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.

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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#GraceMusic #BassConcerto

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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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

Aug. 31 – Bethany Birches Camping Weekend

When: Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31-Sept.3

Where: Bethany Birches, 2610 Lynds Hill Road, Plymouth, VT 05056

About:
Tents, pop-ups, and trailers are all welcome. There are rustic cabins for use, as well, if you do not have camping equipment. Come for one, two, or three nights or come just for the day on either Saturday or Sunday. There will be a potluck dinner on Saturday night and an outdoor worship on Sunday morning. Come and relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Come and be in fellowship with others. Come and have fun playing games and hiking!

For more information, contact the Church Office (775.4301).

Directions from Rutland:

  • Take it Rte. 4 East through Rutland and into Killington. In after a long straight-away you’ll see two general stores. Make a right onto 100 South.
  • Follow that for 6 or 7 miles.
  • Make a left onto 100A
  • Go 0.9 Miles and turn right onto Lynds Hill Rd.
  • Go 2.6 miles on the twisting, country road
    (You may think that you’re lost, but you aren’t!)
  • Bethany Birches Camp is on your right and is clearly marked. The cabin is on your right as you enter the parking lot.

Bethany Birches: 802.672.5220

http://www.bethanybirches.org/

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!

Hymn Sing & Ice Cream Social

When: August 26th, 4:00pm

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary

About:
Gather With Grace: please join the local church choirs as we celebrate the wonderful hymn tunes of the British Isles. We will sing Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English tunes including those composed by RV Williams who died 60 years ago. An ice cream reception will follow!
🎶 #GraceMusic

Parking lot entrance on West Street.
Please enter the building from the side parking lot entrance.

Killington Music Festival Faculty Recital – July 5

When: July 5th, at 7:00 PM

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary

About:
We welcome the internationally renowned faculty of the Killington Music Festival to give a recital in the Grace Church Sanctuary. Guest artist, Simon Ghraichy, piano, Killington Music Festival Artistic Director, Daniel Andai, violin, and Theodore Buchholz, cello, will offer an evening of classical music.

For more information about the Killington Music Festival:
https://www.killingtonmusicfestival.org/