Youth Group – Jan. Calendar

Sunday, January 6
Join us before worship for pancakes and then for the Epiphany Hymn Sing at 4 p.m. and Tree Burning at Ashcroft-Billings Farm at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 13
Come join us for a “normal” night as we begin preparations for Youth Sunday!

Saturday, January 19
Rutland Meals Project – The Rutland Meals Challenge packaging event will be held on Saturday, January 19. 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.

Sign up to volunteer for the 9:30-11 a.m. shift or another time that works for you.

Sunday, January 20 to Monday, January 21
Lock in! See Tracy for details.

Sunday, January 27
Welcome Table Dinner and Youth Sunday planning! We will gather at 3 p.m. to continue our work on Youth Sunday, then move up to Fellowship Hall to help in serving the dinner at 5 p.m.

Jan. 6 – Epiphany Sunday

Plan on participating in a day of Epiphany activities
as we Celebrate the Light together!

 

Epiphany Sunday – Communion Sunday
Chapel Service 8:30 AM
Pancake Breakfast 9:00 AM
Sanctuary Service 10:00 AM
Epiphany Hymn Sing 4:00 PM
Epiphany Tree Burning 5:30 PM (North Clarendon)

Epiphany party pancakes

 

Epiphany Party & Pancake Breakfast
9 AM in Fellowship Hall
Join us for pancakes, sausage, and fruit
for an Epiphany party as we unwrap and
sort the white gifts so that they can be
distributed to local organizations.

 

 

Epiphany Hymn SingHymn sing
4 PM in the Sanctuary
Welcome in 2019 with an Epiphany/New Year hymn-sing, where you can sing your favorite seasonal hymns. Alastair will also play the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ. The hymn-sing will begin at 4 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Plan to be with us and then continue on to the tree burning!

 

 

Tree burn

Epiphany Tree Burning
5:30 PM in North Clarendon
Un-trim your tree and bring it to the
Ashcroft-Billings farm, 531 Creek
Road in North Clarendon, for a
bonfire and celebration of the Light
that came into the world long ago.
We will sing Epiphany carols and
have a great time. This is an
outdoor event so please dress
warmly!

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!

 

 

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.

Be the Peace in Rutland County, VT

In conjunction with Campaign Nonviolence events (organized by Pace Bene) this week in our nation’s capital and around the country, some Grace Church members and friends were out in the community at the Saturday Rutland Farmers Market.

They brought along three large blackboards, hand made by our friend Jacob Powsner from Chittenden.  Thank you Jacob!  On each board was a question that farmers market visitors and residents could write their answers. Here are the three questions:

How can I build peace within myself?
How can I build peace in Rutland?
How can I support others in Peace and Justice?

There were many inspiring thoughts, ideas and answers to these questions that were written in colorful chalk.

The three boards are now on display in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall.  So while you are enjoying your coffee, please take a few moments to take in these inspiring words from our community members.

Thank you to all the people who participated.  Thanks to Kathy and Karl Ross, Jacob Powsner and Rev. John Weatherhogg for spending part of your day at the Farmers Market talking with people and hauling these large blackboards back and forth!  Thanks to the Rutland Farmers Market as well!

Peace!

Nov. 4 – All Saints’ Sunday

When: November 4, 2018 at 7:00pm

Where: Grace Church sanctuary

About:  A Celebration of Lives for All Saints’ Sunday

Grace Church Sanctuary Choir, Castleton University Chorale and soloists, will present an evening of music and poetry to celebrate and remember the lives of those who have died.  Under the direction of Dr. Sherrill Blodget, the choirs will perform Antiono Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by Alastair Stout on the Grace Church organ. Between the movements of the Gloria, specially chosen poems will reflect on the lives of loved-ones who have died this past year.

 

Oct. 21 – Piano Recital, Nathan Carterette

When: October 21, 2018 at 4:00pm

Where: Grace Congregational UCC Sanctuary

About:
We warmly welcome the renowned pianist, Nathan Carterette, to perform the sublime Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. Hailed as ‘wonderfully poetic’ (Westfalen Post) and “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Nathan’s innovative programming has inspired audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation.

Known for his dedication to the music of Bach, Nathan has performed the Goldberg Variations in concert halls, universities and churches throughout the USA. His live recording of the Goldberg on Pittsburgh’s classic radio, WQED, became the most requested pledge drive item in the radio’s history. He recently recorded the Variations to be released in early 2019.

Following the concert, all are invited to a dinner in aid of HEAL: Raising Our World.