are welcome to open windows and request the more comfortable padded chairs for their session. Larger events, such as the Rummage Sale and choir rehearsals, will work with the “Open” Group to create a social distancing layout plan prior to their event. We want to think creatively so events can be held without that “too crowded” feeling.
Our new custodial team will continue to use the sanitizing sprayer throughout the building. We will be welcoming the Little Lambs Academy at Grace soon – so cleanliness is a high priority!
Worship continues in our Sanctuary and will start in the Chapel on September 12th. Sunday morning guests are asked to really spread out and utilize the entire worship space. We are offering individualized communion elements and are foregoing “Passing of the Peace” at this time. We have an array of plexi-glass shields that will be used to separate speakers or musical performers. These shields can also be used throughout the building when hosting meetings.
Special thanks to Greg Ellis, Fred Bates, Marty Barclay, Sue Best, Matt Getty, Laura Zmurko, David O’Brien, Kit Wallace, Alastair Stout, Diane Chartrand, Beth Wolven, and Pastor Alberta for continuing to monitor this situation on behalf of Grace. If you have ideas or thoughts on how to help, please email them to Laura at email@example.com
In November, the Grace Church ReOpening Committee and the Council decided to pause in-person worship and large special events due to the COVID19 pandemic. Since that time, we continue to offer PEG-TV (channel 1075) and online worship opportunities via the Grace Church website using YouTube and Facebook.
We WILL resume in-person worship when it is safer to gather together. As has been the case all along, the Church Office is open Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 3:30 pm. Safety protocols are being carefully followed. On most days, the only exterior door which is open is on the Center Street side (closest to the Rutland Library).