ReVision in Action: Moving Forward!

On May 6th, the Music, Life Long Learning and Property ReVision Team offered their proposal to the congregation. The proposal’s objective was to create a more welcoming and useful multi-purpose worship, educational, and concert space in Grace Church Sanctuary. The proposal was met with a very positive response from the congregation that Sunday morning.

The Music, Life Long Learning and Property ReVision Team’s Proposal is in 3 Parts:

Part 1:  

Relocate the bell choir from the upper north balcony to underneath the south balcony.

Part 2:

  • Remove front pews (3 each side) from sanctuary floor to create a multi-purpose space.
  • Move the organ console from the balcony to the sanctuary floor.
  • Move the choir from the sides to the center of the balcony.

Part 3:

Add a tiered platform to the current elevated pulpit area.

Since May 6th, the ReVision team has worked hard to bring the proposal into fruition. We are pleased to announce that we are in a position to move ahead with Part 1 of the proposal.

Part 1 has been funded in full by an anonymous donor. The handbells have experimented ringing in the space and believe the sound will be as good, if not better, than the balcony. There will be room for more bell ringers, as well as, handicapped accessibility that would allow for full participation from anyone in a wheelchair that wants to play in the bell choir. There will be space for the handbells to play with other instruments, and there will be better lighting for the bell ringers. We have tested lighting with help from the House of Lights in Mendon. The bass bell table will be removable, and
only be there on days the handbells ring.

For more information on the proposed work involved, please contact
the church office.

The Property Committee passed Part 1 of the proposal on August 1st, and the Church Council passed Part 1 of the proposal on August 12th.

We invite the congregation to a meeting after the 10 am service on August 26th to ask questions about the proposal. Alternatively, please call Alastair Stout before August 26th.

After August 26th, our hope is to have the handbells relocated in time for their first fall ring on September 23rd, 2018.

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/

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/

Serving Those who Serve the Church Coffee Hour – June 19

When: Tuesday, June 19 @ 10 AM

Where: Grace Church Parlor

About:
Come for a time of fellowship, coffee and refreshments to hear from the
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee, Philanthropy Officer of the Pension Boards, on the programs and assistance provided to clergy and lay church workers through Ministerial Assistance.  For over 100 years, Ministerial Assistance has served those who dedicate their lives to ministry by addressing pressing financial needs and developing leadership skills among clergy.  Come learn more about this important program. 

All-Church Picnic – June 17th

When: Following the 10am Worship Service

Where: Northwood Pool

About:
Come join us at the All-Church Picnic!  Parish Life will provide burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and beverages and the fee for the use of the pool.  Please bring a salad to share, towels and swim suits and a chair or blanket.  Pray for a warm, sunny day!  For more information, see George Jacoby.

Grace Handbell Choir Concert – May 20th

WhenMay 20th at 6:00 pm
Where: Grace Church Sanctuary
About:
Our wonderful handbell choir, Tintinnabula, will be joined by Jen Cohen on the steel drums to give a spirit-filled concert on Pentecost Sunday.  Stay after the concert for the Pentecost evening service.