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August 28, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Welcome back Janet!
Janet has returned and will be back at the office on Tuesday, September 4.

International Overdose  Awareness Day
prevention and remembrance
Time to REMEMBER,
time to ACT.
August 31, 2018
6pm Vigil  
in the Lower Courtyard at the Berkshire Medical Center  
 
In recognition of the crisis facing our county and world with the Opioid Epidemic and its resulting tragic impact on individual, families and their friends, you are invited to take part and to hold in your prayers those who daily live with the challenge of sobriety and those whose efforts were not successful.  
Any questions, please call the Chaplain at 413-447-2251.
 

The Rev. Randall Wilburn and Lee Cheek will present an introduction to the work of René Girard (1923-2015), professor of French Language, Literature and Civilization at Stanford University, whose work impacts multiple fields of human inquiry. Come discover why conflict and violence are too often the results of our individual interactions, as well as hallmarks of our identity as a country and as members of the world. All are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Free and open to all.

An overnight retreat for the women of Grace Church
“Come away to a quiet place and pray awhile.” 
 
Friday afternoon, September 14   
through Saturday, September 15, 2018
at the Wisdom House Retreat and  
      Conference Center in Litchfield, CT       
The Rev. Jennifer Gregg will lead us in reflection, prayer, and worship. The Center is about an hour’s drive from the church office. http://wisdomhouse.org.The cost of $150 includes housing, 3 meals, snacks and materials. Some scholarship money is available. Please sign up now so we know how many to expect.

Email Janet at jzimmerman@graceberkshires.org to reserve a spot. Your payment is needed by Sunday, September 9.

           

Fairview Hospital Gala to Celebrate Doreen Hutchinson,
Saturday, September 22.

Doreen Hutchinson, Vice President of Operations and Chief Nurse Executive aka “our beloved Doreen”, is being honored for her tireless and selfless service to patients and staff at our hospital and also for her efforts to improve the health of the people of our Berkshire community. Please congratulate her on this wonderful honor recognizing her many contributions to the well-being of us all.

REVIVAL  2018Curry Revival
PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY
WILL BE WITH US FOR REVIVAL 2018

REKINDLING HOPE- SHARING LIGHT-LOVING JESUS

Sunday, October 21 at 1:00 PM
at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield.
Please mark your calendars. We will gather for worship with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the many followers of Christ in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. It will be a great day!
THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE AT CRISSEY FARM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21.
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GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: The Rev. Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Ken and Vonnie Frye, Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Ed Hutchinson, Valerie Smith, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Dick Gore, The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner, Rick Gore, Pennie Curry, Doug Happ, Amanda Leavenworth, Stacey Thomas, Frank Vogel – Polizzi, Mark Anderson, Marion Andrews, The Rev. Marc Britt, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman
Others we love: Anne Peters, Leslie Albert,Debbie Losaw, daughter of Rosemarie Blakely, Ashley Gangell,Barbara and Zeke Hills, sister-in-law and brother of The Rev. Francie Hills, Joy Saville,Charles Olegar, Jane Williams, John Belizzi,Carole Chapple, Christy Yeo, Kathy O’Brien, Cooper O’Brien, Rosalind Haywood, Colonel John Tryon, nephew of Anne Andrews and all who serve our country.
Those who have died: Sey Zimmerman, Michael Billing; Sarah Renfro, great niece of Annie Macheski; Bishop George Councell; Brad Loudenbach, husband of Sarah Sieber’s cousin; Lillian Forrest; Nathaniel Sayles, son of Nate Sayles; Arthur J. Gangel, Sr., grandfather of Kyle Gangel; Holly Raymond, sister-in-law of George Raymond.
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
John Horan & Diane Singer and Ed & Doreen Hutchinson.
Our world: For those vulnerable to the changing winds of politics, warfare, natural disasters, and human retribution.
The many ministries of our local community and the Diocese of Western Massachusetts: especially for our partners at St. Paul’s, Stockbridge and the Rev. Sam Smith; Christ Trinity, Sheffield and the Rev. Erik Karas; and our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Fisher; the Mampong Babies’ Home in Ghana; Christ Memorial, North Brookfield – The Rev. Dr. Paula Winsor Sage.
The Church’s wider mission: ELCA New England Synod
And we offer thanks: Forguests who are with us this morning; for all those celebrating a Birthday this week and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week especially Ken & Vonnie Frye.

Please hold in your prayers
 
The family of Martha Race, long time member of St. James who died this week. She was Dindy Anderson’s aunt.
 
Janet Zimmerman and her family; Dick Gore who is healing at home; Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons; Meredith Haider who is healing at home; and Barbara Turner who is healing at home. Also remember Ken and Vonnie Frye who have recently moved to Laurel Lakes Center, 620 Laurel Street, Lee MA 01238. They would all appreciate cards and visits.

Prayers for Charles Olegar and Jane Williams. Charles, organist and music director at St. James for eight years, and his wife, Jane Williams would appreciate your prayers. You can send your love to them through card and notes at 131 Belleview, Troy NY 12180.

Centering Prayer Gathering
every Thursday
5:30 – 6:30
Join us at Grace Church Chapel.
Encouraging a practice of silence and stillness we focus on practices of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina using scripture, art and music. All are welcome.
 
Grace Church Office and Chapel

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

ROTA September 2
Welcome Team Viola Bagnaschi
Sally Brooke
Anne Andrews
Acolyte Cathy Haywood
Lectors Dindy Anderson
Intercessor Kathy Clausen
Chalice Viola Bagnaschi
Dutch Pinkston
Healing Team Penny Curry
Ted Cobden
Flowers Happ
Altar Guild Margaret Layton
Sarah Sieber
Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour Anderson
Cheek
Counters Kathy Clausen
Susan Gore
Links

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth in Great Barrington.
 
The celebrations continue throughout 2018. Be a part of the festivities recognizing our native son, a towering figure of the 20th century. There will be events for all.

Du Bois 150th Festival website

COME SING WITH US!
Are You A Choral Singer?
Contact Lee Cheek or anyone in the choir.
Why Join the Choir?
It’s good for your health
Studies have shown how choir can improve your health – it’s fantastic brain food. Brain game exercises are all over the place with the Nintedo 3DS or sudoku. Well why not start keeping your mind healthy by making music?
Here are a few things you’ll see improve with choir
  • Multi-tasking  – you’ve got to watch the conductor, keep an eye on the music and know when to come in
  • Memory – you’ve got to sing by heart sometimes
  • Focus – concentrating for an hour on a performance
  • Math – Yes, you’ve got to count!

Contact Chris Clark, Music Director, or Lee Cheek, chorister

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word
will resume in September  
There is no required reading, just bring yourself and a curiosity about what this Evangelist has to say to us today.

 

Grace Church Office
   

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries Celebrated on Sundays

Following the announcements we invite up all celebrating birthdays and anniversaries so we can share in your accomplishment and joy.

John Breasted is at Fairview Commons and would enjoy having visitors. You can call at(413) 528-4560.

We need people: 

Acolytes, choir members, lectors, hospitality leaders, healing ministers, Eucharistic visitors

We need people who are willing to offer their gifts as acolytes, choir members, lectors, hospitality leaders, healing ministers, Eucharistic visitors.

Prayerfully consider ways you can support the work of this church community. Each of us have something to give that the world desperately needs.

Tutors needed for The Literacy Network of South Berkshire.
No prior teaching experience is necessary.
All you need are curiosity, patience, and a willingness to help your neighbors!
Training and support for tutors is provided. 
Please contact Executive Director Jennifer Hermanski at 413-243-0471 or jhermanski@litnetsb.org.

You can also visit us at www.litnetsb.org.

The Third Sunday Supper
September 16, at 6 pm
Location to be decided.
All are enthusiastically welcomed.


Once a month we gather for good food and great conversation in one of our local restaurants. It is an evening of laughter and blessings.
For more information
contact George Raymond
 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.
 

Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23  
 
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.” You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’

Hymn for Sunday September 2.
IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, GOD ONLY WISE
HALIFAX MINSTER-IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, GOD ONLY WISE
HALIFAX MINSTER-IMMORTAL, INVISIBLE, GOD ONLY WISE

Food Pantry item   
for the week of September 2nd 
is cereal.
 
Cereal
Although we have an “Item of the Week”,
any appropriate food items are always welcome!
Thank you, Sue & Rick Gore, and George Raymond for the Lee Pantry and the People’s Pantry.

What’s new at Gideon’s Garden?
Division Street across from Taft Farms
Thank you Fisher, Matt and Jamal for all your hard work.  Good luck in High School Matt and see you next year.

The Bible Challenge
As part of our spiritual preparation for revival we are inviting our congregation to
participate in THE BIBLE CHALLENGE.
The Challenge
has begun, but it is never too late to join! Episcopalians in the Diocese of Western MA are going to read the Bible-the whole Bible-in 365 days beginning on Pentecost.
Are you in?

Registration is open for the

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND WITH BISHOP FISHER  

Join Bishop Fisher on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019
Join Bishop Fisher on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019
April 22 to May 4, 2019.
Only 4 spots left!
The total cost of the trip including round trip airfare based on double occupancy is $4500. A deposit of $500 per person will secure your place. Registration will close at 30 pilgrims or on January 21, 2019. For questions, please contact the Rev. Jim Munro at jamesgmunroe@gmail.com.

 

Immigration Help and Advice
Support the Berkshire Immigrant Center. You can donate on-line at www.berkshireic.org. Please consider donating $25, $50, or $100 or more to support BIC’s work with our local immigrants and refugees.

“CHANGE THE BABIES” 
 Please put your loose change in the jar that will be at       the Welcome Table.
This money that is insignificant in our day-to- day life is life-giving for these babies and those who care for them.
It costs about $1500 a year to support a baby and the Diocese’s goal is for one congregation to support one child for those years.

Every Sunday!
A Gratitude Moment
The priest invites the congregation to take a few moments to think of one thing during the past week for which they are grateful.
After some time the priest invites anyone to share their gratitude with the congregation by coming to the microphone.

WORSHIP

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Worship Schedule
Eucharist & Healing Prayers
Sunday at 10:00 am
at Crissey Farm
Children’s Sunday School during the service and a special prayer for  them at the end of the service.
 
 Eucharist and Healing Prayers   
Thursday at 12:00 PM
 At Grace Chapel
 
67 State Rd. Grace Chapel (click here for map)

For Janet’s sermons click here.

On occasional weeks there will be a reflection by Janet. Click here.
GRACE CHURCH VESTRY 

Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

OFFICERS
MEMBERS                
Senior Warden
Kathy Clausen
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Junior
Warden
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2020
Sarah Sieber
Dindy Anderson
Treasurer
Sue Gore
Class of 2021
Anne Andrews
Dutch Pinkston
Clerk
Mary Anne Grammer

 
Wednesday, September 12 at 
6:00 PM
Dinner  

 

Host: Frank Garretson
Discussion Leader:        Peter Kirchoff
BOOKS and BREAD
Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard
    • Dinner-Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea. One main dish serves 8 people.
    • The Host is responsible for planning the meal. Participants are encouraged to make offerings in consultation with the Host.
  • Participants should call the Host if they plan to attend but have not signed up at Grace Church
  • If you are a “regular” and are not planning to attend, please let the Host know.
  • Please sign up to bring appetizers or dessert items. All are welcome! For future books, please see the website http://graceberkshires.org/who-we-are/ministries/
  •  Discussion begins at 7:45 pm regardless of whether it’s a Dinner gathering or an A&E gathering.
   Meeting is over promptly at 9:00 pm

Sunday Liturgy on your iPad or tablet!
Swap your worship bulletin for the liturgy on your iPads or tablets?

Using a tablet allows you to adjust the size and contrast of the print.  It also can help us be more responsible by saving paper.

If you would like to receive the emailed worship bulletin that goes out on Friday by noon, please email Janet or Maria at graceberkshiresma@gmail.com.

Support Ascentria Care Alliance.

Worcester, MA
Ascentria Care Alliance provides resettlement resources for refugees who have received extreme vetting by the U.S., are sponsored by the United Nations, and invited to live in our country. Please consider financially supporting Ascentria and calling to learn about volunteering. Ascentria in partnership with a national network of volunteer organizations, the U.S. Department of State, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is doing God’s work in caring for the most vulnerable in our world.

You can donate on-line at

http://www.ascentria.org/donate-today or call them at (774) 243-3900 to learn about volunteering.

The Welcome Project Mat by Thistle Farms 
Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. has come together with women refugees in Ritsonia, Greece to provide an economic platform for women and their families to escape the refugee camps. Lee and John Cheek have brought us a mat woven from materials the women took on their journey to Greece.
The mat on our altar is a symbol that love is the greatest force for change in the world.
Every Purchase Helps a Woman Survivor Heal. Shop Now!

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

GRACE CHURCH
An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman,  Rector
Assisting Priest:  The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Mailing: P. O. Box 114  Great Barrington, MA 01230
Maria Mayorga
Office Assistant
Office and Chapel: 67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington
to contact Grace Church, email office@graceberkshires.org
Janet’s office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 9:00am-12:00pm or by appt. 413-644-0022

jzimmerman@graceberkshires.org

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