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 26, 2021
Sunday at Grace
Things at Grace are not exactly exploding, but there are a few hopeful pops here and there! Here's the intel on what's going on this Sunday:

Sunday School for children: 10 a.m. in the Pavilion. Drop off the offspring as you head in for the 10 a.m. service.

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Sunday at Grace
Daily Worship
Summer Doings for Children
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Altar Flowers -- Att'n, Standing Orders!
Directory Moves Locations
Food Pantry
Ongoing Interest (Lenten Roses, Market Manager)
Parish Prayer List
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 -- 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.
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
Summer Doings for Children
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. 
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard on Tuesday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. The Rev. David Burman was away this week, so was not on hand to schedule office hours; please e-mail him if you'd like to set up a time. 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 2021
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 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.
New Directions to the 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 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
Food Pantry
Grace turned into Grand Central Station during pantry hours last Wednesday, serving 22 visitors and sending them off with food for 98 -- 42 adults and 56 children. We ran out of what we thought was an ample supply of used grocery bags and had to break out a box of new ones, and we ran low on many items and out of a few. See below for the food items we most need:

* Spaghetti sauce (we've got lots of noodles and NO sauce at all)
* Spam, canned hams, canned chicken
* hearty soups -- chicken and beef
* Chef Boyardee pastas (15 oz. cans preferred)
* canned vegetables (green beans, peas, corn)
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* canned fruit (15-oz. cans preferred)
* pudding
* small cans (7 oz. or so) of tuna and/or chicken with pop-tops (for our homeless visitors)
* Pop Tarts
* dog and cat food (small bags of dry food)

We will also welcome donations of grocery store plastic bags (clean and without any ginormous holes in the bottom!). You can drop these and any food donations by the church on Tuesday-Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and on Fridays until noon.

Thanks to all who donate food, $$ and energy to this much-needed ministry, and to the tireless volunteers who help us each week, especially those who handled this week's flood of visitors -- Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman, Jim Harris, Brittany Williamson, Dixie Riall, and Nate Konsavage (Jim H.'s godson). Their good-natured efficiency, unflappable kindness and indefatigable muscles are much to be praised!
Ongoing Interest
Lenten Roses Available

After long consideration, the chairs of the Gardens & Grounds Committee (Lisa, Kristina, and Tom) have decided to curtail the Lenten roses everywhere except under the Martin Oak across from the Nave. They will remain in that section. The other sections of this slow spreading, Asian ground cover we'll gradually eliminate, beginning THIS JULY. These are tough plants, so this will take some time to eradicate. In order to better support our native insect and bird populations, we plan to replace them with more North American native-based plantings over time.

 IF YOU WANT SOME OF THESE FOR YOUR OWN YARD, YOU ARE WELCOME TO COORDINATE WITH LISA AND KRISTINA to dig them up and take them home throughout the month of June. They are easy to transplant. They require shade, especially in the afternoon. They can take extremely dry shade. You will need a shovel and a will, to dig a 360 degree circle around any given clump to dig up its thatch of tough, fibrous roots. Or, you may scoop up the small seedlings around any given clump. This is slower, but also easier.  

Please do not dig any up without contacting Lisa Lemza ( or Kristina Shaneyfelt (

Market Manager Position

The Brainerd Market is seeking someone to keep them on the straight and narrow during their Saturday sessions. 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
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, especially Wayne Rominger, friend of Stephen Jones, 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 Pakistan. 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. Peter's and St. Peter's Episcopal School, Chattanooga, and for St. Mary's, Mitchell, 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,  Jessica Ricketts
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