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September 18, 2018 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Dear Parishioners,
 
Here is the coverage schedule for the Sundays to come:  
 Sept. 23-Oct. 14- The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
 Oct. 21-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Bishop Doug Fisher at the Revival!
 Oct. 28- The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi
For pastoral emergencies call The Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi at 413-344-3354.

Fairview Hospital Gala to Celebrate Doreen Hutchinson,
Saturday, September 22.

Doreen Hutchinson, Vice President of Operations and Chief Nurse Executive aka “our beloved Doreen”, is being honored for her tireless and selfless service to patients and staff at our hospital and also for her efforts to improve the health of the people of our Berkshire community. Please congratulate her on this wonderful honor recognizing her many contributions to the well-being of us all.

Contents

Gift Cards for School Supplies
   
Grace Church provides gift cards to young people in our local high schools, Lee, Monument, and Mt. Everett, who have been identified by the counselors as needing some financial assistance to start the school year. If you would like to contribute to this effort,  mail a check to the office, or place one in the collection marked “School Supplies”. Thank you for your help with this.

PRESIDING BISHOP
MICHAEL CURRY
WILL BE WITH US FOR
REVIVAL 2018
REKINDLING
HOPE- SHARING LIGHT-LOVING JESUS
Sunday, October 21 at 1:00 PM
at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield.
Please mark your calendars. We will gather for worship with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the many followers of Christ in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. It will be a great day!
Free tickets are available WMAREVIVAL.org
THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE AT CRISSEY FARM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21.

Janet and Emma
 
Janet has become the proud new owner of a Havanese puppy named Emma.
The Havanese is the national dog of
Cuba and are vivacious and sociable companions. We wish Janet and Emma much happiness.

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
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; Nathaniel Sayles, son of Nate Sayles; 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
 
The family of Ken Frye, a long time parishioner who passed away late last week.

Vonnie Frye, whose husband Ken, died Sep. 7. You may send a card to Vonnie at Laurel Lakes Center, 620 Laurel Street, Lee MA 01238. 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 September 23
Welcome Team
Sarah Sieber
Rick Gore
George Raymond
Acolyte
Linda White
Lectors
Pennie Curry
Intercessor
Tom Doyle
Chalice
Ted Cobden
Elizabeth Holland
Healing Team
Kathy Clausen
Pennie Curry
Flowers
Doyle
Altar Guild
Viola Bagnaschi
Linda White
Sue Happ
Coffee Hour
Holland/Gore
Counters
Ian Booton/ Sieber
Links

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

 

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.
413-644-0022
Grace Church Office
   

 

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.

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.

Construct’s 30th Annual Walk, Sunday, September 23rd

“Walk This Way” at 1:00 pm
 
Margaret Layton heads up the Grace Team for the walk starting at Butternut and finishing at Great Barrington Fairgrounds (4 miles). Support the walk by donating to support Construct’s programs of housing assistance, adult education, and financial assistance. Go to  constructinc.org for more information or ask Margaret.

Being Black In The Berkshires
Friday, Sept. 21st, 7 – 8:30 pm
Second Congregational Church UCC
Presented by the City of Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission and the Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, co-sponsored by the Second Congregational Church UCC
With Russell Boyd, Alfred K. Enchill, Shirley Edgerton, Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes, Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, and Dennis Powell.
Please join us for a panel discussion of what it means to be ‘Black in the Berkshires’.  Remembering the past, assessing the present, and planning for the future – please be part of this important community conversation. Free – everyone welcome!

SAVE THE DATE! October 3, 2018
Behind the scenes tour of The Mount

Christ Trinity’s “Older, Wiser Lutheran and Episcopalians” have extended an invitation to us for a special “insider’s tour” of The Mount. Details are shaping up but it is likely to be lunch first, followed by a tour. Folks from St. Paul’s are also invited

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

Crazy Christians Book Study begins tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 at Grace Church office, 67 State Rd., Great Barrington. The book study will continue for 5 Wednesdays. (This replaces our usual Bible Study.)

Gospel for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
   
 
Mark 9:30-37
 

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (MIT FREUDEN ZART)
Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above (MIT FREUDEN ZART)
 

Food Pantry item   
for the week of September 23 is
Canned Meat or Fish. 
 
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.

 Gideon’s Garden welcomes you!
Division Street across from Taft Farms
See how the garden begins to change as the days get shorter. What’s new in the Butterfly House? Get a tour from Kyle. There are also vegetables to pick in the garden, and rows to stroll.

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.
 

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?

  BOOKS and BREAD 
About once a month we gather to discuss a book.

On October 10th we will discuss “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.

  • 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

Registration is open for the

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND WITH BISHOP FISHER  

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.

 

Immigration Help and Advice
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.

“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.

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
 
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 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.

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!

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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