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October 30, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,
 
We are pleased to welcome back The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman, Grace’s rector on Sunday, November, 4 which is All Saints Sunday. In honor of the occasion, please bring photos of your saints, friends and family who have joined the “great cloud of witnesses”. We will display these during the service.
 
Contents
Sunday Clergy
Bible Study
Prayers
Special Prayers
Centering Prayer
Calendar
ROTA
150th Anniversary
Why Join the Choir?
Celebrate
Fairview Commons
Liturgy on your iPads …
Ascentria Care Alliance
Gratitude Moment
We need people
Tutors needed
Thistle Farms
Immigration Help and Advice
Weekly Hymn
Accompaniment Training
Books and Bread
Revival 2018 images
Gospel for this week
Food Pantry
Gideon’s Garden
Bishop Fisher’s Message
Bible Challenge
Worship Section
Worship Schedule
Sermon and Reflections.
Mampong
Words to Share
Donate with PayPal
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, The Rev. Marc Britt, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman, Pat Edelstein, Connie Garber.
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: Barbara Hills, sister-in-law of Frances Hills; 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
 
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 Turnerwho 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
November 4
Welcome Team
Viola Bagnaschi, Sally
Brooke, Anne Andrews
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lectors
Tom Doyle
Intercessor
John Cheek
Chalice
Rick Gore                  Kathy Clausen
Healing Team
Ted Cobden
Pennie Curry
Flowers
Layton/Sieber
Altar Guild
Layton/Sieber/
Haywood
Coffee Hour
Kirchoff/ Hutchinson
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.

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: 

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.

 We Grieve with Our Jewish Sisters and Brothers
Ancient Hebrew Prayer 'Avinu Malkeinu' | Shimon Peres Funeral Israeli prayer song Jewish song music
Ancient Hebrew Prayer, Avinu Malkeinu, at the Funeral of Israeli President, Shimon Peres (1926-2016)

You may write a brief note (donations encouraged) to our local Jewish congregations:
Congregation Ahavath Sholom
15 North St. PO Box 464
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Hevreh

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

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

Images from REVIVAL 2018
October 21 
 
   
  

Thanks to Lee Cheek for photos.

 
You can watch the full Pittsfield Revival service here and the Worcester service here.
Or just listen to the sermons; Pittsfield, Worcester.

Gospel for All Saints Day
   
 
John 11:32-44  
 

When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and eet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Food Pantry item for the week of  
November 4th is
PASTA 
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.

Gideon’s Garden Sunday
The celebration of Gideon’s Garden Sunday and especially Kyle Gangell (shown here with The Revs. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi and Janet Zimmerman) was Sunday, October 28.
The many youth who work tirelessly to provide fresh produce for local food pantries and feeding programs were thanked and blessed. The support of John Riiska and Sue Hayden was highlighted. We enjoyed a delicious “upscale coffee hour” and a delicious cake.
Many thanks to Kyle, who is retiring as Youth Supervisor, and congratulations to Fisher who will serve in that position in the summer of 2019. How can we ever thank Pennie Curry who works behind the scenes, beside the youth, and is an ardent spokesperson for this Garden? God is good; this Garden is a blessing to Grace, to all who work in it and to all it serves.

Bishop Fisher’s message to the members of Gideon’s Garden
Congratulations from Bishop Doug Fisher for the Gideon’s Garden crew
Dear Friends of Grace Church and Gideon’s Garden,
Thank you for ten years of tending God’s good earth and lovingly bringing forth nourishment for God’s people. My favorite Gospel story is when Jesus fed 5000 with just a few loaves and fish. Over the course of ten years, you have fed far more than 5000 from the produce of this soil.
You have nurtured human bodies. And you have nurtured human souls through the community has been formed to work on this holy Garden. The stories told and the dreams shared among you as the planting and weeding and watering and harvesting happened is as big a part of the Miracle of Gideon’s Garden as the vegetables and fruit that came forth.
God bless Kyle Gangell, a truly inspired leader. I will never forget the tour of the Garden he gave me several years ago when I stopped here on my walk through Our Diocese. He spoke with such knowledge and passion. Thank you, Kyle, for your faithfulness, kindness and ever-hopeful Spirit.
God bless Fisher Riiska in your work as the new Youth Supervisor. I love your name! May your five years of experience in this place give you confidence in your ability to do this important job.
God bless Pennie, Grace Church, and all who are a part of the life of Gideon’s Garden. What an adventure this has been! What blessings are still to come!
In Christ,
Bishop Doug Fisher
Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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

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.
 
 Eucharist and Healing Prayers   
Thursday 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 must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of
this old world a new world. Love is the only way.
-The Most Rev. Michael Curry
 
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

   

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.

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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