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 5, 2022
School Uniform Swap Saturday
If you are possessed of usable but out-grown or graduated-away-from school uniform clothing, take advantage of the uniform/clothing swap tomorrow in Grace's Pavilion. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., all are invited to drop off school clothes and uniform pieces (mostly solid polo shirts and black, navy, tan pants), kid-sized white or black t-shirts and small-sized belts. Bring what you can't use and rummage for what you need!

Clothes brought in to swap/donate must be clean and serviceable. Leftovers will be dropped at area schools for their own clothes closets. 

Note: This is a ONE-DAY Event.
School Uniform Swap Saturday 8-6
Sunday Worship with COVID Update
The Blessing of the Backpacks (8-14)
School Supply Outreach
Forward Day by Day -- New Issue
Grace Dramatists -- Last Chance!
Food Pantry
Children's News -- Arts Camp Thanks
Note from the Treasurer
Daily Worship
Grace Point Day (August 13)
God Made You Fabulous Shirts
Keep in Mind (Keycard Reader;
Brainerd Market)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
School Supply Outreach
School Supplies -- Deadline is Sunday!

Red alert! Red alert! The deadline for contributing to GreenGrace's school-outreach is THIS SUNDAY -- August 7! Goods needed are listed below. You may deposit your goods on top of the impressively-burgeoning pile in the Narthex.

  • Pencils
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Crayola Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Folders
  • Glue sticks
Change of Venue for Sunday School/Children's Chapel 8-7
In light of Hamilton County's high COVID transmission rate, Sunday School and Children's Chapel will take place in the Pavilion this week.
Sunday Worship (with COVID Update)
Grace will host its last worship service on the summer schedule this week with the single service at 10:00 a.m.; next week (August 14), we will return to our 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.

Though the CDC has Hamilton County in the yellow zone in viral transmission -- an improvement over red but still a matter of concern -- local medical officials have noted in the Times Free Press that the virus in its BA5 incarnation is transmitting quite vigorously in the area. Hospitalizations are up, though not 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.
The Blessing of the Backpacks (August 14)
The monkey grass is blooming, and the song of the cicadas has reached roughly the volume of a 747 during take-off, and there are piles of notebooks, crayons and hand-sanitizer in the Narthex: all the omens indicate that the start of school is at hand! So therefore is the annual Blessing of the Backpacks, through which Grace sends its students and teachers of all levels and ages back to class with a special blessing for the renewed quest for education. 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!
Food Pantry
The pantry had a quieter day this week, with volunteers Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman receiving 25 visitors and sending them home with food for 90 (52 adults and 39 children). Equipping them still did a number on the pantry; we aren't quite as empty as last week but still have vast windswept vistas of empty dunes and dry oases.

Most needed this week are:

* Spaghetti noodles (a few lonely boxes left)
* spaghetti sauce (zip left)
* Spam (none left)
* canned chicken (a trembling huddle remaining)
* canned tuna (ditto)
* hearty soups (beef, 1; chicken, several) 
* baked beans (3 left); pinto beans (none left)
* canned fruit (15 oz. cans preferred) (none left)
* boxes of mac and cheese
* pudding cups 
* beanie weenies

We are also in need of your used-but-clean plastic grocery bags. We were given a large supply of reusable fabric bags earlier this year, but, having exhausted them and facing high traffic in the pantry, we need to replenish our hoard of the faithful Walmart, Food Lion, and Food City bags.

Another collection that needs beefing up is that of travel-size toiletry items, so if any of you who soaps, shampoos, razors, deodorants and toothpaste/toothbrushes languishing unused in a drawer or cabinet, we would gladly receive them.

We heap much gratitude upon all in the church and the Belvoir community whose constancy and generosity keep us able to help the folks who come to the door. You are all great blessings in hard times!
Children's News -- Arts Camp Thanks
Thanks so much for your support of Arts Camp '22! A grand and glorious time was had by all! We sculpted, painted, cooked, danced, wove, acted, and played! Many thanks to volunteer teachers Kathryn Barger-Howell, Stacy Alverson, Maria Hurt, and Susan Blalock. Many thanks are also due to David Stanislawski, Vivian Dodds, (who came every day all day!) and to Stephanie Hardin and Carrie Lawson. We owe thanks to our youth also for acting as counselors and teaching assistants: Ben Alverson, Kaia Nolan, Ash Stanislawski, Hannah Hardin, and Thomas Hardin. Other amazing teachers were Melissa Quintrell, Heather Linke, Stacey Nolan, and Heather Shaw. If your camper still needs project pick-up, I will be in touch via email (ceramics pieces are still being fired). Thank you again so much to everyone for helping all of our children find their place at God’s table! 
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
Grace Point Day
With the weather hot, school about to start, and vacation time running out, this is the ideal time to grab a bit of R and R by participating in Grace Point Day on Saturday, August 13, when all Episcopalians of the Diocese of East Tennessee are invited to Grace Point Camp to eat, play and re-create some balance as summer leisure grows more scarce.

The hours of festivity are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throw your family, your swim pants and your sun screen into the car and head for Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center, 300 Chamberlain Cove Rd., Kingston, TN. Food will be provided. Activities will range from splashing in the pool, hiking on Grace Point’s 280 acres, kayaking to the eagle’s nest, arts and crafts in the art barn, and of course sitting around with a glass of lemonade and hobnobbing with current and future friends. Lunch and drinks will be provided. For directions and more information, visit .
God Made You Fabulous Shirts
The Diocese has replenished their supply of "God Made You Fabulous" t-shirts and are now shipping them. You can visit the diocesan homepage to find the link or head here to order. They ask a minimum donation of $20.
Keep in Mind
Keycard Reader Still on the Disabled List

Alas, the keycard reader on the front door of the church is catatonic and unresponsive to key-swipes, pleas, and invective. Diagnosticians have opined that the problem is not the pad but a disabled connection; tests, scans and embarrassing examinations are doubtless in its future. Further updates to come.

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
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, 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,  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 the mission of the church (BCP p. 816) and for travelers (BCP p. 831).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in the Province of the West Indies. 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 10:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Dick McGee, Allison Davis; Intercessor, Janet McCollough; Crucifer, Allison Davis; Gospeler, Ashley Birdsall; Lead Usher, Linda Wideman

Lectionary Readings
Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16;
Luke 12:32-40
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