A Message from Pastor Katelyn

Dear Friends in Christ

God is our refuge and strength,
a very presenthelp in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1

In the midst of the storms, chaos and pandemics of life – God is with us! Though we continue to be socially distanced, let’s close the spiritual distance between us by gathering together for worship virtually on Sunday at 10:00 AM. You can join three different ways and you don’t even have to have the internet – just a phone can work to get the worship audio.

FACEBOOK LIVE RCC’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/rccucc/

ZOOM web – Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/656711245

PHONE Zoom Conference Call: Dial 1 (646) 876 9923

  • Then Enter Meeting ID: 656 711 245

This Sunday, Doug Wysockey-Johnson will offer a message, Jen and Esther will offer music, Gretchen Paulsen will read scripture, I will be leading worship from the Sanctuary and Nathan (with assistance from Anna) will be running the tech. I hope you’ll join us.

Given the Vermont school and day care closures and the CDC recommendations for social distancing, we will resume in person worship when it is advisable to gather together. In the meantime, we are committed to creatively connecting as a congregation. Please share any ideas you have for how our church can reach out to help folks in need and stay connected during this time. Katelyn is happy to set up a Zoom meeting for committees and groups that want to try out this technology to meet. Next week the church office will be open from Tuesday and Thursday 9am-1pm. 

Additionally, now is a great time to consider online giving and making a one time gift or setting up a recurring pledge through your checking account. It takes a few minutes to set up through a secure web service and then can automatically deduct a monthly pledge. Here’s the link to get started.

Next week stay tuned for worship information about the Costa Rica Mission Trip.

With God’s Peace,

Katelyn

RCC Response to COVID-19

This is a time of great anxiety in our world and in our hearts. After prayerful discussion at Thursday’s meeting, the Church Council & Committee chairs have decided that we should err on the side of communal health by reducing our in person gatherings and finding ways to creatively be the Body of Christ in the time of the corona virus.

What this means on a practical level is that we will NOT gather for worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday March 15 and Sunday March 22 at 10:00 AM. Instead, we will have a chance to worship online. Furthermore, we will cancel all in-person church meetings through March 31.

CLICK HERE to see the full message from Pastor Katelyn Macrae.

Souper Bowl of Caring

This year we collected $291 and 188 food items for the Richmond Food Shelf and Thrift Store. Well done!

Thank you! 
~ Outreach & Christian Education Committees

Save the Date: Annual Meeting February 9, 2020

Warning of Annual Meeting of the Richmond Congregational Church, UCC

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

The members of the Richmond Congregational Church, UCC are hereby notified and warned to meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 9, 2020 after the morning worship service (approx. 11:30 am) for our annual meeting and luncheon.

At the meeting we will approve the consent agenda reports for 2019, discuss and vote on the proposed budget for 2020, and discuss and act on all other business brought to the meeting.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

Thank you Rev. Neal Sadler

During Pastor Katelyn’s family leave, we were very blessed to have her father-in-law Rev. Neal Sadler here in the pulpit. Not only was Neal a wonderful substitute Pastor, but we greatly enjoyed having him and his wife, Carolyn, join the Richmond community for a bit.

In February, Neal and Carolyn will be leading another mission trip to Nosara, Costa Rica and partnering with Mercy Home Ministries to build 2 homes for families in need. Several members of RCC will be joining them for this trip, as several did in 2018. We are grateful for the Sadlers and their ministry.

CLICK HERE to make a donation to the mission trip

Welcome Back Pastor Katelyn!

On January 2, 2020, Pastor Katelyn returned from family leave on a 2/3 time basis. From now through June, she will hold office hours (by appointment) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and will be preaching 3 Sundays per month.

Lent Personal Care Products Drive

Now through Palm Sunday (April 14), The Outreach Committee is holding a Lenten Personal Care Products drive to help the Richmond Food Shelf & Thrift Store. Any brand, full-size versions (no travel-size, please) of the following items are welcome. Please place items in the designated boxes at church. Thank you in advance!

  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Any unscented feminine hygiene products, such as tampons, pads, panty liners, etc…

PLEASE No Soap, Depends or Baby Diapers; the Food Shelf has other sources for these items.

Annual Meeting and Luncheon 2/10/19

Warning of Annual Meeting of the Richmond Congregational Church, UCC

Sunday, February 10, 2019

11:30 am

The members of the Richmond Congregational Church, UCC are hereby notified and warned to meet in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 10, 2019 after the morning worship service (approx. 11:30 am) for our annual meeting and luncheon.

At the meeting we will approve the consent agenda reports for 2018, discuss and vote on the proposed budget for 2019, discuss and vote on an amendment to the RCC Constitution, and discuss and act on all other business brought to the meeting.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ANNUAL REPORT

RCC Collects over $175 for Food Shelf

Last Sunday, our church participated in a “noisy offering” as part of the “Souper Bowl of Caring”, to raise funds for the Richmond Food Shelf and Thrift Store. We gathered $178.10 in cash and loose change, in large soup pots, collected by the Sunday School students.

Stay tuned for other ways we can support this and other local charities.