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May 23, 2017 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

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By the Grace of God
 and the consent of the people
The Right Reverend Douglas J. Fisher
IX Bishop Western Massachusetts
will ordain
The Rev. Virginia M. Vogel-Polizzi
to the Sacred Order of Priest
in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
Saturday, June 17, 2017
at 10:00 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Lenox Massachusetts
Your prayers and presence are requested
Clergy: Red Stoles
Reception follows

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Grace Church calendar
Contents

GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: Ted Cobden, Linda White, Valerie Smith, John Breasted, Connie Garber, Ken Frye, Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Doreen Hutchinson and Ed Hutchinson.
Others we love: Jay King, John Belizzi,Carole Chapple, Christy Yeo, Kathy O’Brien, Cooper O’Brien, Rosalind Haywood, Petty Officer Ronald Turner, son of Barbara and John Turner, Colonel John Tryon, nephew of Anne Andrews and all who serve our country.
Those who have died: Yvonne Keene, mother in law of Sarah Keene, John James Toffey IV,Ada Hastings, Robert Lyle Fishell, father of Nancy Fishell and Maggie Addai, Superintendent of the Mampong Babies’ Home, Kumasi, Ghana
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week: Diane Singer and Valerie Smith
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 Episcopal, Stockbridge and Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Sam Smith and the Rev. Randy Wilburn; Doug, our Bishop; the Mampong Babies’ Home in Ghana; St. Stephen’s Westborough-The Revs. Jesse Abell and Hilary Bogert-Winkler
The Church’s wider mission: Episcopal Church Women-Ms. Susan Howland
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday, as is David Hamill, or an Anniversary this week.

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

Fairview Commons
151 Christian Hill Rd, Great Barrington

ROTA
 
May 28
Welcome Table
Sarah Sieber, Rick Gore, George Raymond
Acolyte
Ed Hutchinson
Lector
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Rick Gore
Healing Team
Charlene Peet, Sue Gore
Flowers
Holmes
Altar Guild
Viola Bagnaschi, Linda White
Coffee Hour
Gore, Fishell/Seip
Counters
Ian Booton, Sarah Sieber

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Centering Prayer Gathering

Every Thursday
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Grace Church Office and Chapel
67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington
May 23, 2017

Sunday May 28 – Seventh Sunday of Easter
Gospel: John 17:1-11
John 17:1-11
Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”
Jesus saying farewell to his eleven remaining disciples, from the Maesta by Duccio, 1308-1311.

Hymn for this Sunday

Seventh
Sunday of Easter 
1 If thou but trust in God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the rock that naught can move.

2 Be patient and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
And His discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.
3 Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform thy duties faithfully,
And trust His Word; though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook at need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.

If thou but trust in God

If thou but trust in God to guide thee
Fountainview Academy

W.E.B Dubois Educational Series.
 
Today in Great Barrington
7:00pm
New York City playwright Clare Coss and actors Kathleen Chalfant and Peter Jay Fernandez

will put on a performance of their Off Broadway success “Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington.”

Monument Mountain Regional High School Auditorium

Free and welcome to all.

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,

Don Peet

George Raymond
 
 
Food Pantry Item
for the Lee Pantry

Cereal 
 
 
 
Although we have an  “Item of the Week”
any appropriate food items are always appreciated.

Blessing of Gideon’s Garden
Saturday, June 3
10:00am
Please join us to celebrate the opening of the planting season at Gideon’s Garden.
We will offer prayers for God’s goodness and then plant the garden. Wear your gardening clothes and bring any gardening tools you would like to use. Our garden is located on Division Street just west of the intersection with Park Street North, Route 183 and across from Taft Farms.

Grace Church Book Club

Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details
at
June 14th
6:00 Dinner
Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea. One main dish serves 8 people.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Host and Venue – Kirchoff
Discussion Leader – Frank Garretson
The Host is responsible for planning the meal. Participants are encouraged to make offerings in consultation with the Host.
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.

Immigration Help and Advice      
Next Berkshire Immigrant Center Office Hours:
The next Berkshire Immigrant Center is by appointment on June 12

Grace Church (67 State Road, Great Barrington)

The Berkshire Immigrant Center, located in Pittsfield, assists people with citizenship assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy. On June 12, their services will be available at our office at 67 State Road. Appointments can be made by calling the Berkshire Immigrant Center (413) 445-4881. Brooke Mead,  an Immigration Adviser for the Berkshire Immigrant Center, offers consultations in both English and Spanish.

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.

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

Links

 

Bible StudyTuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.

Come pray and study with us.

Grace Church Office
67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington 

WORSHIP

Christ Icon
Worship Schedule
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.

At Grace Chapel
Eucharist and Healing Prayers 
Thursdays at 12:05 pm

Centering Prayer
Thursdays 5:30 pm
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 2018
Anne Andrews
Junior Warden
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Mary Anne Grammer
Treasurer
Sue Gore
Class of 2020
Sarah Sieber
Clerk
Paula Doyle

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

GRACE CHURCH
An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman,  Rector

Deacon:  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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