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March 20, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Lenten Opportunities: 
            Widening Our Circle, Deepening Our Connection. 
Tuesdays through Lent
12:00 noon or 5:30 PM (two offerings, same information)
Crissey Farm
Soup, bread, and conversation.
In Lent we will be joining other Episcopal and UCC churches in the Southern Berkshires to explore how we can grow wider and wider circles of compassion that allow us to be Christ’s face, hands, and feet in the world. We are invited to learn from each other and draw from our own unique gifts and challenges to support one another as we engage fully in God’s kingdom.
A suggested donation of $8 will cover lunch.
Please let us know if you are coming so we will have enough for all.
We hope you will join us.

Mt Everett High School in Sheffield, MA is performing

“Godspell”

the Musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew

Thursday March 22
at 7pm,

Friday March 23
at 7pm,

Sunday March 25
at 3pm.

Tickets are $10 for General Admission or $7 for Students and Seniors and can are purchased at the performance.

The musical is from the same composer as the musicals “Wicked” and “Pippin”.

Mt. Everett is located at 491 Berkshire School Rd, Sheffield, MA.

Episcopal Relief and Development Lenten Meditations. 

You are invited to take a booklet to accompany you on your Lenten journey.
Contents

Healing Oils of the Bible   
Sunday, April 8, after worship 

Anna Brooke (daughter of Sally Brooke) will be hosting a short, interactive experience with essential oils mentioned and used in the Bible.
Sample and learn about the better known oils such as Frankincense, Myrrh and Cedarwood as well as lesser known ones such as Spikenard and Cassia.
Bible references will be made available. Bring your questions!

Help neighbors with tax preparation.

Volunteers are needed.

The Berkshire United Way is beginning a new project.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax preparation for individuals and households with low to moderate incomes.
The hours are flexible and training is provided.
If interested, please call Berkshire United Way’s Julie Singley at 413-442-6948 ext. 32.

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

GRACE CHURCH INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
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. Frances Hills, The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner , Rick Gore, Pennie Curry
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: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:
Lynn Walker and Linda White.
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; The Rev. Hanna Ennin
The Church’s wider mission: Action Center Tutoring Services (ACTS) – Springfield.
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Zara Robitaille, Sally Vaun, Richard Gore Sr., Anne Andrews, and Whitney Gray and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week especially Lee & John Cheek.

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.

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.

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

The celebration, has begun and will continue 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

ROTA
March 25
Welcome Table
Sarah Sieber,
Rick Gore,
George Raymond
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lector
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Ed Hutchinson
Healing Team
Sue Gore,
Ted Cobden
Flowers
Palm Sunday
Altar Guild
Vioa Bagnaschi,
Linda White,
Sue Happ
Coffee Hour
Passion Sunday
Counters
Ian Booton,
Sarah Sieber

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

Bible Study
 
will resume on April 3
 
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.

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.

March 20, 2018

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
 The Liturgy of the Palms
Mark 11:1-11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,
“Hosanna!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

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
Rice

Food Pantry Item

March 25

RICE

EASTER FLOWERS. 

You are invited to contribute to Easter flowers at Grace Church.

Sign up sheets are available at the Welcome Table. Please put your check made out to Grace Church in the offering plate with the words “Easter Flowers” in the notation area. You may also email your dedication information to graceberkshiresma@gmail.com. Please include your name(s) as you want them listed, the name(s) of those you would like to honor or remember, and your donation amount.

Thank you for your generosity.

 
We Need Your Help Building a Healthy South Berkshire County
Come meet your neighbors at a Community Conversation where we ask for your input. 
Everyone is welcome.
          –What kind of community do we want to live in?
          –What’s working? What needs are not being met?
          –What can be improved, so that all health needs are better met?
Fairview Hospital has partnered with East Mountain Medical, & CHP alongside BCAC, Berkshire South, BHRSD, BMC Psychiatric, BVNA, Elder Services, Grace Church, Multicultural Bridge, RSYP, VIM, other Community Organizations, and residents.
 
Friday, March 23 
12:30 pm Pizza
Meeting 1 – 3:30 pm
Stockbridge Town Hall
Community Room
 

Park Square 2 East Street
 
Saturday, March 24, 12:00 PM
Indivisible Pittsfield invites students and allies to join in a Solidarity Rally on Saturday, March 24th, in Pittsfield, Mass. Everyone welcome! Noon to 1 pm in Park Square, Pittsfield, MA
 

Grace Church Book Club

      

TO BE RESCHEDULED
6:00 PM

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
by Gregory Boyle
Host: Zimmerman
Discussion Leader: Dindy Anderson

Dinner
Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea.
One main dish serves 8 people.
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.
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details
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Third Sunday Supper
April 15
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.

LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

6:00, Sunday, April 15
For more information contact George Raymond
 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.

  

 


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.

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.

“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.  

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

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. 9:00am12:00pm or by appt. 413-644-0022

jzimmerman@graceberkshires.org

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