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 5, 2020
Advent Adult Class
We will meet at 10:00 each Sunday during Advent 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
Garden & Grounds Work Day
Seraphim Bush/Other Outreach
Food Pantry
Puppy Papers
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
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

Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person on Sunday, December 5th, 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 will be in the courtyard on Tuesday, December 8th from 9am-noon. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1pm-4pm on Friday, December 11th. 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.
Gardens and Grounds Work-Day
FINAL (I promise) Work Day -- Advent Session on Saturday, 12 DECEMBER,
10- noon. Maybe 1 pm, max.  
Work Day goes rain or shine.
Bring masks, wear gloves. At least we'll be close to the dumpster...

-- PREPARE!  We will have our FINAL work event of the year on Saturday 12 December as we clear foreign invasive plants out of Grace's little woodlot next to the Brainerd Road parking lot. We will also plant native trees and shrubs to battle these noxious comers (and comers. And comers.) Consider it an Advent Meditation and a radical act of hope and join us. I mean, we all know we're just sitting around waiting for December to be OVER -- so come on out and get some sunshine. Or, a rain- face-moisturizer.

-- Plus, it's really fun to rip out things that ain't supposed to be there, being misoriented by a continent or two. Get ye hence!

Lisa Lemza
Seraphim Bush & Other Outreach Opportunities
The Seraphim Bush is Grace's alternative to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, dating from a lapse that left us off the SA's list: Donations go to residents of area group homes, a chronically overlooked and under-cared-for group.

To make it simple and safe in this season of pandemic, we are asking parishioners to donate one or more $25 Walmart gift cards. If someone wants to add a little something, all residents could use shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and deodorant. We need 34 Walmart cards. If someone wants to spend more than $25, we ask they get additional Walmart cards in increments of $25. If we get more than 34 cards, we will divide them among the group homes to be a "house" card to benefit all the residents in the house.

All cards and toiletries can be dropped off at the church during "office" hours or during the food pantry hours or at any in-person Sunday services. If someone can't do those times, they can email Tom Carroll (
 or Jerry ( to set a time to meet them at church; the postal office could also be called into service! Gifts don't have to be wrapped but a gift bag would be appreciated. 

All gifts should be at the church by December 20th at the latest.

The Brainerd Food Pantry began operations in October at Brainerd Methodist Church. Cash donations are welcome and are the best way to help them obtain food since they can purchase from the Food Bank at greatly reduced rates. Volunteers are also needed to unpack the delivery from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and pack non-perishable food items on the Tuesday before distribution as well as to provide a variety of help on the day of distribution. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry please contact David Stanislawski at for additional information and to indicate availability. You can find out more about the food pantry on its website: or on its Facebook page:

The Chattanooga Community Kitchen asks Chattanoogans to support the Kitchen's activities by fasting for a meal, a day or a week between September and December and donating the cost to the Community Kitchen.

  • Three nutritious meals a day
  • Shelter from the heat and cold 
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • Clothing, shoes and other personal belongings
  • Permanent, stable housing
  • Job training and placement
  • Foot care services and medical care access
  • Love and human contact

Your gift will help the many hungry, homeless and vulnerable men, women and children in our community.

Food Pantry
The Food Pantry had what passes now for a "slow" day, serving 12 visitors who took food for 29 adults and 11 children, for a total of 40. As usual, we emerged from the day with a few notable thin spots on the shelves; these are the items that will fill in the gaps:

* canned hams (2 left)
* canned tuna (3 or 4 cans left)
* canned fruit/fruit cups
* pudding
* beanie weenies (none left)
* Vienna sausages (a few cans left)

We could also use some masks for adults and children, if anyone would like to donate a few. Grace's quilters sewed what seemed like thousands of them in the first months of the pandemic, but we've given most of those away at this point and are loathe to make further requests of those who have already given us so much of their time and materials. Most of our visitors have them, but there are a few each week who don't, and we'd like to be able to provide some if possible.

We can't thank Grace folks and the Belvoir neighborhood enough for their steadfast support through all these months. Their generosity and constancy are simply incredible, and they have helped a multitude of Brainerd residents fend off some of the worst kinds of misery during a time that seems to have plenty of misery to share. We are grateful and honored to have such wonderful partners in this essential ministry!
The Way of Love, Season 4
The fourth season of The Way of Love, a podcast by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, is now available. You can find the new season at
Papers for Puppies
The Choyces have resumed fostering their intellectual puppies, whose appetite for newspapers is insatitable! Please help these puppies hone their knowledge of current events, comic strips and recipes by bringing whatever papers you're ready to part with to Grace. You may deliver them any Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., or if you are at the church at another time, you may leave them on the pew outside the office. The Choyces and their floors will be very grateful!
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
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 The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury) and The Rt. Rev. Carlos López-Lozano, Bishop of Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for The Church of the Nativity, Ft. Oglethorpe; Christ Church, Chamberlain, SD; and Christ Church, Ft. Thompson, 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
Having taken notes at the Parish Meeting but also having written things too close together, Your Editor apologizes for an error in last week's issue: the departing Vestry members, for whose service we are so grateful, are Vivian Dodds, Tom Makepeace, Wayne Smith and Jim Harris. Phaen Stone, who was mistakenly listed as a departing member, will serve another year (thanks be to God!).
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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