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 After Pentecost
JULY 25, 2020
Online Worship –
Sunday and Daily
As we continue to row, row, row our liturgical boat gently down the streaming, please note that you can access Sunday morning worship on our  Facebook   page and  website    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 .

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Online Worship
Christian Formation Classes
Food Pantry
Forward Day by Day (August-October)
Parish Prayer List
Mythological Opportunities
Services (continued)
As our hunkering-down increases as cases spike around Chattanooga, you are invited to bolster your spirit through 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.; in order to dodge trolls who are tired of lurking under bridges and hunger for folks to harass, you will need to use the passwords below along with the Zoom addresses:
To get onto Morning Prayer at 9am everyday except Sunday: click this link: 

& the password is:

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

& the password is:

Not only to get the support and comfort of the prayers and readings, but also the Zoom-presence of some of your favorite Grace folks. All are welcome!
Christian Formation Classes
Study on Antiracism continues next week, Sundays at 10am
On Sunday, July 5th, we’ll begin a community-wide conversation on antiracism. The primary text for this discussion group will be I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Brown’s memoir of growing up Black, Christian and female in majority-White schools and churches describes her experience of finding her way amidst the racial divide in this country. Brown offers insightful and personal analysis of White Christianity and the church’s attempts at seeking racial justice.
A limited number of copies of I’m Still Here are available through the Grace Bookstore. Contact Dabney Carden at to reserve a copy (cost is $19, which included tax). This class will meet via Zoom, and we’ll send out the link to access sessions in next week’s GraceNotes and on our Facebook page. For more information, contact David Burman ( ) or April Berends ( ).

To attend the class, at 10 a.m. on Sundays, click here:

or, should that not work for some reason, cut and paste this URL into your browser:

You’ll find a growing list of anti-racism resources at 

The Rev. Claire Brown, associate rector at St. Paul’s, Chattanooga recently offered a webinar on dismantling racism.  You can view the video  here .

Queer Theology
The community of Grace has long maintained a commitment of embracing and affirming the gifts and the belovedness of all persons, including LGBTQ+ persons. The Rev. April Berends and Sean McEwen are currently leading a Queer Theology class so that we might explore these commitments more deeply. Most of the readings for this class come from  Queer Virtue by Elizabeth Edman. The class meets via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in taking part, please email April at if you would like to join this conversation.
Food Pantry
After a bit of a lull last week, the pantry this Wednesday was a hive of activity, with volunteers fielding 15 visitors who took food for 23 adults and 25 children, for a grand total of 48 people needing to eat. That's an impressive number, and it's thanks to our steadfast parishioners and our extremely generous Belvoir neighborhood that we're able to send folks home with the supplies they need. 

Here's the list for the neighborhood network:

* Peanut butter (16 oz. jars)
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* Vienna sausages
* canned hams
* canned chicken
* pudding
* larger cans/jars of fruit or applesauce (for families)
* beanie weenies
* Chef Boyardi ravioli and the like in cans
* canned corn, peas, pinto beans

Thanks to Richard Hyatt and Jim Harris, who handled everything with aplomb while Gail and Linda worked in a camping trip, and a special nod to Nate Konsavage, Jim’s godson, who not only took care of clients but leapt in and reorganized  the shelves so that supplies that were formerly strewn all over the floor of the old Brides’ Room found a place in the actual pantry. This gave volunteers more space to maneuver and created an unwonted tidiness (who knew that could happen?!). 
Forward Day by Day – August through October Issue
The August through October issue of Forward Day by Day has arrived! If you are out and about next Wednesday or any following Hump Day, you are welcome to stop by between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to get a copy.

If, however, you prefer not to venture out into Virusberg for the sake of a hard copy, you may avail yourselves of these scans:

Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Donald, 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 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
Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner, Andy Belcher,
Chuck and Jason, Tom Wolfe, Don and Ann Ludwig, Jane Williams, 
Kathleen and Caroline Belcher, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams,
Nancy Mapel, David Stanislawski, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, Tessa Spaulding, J.R. Hicks, Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, Peggy Fugate, Jean Lorren, 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 Kerry Baker and Janine Revenig, who are with child;
We pray for Charlotte Lott, mother of Jeff Bertrand and grandmother of Helen and Eleanor, who died recently, giving thanks for her life and asking blessings and comfort for those who loved her.  
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 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. 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:   Pray for the bishops gathered in Canterbury, Kent, for the Lambeth Conference.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Pray for St. Thomas, Knoxville, and these South Dakota churches: St. Mary, Promise; St. Thomas, Station on the Tree; Emmanuel, White Horse.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
John Cox, John and Cherry Stewart, Gayanne Silver, Garvin Colburn,
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
Mythological Opportunities
Though we cannot, alas, offer you a chance to slay the hydra or Nemean lion, ride a hippogriff, or encounter and Ent or an orc, there are other worthy mythological adventures open to you. Diana Peterson, who facilitates the Joseph Campbell RoundTable group that meets at Grace, is keeping us abreast of a variety of programs that may be useful to us during a time when the hero’s adventure, for most of us, has turned to its underworld phase, taking us out of the familiar and into the shadows where the quest for authentic life germinates. See below for details on two programs:

Join Sherry Cothran, award winning singer/songwriter, ordained United Methodist minister and author in this one of a kind workshop on August 2nd, 1 -2:30 p.m. (EST) from noon to 1:30 p.m. (CST)

. Participants will experience the voices of ancient wisdom from various world traditions including poetry from Rumi, Hafiz, Ecclesiastes, and even some ancient Egyptian wisdom poetry. Learning how to let this ancient wisdom flow into our modern lives in anxious times. With registration, participants will be given a link to download music and a PDF with creative journaling prompts and highlighted wisdom poetry that will form the content for this workshop. Participants can use this material in every day lives, creating a habit of visiting ancient wisdom and becoming rooted in that which is greater than ourselves.
Sherry received a grant from the Louisville Institute to study Wisdom traditions from around the world and channel them into modern songs. She created "Kiss the Ground," a beautiful CD full of wisdom from the sages of old. These songs, curated from Wisdom traditions in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Egyptian and Native American spirituality act as guides through difficult topics. The workshop will cover the topics of the sages including: loneliness, finding purpose in a meaningless world, love, death, and entering into a dialogue with creation.  

Register here: 
Beloved Woman,  Founder & President
Women Arise Collective , Dir. of Content & Strategy U.S.
423-402-0276 - office
615-347-1454 - mobile

You may also take advantage of a mythic perspective on this time in which we find ourselves from Michael Meade. His audios are available, some for purchase, some for free through his website:
Looking at where we currently are from the Hero's Journey, like it or not, we have been booted out beyond the threshold. Attempting to go back to what is familiar is futile and annuls and defeats the journey. That experience of "normal" no longer exists, if it ever did. Attempting to return to the perceived safety of that old world won't work. We need to go forward, gradually forging a vision of the new reality. In the process, and how we do it, could save the planet.
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