Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
EASTER
May 17 , 2019
Life Fair Tomorrow
(Saturday, May 18)
If you’ve got your plan for aging and, in the words of a particularly regrettable obituary in the mid-seventies, “wafting to heaven on the flowery bed of ease,” completely established and agreed upon with those who remain in the unadorned bed of difficulty, congratulations! You may skip the rest of this article and go wind-surfing this afternoon.

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IN THIS ISSUE
Life Fair Tomorrow!
Acolytes Sought (Training on 5/26)
Pentecost Readers Sought
Summer Arts Camp
Food Pantry Needs
Outreach Report for April 2019
Bach Choir Concert (Saturday Evening)
Joseph Campbell RoundTable
Invitation to Hart Gallery, Southside
Abbey "Tranform Us" Exhibit
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Life Fair (continued)
For the rest of us, who may need some prodding and some help in getting started on such strategies for ourselves or aging relatives, or who may have bogged down mid-plan simply trying to live daily life responsibly, help is at hand! Tomorrow, Grace’s Life Planning Committee has arranged a life-fair on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants include the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C., TDOT, Ponders Funeral Home and Strickland Funeral Home, Yoga and Grace, Amber McClane, Licensed Massage Therapist, Alexian Brothers PACE, Council on Aging, Donate Life Tennessee, Larkspur Conservation (natural burial options), and Assisted Living Locators. All ages invited!
Acolytes Sought!
Grace is looking to expand its squadron of acolytes . If you’d like to carry the wondrous cross instead of merely survey it, or carry the gospel book, a torch, or any other iteration of acolyte-dom, please plan to attend a training session on Sunday, May 26, immediately following the10:45 a.m. service. Maximum length of the session is estimated at 20 minutes.
Pentecost Readers Sought
On June 9, Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit among the nations, enabling all to hear the voice of God in their own languages and idioms. In acknowledgment of that miraculous occurrence, we will hear the lesson from the Acts of the Apostles read in various languages even as the lector reads in English. If you are new to this tradition, be assured that it is not a burdensome duty; those who volunteer to read remain among the the congregation, stand at the beginning of the reading, and read the passage in the tongue they have chosen.

If you are willing to read in a language other than English, please contact Jim Milburn.  JNMilburn@epbfi.com .
Summer Arts Camp
Grace Episcopal Church Interfaith Arts Camp
June 10 - 14
Ages: preK4 through elementary
Time: 9:00-12:30 p.m.

Like the monstrous eye in the side-mirror in Gary Larsen's famous Far Side cartoon, things are closer than you think, and one of those things is Grace's Summer Arts Camp. A mere three weeks hence, the building will be teeming with young painters, singers, dancers and actors -- and the local parks, restaurants, theaters, libraries and hammocks will be teeming with their parents, who have a half a day free for an entire week. If you'd like your young 'un to get acquainted with the inspiring, healing, and surprising arts and you'd like five afternoons free, make sure to sign your offspring up! You can register at https://www.saygrace.net/artscamp.html .
Food Pantry Needs
Our needs are fairly modest at the moment, but there are still areas whose supplies need beefing up:

* Saltine crackers
* pop tarts
* hearty soups/beef stew
* Jif "To Go" cups

Thanks to all who keep out shelves stocked and our ministry to our neighbors vital and responsive!
Outreach Report
As you have doubtless noticed from our constant pleas for food and other items that help those in need keep afloat, Grace remains a hub of aid in the neighborhood and often in the wider community as well. See below for a summary of last month's activity:

132  Food box vouchers given last month (representing 295 mouths fed)
5       Milk vouchers given last month
28    visits, representing 70 people served out of Grace Food Pantry

For those interested in helping with Southside Abbey's dinner, the next date for hosting dinner during the Abbey's weekly service is June 14 th

Southside Abbey services are every Friday beginning at 6:11pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on 2 nd floor. Everyone is invited.
Bach Choir Concert (Saturday evening, May 18)
The Chattanooga Bach Choir, under the direction of Grace Music Director and Choirmaster David Long, will present J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church (1505 North Moore Road). Tickets are $25 and may be purchased via the choir’s website ( www.chattanoogabachchoir.org ) or at the door.

This enormous work features Bach at his best and most varied; it is performed but infrequently, so don’t miss your chance to hear it! Students will be admitted free of charge.
Joseph Campbell RoundTable
On Monday, May 20, Suzanna Alexander, Emma Ford and Stephanie Jones will present Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine . All three have presented to the RoundTable before, and all three are active with reclaiming the feminine aspects of the divine. 
 
The RoundTable meets at 7 pm at Grace Episcopal Church’s Merritt Room.  Visitors and guests are welcome. There is no charge to attend, though small donations, which are shared between the Joseph Campbell Foundation and Grace, are appreciated.
Transform Us: Exhibition of Spiritual Exploration through Art
The Hart Gallery and Southside Abbey invite you to a display of art work created at a seven-week-long workshop whose goal was to use the act of creation as an avenue of spiritual growth. The fruits of that workshop will be on display at the gallery (110 East Main Street) on Wednesday, May 22, from 5-7 p.m.
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
Vestry (Barth Room) -- Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Jim Dorris, Susan Brown; Intercessor, Andy Lane; Chalice, Lisa Revenig; Usher, Andy Lane; Greeter, Jim Oakes
 
At the 10:45 a.m. service : Lectors, Breezie Finley, Connie Parker; Intercessor, Susan LaGraff; Chalice, Nora Kile, Paul Thomas; Oblations, George and Sandra Reed; Acolytes, Stephen Jones, Jerry Draper; Greeters, Catherine Durham, Erica Kelley; Lead Usher, Frank Watkins; Web Broadcast (camera, sound), Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone

Lectionary Readings
Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35                
(texts can be found at http://www.lectionarypage.net/ )

Hymns
This joyful Eastertide (Hymnal 192); We know that Christ is raised and dies no more (Hymnal 296); Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life (Hymnal 487; Come away to the skies (Hymnal 213)
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