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August 15, 2017 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Janet and Sey away on vacation August 1-27.Janet and Sey will be away spending time with family in the month of August. During this time, The Rev. Jane Tillman and the Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi will serve as preachers and celebrants. Please welcome them.

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GRACE CHURCH INTERCESSORY PRAYERS

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Ken Frye, Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Doreen Hutchinson, Ed Hutchinson and Valerie Smith.                                                                 S
Others we love: Jay King, John Belizzi,Carole Chapple, Christy Yeo, Kathy O’Brien, Cooper O’Brien, Rosalind Haywood, Petty Officer Ronald Turner, son of Barbara and John Turner, Colonel John Tryon, nephew of Anne Andrews and all who serve our country.
Those who have died: Judith Croce
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
Jane Brooks, Patricia Carlson.
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;For the Spiritual Life of our people and congregations.
The Church’s wider mission: The Prayer Shawl Ministry.
And we offer thanks: Forguests who are with us this morning; for all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Tom Doyle, Sue Gore, Barbara Gore, John Cheek and Lee Boomer and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week especially Ed & Doreen Hutchinson.

September 10
 
 
Blessing of Teachers and Students for New School Year 

September 10 and 17  
 
Episcopal 101 
Episcopal 101Sunday, September 10 and 17. Would you like to learn more about the Episcopal Church and what it means to be an Episcopalian? Would you like to learn more about the foundation of the liturgy we use when we worship? Would you like to talk about why the Episcopal Church is both spiritual and religious? Please join us for two Sundays following worship, September 10 and 17. There will be party favors!

September 24
Brooke Mead,
Executive Director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center to preach and teach.

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.

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

Fairview Commons
151 Christian Hill Rd, Great Barrington

ROTA
 

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

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.

Centering Prayer Gathering

Centering Prayer will be led by Elizabeth Holland on August 10 and 17
No meeting on August 3 and 24
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Grace Church Office and Chapel
67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington

“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.  
Links
August 15, 2017

Gideon’s Garden News
The Butterfly House
Come visit our Butterfly House at our Gideon’s Garden at Taft Farms.

9am to 2pam Monday through Friday   
Ask at Taft Farms for a tour and learn about the 4 stages in the life cycle of butterflies and visit the house with one of our trained youth. 

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
 

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
 
[Jesus called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”]
Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Christ and the Canaanite Woman
c.1784 Germain
Jean Drouais

Special Food Pantry Request

Please add to your list of donations to the Food Pantries persona items such as Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant etc.

Hymn for this Sunday
PRAISE, MY SOUL-PRAISE, MY SOUL, THE KING OF HEAVEN
Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.
Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in His faithfulness.
Words:Hen­ry F. Lyte,
Spir­it of the Psalms, 1834.
This hymn was sung at the wed­ding of the fu­ture Queen Eliz­a­beth II of Bri­tain, in West­min­ster Ab­bey, Lon­don, 1947.

Fatherlike He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Widely yet His mercy flows.
Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
Our God lives unchanging on,
Praise Him, Praise Him, Hallelujah
Praise the High Eternal One!
Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace.

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,

Don Peet

George Raymond
  Pasta Sauce
 
 
Food Pantry Item
for the Lee Pantry

 August 20

Pasta Sauce 

 
 
 
 
Although we have an  “Item of the Week”
any appropriate food items are always appreciated.

THIRD  SUNDAY SUPPER
 
Third Sunday Supper
Sunday, August 20  
6:00 PM
Shaker Mill Tavern Family Smoke House 
5 Albany Road, West Stockbrige   
Once a month we gather for good food and great conversation in one of our local restaurants. If you have come before, you know you are in for an evening of laughter and blessings. If you have not attended yet, please consider joining us. Let George Raymond know to expect you so space is made for all graymond747@gmail.com or 413-854-1222

Grace Church Book Club

   
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details
at

September 13
7:00

Behind the Beautiful Forevers:

Life Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo

Host and/or Venue    Peet

Discussion Leader        Sey Zimmermann
  • A&D = Appetizers & Dessert only: Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, dessert, decaf and tea.
  • For all gatherings: Participants are encouraged to make offerings of appetizers, wine and dessert in consultation with the Host. The Host is responsible for soft drinks, decaf and tea.
  • For Dinner gatherings: The Host is responsible for planning the meal. Participants are encouraged to make offerings in consultation with the Host.
  • 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.


Immigration Help and Advice
Next Berkshire Immigrant Center Office Hours:
Berkshire Immigrant Center is moving their offices in Pittsfield and in the middle of hiring new counselors so there is an interruption of the availability of someone to come to Great Barrington.  
Grace Church (67 State Road, Great Barrington)

The Berkshire Immigrant Center, located in Pittsfield, assists people with citizenship assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy. On June 12, their services will be available at our office at 67 State Road. Appointments can be made by calling the Berkshire Immigrant Center (413) 445-4881. Brooke Mead,  an Immigration Adviser for the Berkshire Immigrant Center, offers consultations in both English and Spanish.

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.

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.

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.

 

Bible StudyBible Study is on Vacation
and will resume on Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm.

Tuesdays with the Word

7 to 8:30 pm.

Come pray and study with us.

Grace Church Office
67 State Rd., Great Barrington 

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.

At Grace Chapel
Thursday Eucharist and Healing Prayers   
 Eucharist will resume on Thursday, August 31 
at 12:00 PM

Centering Prayer -on vacation August 3 and 24
Thursdays 5:30 pm
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 2018
Anne Andrews
Junior Warden
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Mary Anne Grammer
Treasurer
Sue Gore
Class of 2020
Sarah Sieber
Clerk
Paula Doyle

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 will be on vacation from Aug. 1-27

If there are any pastoral needs in this time please contact the Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi at 413-623-0141 or 413-344-3354; the Rev. Dr. Randy Wilburn at 413-687-5568; or call the church office 413-644-0022.
Janet’s office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 9:00am-12:00pm or by appt. 413-644-0022

jzimmerman@graceberkshires.org

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