February 27, 2022 – First Outdoor Winter Event – VT Conference UCC

Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ
First Outdoor Winter Event
Sunday, February 27, 2022
2:00 – 4:00pm
Smokey House Center, Danby, VT

You can download this flyer and post on a bulletin board near you!

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

Our Faith Our Vote course resources

The Adult Spiritual Growth Committee is hosting a series of workshops and discussions around Civil Discourse in an election year as our nation is deeply divided. The course materials have been gathered from the UCC website, Sojourners and other sources.

The course materials are being posted for those who are unable to attend the sessions scheduled after Sunday Service in September and October 2020. We will continue to update this information after each session.

The moderators are Russ and Ellen Green. For more information, please contact Ellen Green (eepgreen@hotmail.com).

Continue reading “Our Faith Our Vote course resources”

Sept. 22 ~ Peace Concert

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.

* A freewill offering will be accepted. 

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.

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.

 

Oct. 7 – World Communion Sunday

When: October 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

Where: Grace Church Sanctuary

About: Please join the Grace Church Sanctuary choir and SSAA choir to celebrate World Communion Sunday.   The choirs will lead worship with a variety of songs from all over the globe, including the wonderful Spanish song, Samba de las Escrituras.

“World Communion Sunday is a celebration that began in 1933 by Dr. Hugh Thomson Kerr.  It is observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October.  It promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation.  It focuses on an observance of the eucharist.”
– Wikipedia

Good Friday Tenebrae Service

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Join us this Good Friday evening.

When: March 30, 2018 at 7PM

Where: Grace UCC Sanctuary

What to expect:
Also know as the Service of Shadows, Tenebrae is a time in which we meditate on the Passion of Christ.  During this evening’s service you will experience a dramatic form of the extinguishing of the Light.

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.   John 1:1-5
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  John 3:16