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August 8, 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.                                                      

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, Nils Blatz, 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:
John Breasted and Sally Brooke.
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 the King – Epiphany Church, Willbraham – The Rev. Nathaniel Anderson
The Church’s wider mission: Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE).
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Deborah Holmes and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

September 10
 
 
Blessing of Teachers and Students for New School Year 

September 10 and 17  
 
Episcopal 101 
Episcopal 101-Sunday, 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.  
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August 8, 2017

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Matthew 14:22-33
 
 

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Jesus Walks on Water 1684
Bazzi Rahib, Ilyas Basim Khuri

Special Food Pantry Request

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

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
  Canned fruit
 
 
Food Pantry Item
for the Lee Pantry

 August 13

Canned Fruit 

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

Hymn for this Sunday
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
1. A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God’s own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.

The Roger Wagner Chorale

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

4. That word above all earthly powers,
no thanks to them, abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours,
thru him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill;
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever.

THIRD  SUNDAY SUPPER
 
Third Sunday Supper
Sunday, August 20  
6:00 PM
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
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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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