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October 16, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,
The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman, Grace’s rector, is on bereavement leave.
Here is the coverage schedule for the Sundays to come:  
 Oct. 21-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Doug Fisher at the Revival in Pittsfield!
 Oct. 28- The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
For pastoral emergencies call The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi at 413-344-3354.
If you have extra tickets to the Revival service in Pittsfield for inside the sanctuary, please contact Kathy Clausen as we have been asked to return extra tickets. The sanctuary seating is sold out.

Getting Ready for the WMA Revival…
An Invitation to a County-Wide Book Discussion:
Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus,  
by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Tomorrow, join the last Crazy Christians Book Study, Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 at Grace Church office, 67 State Rd., Great Barrington. The curriculum is here.


Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word
is temporarily cancelled. We will be reading Crazy Christians by
The Most Rev. Michael Curry.   
Call the office for more information.
Grace Church Office
67 State Rd., Great Barrington


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, The Rev. Marc Britt, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman and Pat Edelstein.
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 The Rev. Francie 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: 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
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
329 Pittsfield Road
Apt #216
Lenox MA 01240

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.

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 October 21
Welcome Team
Healing Team
Altar Guild
Coffee Hour

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

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.

Fairview Commons
151 Christian Hill Rd, Great Barrington

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Greetings from Presiding Bishop Curry
Greetings from Presiding Bishop Curry
 1:00 pm, doors open at 12:00 
Please join us in welcoming Bishop Michael Curry
First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St, Pittsfield
Free tickets are available at WMAREVIVAL.ORG
Our Diocesan bishop, The Rt. Rev. Douglas Fisher, will preside. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop & Primate, will preach. Hear the music of the Williams Gospel Choir, Williams Chamber Orchestra, St. John’s Choristers and videos from 12-1 pm. Although the seating inside the Methodist Church is “sold out”, there is over flow seating available. You will be able to watch the service and receive Holy Eucharist. Revival EAST will begin at 5:00 pm at the Hanover Theater in Worcester. Hear the music, the testimonies, and our Presiding Bishop preaching the Way of Love.
You can livestream the service here.

The Third Sunday Supper
All are enthusiastically welcomed!
The Morgan House,
33 Main Street,
Lee, MA  

 6:00 pm,  
Sunday, October 21

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.

Massachusetts Conference,  
UCC Introduction to Racial Justice Training (Level I)
Sat., October 27 from 8:30-11:00 – Christ Trinty Church, Sheffield
Sunday, October 28 from 12:30 – 5:00pm
First Congregational Church, Sheffield
This training, “From Tolerance to Unity”, seeks to unmask racism in our lives, and to encourage long-term engagement in racial justice ministry.    Racism is a spiritual issue, and not a common endeavor. The trainers are Toyan Harper, Associate for Racial Justice Ministries, MA Conference, UCC; The Rev. Chip Hurd, pastor, Wilbraham United Church.                 To register email the Rev. Jill Graham at grahamj@firstuccsheffield.org or Cynthia Pease from Christ Trinity at cynthiapease99@gmail.com

Gideon’s Garden Service
Sunday, October 28thDuring our service we will hear from members of Gideon’s Garden about another bountiful year. We will be celebrating Kyle Gangell’s “retirement” from the Garden. And after the service we will enjoy a hearty feast provided by the members of Gideon’s Garden. This is our annual “Gideon’s Garden Sunday”.
You won’t want to miss it!

Accompaniment Training
Wednesday, November 7, 6 to 8 pm
OR Monday, November 12, 9 to 11 am
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing is offering Accompaniment Training so you can learn how to accompany our immigrant neighbors to ICE check-ins and other ICE interactions to ensure they can continue to live here with their loved ones as part of our community.
The trainings take place at South Congregational Church, Parlor, 110 South St., Pittsfield. Contact Jeff Lowenstein at 413-854-3491 or jeff@biorganizing.org

 November 14, at 6pm for dinner
at Kimball Farms  
Hosts are Raymond and Fletcher 
About once a month we gather at the home of hosts to discuss
a book and share a meal.
  • 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

Religious Roundtable
Lee Cheek was the moderator of the October 14 broadcast of Religious Roundtable. Her guests were The Rt. Rev. Doug Fisher, The Rev. Sam Smith and Ms. Trudy Miller. Their topic was Revival and the enormous worship service planned for October 21 in Pittsfield at First United Methodist Church where The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach. You can listen to the episode here (pre-broadcast.)

Gospel for the Twenty -Second  Sunday after Pentecost
Mark 10:35-45  
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Jesus and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Canton: Wade In the Water (1978)
St. James Missionary Baptist Church of Canton: Wade In the Water (1978)
Sing the refrain along with this very special hymn.

Food Pantry item   
for the week of October 21 is
Although we 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.

Fairview Hospital Honors Doreen Hutchinson
If you missed Fairview’s Hospital Gala honoring our own Doreen Hutchinson and would like to see the video made about her, you can watch it here.

 Highlights from
The Blessing of the Animals
on October 7th at Taft Farms

Virginia offers blessings!

Luna, Elizabeth Holland’s dog, waits to be blessed.

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?

Registration is open for the

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.
Only 4 spots left!
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.


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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   
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.

 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.

Wisdom to Share
“The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable,
to be compassionate,
and to have it make some difference
that you have lived and lived well.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Service to others is the rent you pay
for your room here on earth.
-Muhammad Ali
Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

Senior Warden
Kathy Clausen
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2020
Sarah Sieber
Dindy Anderson
Sue Gore
Class of 2021
Anne Andrews
Dutch Pinkston
Mary Anne Grammer

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

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


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