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May 21, 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
The Chris Herren Story
Blessing of Gideon’s Garden
Pentecost Event
Books and Bread
Third Sunday Supper
Gideon’s Garden
Food Pantry
Mampong
Worship Section
Worship Schedule
Donate with PayPal
Sermon and Reflections.
We need people
Immigration Help and Advice
Appalachian Trail Ministry
Help with Census 2020

 

Bible Study

Bible Study
Tuesdays with the Word  
is back.
We are studying the Acts of the Apostles.
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, John Grammer, Aidan, Andrea, and the Rev. Steve White.
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: 
David Hamill and Elinor Hamill
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. Mark’s, Leominster;  Commission on Ministry
The Church’s wider mission:Faith Alive; The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS)
And we offer thanks: for all those celebrating a Birthday 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.

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, 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 26
Welcome Team
Sarah Sieber,
Rick Gore,
George Raymond
Acolyte
Linda White
Lector
Pennie Curry
Intercessor
John Cheek
Chalice
Lynn Walker,
Dutch Pinkston
Healing Team
Pennie Curry,
Peter Feltman-Mahan
Flowers
Holmes
Altar Guild
Deborah Holmes, Linda White
Coffee Hour
Anderson, Fishell/
Seip
Counters
Ian Booton, Sarah
Sieber
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 Sixth Sunday of Easter
 
John 14:23-29  
 
Jesus said to Judas (not Iscariot), “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (ST. AGNES)
Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (ST. AGNES)

Prevention Starts with All:
The Chris Herren Story,
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 PM

 
at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center,  
Grace Church launches its Community Grants Program with a presentation by Chris Herren, a former Division I and NBA basketball player who will share the story of his journey from addiction to sobriety. Chris, who has spoken nationally, seeks to encourage those who struggle with addiction to continue to find help and to inspire others to understand the tragic impact of drug use and how easily it can take over and destroy lives.
All are invited!  
The program is free. No reservations are needed.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
11th ANNIVERSARY
BLESSING AND PLANTING OF GIDEON’S GARDEN,
Saturday, June 8,
beginning at 10:00 AM.
On Saturday, June 8 we will celebrate the 11th year of Gideon’s Garden’s presence and love in the community. Beginning at 10:00 AM  we will bless and plant the garden for the 2019 season.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Join us!
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00 PM
BOOKS and BREAD
 The book we will share is
 
Join us at Frank Garretson’s house for dinner
Ted Cobden 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
Stay tuned for our next date and location!
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!
 
 
Gideon’s Garden is getting prepped for Planting Day!
The banner has gone up, and the plants are growing strong.
 

  The cold-weather hardy plants are looking good in the hoop house. We may be doing deliveries soon!
(Radishes above and arugula below)
 

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Food pantry item for the week of  
May 26
BEANS 
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.

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.
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.

Appalachian Trail Ministry
with Christ Trinity and First Congregational Church of Sheffield.
July and August
Every Wednesday and Saturday
from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
We have been invited to participate in a “small corner of kindness” alongside our sisters and brothers in Sheffield in providing hospitality to hikers on the Appalachian Trail. In July and August, a tent is set up with homebaked treats, hot dogs, hamburgers, and water to greet and offer a way station for those hiking the Appalachian Trail.  We are invited to 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.

Interested in helping with the 2020 Census?
With the 2020 census just a year away,
are you available to help educate local residents
and insure the Berkshires

has a complete count?
The Berkshires Regional Planning Commission invites you to reach out to hard-to-reach populations throughout Berkshire County. An initial meeting was held on Thursday, February 28 at the BTPC offices on 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield.
If you are interested in future trainings please contact Mark Maloy, 413-442-1521.
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
The Rev. 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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