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 30, 2020
Sunday Worship
During this time of Social Distancing, we will continue to stream videos for Morning Prayer worship on our  Facebook page and  website  at 9am and again at 10:45am.  Bulletins for each week’s service will be sent along with the Grace Notes weekend issue, and will be posted on the website alongside the video for the service. If you miss the 9am or 10:45am video streams, you can always go back and watch later. You can access the bulletin for this Sunday  here.
IN THIS ISSUE
Sunday Morning Prayer
Children's Ministry
Christian Formation
Daily Morning Prayer/Compline Access
Food Pantry
Farmers' Market Position Open (Paid)
Diversion for Kids from J.K. Rowling
Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Children's Ministry
Honoring Our Seniors –  On Sunday, June 7, we will honor our four high school seniors. We'd like to invite you to join in this effort. If church members have something to share, please send a paragraph or two about any and all of the four seniors to  mhurt@saygrace.net . We'd like to put together a presentation for the congregation to see on Sunday. 

They are (drum roll and lots of applause) Riley Hendrix, John Lazenby, Breanna Hart, and Jackson Ricketts. You may also want to get their addresses from the directory and send a card. 

“Monday School” for Kids --  Starting in a soft launch this Monday as times are worked out, Maria will be conducting “Monday School” for a half hour (or longer) with various age groups. This will be a social, fun exercise with a little lesson and either a game, art project or craft. Each time we meet, I will have given them instructions about something to bring.  

If your child is participating, encourage them to bring paper and art materials as these may be needed every time. For this Monday Online, each kid is encouraged to share a Show-and-Tell Object (any favorite) and another one about being in quarantine.

I would love to hear from parents if they have suggestions. I am going to try daytime. There are three age groups so far, but I may need to make it four. Please let me know if your child could participate. It will be a simple Zoom meeting and you are welcome to hang around. I know the oldest can be independent. Let me know if there are days and times that work best. If daytime just doesn't work, I am sure I could do an evening if enough interest is there.

Maria Hurt
Christian Formation
“Dream, Think, Be, Do” Sundays at 10am
After a technical problem this past Sunday, we will begin this Sunday, May 24th a course produced by Living the Questions. “Dream, Think, Be, Do” provides an overview of progressive Christianity featuring the insights of over twenty-five theologians and teachers at the top of their game. With sessions covering a broad range of theological topics, this series invites us into a process of re-visioning Christianity that is translating what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world. Videos will be made available the week prior to each week’s session, and we will gather on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. via Zoom for discussion of the topics presented. 

Here is the link to the zoom call for the meeting: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84179947644  -  and the password is Saygrace."
Click here for  Faith as Journey,  , and click here for access to the weekly  Zoom Meeting  for this class. Please email  Sean McEwen  if you are interested in joining.

(Should the links give any trouble, the Zoom Meeting url is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84179947644?pwd=cGp3TmQxczlMSjB3aUV2Y3k4OG4vUT09

and Faith as Journey is  https://vimeo.com/398113678)

Parenting in Pandemic, Wednesday, May 13 th at 8:30pm
Rev. April and Grace’s director of children’s ministry, Maria Hurt, invite all parents who have children home during the pandemic to join us for a conversation via Zoom beginning on Wednesday, May 13 th at 8:30pm. We’ll share challenges and wisdom, have the opportunity to pray for one another, and discern ways that we can support one another and our kids during this difficult time.

Queer Theology
The community of Grace has long maintained a commitment of embracing and affirming the gifts and the belovedness of all persons, including LGBTQ+ persons. Beginning the week of May 17 th , the Rev. April Berends and Sean McEwen will be leading a Queer Theology class at  7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings  so that we might explore these commitments more deeply. We are still compiling the reading list for this class, but we expect that it will involve shorter articles, videos and podcasts.  Material and content will be structured around the questions that participants bring to the class.  Possible topics might include questions about heaven, hell and salvation, how we see God’s story reflected in our own stories (and vice versa), how we might wrestle faithfully with doubts and questions, and how queerness and Christianity intersect and inform one another.  Sound interesting?   Email Rev. April  if you would like to join this conversation, and be sure to send along any questions or issues you might like to explore. 
Daily Morning Prayer and Compline
We are continuing to do Morning Prayer and Compline everyday at Grace Church: however, Zoom is now requiring meetings to have passwords, and so the new passwords to get onto MP & Compline are below with the other needed details. See you there!

To get onto Morning Prayer at 9am everyday except Sunday: click this link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/160460538 & the password is:
amprayer
To get onto Compline everyday at 8pm, click this link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/780772724 , & the password is:
compline
Food Pantry
Wednesday brought more visitors than usual to the pantry: after a  late-arriving clutch of clients caught Gail and Linda as they attempted to head home a bit after one, we’d given food for 39 houshold members to the 15 visitors/groups who came seeking help. Supplies were resilient, and we were able to provide quite well, but of course there were some scantily-clad shelves by the time we finished up. Items that need to be resupplied include:

* saltine crackers
* beanie weenies
* mac and cheese
* applesauce
* peanut butter (16-oz jars)
* packets of instant mashed potatoes (smaller sizes -- not the 65-serving cartons)
* packets of instant grits

Thanks to all Grace folks and Belvoir neighbors who so generously supply us with food and the money to buy it; to Richard Hyatt, a one-man army in coordinating with the neighborhood, hauling supplies in, packing bags up, and communicating with the Belvoir folks about our needs. Thanks to Linda Wideman and Gail Dooley, who receive clients, find out about their needs and get food together for them; like Olympic figure skaters, they expend a  great deal of energy and get a lot of work done while making it look as easy as sipping tea and nibbling scones at a sidewalk café. We are grateful in the extreme for their ongoing involvement in this crucial ministry.
Farmers' Market Paid Position Open
The Brainerd Farmers’ Market is looking for some help this season. We need someone who is willing and able to work the token table and help open the market each week. This is a paid position and will require use of a mask at this time. Please contact Catherine Durham,  catheriner.durham@gmail.com , if you are interested.

The Market runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Brainerd Road parking lot.
Diversion for Children in Pandemia
A Washington Post article on Tuesday last brought to light a lovely possibility for amusing children who need a diversion during the viral siege --

Some ten years ago, the celebrated author J.K. Rowling put together a tale called The Ickabog for her own children, telling it to them in serial form each night before bed. Since she was working on novels for adults at that point, the manuscript went to the attic and stayed there for a number of years. She recently returned to it, dusted it off and edited it, then re-edited it, adding back some material at the insistence of her offspring. It's now being offered in serial form, free of charge, at the URL below -- each day, a new chapter or handful of chapters will be posted between now and a July date that currently escapes me. Children who are so inclined are also invited to post artwork to illustrate portions of the tale, and when a hard-copy version is published next November (the proceeds from which will go to aid those whose lives have been impacted by coronavirus), some of their artwork will be included.

To find the story and the link to artistic contributions, go to https://www.theickabog.com/en-us/home
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Donald, 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, ourBishop; for April, our priest; for David, our Curate; for George, our assisting priest; for Keith, 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.
 
We pray for parishioners and loved ones, especially Tom Wolfe, Don and Ann Ludwig, the Tangel family, Jane Williams, James and Barbara Dooley,
Kathleen and Caroline Belcher, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams,
Nancy Mapel, David Stanislawski, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, Tessa Spaulding, J.R. Hicks, Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, Peggy Fugate, Jean Lorren, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Jonathan Purple, Steven Mosman,
John Woodham, Libby Workman, Rebecca Cook, Elaine Harrison, Jean Williams, 
Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison, Joyce Smith, 
Jim May, Mary Ruth Clinton, 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 Emily Stone Brelsford, Kerry Baker, and Janine Revenig, who are with child.  

We pray for all who are developing programs and policies to deal with the current public health threat; for those who are treating the sick, stocking shelves, transporting supplies, suffering from illness, coping with new life-patterns and finding ways to keep anxiety at bay for themselves and others. 

We pray for those who lost homes, property, and loved ones in the storms last weekend, and ask for strength and perseverance for those coping with damage to their homes and neighborhoods.
 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer:  Pray forthe Anglican Church of Melanesia and The Most Revd Leonard Dawea, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of Temotu.
 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. John, Ashwood, TN.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
John Cox, John and Cherry Stewart, Gayanne Silver, Garvin Colburn,
Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, Marty Landis, Dexter and Helen Williams,
Cheryl McCurry, Ethel Rutledge, Carolyn Minnich, Lanie Lundgrin, Terri Harvey,
Sue Sears, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, Jeannie and Andy Williams, Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, Brad and Kimberly Calhoun, Joyce and Greg Snyder, 
Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Jim Curtis, Hal and Sue, Michelle Maroney,
Jessica Ricketts
Community Care in Anxious Times
Our Grace check-in teams are continuing to check on households. Team leaders for each check-in group are contacting you via phone, text and/ or email. Please take a moment to pick up or write back to let them know if you’re okay and/or if you need help, pastorally or physically. The leaders of these groups will be in close communication with our priests and our network of volunteers. If you are a new member of Grace and we do not have your information in the directory, please fill out the New Member form  here and let us know if you would like to be added to a check-in group. If you have an urgent pastoral need, please call the parish office at (423)243-3250 and leave a message on the  main line . We will be checking these messages regularly even if we aren’t in the office.
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