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The Season of Epiphany
JANUARY 10,2020
Undecorating the Nave
Jeff Workman requests the honor of your presence (along with gloves and tarps!) on Saturday, January 11, at 9 a.m. -- tomorrow, in fact! -- to de-green the Nave of its Christmas finery and return it to a state more suitable for Epiphany. The more, the merrier – and of course, the faster! Thanks to all who participated in the pre-Christmas decorating – everything looked exceptionally lovely on Christmas Eve!

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Undecorating the Nave (1-11)
Breakfast on Sunday! Again!
Women Repair Zone
Adult Classes on Sunday
Supper Clubs
Christmas Poinsettias
Lost Drill Bit
Food Ministry
Altar Flowers in 2020
Candlemas Evensong (2-2)
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Breakfast on Sunday!
Your eyes do not deceive you – there will be breakfast in the Undercroft this Sunday, in spite of its not being the first Sunday of the month. Resident saint Terry Burnett is providing the eats this week, and all are invited to come downstairs at 9 a.m. to have a bite and some leisurely conversation before either heading to Sunday School or taking advantage of the Women Repair Zone presentation. Cost is $5 per person, with a family maximum of $20.
Women Repair Zone
When we think of life planning, most of us think about long term finances, aging, and figuring out how to navigate the issues of decline without ruining the lives of family and friends; few of us take into account leaky faucets, bathroom tiles, and fallen trees. But issues such as these will arise throughout life, and being equipped to deal with them can save time, and money and spare you the despair that comes when you waste your entire day waiting for the serviceperson of the moment to arrive and tell you where your entire next paycheck is going.
In order to empower the women of the congregation in such matters, the Life Planning Committee has arranged for The Women Repair Zone to come to Grace on Sunday, January 12 th at 9:30 am in the Undercroft.
At Women Repair Zone, female instructors teach women DIY home repair, home improvement, and auto maintenance skills in a safe and supportive environment. Through hands-on experiences and engaging lecture-based workshops, women learn new skills, gain independence and confidence, and save money.
Workshops include Plumbing Basics, How to Change Outlets and Switches, Tiling Your Kitchen Backsplash Like a Pro, Carpentry Basics: Wooden Hexagon Shelves, Using a Chainsaw (Safely), How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by a Contractor, Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal, and so much more.
Customers come from Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia and range in age from 25-80. Women love the approach of learning from a woman instructor in a women-only environment where there is no such thing as a stupid question and mistakes are simply opportunities to learn.
Adult Classes on Sunday
The Weeks Forum -- This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. It is a perfect time to reflect on and renew our baptismal promises. Join us at the Week’s Adult Forum at 9:30 in the Barth Room as we reflect on our baptismal commitment and how we grow into our faith as part of the Grace community.
The group studying Stranger God by Richard Beck will conclude its discussion of the book this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Balch Room (library).
Supper Clubs
The first round of supper club gatherings will end in January and we will begin a second round in February and run through May/June. If you are not part of a supper club but would like to join one, please put your name and contact information on the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex after liturgy. Alternatively, you can email me at . I will assume that if you are currently part of a supper club group you want to continue, but please let me know if you would like to be removed from the list.
David Stanislawski
For those who purchased poinsettias for the Christmas services and want to take them home, they will be taken out of the Nave on Saturday and be stationed in the third floor hall near the elevator on Sunday. Grab them before we have to consign them to the courtyard, where the weather will eventually carry them off into great beyond.
Lost Drill Bit  
A parishioner taking part in the mid-day service on Wednesday found a drill-bit on the floor in the Nave. Left by decorators? Wandered in off the street seeking spiritual peace or healing? No one knows. If you’ve been working in the Nave recently and are missing such at item, you know the drill (haw!) -- call the office at 243-3257 or e-mail We can reunite you!
Food Ministry
Egad! January’s vouchers went like hotcakes on Mardi Gras, vanishing about noon on the second day we gave them (Jan. 8). The pantry, therefore, is in the spotlight, and saw heavy use even before the vouchers ran out. So we need a bunch of stuff:

·       Canned hams, chicken, tuna
·       Hearty soups, stew, chili
·       Peanut butter (16 oz. jars)
·       Chef Boyardi ravioli
·       Spaghetti sauce
·       Beanie weenies
·       Canned pinto beans
If you prefer to give money rather than cans and packets and boxes, that works too – we can turn it into either food or vouchers! Thanks to all in the church and the neighborhood who support this ministry day in and day out – there’d be a lot more misery in the world without you.
Altar Flowers in 2020
Just when you thought you were safe from harassment over flowers until at least Easter, it's time to fill in the blanks on the 2020 Altar Flower chart! If you'd like to donate altar flowers to the church in 2020, there are dates open in every month but March (Lent, the non-floral season, eats that entire month this year). This endeavor requires nothing strenuous -- the florist (Gil and Curt) has already been given dates and any color requirements for specific liturgical dates, so donors need only write a check ($83 on a regular Sunday, and $150 for the much-larger arrangements for occasions such as Easter and Christmas) and provide a dedication (usually in honor or memory of someone or in thanksgiving for a life-event such as an anniversary, marriage, birth or lottery win,,, and should you win the lottery, you might want to consider some donations in addition to altar flowers, but that's a whole other article). Call or e-mail the office (243-3257; if you'd like to adopt a Sunday (or make arrangements for that big haul on Mega Millions).
Evensong in February at Christ Church
Candlemas Evensong , Sunday, Feb. 2, 5:30 pm at Christ Church, Chattanooga
The Schola Cantorum of the School of Theology at the University of the South will sing an evensong service for Candlemas. The evening will feature There is No Rose of Such Virtue by John Joubert, Orlando Gibbons' Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Johannes Eccard' s When to the Temple Mary Went , and Palestrina's Alma Redemptoris Mater . Christ Church is located at 663 Douglas St. Chattanooga, TN 37403.
Finance Committee (Merritt Room) -- Tuesday, January 14, 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, Lyn Martin; Acolytes, Cindy Davidson, Emily Evans, Thomas Evans; Usher, Mike Revenig
At the 10:45 a.m. service : Lectors, Caleigh Jackson, Jackson Ricketts; Intercessor, Celeste Humphrey; Chalice, Anne Curtis, Terry Burnett; Oblations, Jeff and Laura Bertrand; Acolytes, Jackson Ricketts, Caleigh Jackson; Lead Usher, Randy Durham; Greeters, Jeff and Laura Bertrand; Webcast (camera, sound), Bill Boren, Jerry Evans

Lectionary Readings
Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17

S ongs of thankfulness and praise (Hymnal 135); Arise, your light has come (in bulletin); Christ, when for us you were baptized (Hymnal 121); "I come" the great Redeemer cries (Hymnal 116); O love, how deep, how broad, how high (vs. 1-3, 6)
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