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.

 

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 

Oct. 7 – Benefit Concert

When: October 7, 2018 at 4:00pm

Where: Grace Sanctuary

About:  Grace Church Sanctuary Choir will lead an afternoon of music in aid of local charities. The choir will be joined by local professional musicians, Court Gettel, Jennifer Hoult, Barry Cohen and Wesley Christensen to offer music from spirituals and songs to classical masterpieces. A goodwill offering to benefit local charities will be taken.

 

Oct. 21 – Piano Recital, Nathan Carterette

When: October 21, 2018 at 4:00pm

Where: Grace Congregational UCC Sanctuary

About:
We warmly welcome the renowned pianist, Nathan Carterette, to perform the sublime Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach. Hailed as ‘wonderfully poetic’ (Westfalen Post) and “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Nathan’s innovative programming has inspired audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation.

Known for his dedication to the music of Bach, Nathan has performed the Goldberg Variations in concert halls, universities and churches throughout the USA. His live recording of the Goldberg on Pittsburgh’s classic radio, WQED, became the most requested pledge drive item in the radio’s history. He recently recorded the Variations to be released in early 2019.

Following the concert, all are invited to a dinner in aid of HEAL: Raising Our World.

Support Group for Fathers

Where: Grace Church

When: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

About:
A new social/educational group is forming for new fathers, experienced fathers – anyone in a fathering role! If you are interested in developing as a parent, seek camaraderie and support, or have insights to share, please join us. We will meet weekly at Grace beginning Tuesday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. The initial meeting will offer food and a discussion to help us chart a course, so be sure to bring your ideas.

The group is co-sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center, Grace Church, and Evergreen Substance Abuse Services.

To learn more, contact Steve Harrington at 345-5372 or steve.harrington@rcpcc.org
or just show up!!

 

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StefStrong!

Grace Church has StefStrong bracelets!  You can purchase as many as you want in the church office for $3.00 each or a donation of any kind!! Funds raised will be donated to the Bender/Schaffer family to help defray the many costs they are currently facing.

Let’s keep Stefani and her family strong through this rehabilitation process!!

You can also show support via GoFundMe:
https://www.gofundme.com/stefanie-schaffer-and-family

Pentecost Evening Service – May 20th

When: May 20th at 7:00 pm
(preceded by the Tintinnabula Handbell Choir Concert at 6:00 pm)
Where: Grace Church Sanctuary
About: 
The choirs of Trinity Episcopal and Grace Church will combine to offer an evening service to celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  The service begins at 7:00 pm and will include organ music, scripture, hymns and anthems in a variety of languages in a peaceful and reflective evening atmosphere.
An offering will be accepted towards the mission work at Trinity and Grace Churches.
 
Want to join us?
All are welcome to sing in the choir – rehearsals will be May 6, 13 and 20 from 11:45 – 1:00pm in Grace Church choir room.