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September 26, 2017 Issue of Tuesday’s Chid Newsletter

Grace Church Joins with our Sister Parishes for a  
Special Service on October 15
Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry will be at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfieldto help celebrate the Cathedral’s 200th anniversary.
We will join in the celebration here in the Southern Berkshires with a service joining Grace Church, St. Paul’s Stockbridge, and Christ/Trinity Church Sheffield, at Crissey Farm.

We will participate in the first part of the service (through the Presiding Bishop’s sermon) via web link, and then will have our own service of Holy Communion, followed by a festive coffee hour.
Please make plans now to join in!

Hurricane Relief.
During the month of September, Grace Church will be collecting financial donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Many of you have seen the pictures of the devastation. Please make a check to Grace Church and place Hurricane
Relief in the memo line.
 At the end of September, we will gather these funds and send them to Episcopal Relief and Development for distribution to those most in need.
Thank you for your generosity. –
You can donate directly by clicking here. ERD

Sunday October 15  
29th Annual Walk to Prevent Homelessness.
CONSTRUCT, Inc. provides emergency and affordable housing for our neighbors in the Berkshires. They also provide counseling and support to help people who are unable to afford housing move toward self-sufficiency. Grace Church supports this work by participating in their annual walk.
Margaret Layton is heading up our team. Please contact her to walk, to donate, and to start a team of your own. Everything you give will be used to help those who are most in need. Thank you for your generosity.

Addressing the Addiction Crisis: A Pilgrimage of Prayer.
 We will be offering public prayer and witness across Berkshire County.
Sunday, October 22!
We will gather at noon at the Grace Office parking lot and walk to the corner of State Road and Main Street.
Recognizing that addiction is a serious crisis in our communities, the faith communities of Berkshire County are coming together to show their support for and solidarity with all who suffer from the disease of addiction.
You are welcome to join us.
A regional prayer service will be held that afternoon at 2:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pittsfield.


During the month of October warm outerwear will be collected to help our brothers and sisters in the Berkshires.
Please drop off unstained, clean, and workable coats, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, boots, snow pants, warm clothing, blankets, etc. to the church office at 67 State Road in Great Barrington before Friday, October 27.
We will deliver the clothes to the Berkshire South Community Center on Friday, October 27 for distribution on Saturday. This is a great way to share your unused winter clothing with someone who could greatly appreciate them in the cold winter. Thank you!

116th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts:
Taking Risks for the Sake of the Gospel   
Saturday, October 28
Springfield MA.

Please keep your rector, your delegates and your diocese in prayer.
Grace Church Vestry Delegate is Rick Gore and Vestry Alternate is John Cheek. Lay Vestry Delegate is Lee Cheek and Lay Alternate is Dindy Anderson.

Click here for the
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, and Pam & Bill Drumm     S
Others we love: Charles Olegar, Jane Williams,Jay King, John Belizzi,Carole Chapple, Christy Yeo, Kathy O’Brien, Cooper O’Brien, Rosalind Haywood, Petty Officer Ronald Turner, son of Barbara and John Turner, Colonel John Tryon, nephew of Anne Andrews and all who serve our country.
Those who have died: 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:
John Ericson & Jainee McCarroll and Nancy Fishell & Howard Seip
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. Andrew’s North Grafton – The Rev. Laura Goodwin.
The Church’s wider mission: Historical Society of Episcopal Church
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Doug Happ, Patricia Edelstein, Howard Seip and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week especially Bill & Pam Drumm
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.

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.

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.

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.

Centering Prayer Gathering

5:30 to 6:30 pm
Grace Church Office and Chapel
67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington


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.  
September 26, 2017

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew 21:23-32
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
 Priests Ask Jesus By Whose Authority He Acts  
by James Tissot

Hymn this Sunday
Amazing Grace
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

Gospel Touch Gospel Choir
about Gospel touch

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

 October 1

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

Sunday, October 29 
Bishop Douglas Fisher to visit Grace Church for his biannual visit to Grace Church

We will also be celebrating Gideon’s Garden that Sunday so it will be a day of celebration.
All interested in being received into the church, please contact The Rev. Janet Zimmerman.
Please join us to welcome Bishop Fisher and rejoice in the goodness of the work of Gideon’s Garden.

Grace Church Book Club

Contact: Sey Zimmerman for details

October 11
Appetizers & Dessert only:
Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, dessert, decaf and tea.

The Age of Innocence

by Edith Wharton

Host and/or Venue    Valerie Smith  

Discussion Leader   Peter Kirchoff      

  • For all gatherings: Participants are encouraged to make offerings of appetizers, wine and dessert in consultation with the Host. The Host is responsible for soft drinks, decaf and tea.
  • 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
  • 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.

Third (4th) Sunday Supper
Sunday, October 22
Date is changed because of a busy church day on the 15th, with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching and the Construct Walk underway that afternoon.


The Morgan House 33 Main Street, Lee

6:00 pm.
Order from the menu, separate checks.
Once a month we gather for good food and great conversation in one of our local restaurants. If you have come before, you know you are in for an evening of laughter and blessings. If you have not attended yet, please consider joining us. Let George Raymond know to expect you so space is made for all graymond747@gmail.com or 413-854-1222

Morgan House

Immigration Help and Advice
Next Berkshire Immigrant Center Office Hours:
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.

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.


Bible StudyBible Study

Tuesdays with the Word

7 to 8:30 pm.

Come pray and study with us.

Grace Church Office
67 State Rd., Great Barrington 


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.
Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

Senior Warden
Kathy Clausen
Class of 2018
Anne Andrews
Junior Warden
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2019
John Cheek
Mary Anne Grammer

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