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April 16, 2019 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Contents
Bible Study
Prayers
Special Prayers
Holy Eucharist
Centering Prayer
Calendar
ROTA
Why Join the Choir?
Celebrate
Fairview Commons
Liturgy on your iPads …
Tutors needed
Thistle Farms
Bible Challenge
Ascentria Care Alliance
Gratitude Moment
Gospel for this week
Hymn
Holy Week 2019
Easter Flowers
Ordination of Jen Bloesch
40 Days of Love
Books and Bread
Third Sunday Supper
Gideon’s Garden
Food Pantry
Mampong
Article Headline
WMA Revival continues
Worship Section
Worship Schedule
Donate with PayPal
Sermon and Reflections.
We need people
Immigration Help and Advice

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word  
is back.
We are studying the Gospel according to Luke.
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, Elinor Hamill, Pam & Bill Drumm, Rick Gore,  Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner, Pennie Curry, Stacey, Claire and Mark Thomas, Frank Vogel – Polizzi, Dindy Anderson, Marion Andrews, Janet Zimmerman, Pat Edelstein. Tom Murray, Paula Doyle.
Others we love: Keiron Lee, daughter of Doone Marshall; Andrew Artz, brother-in-law of Rev. Janet Zimmerman; The Rev. Peter Elvin; Anne Peters; Leslie Albert; Debbie Losaw, daughter of Rosemarie Blakely, Ashley Gangell,Zeke Hills, 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:

Stephanie Engel, friend of Steve White; Valerie Smith; Mary Dalton, mother of Dindy Anderson; Scott Crawford, son of Ruth Crawford; Dorothy Cole Hooff, sister of Marcia Doelman; Kenneth Frye; 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:
Marcia Doelman and Tom and Paula Doyle.
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
Dindy Anderson and her family.
The family of Valerie Smith. 
Zeke Hills, brother of Frances Hills, whose wife Barbara died recently.

Pat and Richard Edelstein

would love to receive “Thinking of You” cards. Please send cards to them: Kimball Farms,  Pine Hill

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.

Janet Zimmerman and her familyElinor 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.

Holy Eucharist and Healing
Wednesdays at 12pm,
Grace Church Office

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
April 21
Welcome Team
Marcia Doelman
Viola Bagnaschi
Sarah Sieber
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lectors
Sue Gore
Intercessor
Tom Doyle
Chalice
Rick Gore
Lynn Walker
Healing Team
Sue Gore
Peter Feltman-Mahan
Flowers
Easter flowers
Altar Guild
Deborah Holmes
TBD
Coffee Hour
TBD/Holmes
Counters
Rick Gore
Tom Doyle
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 

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.

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 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?

Support Ascentria Care Alliance
Donate or call to learn about volunteering
Ascentria Care Alliance provides resettlement resources for refugees who have received extreme vetting by the U.S., are sponsored by the United Nations, and have been invited to live in our country.
Ascentria  partners with the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and a host of other volunteer organizations to do God’s work in caring for the most vulnerable in our world.
Donate on-line at

http://www.ascentria.org/donate-today

or call them at (413)-787-0725 to learn about volunteering.

Every Sunday!    
What are you grateful for?
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.

Gospel for Easter Sunday
  
   
Luke 24: 1 – 12 

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

King's College Choir - Jesus Christ is risen today
       King’s College Choir –
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Holy Week 2019
April 14 Palm/Passion Sunday 10:00 AM
Crissey Farm
April 18 Maundy Thursday 6:00 PM
Community Worship and Meal
w/ Christ Trinity Church
194 Main St., Sheffield MA
April 19 Stations of the City 12:00 noon
Meet at Town Hall
Great Barrington MA
April 19 Good Friday Service 6:00 PM
w/ St. Paul’s Church
April 20 Easter Vigil 7:00 PM
w/Trinity Episcopal Church
April 21 Celebration of Easter 10:00 AM
Crissey Farm

Easter Flowers
You are invited to contribute to Easter Flowers
at Grace Church.

Email your dedication to graceberkshiresma@gmail.com
by Wednesday, April 17.
Include your name(s) as you want them listed, the name(s) of those you would like to honor or remember, and your donation amount.
Suggested donation is $25. Please put your check made out to Grace Church in the offering plate with the words “Easter Flowers” in the notation area. Thank you for your generosity.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Ordination
of Jen Bloesch,
Saturday, May 4
at 2:00 PM
Eliot Church of Newton, 474 Centre Street, 
Newton, MA.
We will carpool so that we can be present as Jen is ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ.

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40 Days of Love and Kindness
Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
40 Days of Love and Kindness is a generosity challenge for Lent created by our churches in the Berkshires. Make it a part of your Lenten spiritual discipline. Pray that each act of generosity, love and kindness is a drop in an ocean, with a ripple effect that starts a wave.
Week Six:
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.Psalm 24:1
*Switch to paperless bills
*Reduce pesticide use.
*Help save the bees by planting bee friendly plants in your garden
*Replace plastic water bottles with reusable ones.
*Recycle paper and plastics
*Buy local produce.

Join us!
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:00 PM
BOOKS and BREAD
 The book we will share is
  
Join us at the Kirchoff’s house for dinner.
Peter will lead our discussion.
  • 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&D gathering.
Meeting is over promptly at 9:00 pm
For more information, email Peter at PetetheK@yahoo.com

Third Sunday Supper
Good food and the usual fine fellowship.
Stay tuned!
  
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

Gideon’s Garden Update!
 
On a cold windy day, Jen and Fisher start transplanting strawberries…
 
 
One of them was dressed realistically, one of them was dressed aspirationally…
(P.S. Jen was wearing a wool sweater and a hat under that coat)
It may have not been the most productive or pleasant day, but at least the tool shed is organized and ready for the season!

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Food pantry item for the week of  
April 21
PET FOOD 
 
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.

“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.

Appalachian Trail Ministry with Christ Trinity and First Congregational Church of Sheffield.
In July and August, every Wednesday and Saturday
from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Participate alongside our sisters
and brothers in Sheffield in providing “a small corner of kindness” to hikers on the Appalachian Trail.
In July and August, a tent is set up with home baked treats, hot dogs, hamburgers, and water to greet and offer a way station for hikers.
Pull up a lawn chair and be present. 
Contact the Rev. Erik Karas at pastorkaras@gmail.com or the Rev. Jill Graham at grahamj@firstuccsheffield.org
for more information or to
arrange to be a part of this ministry.

WMA Revival continues! 
It’s local.
It’s collaborative.
It’s all about the #wayoflove.
It’s rekindling HOPE, sharing LIGHT and loving JESUS!
It’s been three months since Bishop Curry was here to inspire us…and revival events continue in local parishes and in corridors. The Steering Team is eager to hear what you have been doing to walk the way of love and how you have taken up the desire to be revived.
Would you like to do things at a regional level, or two parishes together, or one parish?

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    
Wednesday at 12:00 PM
 At Grace Chapel  
67 State Rd. Grace Chapel (click here for map)

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.
 

For Janet’s sermons click here.

On occasional weeks there will be a reflection by Janet. Click here.

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.

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.

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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.
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
John Cheek
Dindy Anderson
Treasurer
Sue Gore
Class of 2021
Anne Andrews
Dutch Pinkston
Clerk
Mary Anne Grammer
Class of 2022  
Cathy Haywood
GRACE CHURCH
An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman,  Rector
Jen Bloesch
Gideon’s Garden Program Director
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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