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December 19, 2017 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

The season of Advent and Christmas is often filled with lights and activity and memories. It can be a time of great joy and excitement. But it can also be a time of conflict and grief and feeling out of step with the expectations of the time.
Longest Night Service
Thursday, December 21
5:30 PM
Grace Church Chapel.
This Advent and Christmas may be particularly hard with all the pain in the world and in our personal lives. You are invited to a time of prayer and worship on the longest night of the year. You are invited to join in community as witness to the child who comes as a sign of hope in the face of despair. Please join us.

Christmas Eve

Taft Farms
4:00 pm
Sunday, December 24

We have both Advent 4 and Christmas Eve on the same day this year.

Sunday, December 31
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
Crissey Farm

I Witness: Living inside the stories of Advent and Christmas.
During the time of Advent we enter into a time of waiting. You are invited to take home and readthis book of meditations.

These stories lead us into the birth of Jesus through the eyes of those who were witnesses to this marvel and majesty. When the days grow short, we are reminded of the darkness that can fill our lives and our world. So we wait with great expectation for the light, God’s invitation to a new reality, the presence that comes to us in the form of a vulnerable baby showing us the way to mercy, compassion, and joy. Hope is born in this.

January 21, 2018
Grace Annual Meeting
Annual Reports Due January 6, 2018
Kathy Clausen:  kcakablondie@mac.com

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

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

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, Valerie Smith, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Dick Gore and the Rev. Frances Hills
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: Linda Day,Edward K. Doyle, FDNY Engine 82,nephew of Tom Doyle;Nancy W. Heady, mother of Paula Doyle.
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
Monique & Peter Kirchoff and Margaret Layton.
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; Esther Barker, Financial Services.
The Church’s wider mission: The Living Church Foundation, Inc.
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Jenny Farnam, Dan Gray, Ted Cobden and Bill Drumm and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

Please hold in your prayers Dick Gore who is healing at home, Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons, and Meredith Haiderwho is healing at home. They would appreciate cards and visits.

 ROTA TIME!! Please pick up the new ROTA for December, January and February. If you have a conflict, please arrange for a substitute. Thank you!

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

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.


Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.

Come pray and study with us.

Grace Church Office
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.

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.

December  19, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The Swingles – O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Noche de Paz
Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor.
Entre sus astros que esparcen su luz
Bella anunciando al niñito Jesús
Brilla la estrella de paz
Brilla la estrella de paz

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor
Sólo velan en la oscuridad
Los pastores que en el campo están;
Y la estrella de Belén
Y la estrella de Belén

Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor;
sobre el santo niño Jesús
Una estrella esparce su luz,
Brilla sobre el Rey
Brilla sobre el Rey.
Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor
Fieles velando allí en Belén
Los pastores, la madre también.
Y la estrella de paz
Y la estrella de paz

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
Food Pantry Item
for the Lee Pantry

December 24



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

We need people: 

Acolytes, choir members, lectors, hospitality leaders, healing ministers, Eucharistic visitors
Ministries at Grace Church. During this time of the year as we offer thanks for all we have received as a gift from God and begin our contemplation of God with us in Jesus Christ, pray about ways you can reinvigorate your spirit through ministry. 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.

Grace Church Book Club


Organizational Book Selection Meeting
January 10, 2018 Church Office  
Dessert will be served.

The meeting will conclude no later than 8:30.
We will take comments on each book nominated  and then each person will list their eight preferred choices and the eight books with the highest cumulative totals will be the selections.
Please respond to 4 questions in advance of the meeting by email.
1. Advise everyone on the email list of the book{s} you are nominating. Provide the title, the author, and the reasons you think the group would find it of interest. Confirm that the book is available in paperback and specify its length. We  generally read books shorter than 350 pages.
2. Specify if you will host a gathering, either a dinner meeting or an appetizers/dessert meeting.
We try to meet on the second Wednesday of each month (February to June and September to October).
3. If you know anyone you believe would enjoy coming to these gatherings please let them know about the January 10 meeting . Let Sey know as well.
4. If you would like to bring a dessert for this meeting please let Sey know.
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details


Third Sunday Supper
January 21
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
Just let George Raymond know so there will be room
 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.

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.

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

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.

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.


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.  


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.
Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

Senior Warden
Kathy Clausen
Class of 2018
Anne Andrews
Junior Warden
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Mary Anne Grammer
Sue Gore
Class of 2020
Sarah Sieber

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

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