Lenten Calendar: Companions In Wholeness

Comfort Zone @ Rutland United Methodist Church

“Lent is for Love – 40 Days of Giving”

During this Lenten season, instead of giving up something, try giving to someone. Help support Companions in Wholeness by collecting 40 items over 40 days. Use this Lenten Calendar (printable PDF) to collect the items that we need the most.

For more information, please contact Sarah Pulcer from Mission & Service Committee at sehenry2001@yahoo.com, or call 802-775-8861.

February 2023 Update: Companions In Wholeness

Comfort Zone @ Rutland United Methodist Church

In January 2023:

  • We served 3,049 breakfasts for an average 179 per day
  • We served 2,552 lunches for an average of 150 per day.
  • We served a total of 255 households which was a total of 246 individuals.
  • We served 117 different individuals accessed our food pantry, and we gave out 938 items from the pantry.
  • We gave out 273 items of clothing and hygiene items.

We continue to be in need of items for our clothing store such as warm clothing for both men and women, blankets, socks, and underwear. For our pantry we need crackers and ready to eat meals that folks can warm up in the microwave or canned items with a pull up lid. For our kitchen we need items such as pancake syrup, butter, half and half, milk, frozen fruit, sugar, salt, pepper and coffee.

We want to express our gratitude for all of you who donate your time, items and money to help us Feed Our Neighbors. We are beginning to offer other community resources to our guests onsite which has been a blessing. We are still in need of volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays anytime from 6:30-11:30. We have many different jobs and can always use assistance with a variety of things that need to be done.

Not only are we feeding folks but we are becoming mentors to those in our community who need assistance in a variety of ways. Currently we have someone who wants to learn how to cook.

If you believe you may have a gift and would like to mentor someone while teaching them how to cook so they can cook for their family please let Ellie know. You can use our kitchen to provide this support.

Please be in touch with Ellie McGarry at 802-236-3136 if you have any questions or can volunteer.

June 26, 2022 – Blessing of the Bikes

Join us for outdoor worship at 10 am this Sunday on the south lawn. The service will include a blessing of the bikes ceremony – arrive at the Center Street parking lot on anything with two wheels and receive a blessing for safe passage through the coming year. The summer pickup choir will offer music – come early and join in the music making (9 am rehearsal). A church picnic (burger & hotdogs, coleslaw and strawberry shortcake for $5) will follow the service at approximately 11:30.

May 2022: The Stranger Among Us, 4-part series

The Stranger Among Us:

The US, The Northern Triangle, and Asylum
Explore the history, theology and policy that brings us to today’s asylum crisis.

Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00
May 3, 10, 17, 24
Grace UCC Conference Room

Email bridgetorutland@gmail.com
OR call 802-779-4217 to reserve your place

See poster (PDF) for more info.

The Learning with Grace committee will be providing more info soon …

August 22, 2020 – Grace Steeple Chase

The Grace Church Steeple Chase – a celebration of Rutland’s history and heritage – is dedicated to the memory of Lincoln Fenn, a long-time member of Grace Church and historian extraordinaire.

The Steeple Chase is free and all are welcome.

Grace Church Steeple Chase Rules:

Please park in the West Street parking lot and register in the Grace Church children’s playground behind the library. There will be no access to Grace Church, so public restrooms will not be available.

To follow state regulations, please wear masks or cloth facial coverings over your nose and mouth anywhere you come in contact with others from outside your households, especially in congregate settings, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.  

Your team will solve the provided clues. The clues can be solved in any order. *You will be given a QRcode to scan; please be sure that someone on your team has a charged smartphone handy.

All clues will send you to the outside of public locations within 3/4 – mile radius of Grace Church.  Please refrain from entering the properties during the Steeple Chase Challenge.  Please respect the properties and their grounds.

Unless stated otherwise, each team is asked to photograph themselves in front of the key locations.  Judges should be able to review the images on your phone or digital camera at the end of the challenge. (No phones or cameras will be provided.)

All teams must return to Grace Church by 12-noon.

The winning team will be announced on Sunday morning, August 23, during the 10 a.m. worship service at Grace Church.

Mar. 19 ~ Discovering Some of the Amazing Women of Rutland


Carolynn Ranftle of Rutland Historical Society presents, Discovering Some of the Amazing Women in Rutland’s Past.

When: March 19, 2020 @ 2 p.m.

Where: Grace Church Chapel and parlor

AboutIn celebration of Women’s History Month, Fortnightly will be featuring at talk from Rutland Historical Society about the area’s amazing women of the past.  Featured pieces will be: 

  • The recipient of the Bronze Star for her heroics in World War II 
  • An educator who made her start in rented space at the Nickwackett Firehouse 
  • An early Physician who practiced medicine for 34 years 
  • The granddaughter of Julia Dorr who made her mark in the Arts and Crafts Movement design world 
  • A woman who devoted her work to the Rutland Community all of her adult life 
  • And finally, two women who kept secret their careers as prolific children’s authors by writing under nom de plumes: Margaret Warde and John Prescott Earl

Grace Church Chapel, 2 PM As always, tea and sweets will be served in the Parlor after the program. All are welcome! 

For further information or to arrange transportation, call the Church Office (775.4301)