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.

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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
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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

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+16465588656,,88408907567#,,,,,,0#,,370253# US (New York)

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+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

COVID-19 Update: November 25, 2020

Dear Grace Church Family:

It is with a heavy heart that the Grace Church ReOpening Committee and the Grace Church Council have come to the decision that we must pause our in-person Sunday Worship services and large special events at this time, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We WILL resume when it is safer to gather together.

Each week, Grace Church will continue to offer PEG-TV and online worship opportunities, via this Grace Church website (using YouTube and Facebook Live videos). Please click here for online worship experiences.  For more information, here is an Introduction to Online Services. Currently, the Sunday Facebook Live services will air at 10:00 AM instead of 8:30 AM.

Continue reading “COVID-19 Update: November 25, 2020”

Our Faith Our Vote course resources

The Adult Spiritual Growth Committee is hosting a series of workshops and discussions around Civil Discourse in an election year as our nation is deeply divided. The course materials have been gathered from the UCC website, Sojourners and other sources.

The course materials are being posted for those who are unable to attend the sessions scheduled after Sunday Service in September and October 2020. We will continue to update this information after each session.

The moderators are Russ and Ellen Green. For more information, please contact Ellen Green (eepgreen@hotmail.com).

Continue reading “Our Faith Our Vote course resources”

April 22 – ‘Paris to Pittsburgh’ Documentary Screening on Climate Change

A screening of a National Geographic documentary titled, “Paris to Pittsburgh” will take place from 7 to 9 PM in Fellowship Hall at Grace Congregational Church. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Across the country, the consequences of climate change are increasingly evident. These impacts have created a new force for change as mayors, governors, businesses, and everyday citizens launch local climate solutions.

You can view a trailer for this film.

The event is sponsored by Vermont Climate and Health Alliance and Vermont Interfaith Power & Light. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.