COVID-19 Update: September 3, 2021

All are welcome at our worship services.

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 ljcz4vt@yahoo.com

May 9, 2021: Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Take-out (pick up at 2 PM)

Order your Afternoon Tea for $10 from the Church Office by May 1st, to be picked up May 9th at 2 PM.

Your Afternoon Tea includes: sandwiches (cucumber with cream cheese and chicken salad), a cake, a scone with jam and clotted cream, and two types of tea bags.

You can reach the office at 802-775-4301 or beth@gracechurchvt.org.

COVID-19 Update: February 10, 2021

Dear Grace Church Family:

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.

Please click here for online worship experiences: https://gracechurchvt.org/category/worship/online-worship-service/.

For more information, here is an Introduction to Online Services: https://gracechurchvt.org/2020/12/06/introduction-online-worship/.

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).

On February 9, 2021 this update came from the ReOpening Committee (please continue reading for more important information).

Please call or email Kit in the office (775-4301; kit@gracechurchvt.org) if your group would like to safely meet inside our building.

Please be well, practice safe habits, and pray for the outcome we all want.

God be with you all.

Feb. 14, 2021 – Annual Financial Meeting

Greetings from Finance!

If you are unable to pick up a paper copy at the church, you can view an online version of the February 2021 Annual Finance Report (PDF).

It’s time for the Annual Financial Meeting… but things will be a little different this year. Living in the time of COVID means that in-person meetings are not safe right now – so this year’s Annual Financial Meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing, on Sunday, February 14, at 11:30 AM.

Download the Zoom Client For Meetings app
Zoom Cheat Sheet for Windows
Zoom Cheat Sheet for Mac or IPad

There will also be a Zoom Training Session on Sunday February 7th, one week before the Financial Annual Meeting; we will go over how to Zoom whether you are using a laptop, an iPad, a phone, Apple or Android, Mac or Windows. Please contact Beth Wolven (beth@gracechurchvt.org) for the Zoom links and instructions. We have some ground rules for the meeting, to make it easier for everyone:

  • Please join the meeting (whether by phone or video) 15 minutes early; this will allow time to for the Clerk to take a rollcall, set up names for any phone numbers, and make sure we have a quorum.
  • Please make sure to keep your mic and/or phone muted unless you have been recognized by the Moderator; background noises are very distracting to everyone and make it hard to follow the conversation.
  • Please only use the Chat Function to ask a question, make a motion, or to be recognized by the Moderator.
  • For the optimum experience with Zoom, please make sure you are using the strongest network in your home; directly wired would be best, but close to your router if you are working wirelessly.
  • If you have any questions going into the meeting, please submit them in advance, by email, to our Financial Secretary Beth Wolven: beth@gracechurchvt.org. We will also take questions during the meeting, as always, but we believe the process will go more smoothly if we can answer some of your questions during the presentation or in advance of the meeting.
  • Hard copies of the Annual Financial Report will be available beginning Sunday January 31st; you will find them on a table in-between the doors of the West St. covered entrance (where we received the White Gifts for Christmas). The report will also be posted to the church website in .pdf formatting, so that it can be downloaded and/or printed at home.

Learning with Grace Committee invites you to “Stir up Good Trouble” for Lent 2021!

This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. The Learning with Grace Committee is collecting your reflections on stirring up “good trouble” for our 2nd Lenten Daily Devotional Booklet. Here is what the UCC has said about the theme for Lent this year:

The late Representative John Lewis of Georgia talked about stirring up “good trouble” that leads to justice. Jesus stirs up a lot of good trouble in the Lenten Gospels this year…

YOU are invited to submit your reflection on Stirring up Good Trouble, however that theme has touched your life and however you would like to share it (prose, poetry, artwork)

  • Your reflection must fit on a 4 ½ by 8 ½ space (half a sheet of paper)
  • You may include scripture if you so choose, but it is not required.
  • Your reflection MUST be received in the church office by Friday, February 12 so the booklet will be ready by Ash Wednesday.
  • You may email the reflection to kit@gracechurchvt.org or to eepgreen@hotmail.com or mail it to: Grace Church – Lent, 8 Court Street, Rutland, VT 05701
  • If you would also like to read/show your reflection for a midweek or Sunday recording for Lent, please contact the Church Office at 775-4301.

Thank you for helping to create a community Lenten devotional guide. Your story is part of Grace’s story! And even during a pandemic, our Lenten journey is a shared one!

Dec 23, 2020 – Children’s Advent Crafts via Zoom

The Children and Youth Ministry will have “Zoom Craft Time for Children” on Wednesday, December 23 at 4 p.m. They will make the luminaries to light the pathways for the drive-thru worship as well as other crafts.

Craft kits will be available for families to pick up at the West Street entrance on Monday, Dec. 14 from 8 am to 8 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and 16, 8 am-3 pm. Look for the basket tagged “craft kits” to distinguish from the bin for the white gifts. To have the kits delivered back to Grace, call the office (775.4301).

Grace Congregational UCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for December 23.

Topic: Grace Craft Time for Children!
Time: Dec 23, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86981000726?pwd=V3V6ZGtrN21mdWFYa0pOZEdCU25OQT09

Meeting ID: 869 8100 0726
Passcode: 151440

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Meeting ID: 869 8100 0726
Passcode: 151440
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kchCnAgaUS

Dec 16, 2020 – Children’s Advent Crafts via Zoom

The Children and Youth Ministry will have “Zoom Craft Time for Children” on Wednesdays, December 16 at 4 p.m. They will make the luminaries to light the pathways for the drive-thru worship as well as other crafts.

Craft kits will be available for families to pick up at the West Street entrance on Monday, Dec. 14 from 8 am to 8 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and 16, 8 am-3 pm. Look for the basket tagged “craft kits” to distinguish from the bin for the white gifts. To have the kits delivered back to Grace, call the office (775.4301).

Grace Congregational UCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for December 16.

Topic: Grace Craft Time for Children!
Time: Dec 16, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88408907567?pwd=ekIzMWhGYWhBa29nbzdnQUY2dGdJZz09

Meeting ID: 884 0890 7567
Passcode: 370253

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,88408907567#,,,,,,0#,,370253# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,88408907567#,,,,,,0#,,370253# US (New York)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 884 0890 7567
Passcode: 370253
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbTG49heEY

Introduction – Online Worship

Grace Church’s worship services can be viewed on this website, our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.


Recent services are also shown Sundays on PEG-TV (community cable access channel 1075) at 11:30am and 10:30pm. You can also access these videos anytime via PEG-TV video on demand, and searching for “Grace Church”.

In addition, Midweek Connections and musical videos are provided via GraceChurchVT YouTube channel and will also be available from this Online Services webpage.

Thank you for worshiping online with us at Grace Congregational Church.