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June 26, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Women of Grace Church

Save the Date 

September 14-15th, 2018
An overnight women’s retreat has been scheduled

God’s story, Our story:
Storytelling as Spiritual Discipline.
June 27
5:30 to 7: 30 PM at
 
St. Stephen’s Pittsfield.
The Rev. Jenny Gregg will be opening us to the power of sharing our stories as a way of following Jesus.
Contents

Janet is planning a 6 week sermon series on

General Convention 2018  
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.

Janet will not be preaching on July 8 

 
Antonia Buckley from the Berkshire Literacy Centerhas been invited to share with us her incredible project “Berkshire Immigrant Stories.”

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.
Every Purchase Helps a Woman Survivor Heal. Shop Now!

GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
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: 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 Ericson & Jainee McCarroll and Nancy Fishell and Howard Seip.
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; St. Francis’, Holden – The Revs. Patrick Perkins, Karen Safstrom, and Deacon Jane Griesbach
The Church’s wider mission: “Messy Church” Ministry
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Doreen Hutchinson and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week especially Rob & Kathy Clausen.

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

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

ROTA
July 1
Welcome Table
Anne Andrews, Viola Bagnaschi, Sally Brooke
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lector
Sue Gore
Intercessor
Kathy Clausen
Chalice
Lynn Walker, Elizabeth Holland
Healing Team
Sue Gore, Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Flowers
Raymond
Altar Guild
Sarah Sieber, Margaret Layton, Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour
Holmes, Kirchoff
Counters
Sue Gore, Kathy Clausen
Links

Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth in Great Barrington.

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

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
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.


 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.

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.

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. …………..
She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Serve:  

Lee Food Pantry
 
Airoldi Building 
45 Railroad St. Lee
 
Our time to serve at the Lee Food Pantry is Saturday, June 30 from 9:45 to noon. You are welcome to join us to accompany our neighbors.

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
George Raymond

Food Pantry Item

July 1
 
Canned
Soup
 

Hymn for Sunday July 1
Simple Gifts 
‘Tis the gift to be simple
’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down
Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves
In the place just right
‘Twill be in the valley
Of love and delight.

Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss
When true simplicity is gained
To bow and to bend
We shall not be ashamed
To turn, turn
Will be our delight
‘Till by turning, turning
We come round right.

Books and Bread
 
Wednesday, July 11 at
7:00 PM
Host: Zimmerman
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.
  • Please sign up to bring appetizers or dessert items. All are welcome! For future books, please see the website http://graceberkshires.org/who-we-are/ministries/

  • 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

Third Sunday Supper
July 17
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
TBA
For more information contact George Raymond
 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.
  
 

The Bible Challenge
As part of our spiritual preparation for revival we are inviting ourcongregation to participate in THE BIBLE CHALLENGE
THE BIBLE CHALLENGE has begun, but it is never too late! 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.

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.

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 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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