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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 2015 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ –

September signals a seasonal shift as kids and teachers return to school, the leaves begin to change, and at Richmond Congregational Church we begin gearing up for our fall traditions such as the 90th Round Church Pilgrimage and the 68th Chicken Pie Supper! Last year at RCC, we added to these traditions by creating monthly Intergenerational worship services. Intergenerational Sundays include children into our full worship life through different types of music, art, movement, technology and a more conversational sermon. Services are themed to correspond to the church calendar or season. On Intergenerational Sundays, kids stay with their families in worship instead of heading off to Sunday School after the children’s sermon.

On August 27, we held the Blessing of the Backpacks. Kids and adults brought their backpacks and work bags to be blessed for the year. In addition to blessing bags, we also blessed school supplies collected for Richmond Elementary School. Here are the grand totals: 5 boxes of crayons, 7 boxes of sidewalk chalk, 7 pairs of headphones, 8 boxes markers, 10 red pens, 12 sets of watercolors, 27 boxes of colored pencils, 41 folders, 51 large erasers, 70 blue pens, 79 glue sticks, 100 dry erase markers, 108 pencil cap erasers, 158 notebooks, 192 black pens and 611 #2 pencils! Upon receiving the donations at RES, guidance counselor Diane Kane wrote to the Missions Committee, "What a lot of donations! Thank you all so much. I am distributing already." I continue to be amazed at the generosity of this congregation and am thankful for the ways that you care for our wider community.

 

On September 27, we will have our Blessing of the Animals outside on the church front lawn. Last year we had many dogs and even some hamsters! Our church joins in this tradition with churches around the world who bless animals on or around October 4, which is the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic patron saint for animals and the environment. In addition to bringing your pets to be blessed, please consider bringing some dog or cat food or treats that we will donate to the local animal shelter.

While Intergenerational Sundays are meant to be "kid-friendly," I hope that people of all ages will find these worship services meaningful and faith-filled. If you have an idea or some energy to add to the mix, please let me know how we can include you in expanding our welcome and worship in the spirit of Jesus who said, "Let the little children come to me," (Matthew 19:14).

With Peace and Joy,

Katelyn