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 20, 2022
Wanted: Speakers in Tongues
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the Holy Spirit's gale-like visitation to humanity and the sudden ability of all to understand the spoken languages of every tribe and nation. In commemoration of this radical and doubtless chaotic event, Grace recruits those who can handle a language -- any language -- other than English to join the appointed lector in a multi-lingual reading of the lesson from Acts.
If you are master of an alien tongue and are willing to take part in this chaotic chorus on Pentecost Sunday (June 5), please contact Jim Milburn ( and sign up to read -- and let him know what language you'll be using and which service you'll be attending (you'd be very welcome at both!)
Pentecost Readers Sought
Worship This Week & Summer Schedule
Food Pantry
St. Mary's Offers Onsite Programs
Education for Ministry Program (EfM)
Daily Worship
Relay for Life This Weekend
Keep in Mind (Bishop Sanders' Memorial service)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
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
Another big pantry session last Wednesday: stalwart volunteers Jim Dorris and Jim Harris received 24 visitors and sent them home with food for 71 -- 39 adults and 32 children. The pantry emerged looking as if it had encountered Goths, Visigoths, and perhaps a band of voracious wolverines -- there's more not there than there is there. See below for the current list of the missing or near-missing items:

* canned chicken (5 cans left)
* Vienna sausages (7 cans left)
* beanie weenies (5 cans left)
* hearty chicken and beef soups (no chicken left; one beef)
* canned hams (none left)
* packets of instant mashed potatoes (none left)
* spaghetti noodles (1 lb. packages) (one left)
* saltine crackers (2 boxes left).
* small cans of chicken or tuna with pop tops (for the homeless) (a few left)

One thing we currently have TOO MUCH of -- never thought you'd hear us say that, did you! -- is plastic grocery bags, so please take a break from bringing those to the pantry. We're currently experimenting with re-usable bags, courtesy of a Belvoir neighbor, who's given us an impressive supply, and so aren't currently using many of the plastic t-shirt bags. We have stowed the ones we have in an enormous box, however, and are holding them for the inevitable moment when the reusables run low.

Thanks to all who so steadfastly keep us on their grocery lists! We are grateful for every can, packet and box that comes in (and almost immediately goes out). Your kindness and generosity are providing much-needed aid in some very difficult times.
St. Mary's Retreat Center Returns to Onsite Programs
Having kept its programs going through Zoom for the last couple of years, St. Mary's Retreat Center is offering onsite programs again. Writing for Women, Centering Prayer, Spirituality and Literature are a few of the offerings in May and June; to explore the possibilities, get more details or register for any of the great variety of options, go to
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. Judy reports that her 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!”
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
Relay for Life (5-21)
The American Cancer Society's fundraiser, Relay for Life, is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN (1275 Stuart Road NE). Since Hamilton County hasn't scheduled this event this year, Bradley County invites those whose lives have been affected by cancer to come take part. You can sponsor a runner/walker, participate in the auction (headed this year by our own formidable parish administrator Paula Garner), enjoy concessions and bands, and appreciate the creativity of those decorating in accordance with the NASCAR theme of "Racing for a Cure." For more information or to register, go to WWW.RELAYFORLIFE.ORG/BRADLEYTN .
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
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, 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, especially Edith Stone, great-aunt of Jamie Stone, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of the Province of South East Asia. 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 Samaritan, Knoxville, and Trinity, Pierre, 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, Andy Belcher, George Reed, III;

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Judy Burnett, Paul Thomas; Intercessor, Richard Hyatt; Lead Usher, Dick McGee

Lectionary Readings
Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29

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