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April 30, 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
Ordination of Jen Bloesch
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, Dick Gore, Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner, Rick Gore, Pennie Curry, Frank Vogel – Polizzi, Mark Anderson, Marion Andrews, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman, Stacey, Claire and Mark Thomas, Richard and Pat Edelstein, Connie Garber, Ruth Crawford, Marcia Doelman, Dindy Anderson, Tom Murray, Paula Doyle.
Others we love: Wendy Reeve, sister of Cathy Haywood, Keiron Lee, daughter of Doone Marshall; Andrew Artz, brother-in-law of the 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; 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: 
Richard Jr. & Susan Gore and Mary Anne & John Grammer.
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. Helena’s, Lenox; Social Justice Commission; Church School teachers & Christian Educators.
The Church’s wider mission:Episcopal Youth Event (EYE); The Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM)
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday especially Charlene Peet 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 family; Elinor 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
May 5
Welcome Team
Sally Brooke     Anne Andrews
Acolyte
Cathy Haywood
Lector
Anne Andrews
Intercessor
Kathy Clausen
Chalice
Rick Gore         Kathy Clausen
Healing Team
Ted Cobden
Peter Feltman-Mahan
Flowers
Anderson
Altar Guild
Margaret Layton   Sarah Sieber    Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour
Gore, Cheek
Counters
Anne Andrews, 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

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 the Third  Sunday of Easter
 
   
John 21:1-19
Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.
When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

HYMN

''All Creatures of Our God and King'' - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
 All Creatures of Our God and King – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
All creatures of our God and King
Life up your voice and with us sing
O praise Him, Alleluia
Thou burning sun with golden beam
Thou silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Thou rushing wind that art so strong
Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along
O praise Him, Alleluia
Thou rising moon in praise rejoice
Ye lights of evening find a voice
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Let all things their Creator bless
And worship Him in humbleness
O praise Him, Alleluia
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, three in one
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son
And praise the Spirit, three in one
O praise Him, O praise Him
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Accompaniment Training on Wednesday
May 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
at Grace Church Office, 67 State Road,
Great Barrington.
Jeff Lowenstein from Berkshire Interfaith Organizing is offering a training that will prepare you to accompany our brothers and sisters to immigration hearings and court appearances as they seek to become citizens in our country. It is a powerful way to demonstrate God’s love to our neighbors. You do not need to be fluent in another language to be a part of this important service. For questions, contact John Cheek or Kathy Clausen who are currently trained.

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

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
The next Grace Supper will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday evening, May 19 at Aegean Breeze, 327 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.
 
All are enthusiastically welcomed!
Once a month we gather for good food, great conversations, laughter and blessings in one of our local restaurants.
 If you plan to attend, please contact George Raymond
413.854.1222 cell

Gideon’s Garden Update!
 
This week is all about chickies!!!

This week had to take a bit of a break on the farm work because we are ahead of schedule. But fortunately, we had some new family members joining us!

This little one was born on Easter day!  
 
 

We have had two colors hatching so far…the dark grey/black chicks and the cinnamon blond chicks. We are excited to see their plumage come in so we can guess who’s mom and dad.
 

This picture was taken the day after the first five chicks were born. There were enough chicks for each Jen and the Riiska family to hold.

We had asked you how many chicks out of the 38 eggs would hatch…
If you guessed 20, you were right!
We thought we did pretty good overall!

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Food pantry item for the week of  
May 5:
PEANUT BUTTER 
Peanut Butter  
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.
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.

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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