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 9, 2021
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; please read below about changes in worship plans should it decide to rain.

Though all worship will be taking place indoors beginning in mid-August (see article further along in this issue), Sunday School will remain in the Pavilion for a time since children are still ineligible for vaccination.

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Sunday 7/11 (Plan A, sun; Plan B, rain)
10:45 Worship in the Nave (8-15)?!
Daily Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Arts Camp
Food Pantry Needs
"God Made You Fabulous" Shirts
Laymen's Conference
Parish Prayer List
Meetings This Week
Sunday (continued)
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 -- With a possibility of rain in the forecast for Sunday, we have a Plan A and a Plan B for the 10 a.m. service. If the weather is dry or merely drizzly, we will worship as usual outdoors with the aid of some of the Brainerd Market's tents to help with heat or moisture. Should there be rain in any substantial volume, we will initiate Plan B and move into the Nave. If we go inside, we do ask that everyone, vaccinated or not, wear masks, so please tuck one into your pocket just in case. We will have some on hand for those don't have them.

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

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. (Please note that there have been some technological problems this week, which may mean glitches for the online broadcast).
Return of 10:45 a.m. Worship in Nave?!
We may beware the ides of March, but we are hoping to have cause to rejoice on the ides of August, when Grace hopes to restore the later Sunday morning service to its proper time and place: instead of meeting at 10 in the courtyard, beginning on August 15 (God willing and the viral stats decrease don't rise), parishioners will be invited to come at 10:45 a.m. and sit down on pews in the Nave! This plan, of course, rests on the continued decline of case numbers and transmission rates, so say your prayers and keep your fingers crossed. More details about masking and other precautions as the date gets closer.
Daily Worship
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 Thursday, July 15. You can contact David at should you wish to set up an appointment at another time.
Arts Camp
In a hair over two weeks, Grace's somewhat-abbreviated-but-still-magnificent Summer Arts Camp will get underway, so if you're planning to enroll any of your offspring, grandchildren or visiting cousins, it's time to to take action. All the 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 or texting her at 423-503-4531. 
Food Pantry
The pantry began July without fireworks: whether because of the drizzly gray day or other mysterious circumstances, we had only 4 visitors, who took food for 15
(9 adults and 6 children). Our stalwart volunteers bore up valorously, though, and neither slumbered nor slept.

Since the demands were light, we don't need much this week, but of course we need a few things:

  • pudding
  • saltine crackers
  • Vienna sausages
  • hearty chicken or beef soups
  • beanie weenies, (small cans -- around 7 oz.)

Thanks to Dixie Riall, Jim Harris and Brittany Williamson, who took care of the days requests; thanks also to Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone and Anderson Barger-Howell for their labors in taking care of the neighborhood's donations and getting them into the building and onto the shelves at Grace. We are blessed with many hands and good hearts!
"God Made You Fabulous" Shirts
The diocese has launched its "God Made You Fabulous" t-shirt fundraiser to support diocesan Pride presence across East Tennessee. If you'd like to support this campaign -- not to mention getting a gorgeous addition to your casual wardrobe -- click on the URL below:

This is a limited-time campaign, so act quickly if you're interested!
For more information, email Bro. Andrew at
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
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 Episcopal Church in the Philippines. 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 Church of the Annunciation, Newport, TN; for Good Shepherd, Little Oak Creek, SD; for social justice (BCP 260) and for the human family (BCP 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
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
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