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September 25, 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:  
 Through 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.
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.

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
Contents

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 continues every Wednesday at 6:30 at Grace Church office, 67 State Rd., Great Barrington. The book study will continue for 4 Wednesdays. (This replaces our usual Bible Study.) You can join any time. At our first meeting, we had all four south county churches represented. The curriculum is here.


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
 
Vonnie Frye, whose husband, Ken, died Sept. 7, has moved:
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 September 30
Welcome Team
Deborah Holmes
Doreen Hutchinson
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lectors
Sue Gore
Intercessor
Doreen Hutchinson
Chalice
Kathy Clausen
Lynn Walker
Healing Team
Elizabeth Holland
Peter Feltman
Flowers
Haywood
Altar Guild
Deborah Holmes, Elizabeth Holland
Monique Kirchoff
Coffee Hour
Layton/Seiber/
Doelman
Counters
Rick Gore
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.

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.


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.

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

Blessing of the Animals

October 7, 2018
2:00 pm
at Taft Farms
Please join us!

PRESIDING BISHOP
MICHAEL CURRY
WILL BE WITH US FOR
REVIVAL 2018
REKINDLING
HOPE- SHARING LIGHT-LOVING JESUS
Get your tickets to the Revival now
Greetings from Presiding Bishop Curry
Greetings from Presiding Bishop Curry
Sunday, October 21,1:00 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 many choirs, 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.  You may reserve up to 5 tickets. You can also reserve a space on a bus that will take you to and from the second event in Worcester. Revival EAST will begin at 5:00 pm at the Hanover Theater in Worcester. Music, testimonies, and our Presiding Bishop preaching the Way of Love.
Remember you need a ticket to attend. The ticket can be printed out.
THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE AT CRISSEY FARM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21.

Gospel for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
   
 

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.
“For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

God Be in My Head - Choir of King's College, Cambridge
God Be in My Head – Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
 
1 God be in my head,
and in my understanding;
2 God be in mine eyes,
and in my looking;
3 God be in my mouth,
and in my speaking;
4 God be in my heart,
and in my thinking;
5 God be at mine end,
and at my departing.

Food Pantry item   
for the week of September 30th is
Peanut Butter 
 
Peanut Butter
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.

Highlights From the Recent Women’s Retreat
at Wisdom House September 14-15
“Come Any and Rest” And we did. We talked, laughed, and cried. We questioned, discovered, and consolidated. We sang, prayed, and sat in the silence of Presence. The Rev. Jenny Gregg was our facilitator and she held a space for what was sacred, what was loved, what was being grieved, and what was to celebrate. We grew closer as Christian women; deepened friendships and made new friendships. Jenny provided guidance in the practice of Lectio Divina as well as other exercises, one which resulted in the collection of photos you see encircling our closing Eucharist. Our retreat location, Wisdom House, was first established as a convent for the Daughters of Wisdom, a community of Catholic sisters. Now it is open to many groups, both men and women. These hours together, along with the beauty of our location and the rest we enjoyed, certainly sent back
daughters of wisdom.

 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 at the home of a host to discuss a book and share a dinner or dessert and appetizers. Details to follow. 
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.

“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.

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   
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.

About Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi  
 
As an ordained priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, the Rev. Virginia Vogel-Polizzi serves as assisting priest at Grace Church of the Southern Berkshires and as a supply priest in the diocese. She volunteers as a chaplain at Albany Medical Center, where she has completed more than five units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is currently pursing chaplaincy certification. She is also actively pursuing a Master of Science in Bioethics through the Alden March Institute at Albany Medical Center. She was formerly an executive with Intel Corp., working in the fields of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Virginia received her M.Div., with a focus in Pastoral Studies from Andover Newton Theological School, an interfaith seminary in Massachusetts. She also attended the Episcopal seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Virginia is a member of the Jonathan Edwards Honor Society as well as the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honors Society.
Virginia lives in the mountains of the Berkshires with her husband, Frank, and their companion animals, Tobias, Tasha, and Sydney Jem Starr. Virginia’s interests include working with wisdom keepers (a.k.a. the elderly), feminist literature of the 19th century, feminist and LGBTQIA theology, quilting, and any and all of the Creator’s furry, feathered, crawling, or water loving creatures.
Please welcome Virginia!
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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