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 

Youth Group – Jan. Calendar

Sunday, January 6
Join us before worship for pancakes and then for the Epiphany Hymn Sing at 4 p.m. and Tree Burning at Ashcroft-Billings Farm at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 13
Come join us for a “normal” night as we begin preparations for Youth Sunday!

Saturday, January 19
Rutland Meals Project – The Rutland Meals Challenge packaging event will be held on Saturday, January 19. 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.

Sign up to volunteer for the 9:30-11 a.m. shift or another time that works for you.

Sunday, January 20 to Monday, January 21
Lock in! See Tracy for details.

Sunday, January 27
Welcome Table Dinner and Youth Sunday planning! We will gather at 3 p.m. to continue our work on Youth Sunday, then move up to Fellowship Hall to help in serving the dinner at 5 p.m.

Jan. 10 – Book Discussion

When: Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Grace Parlor

About:
Join our Listening for God Book Discussion Group & potluck supper.   We will discuss People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Books will be available for $13 in the Church Office or on Sunday mornings.  All are welcome to join us!

Any questions, contact the office.

We are Looking for Knitters!

A Prayer Shawl is a gift to someone, to “wrap” them in prayers and bring them love, comfort and strength. Many blessings and prayers are knitted and crocheted into each shawl as they are made and then they are blessed during a worship service. If you know of someone who would benefit from a shawl please contact the Office (775.4301).

The Prayer Shawl Ministry group will meet on Wednesday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. We would love to have you join us on this date or on the second Wednesday of each month for an hour or so to knit, crochet and pray. We have yarn, needles and patterns or bring your own. Want to learn? We will teach you!

For more information please contact the Office (775.4301).

Dec. 21, Service of Light

When: Friday, December 21, 6:00 p.m.

Where: Grace Church Chapel

About:
Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness — The seasons of Advent and Christmas can be painful for some. It may be the first holiday without family members or friends who have recently died. The strong emphasis on family and togetherness can emphasize the loneliness of those who are separated from loved ones. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of employment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrations of the season. Space and time is needed to acknowledge sadness, grief, isolation, and concern that may be very present. The Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness provides an opportunity to do that.

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