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Richmond Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Rev. Marjorie MacNeill Interim 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

April 2014 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

Dear Members and Friends of Richmond Congregational Church (UCC),

It’s the first day of Spring as I write today – and it’s snowing again and cold. Spring green and warmth still seem a long way off here in Vermont – but we can hope, right? I know that many of you are skiers and riders who enjoy the slopes, but for many of us – especially if we spent some time in Arizona as I did a few weeks ago – winter seems endless. Yet, of course, we have much for which to be thankful whatever the weather or the season.

I am grateful to be able to spend another Lenten season, Holy Week, and Easter with you. On April Sundays we will celebrate Lenten Communion together on the 6th, Palm Sunday (with brunch following) on the 13th, and Easter Sunday worship on the 20th.

During Holy Week, Maundy Thursday worship will be on the evening of the 17th and the church sanctuary will be open for prayer from noon to 3 on Good Friday on the 18th. Easter Eve Baptism, Baptism Renewal, and Easter Communion will again be celebrated on Saturday evening, April 19th, when the sanctuary will already be decorated with flowers for the holiday. Hopefully we will not need our warmest winter jackets and hats as we gather at the bandstand for our annual Easter Sunrise worship – a gift from RCC to the community.

Easter Eve has traditionally – in the early Christian church – been the joyous ending of the Lenten season and of long weeks of preparation for Christian Baptism. It is a special time to remember and celebrate our own Baptism, renewing our intention to be faithful followers of Jesus and sharing the Lord’s Supper together. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate new Baptisms, so I warmly invite any and all who might wish to be baptized on Easter Eve this year to let me know of your interest. Call or text me at 802-338-2756. E-mail me at seekrvt@mac.com or seekrvt@aol.com. I would be honored to baptize you – or your child – on Easter Eve, Saturday, April 19th at 7 pm at Richmond Congregational Church.

Blessings, Rev. Marjorie MacNeill, interim pastor