Nov. 3 ~ Songs of Faith for All Saints

Join us on All Saints’ Day for a celebration of lives of those that have died this past year.

When: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary

About:  Under the direction of Dr Sherrill Blodget, Grace Church Sanctuary Choir and the Castleton University Chorale will offer Gwyneth Walker’s cantata, Songs of Faith, for choir, soloists, organ and brass.  During this time, we will remember those who have died through music, poetry and prayer.

15 Years of Dynamic Ministry

On Sunday, September 8, Grace Church celebrated 15 years of dynamic ministry with John and Tracy Weatherhogg, as they dissolved their call to the church.  John and Tracy have chosen to move on to other opportunities while remaining in the community where they have raised their three children.

John and Tracy leave Grace Church with a rich legacy from their ministry. Together they led the church through many difficult times, many joyous times, and many celebrations of new babies, funerals, and weddings. Their legacy includes extensive outreach work in the Rutland community which will be continued by members of the church, including a monthly free dinner for the community, and work with the Farmacy Program, the Vermont Foodbank, Habitat for Humanity and 350VT, among others. They provided leadership on interfaith projects and programs. They also worked closely with other regional churches and organizations on issues of social justice and reform. A global impact was felt from their help shepherding the creation and operation of a children’s home and school in Kenya.

Grace Church will welcome an interim minister, and will launch a national search for a new minister as they embark on a new chapter in a long and rich history encompassing nearly 250 years.

Grace Church 2019 Fall Rummage Sale

Don’t miss out on some great finds!

When:
Thursday, October 3 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, October 4 from 9 a.m. – Noon (Bag Sale)

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.


Donations: We will be accepting donations in Fellowship Hall on Monday through Wednesday, September 30-October 2, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. ONLY. We are looking for household items, clothing (cleaned and wearable), small appliances (in good working condition), linens, jewelry, and children’s toys and games. No sharp knives, televisions or microwaves, please!


Set-up and Sales Help Needed!

Set-up help is needed to set up and sort Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 30-October 2.

Sales help is needed on Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4.

Clean-up help is needed after the sale on Friday, October 4.

Please look for the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. For more information please contact the church office.

Oct. 6 ~ Benefit Concert

All are welcome to attend Grace Church’s 2019 Fall Benefit Concert.  This year, the funds will go to the BROC Community Action Fuel Assistance Fund.

When: October 6 at 4 pm

Where:  Grace Church Sanctuary, 8 Court Street, Rutland,  802-775-4301

About:  Grace Church’s 2019 Fall Benefit Concert will aid the BROC Community Action Fund for fuel assistance.   The choirs of Grace Church, as well as singers and instrumentalists from the region, join forces to raise money for a local charity.

Winner named for 2019 Composition Competition

Michael Sitton, Winner of the 2019 Grace Church Composition Competition

We are pleased to announce that Michael Sitton is the winner of the 2019 Grace Church Composition Competition.   His work, O Emmanuel, for chamber orchestra, choir and soloists will be given its premiere on December 8, 2019 by the Rutland Area Chorus and Festival Orchestra.

O Emmanuel is a choral setting of a litany based on the Advent “O Antiphons,” for mixed choir, with a small solo group employed to sing an unaccompanied recurring refrain.  The piece is a predominantly lyrical setting with a quiet opening and closing and a variety of moods and textures within the setting reflective of each verse in the text. Instrumental support is primarily provided by string ensemble with additional support and added color from organ and timpani; a pair of oboes are featured both as solo instruments and for occasional doubling and obbligato material. While the text clearly ties to the Advent tradition and to Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the content is largely nonsectarian in its thrust and speaks to universal aspirations of hope and longing.

 

Michael Sitton - .jpgMichael Sitton has served since 2009 as Dean of the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, with previous service as Dean of Fine Arts at Eastern New Mexico University, and prior work as a music faculty member at several institutions. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His M.Mus. was earned at the University of Kentucky, and the B. Mus., summa cum laude, from Mars Hill College in his native North Carolina. He also holds the Diplôme de concert from Paris’ Schola Cantorum, where he studied as a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar of the Fondation des Etats-Unis with pianist Gaby Casadesus, and attended the Conservatoire Américain at Fontainebleau.

Although by training and academic appointment a pianist, Michael Sitton has pursued a lively interest in composition, especially of choral music, during most of his career. A formative experience in this regard was singing under Choirmaster Jerald Hamilton in the Canterbury Choir of the Episcopal Chapel of St. John the Divine at the University of Illinois. His choral compositions have been commissioned and performed by numerous churches and choirs nationwide, including commissions for national conferences of the Association of Anglican Musicians; other honors include numerous ASCAP annual awards. Over thirty of his works have been published by nine different publishers, and have been featured on recordings by preeminent ensembles as well as national radio and television broadcasts. He has had Vermont premieres of choral works at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Burlington and Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier.

He has performed widely as a recital and concerto soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist, and has conducted masterclasses, workshops, and written for publications in piano literature and pedagogy. He has served as a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music and as one of its Accreditation Visitors, and has engaged in numerous campus, regional, and state initiatives in public and higher education in both New Mexico and New York.

Michael Sitton has announced his plans to retire from service as Dean of The Crane School in the summer of 2020, at which time he will become a full-time resident of Vermont, joining his partner Mark, who is on the staff of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, at their new home in Barre. Although he has been active both as a performer and composer during his administrative appointments, Sitton looks forward, once living full-time in Vermont, to increased activity in both of those musical areas.

For additional information: www.michaelsitton.com.

 

Oct. 20 ~ Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra at Grace

Grace Church welcomes Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra

When: Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m.

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary, 8 Court St., Rutland, VT.  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:  We welcome the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and their director, Matthew LaRocca, to Grace Church as part of the CPO’s Fall Season. Tickets will be sold at the door for $15 (general), $10 (seniors) and $5 (students). The program will include Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, Copland’s ‘Rodeo’ and William Grant Still’s ‘Wood Notes’.

Sept. 22 ~ Peace Concert

Join us on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. at Grace Church for an afternoon of music.  

When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary

About:  The Southwest Association of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ and Grace Congregational Church will be hosting a concert promoting peace, unity and friendship around the globe.  The Grace Church Sanctuary Choir will be joined by local choirs to offer songs of peace.  You are also invited to a reception that will follow the concert.

* A freewill offering will be accepted. 

Sept. 29 ~ Immigration and Michaelmas

Join us for this event on Immigration sponsored by the Spiritual Growth Committee.  In lieu of our Aug. 18 date, we will be meeting on September 29, 2019.

Immigration and Michaelmas!

When: Sunday, September 29, 2019 after our 10am worship service.

Where: Fellowship Hall

About: What is Michaelmas, and what does it have to do with our immigration work?  It’s an ancient Christian holiday that celebrates the Archangel Michael defeating evil in the world!  Join us for a Potluck luncheon discussion about Grace Church’s next steps with the wider Rutland community – what would it take to sponsor one or more families in Rutland?  During this time, we will also have crafts/card-making to send to our brothers and sisters on the Border.

*A free-will offering will be collected for those working with detainees at the Border.

 

 

 

 

Jun. 30 ~ Event of Talent & Phantom

You’re invited to the end-of-the-season Grace Church Music Cabaret, featuring the Rutland area’s most talented singers, dancers, and actors!

When: Sunday, June 30th @ 7:00 PM (refreshments are available prior to the show and during intermission).

Where: Grace Congregational Church, in the exciting new multi-purpose space of Grace Church Sanctuary.

ACT 1 will be featuring a variety of acts including singing, acting, and dancing. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and to view video installations and artwork on display by local artists.

ACT 2 will feature a medley from PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. The medley will feature singers from the Grace Church Sanctuary Choir, the Grace Church Youth Choir, Joyful Noise, and friends from all over the Rutland area. A band of professional musicians will accompany the selected solos and choruses in this abridged retelling of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s longest running hit!