Vestry Contact Information
Kathy Clausen
Rick Gore, Jr.
Sue Gore
Mary Anne Grammer
John Cheek 
Dindy Anderson
Anne Andrews
Dutch Pinkston
Cathy Haywood
Holly Murray

Dear Parishioners, 
Members of the Vestry want you to know that if we can be of any help, please call any of us.  We are all Partners in Prayer.

The Rev. Steve White is available for pastoral emergencies. 413-884-4758

Time sensitive, please read.
The Rev. Jenny Gregg asks members of Grace to help secure a new homeless shelter in Pittsfield 

Jenny currently holds outdoor services each Sunday, in a congregation called The Cathedral of the Beloved. This community gathers on the lawn of St. Joseph's Church in Pittsfield for an ecumenical service at 2 p.m. and has a meal. Through this work she has become acquainted with the struggles of those living on the street or in insecure housing situations. Now, Jenny is requesting help to secure housing that has been developed by the First United Methodist Church. 
She is inviting us to work with members of many congregations and members of First Methodist (FUMC) to make sure the homeless shelter at First Methodist on Fenn Street becomes a reality.  
Jenny says,"As some of you already know, this work is already well underway and Downtown Pittsfield Inc. (DPI) and the downtown business owners are working to bring it to a halt.  As one member said during the Development Review Board hearing last week (and I paraphrase), "it's not about wanting it in my backyard, I don't even want it in my front yard."


Step into Grace 
Where strangers become friends 
We are an Open and Affirming church. Every one of every age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental ability, or economic status is invited to join us as together we live out the Gospel message of love, forgiveness, service, and justice. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey- you are welcome here.


Please note that these Zoom invitations
are new due to tightened Zoom security measures.

Morning Prayer, August 9, 2020 
(Sundays at 10:00 AM)
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Tuesday Bible Study at 7:00 PM
Please Note: Bible Study is on vacation for the month of August.
This is a recurring meeting
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Books and Bread at 7:00 PM
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Centering Prayer Thursdays 5:00 PM
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Third Sunday Supper  
3rd Sundays
at 6:00 PM
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Be safe. Be well. Hope to see you soon.
Morning Prayer 
 August 9, 2020  
Our guest clergy will be  
The Rev. Betsy Fisher
Robert Forman
Sarah Sieber
Sue Gore
Debbie Holmes,
Kathy Clausen

Healing Prayers
In this time of quarantine and physical separation  you are still being prayed for.
If you would like to receive 
specific healing prayers please contact:  
The Rev. Ted Cobden   413-528-2247
Pennie Curry                 413-429-7093
Sue Gore                       413-243-2273

Please Include In Your Daily Prayers This Week
Members of the Parish Family: The Rev. Ted Cobden, Linda White, John Breasted,  
Edna Leavenworth, George Raymond, Ed Hutchinson,  Pam & Bill Drumm, The family of Richard Gore, Sr., Mimi and Dick Alford, Doreen Hutchinson, Barbara Turner, Pennie Curry, Frank Vogel - Polizzi, Mark Anderson, Elizabeth Holland, Janet Zimmerman, Stacey, Claire and Mark Thomas, Richard Edelstein, Connie Garber, Ruth Crawford, Marcia Doelman, Dindy Anderson, Tom Murray, Paula Doyle, John Grammer, Aidan, Andrea, the Rev. Steve White, Maureen Terry, Gino Furio, Elinor Hamill, Meredith Haider, Debbie Holmes, Mary Booton and Vonnie Frye. 

Others we love: Sally and Don, sister and brother-in-law of Cynthia Pease; Evie De Melker, daughter of Rev. Ted Cobden; Karen La Rocque, friend of Sue Gore; Donovan Buck, nephew of Pennie Curry; Susan and Dan Gray, Beth Grady, niece of  Deborah Holmes; Alice Fitch, Rose Blakely's sister; Fred Bunce, father of Mary Booton;Khali Zabian; Matt Alford, son of Mimi and Dick Alford; Wendy Reeve,
sister of Cathy Haywood;  
Keiron Lee, daughter of Doone Marshall; Anne Peters, Debbie Losaw, daughter of Rosemarie Blakely, Ashley Gangell, Zeke Hills, brother of The Rev. Francie Hills, Jane Williams, John Belizzi, Carole Chapple, Christy Yeo, Cooper O'Brien, Rosalind Haywood, Colonel John Tryon, nephew of Anne Andrews and all who serve our country.

Those who have died: Bill Alford, brother of Dick Alford; Elinor Hamill; Neil Brandt, brother of Linda White; John Turner, husband of Barbara Turner; Leslie Albert, friend of Margaret Layton and Sarah Sieber; Andrew S. Artz, brother-in-law of the Rev. Janet Zimmerman; Kathy Happ, sister of Doug and Gary Happ; Fred Bunce, father of Mary Booton; Marion Chapin Andrews; Chuck De Melker, husband of Evie Cobden De Melker; Rev. Stephen Chinlund, friend of Jainee McCarroll and John and Ellis Ericson; Joy Saville, mother of Andrea White; Richard Gore, Sr.; Locke Larkin, brother-in-law of Maureen Terry; Charles Olegar; Marianne Felch, friend of Janet Zimmerman; Pat Edelstein; Anthony Aiuvalasit, friend of
Janet Zimmerman; Patrick Barney, nephew of Mark Anderson. 
Our world: For those who suffer from the COVID-19 virus; for those who have died from this virus and those who mourn; for those who provide care and comfort in this pandemic;for all who suffer from the loss of jobs and income in this time; for all who are anxious about their future and our world; for all who offer time and treasure to support those who need to know love; for all who are alone and all who reach out to care. 
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  birthdays or anniversaries this week: Deborah Holmes, 8/6; Pam Drumm, 8/7; Dan and Susan Gray, 8/10. 
What are you grateful for? 
In this time of fear and anxiety, it can be easy to miss the daily blessings that are right in front of us. Being grateful is not just for good times. Being grateful is even more important when fear sets a place at your table and heartbreak seems to be in your every breath. Because by being grateful we become aware of all the ways God is working in us. Being grateful is a part of our healing and our deliverance. Being grateful is where our best selves reside.

You are invited to take time each day to breathe and be aware of all the ways God is present with us. Write them down or simply include them in your daily prayers. A heart that turns toward being grateful comes to see the goodness and grace of God everywhere, even in a time of hardship.

The new 
Forward Day by Day booklets for May - July are now available in regular or large print. If you would like a copy mailed to you please email Gretchen at
Questions about Zoom ? 
Robert Forman's telephone number  for those who would like help using Zoom:
914 478 7802.
Bible Study is on vacation  
for the month of August. 
Bible Study
Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Each session will be  
followed by a Compline
service. All are welcome to join us!  
New Zoom Connection:
or call in +1 646 558 8656  
Meeting ID: 753 016 518, 
Password: 746804)
Find your local number: 


The Rev. Libby Wade, Cynthia Pease, and Lee Cheek joined thousands of Episcopalians last week for a three-part series of webinars on racial justice in our church and society: Truth, Justice, Healing. Watch Presiding Bishop Curry speak powerfully about the need to tell the Truth as he shares his own during the first 15 minutes of this video.

Read about the webinar here.


Third Sunday Supper
is online on
August 16, 2020 
Join our next gathering
You can prepare your own supper,
 but Take Out from our local restaurants is suggested. 
See the new Zoom invite for Third Sunday Supper
at the top of the newsletter.

Join us for an evening of  
laughter and conversation.
For more information  
contact George Raymond  
413.854.1222 cell  

Click here for the
Grace Church calendar
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
or call them at (413)-787-0725 to learn about volunteering.
It costs about $1500 a year to support a baby. The Diocese's goal is for one congregation  
to support one child for a year.  
To donate to  support babies at the Mampong Babies Home in Ghana please send a check to Grace Church, PO Box 114, Great Barrington, MA 01230.
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 that was 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!

Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures
For a summary on the Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures that went into effect Monday, April 20 please click hereRemember:
No tenant should be moving out of his/her home at the insistence of a landlord.  
Please read here : From  
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
Read here:

Dear Community Friends,
The Community Center has been working on a project with the United Way/Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund to execute a meal pick-up program. 
If you've got questions, my new "office" phone is 413-717-2674 and my hours are usually Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm Please feel free to call, text or email!
WHAT: Nourishing Neighbors south county meal program,
providing 500 meals from local restaurants weekly! 
WHO: Meals are available for all community members in the southern Berkshires needing support at this time.  
WHEN: Wednesdays, 1pm-3pm (For any updates or changes, follow Berkshire South's facebook page) - Please, no early birds! 
WHERE: Berkshire South Regional Community Center, drive thru*. 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington.
**If you're not able to drive, please contact and we'll deliver to you! The deadline to request delivery every week is Tuesday at 10am so that we are able to plan ahead.
DETAILS: This is a contactless system, please stay in your car. We'll be happy to take your order curbside. Questions: please email
HOW: We are so grateful for Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the COVID 19 Emergency Response Fund. We're also thankful for Price Chopper, Taft Farms, SoCo Creamery, Domaney's Liquors and Fine Wines, Big Y, and M Designs for their donations.
You can donate online here.
Kate Tucci
Director of Educational and Community Programs
In this unpredictable time, your church continues to give thanks for and need your support. If you are
capable of sending in your pledge, thank you. If you are unable to give at this time, we understand. If you are capable of giving a bit more so we can respond to the needs of our community, we are very grateful. If you are in need, please contact a member of the Vestry listed at the top of the newsletter. Since we are not gathering in person in community, we ask that you send your gifts via mail to Grace Church, P.O. Box 114, Great Barrington, MA 01230 or give online by phone or computer to  Using your phone you may text the word "GIVE" to 774-252-9246.
We are truly all in this life together We pray, trusting that God will see us through this season and beyond.

Thank you for giving generously to support the ministry of Grace Church.

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.

Schedule of Upcoming Clergy 

Continuing on Sunday, August 9, we welcome the Rev. Betsy Fisher who will lead Morning Prayer  each Sunday in August with the exception of August 16. On that Sunday the Rev. Rich Simpson, Canon to the Ordinary, will be our guest preacher and in addition to leading worship will offer information about the search process. 

The Rev. Libby Wade will serve as Interim Rector. She will begin on August 15 and her first Sunday will be September 6.

Libby's full message to Grace Church can be read by clicking here.
In her conclusion, she says:
"I am blessed to be following Janet, knowing how much she loves each of you and how much time and energy she has invested in growing and deepening Grace Church's ministry and fellowship.  I've also gotten to know many of the outstanding lay leaders of Grace through deanery and diocesan activities.  Now I look forward to working with the Rev. Jen Bloesch and all the staff, vestry, and congregation of Grace Church.  Our God, who both cries and laughs with us, has gifted you in so many ways and now calls you into a challenging, yet hopeful future.  Thank you for asking me to join you for this transition time.  I pray for Grace Church each day and ask that you do the same for both myself and your retiring rector, as we take on our new roles."


Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

I Come with Joy
I Come with Joy
We supply this list so you may contact members of our congregation who are at home or in a nursing facility.
Please hold in your prayers and
reach out
as you can. 

BLAKELY, Rosemarie                       (413) 243-0485
21 Crossway, #108
Lee MA 01238

BOWENS, Marina                             (310) 398-2484
c/o Maryella Satinover                     (310) 749-9424 (cell)
11908 Windward Ave.
Mar Vista, CA 90066

BREASTED, John                             (413) 429-8123
Fairview Commons                           Cell (413) 854-3977
151 Christian Hill Road
Great Barrington MA 01230

BROOKS, Jane                                  (413) 243-3367
165 George Street
Lee MA 01230

CRAWFORD, Ruth                           (413) 243-2575
125 Woodland Road
Lee MA 01238
EDELSTEIN, Richard  
LEP, Kimball Farms,   
235 Walker Street,  
Lenox, MA 01240. 

FRYE, Vonnie                                     413-881-4055 
Devonshire Estates
329 Pittsfield Road #216
Lenox, MA 01240

GORE, Barbara                                  (413) 243-4261
50 Stockbridge Road
Lee MA 01238

GRAMMER, John                              (413) 258-4212
86 South Beech Plain Road
Sandisfield MA 01255

HAIDER, Meredith                             (413) 551-7319
5 Fox Hollow Road #409            
Lenox, MA 01240                                  

KEENE, Sara                                        (413) 528-4152
The Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
P. O. Box 275
South Egremont, MA 01258

TURNER, Barbara                              (413) 243-8904
130 High Street
Lee MA 01238

Join us for Centering Prayer ONLINE
every Thursday
5:00 - 6:00
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.
To join this Zoom meeting Click here 
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Password: 578877
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Announcement from the Communications Office
Summer Compline: NEW Days & NEW Link
Bishop FIsher
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday @ 8:00 PM

Compline Leaders for Summer 2020
MONDAY: The Very Rev. James G. Munroe
TUESDAY: The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher
WEDNESDAY: The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith
Summer Compline
Please do not post this info on Facebook or Twitter; e-news is fine.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 5008 6637
Passcode: 501604

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The Way of Love:  
Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has completed a series of podcasts in which he discusses the Way of Love. They are available to listen to on The Episcopal church website.   

Gideon's Garden Update 
Grace Church shows up!  
Dutch, Jainee and Ellis have come every week for the past few weeks to help out at the Garden. They even showed up on last Monday, the hottest day of the year so far! Dutch helped with pumpkins while Jainee and Ellis did a treasure hunt for big weeds around the farm.  
Jen also had a friend who visited and helped out on that hot day.  
What a blessing volunteers are! The morale was high that day with all the help.  
The internship is still in full swing!
Here is Timmy planting some pumpkin sprouts.
And Halle washing lettuce. She enjoyed having some shade cover for another hot day on Tuesday. Eventually the whole team helped her out, and we harvested 162 heads of lettuce!
Meanwhile, our season is changing. As we harvest the last of our lettuce, the beds are freed up for other plants. Here you can see we seeded three small beds of carrots.   
For the link to Gideon's Garden  

Wednesdays at 11:00am to 12, July 15-August 12
All children (between 4 and 10 years old) are invited to join Dindy, Andrea, and Margaret for
Stories, Art, Movement/Yoga, and General Fun.
Please let us know if you can join us by emailing  
Andrea White at  
We can't wait to see you on Zoom❤

The Beloved Community Team of the Diocese of Western MA invites all people and all parishes to join in the Episcopal Church's
long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice.
Join us online! 
Have you wondered about how and when different treatment for whites and blacks began and continued to exist?  Pennie Curry's 15-year-old great-nephew Harrison and his two friends in Texas have. They were not getting answers and expressed their frustration to Aunt Pennie.
In response, the Tuesday Bible Study Group decided to send these young fellows each a copy of
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, written for ages 12 and up.   It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Is there a young person you can gift a copy  to and read together? Reviews and information here: 

Please contact Lee Cheek, co-chair 
of the Bishop's Commission for  
Beloved Community at 
For up-to-date resources and events, visit and follow the Beloved Community facebook page: 
For a curated list of educational and theological books on racism as well as links to web resources please visit here
   Wednesday, September 9, at 7PM   
Monique Kirchoff will lead our discussion   
Meeting will end at about 9:00 PM    
We look forward to seeing you. Details to follow  
For more information email Peter at  
Why We Join, Why We Give
Meet four members of our community. Each tells the story of what being a member of Grace means.  
Why We Join
is a new feature on our website. Would you like to add your story? Contact Kathy 

So many thanks for all you do!
HIO Sponsorship Transforms Lives
The HIO family is a tightly knit group and totally committed to caring for one another. Loyal sponsors are our backbone. Your yearly support covers school tuition, books, uniforms, healthcare and emergency family relief for our girls. 

The new school year in Nepal would normally have begun the third week of April. Our partner schools' openings will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we'll begin paying 2020 tuition bills for sponsored girls soon. Such a blessing to have received so many of your sponsorship donations and contributions to HIO's family relief efforts during these unsettling times. Your kind generosity is truly appreciated.

To read more about Hands in Outreach please click below:
Update from the Field
Christ Icon
Worship Schedule
Morning Prayer and Sunday Service
 at 10:00 am
In this time of COVID-19 our public gatherings 
have been suspended for the good of all.
Please join us online 
for worship, study, and fellowship.
We pray for all who are affected by this virus 
and we give thanks for the many people who are giving themselves in service to others. 
May God hold you close in these anxious times.

An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
The Rev. Libby Wade, Interim Rector
(effective August 15)

The Rev. Jen Bloesch 
Gideon's Garden Program Director  

P.O. Box 114   
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Gretchen Fairfield
Office Assistant 
In an effort to care for each other, our church office will be closed until further notice. You can reach the church office by email: and by phone 413-644-0022. You can reach the Rev. Jen Bloesch by email at  
or by phone at 413-644-6572.
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Senior Warden          
Class of 2021
Anne Andrews
Dutch Pinkston
Richard Gore, Jr.
Class of 2022
Cathy Haywood
John Cheek
Sue Gore     
Class of 2023
Dindy Anderson   
Holly Murray
Mary Anne Grammer