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 9, 2019
Last Single-Service Sunday!
This Sunday, August 11, will bring the last Sunday 10:00 a.m. liturgy. We resume the two-service Sunday on August 18 (see "Revving Back Up" below for more details about that busy Sunday!).
Last Single-Service of Summer!
Sunday Book Review
Revving Up for New Program Year
David Burman Ordination
Outreach Opportunities
Campbell RoundTable (8-21)
Forum on Aging and Life Management
Conference to Explore Forests & Faith
Dates to Keep in Mind
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Sunday Book Review
This Sunday, Dick McGee will be reporting on the book entitled American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation . This book was published in 2006 by Jon Meacham, who was nurtured into the faith as a student at St. Nicholas School and as a Grace Church Acolyte during the l980’s. He graduated from McCallie, and the University of the South and has followed an acclaimed career as a historian, and scholar of American Presidents.
His book analyzes the lives and times of the 17th Century settlers who arrived in Virginia, and the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and carries the main themes of their politics and religion into the 17th Century to show how they informed the Founding Fathers as they busied themselves with the establishment of a new Republic.
Among the several issues Meacham probes is whether or not America is a Christian Nation. He reports on the efforts made throughout the years to have it declared as such, and describes why they failed. He also relates snippets from the administrations of several presidents to reveal their deep, individual religious lives.
Tom Brokaw praises the book by saying, “Jon Meacham has given us an insightful and eloquent account of the spiritual foundation of the early days of the American Republic. It is especially instructive reading at a time when the nation is at once engaged in and deeply divided on the question of religion and its place in public life.”
Revving Back Up for a New Program Year
To paraphrase God in one of his/her/their/its more memorable exchanges with Samuel, various personages and groups are about to do some things at Grace that will make both ears of anyone who hears it tingle. The quiet of summer endeth; yea, verily, there will soon – August 18 and after, to be precise -- be a boatload of activity. See below to draw the veil and discover the details:
The Return of the Two-Liturgy Sunday This Sunday – August 11 – is the last Sunday of the 10:00 a.m. liturgy. Next week (August 18) will put us back on our traditional schedule of liturgies at 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Adult Ed and Children’s activities will move to 9:30 a.m. to accommodate the adjustment.
Children’s Sunday School Resumes August 18 – We will have a Godly Play lesson at 9:30 with parents and all kids (including the regular 10:45 kids). Children will go for supervised playtime while parents get a chance to discuss the coming year’s activities with April and Maria.
Blessing of the Backpacks August 18, both services . As a new academic year begins, it is meet and right to bless those vessels whose spacious innards keep all the necessary materials at hand as their bearers sprint from class to class. Therefore, students of all ages, along with educators and school staff, are invited to bring their backpacks to whichever service they normally attend, and our clergy will make sure it begins the new year fully equipped to be a beneficent influence during the coming year.
EYC Kick-Off -- Wednesday, August 21 -- If you're a middle schooler or high schooler, or if you know one, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 21 st , in the EYC space on the fourth floor of our office building. That will be the first meeting of the Grace youth group this fall -- it'll last from 6pm to 8pm, and there'll be dinner and games!
Rally Day – Rally Day will come early this year! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 25, on which date we’ll launch into a new program year and celebrate with our traditional picnic on the lawn after the 10:45 a.m. service. Details about food will appear closer to the date; watch your bulletins and the Weekly for details!
Ordination of David Burman
September 4, the Wednesday after Labor Day, brings the ordination of our curate David to the priesthood. The service will be here at Grace at 7:00 p.m., and all are invited to come celebrate this most momentous of occasions!
Outreach Opportunities
Barger Academy Drive Continues -- Thanks to the generosity of church members and the Belvoir Neighborhood Association, Barger Academy now has a wonderful load of teacher supplies as well as shirts, pants, socks and underwear. If you haven't contributed and want to join in, the biggest need is size 4/5, 5/6, 6/7, 7/8, 9/10 in kids’ uniforms.  These can be new or gently used. This is an ongoing drive to keep them stocked. Also, we continue to look for partner organizations to help Barger. If you are shopping and can grab an item off this list, these are the items needed:
·       collared shirts in any solid color or stripes
·       pants/skirts/skorts in solid navy, black, or khaki
·       belts
·       cardigan sweaters
Food Pantry – Another wild and woolly week in the food ministry! As of Thursday around noon, we'd given our allotment of 40 vouchers for the month and also had 17 visitors (representing 45 tummies) ask for and receive pantry-food. So there are some empty places on the shelves! This week, we need the following items:
·       Peanut butter (16 oz. jars) – we’ve got “To Go” cups that may last into the next century (and are grateful for them!), but are getting low on the jars for families or individuals who have homes
·       canned tuna
·        Spam
·        canned hams
·        beef stew and hearty soups
·        canned peas
·       Canned fruits and fruit cups
·       Pinto beans

Family Promise Seeks Furniture -- Family Promise has a family in need of a sofa, two end tables, coffee table, upholstered chair for living room and a dinette set. She does not have room for a large dining room table and chairs in her apartment. If anyone has any of these items that are gently used and willing to donate, please let contact Meg Galloway at or 423.756.3891 x203 .
Joseph Campbell RoundTable (August 21)
The Ecstasy of Being: Mythology and Dance
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019
7 pm, Undercroft at Grace Episcopal
As we sit more in our lives, with computers, driving, entertainment, our need for movement becomes more apparent and more valued. In our next book, The Ecstasy of Being , Campbell turns his mythic eye toward dance and how myth is expressed through movement. It begins with Campbell's relationship with his wife, dancer Jean Erdman.

Presenters for this program are Cathie Kasch, Karen Smith and Nita Johnston. All three are or have been dance instructors locally. We are honored to have their perspective on this art form and its evolution to what we see and experience in dance today.

This month, we are resuming our after-program-program in which we have food, drink and continue the conversation about the program. The Ugly Tree Cafe is three buildings down from Grace beyond Belvoir toward town. We'll check out this convenient location after this month's meeting.
RoundTables are open to the public. There is no charge, though small donations are appreciated which are divided between the Campbell Foundation's RoundTable program and Grace church our local host. Grace is at 20 Belvoir, or the intersection of Belvoir and Brainerd.

Upcoming programs:
Sept. 16  The Inner Reaches of Outer Space with Matt Oehmig
Oct. 21 President for the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Bob Walter. Book: The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work.  
Forum on Aging and Life Management
Thursday, August 22, 2019 , 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown, Chattanooga, TN
If you have aging relatives or are yourself an aging relative, you might benefit from learning about resources that are available and unthought-of areas of life that might need attention as their – or your – days increase. If you missed Grace’s Life Planning team’s presentations last year or can’t wait for the next ones, you might find help at the 3rd Annual Embrace Aging Forum, an event sponsored by Evergreen Advisors Wealth Management Group and the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel that’s been especially designed for baby-boomers, their aging parents, and loved ones. This event connects individuals and families to community resources and the top disruptors in aging. They will share progressive perspectives on aging and countless resources related to all areas of life, such as housing and care, relationships, health and wellness, finances, and legal planning. See below for details:

Featuring Keynote by Marc Freedman,
President & CEO of
National Expert on Aging | Award-winning Social Entrepreneur |
Frequent Media Commentator | Author of Four Books | Wall Street Journal
Named His Newest Book One of the Year's Best on Aging Well 
2019 Session Topics Include:
*Nutrition and Wellness with Live Cooking Demo
*Medicare, Long-term Care, and Disability Benefits Planning
*Tidying up Personal Belongings and Financial Accounts
*Speaking with Loved Ones About End of Life Wishes and Preferences
NEW! Caregiver's Corner
Featuring Free Advance Directives for Health Care, Home Safety Assessments, a Dementia Immersion Experience, Massages, Vitals Checks, Tax Resources, & More!
Over 40 Exhibitors This Year!
Some of these top notch service providers include:
Senior living facilities
Specialized health care providers
Wealth management firms
Trust companies
Home care agencies
Innovative technology companies
Luxury, outdoor, and leisure organizations
Funeral homes & crematory services
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Sewanee Conference to Explore Forests and Faith
Deep Green Faith: Holy Forest Kinship Happens Sept. 6-7, 2019
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology at the University of the South, along with the Center for Religion and the Environment (CRE), will host their first Deep Green Faith Conference to explore the connections between forests and faith. Registration is now open for the event, which will be held on the University’s campus―a certified Tennessee arboretum, with more than 120 different species of trees. The program features keynote speaker Matthew Sleeth, M.D., former physician, carpenter, and author of Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us about the Nature of God and His Love for Us. Other speakers include Karen Kuers, Ph. D., professor of forestry in the department of Earth and Environmental Systems at the University of the South, and Robert Gottfried, Ph.D., professor emeritus of economics and director of the Center for Religion and the Environment at the University of the South.
According to Dr. Sleeth, "The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. When we subtract trees from Scripture, we miss lessons of faith necessary for our growth." From the scientific perspective, Gottfried notes, “new ecological research reveals astonishing levels of communication happening beneath the bark of our forest-based neighbors. What can such science tell us about the nature of forests, their multi-dimensional impacts on humans, and our own relationships with each other and with the ecosystems within which we live?” Beyond those questions, organizers hope attendees will be inspired to go even deeper: “How might a more soulful view of the web of creation affect not only the choices we make,” wonders Sheri D. Kling, executive director of the Beecken Center, “but the way we view our non-human kin?”
To help get attendees in touch with nature, organizers have invited Sewanee local Connie Keetle to be the artist-in-residence and also lead attendees in the spiritual practice of “forest bathing.” Keetle, a nature therapy guide certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, describes her guided walks as “an open invitation to slow down, become fully present in the moment, and listen to the voice of the forest or what voice the forest inspires in you.” Gottfried will draw from his soon-to-be-published book Living in an Icon to lead participants in a nature-based contemplative practice. 
The event begins with an evening lecture on Friday, Sept. 6, and concludes with a closing celebration at the end of the day on Saturday, Sept. 7. In addition to the speakers’ perspectives on the interconnectedness of the earth and its inhabitants, the two days will also offer a focus on embodied spirituality with built-in contemplative experiences and time for networking and community building over meals. For those who have completed the CRE’s Certificate Program in Contemplation and Care for Creation or its other programs, there will be a separate alumni gathering and symposium beginning the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 4.
For more information and to register, visit:
Keep in Mind….
Peer Ministry Retreat for Youth -- On the weekend of September 13-15, there will be a retreat for youth from all Chattanooga area Episcopal churches at Grace Point near Kingston. This will be a peer ministry retreat, so there'll be activities designed to help youth support one another and minister to each other -- and there'll also be time to relax and eat good food! Transportation to Grace Point will be provided, and info about registration is coming soon. For more info contact David Burman, the curate here at Grace:
Dubose Lectures at Sewanee (October 2 & 3, 2019) -- Dr. Emilie Townes will be the School of Theology's 2019 guest lecturer, continuing the three-year series on the theme of racial reconciliation. Full information is available at
C hattanooga Pride -- October 6, 1-8 pm, Ross’ Landing on the Chattanooga Riverfront. Grace will be involved; details as the date gets closer!
Finance Committee (Merritt Room) -- Tuesday, August 13, 5:00 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
Lectors, Ann Watkins, Joy Jones; Intercessor, Dick McGee; Chalice, Jim Milburn, Rosy Milburn; Oblations, Jim and Barbara Harris; Acolytes, Stephen Jones, Jackson Ricketts; Lead Usher, Jim Alverson; Greeter, Laura May; Webcast (Camera, sound), Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone

Lectionary Readings
Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40 (texts can be found at )

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (Hymnal 436); I want to walk as a child of the light (Hymnal 490); This is the hour of banquet and of song (Hymnal 316); Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness (Hymnal 339); O Love that casts out fear (Hymnal 700)
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