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January 2, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Fifth Birthday for Grace Church
Sunday, January 7
Join us to celebrate.

MLK, Jr.19th Annual Interfaith Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Monday, January 15
12:00 to 1:00 PM

First Congregational Church
251 Main St. Great Barrington

“Martin Luther King, Jr., the Man Not the Monument: A Personal Story” Speaker: Professor Wesley Brown, Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Rutgers University.
All are welcome.

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

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

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, 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:
Ethan Novick and Margaret O’ Clair
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; Global Mission Team – The Rev. Peter Swarr, Chair
The Church’s wider mission: Springfield Council of Churches
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially George Raymond. Connie Garber and Richard Gore Jr. and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

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

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.

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.

ROTA
January 7
Welcome Table
Anne Andrews, Sally Brooke
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lector
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
John Cheek
Chalice
Ed Hutchinson, Rick Gore
Healing Team
Ted Cobden, Kathy Clausen
Flowers
Cheek
Altar Guild
Sarah Sieber, Margaret Layton, Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour
Layton/Sieber Cheek
Counters
Sue Gore, Kathy Clausen

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

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.

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.
Links
January 2, 2018

First Sunday after the Epiphany
 Artwork by Davezelenka

Mark 1:4-11

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

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
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First Sunday after Epiphany
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

We Three Kings of Orient Are – The Robert Shaw Chorale

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav’n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

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
 

January 7

Canned Soup

 

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

Third Sunday Supper
January 21
TBA
 
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.

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

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.

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.

“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 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

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.-Th

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