Mission and Service Fundraiser continues through February

After the January 30th CD release concert for the “Uplifting Guitar Hymns” album, the fundraiser for Mission and Service will continue for another month (until February 28, 2022).

The music CD will be available to purchase ($15) after Sunday morning services in February, in the Grace Church Parlor. The proceeds from CD sales will be shared 50/50 with Mission and Service committee.

  • Sunday, February 6: After Chapel service (between 9-10am), plus after 10am service.
  • Sunday, February 13: After Chapel service (between 9-10am), plus after 10am service.
  • Sunday, February 20: After 10am service
  • Sunday, February 27: After 10am service

If you are unable to attend Sunday services, or are not affiliated with Grace Church, you can contact Ron Pulcer at 802-775-8861 or ron@ronpulcer.com for direct sales. After payment, the CDs will be mailed to you, or arrangements could be made to pick up your CD at Grace Church.

Note: Currently Ron is working on capability to order CDs online. But for the short term, you can purchase CD on Sunday mornings at Grace Church or via orders by phone or email.

Concert raises funds for Grace Church’s Mission and Service

Thank you to everyone who attended the January 30th CD release concert for the “Uplifting Guitar Hymns” album by Ron Pulcer. A Free Will Offering was made by attendees, which benefited the Mission and Service Committee at Grace Church.

In addition, CDs were sold after the concert and proceeds were shared with Mission and Service.

In total, $806 was raised for Mission and Service. A member of the M&S committee spoke at concert about the committee’s programs and support for non-profit orgs, including local organizations.

Thank you to the guest musicians who performed. Thanks also to Mission and Service committee members and volunteers who ushered the concert and sold CDs.

February 13, 2022 – Finance Annual Meeting

2021 Financial Annual Report (full report)

The full 2021 Financial Annual Report includes the budget info as well as other information to be presented at meeting. If you want to just view or print the 2022 budget, you can open the following link:

2022 Budget Final Council Ratified (PDF)

Both the Finance Informational Meeting and the Finance Annual Meeting will be held in hybrid mode; if you would rather attend remotely, the details are below. To receive a clickable link, check the weekly Grace Good News or contact Beth at beth@gracechurchvt.org for an email invite.

Grace Congregational invites you to the Zoom Finance Annual Meeting
Time: Feb 13, 2022 11:00 AM
To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81211122139?pwd=eVZoaVIxbzJxcElqYmtHaVF2dkhHUT09

Meeting ID: 812 1112 2139
Passcode: 934766

To call in, dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID and Passcode are the same whether calling or on computer

February 6, 2022 – Finance Informational Meeting

2021 Financial Annual Report (full report)

The full 2021 Financial Annual Report includes the budget info as well as other information to be presented at meeting. If you want to just view or print the 2022 budget, you can open the following link:

2022 Budget Final Council Ratified (PDF)

Both the Finance Informational Meeting and the Finance Annual Meeting will be held in hybrid mode; if you would rather attend remotely, the details are below. To receive a clickable link, check the weekly Grace Good News or contact Beth at beth@gracechurchvt.org for an email invite.

Grace Congregational invites you to the Zoom Finance Informational Meeting
Time: Feb 6, 2022 11:00 AM
To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87984788613?pwd=T2NnMnBBOUQzYm4zdTdYaXBtSlpJdz09

Meeting ID: 879 8478 8613
Passcode: 910768
To call in, dial: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID and Passcode are the same whether calling or on computer

January 30, 2022 – CD Release Concert + Fundraiser for Mission & Service

A CD Release Concert + Fundraiser for Grace Congregational Church’s Mission and Service programs will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary.

CD Release of “Uplifting Guitar Hymns”: Ron Pulcer and guest musicians will perform selections from Ron’s new album, which was recorded at Grace Church. The album includes 18 hymns, Spirituals and religious songs, and features instrumental fingerstyle guitar arrangements by Ron. Guest musicians include Marina Smakhtina (cello, guitar), Linda MacFarlane (dulcimer, guitar) and Phil Henry (djembe, guitar). For more info:

Concert: https://upliftingguitarhymns.com/cd-release-concert-01-30-2022/

Fundraiser for Mission and Service programs: A Free Will Offering at the concert will be given to the Mission and Service Committee at Grace Church, which in turn supports local non-profits. Also, a portion of CD sales after the concert will be shared with Mission and Service. A member of M&S Committee will speak to concert audience about their programs and plans. For more info:

Fundraiser: https://upliftingguitarhymns.com/2022/01/11/fundraiser-for-grace-churchs-mission-and-service/

For more information, please contact the church office, or email Ron Pulcer, or see album website.

UCC JPANET: Stand up for Our Haitian Neighbor

We Will Not Stand For the Abuse of Our Haitian Neighbor

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This week images of U.S. Border Patrol agents ruthlessly chasing and rounding up Haitian immigrants have shocked and horrified us all. Right now there are thousands of people from Haiti seeking safety in the United States who are fleeing the devastation wrought by natural disaster and civil unrest. Instead of responding to those needs by offering safety and welcome; the administration continues to deploy deportation and detention as their primary response. There is a long history of humanitarian failures to Haiti and these actions undermine the laws that determine access to asylum and more importantly undermine our moral standing as a country.

It is critical that Congress put pressure on the administration to end their practice of using Title 42 as justification for these expulsions. Title 42 is a public health order that allows the administration to not allow for entry, even for those seeking asylum. There is no public health benefit to this and it is being used to deport those legally presenting themselves to ask for asylum and safety. Instead there should be administrative actions taken including expanding the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation, offering Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) designations and the option to use humanitarian parole for Haitian arrivals.

Congress must also hold those responsible for the egregious abuses and open violence that Haitian migrants are being subjected to. There must be an investigation and consequences for the flagrant human rights abuses.

Answering the call to love our neighbor looks like a lot of different things, but it is unambiguous in intent – we must do more and do better for care for our Haitian neighbors. Join with us as people of faith to urge Congress and the administration to take these critical steps.

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Source: United Church of Christ

UCC Justice – Local Church Ministries

UCC Justice & Peace Action Network (JPANET) – Action Center