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 25, 2022
Easter Flowers
Do you need some new bloomers? If so, now's the time to think about Easter flowers, which this year will consist of 20 hydrangeas and 10 Easter lilies. 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. All plants will cost $20; colors of the hydrangeas will vary, and if you purchase one, you can select from the available plants at the conclusion of the Easter services.

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Easter Flowers
Adult Formation in Lent
Inquirers' Class/Episcopal 101
Worship on Sunday
GreenGrace Environmental Team
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Keep in Mind Craig Scholarship, Here I Am Day, Family Promise)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Easter Flowers (continued)
Since there are fewer plants in play this year, please call or e-mail the church office (243-3257; to make sure the kind you want is available. If you do not want a plant but would like either to submit a dedication or just help defray the church’s cost, you are welcome to make a contribution in whatever amount is comfortable for you. The deadline for inclusion in the Easter bulletins is noon on Thursday, April 14.     
Adult Formation in Lent
During Lent the Sunday morning adult formation group will be working on Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent which is part of the Becoming Beloved Community program of the National Church. The Way of Love has seven themes: Turn, Pray, Learn, Bless, Rest, Worship, and Go. We will be focusing on one of these during each of the seven Sundays of Lent. We hope you will be able to join us in the Barth Room at 9:30 a.m. for all or some of the sessions.

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 31th  (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 ( 
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 ( or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (
GreenGrace Environmental Action Team 
1. Due to intense scheduling, we are calling a late- notice meeting for THIS SUNDAY, 27 March, at 12:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Avenue.  We apologize, but this is new enough that we decided more details needed sorting. For newcomers, this is a wonderful way to "stick in a toe" for those who are curious. Lunch is provided. We meet in the Rebecca Merritt Room, 3d floor. Business begins as soon as we get a bowl of soup.

2. Until we get web access, our new Facebook page is our public media. This is a private Facebook group where we hope to exchange events, questions, ideas, and information for our region. It is "GreenGrace Chattanooga." Ask to join, answer the questions and, voila. See

GreenGrace Gardeners: Arboretum & Grounds

Upcoming events. These are public events; all are welcome. Events giving Master Gardener hours are noted with *.  

  • Community Garden note: Mike turned on the water 24 March.
  • Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, lunch provided, General Grounds Workday at GreenGrace Arboretum & Grounds*. Y'all know what to do! Bring hand tools, water, hats. 
  • We will begin regular maintenance of the Grounds in April
  • Sunday, April 3, 12:15- 1:30 pm, Pollinator Prayers & LOVE BOMBS*: Make plants, not war! Pavilion behind church. After a brief service for pollinators, we'll be rolling native plant seeds into planting media and compost to make 'seed bombs.' They're for your use to toss into any full-sun, abandoned lots and grounds. This is a raucous and dirty activity, great fun for kids of any age. Leftover bombs will go the local watershed protection non-profit, Waterways, and Chattanooga's Stormwater Team. Master Gardeners can acquire community hours by helping us put on this event. And, we need it!
  • Saturday, April 23rd, multiple events to celebrate Earth Day.  
  • Season- opening of the Brainerd Farmers Market, operating 10:00 to noon.  
  • Tomato Buckets portable gardens construction, 9:30 -- noon. In the Farmers Market we will set up a station to construct 20 portable gardens in five gallon buckets, with tomato, greens, herbs and flower mixes. They will be delivered to Metropolitan Ministries for dissemination to their clients. Help wanted.*
  • Pavilion Plant Swap, 9:00-- noon. Public plant swap and giveaway of extra vegetable sets and home plant extras. Help * wanted.
  • Sunday, April 24th. Earth Day Celebration Liturgy, at 8:00 am and 10:45 am. 
  • Sweet Potato Palooza, weekends in May. We will disseminate sweet potato slips to the general public at the farmers market and at church for members to grow at home all summer. We will ingather them in October, count, weigh, and deliver them to food ministries in town. All that sweet potatoes need to grow is half a whiskey barrel, full sun, and water once a week. Grow some for the Food Bank!

Lisa Lemza, Kristina Shaneyfelt, Brittany Williamson
Food Pantry
On Wednesday, heroic volunteers Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman served 20 visitors, who took food for 61 -- 40 adults and 21 children (we also served two families on Tuesday, bringing the week's total to 67). We started out extremely well-supplied and finished with some impressive swaths of emptiness on the shelves. Most needed to fill those gaps are:

* canned chicken and tuna
* canned hams
* canned fruit (15-oz. preferred)
* Spaghetti sauce and spaghetti noodles
* hearty chicken soups
* canned baked beans
* saltine crackers
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* packets of instant grits
* beanie weenies (large cans)
* pop tarts
* pudding cups

Thanks to all of you who contribute food and $$ to keep the pantry stocked; we are not only blessed with generous donors within the parish but with multitudes of open hands and hearts in the surrounding Belvoir neighborhood, who send bins of goods each week. Special thanks this week to Kathryn Barger-Howell (assisted by April and Anderson, no doubt!), who set out bins, collected bins and delivered bins; greater love hath no one than to unload bags upon bags from vehicle to cart on a blowsy Tuesday morning!
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
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. 

Here I Am Day
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

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 ( 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 give thanks for the birth last week of Everly Faith Brelsford, daughter of Daniel and Emily Stone Brelsford and grand-daughter of Jamie and Cathy Stone.
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 Church of the Province of Myanmar. 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: Please pray for these South Dakota churches: Ascension, Blackfoot; St. Mary, Promise; St. Thomas Station, On the Tree; Emmanuel, White Horse.

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, Stephen Jones, Amie Brien-Slack

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Rosy Milburn, Jean Whisenant; Intercessor, Jim Milburn; Lead Usher, Jerry Evans

Lectionary Readings
Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
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