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Grace Notes Weekly
May 19, 2017
Children's Ministry on Sunday
Parents, take note: there will be Sunday School as usual this week but no children’s chapel. Kids who normally take part in the chapel are welcome to enjoy the 10:45 a.m. service with their families.
In this issue

Children's Ministry on Sunday
Weeks Adult Forum
Church Office -- Monday Closures
Bach Choir Cantata Series Concert
Evensong on May 31
Arts Camp Registration -- Not Too Late!
Gardens and Grounds
Blessing of the Bikes (6-10)
Bishop Candidate Walkabouts
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Weeks Forum on Sunday
This Sunday, the Weeks Adult Forum will be bereft of leadership due to the necessity for travel. Participants are welcome, however, to gather in the Barth Room to enjoy the company of fellow attendees and, if they desire, a cup of coffee (available in the third floor kitchen). 
Monday Office Closures
The Church Offices will be closed on the next two Mondays (May 22 and May 29) for staff vacation and Memorial Day. Normal hours will be in force from Tuesday through Friday for both weeks.
Bach Choir Presents Last 2017 Cantata Series Concert  

On Sunday, May 21, the Chattanooga Bach Choir will complete its 2017 with the fourth Barnett and Company Cantata Series concert. Scheduled for 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church (corner of McCallie and Douglas), the choir will present a program including Cantata BWV 86 (Wahrlich, Wahrlich, Ich Sage Euch), Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major (BWV 1010) and Organ Prelude (BWV 658 -- Von Gott will Ich nicht lassen) by J.S. Bach, along with some other wonderful morsels of music.

Soloists include alto Rachel Walls, tenor Mark Laseter, bass Zachary James Cavan, celloist Isaiah Pennington, and organist Karla Fowkes. A donation of $15 is suggested for admission; students will be admitted free. There will be a reception following the concert.   The choir was founded in 1985 by former Grace Choirmaster and Organist Dr. J. James Greasby; it has been conducted by Grace’s interim choirmaster David Long since 2005. For more information, please visit    

May 31 Evensong to Celebrate The Feast of the Visitation
At the end of May, the church celebrates The Feast of the Visitation, memorizing one of the angel Gabriel’s more notable earthly visits and its impact on one young woman and some nine months later, an entire planet. Come celebrate the occasion with a Choral Evensong at 7 p.m. in the Nave at Grace. The service will include settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Preces and Responses by Richard Ayleward. The service will be followed by a light reception in the Undercroft. All are invited!
Arts Camp – Registrations Sought!
Arts Camp (June 19-23) still has a number of openings for children who are ready to combine the arts and the Middle Ages! If you have children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, or even neighborhood imps in need of adventure, please spread the word that it’s not too late to sign up. Cost is only $25 per child, and even that minimal fee can be waived.
Gardens and Grounds

Gardens & Grounds   Many of you will be relieved to discover that we are at last cutting the 'daffodil grass' on the front lawns. Each year we must allow the daffodil leaves to nurture next year's blooms; we generally don't cut them until most are half-yellowed. High grass in May is the cost of daffodils January-April.   We are spending over $1200 to tend two of our largest, most valuable canopy trees. These trees are both weak and have received various treatments in the past. One is the large willow oak on the north (Brainerd Rd.) lawn -- which roots are often run over by heavy equipment during episodic building maintenance -- and the other is the beloved red oak sheltering the playground and shading most of our building's southern exposure. Additionally, we have several small trees that died, probably from last year's drought. We will remove them as we are able. The last several summers have been hard on our trees, and especially new trees. This has slowed our ambitions to certify Grace Grounds as a Level One Arboretum with the state forestry council. But we remain hopeful.  

The Brainerd by Grace (B2G) Community Garden is exceptionally beautiful this year -- take a look if you haven't lately. We also had a high quality porch swing donated and hung (thanks, Mike Shillinger) to replace the one broken last year: go set a spell. The butterfly gardens* are in full swing -- thanks to Beth and Mickey Myers, and Richard Hyatt and Phaen Stone. Both have recently been fully irrigated -- with a solar control panel -- thanks, again, to Mike Shillinger.  

* Our butterfly gardens are certified by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) and are a certified Monarch butterfly Waystation by MonarchWatch.  

Thanks to Jerry Evans for planting the Free Garden. We should shortly see bush beans and beets in the 2 raised beds and in the 'flat' garden: tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, okra (!), cucumbers, sunflowers, and zinnias. THIS GARDEN IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL, INCLUDING YOU. THIS GARDEN NEEDS HELP!! CAN YOU HELP WEED? Also thanks to Mike Shillinger (yet again) for planting strawberries and zinnias out along Sunbeam Avenue in the Berry Beds along the fence: blackberries are coming! These berry beds are also FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.   

Finally, thanks to Jeff Workman for finally planting those messy containers on the east (Undercroft) entrance. We will try to get to the Welcome Garden and Courtyards as we're able, ha. Refer questions or volunteer with Lisa Lemza or Kristina Shaneyfelt, who are all too available:

Blessing of the Bikes (Brainerd Market, June 10)

 Jun 10, 11:30 AM · Brainerd Farmers Market

Joyride Bicycle Collective, in conjunction with Grace Episcopal Church and the Brainerd Farmer's Market, is sponsoring the first annual interfaith Blessing of the Bicycles. We know that riding our bikes is not without peril. This is a way of acknowledging this while also affirming the inherent goodness in the gifts of life, health, fresh air, and the beautiful and humble bicycle!  This event is open to all regardless of religious affiliation, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, fat or thin tires, and brand of bike. Some may take it more seriously than others and it's all good. We are a human community asking blessings on those who brave the streets, rural roads, and trails of East Tennessee. So, ride your bicycle (or tricycle, or unicycle, or...) over to the Market Saturday morning, do your weekly shopping, and then meet us in the pavilion for an interfaith blessing of the bicycles by Fr. Zack Nyein. Afterward, we'll partake of some snacks and drinks to sustain us on our journeys home. or wherever we are going. Please let us know beforehand if you will attend so we can plan for refreshments.

Bishop Candidate "Walkabouts" -- Save the Date!

Last month, the Diocesan Bishop Search Committee named five candidates for the next Bishop of East Tennessee -- The Rev. Brian Cole from the Diocese of Lexington, KY; The Rev. Hendree Harrison, Diocese of East Tennessee; The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Diocese of Georgia; The Rev. Canon Lance Ousley, Diocese of Olympia (WA); the Rev. Marty Stebbins, Diocese of North Carolina (for more information about these candidates, visit You can also meet them and ask them questions in July during one or more of the “Walkabouts” designed to let delegates, clergy, alternates and concerned parishioners get acquainted with the nominees. See below for the full schedule:  

Chattanooga – Monday, July 10, 4-7:50 p.m. at St. Paul’s (305 W. 7th St., 37402)   Knoxville – Wednesday, July 12, 4-7:50 p.m. at Episcopal School of Knoxville                  (814 Episcopal School Way, 37932)
Tri-Cities Area --  Thursday, July 13, 4-7:50 p.m. at St. Paul (161 E. Ravine Rd.,                           Kingsport, 37660)  

All are invited and welcome!

Meetings this week
Centering Prayer -- Fridays, 1:00 p.m. (Barth Room)
Serving on Sunday

At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Andy Belcher, Katie Walters; Intercessor, Amie Brien-Slack; Chalice, Nan Fortiner, Susan Brown; Acolytes, Andy Lane, Matthew Lane, Thomas Lane; Ushers and Greeters, Dot and Gene Arnold  

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Jim Harris, Rebecca Cook; Intercessor, Shirlee Sullivan; Chalice, Justin Bolinger, Becki Jordan; Oblations, Allison Youmans, Lenore Dunn; Acolytes, Kyra Williams, Sean McEwen; Lead Usher, Bill Pickering; Greeter, Pat Milburn; Webcast (camera, sound), Tom Makepeace, Jerry Evans

Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:7-18, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21
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