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
DECEMBER 26, 2020
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.

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Online, In-Person, and Daily Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Food Pantry Needs
2020 Charitable Donations Changes
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Worship (continued)
In-Person Sunday Worship
After a Christmas almost cold enough to safely store the new Pfizer vaccine, Sunday, December 27 looks nearly balmy -- 51 degrees predicted! Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person on 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 will arrange to have one available for you.

Because the website is currently in a mood, please sign up by e-mailing Dabney at

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 will be in the courtyard on Tuesday, December 29th from 2pm-4pm. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard from 2pm-4pm on Saturday, January 2nd. 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.
Food Pantry Needs
Wednesday, December 23, brought 13 visitors to Grace's pantry; they took food for 24 adults and 24 children, for a total of 48 mouths fed.

Thanks to copious donations from the Belvoir neighborhood and Grace parishioners, our supplies are remarkably good; we do, however (you knew there'd be a 'however'!) need some supplements of these items:

* canned vegetables (carrots, pinto beans, baked beans, green beans, peas)
* spaghetti sauce

Blessings on all who donate so generously and keep us able to help our neighbors! We remain in awe of the steady stream of donations.
2020 Charitable Deduction Changes
Earlier this year, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Following are three items from that Act that may affect charitable giving this year:

New charitable deduction for taxpayers who do not itemize. Beginning in 2020, individuals can deduct $300 in charitable contributions from their gross income even if they do not itemize deductions. Donations must be made in cash to a charity. Gifts of appreciated securities, and gifts to a donor advised fund or supporting organization, do not qualify.

No cap on charitable deductions for taxpayers who do itemize. Donors who itemize their deductions can usually deduct cash contributions up to 60% of their adjusted gross income. For 2020, that cap is lifted, and donors contributing cash to charity may deduct up to 100% of their income, a significant tax savings for anyone able to contribute larger amounts. Again, this is only for gifts of cash, and only for gifts made directly to a charity (not to donor-advised funds or supporting organizations).

No required minimum distributions, but qualified charitable distributions still possible. The CARES Act eliminates required minimum distributions (RMDs) from many retirement plans in 2020. Some donors have been using their RMDs for tax-advantaged charitable gifts by making a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) directly to a charity. Under the CARES Act it is still possible for donors who are 70 1/2 or over to contribute up to $100,000 directly to a charity without paying tax on the distribution.

The CARES Act is a complex law. Donors should always consult with their own professional advisors before making a gift.

Richard Hyatt
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 Christians in other denominations and the work of the ecumenical movement; for His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome; His All Holiness Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches; for Bishop Ivan M. Abrahams, General Secretary World Methodist Council; and for The Reverend Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Mary the Virgin, Jonesborough, and St. Columba, Bristol, TN; and for Holy Innocents, Parmelee, 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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