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July 25, 2017 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Janet and Sey away on vacation August 1-27.Janet and Sey will be away spending time with family in the month of August. During this time, The Rev. Jane Tillman and the Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi will serve as preachers and celebrants. Please welcome them.

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GRACE CHURCH

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 and Valerie Smith.                                                                 S
Others we love: Jay King, John Belizzi,Carole Chapple, Christy Yeo, Kathy O’Brien, Cooper O’Brien, Rosalind Haywood, Petty Officer Ronald Turner, son of Barbara and John Turner, Colonel John Tryon, nephew of Anne Andrews and all who serve our country.
Those who have died: Judith Croce
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
Rosemarie Blakely and Judy & Tim Boomer.
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 Episcopal, Stockbridge and Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Sam Smith; Doug, our Bishop; the Mampong Babies’ Home in Ghana; Bishop Jim Hazelwood, New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Church’s wider mission: The Rt. Rev. Ben Smith Cyril, Bishop of the Diocese of Mampong.
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Lynn Walker and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

September 10
 
 
Blessing of Teachers and Students for New School Year 

September 10 and 17  
 
Episcopal 101 
Join us if you would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church and what it means to be a member of the Grace Church community. We will meet following worship.

September 24
Brooke Mead,
Executive Director of the Berkshire Immigrant Center to preach and teach.

Christ Trinity welcomes a new Pastor.

Christ Trinity Church in Sheffield has announced that the Rev. Erik Karas will be their next Priest in Charge/Pastor. Erik currently serves as Pastor of a Lutheran and an Episcopal Church in Augusta, Maine. Erik and his wife Kelly will be moving to Sheffield at the end of July and will begin their new ministry on August 6. Please keep Erik and Kelly and the community of Christ Trinity in your prayers.

Sunday Liturgy on your iPad or tablet!

Swap your worship bulletin for the liturgy on your iPads or tablets?
Would you like to receive the Worship Bulletin by email so you can upload it to your iPad for use in Sunday worship?

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. Talk to Valerie Smith or Elizabeth Holland for reviews.

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

Fairview Commons
151 Christian Hill Rd, Great Barrington

ROTA

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.

“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.  

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.
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July 25, 2017

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
 
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
Jesus put before the crowds another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Hymn for this Sunday
 If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee (WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT)
 “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”
by Georg Neumark, 1621-1681
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878

1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the Rock that naught can move.
2. What can these anxious cares avail thee,
These never-ceasing moans and sighs?
What can it help if thou bewail thee
O’er each dark moment as it flies?
Our cross and trials do but press
The heavier for our bitterness.
3. Be patient and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
And His discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.
4. God knows full well when times of gladness
Shall be the needful thing for thee.
When He has tried thy soul with sadness
And from all guile has found thee free,
He comes to thee all unaware
And makes thee own His loving care.
5. Nor think amid the fiery trial
That God hath cast thee off unheard,
That he whose hopes meet no denial
Must surely be of God preferred.
Time passes and much change doth bring
And sets a bound to everything.
6. All are alike before the Highest;
‘Tis easy to our God, we know,
To raise thee up, though low thou liest,
To make the rich man poor and low.
True wonders still by Him are wrought
Who setteth up and brings to naught.
7. Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform thy duties faithfully,
And trust His Word, though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook in need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.

 

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 veggies

 
 
Food Pantry Item
for the Lee Pantry

 July 30th

Canned Vegetables   

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

THIRD  SUNDAY SUPPER
 
Third Sunday Supper
Sunday, August 20  
6:00 PM
Once a month we gather for good food and great conversation in one of our local restaurants. If you have come before, you know you are in for an evening of laughter and blessings. If you have not attended yet, please consider joining us. Let George Raymond know to expect you so space is made for all graymond747@gmail.com or 413-854-1222

Grace Church Book Club

   
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details
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September 13
7:00

Behind the Beautiful Forevers:

Life Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo

Host and/or Venue    Peet

Discussion Leader        Sey Zimmermann
  • A&D = Appetizers & Dessert only: Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, dessert, decaf and tea.
  • For all gatherings: 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.
  • For Dinner gatherings: The Host is responsible for planning the meal. Participants are encouraged to make offerings in consultation with the Host.
  • 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.


Immigration Help and Advice
Next Berkshire Immigrant Center Office Hours:
Berkshire Immigrant Center is moving their offices in Pittsfield and in the middle of hiring new counselors so there is an interruption of the availability of someone to come to Great Barrington.  
Grace Church (67 State Road, Great Barrington)

The Berkshire Immigrant Center, located in Pittsfield, assists people with citizenship assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy. On June 12, their services will be available at our office at 67 State Road. 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Centering Prayer Gathering

Every Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Grace Church Office and Chapel
67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington

 

Bible StudyTuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.

Come pray and study with us.

Grace Church Office
67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington 

WORSHIP

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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.

At Grace Chapel
Eucharist and Healing Prayers 
Thursdays at 12:05 pm

Centering Prayer
Thursdays 5:30 pm
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
Paula Doyle

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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