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 the Epiphany
FEBRUARY 11, 2022
Inquirers' Class Begins
(Sundays and Thursdays)
Inquirers' class/Episcopal 101 begins this Week (Sundays or Thursdays)
 
Beginning this Sunday, February 13th at 9:30am (in the Merritt Room) and 6:30pm on Thursday, February 17th  (via Zoom), all who are interested in baptism, confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation are invited to explore church tradition, history and our place in the Episcopal faith through Inquirers’ classes. Led by Lay Catechist Laura Bertrand, Rev. April and our seminarians, this class will be a space for exploring questions about belief and practice within the Episcopal Church, as well as the life of faith in general. 
 

IN THIS ISSUE
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101
Soup-er Bowl Sunday!
Worship on Sunday
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Craig Scholarship
Food Pantry
Safeguarding Your Donations
Evensong by Schola Cantorum 2-13
Daily Worship
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Inquirers' Class/ Episcopal 101 (continued)
We have decided to offer two options for participants, both to accommodate folks who have commitments (like choir) on Sunday mornings, and to offer an online options for those who aren’t comfortable meeting in-person. In any given week, participants should try to attend one session, not both, so either Sunday morning (in-person) or Thursday evenings (online). Visit this link to attend the 
 
(While registration is not required, we would love to know you're coming!). Please contact Laura Bertrand for more information (laura@laurabertrand.com). 
Soup-er Bowl Sunday!
While the Rams and the Bengals butt heads and claw their way towards gridiron history in this year's Super Bowl, Grace invites you put some actual Soup into this Sunday and help us provide for neighbors who are in a constant fight against hunger. Please purchase one (or several!) cans of soup -- hearty soups preferred, and please avoid "cream of" soups, since many of our families don't have milk -- bring them to church on Sunday and place them in the pantry baskets, which will return to the aisles in the Nave this week to make donation easy. 

Our own "Soup-er Bowl" record was over 300 cans of soup -- let's see if we can top that! And whichever team ends up on top this year, we can be certain that our pantry visitors are the real winners.
Worship on Sunday
For the safety of the community, we encourage all to take advantage of vaccinations and boosters, and we ask that all who attend either service or any indoor activity wear masks. The 10:45 a.m. service will be streamed online for those who are unable to attend. You can access the service at Grace's Facebook page, and you can find the bulletin for that service HERE.

If you have questions or concerns about worship practices, please feel free to contact April (aberends@saygrace.net) or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (belcherandrewr@gmail.com).
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
The ever-popular and spiritually enriching Thorne Sparkman School of Religion at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, is returning for its 49th annual session. This year features "Faith and the Environment" with speakers ranging from Dr. Andy Thompson, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, School of Theology, University of the South, to the Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith.

Ticket pricing options include pricing for regular admission ($30), student admission ($20), dinner options for adults and children, and optional free childcare. The soup-supper preceding the lectures is $30 for all five weeks (adult price).

Masks will be required for the safety of all who participate.

This year's lecturers are:

March 9 -- The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith
March 16 -- Sister Madeline Mary, Prioress of St. Mary's Convent
March 23 -- Dr. Andy Thompson, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at the University of the South's School of Theology
March 30 -- The Rev. Dr. Leah Schrade, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, KY. ordained 2000 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a climate activist and eco-preacher.
April 6 -- Dr. Sandy Kurtz, environmental educator and activist

For more details on the speakers, click HERE.

Each evening begins with an organ meditation at 5:15 p.m., followed by supper at 5:45. The lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is currently open.

Click HERE for more information or to register.
Craig Scholarship Application Time!
The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship at Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN., was established in 1991 through a generous endowment from Dr. Robert Craig. for Grace Episcopal Church children who attend St. Nicholas School. The Craig family, long-standing and faithful members of Grace Church, have always been devoted to education and especially to St. Nicholas School. This scholarship will continue their support and legacy in perpetuity by assisting our own youth in that endeavor.

The application deadline is April 30th, 2022. If you wish to apply, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3250, ext. 2), for an application. 
Food Pantry
This week, volunteers Dixie Riall and David Stanislawski (and the church staff, who fielded several late-comers) fielded 12 visitors, who took food for 38 -- 21 adults and 17 children. Supplies are overall in good shape, and of course we've asked everyone to bring soup for our annual "Soup-er Bowl" collection. Should you find, however, that your fellow parishioners have purchased all the available soup, please feel free to chose alternatives from this list:

  • beanie weenies
  • pudding cups
  • spaghetti noodles and sauce
  • peanut butter (16-oz. jars preferred)
  • Chef Boyardee pastas or similar

Thanks to all of you who so steadfastly bring goods week after week to help the folks in our community whose lives, always hard, have been made even more difficult by pandemic illness, job loss, and other woes. Your generosity is alleviating a great deal of suffering, and we and those who ask us for help are very grateful.
Safeguarding Donations via P.O. Box
Grace continues to have problems with mail sent to the church’s Belvoir Avenue address; last week, someone apparently took a piece of mail from box – likely a check from a bank or financial institution, judging from the open envelope left on the ground – and spirited it away, leaving no clues as to whose money or what bank or brokerage house was involved. Since the computer-generated checks are apparently quite easy to alter, please make sure than any check coming to Grace from your bank or other financial institution is sent to the PO box address. You may be able to make this change online, or you may need to call, but please make the effort to ensure that these donations reach the church and are not funneled into other hands.
 
Generally, it is safer to send ANY dispatch containing contributions – checks, gold Krugerrands, Bitcoin passwords, and your granny’s love- letters from Teddy Roosevelt – to the PO box. If the address isn’t one that pops up readily from your memory, it is in the bulletin announcements each week, and we will make sure it appears regularly in Grace Notes Weekly as well. It is also included below for your convenience:
 
Grace Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 80954
Chattanooga, TN 37414
Evensong by Schola Cantorum at St. Paul's
On Sunday, February 13, the Schola Cantorum of the School of Theology of the University of the South, led by Kenneth Miller, will sing choral evensong at 5 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (305 West Seventh Street, Chattanooga). Music includes works by David Hogan, Philip Moore, and Undine Smith Moore. A freewill offering will be taken to support the choir's upcoming residencies at St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, and Westminster Abbey, London in July. The Schola Cantorum is the first Episcopal seminary choir in US history to receive such an invitation; while in the UK, they will sing 15 services in 14 days. Donations may also be made to their pilgrimage at schola.sewanee.edu.
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
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
 
Jamie Stone, Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey, Glyn Melnyk, Hannah Brewer,
Lee Moore, Valorie Lephart, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney,
Bill Clark, Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Tony Hill, Jennifer, Scott, Julia, Tony, Mary Cooper, Martha Smith, Sue Sears,
William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen,
Mary Lou Walden, Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, the Brown family, Reba, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, 
J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, 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 Emily, 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 the people of Haiti as they recover from the earthquake, and for the people of Afghanistan during political upheaval.
 
We pray for those who have died, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Nippon Sei Ko Kai. 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: St. Martin's and St. Martin's Pre-school, Chattanooga; St. James, Enemy Swim, SD. .

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland,
Michael Conner,  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
Serving on Sunday

At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Amie Brien-Slack, Andy Belcher; Intercessor, George Reed, III; Crucifer, Stephen Jones

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Celeste Humphrey, Connie Parker; Intercessor, Dick McGee; Crucifer, Phaen Stone

Lectionary Readings
Jeremiah 17: 5-10, Psalm 1, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 6:17-26
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