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 6, 2021
Last Call for Paul!
David Burman's "Full of Anxiety, Full of Love" class on the writings of Paul conclude this Sunday. Come explore
Paul's thoughts about who Jesus is, what Christian community can be like, and what his writing suggests about women leaders in the church. We'll meet at 9am in the courtyard, and wrap up by 9:30/9:45 before church -- in case of rain or a lot of heat, we can move inside.

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Last Call for Paul!
Sunday Worship
Sunday, August 15
And More about August 15
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Forward Day by Day
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Worship
Sunday School for children: 10 a.m. in the Pavilion. Drop off the offspring as you head in for the 10 a.m. service. They will get a worthy lesson and you will be spared dividing your attention between the service and their yen to rummage through the fountain-algae in search of frogs and other bounties of nature.

Though all worship will be taking place indoors beginning in mid-August, Sunday School will remain in the Pavilion for a time since children are still ineligible for vaccination.

8 a.m. Service -- This service will be held in the Nave (main indoor worship space), as long as the community continues to see a decline in infection rates. We will continue to celebrate Holy Eucharist in one kind (bread only), and the priests will wear masks throughout the service, unless they are preaching or officiating. The windows will be open and fans will be blowing. All in attendance at the 8am service, vaccinated or not, are asked to wear masks.

Before entering the Nave, either from the courtyard, or from the front of the church, you’ll find a station hand sanitizer and extra masks.

10 a.m. Service -- If the weather allows, this service will take place in the courtyard. However, should it be raining harder (or the sun shining hotter) than than the farmers' market tents can deflect, Plan B calls for abandoning the courtyard and moving into the Nave. If we go inside, we do ask that everyone, vaccinated or not, wear masks, so please tuck one into your pocket just in case. We will have some on hand for those don't have them.

We ask that those who are not vaccinated wear masks when in close proximity to others at outdoor worship. Priests will continue to wear masks when distributing communion. We also recommend wearing sunscreen and/or a sunhat for this service.  We will always have some chairs available, but we ask that those who can bring their own chairs do so

Online Worship -- For those who must still be cautious about gathering among flesh-and-blood humanity, the 10 a.m. service will be live-streamed on
Facebook; the bulletin is available HERE.
Next Sunday -- August 15
We plan to be worshipping back in the nave for both the 8am and10:45am services on August 15th (the service will continue to be streamed online for those who are unable to attend or uncomfortable with gathering). Though it will be wonderful to take a step back towards normalcy, we are not yet living in a virus-free world and will ask those who come to the services take precautions.

Masks will be required for all who attend, including children under 12 years of age, as an act of community care (see April's letter at the opening of this newsletter for further details about coping with the current situation). For those who wish to socially distance to a greater degree than the pews in the main part of the nave might permit, additional seating is available in the chapel and in the baptistry. We will continue to hold Sunday morning children's activities outdoors as long as the weather permits. The vestry and rector will continue to monitor CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, especially as they relate to the emergence of COVID variants. 

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 ( or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher ( 
More August 15 Goodies
Besides being back on a pew in an air conditioned Nave, there are other components of the August 15 service to be aware of:

Blessing of the Backpacks -- Grace will mark the beginning of a new school year with a blessing of backpacks and/or briefcases, book-bags, totes, or whatever vessel will aid those pursuing or facilitating education. Students of all ages, along with educators and school staff, are invited to receive a blessing at the 10:45am services.

Changing of the Guard in Children's Ministry -- After many years of serving the children and families of Grace, Maria Hurt is stepping away from her role as Director of Children's ministries. Maria has helped a generation of children to grow in God's love at Grace in her leadership of the Sunday School, nursery and Arts Camp. Fortunately for us, Maria will remain an active member of the Grace community, and we look forward to her continued presence among us in a different capacity. Please join us for a thanksgiving for Maria's ministry at the 10:45am service on Sunday, August 15th.

We are pleased to announce that Betsy Hawthorne Bedwell joins us this week as Director of Children's Ministries. Betsy will begin working alongside Maria this weekend at Arts Camp. Betsy is a native Chattanoogan, a lifelong Episcopalian, and is a third-generation educator. She has been in professional children’s ministry for 12 years and is a Godly Play trainer. Her weekday job is as a preschool programs evaluator for the state of Tennessee. She lives with her husband Eric in Brainerd.
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
Wednesday brought a modest stream of visitors to Grace -- twelve people came and took food for 35 (23 adults and 12 children). Huge thanks to Jim Harris and Vivian Dodds, who took care of our clients during a time when most of our usual volunteers had either gone out of town or been clutched back into the hungry maw of the education system, which for some reason demanded that their teachers return to duty.

The modest demand did not empty our shelves, but it did leave a few areas of sparseness. These include:

* Chef Boyardee Ravioli or similar
* hearty beef and chicken soups
* canned carrots, canned corn
* pop tarts
* saltine crackers

Any donations of the above will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks to all our generous donors, both in the church and in the spectacularly supportive Belvoir neighborhood, who keep us supplied and able to provide aid. You are all saints!
Forward Day by Day
Though the rest of the world seems to be sliding unhappily backward into 2020 territory, you can keep your eyes on the horizon with the new issue of Forward Day by Day, which is now available, You can obtain a printed copy after either service on Sunday (there will be some in the Narthex and some in the courtyard) or by coming by the church during office hours (Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to noon). If you are still hunkered down in light of the Delta variant or unable to get to the church for services or weekday visits, you can avail yourselves of electronic copies, which are available below:

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
Russell, Joyce Smith, Susan Landis, the Smallwood family, Patty Maroney,
Michelle Maroney, Jamie Stone, Amanda Cate, Martha Smith, Sue Sears,
William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen,
Mary Lou Walden, Gerry Jones, Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, Ann Ludwig, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); 
the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, 
 Angela, Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, Charlotte Dorris, 
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, and we give thanks for the birth of Thomas Clark, son of Alice and Will Clark and grandson of Mike and Lisa Revenig, and for the birth of John Michael "Jack" Stahlwood, son of Ali and Mark Stahlwood.
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 Priscilla Jackson, step-daughter of Sue LaGraff, 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: The Church of South India (United)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: Pray for young persons (BCP p. 829) and for stewardship of creation (BCP p. 259).

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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