Sept. 9 – Song Recital

When: September 9th, 2018

Where: Grace UCC Sanctuary

About:
Kristin Cimonetti and Ben Green will be entertaining us with a variety of pieces this evening, including:  Dragonetti Bass Concerto, Bottesini Two Songs for bass and high voice, selections from The Phantom of the Opera and more…

Accompanied by Alastair Stout on organ and piano.

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2019 Grace Church Composition Competition

Grace Congregational UCC in Rutland, Vermont, is pleased to announce its first Composition Competition to recognize and support a new work for large concert choir and classical chamber orchestra to be performed by the Rutland Area Chorus and orchestra. The 2019 Grace Church Composition Competition Award is made possible by the generous sponsorship of David and Debra Baasch.

The contest is soliciting original unpublished compositions of settings of Advent or Christmas texts for SATB chorus, optional SATB soloists, and chamber orchestra. The pieces should be no longer than 8 minutes. The orchestra comprises three first and three second violins, two violas and two cellos, one double bass, two oboes, one bassoon, two trumpets, timpani, harpsichord and organ. The work must be scored for SATB chorus, but can use any combination of the available soloists and orchestra.

You must have proof of permission to use any text not in the public domain.

The winning work will be awarded $1000.00 (USD) and two performances by the Rutland Area Chorus on December 8th, 2019, at Grace Congregational UCC. The winning composer is encouraged to attend the premiere of the composition. There is no stipend for travel but some housing arrangements may be available.

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ReVision in Action: Moving Forward!

On May 6th, the Music, Life Long Learning and Property ReVision Team offered their proposal to the congregation. The proposal’s objective was to create a more welcoming and useful multi-purpose worship, educational, and concert space in Grace Church Sanctuary. The proposal was met with a very positive response from the congregation that Sunday morning.

The Music, Life Long Learning and Property ReVision Team’s Proposal is in 3 Parts:

Part 1:  

Relocate the bell choir from the upper north balcony to underneath the south balcony.

Part 2:

  • Remove front pews (3 each side) from sanctuary floor to create a multi-purpose space.
  • Move the organ console from the balcony to the sanctuary floor.
  • Move the choir from the sides to the center of the balcony.

Part 3:

Add a tiered platform to the current elevated pulpit area.

Since May 6th, the ReVision team has worked hard to bring the proposal into fruition. We are pleased to announce that we are in a position to move ahead with Part 1 of the proposal.

Part 1 has been funded in full by an anonymous donor. The handbells have experimented ringing in the space and believe the sound will be as good, if not better, than the balcony. There will be room for more bell ringers, as well as, handicapped accessibility that would allow for full participation from anyone in a wheelchair that wants to play in the bell choir. There will be space for the handbells to play with other instruments, and there will be better lighting for the bell ringers. We have tested lighting with help from the House of Lights in Mendon. The bass bell table will be removable, and
only be there on days the handbells ring.

For more information on the proposed work involved, please contact
the church office.

The Property Committee passed Part 1 of the proposal on August 1st, and the Church Council passed Part 1 of the proposal on August 12th.

We invite the congregation to a meeting after the 10 am service on August 26th to ask questions about the proposal. Alternatively, please call Alastair Stout before August 26th.

After August 26th, our hope is to have the handbells relocated in time for their first fall ring on September 23rd, 2018.

Support Group for Fathers

Where: Grace Church

When: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

About:
A new social/educational group is forming for new fathers, experienced fathers – anyone in a fathering role! If you are interested in developing as a parent, seek camaraderie and support, or have insights to share, please join us. We will meet weekly at Grace beginning Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. The initial meeting will offer food and a discussion to help us chart a course, so be sure to bring your ideas.

The group is co-sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center, Grace Church, and Evergreen Substance Abuse Services.

To learn more, contact Steve Harrington at 345-5372 or steve.harrington@rcpcc.org
or just show up!!

 

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StefStrong!

Grace Church has StefStrong bracelets!  You can purchase as many as you want in the church office for $3.00 each or a donation of any kind!! Funds raised will be donated to the Bender/Schaffer family to help defray the many costs they are currently facing.

Let’s keep Stefani and her family strong through this rehabilitation process!!

You can also show support via GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/stefanie-schaffer-and-family

Sept. 5 – Choir Practice Resumes

September is just around the corner, when all our choirs begin again. Please add the rehearsal dates to your calendars, and consider joining our dedicated teams of singers and ringers! Please contact Alastair (alastair@gracechurchvt.org) with any questions.

Wednesday, September 5:

  • Children’s Choir at 4:00 pm
  • SSAA Choir at 6:00 pm
  • Sanctuary Choir at 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 9: Joyful Noise at 11:45 am

Monday, September 10: Handbells at 6:45 pm

Wednesday, September 12:

  • Children’s Choir at 4:00 pm
  • TTBB Choir at 6:00 pm
  • Sanctuary Choir at 7:00 pm

Material Aids Sewing Group

In April, the sewing group and their packing crew put together 144 School Bag Kits and 215 Hygiene Kits which were sent to the Church World Service kit program. On Sept. 18 we will start sewing school bags at our first Sewing Group of the year and hope to see some new faces. Contact the office if you have any questions.
We are now collecting items for next year’s school bags while stores have school items on special sale. We are asking for donations of these 7 items:
  • 70-count spiral notebooks
  • Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Wood pencils with erasers
  • Blunt tip scissors (child size)
  • Large erasers (pink type)
  • 12-inch rulers with metric
  • Crayons—box of 24 only
There are collection boxes in the hallway at the West and Center Street doors at Grace Church.
Thank you!