Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
MARCH 13, 2020
Virtual Church
Ironically, Grace will be giving up church for at least a part of Lent: the threat of corona virus has led to calling off our weekly worship for a time and moving to live-streaming to lessen the chance of spreading illness. You are invited to attend remotely; you can do so via Grace's Facebook page or through the website ( Read April's letter, send separately earlier today, for more about taking care of each other during this time.
Family Promise Hosting
Adult Classes on Sunday
Gardens and Grounds -- Cancellations and a Maybe Work Day
Easter Flowers/Dedications
Arts Camp Registration is Online!
Food Ministry
Free Local Virus Coverage Online from
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ongoing Interest
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Family Promise
Our next hosting weeks will be the two weeks before Easter and during Easter week, March 29 through April 12. It will be Spring Break for both Hamilton County and McCallie, so it may be difficult to get our regular volunteer

We are responsible for 4 dinners, greeting 4 days, sleeping over 4 nights and helping move out on Easter. Please check your calendars and let me know when you can help and in what capacity. The hardest job to fill is sleeping over, so please consider that. 
If you are available but can't cover our regular Thursday and Friday, we can possibly switch with another church for another day. 
Remember that there are funds to reimburse you for expenses for dinner. 
If you can greet, provide food, or sleep over on Thursday, April 2 or 9 or Friday, April 3 or 10, please contact Skeeter Makepeace at .
Thank you so much for your participation in this important ministry.

Skeeter Makepeace
No Sunday Classes for Adults
Inquirers’ Class – Sean is investigating online possibilities for the Inquirers' class -- stay tuned!
Gardens, Grounds, GreenGrace
GreenGrace Meeting cancelled -- Because of the suspension of worship services and the general idea of avoiding close contact with others during this doubtful time, GreenGrace will NOT meet this Sunday.

Spring Fling! on March 22 has also been cancelled.

The Gardens and Grounds work-day scheduled for March 21 will be reassessed as the time gets closer.
Easter Flowers and/or Dedications
Last year’s change-up in Easter flowers met with positive reviews, so we will once again trade in the mass of Easter lilies for less homogenous assembly of lilies, hyacinths, and hydrangeas. You are invited to donate one or more of these plants and dedicate it in memory, honor or thanksgiving for a loved one, or in acknowledgment of life events such as birthdays, anniversaries, or accomplishments. And since every year finds several plants languishing in the courtyard, having been purchased solely for the sake of the dedication and left homeless, we are offering an option this year of making a donation and putting in a dedication without having to commit to becoming a foster-parent any plant-life . Types of plants and prices are listed below; we suggest a donation of $10 (or more if you’d like! or less if you need to!) for just a dedication in the bulletin.
Costs for plants are:
Easter Lilies (15 ordered) -- $15 per plant
Hyacinths (10 ordered) -- $15 per plant
Hydrangeas (20 ordered – 10 white, 10 blue) -- $25 per plant
(Please note that all these are plants you can take home, put in the ground and enjoy them for years to come!)
Since we’ll be printing the Easter bulletin in-house this year, y ou may submit dedications through Wednesday, April 8 (and possibly later – call 243-3257 to check on the printing schedule if you wake up on the 9 th and realize that your soul will shrivel and languish if you don’t memorialize someone for Easter).
Because of the variety of plants and differing prices, please call the church office (243-3257 or 243-3253) to make sure what you want is available. You can tell us then what you’d like the dedication to say or submit it via e-mail ( ) before the 8 th .
Arts Camp Online Registration
Arts Camp for K-departing 5 th is on the calendar for June 1-5, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Online registration is now open at . For more information, or to volunteer to help with preparations or during the camp, contact Maria Hurt at .
Food Ministry
The Food Ministry continues to see lots and lots of folks needing food assistance -- we've given 60 vouchers to the Food Bank this month and in just the last week provided food from the pantry to 25 visitors with households of 96 mouths to be fed -- and we expect to have even more requests for help with the public schools out of session and commerce slowed in the uncertainty of the corona virus threat.
With worship services temporarily curtailed, it will be less easy to make a donation of food, but if you're game to drop off a donation, you can run by on Sunday morning between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and leave it outside the front door or in the 3rd floor kitchen; you can also come by during regular office hours during the week (M-Th until 3:30 p.m. and Fridays until noon). If you'd rather not mess with cans and boxes at this time, we will be glad to receive monetary donations that can be turned into such goods!

If you are willing to mess with cans and boxes, here's a list of this week’s needs:

* canned chicken and tuna
* Spam, Vienna sausage
* beanie weenies
* Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles
* mac and cheese
* pudding
* peanut butter (16 oz. jars and Jif "To Go" cups)
* Saltine crackers.

All donations. whether in goods or dollars, are received with gratitude by both the church staff and volunteers and the visitors we serve!
Chattanooga News Free Press Offers Free Access to Virus Info
The Chattanooga Times Free Press is providing free online access to coronavirus coverage in order for Chattanooga-area residents to have the most up-to-date, fact-based information about the pandemic and its impact on the community. 
Ongoing Interest
Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop (3-28) -- St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (7514 Hixson Pike, 37343) will hold an introductory workshop for those interested in beginning Centering Prayer on Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Cost is $30, with snacks and drinks provided. You may bring a lunch if you’d like. The workshop will be led by Dr. Barbara Ray. Six continuing sessions, scheduled for the following week, are included at no additional cost. Registration forms are available in the church office and must be mailed to St. Alban’s by March 14 -- please note that said date is TOMORROW!
Craig Scholarship to St. Nicholas School – The Craig family arranged an endowment to provide money towards tuition at St. Nicholas School for a child of a Grace family that is actively involved in the Parish. The deadline for application this year is April 30 ; If you wish to apply or need more information, please contact Paula Garner, Parish Administrator (423-243-3253). 
Molly Hazen Tucker Scholarship -- The Tucker Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 is given each year by the Episcopal Church Women to a young female high school graduate/GED recipient for use in pursuing a trade or a college education. The recipient is selected by a committee appointed by the president of the ECW, and the grant is for one year only. Qualified candidates will be confirmed members of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of East Tennessee, be a high school senior or graduate and candidate for the first year of an accredited college, business, or technical school. Preference is given to those in financial need. Applicants must file a written application along with one letter of recommendation from EACH of the following: her parish priest or Senior Warden if no priest is available; a high school teacher, faculty member or employer. These items should be collected and dispatched in one envelope. The deadline for application is May 1 ; the scholarship will be awarded during the first part of June.
Applications and instructions are available in the church office or from the ECW president: Brook Mueller, 20 County Road 576, Englewood, TN 37329.
Grace Episcopal Preschool Arts Camp – Dates still TBA, but it will be on a Saturday and Sunday, with most activities designed for 2-4-year-olds. Babies and under-twos may be able to drop in for music and messy pursuits, however (though they may need to bring a parent to assist them)! Contact Maria if you want more information or would like to help.
Lectionary Readings
Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42                
(texts can be found at )

Hail, thou once-despised Jesus (Hymnal 495); O Love of God, how strong and true (Hymnal 455); “Forgive our sins as we forgive” (Hymnal 674); Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Hymnal 690)
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