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November 27, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Contents
Bible Study
Prayers
Special Prayers
Holy Eucharist
Centering Prayer
Calendar
ROTA
150th Anniversary
Why Join the Choir?
Celebrate
Fairview Commons
Liturgy on your iPads …
Tutors needed
Thistle Farms
Ingathering Pledges
Weekly Hymn
Gospel for this week
Gift Cards for Youth
Books and Bread
Third Sunday Supper
Food Pantry
Bible Challenge
Worship Section
Worship Schedule
Sermon and Reflections.
Mampong
Words to Share
Donate with PayPal
We need people
Immigration Help and Advice
Ascentria Care Alliance
Gratitude Moment
Special Piucture

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word  
is temporarily cancelled.
Call the office for more information.
413-644-0022
Grace Church Office

GRACE CHURCH

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week

Members of the Parish Family:

The Rev. Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, 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, Marion Andrews, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman, Pat Edelstein, Connie Garber.
Others we love: Maria and her family; The Rev. Peter Elvin, Anne Peters, Leslie Albert,Debbie Losaw, daughter of Rosemarie Blakely, Ashley Gangell, Zeke Hills,  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: Scott Crawford, son of Ruth Crawford; Dorothy Cole Hooff, sister of Marcia Doelman; Kenneth Frye; Martha Race; Sey Zimmerman; Sarah Renfro, great niece of Annie Macheski; Bishop George Councell; Brad Loudenbach, husband of Sarah Sieber’s cousin; Lillian Forrest;  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:
John Horan & Diane Singer and Ed & Doreen Hutchinson.
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; Christ Memorial, North Brookfield – The Rev. Dr. Paula Winsor Sage.
The Church’s wider mission: ELCA New England Synod
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

Please hold in your prayers
 
Connie Garber who has had open heart surgery. She is home recovering now. 
 
Zeke Hills, brother of Frances Hills, whose wife Barbara died recently.
 

Pat Edelstein

would love to receive “Thinking of You” cards. Please send cards to Pat at: Kimball Farms,
PineHill Assisted Living, 235 Walker Street, Lenox, MA 01240.
 

Vonnie Frye,

whose husband, Ken, died Sept. 7, has moved to a new address:
Devonshire Estates
413.881.4055

She would appreciate cards and visits.

Valerie Smith has returned home after a stay in the hospital. She is resting and would love cards and emails: oakgrove52@hotmail.com;

Janet Zimmerman and her family; Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons; Meredith Haider who is healing at home; and Barbara Turner who is healing at home.

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.

Holy Eucharist and Healing
Wednesdays at 12pm,
Grace Church Office

Centering Prayer Gathering
every Thursday
5:00 – 6:00
Join us at 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. All are welcome.
 
Grace Church Office and Chapel

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar

ROTA
December 2
Welcome Team
Sally Brooke
Anne Andrews
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lectors
Dindy Anderson
Intercessor
Kathy Clausen
Chalice
Viola Bagnaschi
Dutch Pinkston
Healing Team
Ted Cobden,             Pennie Curry
Flowers
ADVENT
Altar Guild
Sarah Sieber, Margaret Layton, Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour
Anderson, Cheek
Counters
Kathy Clausen
Sue Gore
Links
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
Episcopal Migration Ministries

Episcopal Parishes of the Berkshires:

North Adams: All Saints
Williamstown: St John’s
Pittsfield: St Stephen’s
Lenox: St Helena’s, Trinity
Lanesborough: St Luke’s
Stockbridge: St Paul’s
Sheffield: Christ Trinity

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois’s birth in Great Barrington
 
The celebrations 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

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

 

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.

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

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.

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.

The Welcome Project Mat by Thistle Farms 
Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. has come together with women refugees in Ritsonia, Greece to provide an economic platform for women and their families to escape the refugee camps. Lee and John Cheek have brought us a mat woven from materials the women took on their journey to Greece.
The mat on our altar is a symbol that love is the greatest force for change in the world.
Every Purchase Helps a Woman Survivor Heal. Shop Now!

Ingathering of Pledges
Sunday, December 2
 
On Sunday, November 4, we began our month of preparation for the ingathering of pledges on Sunday December 2nd.”Stewardship is living out our lives with the belief that all we are and have is God’s, entrusted with us to share.” How will you share with others all that God has given you through your pledge to Grace Church’s operating budget? During the Gratitude Moment each Sunday we will hear from a member of our community about their gratitude to God, and their journey of faith as  participants in ministries at Grace church. Our Gratitude Moment tradition came out of the Stewardship committee’s long work and study with Bruce Rockwell, former treasurer of the diocese and consultant to parishes, on giving as spiritual formation.
Pledging to Grace Church:
If you need a pledge card, please call the office at 413-644-0022. You can also pledge electronically by using Tithe.ly. You can create an account and set up online giving. Use this link to go to our website, scroll down a little and click on “Give to Grace”. There you can set up your giving for the year.

Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending 

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending

1. Lo, he comes with clouds descending,

once for favored sinners slain;
thousand, thousand saints attending
swell the triumph of his train.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
God appears on earth to reign.2. Every eye shall now behold him,
robed in dreadful majesty;
those who set at naught and sold him,
pierced and nailed him to the tree,
deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing,
shall the true Messiah see.

3. The dear tokens of his passion
still his dazzling body bears;
cause of endless exultation
to his ransomed worshipers;
with what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture,
gaze we on those glorious scars!

4. Yea, Amen! Let all adore thee,
high on thy eternal throne;
Savior, take the power and glory,
claim the kingdom for thine own.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Everlasting God, come down!

Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent
   
   

 

Jesus said, “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Gift Cards for Local Youth.
As the time of giving and receiving approaches, thank you for remembering our youth in local schools whose Christmas may be sparse without your generosity. You may write a check to Grace with the note: Gift Cards, or you may purchase gift cards and give them to Sue Gore and Pennie Curry. They have contacted local school counselors who will put your gifts into the hands of grateful young people. Thank you for your generosity.

About once a month we gather at the home of hosts to discuss a book and share a meal.

All are welcome!
  BOOKS and BREAD  
 
  • Dinner-Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea. One main dish serves 8 people.
  • The Host is responsible for planning the meal. Participants are encouraged to make offerings in consultation with the Host.
  • 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.
  • Please sign up to bring appetizers or dessert items. All are welcome! For future books, please see the website http://graceberkshires.org/who-we-are/ministries/
  • 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

The Third Sunday Supper
All are enthusiastically welcomed!
 
Once a month we gather for good food, great conversations, laughter and blessings in one of our local restaurants.
For more information contact George Raymond

413.854.1222 cell

 If you have not come before, take this opportunity to join us.

Food Pantry item for the week of  
December 2  
CANNED FRUIT  
Canned fruit
Although we usually have an “Item of the Week”,
any appropriate food items are always welcome!
Thank you, Sue & Rick Gore, and George Raymond for the Lee Pantry and the People’s Pantry.

The Bible Challenge
As part of our spiritual preparation for revival we are inviting our congregation to
participate in THE BIBLE CHALLENGE.
The Challenge
has begun, but it is never too late to join! Episcopalians in the Diocese of Western MA are going to read the Bible-the whole Bible-in 365 days beginning on Pentecost.
Are you in?

WORSHIP

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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.
 
 Eucharist and Healing Prayers   
Wednesday at 12:00 PM
 At Grace Chapel (No service November 1)
 
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.

“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.
  Everything you give will go to support babies at the Mampong Babies Home in Ghana.

Words to Share

 

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
–Mother Theresa

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

We need: 

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.

The Berkshire Immigrant Center, located at St. Stephen’s in Pittsfield, assists people with citizenship assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy. 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.

click here for the entire article

Support the Berkshire Immigrant Center. You can donate on-line at www.berkshireic.org. Please consider donating $25, $50, or $100 or more to support BIC’s work with our local immigrants and refugees.

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.

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.
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

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. 9:00am-12:00pm or by appt. 413-644-0022

jzimmerman@graceberkshires.org

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