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August 21, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

International Overdose
Awareness Day
prevention and remembrance
Time to
REMEMBER,
time to ACT.
August 31, 2018
6pm Vigil  
in the Lower Courtyard  
at 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.
 

                     Berkshire
                      Health Systems

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.

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.
Contents

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 graces our altar as a powerful symbol that love is the greatest force for change in the world.
Every Purchase Helps a Woman Survivor Heal. Shop Now!

GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week

Please hold in your prayers
 
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
will continue every Thursday at a new time of 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Rev. Betsy Fisher has graciously offered to lead our faithful group
for one month.
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
AUGUST 26
Welcome Table
Sarah Sieber
Rick Gore
George Raymond
Acolyte
Linda White
Lector
Anne Andrews
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Viola Bagnaschi
E. Holland
Healing Team
Ted Cobden
Sue Gore
Flowers
Holland /Smith
Altar Guild
Viola Bagnaschi
Linda White
Sue Happ
Coffee Hour
Ian Booton,
Deborah Holmes
Counters
Ian Booton
Sarah Sieber
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.

Women of Grace Church

Save the Date! September 14-15, 2018.
An overnight Women’s Retreat has been scheduled at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT. We hope you will join us.


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
Suppers
are held on the third Sunday of each month.
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.
 

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.

Blessing of Teachers and Students On Sunday, August 26,
we will bless our students and teachers as they prepare for a new year of learning and growth. You are in our prayers as you gather your supplies, your energy, and your enthusiasm. Blessings on this time.

Gospel for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
John 6:56-69
 
Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’
Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

Food Pantry item   
for the week of August 26  
is canned 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.

What’s new at Gideon’s Garden?
Division Street across from Taft Farms

Kyle teaching campers about the butterfly house

Camp High Rock campers admire the butterflies.
 
Thank you so much Camp High Rock! Look at all the bushels of produce you harvested from Gideon’s Garden!
You were a great help. See you next year.

The ice cream social was fun!

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (MIT FREUDEN ZART)
Sing praise to God who reigns above
Sing praise to God who reigns above,
the God of all creation,
the God of power, the God of love,
the God of our salvation.
With healing balm my soul is filled
and every faithless murmur stilled:
To God all praise and glory.

The Lord is never far away,
but through all grief distressing,
an ever present help and stay,
our peace and joy and blessing.
As with a mother’s tender hand,
God gently leads the chosen band:
To God all praise and glory.

Thus all my toilsome way along,
I sing aloud thy praises,
that earth may hear the grateful song
my voice unwearied raises.
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart,
both soul and body bear your part:
To God all praise and glory.
Let all who name Christ’s holy name
give God all praise and glory;
let all who own his power proclaim
aloud the wondrous story!
Cast each false idol from its throne,
for Christ is Lord, and Christ alone:
To God all praise and glory.

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?

Janet is away spending time with family until August 26. In her absence the Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi and the Rev. Jane Tillman will serve as preachers and celebrants. Please welcome them.
If there are any pastoral needs during this time please contact the Rev. Steve White at 413-884-4758 or call the church office 413-644-0022.

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

Books and Bread
Wednesday, September 12 at
6:00 PM
Dinner
Host: Frank Garretson
Discussion Leader: Peter Kirchoff
                                     Book:    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

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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