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 of Lent
MARCH 11, 2022
Spring Forward! DST Arrives!
(and the people moaned and sighed)
Moving to Daylight Savings Time is like walking to the beach on a path that cuts through a swamp of alligators: you know it'll be great when you get there, but the process can gnaw you bloody. The annual passage of this perilous territory is scheduled for the wee hours of Sunday morning (March 13), so make sure to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you retire on Saturday night. Extra credit to those who get through this ordeal with no regrettable exclamations when the alarm goes off on Sunday morning!
IN THIS ISSUE
"Spring Forward" Weekend!
Adult Formation in Lent
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101
Worship on Sunday
GreenGrace Environmental Team
Volunteers Needed!
Lighting at Grace
Pysanky (Ukrainian Egg Decorating Art)
Online Workshop (3-26)
Children's Ministry
Here I Am Day 2022
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Found -- Man's Ring
Keep in Mind Craig Scholarship, Family Promise)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Adult Formation in Lent
The adult class this Sunday will continue its focus on a LIFE TRANSFORMED: THE WAY OF LOVE IN LENT This week our focus is on PRAY: Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea (Exodus 14:10-15:1). God’s people prayed throughout their Exodus from slavery in Egypt: The Israelites cried out to God; Moses cried out on behalf of the people; Miriam gave thanks with tambourines and dance. This session invites participants to learn and practice varieties of prayer. We look forward to your joining us in the Barth Room at 9:30 a.m.. 

David Stanislawski
Inquirers' Class/ Episcopal 101
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101 continues this week at 9:30am (in the Merritt Room) and 6:30pm on Thursday, March 18th  (via Zoom), all who are interested in baptism, confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation are invited to explore church tradition, history and our place in the Episcopal faith through Inquirers’ classes. Led by Lay Catechist Laura Bertrand, Rev. April and our seminarians, this class will be a space for exploring questions about belief and practice within the Episcopal Church, as well as the life of faith in general. 

 
(While registration is not required, we would love to know you're coming!). Please contact Laura Bertrand for more information (laura@laurabertrand.com). 
Worship on Sunday
For the safety of the community, we encourage all to take advantage of vaccinations and boosters, and we ask that all who attend either service or any indoor activity wear masks. The 10:45 a.m. service will be streamed online for those who are unable to attend. You can access the service at Grace's Facebook page, and you can find the bulletin for that service HERE.

If you have questions or concerns about worship practices, please feel free to contact April (aberends@saygrace.net) or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (belcherandrewr@gmail.com).
GreenGrace Environmental Action Team
We need volunteers to 'table sit' at our first public event on Saturday, March 19th. We need people who can help publicize our efforts to form a local environmental coalition for people of faith. Shifts available are (1) 8:30 am to noon and (2) noon to 3:30 pm. Talking points are available as is our new brochure designed by David Riall.  Brittany Williamson will be hosting the table all day, and is designing the tri-fold display. Kristina and Lisa will be there, in and out, around other commitments. Email Lisa at lemzala@aol.com if you would like to help. 

Who: Us, sitting at a Non-profit, public engagement table at the Tennessee Valley Chapter, Wild Ones regional Native Plant Sale.

What: Public tabling event. Engage with passers by.

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., the two blocks west of Finley Stadium

How: BRING A CHAIR, WATER. Brochures available (see one posted at the top of the Undercroft stairs). Clean bathrooms and food truck are also available, as well as 11 regional native plant vendors and other 'green' focused non profits. We are under a roof, but it is open air; dress accordingly.

When: Saturday, 19 March.

Why: Because THE HOUR IS LATE. Time for Action, "to love, protect, and defend the Earth and God's Holy Creation."

Contact Lisa at 423. 413-5787 or lemzala@aol.com

Lisa Lemza
Lighting at Grace
As part of the GreenGrace initiative at Grace Church, one of the easiest cost saving measures to “green” the facility is upgrading lighting to LED.
 
Almost all of the lighting in the Nave has been updated to LED. It has been a few years since the bulbs in the hanging lanterns were changed over. The quality of LED bulbs has improved significantly since that time, so we could look into changing those to brighter bulbs (each lantern has 7 bulbs - 6 regular, 1 flood.) 
 
The chancel / choir spot lights were changed out early last fall. The light quality isn’t that great, and the altar could be better lit. Those fixtures need to be totally replaced, and they are expensive. The side aisles, baptistery, and chapel were also upgraded at this time along with the new ceiling. 
 
The entire facility needs an LED upgrade from fluorescent. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of swapping out the bulbs, most fixtures will require the electrician to swap out the ballasts to run LED. 
 
I am also researching new fixtures that are dark sky friendly to replace the ones over exterior doors. 
 
Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated and encouraged.
 
Peace,
Jeff Workman
Junior Warden
Pysanky Workshop
Learn to Create Ukrainian Easter Eggs (Pysanky)
For thousands of years the Slavic people of Eastern Europe have decorated eggs.
In Ukraine this art is known as Pysanky. In pre-Christian Ukraine these eggs were decorated in an effort to gain the good will of the many nature gods worshiped by the people. Egg designs were used to call forth the springtime, assure fertility for newlywed couples as well as livestock, help with crops, protect homes, and much more. In 988 C.E. (Common Era) Christianity came to Ukraine. The ancient art of Pysanky became a symbol of the Christian faith. Many designs took on new meaning as faith in Christ spread throughout the land. The eight-point star used to worship the sun became a symbol for Christ. Grapes and wheat, once symbols of the harvest, became symbols for the Eucharist and the harvest of souls. Even the colors have special meanings.

One legend tells of an evil beast chained at the center of the earth. As long as pysanky are made the chains remain tight and evil is held in check. More than ever, we need to be creating pysanky.

The Rev. Dr. Jim Melnyk (Rev. April's uncle by way of a couple of marriages) will be offering an online class on Saturday, March 26 from 9:30am-12:30pm:  on how to make Pysanky.

In each class Jim will teach some of the basic techniques in egg decorating and share some of the ancient legends surrounding the art. Those who wish to attend either class and learn this sacred art form must purchase the necessary materials ahead of time and have them ready by class time for the class you intend to attend. Materials needed are listed below. Please email Jim at jsmelnyknyy28@gmail.com if you would like to sign up (or have questions). A Zoom link will be provided closer to the March 26 class.

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to take this class you must order your own kit in prior to class so that it arrives in time to mix the dyes ahead of time (they need to cool to room temperature). Be sure to carefully follow the directions for mixing the dyes (no vinegar in the orange dye).

The easiest way to find your materials is to order a kit from The Ukrainian Gift Shop in Roseville, MN. This link will get you to the page to order kits: https://www.ukrainiangiftshop.com/EGG-DECORATING-KITS/products/25/. For the serious student I would recommend KITSD for $32.98. For the less serious minded, KIT2D for $14.98 will do the job (but if you find you really enjoy this art you’ll want to expand your supplies).

Additional materials required:

  • Candle and Candle holder (utility candles are great – not pillar candles)
  • 2-4 Large, uncooked eggs (smooth, no cracks)
  • One dozen pint-sized mason jars with lids: Narrow mouth – can be purchased in grocery stores, Walmart, Kmart, etc.  Mix dyes according to packet directions (note: no vinegar in the orange dye) and allow to cool before putting lid on the jars. DON’T FORGET TO LABEL THE COLORS ON THE JARS)!
  • Spoon (teaspoon is fine)
  • Plain white paper towels
  • Newspaper to cover work surface
  • A spirit of adventure
Children's Ministry
We had such a fruitful and deep Godly Play session last week! Everyone is welcome at God’s table - even stuffed animals!

This week we will be exploring the life of Patrick of Ireland with stories, songs, a body prayer, and special snacks. See you there!

Betsy
Here I Am Day 2022
Every baptized Christian is called to ministry. Sometimes God’s call to us is clear; other times we need help to figure it out.

On Saturday, May 21, the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee will host its annual Here I Am Day. This program is intended for anyone who is discerning a call to licensed lay ministry, religious orders, the vocational diaconate, or to the priesthood. It will include remarks by the Bishop, panel discussions with lay and ordained ministers, and opportunities for prayer and fellowship.

All individuals who have begun a process of discernment within their parish are expected to attend, along with their sponsoring clergy. Others who are just beginning to explore a call and who would like more information about different ministries and tools for discernment are also encouraged to participate.

Lunch is provided and included in the $20 registration fee. The registration deadline is Friday, April 22, 2022. 

Following is the link to register:


Please feel free to contact Jon Humber, Episcopal Engagement Specialist, with any questions at jhumber@dioet.org.
Food Pantry
Wednesday's surprisingly cool pantry session was a lively one, with volunteers Vivian Dodds and Dixie Riall receiving !5 visitors, who sent home with food for 51(26 adults and 25 children). Supplies held up shockingly well for such volume, but of course there are some gaps on the shelves that cry out to be repopulated! Most needed this week are:

* spaghetti sauce
* beanie weenies
* Chef Boyardee pastas or similar
* hearty beef soups
* pop tarts
* canned hams
* mac and cheese
* canned corn

Blessings on all in the parish and the Belvoir neighborhood who keep us supplied and able to help those whose ends are not quite meeting. May you win lotteries, find comfortable yet inexpensive shoes, and get surprise refunds from the IRS. You deserve these and even better blessings for your steadfast generosity!
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
Found -- Man's Ring
A man's wedding-band-type ring was found this week at Grace. If you are missing such a ring, please contact the office (243-3257) or inquire after church in the bookstore.
Keep in Mind....
Craig Scholarship
The Dr. Robert Craig Scholarship at Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN., was established in 1991 through a generous endowment from Dr. Robert Craig. for Grace Episcopal Church children who attend St. Nicholas School. The Craig family, long-standing and faithful members of Grace Church, have always been devoted to education and especially to St. Nicholas School. This scholarship will continue their support and legacy in perpetuity by assisting our own youth in that endeavor.

The application deadline is April 30th, 2022. If you wish to apply, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3250, ext. 2), for an application. 

Family Promise
Grace's next Family Promise stint will be in June -- dates TBA. If you volunteer for this ministry or are interested in becoming involved, activate your radar as Mothers' Day creeps close and watch for details in Grace Notes and the bulletin.
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 (www.saygrace.net). 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
 
Jamie Stone, Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey, Glyn Melnyk, Hannah Brewer,
Lee Moore, Valorie Lephart, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney,
Bill Clark, Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Tony Hill, Scott, Julia, Tony, Mary Cooper, 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, 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, who is 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 the people of Ukraine and of Russia who find themselves beset by war.
 
We pray for those who have died, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Melanesia. 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: St. Clare's, LaFollette, TN, and these South Dakota
churches: St. Katharine, Martin; Gethsemane, Wanblee; Christ Church, Red Shirt Table.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick,
Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  Helen Williams, 
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, 
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
Serving on Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Andy Belcher, George Reed, III; Intercessor, Jane Pickering; Crucifer, Stephen Jones;

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Susan LaGraff, Shane Glover; Intercessor, Vivian Dodds; Crucifer, Jim Harris; Lead Usher, Bill Pickering

Lectionary Readings
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35
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