Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
MAY 13, 2022
Sweet Potato Sunday!
Let every creature rise and bring peculiar honors to our King...

One peculiar honor Grace hopes to offer our King via the tummies of the community is a boat-load of sweet potatoes, grown by all of us during the summer and fall, collected by the GreenGrace folks and funneled into various aid-providers such as the Community Kitchen, the Food Bank, and MetMin.

As food prices rise, so does hunger. We are asking every possible household to grow sweet potato vines this summer. You dig up the potatoes in the fall, before frost. WE WILL CALL FOR THEM, gather them, weigh them, box and transport them to the distribution points. 

Sweet Potato Palooza Continues
Pentecost Readers Sought
Worship This Week & Summer Schedule
Food Pantry
Education for Ministry Program (EfM)
Vocare # 2 (Ages 20-30) May 20-22
Daily Worship
Keep in Mind (Bishop Sanders' Memorial service)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Sweet Potatoes (continued)
Collectively, we can donate hundreds of pounds or these highly nutritious potatoes, which are also easy to transport and enjoy a long shelf life.

The Program

Some of you got your sweet potato slips last Sunday; more will be available this Sunday. Please pick up 2 or 3 to try at home. THEY COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS; as the Bible says, repeatedly, "FEAR NOT." (Wasn't God quoted as saying I yam that I yam?).

  • How: Plant them, vine above ground, in any sunny spot. They need 6- 8 hours of sun a day. They will be fine in unimproved, ordinary garden soil. 
  • Water them, at least once a week if it doesn't rain, or more if we are in a super-hot spell.
  • Leave them alone. The vines grow quite long.
  • When we call for them, dig them up. This can be quite the finder's, keepers; good luck and good hunting.

  • You can also grow them in any large, 15 gallon container or barrel.  WE HAVE A FEW GROW- BAGS TO GIVE AWAY IF YOU NEED ONE.
  • This is simple, easy, and fun. Please help!  

4. Slips will be given away in the Courtyard and off the East Entrance after the after the 10:45 Service. We can also make them available to the early service.

Project Lead: Tom Carroll & Jerry Evans

The GreenGrace Environmental Action Team, Lisa Lemza, Kristina Shaneyfelt, Brittany Williamson
Wanted: Pentecost Readers
If you speak in the tongues of men and angels, or of the Finns, the French, the Spanish, Koreans or Klingons, please consider participating in the annual multi-lingual reading of the lesson from Acts on Pentecost Sunday (June 5). Traditionally, we like to have as many languages as possible and as many readers as possible (multiple readers in the same language is fine, too!). So if you are willing and able, please contact Jim Milburn at Please include the language that you plan to read and the service that you can attend, 8:00 or 10:45. If you can read at both services, it is greatly appreciated by the 8:00 crowd!
Worship This Week and Summer Schedule
This Sunday, we're back to our usual schedule of services at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Masks are currently optional. The 10:45 a.m. service will be streamed via Facebook; those watching from home can access the bulletin HERE.

After Pentecost, we will move to a summer schedule of a single 10:00 a.m. service. Adult classes will meet at 9 a.m. We will stay on this schedule from June 12 through August 7 and return to the two Sunday liturgies on August 14.
Food Pantry
Wednesday's Food Pantry session brought 24 visitors to the door; stalwart volunteers Vivian Dodds and Dixie Riall sent them off with food for 74 -- 47 adults and 27 children. After supplying them, the pantry's split between being in good shape in some areas and a landscape of desolation in others. See below for the empty areas:

* Spam (3 cans left)
* hearty beef and/or chicken soups (we've got one can of chicken
and none of beef)
* beef stew (1 can left)
* canned fruit or fruit cups (1 can, 2 cups left)
* pinto beans 
* spaghetti sauce (11 jars left but not enough to match the spaghetti it has to work with)

Thanks to all the Grace folks and our oh-so-generous Belvoir neighbors whose donations each week keep us able to supply our neighbors with some of the essentials they lack. We -- and they -- are extremely grateful!
EfM (Education for Ministry)
EfM is a four-year program developed by the School of Theology at Sewanee. The first year focuses on the Old Testament, the second on the New Testament, the third history of Christianity, and the fourth on General theology. The cost is $375 per year and that includes the printed reading material (scholarships are sometimes available). Participants are able to purchase individual electronic books as they require. A number of grace parishioners (Among them, Judy Burnett) have been involved as participants and mentors.
At present participation is on zoom. My class has participants from Saint Peters, Saint Albans, Saint Thaddeus, Maine, Pittsburgh, Knoxville, and Orlando Florida which is a benefit to zoom. Day and time of participation is determined by the individual groups. At present the mentor Gaines Campbell has a morning group and an evening group. See below for a description from Sewanee’s EfM website:
“Do you have questions about your faith? Most people do, and most find it challenging to get answers. Education for Ministry (EfM) was developed by the School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee, to provide a mechanism for people to work through those questions. This four-year course of study provides the framework for the group to connect faith to their daily lives through reading and discussion.
“Meeting once a week in small groups with people from your neighborhood, led by mentors trained to facilitate the experience, you will begin to think theologically, reflect faithfully, and speak civilly when confronted by beliefs and principles in opposition to your own. And that’s something we can all appreciate in today’s world.
“By being an EfM participant, you will learn how to articulate your faith. You will learn how to shape your faith into action. You will become involved in ministries in your community and you will make a difference.
“Since its inception in 1975, more than 100,000 people have participated in this vital program. EfM groups meet regionally in nearly every diocese of The Episcopal Church, in six provinces of the Anglican Communion, and some in virtual classrooms with participants from across the globe. We would love to have you join us!”
Vocare #2 -- College Students and Young Adults
May 20-22, 2022, Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center

Vocare (pronounced "voh-car-ee") is a form of a Latin word meaning “to call.” The Vocare weekend is a renewal weekend addressed to college students and young adults (ages 20-30) in the time when they face many serious decisions that set the direction for much of their adult life.
Shall my life be self-centered, work and career centered, pleasure centered, or God-centered? What will be the most important of these activities, and how can I keep them all going at the same time in a way that makes my life blossom and enables me to live in harmony with creation and God?
Christians who have received the gift of God’s Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Holy Baptism are called by Jesus Christ to grow throughout their life in an intelligent understanding of God, in adoration and love for God, in praise and thanksgiving, and in readiness to serve others in His name. How are we going to gain the skills to do that?
The one thing you have to offer your God is your life at its deepest level, how you use your thoughts and attitudes, how you spend your time, and what you say and do with others around you. All the rest God has already given to you. Now let’s see whether we can help one another to answer the calling God has made to you through Jesus Christ, the Lord of our lives.

Come if you’re a young adult and pass the info along to all the young adults you know! Pilgrim and team application links are below.

Who Can Attend?

Pilgrims: Open to adults in college and between twenty and thirty years-old. First time participants attend Vocare as "Pilgrims." Once you have been through Vocare once, you are eligible to serve on Vocare Team. There is no fee for pilgrim registration. You can register HERE.
Team: Vocare Team is a dedicated group of adults who plan and lead each Vocare weekend. The Team fee is $50. Apply for Scholarships HERE. You can register for the Team HERE.
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....
Bishop Sanders' Memorial Service
A memorial service and committal of ashes for The Rt. Rev. William Sanders has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 4, at 1:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Knoxville (413 Cumberland Ave Knoxville, TN 37902). All are welcome to attend.
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
Bishop Brian, Helen Williams, Brad Hull, Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey,
Glyn Melnyk, Hannah Brewer, Lee Moore, David Stanislawski, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney, Bill Clark, Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Scott, Julia, 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 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 Scottish Episcopal Church. 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 Church of the Good Shepherd Preschool and Church of the Good Shepherd, Lookout Mountain; and for St. Mark, Aberdeen, SD.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Sally Cauthen, Mary Lou Walden, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick,
Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  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, 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, Terry Burnett, Stephen Jones; Intercessor, Amie Brien-Slack

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Jean Whisenant, Jim Milburn; Intercessor, Rosy Milburn; Crucifer, Phaen Stone; Lead Usher, Randy Durham

Lectionary Readings
Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6. John 13:31-35

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