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January 26, 2016 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Issue: Vol. 4 #4
January 26, 2016

   Brow of the Hill near Nazareth .
Tissot, James, 1836-1902
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Luke 4:21-30 

In the synagogue at Nazareth, Jesus read from the book of the prophet Isaiah, and began to say, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.'” And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

Annual Mutual Ministry Review 
The Vestry and the Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman are responsible for conducting an annual Mutual Ministry Review

This helps us to see if we are aligned with our mission of bringing Christ’s love into the world and if we are meeting our goals. It is not an evaluation of ‘how the priest is doing her job’ as it is ‘how are we as a team doing our job’.


This year we have decided to gather information from all of you. We appreciate your time completing this survey.

It is brief! We promise that it can be done in no more than 15 mins.

Click here for a link to the survey-

Or you may fill it out on the website- click here.

There will be paper copies at church on Sunday.

Article Headline
Celebrated this week
Definition of the Week
Food Pantry
Grace Book Group
Ash Wednesday
Lent Series
Third Sunday Supper.
Syrian Refugees:
Article Headline
Gratitude Moment 
Creation Care
Study Sunday’s Lesson 
Centering Prayer.
Worship Section
Worship Schedule
Sermon and Reflections.
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“Listen for a Change:

Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice.”
This month, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other Christian leaders are leading a conference called, “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice.” We are grateful that Trinity Institute and ChurchNext have made some of the program’s wisdom available for free for Lent: click here for more information.

Celebrated  January 29

the greatest medieval Russian painter of Orthodox icons and frescoes.
or more information click here.

Definition of the Week

The Seventh Ecumenical Council of 787 taught that the honor given to an icon passes to that which it represents.


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.


Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: Marina Bowens, Mark Anderson, Judy Boomer, David Hamill,Ken Frye, Michael Houlihan, the Vaun Family, Alice MacMullen, Mary & Ian Booton, Ada Hastings, Kyle Gangell, Michael Terranova, Edna Leavenworth, Barbara Turner, Rosemarie Blakely, Paula Doyle, Ted Cobden, Valerie Smith, Harold Robitaille, Linda White, Ed Hutchinson, Sey Zimmerman, Lillian Forrest, Elinor Hamill, Sara Keene.
Others we love: Sarah Lais, Christy Yeo, Kathy O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Gene Zimmerman, Rosalind Haywood, and those in military service.
Those who have died:Remembering the deceased from Grace Church.
Those on the Grace Church Cycle of Prayer this week:
John Breasted and Sally Brooke
Our world: 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 Episcopal, Stockbridge and Trinity Episcopal/Christ Lutheran, Sheffield and the Rev. Sam Smith and the Rev. Annie Ryder; Doug, our Bishop; the Mampong Babies’ Home in Ghana, St. Andrew’s, North Grafton, the Rev. Laura Goodwin
The Church’s wider mission:Historical Society of the Episcopal Church
And we offer thanks: For all those celebrating a Birthday this week especially Mary Booton and for those celebrating an Anniversary this week.

January 31
WELCOME TEAM Sally Brooke,
Anne Andrews
ACOLYTE    Ed Hutchinson
LECTORS Patricia Edelstein, Sue Gore
Ed Hutchinson
HEALING TEAM Kathy Clausen, Virginia Vogel-Pelizzi
ALTAR GUILD     Margaret Layton, Sarah Sieber
COFFEE HOUR Horan, Booton
COUNTERS Debbie Holmes

Canned veggies

Thank you:  Sue Gore, Ethan Novick, Don Peet, and George Raymond for the Lee Pantry and the People’s Pantry.

Food Pantry  
Item for Sunday
January 31
Canned Vegetables
Although we have an “Item of the Week”
any appropriate food items are always appreciated.

Grace Book Group 
Next Meeting  
February 17 
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
 Host: Anderson (dindyd2a@yahoo.com or (413) 274-3854Dinner
Leader: Connie Garber 

Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea. One main dish serves 8 people.
For Dinner gatherings: The Host is responsible for planning the meal. Participants are encouraged to make offerings in consultation with the Host.
Discussion begins at 7:45 pm regardless of whether it’s a Dinner gathering or an “Appetizers & Desserts only” 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.  
Contact: Sey Zimmerman at(512) 739-6594 or seyzimmerman@gmail.com

February 10.

Eucharist and the imposition of ashes
12:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Grace Church Chapel
67 State Road in Great Barrington.

Please invite someone to join you as we gather to remember God’s gift of love that frees us from worry and self-concern and welcomes us into the delight that comes only through trust in God and living compassionately with others.

LentGrowing a Rule of Life: A Journey in Lent. 
Thursday, February 11 through Thursday March 17,
  5:30 pm for Centering Prayer
6:00 pm Simple meal of soup and bread
$4.00 donation.

Join us in Lent as we focus on God and seek out ways to grow into the fullness God desires for us.    Following supper, using a tool from monastic spirituality called, “The Rule of Life” we will examine our daily rhythms, celebrate areas of our life that are going well, and design a plan of growing into a deeper life with God, others, self, and creation. Please sign up at the Welcome Table today.

Third Sunday Supper

Restaurant to be Announced
If you’ve never tried one of our Grace Church “Third Sunday Suppers”  or have only been once or twice, please consider being with us this Sunday.

February 21

6:00 PM
For more information or to make a reservation George: georger@alum.mit.edu or 413.637.

Syrian Refugees: 
Another Generation of Holy Innocents
Announcement from the Canon for Mission Resources:
Steve Abdow

“I write to you today to encourage you and your congregation to continue supporting refugees from Syria and all countries in our communities along with those who are displaced in Europe and the Middle East.”

The Berkshire Episcopalian
The News of the Episcopal Congregations of the Berkshires

Upcoming Events!


Wednesday, January 13 (going to February 3), 7 pm to 8 (with Centering Prayer at 5:15, Eucharist at 5:45, and Potluck Supper at 6:30 preceding)

Epiphany Formation Program / The Preaching of Howard Thurman

Christ Trinity Church, Sheffield (180 Main Street)
Come join the Epiphany program at Christ Trinity! This season we will be using the preaching and writings of the Rev. Howard Thurman, one of the most notable African American preachers of the 20th Century and Dean of the Chapel at Boston University. He was a mystic, scholar, and civil rights advocate, and we will be reading, meditating, discussing, and bringing his ideas into our current lives as Americans facing the truth about racism.


Friday, February 5 (and Feb 12, 26, and March 4): 6:30 – 8:30ish pm (dinner at 5:45 pm)

Faith and Film Series

St John’s, Williamstown (35 Park Street)
Let’s talk about our faith through the lens of film! The viewing will take place in the parish library (accessible through the red doors on Park Street). Each film will be preceded by a soup and sandwich dinner, and RSVPs to saintjohns@roadrunner.net and a donation of $4 to defray costs would be wonderful!
2/5 – The Song of Bernadette
2/12 – The Passion
2/26 – Life for Life (Maximilian Kolbe)
3/4 – TBA (Either Mother Teresa or The Apostle)

Tuesday, February 9

Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras

A lot of parishes will have special events to mark the last day before the Lent’s fasting and reflection. Different traditions have emerged for this special day! Some places would do pancakes (to use up all the butter and oil and meat that were not allowed during Lent). Some would bake delicious “king cakes” all the way from Epiphany to Mardi Gras as part of the “Carnivale” celebration. Then, of course, you have the wonderful ways that local communities interpret those same traditions to bring them alive now! Here are just two celebrations going on to show the different traditions here in our beautiful Berkshires!
Christ Trinity in Sheffield: Pancake Supper from 5:00 to 6:30 pm
St Stephen’s in Pittsfield: Mardi Gras from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm:

JS Bach’s “Saint John Passion” presented by Ensemble Musica Humana

St John’s, Williamstown (35 Park Street)
Not only does this performance of Bach’s magnificent “Saint John Passion” feature fantastic singers and period instruments (Baroque string instruments AND baroque flutes!), but, to make this an extra authentic, extra worship-full experience, there will be a sermon between parts 1 and 2 to bring the music home to our spiritual lives.

Every Sunday! 
A Gratitude Moment
This is an Every Sunday Opportunity to Give Thanks
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?



Our Choir’s door is open to new singers. Do not hesitate to talk with any choir member about being part of the music ministry.

Creation Care Newsletter
Now included in Mission Matters.

Thank you for everything you are doing to protect God’s good Earth!

Tuesdays with the Word 

A study of next Sunday’s lessons followed by Compline.
   Do you wonder what Janet might preach about next Sunday?
Does the Bible have anything to say to us and about us?

  First Sunday after Epiphany
For the Lectionary lessons click here.
Come explore the readings for the upcoming Sunday,
each Tuesday evening 7:00 at the Grace Office 67 State Road, Great Barrington

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.

Join us for silent prayer time.

 Centering Prayer

Every Thursday at 5:30

Office and Chapel

67 State Rd.,
Great Barrington


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.

At Grace Chapel
Eucharist and Healing Prayers 
Thursdays at 12:05 pm

Centering Prayer
Thursdays 5:30 pm
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.
Senior Warden  Kathy Clausen
Class of 2016    John Cheek
Junior Warden  Richard Gore, Jr. 
Class of 2017    Ian Booton, Sarah Sieber  
 Treasurer  Ethan Novick (acting)  
Class of 2018     Paula Doyle, Ethan Novick
 Clerk  Paula Doyle (acting) 
 Acting Treasurers Ethan Novick & Geoff Perkins
Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman,  Priest in Charge

Virginia Vogel-Polizzi, Seminarian Intern
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


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