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May 22, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Janet at Festival of Homiletics May 21-27.
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.
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Grace Church calendar

We will worship at the Garden on Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 AM.

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.

GRACE CHURCH INTERCESSORY PRAYERS
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

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:
Chris & Courtney Clark and Cathy & Rob Clausen.

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; Carol LaPlante, Financial Services & IT

The Church’s wider mission:

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week especially Lisa and Richard Kelly

ROTA
May 27
Welcome Table
Sarah Sieber, Rick Gore, George Raymond
Acolyte
Linda White
Lector
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Rick Gore
Healing Team
Sue Gore, Ted Cobden
Flowers
Holmes
Altar Guild
Viola Bagnaschi, Linda White, Susan Happ
Coffee Hour
Brook, Fishell
Counters
Ian Booton, Sarah Sieber

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.
Links

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

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.

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

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

May 22, 2018

First Sunday after Pentecost:
Trinity Sunday
 

John 3:1-17

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And 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.

Hymn for First Sunday after Pentecost:
Trinity Sunday
Holy, Holy,Holy, Lord God Almighty
1 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
2 Holy, Holy, Holy! All the saints adore Thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
which wert and art and evermore shalt be.

· The Choir of St.Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral · Edinburgh

3 Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
though the eye made blind by sin Thy glory may not see,
only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
4 Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

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

May 27
CEREAL

10th Anniversary Celebration of Gideon’s Garden  
Blessing and Planting, Saturday, June 2.  
Beginning at 10:00 AM we will bless and plant the garden for the 2018 season.
At noon, we will offer a barbecue and music to revel in the goodness of God’s creation and our opportunity to work and share God’s great bounty.
Past and Current Youth Supervisors, members of the Berkshire agencies who receive fresh produce, and members of our church are heartily invited.
We will worship at the Garden on Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 AM.

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. Print a list of all the daily texts here.

If you’re more into meeting in person, form your own group and meet once a week  – any where – to discuss the experience.

Need some extra help? Consider purchasing “The Bible Challenge” published by Forward Movement which contains a commentary on each day’s readings. You will need a Bible for the readings; an annotated NRSV with maps is recommended.
There are several Bible apps for your devices, including “audible Bible” apps.

Third Sunday Supper
June 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.
  
 

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.  

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.

 

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

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.

WORSHIP

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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.
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.

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