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May 15, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

PENTECOST SUNDAY
May 20.
Join us and invite your friends for our Birthday Celebration of the Church as we celebrate Pentecost on Sunday.
Wear red and bring bells.
We look forward to seeing all of you.
Contents

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Grace Church calendar

Congregational Development Grant 
Grace Church awarded . Grace has been awarded a Congregational Development Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts for $6000 to support the work of Gideon’s Garden. As we enter our 10th year we are looking to support and expand the ministry of the garden and its outreach to youth in the Berkshires. This money will be used to develop a leadership plan and hire a part-time intern to mentor the youth supervisors this summer. Please thank Doreen Hutchinson for her grant writing skills and generous love for our community.

Janet is going to Festival of Homiletics May 21-27 in Washington DC.

Janet will be gone the week of May 21 to the Festival of Homiletics in Washington, D.C. This is a gathering of preachers where workshops and worship allow the sharing of great preaching. To get some idea of the wealth of learning that will take place, check out their website https://www.festivalofhomiletics.com.

The Rev. Steve White  
The Rev. Steve White will lead Grace Church in worship and preaching on Sunday, May 27.

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. 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
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 Francie Hills, Michael Billing, 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:

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:
Patricia Carlson and Lee & John Cheek
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; Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield – The Revs.Heather Blais and Molly Scherm, Deacon AnnWood
The Church’s wider mission:

The Episcopal Church Foundation
And we offer thanks:

For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Nancy Fishell and Richard Edelstein, 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.

ROTA
May 20
Welcome Table
Marcia Doelman, Ed Hutchinson
Acolyte
Peter Kirchoff
Lector
Pennie Curry
Intercessor
Tom Doyle
Chalice
Viola Bagnaschi, Ed Hutchinson
Healing Team
Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Kathy Clausen
Flowers
Alford
Altar Guild
Debbie Holmes, Elizabeth Holland, Monique Kirchoff
Coffee Hour
Holland, Kirchoff
Counters
Rick Gore, Ed Hutchinson

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

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

 

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

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

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

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.

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.
Links
May 15, 2018

Day of Pentecost
Whitsunday
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Jesus said to his disciples, “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Pentecost Painting by Ed De Guzman
Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

Hymn for
Pentecost
1 Come down, O Love divine,
seek thou this soul of mine,
and visit it with thine own ardor glowing;
O Comforter, draw near,
within my heart appear,
and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.
2 O let it freely burn,
till earthly passions turn
to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
and let thy glorious light
shine ever on my sight,
and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.
3 And so the yearning strong,
with which the soul will long,
shall far outpass the power of human telling;
for none can guess its grace,
till Love create a place
wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.
sung by Fernando Ortega
Juan Fernando Ortega is a singer-songwriter in contemporary Christian music. He is noted both for his interpretations of many traditional hymns and songs.

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

Pasta Sauce

Food Pantry Item

May 20
PASTA SAUCE

Third Sunday Supper
May 20
Please join us for our monthly gathering of good food and wonderful conversation. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
Alpamayo Restaurant (Peruvian)
60 Main Street, Lee
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  we are inviting our
congregations to participate in THE BIBLE CHALLENGE


Starting the Monday after Pentecost May 21

We’re going to read the Holy Bible – the whole Bible – in 365 days beginning the day after Pentecost. The Bible Challenge is a systematic way to read a section of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures each day. 

  • Read the daily text using your own Bible.
  • You can join our Facebook Group where daily readings will be posted and folks will engage in meaningful conversation:
  • After reading the text, join the conversation in our BIBLE CHALLENGE Revives WMA Facebook Group.
  • If you’re more into meeting in person, form your own group and meet once a week  – any where – to discuss the experience.
  • Want everything in a book so you can mark and make notes? Buy The Bible Challenge (optional).

News from Gideon’s Garden
On Sunday the boys of Gideon’s Garden, lead by Youth Supervisor, Kyle, removed the plastic cover that had been on the hoop house. Then they placed the black netting which converts the greenhouse into a butterfly house. One of the chrysalises, that had over wintered,  emerged into a butterfly that morning! This spring in March, for the first time, Kyle was able to start many of the vegetable plants that will be planted on June 2inside the greenhouse.

New beginnings!
 
 


 
SAVE THE DATE – JUNE 2
and we will worship at Gideon’s Garden on Sunday, June 3
    

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 A wonderful gift for someone you love.  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.

 
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.

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.  

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

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