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December 25, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Dear Parishioners:

Christmas week,
December 25 – 28,
the office is closed and there is no Wednesday Eucharist or Centering Prayer.
The Annual Meeting
is on Sunday, January 20
with a snow date of January 27.
Lunch will be served.
Contents
Bible Study
Prayers
Special Prayers
Holy Eucharist
Centering Prayer
Calendar
ROTA
150th Anniversary
Why Join the Choir?
Celebrate
Fairview Commons
Liturgy on your iPads …
We need people
Tutors needed
Thistle Farms
Gratitude Moment
Gospel for this week
Hymn
Books and Bread
Third Sunday Supper
Food Pantry
Bible Challenge
Worship Section
Worship Schedule
Sermon and Reflections.
Mampong
Be on Guard!
Donate with PayPal
Immigration Help and Advice
Ascentria Care Alliance

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word  
is temporarily cancelled.
Call the office for more information.
413-644-0022
Grace Church Office

GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family:

The Rev. Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Vonnie Frye, Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Ed Hutchinson, Valerie Smith, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Dick Gore, The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner, Rick Gore, Pennie Curry, Doug Happ, Amanda Leavenworth, Stacey Thomas, Frank Vogel – Polizzi, Mark Anderson, Marion Andrews, The Rev. Marc Britt, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman, Pat Edelstein, Connie Garber.
Others we love: Maria and her family; The Rev. Peter Elvin, Anne Peters, Leslie Albert,Debbie Losaw, daughter of Rosemarie Blakely, Ashley Gangell,Barbara and Zeke Hills, sister-in-law and brother of The Rev. Francie Hills, Joy Saville,Charles Olegar, Jane Williams, 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: Valerie Smith; Mary Dalton, mother of Dindy Anderson; Scott Crawford, son of Ruth Crawford; Dorothy Cole Hooff, sister of Marcia Doelman; Barbara Hills, sister-in-law of Frances Hills; Kenneth Frye; Martha Race; Sey Zimmerman; Sarah Renfro, great niece of Annie Macheski; Bishop George Councell; Brad Loudenbach, husband of Sarah Sieber’s cousin; Lillian Forrest;  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:
John Horan & Diane Singer and Ed & Doreen Hutchinson.
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 Memorial, North Brookfield – The Rev. Dr. Paula Winsor Sage.
The Church’s wider mission: ELCA New England Synod
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

Please hold in your prayers
 
Dindy Anderson and her family.
Dindy’s mother, Mary Dalton died last week and was buried on Saturday, December 15.

The family of Valerie Smith. Valerie died at home on Tuesday, December 4.   A service to celebrate her life was held on Sunday, December 23 at 2:00 PM at Crissey Farm.
 
Connie Garber who has had open heart surgery. She is home recovering now. 
 
Zeke Hills, brother of Frances Hills, whose wife Barbara died recently.
 
Pat Edelstein

would love to receive “Thinking of You” cards. Please send cards to Pat at: Kimball Farms,
PineHill Assisted Living, 235 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240.
 
Vonnie Frye,

whose husband, Ken, died Sept. 7, has moved to a new address:
Devonshire Estates  
413.881.4055

She would appreciate cards and visits.

Janet Zimmerman and her family; Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons; Meredith Haider who is healing at home; and Barbara Turnerwho is healing at home.

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.

Holy Eucharist and Healing
Wednesdays at 12pm,
Grace Church Office

Centering Prayer Gathering
every Thursday
5:00 – 6:00
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
December 30
Welcome Team
Sarah Seiber
Rick Gore
George Raymond
Acolyte
Linda White
Lectors
Sue Gore
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Lynn Walker
Kathy Clausen
Healing Team
Pennie Curry
Peter Feltman
Flowers
Altar Guild
Viola Bagnaschi
Linda White
Coffee Hour
Kirchoff/Gore
Counters
Rick Gore
Tom Doyle
Links
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Parishes of the Berkshires:

North Adams: All Saints
Williamstown: St John’s
Pittsfield: St Stephen’s
Lenox: St Helena’s, Trinity
Lanesborough: St Luke’s
Stockbridge: St Paul’s
Sheffield: Christ Trinity

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.

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.

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

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.

We need: 

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.

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

Every Sunday!    
What are you grateful for?
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.

Gospel for the First Sunday after Christmas
   
   
John 1:1-18  
 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

Once In Royal Davids City With Words/Lyrics - Choir of Kings College Cambridge
Once In Royal Davids City
With Words/Lyrics –
Choir of Kings College Cambridge
 

About once a month we gather at the home of hosts to discuss a book and share a meal.
All are welcome!
  BOOKS and BREAD
planning meeting on January 9th at 7 pm.
at the Grace Church office
 
 
  • 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

Third Sunday Supper
 
All are enthusiastically welcomed!
Once a month we gather for good food, great conversations, laughter and blessings in one of our local restaurants.
Our next location and date to be decided. Stay tuned!
For more information contact George Raymond
413.854.1222 cell

Food Pantry item for the week of  
December  30
PASTA SAUCE 
Although we usually 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.

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?

WORSHIP

Christ Icon
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    
Wednesday 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.

“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.
  Everything you give will go to support babies at the Mampong Babies Home in Ghana.

Words to Share

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
                                                                   –Jesus Christ
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
                                                –Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

The Berkshire Immigrant Center,
located at St. Stephen’s in Pittsfield, assists people with citizenship assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy. 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.

click here for the entire article

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.

Support Ascentria Care Alliance
Donate or call to learn about volunteering
Ascentria Care Alliance provides resettlement resources for refugees who have received extreme vetting by the U.S., are sponsored by the United Nations, and have been invited to live in our country.
Ascentria  partners with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a host of other volunteer organizations to do God’s work in caring for the most vulnerable in our world.
Donate on-line at

http://www.ascentria.org/donate-today

or call them at (413)-787-0725 to learn about volunteering.
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

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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