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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

July/August 2014 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

June 2014

Dear Friends in Christ,

What a joy it is to begin a new season of ministry with you here at Richmond Congregational Church! Growing up, I always looked forward to this time of year. Summer was synonymous with school vacation, adventures, camp, spending time in nature and discovering new places. As an adult, my appreciation for this season has expanded. For our farmers, summer is the season of growing and tending. The soil has been tilled, the plants have been planted, but now they need to be nurtured so that they can grow strong and healthy before they are harvested in the late summer and early fall.

As we enter into summer, how might we tend and grow our faith?

Here are a few suggestions:

Join us for Worship. Worship moves to 9:00 AM in July and August. We offer a great children’s program during service called Meet Me at the River. The kids have a short Bible lesson, followed by play time at the Volunteers Green. Our excellent Coffee Hour continues throughout the summer. Following worship you can have time to fellowship with your RCC family!

Summer Spiritual Reading. Read a book that stretches your spiritual imagination. Do you have that one author you’ve been meaning to make time for? If you are in need of some inspiration or recommendations, I have a shelf full of books in the pastor’s office that I am happy to lend out.

Take a walk with God. Vermont has many beautiful paths and trails to explore – along the Winooski River or Lake Champlain, or to one of our Green Mountain peaks. At least once this summer, get outside and give thanks to God for the beauty of creation. With your eyes and heart attentive to the holy, what do you notice? Hoe do you feel?

Put Your Faith into Action. Volunteer with a local non-profit, serve dinner at the Friday Food Affair, be a part of the Peace Vigil at 5:30 PM on Thursdays, or write a letter to your legislator about a justice issue. Check out the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries website for information about national and international justice issues: http://www.ucc.org/justice/

Get Quiet. Spend some time in silence and prayer. How does the Spirit speak to you in the silence?

Fellowship. Last but certainly not least, summer is a time for enjoyment, rest, relaxation and adventure. Fellowship with friends and family, and enjoy all of the beauty and bounty of this season!

See you in Church!

With Peace and Blessings,

Katelyn