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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist
June 27
10:00 AM
In person at Crissey Farm
and on ZOOM

The Rev. Libby Wade

Welcome Team....Rick Gore
Lector................. Sue Gore
Intercessor.......... John Cheek
Altar Guild.......... Monique Kirchoff,
Cathy Haywood
Coffee Hour........ Dindy Anderson
Counter...............Margaret Layton


Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Holy Eucharist
June 27
10:00 AM
in person and on ZOOM
For Zoom
or call 646 558 8656 US
(New York)
(Meeting ID): 177 160 858
(Password): 917937

Centering Prayer
Thursdays 5:00 PM
This is a recurring meeting.
To join this Zoom meeting,
(Meeting ID): 203 314 800
(Password): 578877
646 558 8656 US (New York)

Third Sunday Supper 
(Every Third Sunday)
July 18, 2021
at 6:00 PM to 7PM
This is a recurring meeting.
To join this Zoom meeting
(Meeting ID): 778 608 743
(Password): 729107
646 558 8656 US (New York)

Books and Bread,
On break until September 8 at 6pm.
We will be meeting in person.

Movie Night
at 6:30 PM
July 1, 2021
To join this Zoom meeting,
(Meeting ID): 370 191 823
(Password): 385337
or call 646 558 8656 US (New York)
For the most up to date information please visit the
Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative website, 
They will post notice of appointment openings 6-12 hours in advance. You can find answers to your vaccination questions including information about the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine on their FAQ page.
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Mark 5:21-43

When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need performed by Eclipse 6
Thank you to those who are planning multiple ways of welcoming Tina once she arrives in the Berkshires. Her first Sunday with us will be on August 1. In the meantime, one way you can help is to send a picture of yourself, either digitally or a real photo, which we will put into a pictorial directory. Email to office@graceberkshires.org or mail to Grace Church, P.O. Box 114, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Thank you to Pennie Curry, Andrea and Steve White, Holly Murray, Dindy Anderson, John Cheek, Sally Brooke, Meredith Haider and John Ericson.
Collect of Gratitude for Ministry

O God, our heavenly Father, you raise up faithful servants to be pastors in your Church and to feed your flock. We give thanks for The Rev. Christina Rathbone, who has accepted the call to be rector of Grace Church and to serve the communities around us. Give abundantly to Tina and to all pastors the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that they may minister as true servants of Christ and stewards of your divine mysteries; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


This Sunday, June 27, will be my last time to celebrate Eucharist as your Interim Rector. It has been such a joy to work with this congregation during your transition time. I will leave this role knowing that you will be well-served by those who lead worship during July and by your new Rector beginning in August.

On August 1, I’ll pause in my morning to give thanks for the arrival of the Rev. Tina Rathbone as your rector. I have no doubt that you and she will bond quickly, and your ministry together will be fruitful and exciting.

I will continue to value your friendship, though no longer as your pastor or priest. I’m also sure our paths will cross again in the small world of southern Berkshire Episcopal churches!

Our final prayer was “A Collect for All Christians in Their Vocation.” It is my prayer for all of us as we move forward on our individual and corporate paths: “Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayer, which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church, that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.” (BCP, p. 256)

Looking Ahead
All Sunday services will be in-person at Crissey Farm and live-streamed
  • Sunday, July 4 Holy Eucharist The Rev. Dr. Steve White, Celebrant
  • Sunday, July 11 Holy Eucharist The Rev. Canon Dr. Rich Simpson, Celebrant
  • Sunday, July 18 Morning Prayer The Rev. Deacon Peter Feltman-Mahan, Officiant
  • Sunday, July 25 Holy Eucharist The Rev. Dr. Steve White, Celebrant
  • Sunday, August 1 Holy Eucharist The Rev. Tina Rathbone, Celebrant

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.

659 South Egremont Road 
P.O. Box 714 
Great Barrington, MA 01230 
(413) 528-2766

BLAKELY, Rosemarie           
21 Crossway, #108
Lee MA 01238

BOWENS, Marina             
c/o Maryella Satinover    
11908 Windward Ave.
Mar Vista, CA 90066
(310) 749-9424 (cell)
BREASTED, John        
Fairview Commons       
151 Christian Hill Road
Great Barrington MA 01230
Cell (413) 854-3977

BROOKS, Jane        
165 George Street
Lee MA 01230

FRYE, Vonnie          
PineHill Assisted Living
at Kimball Farms
235 Walker St. Apt #32
Lenox, Ma. 01240

GORE, Barbara        
50 Stockbridge Road
Lee MA 01238

HAIDER, Meredith       
5 Fox Hollow Road
Lenox, MA 01240                                 

KEENE, Sara           
The Egremont Village Inn
17 Main Street
P. O. Box 275
South Egremont, MA 01258

McCURDY, Deborah
Reed's Landing Nursing Center
807 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01109

TURNER, Barbara     
Fairview Commons
151 Christian Hill Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230 
If you would like to receive healing prayers please contact:

The Rev. Ted Cobden 413-528-2247
Pennie Curry        413-429-7093
Sue Gore           413-243-2273

Praying for each other and for the needs of the world is a vital mission of Grace Church. To add a prayer request to this list, please contact the Rev. Libby Wade (libby_wade@yahoo.com or 270-519-6934).

Please include
in your daily prayers this week:
Members of the Parish Family:
Doreen Hutchinson, Anne Andrews, Linda White, Pennie Curry, Mark Anderson, Stacey, Claire and Mark Thomas, Meredith Haider, Linda White, Rosemarie Blakely, Marina Bowens, John Breasted, Jane Brooks, Vonnie Frye, Barbara Gore, Sara Keene, Barbara Turner.

Others we love:
Rev. Rose Bogal-Allbritten, friend of Libby & Jim Wade; Rev. Nick Jaeger, friend of Libby & Jim Wade; Karen LaRocque friend of Sue Gore; Rosalind Haywood, Sue Gore's mother; Deborah McCurdy.

Those who have died:
Thomas J. Fisher, father of The Rt. Rev. Douglas Fisher; Alan Sparks, brother of Debbie Holmes; Ruth Crawford; Emily Trespas, friend of Jainee McCarroll and John Ericson; John Grammer, husband of Mary Anne; 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; Kathy Happ, sister of Doug and Gary Happ; Locke Larkin, brother-in-law of Maureen Terry; Charles Olegar.

Our world: For all victims of violence; 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 and the Rev. Jane Tillman; Christ Trinity, Sheffield and the Rev. Erik Karas; our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher; and the Mampong Babies' Home in Ghana; ); Church of the Nativity; Northborough; The Standing Committee; Church Publishing Inc.

The Church's wider mission:
Fourth Sunday after Trinity
The Church of Pakistan (United).

And we offer thanks: for all those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries this week:
Pennie Curry, Rob and Kathy Clausen, 6/23; Doreen Hutchinson, 6/24.
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.

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Password: 578877
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Announcement from the Communications Office
NEW Compline link for Summer 2021

MONDAY @ 8 PM EST: The Very Rev. Jim Munroe
TUESDAY @ 8 PM EST: The Rt. Rev. Mark M. Beckwith
WEDNESDAY @ 8 PM EST: The Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher

Diocesan Compline service will continue in June, July and August with new access information. Same days, same time, same people - NEW link beginning May 31st. Please share this with your congregations, but please do not post the meeting ID or passcode on social media.

Join Zoom Compline
Meeting ID: 889 8799 4498
Passcode: Bishop

Dial by your location
 +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 889 8799 4498
Passcode: 795560
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.

The plants are growing. They have grown three times their size from when they were planted! All the rows have been planted thanks to the extra work provided by Jim Wade and Dutch Pinkston. We have put stakes in for all the crops that need it and await our first harvest.
Look at that gorgeous kale.

Contact me, Annalise, if you would like to volunteer to help.
Please text 413-644-6572
Welcome to the Bloomin' 4 Good Program!
A Brand New Program to Benefit Lee Food Pantry
Let's Fight Hunger Together. One Bouquet at a Time.
We are thrilled to announce the Bloomin' 4 Good Program, a brand new program from Stop & Shop that works to fight hunger in our local communities. In this program, every $9.99 Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquet sold sends a $1 donation to a hunger organization local to the store in which it was purchased. 

For the month of June 2021, Lee Food Pantry has been selected to receive a $1 donation for every $9.99 Bloomin' 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker (pictured on the left) sold at the store located at 1 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield MA.
Thank you for giving generously to support the ministry of Grace.  You may continue to mail your contributions to Grace Church, P.O. Box 114, Great Barrington, MA 01230. As we begin to gather in person, you may bring your contribution to our services on Sunday, once again.
Berkshire Immigrant Center

Sheryl Lechner, Development Coordinator of Berkshire Immigrant Center, wrote recently to everyone at Grace Church: 

"We are so grateful for the immensely generous donation that you recently sent to us at the Berkshire Immigrant Center! It means the world to us knowing that your congregation has the backs of the Berkshire immigrant community, and that you understand the role that the Center plays in serving this important segment of our population. I look forward to meeting Rev. Tina once she settles in, and also would like to meet with church representatives to update you about the impact of your generous giving. Meanwhile, I am thrilled to share that BIC will soon become an independent 501c3 organization for the first time in its history, after 24 years of fiscal sponsorship. This is a huge step forward on the road to long-term organizational health. This change is part of a newly conceived strategic plan (accomplished over a year of Zoom meetings."
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.

Becoming Beloved Community
"Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863." ©JUNETEENTH.com

Join us as we celebrate the day when freedom finally reached the last enslaved persons in America. All people of faith might mark this particular moment in our history mindful that the sin of white supremacy continues to impact Black lives in our time. This diocesan liturgy is being planned by the Beloved Community Commission as an entry point for deeper engagement with the story and to gather us all for prayer on this great day. Our presider will be the Rt. Rev. Douglas J. Fisher.

Join via YouTube and FaceBook Watch

Join us for a discussion
of Big Night on July 1 at 6:30PM.
Peter Kirchoff will lead the discussion.
Watch at your leisure then join us
on ZOOM.
To join, or to find out more
To join this Zoom meeting,
(Meeting ID): 370 191 823
(Password): 385337
We are on summer break until
Wednesday, September 8,
at 6pm.

On September 8th, join us for dinner, fellowship, and a lively discussion.
The book is The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer (translated from the Yiddish by the author and Cecil Hemley), published in paperback by Farrar Strauss & Giroux.

Our hosts will be the Kirchoffs.
Rev. Tina Rathbone will lead our discussion 

ALL are welcome!
  • 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.
  • Discussion begins at 7:45 pm regardless of whether it's a Dinner gathering or an A&D gathering.    
  • 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. 
  • Please sign up to bring appetizers or dessert items. 

Meeting is over promptly at 9:00 pm. For more information email Peter at PetetheK@yahoo.com

Rev. Libby Wade,
Interim Rector
270-519-6934 libby_wade@yahoo.com

An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
P.O. Box 114  
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Gretchen Fairfield
Office Assistant 
Ms. Annalise Clausen, Director of Farming for Gideon's Garden
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: 
office@graceberkshires.org and by phone 413-644-0022.
Kathy Clausen 413-329-1724
Rick Gore, Jr. 413-441-7036
Sue Gore 413-243-2273
Mary Anne Grammer 413-258-4212
John Cheek 413-446-8863
Dindy Anderson 413-274-3854
Anne Andrews 413-528-2766
Dutch Pinkston 413-274-6566
Cathy Haywood 413-464-6664
Holly Murray 860-977-9198

The Rev. Libby Wade is available at 270-519-6934 or libby_wade@yahoo.com.

Tuesday's Child Editor Monique Kirchoff 
Associate Editor Kathy Clausen
Please send comments by emailing tuesdayschild@graceberkshires.org