Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
June 17, 2022
COVID & Masking Update
We have received recent reports from a number of members of our community who have recently tested positive for COVID. A number of these cases can be traced to an indoor event at one of our local churches. As cases are rising in our area, we are recommending that those attending worship services at Grace wear masks. Masks will not be required for worship at Grace, but they remain an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and also minimize disruption to summer plans.

 In other COVID-related news, vaccines are finally available for children under five years old, many of us are now eligible for a second booster shot, and most insurers are now covering the cost of at-home test kits. Check with your local pharmacy for details, and do what you can to protect your neighbors and yourself.
COVID and Masking Update
Bishop's Message on Vestavia Hills, AL
CALEB Bail Bond Presentation (6-19-22)
Worship This Week
Children's Ministry (and Arts Camp!)
Chattanooga Flute Choir Concert (6-19)
Snorkel with GreenGrace in June
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Keep in Mind (Bishop's visit; Brainerd Market)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Bishop's Message on Shooting at St. Stephens, Vestavia Hills, AL
June 17, 2022

Dear East Tennessee Friends,

I am writing to you on the morning after the shooting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. At present, reports are indicating that two people were killed and one was wounded. This is the latest in mass shootings across our country which have targeted persons of color in a grocery store, children in an elementary school, medical workers in a hospital, to name only a few.

A house of worship is a refuge, a sanctuary, a place where, when we arrive there, vulnerable humans can be our true selves before the eternal God. We go there unguarded.

When a house of worship becomes a site of gun violence, a sacred place has been defiled, profaned. Pray for the victims of last night’s shooting and all those who were present at St. Stephen’s. Also, pray for all those who have ever known St. Stephen’s as a house of worship, sanctuary, refuge, home. For those, too, even miles away, a place of prayer was violated.


+ Brian
CALEB Presentation (6-19, 11:15 a.m.)
Did you know that the majority of the people sitting in Hamilton County’s jail have not been found guilty? Did you know that a person can remain in jail for 2 weeks, waiting for their first court hearing, if they cannot pay their bail? Can you imagine what havoc that creates in their life?

Please join us on Sunday (June 19) at 11:15 in the Merritt Room for a conversation about the harm to our community posed by the cash bail system. Two representatives from CALEB (Chattanoogans in Action for Love, Equality and Benevolence) will make a 30 minute presentation, to be followed by discussion and questions. 
Worship This Week
The single Sunday service this week will be at 10:00 a.m.; masks are currently optional -- see above article for caveat, however! This service will be streamed via Facebook; those watching from home can access the bulletin HERE.
Children's Ministry
(and Arts Camp!)
We are enjoying the warm weather and art and books! 

We are very excited to confirm that Arts Camp will take place this year on
July 29, 30, and 31. We will have creative writing, crafts, music, movement, drama, cooking and more! 

Please mark your calendars for all this fun! 
Chattanooga Flute Choir Concert (6-19)
If peace, beauty, and a respite from the heat sound good to you, betake yourselves to Hixson on Sunday afternoon for the Chattanooga Flute Choir's free concert. Planned for 3-4 p.m. at Stuart Heights Baptist Church (3208 Hixson Pike), the choir, under the able direction of Grace musician-par-excellence Nora Kile, will offer these amenities on the afternoon of Sunday. Grace members Tom Lifsey and Emily Dungey will also take part in the performance. G, enjoy, and marvel at the talents of your fellow Episcopalians!
Snorkel with GreenGrace in June!
Since the deadline for sending in $$ for the Conasauga trip arrives a week from today (June 24), it is time to take counsel and decide if you wish to, in the heat of July, travel to a lovely locale and submerge yourself in cool and refreshing river-water. Details below!

The trip will be accompanied by documentary snorkel expert, Casper Cox, whose film Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia formed the central matter for a recent environmental stewardship class at Grace. Having seen and discussed the documentary, it's time now to take a field trip! 

When: July 8th 10-2 (with a couple hours of driving)
Where: Cherokee National Forest/ Conasauga River
Who: Anyone interested. We DO need at least 12 folks. We will be snorkeling and meandering over river rocks, so make sure you are comfortable with that.

Things to know: 

-Snorkel gear/wet suits will be available for no extra cost
- $25 a person, but will be at least $300 for the group/ aka 12 people 
- Carpooling will be a necessity 
- Waivers signed and sent in once money is received. Everyone must sign the CNF waivers. 

Please contact Brittany Williamson with questions and interest. 
(865) 202-0481

We will need to finalize and send in our plans by June 24th. 

Brittany Williamson
Lisa Lemza
Kristina Shaneyfelt
Food Pantry
Another blockbuster session for the pantry this week -- stalwart volunteers Jim Harris and Jim Dorris fielded twenty-five visitors and sent them off with food for 72 -- 46 adults and 26 kids -- then we took care of four more folks later in the day. Donations from Grace parishioners and Belvoir neighbors, plus trips to Sam's and Aldi with monetary donations let us take care of everyone, but of course our supplies have slimmed down a good bit since the doorbell first started ringing. Most needed this week are:

* hearty soups (chicken -- 0 left, beef, 1 left)
* peanut butter (16 oz. jars preferred)
* spaghetti sauce (6 left)
* canned chicken (10 left)
* canned tuna --dwindling but making a brave showing
* packets of instant mashed potatoes (2 left)
* fruit -- 15 oz. cans and/or fruit cups
* Spam
* spaghetti noodles (16 oz. pkgs.)
* small pop-top cans of chicken and/or tuna for the homeless

We are also out of travel-size toiletry items, so if any of you who soaps, shampoos, razors, deodorants and toothpaste/toothbrushes languishing unused in a drawer or cabinet, we would gladly receive them.

Thanks to all in the Parish and in the neighborhood whose empathy and generosity combine to keep our shelves stocked and ready to provide for those who come for help. Many thanks as well to all our patient and apparently tireless volunteers, who run up and down halls under the burden of bags of goods, who dart to the freezer and to the office and back to the front door in the quest to provide aid. And all for the recompense of a cup or two of coffee!
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
Keep in Mind
Bishop's Visit (July 17)

Our Bishop, Brian Cole, had to reschedule his May visit to Grace and will now be visiting at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, July 17th. Join us as we welcome our bishop back to Grace, and celebrate our common life as the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee.

Brainerd Market (Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Brainerd Road parking lot)

The farmers’ market features fresh local produce, meats, eggs, breads, local honey,  jams & jellies, live plants, arts and crafts, wonderful foods and so much more! All of the farm fresh products at the market are naturally grown, free of pesticides, GMO's and antibiotics!

Market Vendors accept CASH, DEBIT/CREDIT & EBT/SNAP for eligible items. Double SNAP Dollar available every Saturday on EBT/SNAP purchase up to $20.
Useful Information
P.O. Box Use and Address
Please use Grace's P.O. Box for dispatches containing money or other valuables: hard times persist for some of our neighbors, and checks have disappeared from our mailbox more than once. The address is Grace Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 80954, Chattanooga, TN 37414.

Accessing the Online Church Directory
The directory can be accessed via the church's webpage ( Find the menu item “BREEZE” at the right end of the menu options that sprawl across the screen near the top, click and log in; user name is ‘saygrace’ and the password is ‘Chattanooga.’
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 Caroline, 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
Darlene, Angela Woodlee, Helen Williams, Brad Hull, Daniel Stanislawski,
Tom Lifsey, Hannah Brewer, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney,
Bill Clark, Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Scott, Julia,
Martha Smith, Sue Sears, William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, the Brown family, Reba, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman,
Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Jim May, and Ann Swint; 

We pray for Wil Mabry, Jake Dorris, Kevin Kelley, 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 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 the people of Ukraine and of Russia who find themselves beset by war.
We pray for those who have died, especially Lynne Huyser, aunt of April Berends, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

We pray for all victims of violence, especially the people of Uvalde, Irvine and Buffalo, that they may dwell in the light of God's love forever. Let our prayers propel us to action. Take our hearts of stone and make them hearts of flesh.  

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. 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 at ACoP.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Please pray for St. Thomas, Elizabethton, TN and Grace Church, Madison, SD.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick,
Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Charles Smith, John Woodham,
Elaine Harrison, Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, John Cox, 
Gayanne Silver, Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, 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
Serving on Sunday
At the 10:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Judy Burnett, Paul Thomas; Intercessor, Janet McCollough; Acolytes, Jeff Bertrand, Laura Bertrand, Helen Bertrand, Eleanor Bertrand; Lead Usher, Renee Tracy

Lectionary Readings
Isaiah 65:1-9, Psalm 22:18-27, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39

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