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
JUNE 19, 2021
Children's MInistry
Sunday School! Picnic! Arts Camp! After a 15 months of drought, it's finally raining options!

Sunday School for children will be held each Sunday at 10 a.m.; adult worshipers can drop their offspring at the pavilion and to on to the courtyard service without having one eye on the wandering child who's intent on getting acquainted with the algae in the fountain. The nursery will reopen soon; please contact Maria Hurt ( if you need nursery services.

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Children's Ministry Summer Offerings
(Sunday School, Arts Camp, Picnic)
Online Directory Moves to New Site
This Week's Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Altar Flowers
Molly Tucker Scholarship
Food Pantry
Solstice Celebration -- You're Invited!
Market Manager Sought
Parish Prayer List
Children's Ministry (continued)
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. 
Online Directory Moves to New Site
Grace family,
We are migrating our directory to a new online platform. We have moved all of the information from the old website to a new one. You can access the new directory at 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 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
We hope you will like the new format. It has a lot of features that we hope to implement as we go forward. For example, it will allow us to create ‘Tags’ to help us keep up with who belongs to particular groups. For example we have a Tag for Choir members and a Tag for Lectors, etc. 
Please take a look and give us your feedback.
Thanks --

Jim Milburn
This Week's Worship
Grace worshipers have several options for worship now. You are invited to in-person worship in the Nave at 8am, and we will continue offering in-person worship outdoors in the courtyard at 10am.  We are no longer asking people who attend either in-person service to sign up in advance.

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.

The 8am Sunday Eucharist will be held in the Nave (main indoor worship space), and going forward, assuming a continued decline in infection rates. As has been our practice during the pandemic, we will 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.

Outdoor Holy Eucharist Continues in the courtyard at 10am
We will continue to hold outdoor worship at 10am 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 10am 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.

Compline and Morning Prayer (Online)

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 in the courtyard on Wednesday, June 23, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Rev. David Burman was away this week, so we have no intel about office hours at this point -- please e-mail him at if you'd like to set up an appointment. As ever, our priests would be happy to connect with you, either by phone or video call or socially-distanced in person.

As always, our priests would be happy to connect with you, either by phone or video call or socially-distanced in person. Feel free to call, text, or email  April ( and David ( to make arrangements.
Altar Flowers
As more Grace folks come to services in both the Nave (8 a.m.) and the courtyard (10 a.m.), we are once again inviting people who are interested to donate and dedicate the week's altar flowers. It's easy to do; no need to call a florist or decide on colors since the church has a standing order. All donors need to do is to write a check -- the current cost is $78 (which includes the delivery fee) -- and provide a dedication for the bulletin (which can be done by phone or e-mail). The first available Sunday is July 4; if you'd like to sign up, call (423)243-3257 or e-mail Dabney at
Molly Tucker Scholarship (deadline June 30)
If you are a female, confirmed member of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of East Tennessee and are a high school senior or graduate and a candidate for the first year in an accredited college, business or technical school, you should make haste to apply for the Molly Tucker Scholarship, given by the Episcopal Church Women of the diocese. Each year, they award a one-time grant of $2,000 to an applicant to use for tuition, books, or other necessary school expenses. Applicants must file a written application (forms available in via the Grace Office -- call 243-3257 to inquire) and furnish one letter of recommendation from her parish priest (in one envelope). Submission deadline is June 30, so time is short. The scholarship will be awarded no later than July 30.

The scholarship was established to assist deserving females who are high school graduates or who have attained a GED and will need financial help to pursue a trade or college education. The scholarship honors Molly Hazen Tucker (the mother of the Rev. Lou Parsons) for her faithful service to the church women, the example she presented to all who knew her, her strong leadership in education, worship, mission and in the church at large.

The recipient will be selected by a committee appointed my the president of the Episcopal Church Women of East Tennessee.
Food Pantry
Wednesday was a slow-ish day for the pantry, but the weather was so lovely that no one minded the chance to sit out in the courtyard while waiting for the next client to arrive. We received 13 visitors today; they left with food for 49 (27 adults and 22 children) -- not bad for an easy pantry session!

We've got a few holes to fill, even though numbers this week are fairly modest. Most needed are:

* pop tarts
* canned hams
* saltine crackers
* peanut butter
* canned peas
* hearty chicken soups
* beanie weenies
* cans of fruit (15 oz. is the most useful)

Thanks to volunteers Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley, Jim Harris and the brave and amiable Dixie Riall, who came to learn her way around pantry service today. We remain deeply in the debt of Richard Hyatt, who liaises each week with the Belvoir neighborhood about our numbers and needs and proceeds to collect their donations and haul them into the pantry. We are also extremely grateful to those in the parish and in the neighborhood who so steadfastly donated food and funds throughout this very weird period of being together while apart, or apart while together. We'd have to win one of the mega-lotteries or inherit a fleet of cruise-ships to thank everyone appropriately!
RoundTable Solstice Celebration/Make Music Day
The Joseph Campbell Roundtable invites you to come celebrate light and music on June 21 at Grace! In person! With other human beings!

Unlike the online Winter Solstice Celebration, our Summer Solstice Celebration will be live and in person in the Pavilion at Grace Episcopal at 7 pm.  

Make Music Day Chattanooga  
We are listed as a venue for MMD-Cso you are welcome to bring an instrument, or two, or three. There might be some drop-in performers.  

Our leader for the annual creation of the Mandala is Katie Claiborne. Katie is an artist and art educator at Hixson High School. You can see her artwork at

Please bring something to add to the mandala. We start with flowers and leaves that have dropped to give them a second life. And then we add the rest of our offerings. Katie has done some innovative work with her students and has some novel ideas on this project. Come and see!

Refreshments: Celebrating the Maximum Light
Keeping with the "light" theme, "light" liquid refreshments are provided. Food donations for the group are welcome and appreciated.  

Visitors and Guests are Welcome.

That ubiquitous chair that we've hauled around during covid might also come in handy and possibly bug spray.

Looking forward to seeing each and everyone,

Market Manager Position
Want to play the market without the danger of losing your shirt, shoes, and favorite baseball cap? Apply to become the manager of the Brainerd Farmers' Market! See below for specs about the job and how to apply:

  • Be at the market on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Set up the market before vendors arrive and help vendors set up as needed
  • Direct vendors to assigned spaces
  • Run the credit/debit card machine during market hours (10-12)
  • Collect any applications for new vendors 
  • Document market for Facebook as time permits
  • Close down market and help bookkeeper collect market fees
  • Be the shining, happy face of the market for both customers and vendors

The market manager receives $60 per week by check and will be expected to serve out the remainder of the 2020-2021 season, which will end mid-December. 
Please email if you or someone you know would be interested in helping out.
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
Patty Maroney, Michelle Maroney, Jamie Stone, Amanda Cate, Martha Smith,
Sue Sears, William Simpson, Wayne Romainer, 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, Rebecca Williams, 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 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 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 Church of North India. 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 John the Baptist, Battle Creek, TN and
St. Julia Station, Porcupine, SD.

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, Michelle Maroney, Jessica Ricketts
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
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