Jan. 31 ~ Spiritual Growth Evening: Immigration

The Spiritual Growth Committee invites YOU to share in an evening of discovery and civil discourse about IMMIGRATION: Mexican Migrants in VT and Central American Asylum Seekers on our Southern Border. 

When: January 31, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Grace Church Fellowship Hall

We are located on the corner of Court and West.  For parking, enter our lot from
West Street.   Street parking is also available on Court Street.

The handicap entrance may be accessed through the north side portico of Grace Church via the parking lot.  The elevator is located in the central part of the building.

About: The Spiritual Growth Committee invites YOU to share in an evening of discovery and civil discourse about IMMIGRATION: Mexican Migrants in VT and Central American Asylum Seekers on our Southern Border.  Please bring a potluck dish to share at this night of discussion.  Child care is also provided to families who wish to attend.

Questions to think about:

Do Mexican Migrants in VT and Central American Asylum Seekers on our Southern Border have anything in common? What do they have to do with our faith and spiritual growth?

You will also have the opportunity to make a donation to the border ministry.
VT UCC minister, Marjorie MacNeill, will be traveling to border towns of in Arizona.

With the funds, she will be purchasing and donating needed supplies for several programs & churches doing amazing and difficult work with the people who have made their way across the Mexico-US border.

She hopes to also provide help to a network of churches and shelters in Tucson who have been offering welcome and assistance to those families with children released from detention.  With no resources, these families were dropped off at the Tucson bus station.  One of our UCC congregations there recently offered welcome, rest, food, encouragement, support, and needed supplies to over 500 mothers, fathers, and children as they made arrangements to get to families/sponsors across the country.

More assistance is still needed to offer such hospitality and friendship in the city.  She’ll also be visiting and bringing needed supplies to a Presbyterian mission on the border in Douglas, AZ and to the border/food-shelf ministry at The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, AZ near Green Valley.  If you have been wanting to offer direct help for such ministry at the border, they would be grateful for financial donations and would handle them faithfully and carefully.

 

Rutland Meals Challenge Packaging Event

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!!

When: Saturday, January 19, from 9:30-3:30

Where:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
6 Church Hill Road, Rutland, VT 05701

About:
Rutland Meals Challenge Packaging Event
Since 2013, the Rutland Meals Challenge has added many meals to the local emergency food system. We have provided meals to a dozen local food shelves, including the Community Cupboard of Rutland and the Vermont Food Bank. This year they would like to add 35,000 servings to that total, and need over 200 people to make this event a success! There are opportunities for set-up, breakdown, packaging shifts, box builders, carton hauling & stacking, and movers & shakers (who refill the food bins as we work).

Each volunteer must sign up individually, even if part of a team. There will be several shifts: 9:30-11a.m.; 11-12:30 p.m.; 12:30-2 p.m.; 2-3:30 p.m.

Fast-paced, easy, fun, creating goodwill, and friendships for people of all ages. If you are interested contact Tracy at Grace Church Office or sign up directly by visiting: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4baeac22abf94-rutland3

Sign up individually but also indicate you are from Grace Church.

Follow the Challenge on Facebook: @vtmealschallenge 

We are Looking for Knitters!

A Prayer Shawl is a gift to someone, to “wrap” them in prayers and bring them love, comfort and strength. Many blessings and prayers are knitted and crocheted into each shawl as they are made and then they are blessed during a worship service. If you know of someone who would benefit from a shawl please contact the Office (775.4301).

The Prayer Shawl Ministry group will meet on Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. We would love to have you join us on this date or on the second Wednesday of each month for an hour or so to knit, crochet and pray. We have yarn, needles and patterns or bring your own. Want to learn? We will teach you!

For more information please contact the Office (775.4301).

Dec. 30 – Potluck Breakfast & One Service

When: December 30 – Sunday after Christmas

Where: Parlor for Breakfast; Service in the Sanctuary

About:
Christmas Breakfast 9:00 am followed by one Service 10:00 am

Potluck Breakfast at 9:00 am; One Service at 10 a.m. You are invited to gather in the Parlor for a potluck breakfast prior to worship at 10:00 a.m. If you can’t be with family, come join with your Grace Church family. If you have family visiting, bring them along!

 

 

Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24

Family Service with Nativity 6:00 PM –

The Children’s Choir and Joyful Noise offer upbeat Christmas anthems. The choirs will help lead the traditional Christmas story told through drama and song! We also welcome local tenor, Raymond White, to offer traditional secular and sacred songs for the prelude and postlude. Arrive early to hear Raymond’s delightful interpretations of seasonal favorites.

Christmas Prelude 10:25 PM –

Later that evening, at 10:30 p.m., the Sanctuary Choir will offer a Musical Prelude and be joined by Nova Wang, violin; Raymond White, tenor; and the Grace TTBB choir to offer beautiful and uplifting music.
 

Candlelight Service 11:00 PM –

The Candlelight Evening Service begins at 11 p.m., and will include the choral classics, O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, and Candlelight Carol by John Rutter. We will all share in the beauty and comfort of lighting candles and singing “Silent Night” as the wonder and mystery of Christmas unfolds.
 
Rev. John C. Weatherhogg, preaching

Nov. 18th – Thanksgiving Sunday

When: November 18, 2018 at 10:00am

Where: Grace Sanctuary

About:

Join us for Jazz on Thanksgiving Sunday, November 18th and bring your pledge commitment to God.

Grace Church is:
A place of Justice in an unjust world.
A place of Community & Welcome in a broken world.
A place of Calm in the midst of chaos.

How much is this worth to you?

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?” Micah 6:6

2018 Handel’s Messiah

WhenSunday, December 2, 2018 at 3:30 and 7:00 pm

Where:  Grace Church Sanctuary

About: Grace UCC Presents, Handel’s Messiah

On Sunday, December 2, Grace Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. under the direction of Alastair Stout, Minister of Music at Grace Church. The Messiah soloists are soprano, Allison Devery-Steinmetz, of Montpelier; alto, Amy Frostman, of South Burlington; tenor, Cameron Steinmetz, of Montpelier; and bass, Zebulun McLellan, of Tinmouth. Handel’s Messiah, one of the great Baroque choral masterpieces, depicts the prophecy and birth of Jesus Christ as told by Isaiah, the prophet and the writers of the Gospels. Alongside Messiah, the RAC will also perform Cantata No. 62 by J.S. Bach, Savior of the Nations, Come, which Bach wrote for the first Sunday of Advent. A free will offering will be received and a reception will follow the 7 p.m. performance.

We are also excited to announce the first Grace Church Composition Competition. The RAC and orchestra will premiere the winning work during the 2019 season. For more information, please call the Church Office at 775-4301.