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March 6, 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.

Episcopal Relief and Development Lenten Meditations. 

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

Vestry to Parish Leadership Day Springfield, MA. 

Your Vestry will be attending Parish Leadership Day in Springfield on Saturday, March 17. It is a day of learning and visiting with vestries from across our Diocese to better serve our church and our larger community. Please keep them in your prayers that the day is rewarding and travel is safe. Please also thank your Vestry for generously sharing their time, their gifts, and their prayers for us all.

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.
Please check posters in fellowship area for dates and times.
Be a part of the festivities recognizing our native son, a towering figure of the 20th century.
There will be events for all.

There is a website which lists upcoming events: https://dubois150th.com

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.

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Grace Church calendar

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: The Rev.Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Ken 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
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:
Stacey Thomas & Barbara and John Turner.
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; Clergy spouses, and families.
The Church’s wider mission:Covenant relationships w/ Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield & Worcester – Bishops Mitchel Rozanski, Robert McManus

And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Jake Pinkston and Susan Gray

Lillian Forrest.

On Friday, February 9, our beloved Lillian Forrest died at Berkshire Medical Center. Her family will celebrate her life on Saturday, May 12. Details will follow. May God who has welcomed Lillian into eternal life and love, hold her family and friends who mourn her.

Please hold in your prayers
Dick Gore who is healing at home,
Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons,
Barbara Turner who is healing at home, and
Meredith Haider who is healing at home.
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.

Check out our Annual Meeting Booklet here.

March 11
Welcome Table
Deborah Holmes, Doreen Hutchinson, Sue Gore
Cathy Haywood
Dindy Anderson
Doreen Hutchinson
Ed Hutchison, Lynn Walker
Healing Team
Ted Cobden, Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
Altar Guild
Lynn Walker, Ed Hutchinson
Coffee Hour
Layton/Sieber, Haywood
Deborah Holmes, Tom Doyle

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
Tuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.
For the next few months we will read the Gospel of Mark.
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.

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

March 6, 2018

Fourth Sunday in Lent
John 3:14-21

Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned  already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all whodo evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”
Numbers 21:4-9

From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
Moses and the Brazen Serpent
Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640)
The Courtauld Gallery, London

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.

1 Come, Christians, follow where our Savior trod,
our King victorious, Christ, the Son of God. [Refrain]
2 All newborn servants of the Crucified
bear on their brow the seal of Christ who died. [Refrain]
3 O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
your death has brought us life eternally. [Refrain]
4 So shall our song of triumph ever be:
praise to the Crucified for victory. [Refrain]

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

March 11

Canned Meat or Fish

Grace Church Book Club


March 14
6:00 PM

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

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


Third Sunday Supper
March 18
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
Just let George Raymond know so there will be room
 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.



Revival 2018
What needs to be revived in your own soul? In the life of your parish? In your community? Where do you need light on your path? Join us in revival this year! 
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and his staff, working with dioceses across the country, has begun a series of regional revivals. The Diocese of Western Massachusetts will welcome him on October 21 for our revival. To begin the year in the spirit of identifying aspects of our lives that need reviving or rekindling Facebook users can join a conversation on this topic. Called 6 weeks in the light the link to join is here.
It is actually easy to join Facebook. If you haven’t tried it, you might like it.


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.


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.  


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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.
Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

Senior Warden
Kathy Clausen
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Junior Warden
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2020
Sarah Sieber
Dindy Anderson
Sue Gore
Class of 2021
Anne Andrews
Dutch Pinkston
 Mary Anne Grammer

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

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


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