Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
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The Season after the Epiphany
JANUARY 21, 2022
Worship on Sunday
For the safety of the community, we encourage all to take advantage of vaccinations and boosters, and we ask that all who attend either service or any indoor activity wear masks. The 10:45 a.m. service will be streamed online for those who are unable to attend. You can access the service at Grace's Facebook page, and you can find the bulletin for that service HERE.

If you have questions or concerns about worship practices, please feel free to contact April ( or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (
Worship on Sunday
Adult Ed. this Sunday
Arboretum Blessing (1-23)
Celebrating David Burman (1-30)
GreenGrace Meeting Rescheduled
Food Pantry
Financial Reminder
Forward Day by Day
Daily Worship
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Adult Ed. on January 23
Ask April: A Conversation about Faith in Community, January 23rd at 9:30am
Join Rector April Berends in the Undercroft between the services on Sunday, January 23rd. We will discuss ideas for future adult formation classes and gatherings, and she'll do her best to help find answers to your questions about life in the community of Grace and the connections that we share. As we will soon begin a new series of Inquirers' classes/Episcopal 101, this session is especially appropriate for those who are new to Grace or the Episcopal Church, but all are welcome to bring their wonderings.

The Scripture Study group, which normally meets at the same time, will join the "Ask April" session in the Merritt Room to discuss topics of interest for adult formation. I have several topics I will probably bring up but especially the interest in forming a new Sacred Ground Circle. I hope you can join us there.

David Stanislawski
Arboretum Blessing on January 23
Time to branch out, go out on a limb, turn over a new leaf, em-bark on a new journey as Grace blesses it's new level 2-certified arboretum! You are cordially invited to celebrate its blessing and opening on Sunday, January 23, at 2:00 p.m. with a brief ceremony with April and our Bishop, Brian Cole.

And since no celebration is complete without food and drink, an outdoor reception will follow.
Our Level Two Arboretum (60 + tree species) was inspected and certified in December, 2021 by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. 
This event happens rain or shine. Terry Burnett is generously heading the Reception. Contact her if you'd like to help!
Click HERE for a Chattanooga Times Free Press article from Thursday's paper about the arboretum. 
Celebrating (belatedly!) Ohio-Bound David Burman
Though our dear Associate Rector David Burman was officially concluded his work at Grace on January 9, the weather prevented us from giving him a proper send-off, so we are trying again on Sunday, January 30. Please come to a reception after the 10:45 a.m. service, when we will get a chance to thank David for his ministry at Grace and wish him well in his next call in Worthington, OH. Terry Burnett is organizing the celebration; if you'd like to help with set up, food, or clean-up, please contact her at
GreenGrace Meeting Rescheduled
GreenGrace Environmental Team.  We are meeting to derive actions and events to address how we can directly fight environmental collapse in our own church and community.  THIS IS NOT THE GARDENING GROUP, although Grace Gardener's expansion of habitat and insect and plant diversity is part of what we do.  

We had to cancel last Sunday's meeting at the last possible minute, due to illness. We regret that and especially apologize the Barbara and Jim Harris who schlepped in chili and salad to feed us. WE WILL TRY AGAIN: Sunday, 6 Feb, in the Merritt Room, around 12:15 after church. We will feed you. Come discuss our action based approach, to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.

Lisa Lemza
Celebrating (belatedly!) Ohio-Bound David Burman
Though our dear Associate Rector David Burman was officially concluded his work at Grace on January 9, the weather prevented us from giving him a proper send-off, so we are trying again on Sunday, January 30. Please come to a reception after the 10:45 a.m. service, when we will get a chance to thank David for his ministry at Grace and wish him well in his next call in Worthington, OH. Terry Burnett is organizing the celebration; if you'd like to help with set up, food, or clean-up, please contact her at
Food Pantry
The pantry had a very busy session this week: volunteers Jim Dorris and Jim Harris greeted 19 visitors, who took food for 65 -- 34 adults and 31 children. Needless to say, the well-stocked shelves are now gloriously and honorably depleted! See below for the most notable deficiencies:

* Spaghetti noodles and spaghetti sauce
* saltine crackers
* hearty beef and chicken soups
* canned chicken
* Spam or similar
* canned hams
* canned peas, pinto beans
* canned beef stew
* Vienna sausages

Thanks to all in the church and the neighborhood for your steadfast support of this crucial ministry. Special thanks this week to Kathryn and April Barger-Howell, who handled the Belvoir donations last weekend while Phaen Stone and Richard Hyatt were out of town, and to Anderson Barger-Howell, who assists not only his parents but the Stone-Hyatt team as well in collecting and delivering bins upon bins of pantry goods from the generous folks around us. We are grateful to the many helping hands that bless us and those who ask for our help.
Financial Reminder
Those of you who have been donating regularly through, please note that Grace's relationship with that estimable organization ends at the end of this month. While that means that Grace will no longer receive your money through them, it does NOT mean that they will quit taking money from you. So make sure to end your account with them and re-establish one through Breeze.

You can use the URLs below to help you with breaking up with and taking up with Breeze:

Forward Day by Day
For those of you who are miraculously still moving forward, please note that print copies of the February-April issue of Forward Day by Day have arrived and been put in the Narthex, in the alcove by the front door, on a table near the handicapped entrance, and in the Balch Room; if you want a copy, please take one when you're at church this Sunday or on future Sundays.

If you are not able to get to church for reasons of health, viruses, or the myriad other difficulties of which life seems to have such an unlimited supply, you may avail yourselves of scanned versions of the issue, which can be accessed via the links below and saved to your own device.

Daily Worship
Grace offers Compline services at 8pm each evening; you can join

& 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.

For Morning Prayer, click here:

or paste this URL into your browser:

Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer
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 and Caroline, our seminarians; 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
Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey, Glyn Melnyk, Hannah Brewer, Lee Moore,
Valorie Lephart, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney, Bill Clark,
Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Tony Hill, Jennifer, Scott, Julia, Tony,
Mary Cooper, Russell, Susan Landis, Martha Smith, Sue Sears, William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden,
Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, 
the Brown family, Reba, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, 
J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, 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 Nicole and Emily, who are with child.

We give thanks for the birth of Josephine Marie Moore on January 11 to Katie Poulos Moore and Sam Moore, sister-in-law and brother of Betsy Hawthorne Bedwell and niece and nephew of Jean Whisenant.

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 the people of Haiti as they recover from the earthquake, and for the people of Afghanistan during political upheaval.
We pray for those who have died, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. The Anglican Communion has adopted a 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 at ACoP.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Paul, Chattanooga; St. Nicholas Episcopal School, Chattanooga; St. Andrew, Rapid City, SD.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland,
Michael Conner,  Helen Williams, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson,
Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Charles Smith, 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, Anne Getz,
Michael Roberts, Jeannie and Andy Williams, Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel,
Tina Knowles, Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, 
Jessica Ricketts
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Stephen Jones, Terry Burnett; Crucifer, Stephen Jones
At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Andy Belcher, Sue LaGraff; Intercessor, Richard Hyatt; Crucifer, Jeff Bertrand;
Lead Usher, Dick McGee

Lectionary Readings
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6. 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21
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