Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
APRIL 24, 2021
Sacred Ground Dialogue
Grace continues its second Sacred Ground dialogue circle on racial healing this Sunday.  Sacred Ground is a ten-week film- and reading-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

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Sacred Ground Dialogue
This Week's Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Bishop's Visit -- May 2 (Virtually AND In-person!)
Craig Scholarship Deadline Looms!
Gardens and Grounds
Food Pantry
New Issue of Forward Day by Day
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Sacred Ground (continued)
To become part of this group please contact David Stanislawski at .The link for the zoom meeting is You can also explore more about Sacred Ground online at   
This Week's Worship
Join us for Sunday morning worship on our Facebook page at 9am and again at 10:45am. Bulletins for each week’s service will be sent along with the Grace Notes weekend issue, and will be posted on the website alongside the video for the service. If you miss the 9am or 10:45am video streams, you can always go back and watch later. You can access the bulletin for this Sunday HERE.

In-Person Worship for April 25

Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person celebration of Holy Eucharist on April 25th, at 10:00 a.m. in the courtyard. In an effort to facilitate contact tracing in the event that it is necessary, we are asking participants to register at our website -- it's working again! -- at  Should the weather threaten to misbehave, we will contact you by e-mail as soon as possible to let you know if the service has been cancelled.

Each household unit is asked to observe a reasonable margin of social distancing -- 3-6 feet is currently recommended in outdoor settings. 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.

Compline and Morning Prayer

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
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard for outdoor office hours on Tuesday, April 27nd from 11:00am-1:00pm. The Rev. David Burman will be there on Saturday, May 1st from 10am-noon. As always, our priests would be happy to connect with you, either by phone or video call or socially-distanced in person.

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 ( and David ( to make arrangements.
Bishop's Visit Next Sunday (May 2)
The Rt. Rev. Brian Cole, the Bishop of East Tennessee, visits Grace next Sunday, May 2nd. Bishop Cole will preach for our online services next Sunday, and will preach and preside at our in-person service at 10am in the courtyard. At 5pm next Sunday, Bishop Cole will host an online conversation with the Grace community to introduce a diocesan initiative to engage in reading March, the graphic novel series by civil rights leader John Lewis. That conversation will take place via Zoom, please check next week’s Grace Notes for details.
Robert Craig Scholarship Deadline Next Friday
The Robert Craig Scholarship application deadline April 30th, 2021 -- next Friday!  If you have children at St. Nicholas School and wish to apply, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3250, ext. 2), for an application. Time's a-wastin'!
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.
Gardens and Grounds
We are still working hard in the grounds, planting the 70 or so plugs we had leftover from Sunday's plant giveaway -- and wasn't that FUN? We're also inventorying the trees to see what died from the last year's planting, for our nearly-ready-for-prime-time arboretum...

1. Special thanks to Kate George for setting up the plant giveaway, and for those who helped her before and during, especially Jim Harris and Kristina Shaneyfelt.  Mike Shillinger was on hand at the vegetable garden's Q & A desk (off the tailgate of his truck). The love offering/donation jar netted a stunnning $246.00! WOW! EXPECT TO SEE MORE TIP JARS!

2. And, a special thanks to the work crew who showed up in Thursday's truly nasty, windy cold to plant leftovers out in the Welcome Garden on Belvoir Ave -- that was above and beyond the call of duty. This includes Kristina, Jim Harris, Mickey Myers, Kate George, and friend of the garden, Lynda Reese.
3. Meanwhile, Walt George and Jason Shaneyfelt are mapping our trees, which map is required for our new ambition to apply as a LEVEL TWO arboretum, instead of our original intent of LEVEL ONE. See

4. Special thanks to Richard Hyatt and Jeff Workman, just because of all they do.
Lisa Lemza
Food Pantry
April 21 -- a spring day that decided to do its "In the Bleak Midwinter" schtick -- brought 13 hardy visitors to our door. They left with food for 52 -- 30 adults and 22 children. And though our supplies held up well, we have a few thin places that we need to fill out. Most helpful this week will be:

* beanie weenies
* Spam
* beef stew and/or chili
* peanut butter (16-oz. jars preferred)
* pudding cups
* 15-oz. cans of fruit

Thanks to all who provide donations in cold and wind, rain and humidity, both in the church and in the Belvoir neighborhood, and thanks to our volunteers -- Richard Hyatt, Gail Dooley, Linda Wideman, and Jim Harris, who haul bins and bags and don't even complain when someone forgets to make them coffee. You are all great blessings to the church and to our neighbors!
New Forward Day by Day
For those of you who are still managing forward motion -- and let me offer hearty congratulations for that! -- there is a new issue of Forward Day by Day available, both in hard copy and scanned form. If you are willing to venture out in public, you can pick up a hard copy any Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; if your COVID protocols require you to keep your distance, you can avail yourselves of the scanned documents below. Whichever form, you can still run, march, walk or inch forward!

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, 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
Gerry Jones, Jennifer Thompson, Nancy Mapel, June McEwen, Al Manning,
Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, Ann Ludwig, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); Vivian Dodds, Patty Maroney, the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, 
Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, Steve Slack, Angela,
James and Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, Doris, Rebecca Williams, J.R. Hicks, Charlotte Dorris, Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, 
Elizabeth Harrison, Joyce Smith, 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 Alice Revenig Clark and Ali, 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 Nippon Sei Ko Kai. (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 Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain and St. Mark’s, Aberdeen, SD.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Bethann Grace, 
Jim Strickland, Trevor Laymance, Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 
Helen Williams, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, 
Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Steven Mosman, 
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, Sue Sears, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, 
Jeannie and Andy Williams, Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, 
Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, 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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