69th Annual Chicken Pie Supper Highlights

Thank you to all the busy hands who helped set up, prepare, serve and clean up and all those who enjoyed a community meal!  Here are some highlights of the evening:

Blessing of the Animals SignSeptember 18, 2016

On a beautiful September Sunday morning, several dogs, Perry the guinea pig, a chicken named Mozart, and the people who care for these pets, gathered on the front lawn Richmond Congregational Church, United Church of Christ for the third annual Blessing of the Animals. For those animals who could not travel, their owners brought pictures of their pets to be blessed in-absentia. 

At one point during the service, the dogs broke into a howling chorus, joining the people as we sang “All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir!” At the appropriate time each animal came forward to receive a blessing, and a certificate to mark the occasion. A wonderful time was had by creatures great and small!

Katelyn blesses Leroy.
Katelyn blesses Leroy.
Margaret with Alta, her Golden Retriever
Margaret with Alta, her Golden Retriever
 Jenn with Molly the Springer Spaniel

Jenn with Molly the Springer Spaniel
Seamus with Mozart the Chicken
Seamus with Mozart the Chicken
Katelyn, Nathan and Koda
Katelyn, Nathan and Koda
Blue and Leroy play together on the church's front lawn after the Blessing of the Animals
Blue and Leroy play together on the church’s front lawn after the Blessing of the Animals
Sparkle the Dog
Sparkle the Dog
Mozart the Chicken
Mozart the Chicken

Community Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday September 18 at 10:00 AM we will again hold a community blessing of the animals. You are invited to bring your pet to church for a special blessing – no matter whether it has feathers, fur, or scales – we celebrate all God’s critters!  The service will be held outside on the front lawn (weather permitting).

91st Annual Round Church Pilgrimage

Sunday September 4, 2016 was our 91st annual Pilgrimage to the Round Church! As we gathered to worship in this beautiful and historic place, we join with our ancestors in faith who built this church more than 200 years ago. Worship included two musical selections from the choir, “The Prayer” and “Go Now in Peace” as well as Communion. The sermon topic for the week was “Modern Day Pilgrims.” Guest reader Sally Singer joined us from the Richmond Historical Society to share Psalm 139, our scripture this week.

Blessing of the Backpacks & Sunday School

On August 28, 2016, we held our 3rd annual Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases. All of God’s children, young and old, were encouraged to bring their backpacks, laptops, graphing calculators, planners, smartphones, paintbrushes, car keys, cookbooks – any of the tools used to help work and learn. During the Time for Children, we blessed these items and remembered that God is with us as our church’s children began a new year of learning, and many of our families transitioned to the school year rhythm. Our Special Music was offered by Wendy DeForest, Brian Kessler and Martha Alexander, who lead us in the tune “If I Had a Backpack.”

On September 11, 2016, we began our Sunday School year and our new curriculum: “A Joyful Path”.  Sunday School for children in preschool through 5th grade meets weekly and grades 6-8 meet every other week during church. We also offer nursery care weekly, for infants and toddlers.

Congratulations Pastor Katelyn & Nathan

It is with Great joy that we celebrate the wedding of our Pastor, Katelyn Bolton Macrae and Nathan Neal Sadler.  The two were united in marriage on Saturday, July 30, 2016 here at the Richmond Congregational Church.  We wish them many years of peace, joy and abundant blessings!

The groom awaits his bride
The groom awaits his bride
Here comes the bride!
Here comes the bride!
The ceremony
The ceremony

Sunday of Service June 5, 2016

As our church’s program year winds down we have much to celebrate. On May 22, we celebrated Confirmation with seven youth in grades 7-9. These youth have spent the year learning about the history of Christianity, and how their faith calls them to live in the world today. We are very proud of our Confirmands and celebrate their hard work and learning.

Looking ahead to Sunday, June 5, our church will leave the building! Last year’s Sunday of Service was such a success, that we have decided to do it again. Richmond Congregational Church will go out into the community for a number of service projects including cleaning up local trails, reviving a garden at the Richmond Library, helping Our Community Cares Camp get ready for summer camp, singing with senior citizens, and cooking meals for Act One shelter in Burlington. Here is the plan for the day:

Members of our congregation gather during our Sunday of Service May 31, 2015
Members of our congregation gather during our Sunday of Service May 31, 2015

9:00-9:20 am – Meet in RCC Fellowship Hall for a Service Send Off with prayers and songs. Then depart to project location with your team.

9:30-11:00 am – Community Service Projects

11:00-11:30 am – Return to RCC’s Fellowship Hall for snacks and share your stories of service.

Our Sunday of Service is one way that we can put our faith into action by serving our broader community. If you would like to join us, please contact the Church Office at 434-2053 or church@rccucc.org

Times Ink Article May 2016

Movie Night at RCC

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm RCC and VT Interfaith Power & Light are offering a showing of  the film “Merchants of Doubt”.

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Click HERE for more information about “Merchants of Doubt.”

Spring Rummage Sale

Save the Dates for our spring Rummage Sale, May 13 & 14, 2016.  We will set up tables on Saturday, May 7.

Donations can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall Sunday, May 8 through NOON on Thursday, May 12. We welcome all donations of seasonal clothing & shoes in good condition. We don’t accept ski equipment, text or adult books, luggage, TVs, computers or over-sized pieces of furniture.

Volunteer sign-up sheets can be found in the church parlor. For more information, please contact coordinators: Sharon Dwire at 434-2596 or Janice Chandler at 871-5995