Oct. 17 ~ Travelogue to Ireland

Please join the Spiritual Growth and Music Ministries for a potluck dinner and travelogue on October 17 at 6 pm in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall. Barb Kirk and Tegan Kirk-Elkin will present their travels through the Emerald Isle. Free, please bring a dish to share.

Sept. 29 ~ Immigration and Michaelmas

Join us for this event on Immigration sponsored by the Spiritual Growth Committee.  In lieu of our Aug. 18 date, we will be meeting on September 29, 2019.

Immigration and Michaelmas!

When: Sunday, September 29, 2019 after our 10am worship service.

Where: Fellowship Hall

About: What is Michaelmas, and what does it have to do with our immigration work?  It’s an ancient Christian holiday that celebrates the Archangel Michael defeating evil in the world!  Join us for a Potluck luncheon discussion about Grace Church’s next steps with the wider Rutland community – what would it take to sponsor one or more families in Rutland?  During this time, we will also have crafts/card-making to send to our brothers and sisters on the Border.

*A free-will offering will be collected for those working with detainees at the Border.

 

 

 

 

Spring Spiritual Growth Opportunities

The Life Long Learning reVision group have heard your ideas and requests. 

We would like to make some of them possible. Below is the list generated last spring.  We know we can grow in our faith while we grow in our knowledge with and through each other.

We ask you to let us know of the opportunities in which you would participate.   After Lent, we will be able to offer the groups that will grow together.

To make us aware of your interest:  Please contact the Life Long Learning group or look for our flyer in the church bulletin.

  • Ecumenical learning groups
  • Travelogues
  • Bus trips
  • Groups to attend local offerings together
  • Tours of houses of worship – local and distant
  • Young families/parenting education/support
  • Youth-led phone/tablet/computer help for adults
  • Video series (Constantine’s Sword, etc.)
  • Meditation

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. 31 ~ Spiritual Growth Evening: Immigration

The Spiritual Growth Committee invites YOU to share in an evening of discovery and civil discourse about IMMIGRATION: Mexican Migrants in VT and Central American Asylum Seekers on our Southern Border. 

When: January 31, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: Grace 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 elevator is located in the central part of the building.

About: The Spiritual Growth Committee invites YOU to share in an evening of discovery and civil discourse about IMMIGRATION: Mexican Migrants in VT and Central American Asylum Seekers on our Southern Border.  Please bring a potluck dish to share at this night of discussion.  Child care is also provided to families who wish to attend.

Questions to think about:

Do Mexican Migrants in VT and Central American Asylum Seekers on our Southern Border have anything in common? What do they have to do with our faith and spiritual growth?

You will also have the opportunity to make a donation to the border ministry.
VT UCC minister, Marjorie MacNeill, will be traveling to border towns of in Arizona.

With the funds, she will be purchasing and donating needed supplies for several programs & churches doing amazing and difficult work with the people who have made their way across the Mexico-US border.

She hopes to also provide help to a network of churches and shelters in Tucson who have been offering welcome and assistance to those families with children released from detention.  With no resources, these families were dropped off at the Tucson bus station.  One of our UCC congregations there recently offered welcome, rest, food, encouragement, support, and needed supplies to over 500 mothers, fathers, and children as they made arrangements to get to families/sponsors across the country.

More assistance is still needed to offer such hospitality and friendship in the city.  She’ll also be visiting and bringing needed supplies to a Presbyterian mission on the border in Douglas, AZ and to the border/food-shelf ministry at The Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita, AZ near Green Valley.  If you have been wanting to offer direct help for such ministry at the border, they would be grateful for financial donations and would handle them faithfully and carefully.

 

Jan. 10 – Book Discussion

When: Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Grace Parlor

About:
Join our Listening for God Book Discussion Group & potluck supper.   We will discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Books will be available for $13 in the Church Office or on Sunday mornings.  All are welcome to join us!

Any questions, contact the office.

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.