May 11, 2021 – Dedication of Martin Henry Freeman Sculpture

A sculpture honoring Rutland native and leading abolitionist Martin Henry Freeman will be formally dedicated May 13 at noon in the Center Street Marketplace – 195 years after his birth.  The public is invited to attend, following COVID-19 protocols.

Feb. 14, 2021 – Annual Financial Meeting

Greetings from Finance!

If you are unable to pick up a paper copy at the church, you can view an online version of the February 2021 Annual Finance Report (PDF).

It’s time for the Annual Financial Meeting… but things will be a little different this year. Living in the time of COVID means that in-person meetings are not safe right now – so this year’s Annual Financial Meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing, on Sunday, February 14, at 11:30 AM.

Download the Zoom Client For Meetings app
Zoom Cheat Sheet for Windows
Zoom Cheat Sheet for Mac or IPad

There will also be a Zoom Training Session on Sunday February 7th, one week before the Financial Annual Meeting; we will go over how to Zoom whether you are using a laptop, an iPad, a phone, Apple or Android, Mac or Windows. Please contact Beth Wolven (beth@gracechurchvt.org) for the Zoom links and instructions. We have some ground rules for the meeting, to make it easier for everyone:

  • Please join the meeting (whether by phone or video) 15 minutes early; this will allow time to for the Clerk to take a rollcall, set up names for any phone numbers, and make sure we have a quorum.
  • Please make sure to keep your mic and/or phone muted unless you have been recognized by the Moderator; background noises are very distracting to everyone and make it hard to follow the conversation.
  • Please only use the Chat Function to ask a question, make a motion, or to be recognized by the Moderator.
  • For the optimum experience with Zoom, please make sure you are using the strongest network in your home; directly wired would be best, but close to your router if you are working wirelessly.
  • If you have any questions going into the meeting, please submit them in advance, by email, to our Financial Secretary Beth Wolven: beth@gracechurchvt.org. We will also take questions during the meeting, as always, but we believe the process will go more smoothly if we can answer some of your questions during the presentation or in advance of the meeting.
  • Hard copies of the Annual Financial Report will be available beginning Sunday January 31st; you will find them on a table in-between the doors of the West St. covered entrance (where we received the White Gifts for Christmas). The report will also be posted to the church website in .pdf formatting, so that it can be downloaded and/or printed at home.

Learning with Grace Committee invites you to “Stir up Good Trouble” for Lent 2021!

This year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17. The Learning with Grace Committee is collecting your reflections on stirring up “good trouble” for our 2nd Lenten Daily Devotional Booklet. Here is what the UCC has said about the theme for Lent this year:

The late Representative John Lewis of Georgia talked about stirring up “good trouble” that leads to justice. Jesus stirs up a lot of good trouble in the Lenten Gospels this year…

YOU are invited to submit your reflection on Stirring up Good Trouble, however that theme has touched your life and however you would like to share it (prose, poetry, artwork)

  • Your reflection must fit on a 4 ½ by 8 ½ space (half a sheet of paper)
  • You may include scripture if you so choose, but it is not required.
  • Your reflection MUST be received in the church office by Friday, February 12 so the booklet will be ready by Ash Wednesday.
  • You may email the reflection to kit@gracechurchvt.org or to eepgreen@hotmail.com or mail it to: Grace Church – Lent, 8 Court Street, Rutland, VT 05701
  • If you would also like to read/show your reflection for a midweek or Sunday recording for Lent, please contact the Church Office at 775-4301.

Thank you for helping to create a community Lenten devotional guide. Your story is part of Grace’s story! And even during a pandemic, our Lenten journey is a shared one!