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January 9, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

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

We will review the year and present the budget for 2018.

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

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, Doreen Hutchinson, Ed Hutchinson, Valerie Smith, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Dick Gore, The Rev. Frances Hills, Lillian Forrest, The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
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:
Hugh and Pat Pecon and The Rev. Donald and Charlene Peet.
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; Our Year of Intentional Collaboration w/ the MA Conference United Church of Christ
The Church’s wider mission: Office of Government Relations.
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Don Peet and Rob Clausen 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.

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.

January 14
Welcome Table
Deborah Holmes, Doreen Hutchinson, Sue Gore
Kathy Clausen
Sue Gore
Doreen Hutchinson
Lynn Walker, Dutch Pinkston
Healing Team
Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Altar Guild
Lynn Walker, Ed Hutchinson
Coffee Hour
Gore, Brooke
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
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.

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.
January 9, 2018

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Nathaniel Under the Fig Tree (Nathanaël sous le figuier) – James Tissot – Brooklyn Museum –

John 1:43-51

Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

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


Second Sunday after Epiphany
The Lord of sea and sky

National Youth Choir of Scotland

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 31



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

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.



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.

W.E.B. Du Bois 150th Festival
Racial Equality *Economic Justice *Civil Rights *Progressive Education
This year marks the 150th birthday of perhaps the most famous figure in Great Barrington history.
The legendary scholar and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois was born Feb. 23, 1868. In his honor, the town and Du Bois organizations are planning a weeks-long celebration. Click here for a full calendar of events.

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.

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.


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
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


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