Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
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JANUARY 31, 2020
SOUPer Bowl!
Time again to put the Soup back in Super Bowl and the Can back in "Can Do"! While the 49ers and Chiefs battle for rings and bragging rights, Grace invites you to leap into the battle to keep food on our neighbors' plates. Pop-tops preferred (some of our clients don't have can-openers); please avoid broths and "cream-of" soups, since the former isn't filling or nutrient-packed and the later requires milk that many can't afford. Bring a can; bring a case! Every contribution helps! Thanks to Maria and her lively crew for last Sunday's advertising!
SOUPer Bowl Sunday
Directory Photos
GreenGrace Meeting
Life Planning Speaker on Hearing Loss
Inquirers' Class Begins in March
Craig Scholarship to St. Nicholas
Mardi Gras Camp
"Fat Tuesday" Moves to Sunday 2-23
Summer Arts Camps
Food Ministry
Meal Train for Rebecca Williams
Evensong at Christ Church (2-2)
Joseph Campbell RoundTable (2-17)
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
February 2 will be a long and taxing day – groundhogs to interview in the morning about the arrival of spring, liturgies and Sunday School classes to attend, and football, massive piles of chips, dips, and other challenging items to be dealt with in the afternoon and evening. Take action to insure that your strength endures throughout these ordeals: Come to breakfast on Sunday morning! The Stones will preside, serving up one of their culinary masterpieces (which they allege will contain groundhog -- or at least, ground hog!) for the low, low price of $5 per person, with a family maximum of $20. Boslter your endurance – come to breakfast and fuel up!
Directory Photos
If you are new to Grace and would like to be included in the online photo directory – or if your current image is dated and no longer does justice to your current splendor – take advantage of Jim Milburn’s monthly photography service. He will be available after whichever liturgy you attend, ready to snap or re-snap your picture.
GreenGrace Meeting on Sunday
On Sunday morning,  2 February, 9:30 am (after breakfast)  we will convene our first meeting of GreenGrace in the Rebecca Merritt Room , a forum for a regionally focused, environmental action oriented team. We want to address the intersection of climate change, biodiversity collapse, and Christian responsibility. We want to bring a spiritual voice these issues and discussions, which voice seems now absent. 
We want to do more than 'just talk.' Let's cook up something in addition to hand wringing.  
What:  GreenGrace initial convening and discussion: goals. Plans. Ideas. Venting. Pitchforks and torches not necessary, yet.
Where:  Rebecca Merritt Room, 3d floor.
When:  Sunday, 2 February, 9:30-10:30 am. Come for breakfast at 9:00 a.m., and stay to chew the fat.
Lisa Lemza
Life Planning Will Host Hearing-Loss Session (2-9)
The Life Planning Committee invites you to join us on Sunday, February 9 th , at 9:30am, 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.  
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.
Coming in March – Inquirers’ Class
If you are new to the Episcopal Church and want the lowdown on the origins, beliefs and traditions of the church – or if you’re an old timer looking to brush up on these things – betake yourselves to the Undercroft on March 1 (or remain there after breakfast) and take part in the introductory session of the 2020 Inquirers’ Class. Led by Sean McEwen, the class will run from March 1 through Mothers’ Day (May 10), when the Bishop makes his annual visit to Grace. Please note that attending this class doesn’t not oblige you to be confirmed or received when the Bishop comes: its primary aim is simply to provide information about the church to those want to better understand the church, its tenets and its evolution.
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.

Who is eligible to receive this scholarship?
The children of families who “are faithful members of Grace Episcopal Church.”  Faithful is defined as “families who pledge, attend, participate in and are known to us as part of the Grace Church family.”
What do I do to be considered for this scholarship award?
Parents or Legal Guardians who wish to be considered for this assistance must complete the application for the Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship and submit the application to the Scholarship Committee by April 30..
Mardi Gras Camp
Parents, have you ever dreamed of giving up your children for Lent? Of course you haven't! But you may well have wished for a few child-free hours, say, just before Mardi Gras; if so, Grace can help you! All Grace children in elementary school are hereby invited to the second annual Mardi Gras Camp on February 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and their parents are invited to...well, so whatever they want or need to do.

While you are planting the bulbs you forgot about or taking your first nap since 2017, your kiddos will be celebrating Mardi Gras. (Helpers needed, by the way, if you've already dealt with bulbs and naps; crafters encouraged to make suggestions!}. please note that this is NOT an activity open to the community at this point. If it grows, maybe next year.
Fat Tuesday Moves to Sunday February 23
When is a Tuesday not a Tuesday? It’s when the annual Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) celebration moves to Sunday morning so that more people are able to participate.
Instead of the pre-Lenten weekday pancake supper, Grace will hold its traditional meal on Sunday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the Undercroft. Pancakes will of course be center-stage, but there will be other options for those who can’t, won’t or shouldn’t associate with pancakes and syrup. The kids will be invited to participate in the Pancake Olympics at 9:30 a.m.
Help will be needed for this undertaking! Please sign up to help before or after the meal by talking to Maria Hurt, David Burman or Vivian Dodds.
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. 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 . 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 if you want to know more or if you want to help (I'm looking at you grandparent types!!)
Food Ministry Needs
The Food Pantry has been a hive of activity this week, with many visitors coming in for help. We're not only short of food items this week but also short of bags to put them in, so if you have some extra plastic t-shirt bags from the local groceries that are fairly clean and boast no gaping holes, we'd love to get some.

Aside from the bags (which, though very useful, make for notoriously poor eating), we have a number of thin or empty places on our shelves; see below for the items that will fill them.

* saltine crackers
* Chef Boyardi ravioli and the like
* Spam
* canned fruit/fruit cups
* beef stew
* beanie weenies
* Canned corn, canned carrots
* mac and cheese
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* Vienna sausages

Thanks to all at Grace and those in the Belvoir neighborhood who help keep us stocked!
Meal Train for Church Member Rebecca Williams
If you would like to be part of a meal train for Rebecca Williams, please contact Maria Hurt at . She is doing quite well and is expected to go home from Siskin on February 4.  
Candlemas Evensong at Christ Church
The Schola Cantorum of the School of Theology at the University of the South will sing an evensong service for Candlemas on Sunday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m.
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.
Joseph Campbell Mythological RoundTable (2-17-20)
The Mythology of Nothingness
presenter: Jim Allen
February 17, 2020
What is nothingness? It is an a-dimensional infinity. Without any dimension location, velocity, heat, mass and everything else we imagine as real simply doesn’t exist. However, since I exist I know that the infinity of nothingness is asymmetric in some way for if it were symmetric, as in nothing everywhere and nowhere, none of us would be here reading this now.

Join Jim Allen for musings on time/space, the universe and the creative spark at its origin. Jim is a poet, a collector and an authority on Oriental rugs and textiles. In medical school, he studied philosophy and became enamored with the works of Allan Watts and Gregory Bateson. Jim likes to share his musings on art, oriental rugs and thoughts on life with his thousands of followers on his Facebook post.
RoundTables meet the third Monday of the month at 7 pm at Grace Episcopal. Visitors and guests are welcome to our programs. There is no charge to attend, though small donations are appreciated which support the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and Grace Church, our local host.

After-Program:  We reconvene at the Ugly Tree Cafe at 3950 Brainerd Road, two doors down beyond the gas station at Belvoir, same side of the street.  
Thank you to those who braved the cold and came to the January meeting. There is a brief link on the Facebook page for a 10-minute version of the video we watched.

For more information, contact
Mything in action,
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Amie Brien-Slack, Dick McGee; Intercessor, Mairi Wright; Chalice, Susan Brown; Acolyte, Dick McGee; Usher, Mike Revenig
At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Sharla Benedict Region, Skeeter Makepeace; Intercessor, Merilee Milburn; Chalice, Terry Burnett, Rosy Milburn; Acolytes, Stephen Jones, Phaen Stone; Oblations, Vivian Dodds, David Stanislawski; Lead Usher, Blair Callaway; Web Broadcast (camera, sound), Richard Lanham, Bill Boren

Lectionary Readings
Malachi 3:1-4, Psalm 84, Hebrews 2:14-18, Luke 2:22-40

Christ, mighty Savior (Hymnal 34); How bright appears the morning star (Hymnal 497); Lord God, you now have set your servant free (Hymnal 499); Blest are the pure in heart (Hymnal 656); Love divine, all loves excelling
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