News & Views
Announcements from September 8 Newsletter:
Sunday, September 20 - outdoor worship with Church of Our Savior at Mission Farm in Killington: Details about this special opportunity to worship in person with the Bishop will be sent out separately later this week. This service will also be available on line and will be the only service hosted by St Thomas and Grace that day.
We are pleased to announce that Franci Farnsworth and Bob Wertz will be attending a diocesean training to be licensed worship leaders. If you are interested in participating in this program please reach out to Rev. Rachel (email@example.com)
Episcopal Relief & Development - update: ST&G has a long history of making donations to ERD annually, and whenever there are significant natural disasters such as the recent hurricanes and wildfires. These donations are not part of the parish budget - they represent additional contributions by parish members or proceeds from fundraisers. Treasurer Ken Brown says he has $100 in hand but would like the donation to be larger if possible. Please send your donations to Ken at the church address below - or email/call him to make other arrangements (firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-247-3194). If you have already donated to ERD directly online or via email, it would be helpful to tell Ken so that he can report to Vestry the total number (not amount) of donations to ERD from parish members.
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
We continue to worship via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10 am. If you would like to join us but need help with Zoom the first time or would like to join by phone instead of computer, please contact Paul Gratz (email@example.com, 802-236-4429).
The Restart Committee at St Thomas and Grace (Rena, Missey, Bob, and Rachel with consultation from Beate) submitted the Phase 2 plan for reopening to the Diocesan committee reviewing and approving those plans.
We hope to hear back about the status of our report quickly, and have drafted our plans to move to phase 3. We intend to submit them by the end of this week.
Monthly Silent Prayer Vigils
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, members and friends of St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church participated first of what has become monthly silent prayer vigils as a public witness against racism. From 1:00-1:30 pm participants stand quietly in front of the St. Thomas Church building on Route 7 holding signs that proclaimed Racism is Sin and similar messages. This event is part of a statewide effort publicized by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and involving many faith communities around the state. About 15-20 members and friends continue in this public witness on first Sundays.