Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
The Season after Pentecost
August 12, 2022
Fall Schedule Begins 8-14
Sunday mornings will be livelier at Grace beginning this weekend: our traditional two-service Sundays return on August 14! Our larks are invited to resume their 8 a.m. worship, and our less larkish/more owlish can set their alarms a bit later to make a timely arrival for the 10:45 a.m. service. Adult education will move back to its 9:30 a.m. time-slot. Children's programming will follow this schedule: Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. (ages K-5th); Children’s Chapel (K-5th): 10:45 through the end of the 10:45: a.m. service. The nursery/preschool class is for ages birth-4 and runs from 9:30 a.m. through the end of the 10:45 a.m. service.
Fall Schedule Begins (8-14)
Adult Class on Sunday
The Blessing of the Backpacks (8-14)
Sunday Worship with COVID Update
Family Promise
Front Door Keypad is Functional!
Food Pantry
School Supplies and Uniform Update
Note from the Treasurer
Daily Worship
Keep in Mind (Brainerd Market)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Adult Class on Sunday
This Sunday, the Adult Class welcomes Jim Milburn, who will review Wonder Drug – 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine for Yourself by Stephen Trzeciak, M.D. and Anthony Mazzarelli, M.D. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m., and coffee will be available in the kitchen before the class starts.
The Blessing of the Backpacks (August 14)
Students of all ages, teachers, tutors and others who are educationally-oriented are invited to take part in the annual Blessing of the Backpacks, through which Grace sends those focused on learning back to class with a special blessing for the renewed quest for enlightenment and edification. The blessing will take place on Sunday, August 14, after the 10:45 a.m. service; because of still-lively COVID activity in our area, the ceremony will take place in the Pavilion. All involved in educational pursuits are welcome!
Sunday Worship (with COVID Update)
As you have doubtless seen above, Grace returns this week to its traditional pattern of two services, one at 8 a.m. and the other at 10:45 a.m. Those who are not able to join us in the flesh are invited to take part in either the live-stream feed or the recording of the service, both available through our Facebook page. You can find the bulletin for the service HERE.

Apparently inhabitants of Hamilton County celebrated last week's lessening of COVID transmission levels from red to yellow by going out and breathing on everyone in their paths, thus sending the level back up to RED this week. Hospitalizations are up, though not yet to the point of overload. The use of masks for indoor public gatherings is encouraged, especially for those with pre-existing conditions and immune deficiencies.

Grace is not currently requiring masks, but we want everyone to be aware of the current situation and thus be equipped to make informed decisions.
Family Promise -- A Different Kind of Aid
Family Promise is almost ready to begin hosting families in the facilities they’ve built on their campus; they plan to open on September 11. Grace’s assigned week, however, is the week BEFORE that, September 4-10. They suggest either monetary gifts or channeling the money that would have been spent preparing or purchasing dinner for the families into gift cards to Walmart and Big Lots; either of these options will help with stocking the shelves at the shelter and day center, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms. You may write checks to Grace with “Family Promise” in the subject line or place gift cards in the alms-bags during the offertory. 
Front Door Keypad is Functional!
After languishing in lameness for several weeks, the front door keypad has received treatment and is once again working properly (insert fervent prayers of thanksgiving). You may now come into our courts with praise and also without having to troupe around the building seeking an active keypad. Hallelujah!
Food Pantry
Amphibious volunteers Vivian Dodds and Dixie Riall put on their water-wings and fielded 25 pantry visitors last Wednesday and sent them home with food for 105 -- 55 adults and 50 children. Amazingly, there are still a few things on the pantry shelves; however, we of course still need a good number of things. Of course!

They are:

* canned fruit (15 oz. preferred) (2 cans left)
* soups (chicken, beef) -- very low supply
* beanie weenies (dispirited huddle of cans left)
* Vienna sausages (less dispirited than the beanie weenies but sinking)
* Spam or similar
* canned chicken
* spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles

Thanks in copious measures to Grace parishioners and to the good Belvoir folks for all their support. We are very grateful for your generous and constant support -- few churches are lucky enough to have such folks at their backs.
School Supplies and Uniform Drive Update
The results of the Green Grace Chattanooga Environmental Action Team supply and uniform drive are in video posted earlier this week on both our church and GreenGrace Chattanooga Facebook pages: Grace Episcopal Public Group at, and GreenGrace Chattanooga private group at We recieved an astonishing amount of supplies from both out church and our Belvoir neighbors.

All school supplies and uniform items were delivered Tuesday, 9 August, to Barger Academy, Woodmore Elementary, and Orchard Knob Elementary. Dalewood Middle and Brainerd High received suitable 'older' packages; although Dalewood & Brainerd did receive colored pencils and markers, naturally all of the nearly 100 (!) boxes of crayons -- as well as all the glue sticks -- went to the elementary schools.

It was so fun and thoroughly appreciated, even as busy as the teachers were the day before the kids arrived!

We think we can get other neighborhood associations involved next year, and ramp this drive up. Because, as I told the workers at each school, "Please, please tell these children that people they do not know and will never meet love them from afar."

Lisa Lemza
A Note from the Treasurer
During the summer months, many of us enjoy time away from work and other activities. Please remember that our church continues to serve parish needs as well as those of the larger community. If you have your pledge set for automatic payment, thank you! If not, please remember that our overhead expenses continue through the summer and we are in need of your support. The June financials showed us a bit under budget for pledged support and we would love to end the summer closer to our projected numbers. Remember, you can give online at

Thank you so much.

Nan Fortiner, Treasurer
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
Keep in Mind
Brainerd Market (Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Brainerd Road parking lot)

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.
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
Jenny Hullander, Anne Curtis, Diana Spaulding, Valorie Lephart, Joyce Ivey,
Barbara Dooley, Dakota Hullander, Dexter Williams and Helen Williams,
Barbara Reed, Darlene, Angela Woodlee, Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey,
Hannah Brewer, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney, Bill Clark,
Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Scott, Julia, Martha Smith,
Sue Sears, Amy, William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, the Brown family, Reba, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  
Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams,  Jim May, and Ann Swint; 

We pray for Wil Mabry, Jake Dorris, Kevin Kelley, 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 Megan Stone, who is with child.
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.

We pray for all victims of violence, that they may dwell in the light of God's love forever. Let our prayers propel us to action. Take our hearts of stone and make them hearts of flesh. 

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for schools and colleges (BCP p. 824).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Extra-Provincial Churches. 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.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Mary Lou Walden, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick,
Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  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, 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: Lector, George Reed, III;
Crucifer, Stephen Jones

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Paul Thomas, Jim Harris; Intercessor, Judy Burnett; Crucifer, Jim Harris;
Lead Usher, Jim Alverson

Lectionary Readings
Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56
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