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Epiphany
FEBRUARY 7, 2020
Session on Hearing Loss
The Life Planning Committee invites you to join us on Sunday, February 9 th , at 9:30 a.m. in the Merritt Room, where we will be meeting with Erica Newman, the President and CEO of the Speech and Hearing Center. She will be presenting “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Hearing Loss.” Ms. Newman has a sister with severe hearing loss and grew up understanding firsthand how hearing loss affected her sister as well as the entire family.  

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IN THIS ISSUE
Hearing Loss Presentation
Weeks Adult Forum Will Not Meet 2-9
Invite/Welcome/Connect Conversation
Thorne Sparkman School of Religion
Mardi Gras Camp
Mardi Gras Moves to Sunday (2-23)
Summer Arts Camps
Craig Scholarship
Food Ministry -Thanks, Numbers, Needs
Green Grace Group
Gardens and Grounds
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Hymns
Hearing Loss (continued)
The Speech & Hearing Center focuses on education, support, and services including the most cutting edge high tech hearing aids in the industry. The staff and Board of Directors believe everyone, no matter what their income level, deserves access to the best care to improve communication and enrich their life.
 
The Speech & Hearing Center was established in 1953 and is Chattanooga’s only non-profit speech and hearing center and hearing-aid provider.
Weeks Forum Will Not Meet on Sunday
Because its facilitator is under the weather and unable to get to church this week, the Weeks Adult Forum will not meet on Sunday. Those who normally attend are encouraged to take advantage of the Life Planning session (see above!).
Invite/Welcome/Connect Conversation
What roles might hospitality and invitation play in our lives as Christians? David Burman will lead conversation 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!
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 opens 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 beverly@stpaulschatt.org .
 
 
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
 
Speakers
 
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
Mardi Gras Camp
Grace Episcopal Mardi Gras Camp -- February 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  All Grace children in elementary school are invited to the second annual Mardi Gras Camp. While parents get some time off, we'll be celebrating Mardi Gras. Helpers needed. 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. (This is not an activity open to the community. If it grows, maybe next year.)
Grace to Experiment with “Dimanche Gras”
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, though a worthy pre-Lenten celebration, creates some difficulties by falling on a school-and-work night. In order to both have our pancakes and eat them too this year, Grace will experiment 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 feature strongly, there will be other options for those who prefer to avoid the “gras” part of the celebration.
Summer Arts Camps
Grace Episcopal Arts Camp (June 1 – 5) -- Our annual Arts Camp is on the calendar for June 1 through 5! The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please put it on your calendar. All elementary kids (rising K through departing 5th) are invited to participate. Last year we had record numbers from throughout the church, community, city. Signups will be posted online in about a month. In the meantime, you can learn more from Maria at mhurt@saygrace.net . 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 Mhurt@saygrace.net if you want to know more or if you want to help (I'm looking at you grandparent types!!)
Craig Scholarship for St. Nicholas School
The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship application deadline is April 30th, 2020. 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.
Food Ministry -- Thanks, January Numbers and Needs
Thanks to all who brought soup for the Food Pantry on SOUP-er Bowl Sunday – the shelves are now bursting with over 200 cans that came in on Sunday (we tried to count, but lost track as more and more boxes and bags kept turning up). Whether you rooted for the Chiefs or the 49ers, the real winners were the folks who come to us for help. Your generosity is inspiring!
 
January was an action-packed month in the food ministry. We gave vouchers for 42 boxes of food from the Chattanooga Food Bank, which fed 129 family members/friends/housemates. The pantry had 112 visitors, whose dependents/ roommates numbered 285.
 
We are grateful for the ongoing support of both the church members and the Belvoir Neighborhood for supplies and money; we are especially thrilled with the generous response to our “SOUP-er Bowl” soup collection, through which we took in over 200 cans and filled shelves that were severely depleted to the bursting point. Both we and our steady parade of clients appreciate the extra effort!
 
Of course, we still need things (not soup at the moment, though!). Thin areas of the shelves this week include:
 
·       Canned corn, green beans, carrots
·       Canned fruit/fruit cups
·       Canned hams, chicken, and Spam
·       Beanie weenies
·       Spaghetti noodles and spaghetti sauce
·       Peanut butter (16-oz. jars)
Green Grace Group
Green Grace Group -- our very own "3G" network-- met for the first time last Sunday morning. We are brainstorming many ideas and actions to bring 'the church' in general and our church in particular into local and regional debates around biodiversity conservation, its ongoing collapse, and climate change. Please contact Lisa or Kristina if you want in on the action: lemzala@aol.com , and jkshaneyfelt@epbfi.com . We are looking at contacting other like-minded persons in other churches, synagogues, and mosques, as well as 'representing' to our local politicians and planners, and joining an ongoing Friday protest movement. Love, protect, and defend the Earth -- and stay tuned for more. Next meeting roughly planned for mid-March. Thanks to attendees Paul Thomas, Jean Whisenant, Terry Burnett, Sally Scholze, Kristina Shaneyfelt, Linda Kirchner, April Berends, Susan Lagraff, Barbara & Jim Harris, Anne Curtis. "Protest is grief in action." 
 
Lisa Lemza
Gardens and Grounds
1.  Pot Luck Planning . Calling all gardeners, past, present, future. All active gardeners, former gardeners, and occasional gardeners are invited to Lisa and Mike's house for a seasonal kickoff fellowship, potluck, and planning meeting on Sunday, 16 February at 5:00 pm. Smoked brisket, water, and beer provided by the hosts, sides, other drinks, and ideas provided by you. RSVP not necessary: we'll go with who shows. GARDEN ALUMNI PARTICULARLY INVITED. 560 North Crest Rd , park down the hill up on the sidewalk on North Crest Rd.
 
2.  B2G Season Opener Meet . MANDATORY FOR ALL BED RENTERS: Brainerd by Grace (B2G) Community Garden meeting on Sunday afternoon, 4:00 pm, 8 March , in the Pavilion. If you rent a bed, you must come to this meeting, or have a dang good excuse, sent to Lisa Lemza or Kristina Shaneyfelt (you WILL be tortured about this). Anyone wanting to get a bed or to be on the wait list, contact the same.  
 
3.  Grounds Work Day . General grounds work day will be Saturday 21 March -- FIRST DAY OF SPRING! Details to follow; among other things, we expect to label new and older existing trees for our arboretum application.  
 
Lisa Lemza
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Finance Committee (Merritt Room) -- Tuesday, February 11, 5:00 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Emily Evans, Thomas Evans; Intercessor, George Reed, III; Chalice, Alan McMurray; Greeter, Lyn Martin; Usher, Mike Revenig
 
At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Jackson Ricketts, Caleigh Jackson; Intercessor, Nora Kile; Chalice, Sean McEwen, Justin Bolinger; Oblations, Edith Snider, Dick McGee; Acolytes, Jackson Ricketts, Caleigh Jackson; Lead Usher, Frank Watkins; Greeter, Edith Snider; Web Broadcast (camera, sound), Bill Boren, Jerry Evans

Lectionary Readings
Isaiah 58:1-9a, Psalm 112:1-10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 , Matthew 5:13-20               
(texts can be found at http://www.lectionarypage.net/ )

Hymns
Praise to the living God (Hymnal 372); Christ, whose glory fills the skies (Hymnal 7); O Spirit of Life (Hymnal 505); Lord, make us servants of your peace (Hymnal 593); Lift every voice and sing (Hymnal 599)
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