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

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

Church Spring Cleaning Day April 30

On April 30, we will be meeting from 9am to noon to spruce up the church.    There are jobs for people of all abilities, some example jobs:  cleaning windows; spreading mulch and cleaning up the front gardens; steam cleaning the rugs.   If you see things that need to be cleaned or fixed, please let Matt Plumber, Matt Johnson or Kirk Peterson and we will add it to our list.    Many hands make light work, please join us if you can!   -Kirk Peterson

Wanted: Percussionists to accompany music in church

The drum and various percussion instruments enhance music when it is played and part of this is due to the fact that it captures the rhythms of our heart. The church owns various percussion instruments already but we do not have anyone to play them. Are there individuals in this church who would like to pick up one of these instruments from time to time. We are not looking for complicated rhythms; we are looking for those who would like to “go with the beat” and occasionally accompany our singers. It is difficult for singers to hold their music and wield a percussion instrument at the same time so a pair, or extra pairs of hands would be much appreciated.

What is involved basically is being familiar with the melody (we have links that will allow you to listen to the whole anthem in the comfort of your home)  and maybe 15 minutes of your time at one choir rehearsal and to arrive at 9 am for a Sunday dress rehearsal with the choir.  On other occasions when the choir is not singing, it would be great to have some percussion accompanying the hymns we sing at our Sunday service. If you think you would be interested and could help out in this area from time to time, please speak to Esther Nui ( phone: 802-434-3373) or Jen Lawson at the church ( phone: 802-434-2053). Thank you very much.

Dampp Chaser for Piano Needed

It would be great if we could have  a Dampp Chaser installed  in our church piano. This piano has served the church very well and is, on the whole, a great instrument to play. However, like most of us, the piano is aging and does need maintenance if it is going to continue to serve us well. It has had a recent overhaul of its innards but could use more attention now. A Dampp Chaser is basically a piano treatment system that maintains the humidity of the piano; too dry and we run the risk of cracking the sound board; too damp and the piano just retunes itself as the wood expands and the strings slip a little, totally undoing what the piano tuner has done.

Like all medical treatments, the dampp chaser piano treatment system costs about $500 to install because it requires a piano technician to purchase the parts and execute the installation. The church has a little money (about $150) to start the fund for the dampp chaser. It would be wonderful if some of us could make a little donation toward this fund. If you think you could help please write Piano Maintenance on your check or either see Esther Nui ( tel: 802-434-3373) or Jen Lawson at the church ( tel: 802-434-2053). Thank you very much.

Easter Celebration


Easter Sunday, March 27th

Sunrise Service 7:00 am at the Volunteer Green

Easter Breakfast 8:00 am at RCC

Worship Service 10:00 am at RCC