Reflections from the Pastor

Sunday Worship 8.19.18

Dear Friends of Richmond Congregational Church,

Carolyn and I are enjoying many wonders and happenings of Vermont while Nathan and Katelyn are away on vacation.  What a beautiful and delightful place to live and serve!

This Sunday I am looking at the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s slave in Matthew 8.  Jesus and the centurion cross religious and cultural boundaries and a servant suffering with paralysis receives new life.  First century Palestine is turned upside down in that brief encounter and grace enters the world in an unexpected way.

When we cross religious and cultural boundaries on mission trips, we often see the world turned upside down.  We learn in ways we never thought we would learn.  We go to give but receive much more than we give.  We return as people who are deeply blessed.

Richmond Congregational Church will be returning to Costa Rica February 23 – March 4, 2019, to build houses for the poor in Nosara once again.  Interested in going?  Let myself or Katelyn know.

Grace and Peace,

Neal Sadler (Pastor Katelyn’s Father-in-law)


August Worship Calendar

August 5 @ 9:30 AM – Communion
Preacher: Rev. Katelyn Macrae
Musician: Esther Nui
Special Music: Britt & Graeme Kinnamon, Devena Fifield, Rosemary Shea-Cobb

August 12 @ 9:30 AM 
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Neal Sadler
Musician: Jen Greenwood
Special Music: Martha Alexander, Mary Peet and Julie Gutzel

August 19 @ 9:30 AM
Preacher: Rev. Dr. Neal Sadler
Musician: Jen Greenwood

August 26 @ 10:00 AM – Blessing of the Backpacks
Preacher: Rev. Katelyn Macrae
Musician: Jen Greenwood

September 2 @ 10:00 AM – Round Church Pilgrimage & Communion
Preacher: Rev. Katelyn Macrae
Musician: Jen Greenwood
Special Music: RCC Choir

Peace Vigil: 14 years and still going strong!

Have you ever driven by the church on Thursday between 5:30-6:00 pm and wondered what was going on? The Peace Vigil began in 2004 in response to the United States’ military invasion in Iraq. Fourteen years later the Peace Vigil is still going strong. Founding members Ingrid Cichoski (Richmond), Carol & John LaRue (Underhill), and occasionally some others, can be found each Thursday holding signs for peace. They are there in the sunshine and the snow. Unfortunately, there are just as many reasons to have the vigil today as when it began. Some drivers smile and wave, others honk, a few slow down their cars and roll down the windows to say, “Thank you for doing this,” while others drive right on by seemingly without noticing. John LaRue, riffing on the famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. says, “The arc of history bends towards justice, but not on its own.”

The Peace Vigil is a reminder of our need for peaceful relationships within our hearts, our homes, and our world. The hope and desire for peace transcends religious traditions and national boundaries. Psalm 34:14, a scripture shared by the Jewish and Christian faith, reminds us to “seek peace and pursue it.” On July 19 we held a Peace Vigil and Potluck Picnic where we were joined by several Richmond community members. The Peace Vigil gathers every Thursday and new members of all ages are always welcome. So come on down to the corner of Bridge & Church Streets and join us!

Upcoming events:

  • Worship Sundays August 5, 12, and 19 at 9:30 am
  • Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday August 15, 12-6pm
  • Lake Monsters Game & Fireworks Saturday, August 18 – for more information call the church office 434-2053
  • Blessing of the Backpacks & Briefcases Sunday August 26 at 10:00 am
  • 93rd Annual Round Church Pilgrimage, Sunday September 2 at 10:00 am
  • Chicken Pie Supper, Wednesday, October 3, tickets go on sale in September

Sunday Worship 7.22.18

Holy Rest is the worship theme for this week. During the sermon time, I’ll be asking how and where you find holy rest for your spirit and your body. If you have a favorite poem or prayer that describes holy rest, please bring it with you to church, or send it to me in advance. I’d love to integrate some of these into the sermon time.


Peace Vigil Potluck Picnic – July 19

Could you use some PEACE in your life? The friends at the Richmond Congregational Church have been gathering Thursday afternoons at 5:30-6:00pm in front of the church in celebration of PEACE. This tradition has been going on for over 10 years-you may have seen them waving and holding signs that carry the message of PEACE.

We would like to invite YOU to join our PEACE VIGIL and potluck picnic on July 19 at 5:30 pm.

Beverages will be provided. Bring a dish and come share our PEACE.

Please join us!!!

Summer Worship moves to 9:30

From July 1- August 19, we will hold our Sunday Worship services at 9:30 am, in hopes of beating the heat. On especially hot days, we may move our service downstairs into the Fellowship Hall, which is typically much cooler than the Sanctuary.

Confirmation – June 3, 2018

Congratulations to Seamus Buford, Jabes Gifford, Nathan Kessler, Sean Plumer and Soren Wysockey-Johnson! They are all newly confirmed into the faith family of the Richmond Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. We look forward to seeing where their faith journeys take them!

CLICK HERE to see photos of the celebration!

Sunday May 27, 2018 – Memorial Day, Trinity Sunday

As many of you know, Katelyn is away this week, so Ed Roberts and I, with lots of help from Jen G, have put together the service for Sunday. We are planning to have a hymn sing in place of the sermon. So please come with ideas of hymns to sing during that time.

Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember and honor those men and women who fought and died for our country in order to preserve our freedom. Thank you to all who served and those who are currently serving our country. It is also the unofficial start of the summer season. After the long cold winter and the long cold spring it is great to finally feel the warmth of the sun and see leaves on the trees, green grass and flowers in bloom as well as warm rain.

However you choose to spend this coming weekend. We hope to see you on Sunday morning!

All the best,
Jen Arnott and Ed Roberts – your Deacons for the day!

CLICK HERE to see the Sunday bulletin.

Blood Drive June 13

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.