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 of Advent
DECEMBER 19, 2020
Advent Adult Class
The last Sunday of Advent is, incredibly, upon us! Take advantage of one last chance to join other Grace adults in their journey towards Christmas at 10:00 to focus on the scripture readings with the aim of improving our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others, and with all of creation. We will use the Episcopal Church’s Way of Love Advent Calendar to help us develop a rule of life that encourages us to pursue daily activities to help us worship, go, learn, pray, bless, turn, and rest.

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Advent Adult Class
Online, In-Person, and Daily Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
**Christmas Eve with Grace**!!
Food Pantry
Advent and Christmas Programs
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Adult Class (continued)
Please download a copy of the Advent Calendar HERE or paste this link into your browser:
Please have it with you for our first meeting.

We hope to see you Sunday. You can access the meeting using the link below.
Online, In-Person and Daily Worship
Online Sunday Worship
Join us for 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.

In-Person Sunday Worship
As the weather looks like it will take a turn for the better, we are planning to hold in-person worship this Sunday, December 13th at 3:30pm. We will meet on the yard just behind the pavilion and the community gardens. In an effort to protect the health of our neighbors, participants must sign up in advance, and we will be limiting the attendance for this service to 30 households. You will receive an email confirming successful registration, and if the service is over capacity at the time you sign up, you will receive priority for next week's service.

Each household unit is asked to keep 12-15 feet distance from your closest neighbor on the lawn. Please wear a mask, and bring your own lawn chair or blanket. If you are unable to bring your own chair, please email David Burman at, and we can arrange to have one available for you. 
Worshipers will receive communion in one kind only (bread). The priests will wear masks and gloves while we distribute communion, and all who receive communion are asked to keep their masks on while communion is being distributed, and then slip their masks off to consume the wafers once you’ve returned to your seats, returning your masks to your faces one you have eaten the bread.
Sign up on the homepage of our website,

Daily Worship
You are also invited to take part in the 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.; see below for the Zoom addresses along with the passwords: 

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: compline
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends is attending to the details of Christmas worship, and will not be holding office hours. In an effort to protect the health of our neighbors, participants must sign up in advance, this week, though please feel free to call or email if you would like to set up a time to speak with her. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1pm-4pm on Wednesday, December 23rd. As always, if you would like to meet for prayer or conversation outside of office hours, our priests would be happy to see you. Contact April ( or David ( to set up an appointment.
Christmas Eve with Grace
In this strange year, we will be offering three very different opportunities to celebrate the feast of Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve, December 24th.

4:00pm, Online Service for the Youngest Among Us
We will gather virtually via Zoom for a brief service for young children and their families. This service will include the telling of the Christmas story, along with carols and prayers for the season. Grandkids are welcome!

7:30pm, Outdoor, In-person Holy Eucharist
We will gather in and around the courtyard for a brief, candlelit service of Holy Eucharist. In an effort to protect the health of our neighbors, worshippers must sign up in advance, please email to confirm your participation. We will have a few folding chairs available for those who need them, but participants are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and position them at least 8 feet from the nearest group of neighbors, and also a candle to light at the end of the service to carry with you as you walk back to the parking lot. Please observe social distancing guidelines. Jesus would not want us spreading germs at his birthday celebration. This service will include music by a socially-distanced vocal ensemble, a brief homily and communion. In the event of rain, we will send out and post an alternative meeting time.

10:30pm Online Service for Christmas Eve
This online service will include a lovely, full and joyful selection of Christmas music. Put on your Christmas jammies, pour yourself a warm beverage, and get ready to belt out some carols with the choir, or simply quietly enjoy this late-night offering.
Food Pantry
The birthday of Jane Austen and Ludwig van Beethoven brought 15 visitors to Grace; they took food for 27 adults and 21 children for a total of 48 fed. Our supplies held up well, but of course there are always some areas that thin out after the day's session. If you are shopping this week, consider picking up some of these items:

* canned chicken
* fruit in larger jars/cans for families
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* hearty soups, chili, beef stew

Blessings in abundance on Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman, who handled the days operations with grace and aplomb. And thanks to all who keep us stocked week after week, church members and neighbors alike. We and our visitors are very grateful!
Advent and Christmas Programs
Taizé Advent Services from Good Shepherd, Lookout Mtn.
Wednesday, December 23 at 7 PM ET from the Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain, TN via Facebook Live. Contemplative candlelight services of Evening Prayer featuring the music of Taizé offered my members of the Good Shepherd Choir with soloists, violin and flute. A brief meditation on the scriptures of the Sundays of Advent will be offered at each service. A feast for the eyes with candles and icons and for the ears with music and word. Join on Facebook here or paste into your browser).

Lessons and Carols from the University of the South
Started in the late 1800’s, this Advent season service is an Anglican tradition celebrated around the world. The service is a mixture of scripture reading and choral arrangements with themes of hope, celebration, and liberation. While we won’t be able to gather in person, members of the Sewanee family will have access to a digital version of the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, adapted for the unprecedented circumstances of this year. Click here to watch the recording of the service (or paste into your browser. into your browser).

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Christmas Message 2020
“Joy to the world! The Lord is come. In your hearts, in your homes, in your lives, prepare him room,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2020.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Donald, our President; Joseph, our president-elect; 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
Randy Dover, the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Nancy Miller, Daniel Parker,
Valorie Lephart, Hayden, David Balling, Edith, Terrie, Alex, Roberta Fish, 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Andrea, Steve Slack, 
Celeste Humphrey, Jim Strickland, Bethann, Angela, Dwight, 
James and Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, Trevor Laymance, Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner, Tom Wolfe,
Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams, Nancy Mapel, Charlotte Dorris, 
Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, J.R. Hicks, Peggy Fugate, 
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 Angela Gregory, 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 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. 

We pray for those who have died, especially Tiffany Sims, cousin of Jane Pickering, 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:  Pray for mission agencies and their ministries throughout the Anglican Communion, including Mothers' Union around the world.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Mark, Copperhill, TN; for Christ Church, Milbank, SD; and St. Mary, Webster, SD.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, John Cox, 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 team leaders are continuing to contact parishioners 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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