Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
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The Season After Pentecost
JULY 4, 2020
Sunday & Daily Worship
As we exhibit our Christian charity for each other by staying apart, Grace continues to stream videos for Sunday 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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Sunday and Daily Online Worship
Christian Formation
Gardens and Grounds
Food Pantry
Prayer List
Family Promise Thanks
Thanks for the Newspapers!
Community Care in Anxious Times
Worship (continued)
You are also invited to escape from the madness and rest your mind and soul via Morning Prayer on weekdays and Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and services of Compline at 8:00 p.m. each evening. We all need reminders of essential realities that transcend the medical, political, and psychopathic!
To get onto Morning Prayer at 9am everyday except Sunday: click this link: & the password is:
To get onto Compline every day at 8pm, click this link: , & the password is:
Christian Formation
Study on Antiracism begins July 5, 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. 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 ( ). 

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. This week, we will cover the sixth and seventh chapters of  Queer Virtue.
Gardens and Grounds
Tree Losses & Care . The giant, beautiful elm at the corner of Sunbeam and Belvoir-- one of our largest canopy trees, probably well over a century old-- experienced major damage in the Sunday night storm. A huge section has sheared off, and lays across the Memorial Garden onto Belvoir Avenue. The downed section still hangs by a shred.

We await evaluation by our ISA certified arborist -- who routinely cares for our trees. I doubt we'll be able to save this magnificent, overstory specimen, but will hold off action for expert opinion. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, if necessary, we will replant with one of our region's most magnificent canopy trees, the legendary white oak, Quercus alba. It is listed as THE best butterfly/moth support tree in the Eastern United States, supporting over 530 species. African proverb: "When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. When is the next best time? TODAY."

And, speaking of trees: Although temporarily rescued by curious amounts of rain -- thank God -- we have assembled a team of folk who have mysteriously volunteered to water our 35 -- give or take -- new trees, planted this past winter, all through this most perilous year of their planting. This involves months of faithful watering, a SIGNIFICANT sacrifice. Especially if you have to drag out heavy, dirty hoses.  

Kristina and Lisa thank them with uttermost, high thankness:

Richard Hyatt
Kristina Shaneyfelt
Jim Harris
Kerri Williams
Jerry Evans
Tom Carroll
Ricke Herr
Jeff Workman
Linn Finck
David “Hoss” Hopkins (community gardener)
Terry Burnett
Mickey Myers

Lisa Lemza
Food Pantry
On Wednesday, stalwart volunteers Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley, Richard Hyatt, Jim Harris, and Caleb Sexton braved the damp and misting weather to serve 10 visitors, whose households (including themselves) comprised 19 adults and 10 children. Thanks to our persevering donors from Grace and the Belvoir neighborhood, supplied held out, but of course we ended the day short of a few items:

* jars of applesauce
* canned peas and green beans
* hearty soups
* canned chicken
* spaghetti sauce in regular-size jars (not the ginormous ones)
* pudding
*dry dog and cat food (small bags/boxes)

It’s impossible, week after week, to find words that will adequately express the gratitude we all feel when we leave the pantry and its depleted shelves on Wednesdays and come back the next week to find the shelves once again ready to provide for our neighbors in need. God has many hands and feet and open purses in our community, and we are thankful beyond telling for their quiet and steadfast support.
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.
We pray for parishioners and loved ones, especially Gerry Jones, 
Ware Mitchell, Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner,
Andy Belcher, Chuck and Jason, Tom Wolfe, Don and Ann Ludwig, the Tangel family,
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 those who have died, especially Miriam Tucker, longtime Grace Parishioner who has been unable to attend for many years.
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 lost homes, property, and loved ones in the storms last weekend, and ask for strength and perseverance for those coping with damage to their homes and neighborhoods.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:   Pray for The United Church of Pakistan and The Most Rev. Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar and Moderator of the Church of Pakistan.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Pray for the country (BCP p. 820).
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
Fa mily Promise Needs Covered -- Thanks!
Skeeter Makepeace gratefully reports that all the dinner-slots have been filled! Thanks to all who volunteered to handle the six evening meals Grace is responsible for -- you are blessings to both Skeeter and the families who will enjoy the food you bring!
Thanks for the Newspapers
Thanks to all who have brought newspapers for the Choyce’s many foster puppies, who have greatly appreciated all those whose gifts have delivered them and their caretakers from the ravages of too much moisture! The Choyces are currently well-supplied and may wait a bit between the current litter and the next one, so you can take a brief break from this particular collection. We’ll put out another call later in the summer if necessary. 
Community Care in Anxious Times
Our Grace check-in teams are continuing to check on households. Team leaders for each check-in group are contacting you 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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