The late Dr Martin Luther King Jr once said, and I quote: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way.”
Please welcome Antonia Buckley on July 8
Antonia Buckley from the Berkshire Literacy Center
has been invited to share with us her incredible project “Berkshire Immigrant Stories.”
On July 2nd John Cheek, Lay Deputy, Diocese of Western Massachusetts, will be traveling to Austin, Texas for the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
The work of General Convention is important to all of us in the church as we try to transform this world (to paraphrase our wonderful Presiding Bishop Michael Curry) “from the nightmare it often seems to be today to the dream God has for it.”
Stay tuned for news from Austin, and please do keep the work of General Convention in your prayers.
The Welcome Project Mat by Thistle Farms
Thistle Farms in Nashville TN that 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 brought us a mat woven from materials the women took on their journey to Greece.
The mat graces our altar as a powerful symbol that love is the greatest force for change in the world.
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Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: The Rev. Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Ken and 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
Others we love: 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: Michael Billing; Sarah Renfro, great niece of Annie Macheski; Bishop George Councell; Brad Loudenbach, husband of Sarah Sieber’s cousin; Lillian Forrest; Nathaniel Sayles, son of Nate Sayles; 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 Fontenetta and Ken & Vonnie Frye.
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; Steve Abdow, Canon for Mission Resources
The Church’s wider mission: Episcopal Service Corps
For all those celebrating a birthday this week especially Ed Hutchinson and Catherine Haywood and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.
Please hold in your prayers
Please hold in your prayers Dick Gore who is healing at home, Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons, Meredith Haider who is healing at home, and Barbara Turner 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.
Volunteer This Summer:
Help a Child Soar!
4 weeks: July 9 to Aug 2
You choose what day, which age you prefer and if you want to work with a teacher or on your own.
9:15 – 10:15 AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays
The Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) is looking for volunteers to help kids learn and grow. The Project Connection summer camp is for high needs students. JWF coordinates volunteers for students in grades 1-4. We work to help them maintain/improve their reading skills.
To learn more and to volunteer, contact the program’s coordinator Phyllis Cohen at 413-528-4225 or
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
Tuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.
There is no required reading, just bring yourself and a curiosity about what this Evangelist has to say to us today.
Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
Thank you to our hard working volunteers:
Mimi and Richard Alford
Sue and Rick Gore
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Hymn for Sunday July 8
1 Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.
2 ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
3 The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
4 Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come:
’tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
Books and Bread
Wednesday, July 11 at
Discussion Leader: Anderson
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Gregory Boyle
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.
Join Bishop Fisher on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019
April 22 to May 4, 2019.
The total cost of the trip including round trip airfare based on double occupancy is $4500. A deposit of $500 per person will secure your place. Registration will close at 30 pilgrims or on January 21, 2019. For questions, please contact the Rev. Jim Munro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“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.
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.
Support Ascentria Care Alliance.
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