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.

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

Feb. 18 ~ Dreams Into Action

You are invited to join us for
Dreams Into Action: A Community Conversation about Race.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019, Noon-1:30 pm

Where: Grace Congregational Church, 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 Fellowship Hall can be reached via the elevator, which is located in the central part of the building.

About:  Join us on Monday, February 18th at Grace Church for Dreams into Action: A Community Conversation about Race.  Featuring Etan Nasreddin-Longo, Co-chair of the Fair and Impartial Policing Committee of the Vermont State Police and the chair of the Attorney General’s Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Advisory Panel; Mickie and Neil Richardson, citizen activists from Randolph; and Rutland NAACP President Tabitha Pohl-Moore.

This event is free and lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by the Rutland NAACP, the Rutland Interfaith Clergy group and the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society.  Donations accepted.

Jan. 27 – Evening Service

The Rutland Area Evening Choir invites you to join us this Sunday evening where we will offer a service of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany.

When: January 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary

About:
The service will celebrate the season of Epiphany with favorite anthems including Behold! A Star from Jacob Shining by Felix Mendelssohn and Stars by Ēriks Ešenvalds.

The evenings offering will be donated to the Rutland County Parent-Child Center.

Rutland Meals Challenge Packaging Event

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!!

When: Saturday, January 19, from 9:30-3:30

Where:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
6 Church Hill Road, Rutland, VT 05701

About:
Rutland Meals Challenge Packaging Event
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.

Fast-paced, easy, fun, creating goodwill, and friendships for people of all ages. If you are interested contact Tracy at Grace Church Office or sign up directly by visiting: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f4baeac22abf94-rutland3

Sign up individually but also indicate you are from Grace Church.

Follow the Challenge on Facebook: @vtmealschallenge 

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.

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!