Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
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The Season After Epiphany
FEBRUARY 8 , 2019
Book Study Begins Sunday
During February, Black History month, we will be conducting a book study of Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America , edited by Catherine Meeks, the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta and one of the speakers at this year’s Thorne Sparkman Lenten lectures at St. Paul’s.

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IN THIS ISSUE
Book Study Begins Sunday
Acolyte Training on Sunday
Gardens and Grounds
Godly Play Volunteers Needed
Farmers' Market Seeks Face-Painter
Food Pantry
Diocesan Discernment Retreat
Joseph Campbell RoundTable
Souper Bowl Thanks
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Hymns
Book Study (cont.)
In his Foreword, Jim Wallis, the founder and editor of Sojourner magazine, asks two interesting questions. “Are White People ready to hear a call to repent racism and the false idol of whiteness? Will White Christians, in particular, be ready to hear that they are called to be more Christian than White?” You can join the Weeks Adult Forum on Sunday mornings February 9, 16, and 23 at 9:30 or Wednesday evenings February 13 and 20 for a Pot Luck Supper at 6:00 followed by the book study from 6:45 to 8:15. I hope that you will make time to join us as we search for ways in which God’s dream can change our lives, our church, our community, our nation, and God’s world. For more information, contact David Stanislawski at David.Stanislawski@chattanoogastate.edu .

Copies of the book are available in the bookstore.
Acolyte Training on Sunday
Call for Acolytes! Please stay after the 10:45 service this Sunday, February 10th for a brief acolyte meeting and training. We're seeking new members to carry the cross, gospel, and torches; all are welcome!
Gardens & Grounds   
1. CALLING ALL ACTIVE GARDENERS, "ALUMNI/RETIRED/EX" GARDENERS, the "THINKING ABOUT IT MAYBES," and especially including the "I DON'T HAVE TIME BUT AM INTERESTEDS:" Join us for our Brainstorming, Beer, and Brisket session at Lisa Lemza's house on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, at 4:00 pm.  Bring a side dish and partake of Mike's famous smoked brisket as we ponder what wonders to perform in 2019. RSVPs are not necessary as we refuse to plan it much; if you bring it, we'll eat it. If you don't, we won't.  
 
2. But, seriously, y'all, Grace Gardens need you. If you have only small bits of time, we can still use your help. We are happy to show you gardening basics and how to care for a small bit of our beautiful grounds. We must work to maintain our 'green witness,' which not only testifies to God's truest nature but which also serves this crowded urban space with irreplaceable open and green space.
 
3. We expect one or two Brainerd By Grace (B2G) Community Garden beds to become available this year. Contact Kristina Shaneyfelt at jkshaneyfelt@epbfi.com or Lisa Lemza at lemzala@aol.com if you want on the list.  
Sunday School Volunteers Needed!
Parents of the young, lend an ear: it’s time to sign up to help during Godly Play on Sundays for the next few months. Slots are available with the older kids (9:30 a.m.) and with the small ones (10:30 a.m.). You can sign up electronically at the URL below – make haste to do so that Maria and Vivian can lay their plans!

Farmers Market Seeks Face Painter
On April 20, the Brainerd Market will reopen for the growing season, celebrating not only the return of spring with its wonderful early produce and the dream of the bright red, home-grown tomato of summer but also its 10 th anniversary. In order to celebrate properly, the market is searching for a volunteer who can do face painting with children. If you have this talent and can contribute your time to the market that day from 10 a.m. -12 p.m., please contact Anne Curtis at 503-0754 or annecurtis0290@gmail.com . If you aren’t a face painter yourself but can provide intel on those who possess this talent, please let Anne know!
Food Pantry Needs
Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Grace's compassionate parishioners, the pantry is overall in good condition: we do have a few items that are dwindling, however, and reinforcements in these areas will be welcome:

Pop Tarts*
Beef Stew (nutritious and filling; we stay low on this!)
Vienna sausages*
canned tuna or chicken
baked beans
breakfast bars*

*Items such as pop tarts and Vienna sausages may not be on many lists of preferred foods, but they are helpful to our homeless visitors and those who have shelter but no cooking or heating technology; anything they can open and eat directly are the most useful.
Diocesan Discernment Retreat
Here I am, Lord. Where are you calling me?
 
Every baptized Christian is called to ministry. Sometimes God’s call to us is clear; other times we need help to figure it out.

On Saturday, March 9, the Diocese of East Tennessee will host its first annual Here I Am Retreat Day. This program is intended for anyone who is discerning a call to licensed lay ministry, the vocational diaconate, or the priesthood. It will include remarks by the Bishop, panel discussions with lay and ordained ministers, and opportunities for prayer and fellowship.

All individuals who have begun a process of discernment within their parish are expected to attend, along with their sponsoring clergy. Others who are just beginning to explore a call, and who would like more information about different ministries and tools for discernment, are also encouraged to participate.

Register by February 22 . The retreat is $20 – register at
Joseph Campbell RoundTable
Just a reminder to all: the weekly video sessions are currently on hiatus. We usually take off the holidays and winter. With Chattanooga Chuck not seeing his shadow this year, maybe we can get started back a little sooner. Meantime, that gives you time to read for the coming monthly programs (third Mondays at 7 pm.)  
 
On Monday Feb. 18th, o ur next book by Campbell is Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal, presented by Sue Reynolds and Kim Eisdorfer, both of whom are well known in the yoga community and Chattanooga at large. After many years of yoga practice, Sue Reynolds began the "Mothership" of local yoga, Clearspring Yoga. Kim Eisdorfer has lived in Chattanooga since 2006. While here she has studied, practiced, and taught yoga. She has particular interest in the study of the Yoga Sutras and the deeper subtle practices described within the text. She has been owner of Toes Yoga Studio since 2013.
 
Roundtable programs begin at 7 pm. They are open to the public; guests are welcome. There is no charge to attend, though small donations are appreciated which are shared between the Campbell Foundation and Grace Church. 
 
Upcoming programs of Campbell's books:
March:  Romance of the Grail
April: Thou That Art
May: Goddesses
June: Mythic Worlds, Modern Words (about James Joyce)
 
Diana Peterson
Souper Thanks!
Many thanks to all who donated can goods for Souper Bowl Sunday!
 
Once again, Met Min was over whelmed with the generosity of Grace Church. Not only were their cupboards nearly bare, but they remarked on the quality of the canned goods.
 
Also, a shout out to EYC for helping move can goods from third floor kitchen to the car.
 
Outreach Committee
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Finance Committee (Merritt Room) -- Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service : Lectors, Susan Brown, Vivian Dodds; Intercessor, Katie Walters; Chalice, Jim Dorris; Acolytes, Thomas Lane; Ushers, the Revenigs; Greeter, Vivian Dodds
 
At the 10:45 a.m. service : Lectors, Bill Pickering, Laura Bertrand; Intercessor, Jim Harris; Chalice, Breezie Finley, Cathy Stone; Oblations, Edith Snider, Dick McGee; Acolytes, Stephen Jones, Ali Stahlwood, Mary Cooper; Lead Usher, Tom Makepeace; Greeter, Ann Watkins; Webcast (camera, sound), Bill Boren

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

Hymns
Holy, holy, holy (Hymnal 362); I want to walk as a child of the light (Hymnal 490); My God, thy table now is spread (Hymnal 321); Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy) (Wonder, Love and Praise 785); Christ for the world we sing (Hymnal 537)
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