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 13, 2021
Adult Education
Join our Zoom class at 10:00 this Sunday as we conclude our discussion of When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor or Yourself by looking at Practical Strategies for Helping Without Hurting. 
Adult Education
This Week's Worship -- includes Ash Wednesday
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Lenten Series on Creation Care (Sundays at 10 a.m.)
Food Pantry
Obituaries (Landis, Reavis)
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Adult Class (continued)
To prepare for the class please consider answers to the following questions:
1) What factors – historic or contemporary – caused your church to be located where it is? 2) What factors caused you to live in your neighborhood? 3) Do you know of any poor people who live near your church or near the neighborhood you live in? Next week we will begin a series of discussions focused on Creation Theology, so stay tuned. Grab a cup of coffee and join the class this Sunday using the link below.

David Stanislawski
This Week's Worship (which includes Ash Wednesday)
Online Sunday Worship
Join us for Sunday morning worship on our Facebook page and website  (if it's in the mood) 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 Worship for February 14
Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person on February 14th, at 3:30pm. We will meet on the yard just behind the pavilion and the community gardens. In an effort to facilitate contact tracing in the event that it is necessary, we are asking participants to register by sending an email to Dabney Carden at to let us know that you will be attending. In the event of a weather cancellation, we will contact you by e-mail to let you know.

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.

Ash Wednesday
  • Blessings at Grace in the Pavilion from 7:30am-8:30am and 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Online Ash Wednesday service at 7pm

Ash Wednesday will look a bit different this year as we begin the season of Lent. In this pandemic year, it is fitting that our contemplation of our own mortality and “dustiness” take a slightly different shape. This year we’re inviting members of our community of Grace to join people throughout the diocese in meditating on soil and the earth as we enter into this holy season.

Instead of imposing ashes this year, we invite each of you to go outside in the days before Ash Wednesday to collect some soil. Collect enough so that you can see it when it’s sitting on your shelf or table, and enough so that you can hold it in your hands or run your fingers through it. Fill a bowl or jar. Set this jar on your home altar, or in another place where you will see it daily. On Ash Wednesday, our priests, April and David, will offer a blessing of this soil from 7:30-8:30am and from 11:30-12:30pm. Stop by the pavilion, and we will offer a blessing over you and your container of soil to mark Ash Wednesday.

At 7:00pm, join the community of Grace for an online worship service for Ash Wednesday. Have your container of soil with you for that service. We’ll hear a meditation from our Bishop, Brian Cole, enjoy solemn music from the Grace Singers, and offer prayers as we begin these 40 days of fasting and examination as we prepare to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Daily Worship

Grace offers Compline services at 8pm each evening; you can join at this link:

& 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.

or paste this URL into your browser:

Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard for outdoor office hours on Ash Wednesday, February 17th, from 8:30am to 10:30am. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard on Wednesday, February 17th from 12:30 to 3:30pm. 

As always, our priests would be happy to connect with you, either by phone or video call or socially-distanced in person. Feel free to call, text, or email  April ( or David ( to set up a time to meet. 
Lenten Series on Creation Care -- Sundays at 10am
As Christians we are familiar with the idea that acting out of compassion for other people is a good thing, but historically we have had some trouble applying that same compassion to the rest of God's creation. So during Lent this year, we'll build on our experience of soil on Ash Wednesday by asking the question: what does it mean to cultivate compassion and love for places, for the natural world around us? Join us on Sundays during Lent (Feb 21 - March 21) at 10am on zoom. The link is below:
Food Pantry
February 10 brought warmer weather and a solid stream of visitors to the pantry; we had 19 visitors, who took food for 67 people (40 adults and 27 kids). Supplies held up well, but we got thinned out in several areas:

* boxes of mac and cheese
* spaghetti sauce and noodles
* canned hams
* beef stew
* 16-oz. jars of peanut butter
* canned peas
* small cans of fruit
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* Chef Boyardi ravioli or similar

A can or a case – it all helps us help those who are struggling in the vise created by the pandemic and a revved-down economy.

May blessings fall softly and to great depth upon Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley, and Jim Harris, who gracefully took care of every request; on Richard Hyatt, our Belvoir liaison and frequent pantry-volunteer; on Phaen Stone, who aids with transport and shelf-stocking; and on April and Kathryn Barger-Howell and the tireless Anderson, who provide back-up when Richard and Phaen are otherwise occupied on the weekend. The pantry would be in dire straits without their steadfast labors!
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
The annual Lenten school, usually held at St. Paul's, morphs in this pandemic year into a series of online lectures followed by prerecorded Q & A sessions on Wednesday evenings from February 24 through March 24 and will be free of charge. Participants must still register, however; you may do this at or send fill out the form in this BROCHURE and send it to Saint Paul’s (305 W. 7thSt., Chattanooga, TN 37402).

Gardens, Racial Justice and Historical Reckoning
Grace's gardening team notes that we have an opportunity to build a team supporting the maintenance of one of Chattanooga's largest African American cemeteries, Pleasant Garden, abandoned 40 years ago. It is a 22 acre, lightly wooded site on the side of Missionary Ridge, upslope of Shepherd Hills/Ridgeside neighborhood. 1907's lynching victim Ed Johnson is buried there, as is one of the "Scottsboro Boys." It is at 113 Hilldale Dr., Chattanooga, TN, 37411 . See,-85.2491228,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb118918c0eac1dee!8m2!3d35.0328517!4d-85.2491228

Those who are interested in supporting this aspect of racial justice in addressing Chattanooga's historic ignorance of and apathy towards our African American citizens, there is a workshop on site on Saturday, 20 March, taught by the Middle Tennessee Center for Historic Preservation. The workshop is outdoors; masks are required. If you are interested in participating, you must email MITSU's point of contact at this website,

Craig Scholarship
Applications for the Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship, awarded annually to a child of a Grace family to attend St. Nicholas, are due back to the church by April 30, 2021. If you wish to apply, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3250, ext. 2), for an application.
Obituaries (Marty Landis, Eddie Reavis)
An obituary for Marty Landis, long-time Grace parishioner and wife of one of our associate priests, Dick Landis, appeared in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday, February 7. It is duplicated below for any who missed it.

Martha May Fraker Landis - On January 9, 2021, surrounded by love, Marty Landis, 96, left this world to rejoin her loving husband Dick Landis. Throughout her life she played many roles: artist, avid gardener, world traveler, educator, poet, feminist, loving wife and mother, and many more. A deeply spiritual humanist who knew that all people are children of God and siblings to one another, Marty was “ever mindful of the needs of others,” greeting strangers with an open mind (and with a plate of food for the hungry).

She is survived by 2 siblings, Rosalie Rowland of Colorado Springs and William W. Fraker (Jeanette Conner) of Apison; 4 children, Mike (Marcia) of San Jose, CA, Frank (Susan) of Murphy, NC, Kathy Maddux (Ralph), and Tom (Melissa Hoesman) of Chattanooga; 7 grandchildren; 3 greatgrandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends around the globe. They miss and love her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, Marty would prefer donations be made to Chattanooga Room In The Inn, 423-624-6144, or Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, 423-468-4105.
Marty’s children are especially grateful to Janet, Valerie, Jenni, and Kevin of Hearth Hospice for their skillful and compassionate care.

At a time yet to be determined, Marty’s ashes will be interred near her husband’s in the Memorial Garden of Grace Episcopal Church.

Eddie Reavis worked at Grace some years ago in the financial office; she trained Amanda Cate, who used to help out in that office, and Mary Bacon Williams, who still helps out in that office, in the precepts and methods of dealing with collection plate contents, deposits, and other necessary matters.

Edna Reavis passed away peacefully on January 18, 2021 after celebrating her 101st birthday on December 19, 2020.

Her parents, Frank & Marie Zaoralek, immigrated from Czechoslovakia and settled in Baltimore, MD. She was the oldest of 3 girls.

After graduating from High School Edna continued her education by graduating Nursing School. She soon enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during WWII. She was stationed in Brisbane, Australia and served in a hospital. After about 3 years, she met her husband, Dr. Charles Reavis, a Radiologist. Dr. Reavis preceded her in death in 1981.

he continued to live in Chattanooga until she moved to Tallahassee, FL in 1999 to be closer family. She enjoyed playing tennis, listening to classical music, and traveling. She was an avid reader, bird watcher and kept up with current affairs.

She had 3 children, Carolyn, and husband Rudy Leon in St. Augustine, Betty Jean, and husband Peter Romanoff in Great Falls, VA and Charles, and wife Elaine Reavis in Tallahassee along with 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

She was truly a southern lady with grace and poise in every situation. Her legacy will live on in her family's memories. She will be buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN beside her husband on February 12, 2021.
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 George, our assisting priest; 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
Andrea, Ann Ludwig, Joyce Fugini, Cruz LaGraff, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); Vivian Dodds, Patty Maroney, the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, 
Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex,Roberta Fish, Andrea, Steve Slack, 
Celeste Humphrey, Angela, Dwight, James and Barbara Dooley, 
Dwight McMillan, Doris, Rebecca Williams, J.R. Hicks, Charlotte Dorris,
Libby Workman, 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 Ali and Angela, who are 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, 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 Anglican Church of Canada. (The Anglican Communion is beginning 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 HERE.)

In the Diocesan Cycle of PrayerPray for Church of the Good Shepherd, Knoxville, and for Church of the Good Shepherd, Sioux Falls, SD.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Bethann Grace,
Jim Strickland, Trevor Laymance, Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 
Helen Williams, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, 
Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Steven Mosman,
John Woodham, Elaine Harrison,Tom Wolfe, Nancy Mapel, Marcia Magers,
Major McCollough, John Cox, Gayanne Silver, Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, 
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, 
Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Jim Curtis, 
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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