March 31 – Benefit Concert

Each year, Mentor Connector volunteers guide over 150 vulnerable youth (age 5-21) through life-changing friendships to build goals, character, and skills to be successful in life. Everything they do, every family they serve, and every dollar they spend is focused on creating sustainable, lasting change for Rutland County youth.

Join us on March 31st to support Mentor Connector at our Benefit Concert full of many local musicians, including:

Grace Church Sanctuary Choir
Slate Valley Singers
Grace SSAA Choir
Jennifer Hoult, harp

David Castonguay, baritone
Barry Cohen, bassoon
Court Gettel, flute
Christy Papandrea, flute
Diane Chartrand, piano
Alastair Stout, piano

*Freewill Offering will be collected to support Mentor Connector.

Mar. 10 – Grease!

Join Grace UCC’s Annual Joyful Noise Showcase of Talent

WhenMarch 10 at 6pm

Where: Grace Sanctuary

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.

About:  Our youth choirs, Joyful Noise and the Children’s Choir, will offer songs, including a medley of choruses and solos from Grease. The singers will be accompanied by a band of local musicians, and also be joined by choirs from local schools. Please come and support our talented youth, who will be raising money for the HEAL organization. Refreshments will be available to purchase before and during the performance, which begins at 6pm.

* If you would like to donate to the HEAL Fund.  Click here

@healraisingourworld

Feb. 23 – Shetland Night

Grace UCC Music Ministry welcomes you and yours to the 2nd Annual Shetland Night.  Join us for a night of food, fun and fellowship!

When: February 23rd at 5:30pm
Where: Grace UCC 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.

About:  Suggested donation ~ $10; proceeds will benefit the Grace Organ Repair Fund

Tatties ‘n Point at 5:30pm – baked potato bar with assorted toppings to choose from.
Pictures at 6:15pm – A short presentation of pictures from Fair Isle – Shetland’s most remote inhabited island – where Alastair spent his summer holidays!

Dancing at 7:00pm – Traditional Scottish dancing led by John Kirk and Trish Miller

Promote Shetland

* Can’t make it to the event, but you would still like to donate to the Grace Organ Repair Fund?  Click here

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!

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.