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September 11, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,
Here is the coverage schedule for the Sundays to come:  
Sept. 16-The Rev. Dr. Steve White
Sept. 23-Oct. 14- The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Oct. 21-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Doug Fisher at the Revival!
Oct. 28- The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
A big “Thank You” to Steve and Virginia for stepping in at a difficult time!

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.

ArtGod’s Story, Our Story
Story Sharing Workshop led by The Rev. Jenny Gregg,
Missioner for Servant Leadership.

Wednesday, September 12                                                

St. Stephen’s in Pittsfield
5:30 -8:30pm                                                                         
Dinner provided.
The stories we share stay in the hearts and minds of listeners and tellers long after being told. Our lives are filled with stories that capture what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  Unearth the stories that we carry within us and learn how to invite and share them with others.
There is no cost for this workshop. Call 413-737-4786, Ext.110 to register or lhurlbut@diocesewma.orgicle Subheading

Wednesday, September 12, 6:00 PM
Host: Frank Garretson
Discussion Leader: Peter Kirchoff 
We will meet at Frank’s home at 6:00 pm for wine, cheese and soft drinks followed by dinner and a discussion of the book led by Peter.
As is customary, the meeting will end promptly at 9:00 pm.
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

Save the Date!
October 3, 2018
Behind the scenes tour of The Mount
Christ Trinity’s “Older, Wiser Lutheran and Episcopalians” have extended an invitation to us for a special “insider’s tour” of The Mount. Details are shaping up but it is likely to be lunch first, followed by a tour. Folks from St. Paul’s are also invited.

Getting Ready for the WMA Revival…
An Invitation to a County-Wide Book Discussion:
Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus,
by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
In anticipation of our upcoming Revival (Sunday, October 21, 1:00 pm at 1st United Methodist Church in Pittsfield-for more information go to https://www.wmarevival.org/), you are invited to join with other Episcopalians throughout Berkshire County in a study of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s book Crazy Christians. This collection of sermons/essays from our beloved “Royal Wedding Preacher” is a great way to get to know Bishop Curry’s voice and his passion for following Jesus in this age. (Crazy Christians is an easy read, and is available in paperback or electronic form through Church Publishing; participants are encouraged to acquire a copy before the first session.) Copies will be available at Grace Sunday, Sept. 16. Classes begin Wednesday, September 19 at the Grace Church office.

REVIVAL  2018Curry Revival


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!
Free tickets are available beginning tomorrow at WMAREVIVAL

Gift Cards for School Supplies
Grace Church provides gift cards to young people in our local high schools, Lee, Monument, and Mt. Everett, who have been identified by the counselors as needing some financial assistance to start the school year. If you would like to contribute to this effort,  mail a check to the office, or place one in the collection marked “School Supplies”. Thank you for your help with this.

Janet and Emma
Janet has become the proud new owner of a Havanese puppy named Emma.
The Havanese  is the national dog of Cuba
and are vivacious and sociable companions. We wish Janet and Emma much happiness.


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: Ken Frye, 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.

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 Vonnie Frye, whose husband, Ken died on September 6. You can write to Vonnie at 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 16
Welcome Team
Marcia Doelman
Viola Bagnaschi
Peter Kirchoff
Meredith Haider
Doreen Hutchinson
Lynn Walker
Elizabeth Holland
Healing Team
Kathy Clausen
Pennie Curry
Altar Guild
Deborah Holmes
Monique Kirchoff
Elizabeth Holland
Coffee Hour
Rick Gore

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

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
is temporarily cancelled. We will be reading Crazy Christians by
The Most Rev. Michael Curry   
Call the office for more information.
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.

Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 8:27-38  


Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Hymn - Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, 
  the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy
  health and salvation!
    All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Sing now in glad adoration!
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all
  things so wondrously reigneth,
Who, as on wings of an eagle,
  uplifteth, sustaineth.
    Hast thou not seen
                               How thy desires all have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper
  thy work and defend thee,
Who from the heavens the streams of
  His mercy doth send thee.
    Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
Who with His love doth befriend thee.
Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that
  is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come
  now with praises before Him!
    Let the Amen
Sound from His people again;
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

Food Pantry item   
for the week of September is
Pet Food. 
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.

 Gideon’s Garden welcomes you!
Division Street across from Taft Farms

The Garden is the place to visit this September. See how the garden begins to change as the days get shorter. What’s new at the Butterfly House? You owe it to yourself to go have a look!

The Third Sunday Supper
September 16, at 6 pm
at the Aegean Breeze
All are enthusiastically welcomed!

Once a month we gather for good food, great conversations, laughter and blessings in one of our local restaurants.
For more information contact George Raymond

413.854.1222 cell

 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.

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


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.

 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.


Christ Icon
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.

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.

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!

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.

Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

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

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

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


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