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 6, 2020
Sunday's Online Worship
During this time of Social Distancing, we will continue 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 .
IN THIS ISSUE
Sunday Online Worship
Message from Bishop Cole
Accessing Daily Morning Prayer/Compline
Christian Formation Classes
Food Pantry
Farmers' Market Paid Position Open
Newspapers Needed!
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Message from Bishop Cole
“Q. What is the mission of the Church?
 
The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”
 
 
Dear East Tennessee Friends,
 
 
In our time together as Bishop and Diocese, you and I have committed ourselves to be about the core work of “reconciling all things in Christ.” That is a Gospel ministry given to all of us in our baptism. It is a work of the Church in every age, for every generation.
 
Such a work begins by acknowledging we live in a broken world and we serve a Church that also bears its own marks of brokenness. We are all in need of healing. Such healing requires more than my own abilities and gifts. We also need God’s Spirit to show up and create spaces of grace when we get stuck with each other.
 
Our country right now is dealing with a new disease of COVID-19 and we pray for all who have been impacted by the disease, both directly and indirectly. Also, we pray for those seeking a vaccine and we pray such a vaccine will be found in record time.
 
Our country right now is also dealing, yet again, with the old disease of racism. If we are going to address that sin, then we need to recommit ourselves to our belief that freedom and liberty and justice are for all. We need our nation’s leaders to exhibit those ideals and not exploit our divisions right now.
 
I have heard it said that the Church is a field hospital for the sick in our world. We are called to be healers, not only by treating symptoms, but by doing the harder work of seeking the long-haul cures for what ails us now.
 
Pray for our nation. Pray for the Church.
 
Peace,
 
Brian
Accessing Daily Morning Prayer and Compline
If you are missing the presence of your fellow parishioners and enjoy being reminded on a daily basis of their existence and of the ongoing presences of God, even among these rocks, as Mr. Eliot had it -- you can invite both into your day via services of Morning Prayer and Compline, available daily (except Sundays) via Zoom. Morning Prayer begins at 9:00 a.m., and Compline at 8:00 p.m.; in order to dodge trolls who are tired of lurking under bridges and hunger for folks to harass, you will need to use the passwords below along with the Zoom addresses:

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 everyday at 8pm, click this link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/780772724 , & the password is:
compline
Christian Formation Classes Continue
“Dream, Think, Be, Do” Sundays at 10am
“Dream, Think, Be, Do” -- a course 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  Reconciliation ,  , 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

and Reconciliation is  https://vimeo.com/398113678)

Parenting in Pandemic, Wednesday, May 13 th at 8:30pm
Rev. April and Grace’s director of children’s ministry, Maria Hurt, invite all parents who have children home during the pandemic to join us for a conversation via Zoom beginning on Wednesday, May 13 th at 8:30pm. We’ll share challenges and wisdom, have the opportunity to pray for one another, and discern ways that we can support one another and our kids during this difficult time.

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. Beginning the week of May 17 th , the Rev. April Berends and Sean McEwen will be leading a Queer Theology class at  7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings  so that we might explore these commitments more deeply. We are still compiling the reading list for this class, but we expect that it will involve shorter articles, videos and podcasts.  Material and content will be structured around the questions that participants bring to the class.  Possible topics might include questions about heaven, hell and salvation, how we see God’s story reflected in our own stories (and vice versa), how we might wrestle faithfully with doubts and questions, and how queerness and Christianity intersect and inform one another.  Sound interesting?   Email Rev. April  if you would like to join this conversation, and be sure to send along any questions or issues you might like to explore.  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. 
Food Pantry
Grace received 11 visitors on Wednesday, who came seeking food for themselves and ten other household members. Our All-Pro Pantry Team not only took care of them with speed and finesse but also left the pantry itself in a tidy readiness that it has rarely known! Tremendous thanks are due to Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman; to Richard Hyatt, and to Lisa Lemza, whose efforts help keep us stocked and streamlined and ready to roll.

The needs of this week's clientele left a few bare spots on our generally well-stocked shelves. Most needed this week are:

  • Spaghetti noodles and sauce
  • Saltine crackers
  • Pop Tarts
  • packets of instant grits
  • hearty soups/stew
  • canned carrots, mixed vegetables, baked beans
  • canned fruit in larger sizes (not individual-serving cups)

Thanks to all who have donated! We and our neighbors in need are grateful.
Farmers' Market Seeks Help (Paid Position)
The Brainerd Farmers’ Market is needs someone who is willing and able to work the token table and help open the market each week. This is a paid position and will require use of a mask at this time. Please contact Catherine Durham,  catheriner.durham@gmail.com , if you are interested.

The Market runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Brainerd Road parking lot.
Keep Those Newspapers Coming!
George Choyce, our assisting priest, and his family are spending the pandemic fostering various sets of puppies who are looking for permanent homes. Two of them are heading north this week to take their places in a family in Massachusetts; three more are arriving at the Choyces' to be cared for until they too win the pet-lottery. Puppies, as we all know, are adorable but also leaky; if you've got some newspapers to spare, please bring them to Grace on Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or contact Maria Hurt about picking them up. Thanks to all who have already donated -- the Choyces and their charges are grateful!

If anyone is would like to spice up their pandemic by fostering puppies, The East Tennessee Alliance Rescue for Animals is looking for foster families – they have only 8 at this writing.  Donations are also helpful, should fostering not be a practical undertaking for you. More information can be had at  https://www.etaarescue.org
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, 

Tom Wolfe, Don and Ann Ludwig, the Tangel family, Jane Williams,
James and Barbara Dooley, 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 Emily Stone Brelsford, Kerry Baker, and Janine Revenig, who are with child.  

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 La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico and The Most Rev. Francisco Moreno, Presiding Bishop of La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico and Bishop of Northern Mexico.
 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Christ Church, South Pittsburg, TN, and for these South Dakota churches: Calvary Church, Okreek; and Trinity, Winner.

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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