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February 6, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Lenten Opportunities: 
            Widening Our Circle, Deepening Our Connection. 
Beginning Tuesday, February 20
12:00 noon or 5:30 PM (two offerings, same information)
Crissey Farm
Soup, bread, and conversation.
In Lent we will be joining other Episcopal and UCC churches in the Southern Berkshires to explore how we can grow wider and wider circles of compassion that allow us to be Christ’s face, hands, and feet in the world. We are invited to learn from each other and draw from our own unique gifts and challenges to support one another as we engage fully in God’s kingdom.
A suggested donation of $8 will cover lunch.
Please let us know if you are coming so we will have enough for all.
We hope you will join us.

Janet on Retreat.

Janet will be on silent retreat the week of February 6-9.
Please call the office at 413-644-0022 if you need assistance.

Ash Wednesday Services  
February 14 at 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
Grace Church Chapel,
67 State Road in Great Barrington.
The Season of Lent begins with a service of Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes. You are invited to join us.

Episcopal Relief and Development Lenten Meditations. 

You are invited to take a booklet to accompany you on your Lenten journey.
Contents

South Berkshire Listening Gathering
Thursday, February 22nd, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Christ Trinity Church
180 Main Street, Sheffield
Come join us to:
  • Meet leaders from each of BIO’s member groups in South Berkshire.
  • Share stories and concerns with other BIO leaders and begin the listening process to surface issues and build leadership in your group.
  • Learn organizing tools for deep listening and relationship building to use in our Listening Campaign (see back for an overview of the campaign).
For more information or to RSVP, please contact your BIO member group delegate, or Wendy Krom, BIO Lead Organizer, at 413-464-1804 or wendy@biorganizing.org

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

GRACE CHURCH INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: The Rev.Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Ken Frye, Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Ed Hutchinson, Valerie Smith, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Dick Gore, The Rev. Frances Hills, Lillian Forrest, The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson.
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:Arthur J. Gangel, Sr., grandfather of Kyle Gangel; Holly Raymond, sister-in-law of George Raymond; Michael Platt, son of the late the Rev. Donald Platt and Martha Luecht Platt; Linda Day.
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
Myrtle E. Ross and Sarah Sieber.
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 Church, Fitchburg – The Revs. Bennett and Carolyn Jones
The Church’s wider mission: Church Innovations.
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Virginia Vogel – Polizzi 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 Haider who is healing at home.

They would 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.

Helping Hands

Meredith Haider, a member of Grace Church, needs a first floor apartment in Great Barrington. If you know of someone who has such a space, would you please contact her at 814-308-4865.

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.

Check out our Annual Meeting Booklet here.

ROTA
February 11
Welcome Table
Deborah Holmes, Doreen Hutchinson, Sue Gore
Acolyte
Kathy Clausen
Lector
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Ed Hutchison, Rick Gore
Healing Team
Ted Cobden, Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Flowers
Gore
Altar Guild
Lynn Walker, Ed Hutchinson
Coffee Hour
Booton, Doelman
Counters
Deborah Holmes, Tom Doyle

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

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

For the next few months we will read the Gospel of Mark.
There is no required reading, just bring yourself and a curiosity about what this Evangelist has to say to us  today.


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.

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

February 6, 2018

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Mark 9:2-9

Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The Last Sunday after Epiphany
Hymn H-123 Alleluia, song of gladness
1. Alleluia, song of gladness,

voice of joy that cannot die;
alleluia is the anthem
ever raised by choirs on high;
in the house of God abiding
thus they sing eternally.

2. Alleluia thou resoundest,
true Jerusalem and free;
alleluia, joyful mother,
all thy children sing with thee;
but by Babylon’s sad waters
mourning exiles now are we.

Trinity Lutheran Church Des Plaines, IL. Chancel Choir and Jubilate Handbell Choir performing Alleluia, Song of Gladness – 11th Century Latin Arranged by Richard Proulx . Conducted by Brad Whaley.
3. Alleluia though we cherish
and would chant for evermore
alleluia in our singing,
let us for a while give o’er,
as our Savior in his fasting
pleasures of the world forbore.

4. Therefore in our hymns we pray thee,
grant us, blessed Trinity,
at the last to keep thine Easter
with thy faithful saints on high;
there to thee for ever singing
alleluia joyfully.

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
 

February 11

CANNED FRUIT

 

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

Grace Church Book Club

      

February 7
7:00 PM

Summer by Edith Wharton

Host: Ted Cobden
Discussion Leader: Sally Brook

Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, dessert, decaf and tea.
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.
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.
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details
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Third Sunday Supper
February 18
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
 
 
TBA 
Just let George Raymond know so there will be room
 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.
 

 

Revival 2018
What needs to be revived in your own soul? In the life of your parish? In your community? Where do you need light on your path? Join us in revival this year! 
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and his staff, working with dioceses across the country, has begun a series of regional revivals. The Diocese of Western Massachusetts will welcome him on October 21 for our revival. To begin the year in the spirit of identifying aspects of our lives that need reviving or rekindling Facebook users can join a conversation on this topic. Called 6 weeks in the light the link to join is here.
It is actually easy to join Facebook. If you haven’t tried it, you might like it.
 

 


Immigration Help and Advice
  
The Berkshire Immigrant Center is now settled in the St. Stephen’s building on the second floor.

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

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.

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.

“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.  

WORSHIP

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.
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

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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