Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
The Season of Epiphany
JANUARY 9, 2021
Adult Education
This Sunday join us at 10:00 as our discussion returns to When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself

You can join the discussion using the link below. Hope to see you there. Here's the Zoom link:
Adult Education
This Week's Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Food Pantry
From the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Cole
Parish Prayer List
Matilda Dunn
Community Care in Anxious Times
This Week's Worship
Online Sunday Worship
Join us for Sunday morning worship on our Facebook page and website  (if it's in the mood) 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
Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person on January 10, at 3:30pm. We will meet on the yard just behind the pavilion and the community gardens. In an effort to protect the health of our neighbors, participants must sign up in advance, and we will be limiting the attendance for this service to 30 households. You will receive an email confirming successful registration, and if the service is over capacity at the time you sign up, you will receive priority for next week's service.

Each household unit is asked to keep 12-15 feet distance from your closest neighbor on the lawn. 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.

Because the website is currently in a mood, please sign up by e-mailing Dabney at

Daily Worship
You are also invited to take part in the nearly-daily services of Morning Prayer and Compline that our curate, David, is offering. Available every day (except Sundays) via Zoom, Morning Prayer begins at 9:00 a.m., and Compline at 8:00 p.m.; see below for the Zoom addresses along with the passwords: 

or paste this URL into your browser:

Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer

To get onto Compline everyday at 8pm, click this link: 

& the password is: compline
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
USPS has nothing on the Grace Clergy, who are valiantly holding outdoor office hours in all weathers. The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard on Tuesday, January 12th from 11pm-1pm. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard from 2pm-4pm on Thursday, January 14th. As always, if you would like to meet for prayer or conversation outside of office hours, our priests would be happy to see you. 

As always, if you would like to meet for prayer or conversation outside of office hours, our priests would be happy to see you.Contact April ( or David ( to set up an appointment.
Food Pantry
Wednesday's pantry-session started off slowly, but by the time we closed at 1 p.m., we'd had 16 visitors who took food for 27 adults and 28 children (total 55). The sainted Richard Hyatt handled the pantry solo for a while but gratefully received reinforcement in the person of Jerry Evans, and the two of them assuaged a lot of hunger pangs throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

The pantry survived with only a large gaps, but since the missing items are some of the crucial staples, we do need to bolster our supplies. Most needed this week are:

* spaghetti sauce
* peanut butter (16-oz jars preferred)
* canned chicken, canned hams, canned tuna, Spam
* canned green beans, corn, peas
* pudding

Thanks to all our Grace folks and our astoundingly generous Belvoir neighbors, whose donations week in and week out let us provide immediate aid to those whose circumstances keep them short of supplies. We and they send our thanks!
Presiding Bishop's Call to Prayer
The Presiding Bishop, The Most. Rev. Michael Curry, has offered a call to prayer after the events of January 6. You can listen to his thoughts at

You can access his talk as well as a letter from our own bishop, The Rt. Rev. Brian Cole, along with other material from the Diocese of East Tennessee, HERE.
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Donald, our President; Joseph, our president-elect; 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 George, our assisting priest; for Keith, 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
Judy Burnett, the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Garvin, Nancy Miller, Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, David Balling, Edith, Terrie, Alex, Roberta Fish, Jeanette Cureton,
Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Andrea, Steve Slack, Celeste Humphrey, 
Jim Strickland, Bethann, Angela, Dwight, James and Barbara Dooley, 
Dwight McMillan, Trevor Laymance, Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner, Tom Wolfe, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams, 
Nancy Mapel, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, 
J.R. Hicks, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones,
Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Jonathan Purple, Steven Mosman, John Woodham, Libby Workman, Elaine Harrison, Jean Williams, 
Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison, Joyce Smith, Jim May, Mary Ruth Clinton,
 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 Ali and Angela, 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 Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. (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 Prayer: Pray for St. Luke’s and Family Cornerstone (Diocesan Jubilee Center), Cleveland, TN; and for St. John’s, Brown Valley, SD.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, John Cox, Gayanne Silver,
Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, Marty Landis, Dexter and Helen Williams, 
Cheryl McCurry, Ethel Rutledge, Carolyn Minnich, Lanie Lundgrin, Terri Harvey, 
Sue Sears, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, Jeannie and Andy Williams, Jaime Cooper, 
Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, Brad and Kimberly Calhoun, Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Jim Curtis, Hal and Sue, 
Michelle Maroney, Jessica Ricketts
Matilda Dunn
Grace got word on Tuesday that Matilda Dunn, who was Grace's assistant priest in the mid-nineties died in hospice care on Monday. Hers was a wonderful and unique pastoral voice which the world can ill spare; she was a blessing to her family and to many Episcopalians and congregations.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with all your saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing,
but life everlasting.
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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