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November 28, 2017 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Today we are invited to say “Yes” to God who is life abundant and who gives us all that we are and all that we have. Today we are welcomed on a journey of faith and generosity alongside others in this community of Grace Church. Each of us have something wonderful to share. Each of us have something the world deeply needs. We are asked, living each day in gratitude, to be willing to step out on this journey of generosity, so together we can continue to share God’s love with the world.
Ingathering Sunday for Stewardship Season will be December 3, the first Sunday in Advent.
Please prayerfully consider how you will say “Yes” to God this day?

Gift Cards for Local Youth.
As the time of giving and receiving approaches, please remember youth in our local schools whose Christmas may be sparse without your generosity.
Sue Gore and Pennie Curry have contacted local school counselors who will put your gifts into the hands of grateful young people. Ideas for gift cards: Marshalls, Triplex Cinema, any place Pizza is sold, Cove Bowling, Toy stores, Amazon.
Deadline for gift cards: Sunday, December 10. Thank you!

Wreath Making Party  
Taft Farm Sunday 
December 17  
12:00 noon.
You are invited to join us to create a beautiful handmade wreath for your home. Come to Taft Farm 119 Park St. N. Great Barrington. Materials will be available for your use. Come join in the fun.

Blessing and Thanksgiving
Sunday, December 17.
Blessing of new Yamaha Clavinova Piano/Organ and Thanksgiving for Paul Hamill and Frank Beattie, Sunday, December 17. For several weeks we have delighted in the sound of our new piano/organ. This beautiful instrument was made possible by the generosity of members of our community who contributed to a Music Fund in honor of Frank Beattie and Paul Hamill, former organists, choir directors, and vestrymen. On Sunday, December 17, we will bless our new organ and give thanks for the ministries of Frank and Paul.

I Witness: Living inside the stories of Advent and Christmas.
During the time of Advent we enter into a time of waiting. You are invited to take home and read
These stories lead us into the birth of Jesus through the eyes of those who were witnesses to this marvel and majesty. When the days grow short, we are reminded of the darkness that can fill our lives and our world. So we wait with great expectation for the light, God’s invitation to a new reality, the presence that comes to us in the form of a vulnerable baby showing us the way to mercy, compassion, and joy. Hope is born in this.

The season of Advent and Christmas is often filled with lights and activity and memories. It can be a time of great joy and excitement. But it can also be a time of conflict and grief and feeling out of step with the expectations of the time.
Longest Night Service
Thursday, December 21
5:30 PM
Grace Church Chapel.
This Advent and Christmas may be particularly hard with all the pain in the world and in our personal lives. You are invited to a time of prayer and worship on the longest night of the year. You are invited to join in community as witness to the child who comes as a sign of hope in the face of despair. Please join us. Service
Longest Night Service

Centering Prayer Gathering
Preparing for Advent.

In the time of Advent, join us in Centering Prayer on Thursday’s at 5:30 PM at the Grace Church Chapel. Encouraging a practice of silence and stillness during this sacred and yet busy time of the year, we will 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

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Grace Church calendar

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted, Ken Frye, Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Doreen Hutchinson, Ed Hutchinson, Valerie Smith, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Dick Gore and the Rev. Frances Hills      S
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: Linda Day,Edward K. Doyle, FDNY Engine 82,nephew of Tom Doyle;Nancy W. Heady, mother of Paula Doyle.
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
Fred Hollman and Richard & Deborah Holmes.
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; St. John’s, Millville – The Rev. Dr. John Derek Stubbs.
The Church’s wider mission: Anglican Society
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Vonnie Frye, Martha Race, Nell Pinkston, Caroline Rainfstanger, Annalise Clausen, Mary Anne Grammer and Linda White and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

Please hold in your prayers Dick Gore who is healing at home, Elinor Hamill who is at Fairview Commons, and Meredith Haider who is healing at home. They would appreciate cards and visits.

 ROTA TIME!! Please pick up the new ROTA for December, January and February. If you have a conflict, please arrange for a substitute. Thank you!
December 3
Welcome Table
Viola Bagnaschi, Anne Andrews, Sally Brooke
Kathy Clausen
Dindy Anderson
John Cheek
Ed Hutchinson, Kathy Clausen
Healing Team
Ted Cobden, Sue Gore
Altar Guild
Sarah Sieber, Margaret Layton, Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour
Sue Gore, Kathy Clausen

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 cartoon

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word
7 to 8:30 pm.

Come pray and study with us.

Grace Church Office
67 State Rd., Great Barrington 

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.

November 28, 2017

We need people: 

Acolytes, choir members, lectors, hospitality leaders, healing ministers, Eucharistic visitors
Ministries at Grace Church. During this time of the year as we offer thanks for all we have received as a gift from God and begin our contemplation of God with us in Jesus Christ, pray about ways you can reinvigorate your spirit through ministry. 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.

First Sunday of Advent
 Matthew 25:14-30
 Mark 13:24-37
Jesus said, “In those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
              and the moon will not give its light,
         and the stars will be falling from heaven,
              and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake-for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”

Hymn this Sunday
Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding
Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!
“Christ is near,” we hear it say.
“Cast away the works of darkness,
All you children of the day!”
Startled at the solemn warning,
Let the earthbound soul arise;
Christ, its sun, all sloth dispelling,
Shines upon the morning skies.
See, the Lamb, so long expected,
Comes with pardon down from heav’n.
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
One and all, to be forgiv’n.
So, when next he comes in glory
And the world is wrapped in fear,
He will shield us with his mercy
And with words of love draw near.
Honor, glory, might, dominion
To the Father and the Son
With the everliving Spirit
While eternal ages run!

Composer: Michael Weisse
Tune: Freuen Wir Uns All In Ein
1st Published in: 1531

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

December 3

Pet Food


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

Third Sunday Supper
December 17
Location to be announced
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.


Grace Church Book Club

We will be meeting on January 10, 2018 at the church office to organize things for 2018.
Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details


Immigration Help and Advice
The Berkshire Immigrant Center is now settled in the St. Stephen’s building on the second floor.

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.

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

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.  


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.

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