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March 5, 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
Ash Wednesday
Lenten Opportunity
Books and Bread
Third Sunday Supper
Food Pantry
Mampong
Dreams of America
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 on.
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: 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:
Sally Brooke and Jane Brooks
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.
Dindy’s mother, Mary Dalton, died in December.
The family of Valerie Smith. Valerie died at home on December 4.
Zeke Hills, brother of Frances Hills, whose wife Barbara died recently.

Pat Edelstein

would love to receive “Thinking of You” cards. Please send cards to Pat at: 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
March 10
Welcome Team
Deborah Holmes
Sue Gore
Acolyte
Linda White
Lectors
Meredith Haider
Intercessor
John Cheek
Chalice
Rick Gore
Lynn Walker
Healing Team
Ted Cobden
Sue Gore
Flowers
LENT
Altar Guild
Lynn Walker
Margaret Layton
Meredith Haider
Coffee Hour
Hutchinson/Cheek
Counters
Deborah Holmes
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 First Sunday in Lent
   
Luke 4:1-13
 
After his baptism, Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.'”
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'”
Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’
and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'”
Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

National Cathedral,Washington -
National Cathedral,Washington –

Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized”
Christ, when for us you were baptized,
God’s Spirit on you came,
as peaceful as a dove,
and yet as urgent as a flame,
as urgent as a flame.
God called you, “My beloved Son”;
you are God’s servant true,
sent to proclaim the reign of heaven,
God’s holy will to do,
God’s holy will do to.
Straightway and steadfast until death
you then obeyed the call
to serve with free and willing heart,
to give your life for all,
to give your life for all.
Baptize us with your Spirit, Lord;
your cross on us be signed,
that likewise in God’s service we
may perfect freedom find,
may perfect freedom find.

Ash Wednesday Services    
March 6 at 12 pm and 6pm
The Season of Lent begins with a service of Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes. You are invited to join at 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM at the Grace Church Chapel, 67 State Road in Great Barrington.

Lenten Opportunity:
March 10 to April 7
Making Sense of the Cross
In Lent, we will be learning together from David Lose’s curriculum Making Sense of the Cross. Following worship on the Sundays in Lent we will gather after Fellowship Time to look at the how Scripture, tradition, and context affects the way we think about the cross. We will come together in prayer and reflection to talk about how we think about the cross. It is an important question not only because the cross and resurrection stand at the center of the New Testament’s story of Jesus, but also because the way we understand the cross very much shapes the way we regard God. Beginning Sunday, March 10 we will meet at 11:30 AM for soup, bread, and conversation. A suggested donation of $8 will cover lunch. Please let us know if you are coming so we will have enough for all. We hope you will join us.

Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 PM
BOOKS and BREAD
 The book we will share is
A Walk in the Woods
by Bill Bryson

Join us at Janet Zimmerman’s house for appetizers and dessert. Monique Kirchoff 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 informationemail Peter at PetetheK@yahoo.com
On April 10 we will talk together about A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert.

Third Sunday Suppers
Our next location and date to be decided.
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.
Separate menu, order off menu!
For more information contact George Raymond
413.854.1222 cell

Bishop Douglas Fisher’s Pastoral Letter on Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Exploitation in the Church.
to the People of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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Food pantry item for the week of  
March 10
 CANNED VEGETABLES 
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.

Community Dialogue
Around Community, Safety, and Firearms.  
Wednesday, March 13, and 27 and April 10
a coalition of organizations and educational institutions will be offering a series of dialogues (not arguments, debates or fights) about the intersection of community, safety and firearms. We hope to gather a broad cross-section of the community for three conversations which will be held at Berkshire South (15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.) Each will last ninety minutes each.
 
Please register in advance so that we are aware of the number planning to attend and so we can begin to understand the breadth of experience of those who will be coming.
You can give your registration to Janet (applications at Welcome Table), email it to (bdamrow@stockbridgeucc.org) or mail it by March 6 to: Berkshire Conversation Project P.O. Box 825 Stockbridge MA 01262. Thank you for your interest and participation!

Unshackling Dreams of America:Supporting Asylum-Seekers and other Immigrants.
Saturday, April 6, 1:00-4:00 PM. Trinity Lime Rock Church, 484 Lime Rock Road,Lakeville, CT 06039.
This is a seminar for those interested in supporting our immigrant neighbors. New Haven legal and human rights activists will offer information on current Federal immigration law, developing immigration and refugee support teams, accompaniment of immigrants to ICE appointments, and how

to build relationships with Anglo and Latino communities. Training is free, but reservations are necessary. Email: vecinosseguros44@gmail.comText: 860-318-6083.

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
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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