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 4, 2022
Directory Photos on Sunday
After the fearsome COVID-related lacuna in Grace's in-person gatherings, a number of people have been welcomed into our community; many others don't look quite like they did before the hiatus. So if you are new to Grace, or if your current directory picture was taken sometime around the seating of the Second Continental Congress, please take advantage of this Sunday's opportunity. Jim Milburn will be available after both services to take or retake your pictures. Keeping the directory up-to-date can help all of us figure out who's who after the sea-changes wrought by the virus.
IN THIS ISSUE
Directory Pictures on Sunday
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101
Worship on Sunday
GreenGrace -- Sunday Meeting & MORE
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Brainerd Food Bank Fund Raiser
Craig Scholarship
Food Pantry
Evensong by Schola Cantorum 2-13
Financial Reminder
Forward Day by Day
Daily Worship
Thanks for Reception Aid!
Parish Prayer List
Lectionary
Inquirers' Class/ Episcopal 101 Begins Feb. 13 and 17
Beginning next Sunday 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. Let us know if you are interested in taking the course, which we will soon put on the calendar. (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).
GreenGrace -- Sunday Meeting and MORE!
Calling all: it's time to get up and get moving, save the world, stuff like that. For any interested in Grace Episcopal Church's nascent GreenGrace Environmental Team, meet this Sunday, February 6, after the main 10:45 service in the Merritt Room. Lunch is provided, thanks to the Harrises.

We'll review our overall approach and focus areas, and also specific events we have planned or considered. I have included more detail below. We are looking for volunteers for just one or two events, NOT FOR ALL OF THEM! We are not crazy.

-- Lisa Lemza and co-chairs Kristina Shaneyfelt, Brittany Williamson

1. GreenGrace: Inspire faith communities to love and defend the Earth. Rooted in faith and love.

  • Be Local/regional, action oriented, pragmatic, and ecumenical. No more talk: DO.
  • Increase contact with and love of the natural world
  • Four focus areas: green church grounds, church buildings, effect neighbors/hoods, serve justice.
  • Offer menus of solutions big and small. Leverage existing efforts. Share ideas, examples, grant information. Conduct easy, stand alone event and services.
  • [note 1: we don't really know what we're doing, we are just not going to sit around and wait for a perfect plan "Inaction is the ally of extinction."]
  • note 2:  This is not as daunting as it looks as we are ALREADY DOING a lot of this. We can just tighten it up and plan better, to serve more.  

Proposed Schedule: 

  • Get this program on Church website.  Any web managers out there? HELP!
  • Arboretum established, bluebird trail installed.  DONE.
  • Free Garden renovation: February. 
  • 1 March: begin weekly monitoring of bluebird boxes until season ends, 31 August (Jerry Evans).
  • 19 March: Table for GreenFaith at Wild Ones Plant Sale, 1st Tennessee Pavilion. Help wanted.
  • 3 April, public event: Make seed bombs, Lenten liturgy of repentance.
  • Grounds Work Day, to be determined
  • Cool Congregations (interfaith Power & Light) Coordinator (Anne Curtis)

  • 23 April: two events.
  • Construct portable "Tomato Buckets" for local agencies (20 buckets)
  • Pavilion plant swap: take up to 3 plants. 9 am till noon.  
  • 24 April: Earth Day Liturgy (April)
  • early May: Sweet Potato Palooza: take the slips, grow the 'taters, gather in fall
  • Summer event: recycling event at Farmers Market?
  • Early August: School Uniform/clothing swap. Farmers Market???
  • October, St Francis:
  •  ingather sweet potatoes, deliver to Food Bank/Community Kitchen. AN EVENT!
  • Pet blessing
  • pet supplies drive (church, farmers market)
  • November: Socks & Coats. (church, farmers market). Conduct donation drive for Community Kitchen, Southside Abbey.
  • others? diocesan/local round table?  YOUR IDEA HERE. 

Needed: 

  • Arboretum ambassador: work with local schools to use our arboretum. YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT TREES, just coordinate with schools, etc.
  • Web manager for church page.
  • Garden/food justice coordinator: Healing Gardens, other community gardens & free groceries, Crabtree Farms, NEEMA garden.
  • Coordinate with CALEB, other agencies?
  • Little Librarian: check and maintain ours. Cycle in banned books (there's always something!) 
  • Tennessee/Chattanooga Interfaith Power & Light Coordinator.
  • Environmental Justice Scout: a person to help us interface with poor communities and find out what they want help with.

Come help us figure this out -- what's possible, what's doable, what change we can make. Hebrews 10:24 "And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, nor neglect to meet together as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Lisa Lemza, Kristina Shaneyfelt, Brittany Williamson.
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.
Brainerd Food Bank Fund Raiser (Attention Chick-Fil-A Fans!)
Chick-Fil-A fans, next Wednesday you can satisfy your cravings and help provide food for neighbors in need in the process. On February 9, 2022, for all mobile orders placed at the Brainerd Rd Chick-Fil-A from 4pm until 7pm, 15% of the sales will be donated to the Brainerd Community Food Pantry. 

You are also invited to come see the Chick-Fil-A cow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on that same Wednesday (during the pantry's regular distribution session). Talk about tales to tell the kids and grandkids -- or tails to show them!
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
The indefatigable Phaen Stone and Richard Hyatt greeted 18 visitors during last Wednesday's pantry session and sent them off with food for 76 -- 40 adults and 36 children. Mercifully, massive donations from church folks and Belvoir neighbors (plus a run to Sam's) had supplied us with plenty of goods to give away -- and we certainly gave them away! So the shelves are once again at Mother Hubbard levels. In other words, HELP! HELP!

Most needed this week are:

* canned tuna (none left)
* Spam or similar (none left)
* canned hams (none left)
* canned corn (none left)
* canned fruit (15 oz. preferred) (none left)
* beanie weenies (6 small cans left)
* canned peas (about a dozen cans left)
* spaghetti noodles and sauce (we've got a nice cluster of these but since they go very fast, some supplements will be welcome)
* hearty chicken soups (population diminished by half today)

Thanks raised to the highest power to all of you in the parish and the neighborhood whose unceasing generosity enables us to be responsive to the needs of those around us. We -- and they -- are grateful, and we know ourselves blessed to be situated in the midst of such a kind and giving community.
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.
Financial Reminder
It is now February, and Grace and Tithe.ly are officially divorced. Please MAKE SURE that you have removed your donation information from that website and, if you still wish to donate electronically, entered it back in at Breeze, the site we are now using for directory and donation services. If this action is not accomplished, Tithe.ly will continue to take your money but will not send it to Grace -- a horror too dire to be contemplated!

You can use the URLs below to help you with breaking up with Tithe.ly and taking up with Breeze:



Forward Day by Day
We are now four days into the new issue of Forward Day by Day; if you have not equipped yourself with a copy, please note that print copies are available here and there throughout the church and also through the handy scans below, which can be saved to your own devices.

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
Thanks to All for Reception Aid!
Thanks to all who provided the fabulous food and the physical effort in setting up and cleaning up for David’s farewell reception last week. It was a wonderful celebration -- sunny and bright and warm enough to appreciate David without haste. The courtyard was full of laughter and the white redbud full of children. Special thanks to Phaen Stone and Richard Hyatt for taking the reins in Terry’s absence – talk about saints walking among us! We are grateful for their leadership and generosity.
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 Church of Ireland. 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. Paul's and St. Timothy's, Kingsport, TN, and these South Dakota churches: St. Mary, Old Agency; Grace Church, Huron.

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
Lectionary Readings
Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11
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