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.

April 14 – One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of  Sharing (OGHS) is one of the UCC special offerings.  Your offerings can do more than you can imagine!

On Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, our congregation will be giving our offerings to OGHS as way to help:

  • Specific Natural Disaster support
  • Refugee Emergency support
  • Church World Service Kit assembly
  • Sustainable Development Ministries

Coin boxes and giving calendars are available on the literature tables just at Grace Church.  Follow ‎@OGHS_at_UCC Twitter feed to keep yourself up to date on how UCC is making change with your change.

MARCH 3 – HOLLYWOOD TALES WITH JONATHAN GOLDSMITH

Fundraiser to benefit CSJ and Rupert Congregational Church.

When: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 7:30-9:00 pm

Where:  Tuttle Hall Theater, College of St. Joseph, 71 Clement RdRutland, VT
Call for more information: 773-5900

About:  “The man who portrays “The Most Interesting Man in the World” has come to the aid of the College of St. Joseph.

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Jonathan Goldsmith, Vermont resident and actor best known for his iconic role in the Dos Equis commercials, will present an evening of Hollywood Tales on Sunday, March 3 at 7:30pm in CSJ’s Tuttle Theater. Proceeds from the event will benefit CSJ as well as the Congregational Church of Rupert.

Goldsmith, who was the CSJ Commencement Speaker in 2014, will share some of his most interesting and memorable stories from an acting career that spans over fifty years. Goldsmith has appeared in more than 300 television shows including “Charlie’s Angels,” “Knight Rider,” and “MacGyver.” He starred alongside Burt Lancaster in the 1978 drama “GO TELL THE SPARTANS,” which chronicled a unit of American military advisers in Vietnam. But his role in the Dos Equis commercials made him into a cultural icon in what was one of the longest-running and best-received ad campaigns in US history. He is now the face of a new ad campaign for Astral Tequila, and recently had a cameo in a new Super Bowl commercial, appearing alongside Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker.” https://www.csj.edu/hollywood-tales-with-jonathan-goldsmith-sunday-march-3rd-at-730pm/

Tickets and info for the March 3rd event are available at www.csj.eduwww.802tix.com, or by calling (802) 776-5214.

Ticket Prices:

$25 General Admission

$50 VIP – Includes Meet & Greet Reception following the show.

 

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.

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.