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 15, 2020
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Revs. April Berends and David Burman will be at Grace for outdoor office hours this week.  April will be in the courtyard (the pavilion if it’s raining (from 9am to noon on Tuesday, August 18th, and David will be in the pavilion from 1pm-4:30pm on Wednesday, August 19th.  Wear a mask, and stop by for conversation or a prayer. You may also email either of the priests to set up a time to talk (April's e-mail is; David's is
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Sunday and Daily Online Liturgies
Christian Formation
Virtual Coffee Hour on August 23
Food Pantry
Craig Scholarship Awarded
Thoughts from the Bishop on Life Together
Repairing the Breach (8-27 Webinar)
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Sunday and Daily Liturgies
As we continue to be stand-offish in the service of protecting each other's health, you can take advantage of Grace's cyber-services, guaranteed to be virus-free! You can access Sunday morning worship on our Facebook page and website  at 9am and again at 10:45am.  Bulletins for each week’s service will be sent along with the Grace Notes weekend issue, and will be posted on the website alongside the video for the service. If you miss the 9am or 10:45am video streams, you can always go back and watch later. You can access the bulletin for this Sunday here.

nearly-daily services of Morning Prayer and Compline that our curate, David, is offering. Available every day (except Sundays) via Zoom, Morning Prayer begins at 9:00 a.m., and Compline at 8:00 p.m.; in order to dodge trolls who are tired of lurking under bridges and hunger for folks to harass, you will need to use the passwords below along with the Zoom addresses: 

Please note that there is a new link/URL for daily Morning Prayer. To  find Morning Prayer each day except Sundays at 9:00 a.m., click the link below

or paste this URL into your browser:

Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer

To get onto Compline everyday at 8pm, click this link: 

& the password is:

Not only to get the support and comfort of the prayers and readings, but also the Zoom-presence of some of your favorite Grace folks. All are welcome!
Christian Formation
Study on Antiracism continues next week, Sundays at 10am 
On Sunday, July 5th, we’ll begin a community-wide conversation on antiracism. The primary text for this discussion group will be I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Brown’s memoir of growing up Black, Christian and female in majority-White schools and churches describes her experience of finding her way amidst the racial divide in this country. Brown offers insightful and personal analysis of White Christianity and the church’s attempts at seeking racial justice. 
A limited number of copies of I’m Still Here are available through the Grace Bookstore. Contact Dabney Carden at to reserve a copy (cost is $19, which included tax). This class will meet via Zoom, and we’ll send out the link to access sessions in next week’s GraceNotes and on our Facebook page. For more information, contact David Burman (dburman@saygrace.netor April Berends ( 

To attend the class, at 10 a.m. on Sundays, click here:

or, should that not work for some reason, cut and paste this URL into your browser:

You’ll find a growing list of anti-racism resources at 

The Rev. Claire Brown, associate rector at St. Paul’s, Chattanooga recently offered a webinar on dismantling racism.  You can view the video here.
Virtual Coffee Hour Next Sunday (August 23)
Join us at 10am for a chance to share fellowship and conversation with members of the community of Grace next Sunday, August 23rdat 10am.  We will send out info for the Zoom call in next week’s Grace Notes.
Food Pantry
This week brought what passes for a slow day at the pantry – we had only ten visitors but still dispatched food for 32 -- 21 adults and 11 children. And though we were still decently supplied at the end of the day, there are still a few areas that need bolstering:

* canned corn and green beans
* beanie weenies
* pudding
* peanut butter in smaller jars (12-16 oz.)
* cat food (dry or cans)
* canned chicken

We remain deeply indebted to our stalwart volunteers, who manage the operation with equal measures of calmness, efficiency, and compassion. Kudos and bows-from-the-waist to Gail Dooley, Linda Wideman, Jim Harris and Richard Hyatt, without whom we would have pulled out the last of our hair and climbed high in a tree to remain until the end of days. They are saints!
Craig Scholarship Awarded
We are very pleased to announce that the Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship (An educational scholarship for Grace Episcopal Church children who are attending St. Nicholas School) for the 2020-2021 school year has been awarded to Eleanor and Helen Bertrand, daughters of Jeff and Laura. Congratulations!

The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship at Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN., was established in 1991 through a generous endowment from Dr. Robert Craig. 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.

Richard Hyatt
Thoughts from the Bishop on Life Together
In the latest Reconciling Thoughts, Bishop Brian calls us to explore our faith in the growing Christ in reading A Life Together: Wisdom of Community from the Christian East by Bishop Seraphim Sigrist.

In a brief but interesting talk, he cites ideas from the book such as seeing our faith not as an heirloom to be preserved but as a space to be explored, and to look beyond the limitations of our beleaguered present to “seek the Christ that is growing.” 

You can see the video at

Repairing the Breach between the Police and the Community
What You and the Police Need to Know

Thursday, August 27, 1:00-4:00 PM

The Absalom Jones Center in Atlanta, Georgia is sponsoring this upcoming webinar with the hope that participants will bring back positive steps to their communities in advancing the conversation and the constructive work around policing. Bishop Brian is hoping that East Tennessee Episcopalians will join in this webinar, especially those with backgrounds in law enforcement. 

If you have an interest in participating, please contact Brother Andrew, or 865-966-2110, by August 13th so we can know that a delegation of East Tennesseans will join in this conversation as we re-imagine policing and public safety. Together, we all help build the Beloved Community.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Donald, 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 George, our assisting priest; for Keith, 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

James and Barbara Dooley, Don and Ann Ludwig, Dwight McMillan, Jim Munro, Trevor Laymance, Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner, Chuck and Jason, Tom Wolfe, Jane Williams, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 
Helen Williams, Nancy Mapel, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate,
Rebecca Williams, Tessa Spaulding, J.R. Hicks, Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, Peggy Fugate, Jean Lorren, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones,
Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Jonathan Purple, Steven Mosman, John Woodham, Libby Workman, Elaine Harrison, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison, Joyce Smith, Jim May, Mary Ruth Clinton, 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 Janine Revenig, who is with child. We give thanks for the safe arrival of Quinn Baker, daughter of Kerry Baker, who was born last week.
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 who are developing programs and policies to deal with the current public health threat; for those who are treating the sick, stocking shelves, transporting supplies, suffering from illness, coping with new life-patterns and finding ways to keep anxiety at bay for themselves and others. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Pray for the Scottish Episcopal Church and The Most Rev. Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Diocese of Tennessee, the Diocese of West Tennessee and the Laymen of the Three Dioceses in Tennessee.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
John Cox, John and Cherry Stewart, Gayanne Silver, Garvin Colburn, 
Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, Marty Landis, Dexter and Helen Williams, 
Cheryl McCurry, Ethel Rutledge, Carolyn Minnich, Lanie Lundgrin, Terri Harvey, 
Sue Sears, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, Jeannie and Andy Williams, Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, Brad and Kimberly Calhoun, Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Jim Curtis, Hal and Sue, Michelle Maroney, 
Jessica Ricketts
Community Care in Anxious Times
Our Grace check-in teams are continuing to check on households. Team leaders for each check-in group are contacting you via phone, text and/ or email. Please take a moment to pick up or write back to let them know if you’re okay and/or if you need help, pastorally or physically. The leaders of these groups will be in close communication with our priests and our network of volunteers. If you are a new member of Grace and we do not have your information in the directory, please fill out the New Member form here and let us know if you would like to be added to a check-in group. If you have an urgent pastoral need, please call the parish office at (423)243-3250 and leave a message on the main line. We will be checking these messages regularly even if we aren’t in the office.
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