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    • Sunday service - Holy Communion December 11, 2022 at 9:30 am – 11:00 am Grace Church 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon, VT Website: www.gracechurchsheldon.orgTime:  09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)        Every week on Sun.Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83929911344?pwd=alZQTWZMN0ZkWFFPS1hmNjNkZkU2UT09Meeting ID: 839 2991 1344Password: Call for detailsOne tap mobile+13126266799,,83929911344#,,1#,816603# US (Chicago)+19294362866,,83929911344#,,1#,816603# US (New York)Dial by your location        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)Meeting ID:…
    • Sunday service - Holy Communion December 18, 2022 at 9:30 am – 11:00 am Grace Church 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon, VT Website: www.gracechurchsheldon.orgTime:  09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)        Every week on Sun.Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83929911344?pwd=alZQTWZMN0ZkWFFPS1hmNjNkZkU2UT09Meeting ID: 839 2991 1344Password: Call for detailsOne tap mobile+13126266799,,83929911344#,,1#,816603# US (Chicago)+19294362866,,83929911344#,,1#,816603# US (New York)Dial by your location        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)Meeting ID:…
    • Sunday service - Holy Communion December 25, 2022 at 9:30 am – 11:00 am Grace Church 215 Pleasant Street, Sheldon, VT Website: www.gracechurchsheldon.orgTime:  09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)        Every week on Sun.Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/83929911344?pwd=alZQTWZMN0ZkWFFPS1hmNjNkZkU2UT09Meeting ID: 839 2991 1344Password: Call for detailsOne tap mobile+13126266799,,83929911344#,,1#,816603# US (Chicago)+19294362866,,83929911344#,,1#,816603# US (New York)Dial by your location        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)Meeting ID:…

Northwest Deanery

The Northwest Deanery comprises the Episcopal churches located in Franklin and Grand Isle counties of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, the mission of which is to:

Pray the Prayer of Christ
Learn the Mind of Christ
Do the Deeds of Christ

The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely, 10th Bishop of Vermont
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05401

Sandra Kenyon, Dean

The churches of the Northwest Deanery are:

St. Luke’s, Alburg (The Reverend Thora Chadwick, vicar)
St. Matthew’s, Enosburg  The Reverend Virginia Thomas, Deacon; Edith Hawksworth, Senior Warden)
St. John’s, Highgate (under Holy Trinity, Swanton)
St. Ann’s, Richford (contact Dave Chevalier)
St. Luke’s, St. Albans (The Reverend Jean Austin, interim rector)
Grace, Sheldon (The Reverend Janet K. Brown, Priest in Partnership; Beth Crane, Senior Warden)
Holy Trinity, Swanton (The Reverend Reid Farrell, pastor)

Erben Organ Restoration

In 1833, St. Paul’s Burlington bought a ten rank organ from the Erben company for $900.    Its first full time player, Theodore Molt was hired in 1838 for $100 per year.   The bench then passed to a sister-in-law, three sons and one daughter of Bishop Hopkins; Charles Woodhouse; John Baker and S.C. Moore.    In 1867 St. Paul’s installed a new Johnson Organ.  Two years later, an influential parishioner of Grace Church Sheldon was able to acquire the Erben for $300.

facade2At Grace Church, the organ made a joyous noise until the mid twentieth century when its last pumper, Horace Soule, was replaced by an electric forge blower.  The instrument started its decline into silence.  The building also deteriorated and for a time was actually condemned.  In the 1980s the floor and roof were repaired, and in the 1990s the belltower was replaced with a smaller structure.

In 1999, Erik Kenyon was appointed music director and an organ restoration committee was formed.  E.A. Boadway and Barbara Owen served as its unofficial advisors. Fundraising was through benefit concerts and grant applications.  Restoration was carried out in accordance with Organ Historical Society standards.  Erik played the church’s Estey Harmonium when he first arrived. Andrew T. Smith began work on the Erben in late 2000 and, along with A. David Moore, who performed the metal pipe work, completed the restoration of the organ in the summer of 2001.

Erik took the bench at the Erben that summer.  A rededication was held August 10 and drew more than 90 people. Senior Warden Susan Palin officiated at the Service of Light. Bishop Thomas Ely presided over the dedication and delivered the homily, and the Reverend David Walters sang psalm 150. Following the rededication service, Erik and his teacher, Jack V. Austin, presented a program of works for organ, including an original composition by Mr. Austin entitled, “Mice!” Although Jack disputed the assertion that “We Three Kings” by John Henry Hopkins, Jr., must have first been played on the Grace Erben, he nevertheless contributed to the organ’s lore by weaving Hopkins themes together with another musical theme of three, “Three Blind Mice,” inspired by the discovery of three mouse skeletons in the base of the largest pipe during the restoration.

About Grace Church

Grace Church is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, the mission of which is to

Pray the Prayer of Christ
Learn the Mind of Christ
Do the Deeds of Christ

The Right Reverend Thomas C. Ely, 10th Bishop of Vermont
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05401

Staff of Grace Church

Priest in partnership: The Reverend Janet K. Brown (802) 899-1188 or (802)860-8441
Organist: Marjorie Adams

2009 Vestry of Grace Church
Senior Warden : Beth Crane 326-4603
Junior Warden: Andrew Crane 933-4603
Clerk of the Vestry: Sue Palin 933-2406
Treasurer: Lori Derry 933-5132

Grace Church is a member of the Northwest Deanery (Deanery One) in the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont.

Grace Church publishes The Remnant, an occasional newsletter. To receive the newsletter, request prayer, or contribute items for inclusion in the newsletter, contact Beth Crane 802/326-4603.

Information for Performers

The Summer Music at Grace series is a program of Grace Episcopal Church, Sheldon. We are open to hosting a wide array of musical genres and begin programming for the summer months in January.

The music series is an unsponsored program, so we cannot guarantee income from the performances. We typically ask for a $10 admission fee for adults. Proceeds from the gate are the property of the artists. In return, we are grateful for a gratuity to help defray our expenses, but it is not required.

The Grace space is also available at other times of the year for use by performers. If you are interested in performing at Grace Church as part of Summer Music at Grace or at another time of the year, please contact Beth Crane at (802) 326-4603 or via email at beth@gracechurchsheldon.org. If we are able to host you, please send us publicity photos and a sample press release at least one month prior to the date so that we can publicize the performance locally well in advance of the event.

To reach Grace Church from VT 105:
North Sheldon: Take the Kane Road to East Sheldon Road (T); turn right and proceed about 2 miles to the village of Sheldon (known as Sheldon Creek). East Sheldon Road becomes Pleasant Street. Grace Church is the brick church on the right just after the intersection of Central Street.

Sheldon Junction. Turn onto Main Street at the mileage sign showing 2 miles to Sheldon, 6 miles to Fairfield. (Main is on the left heading West and on the right heading East. Follow Main Street to the village of Sheldon (known as Sheldon Creek). Turn left onto Bridge Street at the 3-way stop. Follow Bridge across the bridge and old railroad crossing; continue until Bridge and Pleasant diverge. Bear left onto Pleasant and follow around the big turn. Grace Church will be on the left.