Activities & Events


Saturday November 21, 1 to 2 pm
For more information see the flyer

Vista Grande’s Ice-Cream Social Distance Social and Concert

September 19 at 4 pm
Reservations are required as we need to arrange the spacing.

We are creating a safe space to gather, see one another, share some refreshment, and listen to good music. Amanda Udis-Kessler and Phoebe Lostroh will broadcast to our cars from the church on our FM radio transmitter! Everyone will meet outside and will be directed as to where to park. Bring chairs, masks, and an appetite for community! (Dairy free/gluten free will be available). Please RSVP to Donna (719-599-3057) by Sept.17 or call Clare (719-351-0168) if you have questions.

Amanda is calling for special requests for the concert!

“Vista Grande friends, I would love your input on piano music for the part of our 9/19 social when Phoebe is not singing my songs. What piano music would you like to hear? I’ve thought of a few songs so far but would welcome suggestions. I can’t promise to play everything you request but I will take all requests seriously if they are plausible on piano and I’ve ever heard of them. Please email me at with your ideas.” Thanks, Amanda UK

Ecclesiastical Council for Mallory Everhart

An Ecclesiastical Council will be held for Mallory Everhart, Sunday September 13, 2020; 3pm at La Foret! (Ponderosa Lodge). Mallory is a member at First Congregational Church, Colorado Springs and did a 10-month Internship Ministry at Vista Grande during her seminary education. Mallory also leads Finding Home at Vista Grande before COVID and online for now.

La Foret is hosting this event so that those who wish to participate in person can do so safely and because they have the technology to do Zoom participation on a larger scale.

As a quorum is required please plan accordingly. If you wish to do so ‘in person’, please let Clare know ASAP as there will only be space for 20. If you plan to ‘attend online’, the zoom link will be sent out just prior to the date. Since we need a quorum, please indicate if you are planning to participate. Thank you!

Contact Donna at for a copy of Mallory’s ordination paper.

An Ecclesiastical Council is the final examination for a ministerial candidate before he/she is approved for ordination.

Women’s Retreat 2020 – The Courage to See

The theme for the Women’s Retreat on Oct. 10th is “The Courage to See”. Our facilitator will be Sara Weatherman. We will explore why it is that what I “see” is so different from what other people “see”, and how this impacts relationship and the decisions we each make. We will have some Zoom time for a group presentation, some small group interaction time, and some time for personal reflection (i.e. journaling, coloring, meditating, or other activities that that you can do alone for exploring “seeing”. The deadline for enrollment and payment will be September 28th. Currently we are looking at a cost of $25.00 that will cover an honorarium for our facilitator and packet of something to “play” with in the mail. We do need 10 people to participate to break even. If more than 10 people register we will be able to reduce this cost. If this is a hardship for anyone please speak to Pastor Clare as we do have some scholarship funds available. We don’t want to leave anyone out. Please let Judy Druelinger know by text at 719-322-7124 if you are planning on attending. Let’s hold off on payment until we have a little better idea of how many will be joining us for the Retreat. Checks should be made to the VGCC -UCC with Women’s Retreat in the memo line. Payment can be mailed to the church; Vista Grande UCC, P.O. Box 26030, Colorado Springs, CO 80936-6030.

Sara would like someone to help handle part of the Zoom aspect of this adventure.

SEA Annual Meeting

Southeastern Association Annual Meeting will be held in October. It will be a Zoom Gathering. Date to be determined.