Sunday of Service a Success!

“We stand tallest when we stoop to help others”

We had a wonderful day serving our community at our third annual Sunday of Service on May 21! Projects included working on the Richmond Trails, cooking meals for Act 1 & Bridge programs, singing at Sterling House, helping Our Community Cares Camp with their annual fundraising mailing, and home projects for two of our members (gardening and window washing). Thankfully, the rain held off all day, so we were able to complete all the projects we had planned.

Annual Meeting February 5, 2017

Warning of Annual Meeting

Richmond Congregational Church, UCC

Sunday, February 5, 2017

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 5, 2017 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 2016, discuss and approve the proposed budget for 2017, and discuss and act on any other business brought to the meeting.

 Click here to see a copy of the 2016 Annual Report.

Love God ~ Seek Peace ~ Build Community ~ Welcome All

Advent & Christmas Events

Tues Nov 29: Centering Prayers 7:00 pm (Blue Room)

Sat Dec 3: WSBA Holiday Market 9-3:00 pm

Sun Dec 4: Second Sunday of Advent 10:00 am, Round Church Caroling 4:00 & 5:00 pm, Valley Stage Concert 4:00 pm

Wed Dec 7: Advent Quiet Service 7:00 pm

Sun Dec 11: Third Sunday of Advent 10:00 am, Heifer Market

Wed Dec 14: Advent Quiet Service 7:00 pm

Sun Dec 18: Fourth Sunday of Advent 10:00 am, Christmas Fund Offering Received

Wed Dec 21: Advent Quiet Service 7:00 pm

Sat Dec 24: Candlelight Services 5:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Sun Dec 25: Christmas Day Lessons & Carol Sing 10:00 am

Sat Dec 31: OCCC Soup, Stew & Chili Dinner 5-7:00 pm, New Year’s Eve Concert 7:30 pm

Sun Jan 1: New Year’s Day Worship Service 10:00 am

Sun Jan 8: Epiphany Sunday Worship Service 10:00 am

Thanksgiving Wish

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Richmond Congregational Church, UCC. May you experience the abundant blessings of gratitude, grace, peace, joy, hope and love this holiday season and throughout the year.

RCC Seeking Musician

Richmond Congregational Church UCC, an open and affirming church, is seeking a musician with keyboard and accompanying skills. Instruments available are a two manual digital organ and upright piano which have been well maintained. Applicant should be open to playing sacred and spiritual music and preferably possess an ability to sight read. The individual will work closely with the pastor and music director. The position involves playing for Sunday Services and accompanying the choir. The choir sings once a month from September to June, with two evening rehearsals per month on Thursdays. Attendance at the evening rehearsals is negotiable. For more details about salary and specific work responsibilities please visit www.rccucc.org.  Please send resumes to: PO Box 302, Richmond, VT 05477; or email them to church@rccucc.org.  Applicants will be auditioned.

A Pastoral Letter in Response to the Election

November 9, 2016

Dear Friends in Christ,

This morning our country seems particularly divided into red states and blue states, Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and progressives. As people of faith, let us remember that God is bigger than any one candidate, political party, or election. God also can hold any emotion we might feel at the election results – all of the pride, sadness, tears, joys, happiness, turmoil, challenge, hate, acceptance, vitriol, pride, peace, unanswered questions – God holds it all.

God also holds us all in God’s hands. No matter who we are or who we love, or what we look like, or what language we speak, or what our IQ is, or how much money is in our bank account, or what zip code we live in, or how young or old we are, we are ALL held in the arms of our loving and tender Creator.

This election cycle has made it easy to label and stereotype. It has been tough on our spirits, souls, and psyches. We’ve come to see people across the aisle as our enemy, instead of our sister or brother in Christ. So today especially let us remember that we are all worthy of God’s love and care. Let us also remember our Christian calling. Jesus taught us to do justice, seek peace, walk humbly, love our neighbors (even and especially the ones we disagree with.) Our country needs to hear this message now more than ever. Let us recommit to working for a world where all of God’s children can live in peace, justice, hope, and love. This is the world I’m praying, hoping, and working for. Will you join me?

With Peace,

Rev. Katelyn B. Macrae

P.S. If you need a space or person to talk to, please call me at the church office or send me an email.

Halloween Treats at the RCC

Thank you to everyone who helped on Halloween. We had a great time carving pumpkins, handing out candy to Trick or Treaters and giving away free hot cider to around 500 people! Mount Mansfield Community Television stopped by to see how we celebrate Halloween at RCC! There are also some fun pictures from Halloween night and pumpkin carving on the church’s facebook page.

Fall Rummage Sale

Fall Rummage Sale – Friday & Saturday October 21 & 22.

Donations may be dropped off in the Fellowship Hall Mon. Oct. 17 through noon on Thurs. Oct. 20. We welcome all donations of clean, seasonal clothing and household items in good, useable condition. We DO NOT accept ski equipment, books (except children’s books), luggage, electronics, TVs, computers or furniture. For more information, please contact coordinators: Sharon Dwire at 434-2596 or Janice Chandler at 434-2692

 *NEW THIS FALL* Raffle with over $1000 in prizes. Tickets available now, drawing at the Rummage Sale on October 22. Contact Leta Watkins at 434-2243 for more information.

All Rummage Sale proceeds benefit church outreach and other local charitable efforts.

Progresso Soup Can Challenge

October Progresso Soup Can Pyramid Challenge
During the month of October, we will be collecting cans of Progresso soup (PROGRESSO ONLY please) for the Richmond Food shelf. The congregation will be divided into two groups, one with the last name beginning with A-M and the other for N-Z; to see which group can build the biggest pyramid of cans of soup! So bring your cans to church on Sunday morning or drop them off at the church office during the week and let the game begin! Please check the expiration dates on the cans to make sure they will not expire for at least the next few months.