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 27, 2022
Bishop's Visit Rescheduled
Our Bishop, Brian Cole, had to reschedule his May visit to Grace and will now be visiting at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, July 17th. Join us as we welcome our bishop back to Grace, and celebrate our common life as the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee.
Bishop's Visit Rescheduled (7-17)
Lee Moore Funeral Arrangements
Pentecost Readers -- Time's a Wastin'!
Worship This Week & Summer Schedule
Holy Conversation (June 5, 9:30 a.m.)
Snorkel with GreenGrace in June
Food Pantry
Chattanooga Bach Choir Concert (5-31)
Daily Worship
Spiritual Development for Adults
Keep in Mind (Bishop Sanders' Memorial service)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Lee Moore Funeral Arrangements
Lee Moore, mother of Betsy Bedwell, Grace's Director of Children's Ministry, sister of church pillar Jean Whisenant, teacher and long-time active area Episcopalian died last week. Services have been scheduled for noon on Saturday, May 28, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Pine Street, preceded by visitation at 10:00 a.m.

Please keep Betsy, Jean, and all their family in your prayers.

Her obituary from The Chattanoogan is duplicated below:

"The family of Merry Lee Whisenant Moore is saddened to announce her death in Chattanooga, on May 20, 2022, following her second battle with cancer.
"Lee was born in Fort Oglethorpe, and attended East Lake Elementary School, City High, and Tennessee Wesleyan University. She was an admissions officer at both St. Nicholas School and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences. She was a master teacher and taught reading, science, and Bible at Hickory Valley Christian School for 15 years. She mentored many new teachers, carrying on her love of learning, passion for teaching, and enthusiasm for the formation of the whole child. She was a greeter at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and enjoyed cooking, birdwatching, and writing letters. Her grandchildren, Merry Calloway, Margaret, George, and Josephine were her greatest joy.
"Lee is survived by her husband, Larry, sisters, Jean Whisenant and Sue Cope (Leon) and children, Elizabeth Bedwell (Eric), Samuel Moore (Katie), and Merry Madeline Bishop (David).
"A service celebrating Lee’s life will be held at noon on May 28, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, with the family receiving friends at 10 a.m.
"In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Hickory Valley Christian School."
Pentecost Readers
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!)

Worship This Week and Summer Schedule
Services this week will be 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.

Beginning Sunday, June 12th and extending through Sunday, August 7th, Grace will celebrate one service of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings instead of two. Worship will begin at 10am, with formation activities beginning at 9am.
Holy Conversation on Sunday, June 5 (9:30 a.m.)
Next Sunday, the church celebrates the feast of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on the church, unleashing the ability to communicate across boundaries. At a time when life in this country is marked by fear, bitterness and anger, our Rector, April Berends, invites the members of this community to join in a Holy Conversation about Difficult Things next Sunday, June 5th at 9:30 in the Undercroft. We will discuss current events in light of our faith commitments, grieve together, and seek the movement of the Spirit. 
Snorkel with GreenGrace in June!
Release your inner mermaid! 

On July 8th Green Grace is planning a snorkel trip to the Conasauga River with our documentary snorkel expert, Casper Cox! If you recall, we had an environmental stewardship class of the film Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia back in the fall. Let's take a field trip now! 

When: July 8th 10-2 (with a couple hours of driving)
Where: Cherokee National Forest/ Conasauga River
Who: Anyone interested. We DO need at least 12 folks. We will be snorkeling and meandering over river rocks, so make sure you are comfortable with that.

Things to know: 

-Snorkel gear/wet suits will be available for no extra cost
- $25 a person, but will be at least $300 for the group/ aka 12 people 
- Carpooling will be a necessity 
- Waivers signed and sent in once money is received. Everyone must sign the CNF waivers. 

Please contact Brittany Williamson with questions and interest. 
(865) 202-0481

We will need to finalize and send in our plans by June 24th. 

Brittany Williamson
Lisa Lemza
Kristina Shaneyfelt
Food Pantry
The food pantry was a popular place this week: Tuesday brought three visitors to the door, and Wednesday's official session brought 24. These 27 folk left with food for 84 people -- 48 adults and 36 children. Your car's glove compartment may more food in it that the pantry does at this point!

Church staff are taking care of some of our needs via trips to Sam's and Aldi with the funds you have so generously donated to fill some of the gaps; t

hese are the major areas that need beefing, spamming, and souping up in order to be helpful to our next batch of visitors:

  • hearty beef soups (none left)
  • Spam (1 can left)
  • canned tuna (regular cans and small pop-top cans)
  • canned chicken
  • canned hams (2 left)
  • 15 oz. cans of fruit and fruit cups (1 jar of applesauce remains)
  • Pudding cups (supplies low)
  • jars of jelly (small-to-medium jars with flavors that kids like -- with school getting out, peanut butter and jelly will be a good option for families suddenly having to provide lunch for kids at home)

Thanks to volunteers Linda Wideman and Gail Dooley, who took care of the tsunami of patrons this week; to Richard Hyatt for communications and to him and Phaen Stone for the heavy-lifting of collection and transport of Belvoir donations. Special thanks this week to April, Kathryn, and Anderson Barger-Howell, who have undertaken to collect the Belvoir donations while Richard and Phaen are otherwise committed.

Ginormous thanks with chocolate chips, sprinkles and way too much whipped cream (if there is such a thing) to all who make this ministry a weekly part of their community care. Your support has become all the more crucial as inflation has risen and pandemic aid dried up. We are able to help others because so many good folks in the Grace community and the Belvoir neighborhood help us, and we are grateful beyond telling.
Chattanooga Bach Choir Celebrates The Feast of the Visitation
The Chattanooga Bach Choir, directed by Grace Music Director and Choirmaster David Long, will celebrate the Feast of the Visitation -- the memorable occasion upon which the angel Gabriel came to Mary with heaven-and-earth-shattering news) with a live concert on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church (at the corner of McCallie and Douglas). The program includes Bach’s Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, which features the beloved chorale Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Morten Lauridsen’s Ave Maria and Palestrina’s Magnificat á 8 are also on the program. Admission is $20. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at . Students will be admitted free of charge.
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
Spiritual Development Opportunities for Adults
St. Mary's Conference Center at Sewanee -- 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 (Education for Ministry) – New Classes in Fall
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. For more information, go to
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, 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 South India. 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, Nan Fortiner, Susan Brown

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Charles Bond,
Celeste Humphrey; Lead Usher, Jerry Evans

Lectionary Readings
Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14,16-17, 20-21;
John 17:20-26

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