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The Season After Pentecost
AUGUST 13, 2021
Sunday Changes from April
Dear People of Grace,
 
I had hoped that we would be able to be inside this Sunday, August 15th. Many of us did. However, after conversation with our wardens, vestry members, parish staff and others in our community, I think it wise to remain outdoors, at least for the next few weeks, and especially this Sunday.

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IN THIS ISSUE
Sunday Worship -- Changes from April
Gerry Jones' Funeral
New Adult Class (Aug. 15 and 22)
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Altar Flowers
Directory Change
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Changes (continued)
This Sunday at the 10:45am service, we will be giving thanks for Maria Hurt’s 12 years of ministry as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Grace. We’ll also be blessing backpacks for students and educators as the new school year begins. For both of these events, we would like to make sure that as many children as possible, along with everyone else, can be there. As children now bear a greater share of the COVID risk than they did with previous strains of the virus, it seemed inhospitable to move the 10:45 service outside on this particular Sunday. Parents and guardians of school-aged children are already facing enough difficult decisions as we prepare for another difficult year.
This Sunday, August 15th, we’ll have an indoor service (masks required) at 8am. 
The 10:45 will be held in the courtyard, and at that service, we’ll give thanks for Maria’s ministry among us, bless students, educators and school staff, and enjoy an ice cream social following the service.

This Sunday, activities for kids ages preK-elementary school will be offered at 9:30, with all-ages Sunday School at 10:30. Children will join the rest of the outdoor service for a thanksgiving for Maria, communion and the blessing of the backpacks. Friend of Grace Karla Fowkes will be our guest pianist. 

All are invited to the ice cream social following the 10:45 service. The 10:45 service will be streamed online. [To access the 10:45 a.m. service as it's streamed online, go to Grace's Facebook page; you can find the bulletin HERE].

As the highly contagious Delta variant has filled up hospitals in many parts of the state, as children are now at higher risk, and as we now know that vaccinated individuals can both contract and transmit the Delta variant, the vestry, wardens and I appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate this changing pandemic landscape. 
I have said this before, but it bears repeating. Even though vaccinations are not 100% effective against virus transmission, they still remain our best option for reducing illness and death. These vaccines are safe, accessible, and comprehensively tested. Regions where high numbers of individuals are vaccinated are seeing far fewer COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. It is the best way we have to show love for our neighbors right now, and loving our neighbors is our gospel mandate. If you are eligible to receive a COVID vaccination, but have not yet done so, I urge you to do so as an act of community care. Raising the vaccination rates in Hamilton County is essential to the health of all in our community, and essential to our common life at Grace.
If you have questions or concerns about worship practices, please feel free to contact me (aberends@saygrace.net) or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (belcherandrewr@gmail.com). 
 
Hold fast to what is good.
In Christ,
April
Service for Gerry Jones
A funeral for long-time parishioner Gerry Jones has been scheduled for Saturday, August 14 at 2:30 p.m. The family will greet visitors in the Pavilion from 1 p.m. until time for the funeral; all are invited to a reception in the Undercroft after the service.
New Adult Class -- Sighs Too Deep for Words
This Sunday and next -- August 15 and 22 -- our assistant priest David Burman will lead a short series about what prayer is, and about a couple of different prayer practices. All are invited and welcome!
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
Food Pantry
Last Wednesday’s session brought 13 visitors to the door; they, aided capably by volunteers Dixie Riall, Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman, left with food for 24 adults and 26 children, for a total of 50 mouths fed. Supplying them left a few thin places and even a couple of non-existent places on the shelves; any help you can provide in fattening them or loading them back into existence will be greatly appreciated.
 
Most needed to fill our gaps are:
 
* Spam or similar
* packets of mashed potatoes
* hearty soups -- vegetable, chicken, and/or beef
* spaghetti sauce and noodles (sauce supply is lower than noodle supply)
* granola bars
* canned baked beans
* dog food (small bags of dry food -- we've got none in stock at the moment)
 
Thanks to all in the Grace community and all in the Belvoir neighborhood who so steadfastly keep us well-supplied and able to respond to those who come to us for help. You are the most generous of saints!
Altar Flowers
If you’d like to give Altar Flowers during the rest of this year, please contact the office (423) 243-3257 or dcarden@saygrace.net to sign up for a Sunday. Cost is $77, and all donors need do is provide a dedication and the previously mentioned sum. Because it’s been so long since we’ve had flower donors and so many circumstances have changed, we are deleting all standing orders (unless you’ve been in touch with the office about them already) and beginning from scratch. If you want to establish a standing order, please contact the office.
Directory Change
The Grace Online Directory has migrated to a service called Breeze but can still be accessed via the webpage. Ignore the menu item called "DIRECTORY" and look instead for the one called “BREEZE” at the right end of the menu options that sprawl across the screen near the top. Click on BREEZE and log in; user name is ‘saygrace’ and the password is ‘Chattanooga’. Get in touch with Jim Milburn with any questions and suggestions.
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 David, our Curate; for Sarah and Caroline, our seminarians; 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
 
Mary Cooper, Russell, Susan Landis, Patty Maroney, Michelle Maroney, Jamie Stone, Martha Smith, Sue Sears, William Simpson, Neil Robinson,
Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, Ann Ludwig, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, 
Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, 
Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison,  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 Jessica Pannell, 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 those who have died, especially Gerry Jones, that your will for them may be fulfilled, and that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.
 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for the Anglican Church of South AfricaThe 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: Pray for the All Saints and All Saints Episcopal School, Morristown, and for these South Dakota Churches: St. Elizabeth, Wakpata; St. James, Mobridge; St. John, Bullhead; and St. Paul, Little Eagle.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland,
Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 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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