Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
APRIL 22, 2022
Earth Day Services on Sunday
This Sunday, April 24th, our 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.

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Earth Day Worship (4-24)
Other Earth Day Opportunities
Brainerd Market Grand Re-Opening!
Bishop Cole's Annual Visit (5-8)
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Egg Hunt Thanks! and Pictures!
Lost and Found Goods
Forward Day by Day -- New Issue
Music Opportunity -- Metropolitan Bells
Keep in Mind Craig Scholarship,
Here I Am Day, Bishop Sanders' Memorial service)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Earth Day (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. You can access the bulletin for the 10:45 a.m. service HERE; it will be streamed on Facebook, which you can access HERE.

Childcare staff who work with young children will continue to wear masks when serving in this role.

A reminder about our new COVID protocols: 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.
Other Earth Day Doings (Friday and Saturday)
Even though Grace will celebrate Earth Day in worship on Sunday the 24th, you don't have to wait until then to celebrate and work towards restoring planetary health. The GreenGrace Environmental Action Team offers these opportunities:

  • Friday, 22 April. Citico Creek Cleanup, 11:00- 1:00, Carver Rec Center, 600 Orchard Knob Ave. Sponsor: City of Chattanooga, Waterways Non Profit. See sign up link at There are other City sponsored park cleanups on Saturday, 23 April.
  • Saturday, 23 April. Multiple events on the grounds of Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave.
  • Community Plant Swap & Giveaway. Pavilion behind church, 9:00 am - noon. Bring extra vegetable sets, plants divided from home or other orphans! Please label the plants. You may swap or take plants on the tables, within reason. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
  • Season Opening of the Brainerd Farmers Market! Music! Children's Art Station! Baby goats to pet! Double Snap credit offered. 10:00 am-- noon.
  • Tomato Bucket portable garden construction station in the Farmers Market. Come help us make tomato buckets for the infirm and/or food compromised! Buckets to be delivered to Metropolitan Ministries. See booth by the market's pay station. 10:00 am -- noon.
  • Science celebration programs offered by UTC's Society for Physics Students and parishioner Dr. K. Dungey, all afternoon at Children's Creative Discovery Museum; normal admission fees apply.

 Upcoming:  Sweet Potato Palooza: first three weekends in May. Please help us feed regional hungry families by growing these easy plants all summer, at home. First weekends in May, we'll offer sweet potato slips(tiny plants) for home growing. We have limited grow buckets to offer for those who need them. We will call to ingather them in October, and then distribute our collective bounty to area food ministries. These are low skill plants that only need ordinary garden soil or a large (half barrel sized) container, along with weekly water. Details on sweet potato slip (the roots) dissemination to follow.  

Lisa Lemza, Kristina Shaneyfelt, Brittany Williamson
Brainerd Market Grand Re-Opening

Come join us this Saturday for the opening of our 13th season. Meet your local farmers and artisans and take home your share of the harvest! The celebration is from 10am-12pm at the corner of Brainerd Road & Belvoir Avenue at Grace Episcopal Church. Two of Grace Episcopal’s very own, Ben Van Winkle and Amber McClane, will be sharing their musical stylings and art table for the kids. Green Grace will also be hosting a neighborhood plant swap, as well as a tomato-bucket urban gardening initiative and education booth. Dixie Soaps is bringing baby goats for the kids to pet! 

The farmers’ market features fresh local produce, meats, eggs, breads, local honey,  jams & jellies, live plants, arts and crafts, wonderful foods and so much more! All of the farm fresh products at the market are naturally grown, free of pesticides, GMO's and antibiotics!

Market Vendors accept CASH, DEBIT/CREDIT & EBT/SNAP for eligible items. Double SNAP Dollar available every Saturday on EBT/SNAP purchase up to $20.
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

The ravening hordes descended upon the pantry on Wednesday; Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman received 21 visitors and sent them off with food for 65 -- 37 adults and 27 children. This left the shelves as mostly... shelves. Though we pretty much need everything, some things are at dire levels or no levels at all. See below for the list of most-needed items:

  • Canned vegetables of all sorts: green beans, peas, corn, carrots, pinto beans, baked beans. We have little or none of these.
  • peanut butter (3 jars left)
  • canned chicken (large cans for families [1 left] ; small cans with pop-tops for homeless [a few left])
  • hearty chicken and/or beef soups (supplies very low)
  • spaghetti noodles (only a few boxes left)
  • canned fruit (15 oz.) and fruit cups (none left)
  • pudding (none left)
  • granola bars (none left)
  • canned beef stew and chili ( supplies low)
  • boxed mac and cheese (supplies low)
  • beanie weenies (large and small cans)
  • pop tarts (none left)

Thanks to all those who help us keep stocked and able to help, especially in these inflated times. Grace and Belvoir, your generosity is amazing; we and our clients are grateful in the extreme!
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
Egg Hunt Thanks
An eggstra special thanks to Anne Curtis, Polly Curtis, and Allie Davis, who were egg-stuffers

eggstraordinaire! Many thanks also to His Eggsellency Drew Bunting who came in as a deus eggs machina and worked tirelessly along with Messieurs Elijah and Eddie Bunting whose creative ideas made the hunt even more eggciting ! Thank you, too, to Dabney Carden who was eggstravagant with her volunteer time and labor Can’t wait for next year’s Hunt Eggstravaganza and even more eggspresion of our Easter joy! 

Betsy Hawthorne Bedwell
Lost and Found Goods
Here's a line-up of items that have been separated from their owners and would like to get home. Some have been here for a long time -- the shawl draped over the back of the pew is an old friend, and some of the glasses have been here quite a while as well. The fringy handbag, the pink hat, the sunglasses, gloves and prescription glasses, along with the Beat earbuds, are relative newcomers.

If any of these look familiar, please come by the office and claim them. You can call to let us know to keep something out for you during the week (423.243.3257); you can inquire in the bookstore on Sunday morning. Please don't let them languish in loneliness any longer!
Forward Day by Day (New Issue)
The May-July issue of Forward Day by Day has arrived, and will be available here and there throughout the church next Sunday. For those who haven't yet returned to in-person worship, those with transportation problems, or those who simply like to have more than one option, you may avail yourselves of the scanned versions below:

Music Opportunity -- Metropolitan Bells
If handbell music rings your chimes, note that the Metropolitan Bells are offering a concerts in early May at two different venues. See below for the details!

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m., at Grove Level Baptist Church (2802 Cleveland Highway. Dalton, GA)

Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (8645 E. Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga)

Both performances are free and open to the public.
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, April 30th, 2022, is rapidly approaching. If you wish to apply, please make haste to 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

Bishop Sanders' Memorial Service
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.
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 ( 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 Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. 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 Southside Abbey, Chattanooga; St. Mark's, Copperhill, and St. Mary, Webster, SD.

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
Serving on Sunday

At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Amie Brien-Slack, Andy Belcher

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Shane Glover, Susanne Glover; Intercessor, Vivian Dodds; Lead Usher, Renee Tracy Crucifer, Laura Bertrand

Lectionary Readings
Isaiah 41:17-20, Canticle (A Song of Creation), Revelation 22:1-5. Mark 8:16-25

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