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FEBRUARY 14, 2020
What roles might hospitality and invitation play in our lives as Christians? David Burman will lead the first of two conversations on this question and introduce Invite/Welcome/Connect, a ministry that we will launch later this year at Grace to build on the good work we are already doing in this area. We'll meet at 9:30am in the Merritt Room on Sunday, February 16 th and 23 rd . All are welcome!
Gardens& Grounds Planning Potluck
Shoe Boxes Needed for Feb. 22 Camp
Inquirers' Class
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Thorne Sparkman Dinner Volunteers
Mardi Gras and Lenten Matters
Summer Arts Camps
Food Ministry Needs
February Musical Opportunities
Joseph Campbell RoundTable (2-17)
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Gardens & Grounds
Come one, come all to Sunday's Pot Luck & and Grounds Quasi- Official Planning Session. All are invited; you do not have to 'earn' attendance through consistent attendance at work days/sessions, or any work at all. This is to thank grounds workers old, new, occasional, retired, and 'I thought about it once.' Also, anyone interested in Grace's nascent Green Grace environmental issues/activism team.
What:  see above
Who:  the Usual Suspects, active, occasional, and alumnae grounds-tenders and those interested in bringing the voice of believers into the environmental crisis.
Where:  560 North Crest Rd. Car pooling advised.
When:   5:00 pm Gather, 6:00 pm Eat, Meet and Plan after we're full.
How:  Park, as usual, up on the sidewalk DOWN THE HILL on North Crest from my house. We can stuff a few folks in the side of the driveway.
Why: it's February, and we need a lift. And, plans for 2020. I may or may not get the pine straw out to cover the dogs' depredations.
Shoe Boxes Needed for Mardi Gras Camp
The children's department needs shoe boxes with detached lids for February 22 activity. If anyone has some to spare, please drop off at the office between now and Saturday the 22. 
Inquirers' Classes to Begin March 1
On Sunday, March 1, Sean McEwen will begin a new series of Inquirers’ classes for those interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church. The first session (March 1, 9:30 a.m. in the Undercroft) will be an introductory session; classes will continue each Sunday morning (same time and place) through May 10, the date of the Bishop’s annual visit. Those new to the Episcopal Church are encouraged to come, and any old-timers who want to brush up their knowledge are welcome as well. Attending the class does not obligate you to be confirmed or received when the Bishop comes. If you plan to attend, please e-mail Sean McEwen at so he can have the correct number of materials available.
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
The early followers of Jesus fashioned the season of Lent as an intentional time of spiritual practice and devotion to prepare for the Resurrection of Christ at Easter and the baptism of new believers.
Thorne Sparkman offers an opportunity to join Christians across time and space in renewing our commitment to growing in knowledge and love of God through learning, study, self-examination, and meditation on the Scriptures in a community devoted to excellence in scholarship and a lively faith for the good of all creation.
Registration for the School includes all five classes. Eucharist begins at 5:15 each evening, dinner will begin at 5:45 and will feature a vegetarian and meat option. Speakers will begin at 6:30.
Online Registration opened on January 21. Class registration is a $30.00 flat fee, which covers all sessions. Early registrations are strongly encouraged, especially for dinner due to the limited space available. Please inquire about discounts for college students. Registration Deadline: February 26. 
Additionally, a soup and salad supper is available each evening at a cost of $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children for all five nights. Nursery for children up to age 4 is available but must be arranged ahead of time; if you’d like to deposit a child during the sessions, please call (423)266-8195 or e-mail .
The schedule for each of the evenings is below, along with a list of speakers:
Wednesday Evenings: March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1

​5:00 p.m.   Organ Meditation
5:15 p.m.   Eucharist
5:45 p.m.   Dinner
6:45 p.m.   Keynote Speaker
7:30  p.m.   Book Signing | Q & A
March 4 -    Bishop Phoebe Roaf
March 11 -  Rev. Dr. Gary Mason
March 18 -  Fran McKendree
March 25 -  Rev. Dr. Laura Winner
April 1 -       Bishop Brian Cole
Thorne Sparkman Dinner Volunteers    
Each Lent during the Thorne Sparkman School of Religion, a call goes out for volunteers from each participating parish to help serve and clean up after dinner. This is not a particularly onerous task; it involves carrying bowls of soup, salad and drinks and clearing dishes, and the labor always concludes in time for these helpers to hear the speaker. Volunteers should plan to arrive by 5:30pm to help get dinner started and stay to help with clean up. Please feel free to go early for the Eucharist. St. Paul’s would love for you to have dinner as well as stay for the program of the
Grace has been asked to provide 3 or 4 volunteers for Wednesday, April 1 . If you’d be willing to lend a hand, please let Dabney know as soon as you can – or 243-3256 will get you to the right place.
Mardi Gras & Lenten Matters
Mardi Gras Camp -- Parents who desire enrichment for their children and a block of peaceful time for themselves are encouraged to sign their young ‘uns up fo r Grace’s Mardi Gras Camp , set for February 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All Grace children in elementary school are eligible to attend (this one’s not open to the community, at least not yet). Helpers are needed and crafters encouraged to make suggestions! It is our hope that we will start some drama and music with the kids during this period of time.
Pancake Meal -- Grace will experiment this year with trading the traditional Fat Tuesday dinner for a Sunday morning pancake breakfast in hopes that more families can attend. Kids who have enjoyed the Pancake Olympics in the past can rest easy: that frolicsome part of the festivities will take place during the Sunday School hour. So mark your calendars for Sunday, February 23, the last Sunday of Epiphany, and hie yourselves to the church for a festive breakfast (9:00 a.m. in the Undercroft). Though pancakes will have the leading role, there will be other options for those who prefer to avoid the “gras” part of the celebration.

Ash Wednesday -- Lent begins officially on Wednesday, February 26, with services of Holy Eucharist and the imposition of ashes. There will be a spoken word service at noon and a choral service at 7:00 p.m. All are encouraged to come begin the Lenten journey at whichever time fits best into your schedules.
Summer Arts Camps
Grace Episcopal Arts Camp (June 1 – 5) -- Elementary school children (rising K through departing 5th) are invited to take advantage of Grace's annual Arts Camp, which has been scheduled for June 1 through 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Last year we had record numbers from throughout the church, community, city. Signups will be posted online in the near future. In the meantime, you can learn more from Maria at . If you can help with preparations or as a helper, let Maria know. A meeting will be called soon to decide on the theme and make any changes/alterations from last year.
Grace Episcopal Preschool Arts Camp -- We are working on finding good dates for a Preschool Arts Camp this summer. In the past we did this on weekdays; however, this year we are planning to do this on a Saturday and Sunday. Most activities will be aimed for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. However, the babies and the under-two crowd may want to come for part of the activities, such as music time and selected messy art projects. Some will need to bring parents, but many will be old enough to come on their own. Maria will be polling parents to see what weekend would be best. We are not doing it weekdays because so many parents work, and we don't want kids to miss out. Your suggestions are welcome. Due to numbers, we haven't decided if we will open this up to the community or just stick with kids related to Grace. Contact Maria at if you want to know more or if you want to help (I'm looking at you grandparent types!!)
Food Ministry Needs
Though the Food Pantry is still "souped up," it has some gaping holes after taking care of the 32 visitors who've come to get help feeding the 77 family members who've needed sustenance in the last two weeks. See below for the items needed, and thanks to all who contribute food items and money to support this crucial ministry!

* peanut butter (16 oz. jars and Jif "To Go" cups) -- we've got NO jars at this writing and a meager two packets of cups
* spaghetti sauce (4 jars left)
* canned fruit/fruit cups (8 jello/fruit cups remaining)
* canned green beans, pinto beans, corn (supplies dwindling seriously)
* canned hams (2 left)
* canned chicken (6 cans left)
* granola bars (dwindling supply)
* instant grits (a few packets left)
February Musical Opportunities
Chattanooga Bach Choir Beethoven at 250 concert : February 22, 8:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul (East 8 th Street). The seldom-heard Mass in C will be performed, along with other works by the celebrated composer. The choir is directed by Grace choirmaster/Music Director David Long and comprises several members of our choir. Tickets are available at and at the door.
Evensong to benefit Metropolitan Ministries : This annual service of Evensong has been scheduled for S unday, February 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the Nave at St. Paul’s (305 West Seventh Street at Pine, 37402). The service will feature the choirs of St. Paul’s, Good Shepherd, St. Timothy’s and Grace; music by Joel Martinson, Charles Villiers Stanford and Charles wood are on the program. Offering will go to support Metropolitan Ministries.
Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTable
T he Mythology of Nothingness
presenter: Jim Allen
February 17, 2020
What is nothingness? It is an a-dimensional infinity. Without any dimension location, velocity, heat, mass and everything else we imagine as real simply doesn’t exist. However, since I exist I know that the infinity of nothingness is asymmetric in some way for if it were symmetric, as in nothing everywhere and nowhere, none of us would be here reading this now.

Join Jim Allen for musings on time/space, the universe and the creative spark at its origin. Jim is a poet, a collector and an authority on Oriental rugs and textiles. In medical school, he studied philosophy and became enamored with the works of Allan Watts and Gregory Bateson. Jim likes to share his musings on art, oriental rugs and thoughts on life with his thousands of followers on his Facebook post.
RoundTables meet the third Monday of the month at 7 pm at Grace Episcopal. Visitors and guests are welcome to our programs. There is no charge to attend, though small donations are appreciated which support the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and Grace Church, our local host.

After-Program:  We reconvene at the Ugly Tree Cafe at 3950 Brainerd Road, two doors down beyond the gas station at Belvoir, same side of the street.  
 Lori Mast and fellow musicians, Below the Salt , will offer live music at Ugly Tree from 7-10, coinciding with our third Monday meetings. :-) Having a place to reconvene after RT meetings has been a desire since Market Street Tavern closed. Now we have music too.  

For more information, contact   
Mything in action,
Invite/Welcome/Connect (Merritt Room) -- Sunday, February 16, 9:30 p.m.
Vestry (Barth Room) -- Tuesday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, George Reed, III; Jim Dorris;
Intercessor, Dick McGee; Chalice, Amie Brien-Slack; Lead Usher, Jim Dorris
At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Wayne Smith, Will Benson; Intercessor, Paul Thomas; Chalice, Dick McGee, Anne Curtis; Oblations, Reed and Angela Gregory; Acolytes,
Ouisie Hamilton, Jim Harris; Greeter, Skeeter Makepeace; Lead Usher, Tom Makepeace; Web Broadcast, Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone

Lectionary Readings
Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, I Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 (texts can be found at )

God of grace and God of glory (Hymnal 594); In Christ there is no East or West (Hymnal 529); There is a balm in Gilead (Hymnal 676); Go forth for God (Hymnal 347)
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