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July 31, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Janet will be away from July 29 to August 26, spending time with family. In her absence the Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi and the Rev. Jane Tillman will serve as preachers and celebrants. Please welcome them.
If there are any pastoral needs during this time please contact the Rev. Steve White at 413-884-4758 or call the church office 413-644-0022.

REVIVAL  2018Curry Revival
PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY
WILL BE WITH US FOR REVIVAL 2018
REKINDLING HOPE- SHARING LIGHT-LOVING JESUS

Sunday, October 21 at 1:00 PM
at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield.
Please mark your calendars. We will gather for worship with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the many followers of Christ in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. It will be a great day!
THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE AT CRISSEY FARM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21.
Contents

The Welcome Project Mat by Thistle Farms 
Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. 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 Cheek have 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.
Every Purchase Helps a Woman Survivor Heal. Shop Now!

GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week

Please hold in your prayers
 
Janet Zimmerman and her family; 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. Also remember Ken and Vonnie Frye who have recently moved to Laurel Lakes Center, 620 Laurel Street, Lee MA 01238. They would all 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.

Centering Prayer Gathering
will continue every Thursday at a new time of 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
The Rev. Betsy Fisher has graciously offered to lead our faithful group
for one month.
Join us at 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. All are welcome.
 
Grace Church Office and Chapel

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

ROTA
August 5
Welcome Table
Anne Andrews, Viola Bagnaschi, Sally Brooke
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lector
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
John Cheek
Chalice
Viola Bagnaschi, Elizabeth Holland
Healing Team
Ted Cobden, Pennie Curry
Flowers
Hutchinson
Altar Guild
Sarah Sieber, Margaret Layton, Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour
Hutchinson, Doelman
Counters
Sue Gore
Links

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth in Great Barrington.
 
Celebrate the Feast Day of W.E.B. Du Bois, Saturday, August 4.  Come for all or part of the day.
9:30am: Lecture and Gravesite Visit@The Du Bois Center, 684 South Main St., Great Barrington, MA, adjacent to the Mahaiwe Cemetery.
11am: Walking Tour, Holy Eucharist, Refreshments @ Macedonia Baptist Church, 9 Rosseter St., Great Barrington.
Sponsored by the Beloved Community Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Western MA. Donations to Macedonia Baptist Church are welcome. More information and RSVPs on Du Bois Feast Day Celebration Facebook Page, or Lee Cheek, 413-854-1095.
The celebration continues throughout 2018. Be a part of the festivities recognizing our native son, a towering figure of the 20th century. There will be events for all.

Du Bois 150th Festival website

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

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word
will resume in September  
There is no required reading, just bring yourself and a curiosity about what this Evangelist has to say to us today.
 

Grace Church Office
   

 
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.

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

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.

Women of Grace Church

Save the Date September 14-15, 2018.
An overnight Women’s Retreat has been scheduled at the Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT. We hope you will join us.


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.

Third Sunday Supper  August 19th. at 6:00 pm.

Location to be announced!
Once a month we gather for good food and great conversation in one of our local restaurants. It is an evening of laughter and blessings.


 All are enthusiastically welcomed.
For more information
contact George Raymond
 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.
 

Gospel for the Eleventh  Sunday after Pentecost
John 6:24-35  
 
The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Food Pantry Item of The Week  
for August 5th:  
Toilet Paper.   
Although we have an “Item of the Week”,
any appropriate food items are always welcome!
Thank you, Sue & Rick Gore, and George Raymond for the Lee Pantry and the People’s Pantry.

Gideon’s Garden Update
Division Street across from Taft Farms
Fisher adds flowers to attract pollinators.
Corn is doing well.

Squash is so abundant, a delivery was made to Pittsfield last week.
Inside the Butterfly House.
Can you find the butterfly in this picture?
Lot’s going on in the Garden.  Stop by and see for yourself. The boys love to give tours, or you can harvest, or just count butterflies.

The Butterfly House at Gideon’s Garden
  
Forty-one campers, ages 5 to 12,  from the Berkshire South Community Center visited the Butterfly House, Gideon’s Garden and the rescue animals.

Hymn for Sunday, August 5
All who hunger, gather gladly;

holy manna is our bread.
Come from wilderness and wandering.
Here, in truth, we will be fed.
You that yearn for days of fullness,
all around us is our food.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, never strangers;
seeker, be a welcome guest.
Come from restlessness and roaming.
Here, in joy, we keep the feast.
We that once were lost and scattered
in communion’s love have stood.
Taste and see the grace eternal.
Taste and see that God is good.

All who hunger, sing together;
Jesus Christ is living bread.
Come from loneliness and longing.
Here, in peace, we have been led.
Blest are those who from this table
live their lives in gratitude.
Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

The Bible Challenge
As part of our spiritual preparation for revival we are inviting our congregation to
participate in THE BIBLE CHALLENGE.
The Challenge
has begun, but it is never too late to join! Episcopalians in the Diocese of Western MA are going to read the Bible-the whole Bible-in 365 days beginning on Pentecost.
Are you in?

Registration is open for the
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND WITH BISHOP FISHER  

Join Bishop Fisher on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2019
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 jamesgmunroe@gmail.com.


Immigration Help and Advice
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.

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.

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.

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.
 
 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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