This summer, as you make plans choosing from a vast list of possible activities, please keep in the mind the two American Red Cross blood drawings being hosted by RCC, June 13 and Aug 15 from Noon to 6PM. It only takes about an hour and the experience can provide a wonderful sense of giving and it would be a life saving action. www.redcrossblood.org
Fourth annual Sunday of Service
Sunday, May 20th from 9:30-11 am
This year the Missions Committee is working with RCC Trustees to put together a list of service jobs both out in the community and right at the church. Folks of all ages and skill levels can choose a project that will put their talents to good use whether their tool of choice is a spatula, a rake, a paintbrush, a hammer or a choir folder. Sign-up sheets for the following projects will be available in the parlor beginning May 6.
- Music as Sterling House
- Cooking project for the COTS Day Station
- Our Community Cares Camp Project (annual fund drive envelopes)
- Weeding the flower beds at Richmond Free Library
- Replace trim in fellowship bathroom
- Improving cage for bottle collection
- Improving trash can fence / latch
- Interior window cleaning
- Gardening / raking / mulching
- Interior painting
- Organizing & Cleaning Sunday School Rooms
Join us this weekend at church for Church Clean Up Day tomorrow starting at 9 AM, or for worship on Sunday at 10:00 AM. Sunday’s worship will include the Serendipity Choir singing “May the Good Lord Bless You and Keep You,” as well as a time to recognize the mothering figures in our lives, and the story of Jesus’ Ascension. Next week is Pentecost, and we will celebrate with our 4th annual Sunday of Service.
Warning of Congregational Meeting
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 11:30 am
The members of the Richmond Congregational Church, UCC are hereby notified and warned to meet in the RCC Sanctuary on Sunday, May 6, 2018 after the morning worship service (approximately 11:30 am) for a congregational meeting and vote.
At the meeting we will hear a presentation from Peter Heinrichs and Susan Lewis of Full Harvest Fundraising, discuss the process for conducting a capital campaign feasibility study and vote to decide whether we want to move forward with the feasibility study. We will then discuss and act on any other business brought to the meeting.
Love God ~ Seek Peace ~ Build Community ~ Welcome All
This Sunday, the sixth Sunday of Easter, we will celebrate communion together. It is also “Rural Life Sunday”. Here is a brief description:
The American Protestant custom of observing Rural Life Sunday on the Sixth Sunday of Easter has its roots in the ancient custom of “Rogation Days”—from the Latin word rogare “to ask” (In modern day English we find the root in the word “interrogation”). In the days between Easter 6 and Ascension Thursday, Christians in farming communities would “ask a blessing” on their fields, their seeds, their farm animals and their own labor, that their planting would flourish, and result in a good harvest. It was a joyful, hopeful time of community prayer for the land.
This Sunday we will hear news from the UCC Vermont Conference Annual Meeting. Pastor Katelyn, Cindy Preston and Anne Peterson are attending as representatives of our church. We look forward to hearing from them! CLICK HERE to see Sunday’s worship bulletin.
This Sunday we welcome Pastor Katelyn back just in time to celebrate Earth Day. We will also be taking a special collection for church “Camp-erships”. Guest musician Suiong Wong will be tickling the ivories for us this week.
Come join us Sunday at 10 am!
A word from our Guest Preacher, Rev. Josh Simon
Thank you for hosting me this Sunday. I love visiting different churches in the United Church of Christ. Eastertide is upon us. Again, we worship the risen Christ. Again, we sing songs of resurrection, joy, and hope. Again, we are reminded that Jesus’ teachings were not defeated but instead were reinvigorated. His resurrection shed a light on his teachings. In fact, in our scripture passage for Sunday amid a resurrection story, he again teaches to two disciples who were on their way out of Jerusalem. He teaches us the importance of breaking bread with one another. ~ Josh
Josh Simon is the Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church in Essex Junction. He is originally from Wisconsin. In 2016, he graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary. He’s been a pastoral intern in Chicago and Santa Fe, NM, and before arriving to Vermont, he was a chaplain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. He is passionate about social and economic justice. His primary mission to and in the church is to help empower youth to be disciples of Christ.
This Sunday we welcome Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton to the pulpit. Barbara was the minister here for many years prior to Pastor Katelyn’s arrival. We look forward to celebrating worship with her and sharing a time of fellowship after the service.
In anticipation of her return, she sent the following note:
“I look forward to celebrating worship with you once more, ten years after I left RCC to work for the Vermont Army National Guard. In the years since, I received my MFA from Goddard College, served four congregations as an Interim pastor, and welcomed a grandson (now almost 8!). Charlie and I still live in North Hero.”