Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
Holy Week
APRIL 14, 2022
New COVID Protocols
Beginning tonight and continuing for all worship services at Grace, masks will now be optional for indoor worship services. We understand that some among us may wish to continue wearing masks; please feel free to continue this practice if you need to do so.

The vestry and rector are grateful to all of you who have helped to care for the health of our neighbors during the course of the pandemic. We have a number of individuals and families with particular vulnerabilities in our congregation, in addition to a growing number of young children, and many have expressed their gratitude for the precautions that the community of Grace has taken. While we hope that low rates of COVID continue in our region, we will continue to monitor case rates, and will resume the masking requirement should cases rise.

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IN THIS ISSUE
New COVID Protocols
Holy Week and Easter Services
No Adult Ed. on Easter Morning
Earth Day Worship (4-24)
Earth Day Saturday -- Market, Plant Swap, Tomato Buckets
Bishop Cole's Annual Visit (5-8)
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Presiding Bishop's Easter Message
Bishop Sanders' Memorial Service (6-4)
Keep in Mind Craig Scholarship,
Here I Am Day)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
COVID Protocols (continued)
Communion in both kinds (bread and wine) will be restored for all who wish to partake on the Sunday following Easter (April 24th). We are working out the details for that. If you have been trained as a chalice bearer or would like to be involved in this ministry, please reach out to our acolyte coordinator, Jeff Bertrand,
or Rev. April.

Childcare staff who work with young children will continue to wear masks when serving in this role.
Holy Week Continues
Holy Week & Easter Services
 
Dear Friends,

This evening, we begin the Triduum, the three days of prayer when we recount Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. In these few short days, we remember the stories that have shaped a worldwide community of believers over thousands of years.
 
Maundy Thursday, 7pm (agape meal for children concurrent with the service)
On Maundy Thursday, we reenact the story of the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples before his death, the meal that has become for us Holy Communion, a sign of our shared life in Christ. We remember the loving and intimate moments of that meal as those who wish to do so will bend to wash one another’s feet, and have our own feet be washed, as we take our places as servants of God, and as recipients of Christ’s gift.

Good Friday Stations of the Cross 11:15, Liturgy for Good Friday at Noon
On Good Friday, we hear the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion. We remember how his disciples denied him, the crowds turned against him, and the injustice of it all. We will look upon the wood of the cross, with one beam reaching down to earth and stretching up to heaven, and the other one reaching out, and ponder how this cross tells us something about the nature of God. We hear the chilling words of the Gospel as Jesus, hanging on the cross, bows his head and says, “It is finished,” a reminder of the cost of love.

Stations of the Cross begins at 11:15 near the pavilion, with the Good Friday Liturgy beginning at noon in the nave. A Good Friday service for preschool and elementary aged children will also begin at noon.

Easter Vigil Saturday 8pm
On the evening of Holy Saturday, we begin a wonder-filled journey through the Great Vigil of Easter. We hear the ancient stories of God’s redeeming work, from creation through the exodus and return from exile. We renew the covenant that God made with us at our baptism, and we rise with Christ from the waters, redeemed and restored. We begin this service by kindling the new fire in the courtyard, followed by a candlelit procession into the church.
All are invited to bring a bell, handheld percussion instruments or some other item for the making of a joyful noise at the Easter proclamation.

Easter Sunday 8am & 10:45am
On Easter morning, we hear of how the early apostles, both women and men, came to the tomb and found it empty. Thus began the search for Jesus Christ risen among us. When confronted by the great emptiness of the tomb gaping in front of us, we turn to the brightness of the day, which now lies wide open, full of possibility and hope.

We come together year after year, to make this journey together, to tell these stories again, to pray together for the church and for the world, to respond to Christ’s love with love of our own, to renew our commitments. We gather to remind ourselves that God’s love took the shape of the cross, and that life in Christ continues even after the grave.

We are an Easter people, people made and held by a love so great that it transcends death. We share the life of the resurrection. These stories transform us. They tell of the love that shapes and reshapes our lives, touching us again and again so that, like Jesus, we might reach our arms out to the world.
Grace and peace,
April
No Adult Education Classes on Easter Morning
There will be no Adult classes on Sunday, April 17. Those who wish to socialize in the Barth or Merritt Rooms, however, are welcome to come when they please, get a cup of coffee and enjoy their fellows in the time between the services.
Worship for Earth Day (April 24)
Next Sunday, April 24th, our Sunday worship services will focus on both resurrection life and care of creation. The 8am service will take place indoors as usual, and the 10:45am service will take place in the lovely Grace courtyard. If you are planning to attend the 10:45am service, please dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair if you are able. We will have a few chairs available for those who cannot bring their own. If it’s rainy on the 24th, the service will move indoors.
Saturday Earth Day Doings
Though Earth Day itself is Sunday, Grace is getting an early start with these activities on Saturday, April 23:

Market Opening -- Spring really has sprung when the Brainerd Market celebrates its grand re-opening, and that will happen this Saturday. Nothing says "Earth Day" like fresh early produce, new-laid eggs, baby goats and the fruits of human creativity! Hours will be 10 a.m. to noon. This particular celebration will, of course, continue through the summer and fall, offering the parish and the neighborhood the fruits of the maturing season.

Plant-swap -- Once you've greeted the goats and gathered your goods, neighbors and parishioners are invited to visit the Pavilion, which will host a plant-swap. If you've got extra ornamentals or vegetable sprouts, bring them and see what others are offering. This is a great way to gain variety or volume without laying out big bucks.

Tomato buckets -- Grace's gardeners and GreenGrace folks invite you to help assemble tomato buckets for MetMin to give to their clients. Fresh produce is often hard to come by for those whose basic needs are often in jeopardy, but that most celebrated fruit of the hot months, the summer tomato, can be in reach through these simple "kits." Buckets, dirt, plants, and hey presto! a small farm which will produce large dividends. Come help!
Bishop's Visit (May 8 ) -- Single Service
The Rt. Rev. Brian Cole, Bishop of East Tennessee, will make his annual visit to Grace on Sunday, May 8th. On this day, he will confirm and receive a number of members of the community of Grace; we will baptize Nicholas Brown, and share in our connections to the diocese. Bishop Cole will meet with those who are about to be confirmed or received before the service at 9:15, and the 10am service will be followed by a reception in the Courtyard.
Food Pantry
Wednesday brought 21 visitors to Grace's door, and they left with food for 73 -- 37 adults and 36 children. The pantry survived but is now a bit hungry itself.

Most needed for the next session are:

* canned fruit (15 oz. preferred) and fruit cups
* canned hams
* spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles
* Spam or similar
* canned beef stew
* hearty chicken soups
* canned pinto beans and baked beans

Thanks on bended knee to all of you who donate food so regularly; we are blessed with generous parishioners and generous neighbors in the Belvoir community! You're keeping hunger from a lot of doors!
Daily Worship
Grace offers Compline services at 8pm each evening; you can join

& the password is: compline 

Morning Prayer continues every day (except Sundays) via Zoom, beginning at 9:00 a.m.; click the link below or paste the URL into your browser.

For Morning Prayer, click here:


or paste this URL into your browser:


Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer
Presiding Bishop's Easter Message
Our Presiding Bishop. The Most Rev. Michael Curry, has make his timely Easter message available online at https://mailchi.mp/episcopalchurch/presiding-bishop-curry-easter-2022-message?e=ed5c8bb196 . You can watch a video or read the transcript, whichever suits you best.
Bishop Sanders' Memorial Service Rescheduled
A memorial service and committal of ashes for The Rt. Rev. William Sanders has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 4, at 1:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Knoxville (413 Cumberland Ave Knoxville, TN 37902). All are welcome to attend.
Keep in Mind....
Craig Scholarship
The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship at Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN., was established in 1991 through a generous endowment from Dr. Robert Craig. for Grace Episcopal Church children who attend St. Nicholas School. The Craig family, long-standing and faithful members of Grace Church, have always been devoted to education and especially to St. Nicholas School. This scholarship will continue their support and legacy in perpetuity by assisting our own youth in that endeavor.

The application deadline is April 30th, 2022. If you wish to apply, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3250, ext. 2), for an application. 

Here I Am Day
On Saturday, May 21, the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee will host its annual Here I Am Day. This program is intended for anyone who is discerning a call to licensed lay ministry, religious orders, the vocational diaconate, or to the priesthood. It will include remarks by the Bishop, panel discussions with lay and ordained ministers, and opportunities for prayer and fellowship.

All individuals who have begun a process of discernment within their parish are expected to attend, along with their sponsoring clergy. Others who are just beginning to explore a call and who would like more information about different ministries and tools for discernment are also encouraged to participate.

Lunch is provided and included in the $20 registration fee. The registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 2022. 

Following is the link to register:


Please feel free to contact Jon Humber, Episcopal Engagement Specialist, with any questions at jhumber@dioet.org.
Useful Information
P.O. Box Use and Address
Please use Grace's P.O. Box for dispatches containing money or other valuables: hard times persist for some of our neighbors, and checks have disappeared from our mailbox more than once. The address is Grace Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 80954, Chattanooga, TN 37414.

Accessing the Online Church Directory
The directory can be accessed via the church's webpage (www.saygrace.net). Find the menu item “BREEZE” at the right end of the menu options that sprawl across the screen near the top, click and log in; user name is ‘saygrace’ and the password is ‘Chattanooga.’
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Joseph, our President; the Senate, the House of Representatives, and our Courts of Justice; together with all elected officials, and the other leaders of our country and the nations of the world.
 
We pray for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our Presiding Bishop; Brian, our Bishop; for April, our priest; for Caroline, our seminarian; for our missionaries, and all other bishops and ministers.
 
We pray for the unemployed and underemployed, especially those in our congregation and community. We pray for the homeless and the hungry, and for those in special need of prayer, especially
 
Akeelah Stanislawski, Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey, Glyn Melnyk, Hannah Brewer, Lee Moore, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney,
Bill Clark, Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Tony Hill, Scott, Julia, Tony, Mary Cooper, Martha Smith, Sue Sears, William Simpson, Neil Robinson,
Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, 
the Brown family, Reba, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, 
J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Jim May, and Ann Swint; 

We pray for Wil Mabry, Jake Dorris, Kevin Kelley, Tripp Mouron, Mike Mabry, Alexander Ross, Russel Webb, Logan Roberts, Jim Makepeace, Sean Benson, 
Evan Watkins and all of our Armed Forces, here and abroad;
 
We pray for this community: For our local leaders; for our schools and marketplaces; for our neighborhoods and workplaces, for protesters and for police. Help us to honor your image in one another. Give us courage to strive for justice and peace among all people, beginning here at home. 

We pray for all whose homes are in peril or uprooted because of climate change, for all displaced because of hurricanes, fires or other disasters.

We pray for the people of Ukraine and of Russia who find themselves beset by war.
 
We pray for those who have died, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of Pakistan (United). The Anglican Communion has adopted a cycle of prayer called "From Aba to Zululand," praying its way alphabetically through its members on a daily basis between January 1, 2021 and September 2023. The newsletter and, in the future, the printed bulletin, will include the prayers for Sunday; if you would like to see the daily prayer requests, you can find them at ACoP.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for Church of the Resurrection, Loudon, TN, and these South Dakota churches: St. Paul, Norris; Trinity, Mission; St. Thomas, Corn Creek.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick,
Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  Helen Williams, 
Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Charles Smith, John Woodham, Elaine Harrison, Marcia Magers, 
Major McCollough, John Cox, Gayanne Silver, Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, 
Dexter and Helen Williams, Cheryl McCurry, Ethel Rutledge, Lanie Lundgrin, 
Terri Harvey, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, Jeannie and Andy Williams, 
Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Jessica Ricketts
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