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Richmond Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Rev. Katelyn Macrae, Pastor 20 Church St. P.O. Box 302 Richmond VT, 05477

(802) 434-2053 Email: church@rccucc.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/rccucc

Sunday Worship September-June: 10:00 AM with Sunday School and Nursery care
 July & August: 9:00 AM with special activities for children

Church office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am - 3:00pm


Open and Affirming   All are Welcome

September 2014 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ,

Its amazing how much our lives can be marked by seasonal transitions. As a child, September was always a time of new starts and fresh beginnings. The freshly sharpened pencils and new notebooks at the start of the school year held the promise and the possibilities of the work and learning to come. Though no longer a student, September still brings me that same sense of promise, possibility and excitement.

The noticeable fall chill weve had in the air this past week preludes the switch from summer mode into high gear here at Richmond Congregational Church as our Sunday School and music programs begin in earnest, worship returns to 10:00 AM, and we prepare for our Annual Pilgrimage to the Old Round Church (September 7), the Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases (September 14), and the Chicken Pie Supper (October 1). We have a lot going on in the next month at RCC and many hands have already been busy in preparation. Thank you for your work!

Over the summer, I have greatly enjoyed getting to know people at church on Sunday mornings as well as around town. Its amazing how many folks Ive run into at the grocery store or walking around. In an effort to continue to get to know our community, the Pastoral Relations Committee will be hosting three "Meet the Pastor" gatherings in September. These informal meetings will be a chance to get to know each other better, ask questions, and express some hopes for our ministry together. Additionally, I will continue to hold Community Office Hours at On the Rise Bakery from 9:30-11:00 AM on Thursdays. Please stop by and join me for some coffee or tea.

The great theologian and activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "faith is taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase." As we enter this new season of possibility, may we walk together, work together, and be together as a community of faithful people, the Body of Christ, working to spread Gods love throughout the world.

See you in church!