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 6, 2021
Online Worship this Week
This weekend brings the annual Diocesan Convention, and along with it a worship service that will stand in for the regular online services of the individual churches of the diocese. It will seem very home-like to Grace, with The Rev. April Berends preaching!

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Worship Online with the Convention
Other Weekly Worship Opportunities
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Craig Scholarship
Food Pantry
Gardens, Racial Justice, and Historical Reckoning
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Stewardship Reminder
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Online Worship (continued)
You may find the video and bulletin by clicking here. The video will premiere on Sunday Morning, February 7, at 10:30 am on the diocesan YouTube channel and diocesan Facebook page. It will be available all week from Sunday the 7th to the 14th on the page. You may also see this service at Grace's normal Sunday times of 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on
Grace's Facebook page thanks to the technological savvy of Richard Lanham.
Other Weekly Worship Opportunities
In-Person Worship for February 7
Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person on February 7, 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 via 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.

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
Adult Class this Sunday
The Adult class will look at scripture readings for the next two weeks. You are invited to join in the discussion at
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard for outdoor office hours on Monday, February 8th from noon to 2 p.m. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard on Wednesday, February 10th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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. 
Craig Scholarship
If you've got kids at or heading for St. Nicholas School next year, please consider applying for this scholarship!

The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship application deadline is April 30th, 2021. If you wish to apply, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3250, ext. 2), for an application. 

Following is an overview of the Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship (An educational scholarship for Grace Episcopal Church children who are attending St. Nicholas School):
The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship at Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN., was established in 1991 through a generous endowment from Dr. Robert Craig. 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.

Richard Hyatt
Food Pantry
We had a light day on Wednesday, with 12 visitors taking food for 16 adults and 12 children, for a total of 28 mouths fed. Supplies held up nicely, but of course there are some thin places. Most needed are:

* packets of instant grits (oatmeal too, but we're completely out of grits)
* canned pinto beans
* beanie weenies in small cans
* pudding cups
* pop tarts

Thanks to Gail Dooley, Linda Wideman, and Jim Harris, who did the honors this week; their steadfast service is an enormous blessing to Grace's staff and to those who ask us for help. Thanks also to Richard Hyatt, who serves so quietly as the liaison between Grace and the Belvoir neighborhood; his help and our neighbors' donations have helped enormously during these pandemic months. And thanks to all in the neighborhood and in the parish who haven't let cold or rain or rampaging microbes thwart their gifts to the pantry! You are sainthood in action, and we are grateful for your aid.
Gardens, Racial Justice and Historical Reckoning
1. 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

2. We intend to operate under the direction of the multiracial team currently engaged in this effort. We are currently aware of no other congregation or temple formally involved. We hope to recruit others.

3. If you 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.  

4. We hope this endeavor might increase opportunities to contact with others interested in these issues. Kristina Shaneyfelt and Lisa Lemza are points of contact on this initial effort; we also think this work uses several core competencies within our church. Currently 3 parishioners are attending; alas, several are also heavily committed to the Native Plant Symposium that weekend.

5. We are uncertain as to the scope of outcome, but we believe that although study is crucial, so is action. Although other dates will surely arise, if you are interested in participating on 20 March, you must email MITSU's point of contact at this website

Lisa Lemza
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Instead of gathering to worship, eat and hear talks, this year's incarnation of the popular Lenten school will be 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). 
Stewardship Reminder
Many of you have submitted your pledges for 2021, and for that we are most grateful. Thanks to faithful giving from the members of Grace, along with support from the federal Payroll Protection Program, Grace remained on solid financial footing during the very difficult months of 2020. While the months head will continue to be difficult, we remain hopeful that at some point in 2021, we will be back to gathering in-person, and when that moment arrives, we look forward to celebrating together in community once again, returning to a full schedule of programming, formation, mission and liturgy, as well as offering space for various community groups.  

We face a number of challenges at the beginning of 2020. Amidst continuing concerns about the pandemic, we remain about $100,000 short of our pledge budget of $400,000. A number of our members have either died in the past year, or moved away, and it is difficult (but not impossible!) for our community to attract new members while we are not able to hold regular in-person worship services. In addition, for the past two years, we have received generous diocesan support for one half of our curate, David Burman's compensation. This funding will run out on David's two-year anniversary at Grace, and while we dearly hope to keep David on board, we will need to increase our portion of the funding for this position.  

All of these things are concerning, of course, but we remain hopeful that the pandemic will end, that we will be able to meet again, and that we have a role to play in healing this hurting world. The energy and growth within our congregation before the pandemic began was palpable, and we expect that Grace will continue to grow and stretch, both in terms of welcoming new members and also expanding our ministries of service, justice, and caring for creation. In the meantime, God continues to work good things in this community of Grace, even, and perhaps especially in these times of struggle. 

Again, if you have already made a pledge to support the mission and ministry of our community, thank you. Your ongoing faithfulness continues to encourage us and fill us with gratitude. If you have not yet made a pledge, we invite you to pray about the ways you are being called to participate in the work of our church this year. You'll find the pledge letter and pledge form attached, and you can also make a pledge online. If you have any questions about the pledging process, please email Paula Garner at

With Gratitude,

Richard Hyatt, Stewardship Chair
The Rev. April Berends, Rector

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
Joyce Fugini, Cruz LaGraff, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn);
Vivian Dodds, Patty Maroney, the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Nancy Miller, 
Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, Roberta Fish, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Andrea, Steve Slack, Celeste Humphrey, Jim Strickland, Bethann, Angela, Dwight, James and Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, 
Trevor Laymance, Doris, Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown,
Helen Williams, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, 
J.R. Hicks, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, 
Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Jonathan Purple, Steven Mosman, John Woodham, Libby Workman, Elaine Harrison, 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 Burundi. (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 St. James and St. James' Feeding Ministries (Diocesan Jubilee Center), Knoxville; for All Angels, Spearfish, SD; and for the House of Bishops
Those in need of continued prayer: 
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, Brad and Kimberly Calhoun, 
Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Jim Curtis, 
Hal and Sue, 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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