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April 3, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Bring bells to ring!
Lessons and Carols of Easter  
 
Sunday, April 8
On the Second Sunday of Easter, we will celebrate the story of God’s victory over death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will sing the music of this holy time.
Bring bells to ring!

Healing Oils of the Bible   
Sunday, April 8, after worship 

Anna Brooke (daughter of Sally Brooke) will be hosting a short, interactive experience with essential oils mentioned and used in the Bible.
Sample and learn about the better known oils such as Frankincense, Myrrh and Cedarwood as well as lesser known ones such as Spikenard and Cassia.
Bible references will be made available. Bring your questions!

Contents

Help neighbors with tax preparation.

Volunteers are needed.

The Berkshire United Way is beginning a new project.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax preparation for individuals and households with low to moderate incomes.
The hours are flexible and training is provided.
If interested, please call Berkshire United Way’s Julie Singley at 413-442-6948 ext. 32.

“Du Bois, ‘Black Reconstruction,’ and the Significance of Reconstruction in American History”
22nd Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture 
Simon’s Rock,
April 12.
7:00 pm
Daniel Arts Center’s McConnell Theater
Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, author, and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, will deliver the 22nd Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
The lecture is free and open to the public. To register to attend, visit https://simonsrock_foner.eventbrite.com

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Grace Church calendar

GRACE CHURCH INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
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. Frances Hills, The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner , Rick Gore, Pennie Curry, Doug Happ, Amanda Leavenworth, Stacey Thomas

Others we love:

Debbie Losaw, daughter of Rosemarie Blakely, Ashley Gangell,Barbara and Zeke Hills, sister-in-law and brother of Francie Hills, Michael Billing, Joy Saville,Diane Meskill,Charles Olegar, Jane Williams,Jay King, 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:

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:
Dindy & Mark Anderson and Anne Andrews

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; St. Andrew’s Church, Longmeadow The Revs. Derrick Fetz, Harvey Hill, Charlie Summers & Deacon Eric Elley

The Church’s wider mission:

For Regional Ministry Strategy Development in the Diocese

And we offer thanks:

For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Ken Frye and Rosemary Grady, and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week

Please hold in your prayers
Please hold in your prayers 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. They would 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.

ROTA
April 8
Welcome Table
Doreen Hutchinson, Sue Gore
Acolyte
Peter Kirchoff
Lector
Meredith Haider
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Lynn Walker,
Viola Bagnaschi
Healing Team
Ted Cobden,
Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Flowers
Andrews
Altar Guild
Lynn Walker,
Ed Hutchinson
Coffee Hour
Hutchinson,
Doelman
Counters
Deborah Holmes,
Tom Doyle

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.

Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth in Great Barrington.

The celebration, has begun and will 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

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

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
 
Tuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.  
There is no required reading, just bring yourself and a curiosity about what this Evangelist has to say to us  today.


 Grace Church Office

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.

April 3, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter
 
 

John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
The doubt of St. Thomas by James He Qi

Thank you to our hard working volunteers:   
Mimi and Richard Alford
Sally Brooke
 Kathy Clausen
John Cheek
Sue and Rick Gore

Doug Happ

Debbie Holmes
Margaret Layton
George Raymond

 

Food Pantry Item

April 8
BEANS

Grace Church Book Club

      

April 11

6:00 PM

In Order to Live
by Yeonmi

Park
Host: Dinday and Mark Anderson

Discussion Leader: Sey Zimmerman

Dinner
Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea.
One main dish serves 8 people.
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
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.
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details
at
(512) 739-6594 or seyzimmerman@gmail.com

 

5th Annual ThinkFOOD Conference  
Simon’s Rock
April 7
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
ThinkFOOD conference will explore the theme “The Future of Farming: Democratizing the Food System. Speakers from Soul Fire Farm, Gardening the Community, and the National Young Farmers Coalition will discuss why the ownership of food production is important and teach us how as citizens we can connect with agriculture via CSA’s, farmer’s markets and social justice organizations.

Third Sunday Supper
April 15
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
6:00, Sunday, April 15
For more information contact George Raymond

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

  

 


Immigration Help and Advice
  
The Berkshire Immigrant Center is now settled in the St. Stephen’s building on the second floor.

Support the Berkshire Immigrant Center

The Berkshire Immigrant Center stands with and supports our immigrant and refugee neighbors. BIC’s work and mission is more important than ever. Please consider donating $25, $50, or $100 or more to support BIC’s work with our local immigrants and refugees.

You can donate on-line at www.berkshireic.org A wonderful gift for someone you love.

Centering Prayer Gathering

Join us in Centering Prayer at the 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. You are welcome to join us.
Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Grace Church Office and Chapel
67 State Rd., Great Barrington

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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

WORSHIP

Christ Icon
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.

Worship Schedule
 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

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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