Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
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The Season After Pentecost
JUNE 27, 2020
Sunday and Daily Worship
As the necessity for physical distance continues as the coronavirus mimics our blood pressure, shooting higher and higher, Grace continues to stream videos for Morning Prayer 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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IN THIS ISSUE
Sunday and Daily Worship
Family Promise Needs Dinners!
Christian Formation (new class starts July 5!)
Food Pantry
Anti-Racism Resources
Parish Prayer List
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:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/160460538 & the password is:
amprayer
To get onto Compline every day at 8pm, click this link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/780772724 , & the password is:
compline
Family Promise Resumes (MEALS ONLY for Grace, though!)
We're back in the business of hosting Family Promise! The families will stay at First Church of the Nazarene (FCOTN) for two weeks and we will provide meals for 6 nights -- Thursday and Friday, July 2 & 3,9 & 10, 16 & 17. Also needed: someone willing to deliver food for folks willing to pay for it but unable to get out to take it to FCOTN.

Covid has changed things a bit and we are grateful that FCOTN can provide people to sleep over every night. 

We show up at 5:00 with dinner, drop it off, and that's all. Don't go inside. Use disposable containers, or at least those you don't want back. 

So this is easy. If you'd like to pay for dinner but not deliver it, we can work that out. If you're able to deliver, we can use you. 

Please check your calendars and let me know when you can help. I'm sure they'd be happy for us to do more if there's the offer. 

When I learn more, I'll let you know. I think it is one family with 5 kids plus the overnight host, but I'll double check. 

Thanks so much!

Skeeter Makepeace ( skeeter55@gmail.com )
Christian Formation
Study on Antiracism begins next week, 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  dcarden@saygrace.net  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 ( dburman@saygrace.net) or April Berends (aberends@saygrace.net). 

“Dream, Think, Be, Do” Sundays at 10am,
(produced by the Living the Questions folks),
provides an overview of progressive Christianity featuring the insights of over twenty-five theologians and teachers at the top of their game. With sessions covering a broad range of theological topics, this series invites us into a process of re-visioning Christianity that is translating what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world. Videos will be made available the week prior to each week’s session, and we will gather on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. via Zoom for discussion of the topics presented. 

Here is the link to the zoom call for the meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84179947644  - and the password is Saygrace."
Click here for " Compassion , and click here for access to the weekly  Zoom Meeting  for this class. Please email  Sean McEwen  if you are interested in joining.
 
(Should the links give any trouble, the Zoom Meeting url is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84179947644?pwd=cGp3TmQxczlMSjB3aUV2Y3k4OG4vUT09
 
 
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 aberends@saygrace.net if you would like to join this conversation. This week, we will cover the sixth and seventh chapters of  Queer Virtue.
Food Pantry
Shakespeare noted that music is the food of love; our pantry volunteers add that in Brainerd, at least, food is the music of daily life. Saintly volunteers Richard Hyatt, Gail Dooley, Linda Wideman, and Caleb Sexton s pent another busy Wednesday making sure that our 18 visitors and the 51 mouths (31 adult and 26 children) they represented had a soundtrack sufficient to provide some melodious elements in the midst of life's cacophony.
 
This second week with large demand has left us in need of multiple items:

* canned chicken
* canned hams
* saltine crackers
* canned green beans, canned peas, canned carrots
* packets of instant grits
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* small bags of dog food
* pudding cups
* beanie weenies
* peanut butter (16 oz. jars)
 
Thanks to all in the church and in the Belvoir neighborhood whose jaw-dropping open-handedness keeps us able to help those who come to us for aid. Your steadfast kindness is a bulwark against a deep and gnawing misery.
Anti-Racism Resources
We are working to put together some formation opportunities about racial history in the U.S., racism, and the intersection of faith and anti-racism. In the meantime, you are encouraged to check out the following resources.
 
You’ll find a growing list of anti-racism resources at  bit.ly//ANTIRACISMRESOURCES .
 
The Rev. Claire Brown, associate rector at St. Paul’s, Chattanooga recently offered a webinar on dismantling racism.  You can view the video  here .

See the announcement under Christian Formation about the new study of Austin Channing Brown's I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Donations Requested
Books --

Newspapers -- Our assisting priest George Choyce and his family are fostering rescued litters of puppies, which requires patience, love, and lots of newspapers! If you've got a stack you can spare, please bring them to the church on Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. If you have papers but need a pick-up, contact Maria Hurt at mhurt@saygrace.net.
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, 
 
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, Doris Harwood, mother of Diana Peterson, who died last week.
 
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 North India (CNI) and The Most Rev. Dr. Prem Chand Singh, Moderator of CNI and Bishop of Jabalpur.
 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  Pray for St. Timothy, Kingsport; for Grace, Huron, SD; and for Incarnation, Gregory, SD.
 
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
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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