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 3, 2021
Grace Office Hours
Grace's offices are opening more regularly that in the recent past: you can come by Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 9-noon on Fridays and find office folks at work. Though there is usually someone in the office on Mondays, it's usually in the financial office, so there's no one to hear and respond to the doorbell. If you need to visit, Tuesday-Friday is the best bet.

All offices will be closed on Monday, July 5 in celebration of the Independence Day holiday.
IN THIS ISSUE
Grace Office Hours
Sunday at Grace
Arts Camp and Preceding Picnic
Daily Worship
Clergy Office Hours
Food Pantry
Reminders: Directory, Altar Flowers
Annual Laymen's Conference
Pride Recording and Interviews
Parish Prayer List
Sunday at Grace
Sunday School for children: 10 a.m. in the Pavilion. Drop off the offspring as you head in for the 10 a.m. service so you can worship without having to react to hand-tugs, serendipitous leaps into the fountain and worrisome primal screams from behind the bushes.

8 a.m. Service -- This service will be held in the Nave (main indoor worship space), as long as the community continues to see a decline in infection rates. We will continue to celebrate Holy Eucharist in one kind (bread only), and the priests will wear masks throughout the service, unless they are preaching or officiating. The windows will be open and fans will be blowing. All in attendance at the 8am service, vaccinated or not, are asked to wear masks.

Before entering the Nave, either from the courtyard, or from the front of the church, you’ll find a station hand sanitizer and extra masks.

10 a.m. Service -- We will continue to hold outdoor worship at 10 a.m. in the courtyard at Grace. We felt it important to continue to worship outdoors to offer an option to families with young children, individuals who are not yet vaccinated, and others who are not yet ready to be worshipping inside. 

Some mornings in the courtyard are hot, which is why we are continuing his service at 10am instead of at 10:45, when the heat tends to be worse. We are trying to keep these outdoor services relatively brief. The 10 a.m. time is a temporary accommodation, and we expect that we will eventually return to our pre-pandemic schedule.

We ask that those who are not vaccinated wear masks when in close proximity to others at outdoor worship. Priests will continue to wear masks when distributing communion. We also recommend wearing sunscreen and/or a sunhat for this service.  We will always have some chairs available, but we ask that those who can bring their own chairs do so.  

On Sundays when it rains, the rain plan is for those who are comfortable worshipping indoors to move into the nave (masks required), and those who wish to remain outdoors to gather under the pavilion for a brief reflection on the scriptures for the day and communion.

The clergy and vestry are keeping an eye on local COVID stats and will revise worship options in accordance with what becomes safer or less safe.

Online Worship -- For those who must still be cautious about gathering among flesh-and-blood humanity, the 10 a.m. service will be live-streamed on
Facebook; the bulletin is available HERE.
Arts Camp and Preceding Picnic
That whoosh you hear is the coattails of June whipping around the corner to let July have the stage, which means that Arts Camp is closer than you think! If you're planning to enroll any of your offspring, grandchildren or visiting cousins, please leap -- or, considering the humidity and temperature, ooze -- into action. Details are below:

Grace Arts Camp (Abridged Edition!): For All Grace-Related Families with Children (0 to 8th Grade)

Grace will open its Arts camp session with a picnic on Friday, July 23 -- all families with children are welcome, including families with children too young for regular art camp activities. 

Arts Camp itself has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25; Grace kids, grandkids, and children related to Grace visitors are invited to participate. We are not sure how many we can host in this era of COVID and quarantine, and we plan to handle things outdoors as much as possible.  

The arts camp curriculum will be shaped around each age group. We will have a 10 to 4 schedule with activities for ages 4 & 5, grades 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th (split into at least two groups) and 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th in another group. Curriculum will be geared toward what the age groups will find fun and different, especially the middle schoolers.

Plus, we will have an hour of programming for children ages 0 to almost 4. That schedule will be announced shortly.  

We need all volunteers from past years who might be willing to help. There will be some morning set-up on Saturday and Sunday, so even if you can't help with kids, perhaps you can help with that!! Please let me know if you are interested by emailing Maria at mariahurt1915@gmail.com or texting her at 423-503-4531. 
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
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends will be out-of-town this week and not available for office hours. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 6. You can contact David at dburman@saygrace.net should you wish to set up an appointment at another time.
Food Pantry
The last day of June brought 19 visitors toiling through the humidity to access the pantry; they left with food for 65 (38 adults and 27 children. Though it was less of a run on supplies than last week's food for 98, we find ourselves short of a number of goods. Should you be out and about this week and can pick up an item or two to relieve our emptiness, we will be very grateful! Most needed this week are:

  • packets of instant grits
  • mac and cheese (boxes preferred)
  • hearty chicken soups
  • Spam or similar
  • canned chicken
  • canned pinto beans
  • beanie weenies
  • cheese and cracker packets
  • small cans of chicken with pop tops (for our homeless visitors)
  • dog food (dry, small bags)

Thanks on bended knee to parishioners and to our oh-so-generous Belvoir neighbors, whose donations enable us to help those who find themselves without so many essentials. Thanks also to the battalion of volunteers who helped this week with collection and distribution of goods: Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone, Anderson Barger-Howell, Jim Harris, Nate Konsavage, Jim Dorris, Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman, who take care of both the pantry and the visitors. We are greatly blessed to have so many willing hands!
Reminders: Online Directory & Altar Flowers
Directory -- Weary of having to stay on the home page and eschew travel during the pandemic, the online directory has kicked up its heels and headed off to a new location. You can access the new directory at https://graceepiscopal.breezechms.com/ the user name is ‘saygrace’ and the password is ‘Chattanooga’.

[In order to make access as easy as possible, we've added "BREEZE" to the menu items listed across the top of the webpage at www.saygrace.net. Click on BREEZE and use the above information to log in. And presto! You're there!]
 
In the process of moving the data, we noticed that a lot of the pictures are outdated. Some of the children in the photos are now adults who have moved out and are on their own. We will be updating the pictures later in the year as we come back to normal services. However in the mean time, please log in and review your data. If you see things that need to be changed or added, please send the new information to jnmilburn@epbfi.com.

Altar Flowers -- With in-person services occurring now at Grace, the church is once again offering the opportunity for parishioners to donate altar flowers and dedicate them in memory of or in thanksgiving for a loved one or important life-event such as birth, marriage, anniversaries, and other remarkable milestones. Cost is $77 (includes the delivery fee), and donors need do nothing more than write a check and supply the dedication. Sundays are available beginning in July; call (423) 243-3257 or e-mail Dabney at dcarden@saygrace.net to inquire about the availability of a Sunday.

Because it's been 16 months since we've dedicated altar flowers and some people's situations have changed, we are erasing all the standing orders we have on record and starting from scratch. If you have had a standing order in the past and would like to reinstate it or would like to establish a standing order, please contact the office using the information above.
Annual Laymen's Conference at Dubose
Gentlemen of Grace, if 15 months of pandemic have given you an appetite to get away with the guys, you might consider the Laymen's Conference of the Episcopal Churchmen of East Tennessee. Dubose will host the 75th annual gathering of this estimable group from August 20-22.

This year's theme is Life After... A Look at the Christian Perspective on Dealing with Life Transitions and How We Approach, Embrace and Thrive after Them. Speakers include NFL Hall-of-Famer Willie Roaf (Pre-recorded; Life after the NFL), Bob Corker, (In-Person; Life after Politics), and Dr. Peter Doherty (pre-recorded; Life after the COVID 19 Pandemic). For more details or to register, go to
Pride Mass Recording
250 people gathered at St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville, for this year's Pride Mass with Bishop Brian Cole celebrating and the Rev. Joseph Wallace-Williams preaching. Church of the Good Samaritan supported the refreshments at the mini-Pride after the service. Many thanks to Sinead Doherty, William Simerly, and Rev. RJ Powell for their efforts in planning. Thanks to all the volunteers who came to the service, from colorful streamer bearers to lectors.
 
With the donation match, Pride Mass raised just over $3,400 for the Trans Empowerment Project and Appalachian OUTreach. Thank you to everyone that donated to this year's collection.

If you'd like to see a recording of the service or the interview with Bishop Cole and The Rev. Joseph Wallace-Williams, who preached for the mass, you can find them at the links below:


https://vimeo.com/566661317 (Interview with Bishop Cole and The Rev. Joseph Wallace-Williams)

Brother Andrew Morehead has promised information on how to get a "God Made You Fabulous" t-shirt in the Diocese's next dispatch; you can e-mail him directly at amorehead@dioet.org if you'd like to sign-up for Pride news.
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
 
the Smallwood family, Patty Maroney, Michelle Maroney, Jamie Stone,
Amanda Cate, Martha Smith, Sue Sears, William Simpson, Neil Robinson,
Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, Gerry Jones,
Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen,  Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, Ann Ludwig, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, Steve Slack, Angela, 
Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, Charlotte Dorris, 
Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison, Joyce Smith, 
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 Jessica Pannell, Alice Revenig Clark and Ali, 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 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: The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. 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 HERE.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Andrew's, Harriman, TN; Mediator, Kyle, SD; and for the country (BCP p. 815).

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland,
Trevor Laymance, Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 
Helen Williams, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, 
Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Charles Smith, Steven Mosman, 
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
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