Join us on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. at Grace Church for an afternoon of music.
When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.
Where: Grace Church Sanctuary
About: The Southwest Association of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ and Grace Congregational Church will be hosting a concert promoting peace, unity and friendship around the globe. The Grace Church Sanctuary Choir will be joined by local choirs to offer songs of peace. You are also invited to a reception that will follow the concert.
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.
In conjunction with Campaign Nonviolence events (organized by Pace Bene) this week in our nation’s capital and around the country, some Grace Church members and friends were out in the community at the Saturday Rutland Farmers Market.
They brought along three large blackboards, hand made by our friend Jacob Powsner from Chittenden. Thank you Jacob! On each board was a question that farmers market visitors and residents could write their answers. Here are the three questions:
How can I build peace within myself?
How can I build peace in Rutland?
How can I support others in Peace and Justice?
There were many inspiring thoughts, ideas and answers to these questions that were written in colorful chalk.
The three boards are now on display in the Grace Church Fellowship Hall. So while you are enjoying your coffee, please take a few moments to take in these inspiring words from our community members.
Thank you to all the people who participated. Thanks to Kathy and Karl Ross, Jacob Powsner and Rev. John Weatherhogg for spending part of your day at the Farmers Market talking with people and hauling these large blackboards back and forth! Thanks to the Rutland Farmers Market as well!
On the morning of June 9 a group of marchers consisting of Grace Church members, concerned citizens and members of other community organizations gathered in the Grace Church parking lot. From there they marched the loop along West Street, Merchants Row, Center Street, and Court Street back to West Street. Afterwards, some marchers went to Main Street (Route 7) in front of Main Street Park to hold their signs for passing motorists.
According to Castleton Indivisible, one of the sponsors of the march, the purpose of the march was to protest and bring more awareness of the cruel, inhumane and unjustified separation of children from their parents along the U.S. border with Mexico, and at other ports of entry into the U.S.