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 18, 2022
Thanks to Soup-er Bowlers!
Blessed art thou,
O people of Grace,
for thou hast anointed our pantry with soup,
and our shelves
runneth over! We took in around 166+ cans; you can see 130 or so here -- some 30-odd cans were put on the shelves after the early service, which was a good thing since there wasn't room for them on the table with their companions anyway! And a few more cans trickled in once the work-week resumed.

May blessings flock to you as birds to the feeder and soups of the pantry; we and those who come for help are very, very grateful!
IN THIS ISSUE
Thanks to all Soup-er Bowlers!
Ash Wednesday Services
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101
Worship on Sunday
Family Promise -- Hosting in June
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Craig Scholarship
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Found in the Library (macramé bag)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Ash Wednesday Services (March 2, noon and 7 p.m.)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, a time when the church marks a period of repentance, fasting, and self-examination, and a time where those new to the community of the church prepared for the sacrament of baptism. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 2nd, and Grace will hold services of Holy Eucharist and the imposition of ashes at noon (spoken word service) and at 7:00 p.m. (choral service).
Inquirers' Class/ Episcopal 101 (continued)
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101 continues this week at 9:30am (in the Merritt Room) and 6:30pm on Thursday, February 24th  (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. 
 
(While registration is not required, we would love to know you're coming!). Please contact Laura Bertrand for more information (laura@laurabertrand.com). 
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).
Family Promise -- June Hosting
Though we don't have precise dates yet, we do know that Grace's next Family Promise stint will be in June. If you volunteer for this ministry or are interested in becoming involved, activate your radar as Mothers' Day creeps close and watch for details in Grace Notes and the bulletin.
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
Having reaped a bounteous 160+ cans of soup last Sunday, it seems gauche to beg for more, but hey, that's what we do! Wednesday's pantry session brought 13 people to the door; Jim Dorris and Jim Harris sent them off with food for 38
(20 adults and 18 children). The week's total actually came to 43, since one of our regulars was completely out of food for her 3-adult, 2-child household and so came and got supplies on Tuesday. Providing for these folks left us with a few deficits; while we're not out of anything, some supplies are running alarmingly low. Items most needed are:

* spaghetti noodles and spaghetti sauce (not plain tomato sauce, please!)
* boxes of mac and cheese
* canned fruit/fruit cups
*beanie weenies
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* canned green beans, canned peas
* pudding cups
* saltine crackers
* small bags of dry cat food

Thanking folks week after week for their support runs quickly up against the limitations of linguistic creativity, but please know that we are grateful in spades, on steroids, and to the nth degree for the constant support we get from both the congregation and our Belvoir neighbors. Without your gifts, large and small, in the form of cans and boxes, small bills or large checks, we'd have nothing but sympathy to offer the neighbors who come to us for help.
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
Found in the Library
Is this yours? It contains a small plastic storage dish and a model of the Empire State Building (thrillers have begun with less!). If it's yours -- stop by the bookstore and ask it to be returned to you on Sunday between 9 and 9:45 or after church; you may also drop by the church office during the week.
Useful Information
P.O. Box Use and Address
Please use Grace's P.O. Box for dispatches containing money or other valuables: hard times persist for some of our neighbors, and checks have disappeared from our mailbox more than once. The address is Grace Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 80954, Chattanooga, TN 37414.

Accessing the Online Church Directory
The directory can be accessed via the church's webpage (www.saygrace.net). Find the menu item “BREEZE” at the right end of the menu options that sprawl across the screen near the top, click and log in; user name is ‘saygrace’ and the password is ‘Chattanooga.’
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 Caroline, 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
 
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, Scott, Julia, Tony, Mary Cooper, Martha Smith, Sue Sears, William Simpson, Neil Robinson,
Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, 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 Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. 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. Andrew's, Maryville, and these
South Dakota churches: Blessed Redeemer, Howe Creek; Our Most Merciful Saviour, Santee; St. Paul, Vermillion.

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, Nan Fortiner; Intercessor,
Susan Brown; Crucifer, Stephen Jones

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

Lectionary Readings
Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38
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