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 6, 2022
Change of Plans -- Bishop's Visit Postponed
The Rt. Rev. Brian Cole, Bishop of East Tennessee, has tested positive for COVID and so will NOT be visiting Grace this weekend (his symptoms are mild so far). Grace will say its prayers for him and proceed with the single service at 10 a.m. to celebrate a normal Fourth Sunday of Easter (bulletin can be accessed HERE). See below for the Diocesan dispatch concerning the Bishop.

Bishop's Annual Visit Postponed
Pentecost Readers Sought
Sweet Potato Palooza (May 8 & 15)
Food Pantry
Vocare # 2 (Ages 20-30) May 20-22
Daily Worship
Forward Day by Day -- New Issue
Keep in Mind (Bishop Sanders' Memorial service)
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Plans and Bishop (continued)
Dear Episcopal Community in East Tennessee,

Today, Thursday, May 5, we became aware that Bishop Brian Cole tested positive for COVID-19. Based on Bishop Brian Cole’s schedule and the onset of minor symptoms, the timeframe for contact tracing is from Monday, May 2, through today, May 5. We have contacted all those who may have come in contact with Bishop Brian Cole.

If you were in contact with Bishop Brian Cole during this timeframe, we encourage you to monitor any possible symptoms and test for COVID-19. Click here for more information from the CDC on quarantine, isolation, and testing.

Events scheduled with Bishop Brian Cole have been canceled or postponed from today through Monday, May 9. This includes a postponement of the Ordination of The Rev. Ashton Lane-Ross Sims and a visitation to Grace Episcopal Church, Chattanooga.

We will continue to provide updates on our website here, including updates to scheduled events after Monday, May 9. Please include Bishop Brian Cole in your prayers.


Diocesan Staff
Wanted (Alive and Bilingual!): 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!
Sweet Potato Palooza Begins Sunday!
1. We have located enough baby sweet potatoes (called 'slips') to begin our congregational/neighborhood/global dominion in a church-wide version of "Plant a Row for the Hungry." 

2. 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 Food Bank, Community Kitchen, MetMin, etc.  

3. 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

We will give away sweet potato slips the next two Sundays (May 8 and 15). Please pick up 2 or 3 to try at home. THEY COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS; as the Bible says, repeatedly, "FEAR NOT."

  • 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 single service this Sunday and also after the 10:45 Service the following week. 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
Food Pantry
Food, glorious food! You give it to us, and we give it to other people, and Poof! the community becomes a less hungry and happier place. Well, not exactly Poof... in fact, it relies heavily on a lot of buying and toting and hauling from an army of volunteers, which includes those of you who buy it and bring it with you to church or stow it in the green bins at the Belvoir park.

This week, volunteers Gail Dooley and Linda Wideman bagged up and handed out food to 15 visitors. Those visitors left with supplies to feed 51 -- 22 adults and 29 children, leaving the pantry itself on the hungry side.

You can remedy its pangs with donations of the following items:

* beanie weenies (small and large cans needed)
* canned chicken
* Vienna sausages
* hearty beef soups
* Chef Boyardi pastas or similar
* canned baked beans and/or pinto beans
* canned fruit (15 oz. size preferred)
* spaghetti sauce
* packets of instant oatmeal and grits
* pudding cups
* granola bars
* cheese and crackers or peanut butter and cracker packets
* packaged sets of eating utensils -- we've got lots of loose ones, but could use the packets so we don't put our mitts all over a surface that our clients are going to put in their mouths.

We cannot ever give enough thanks to all of you in the church and in the Belvoir neighborhood who support this endeavor with such unflagging energy and generosity. Please know how grateful we are, and how grateful those who come for help are for your steadfast care and substantial aid.
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
Forward Day by Day (New Issue)
The May-July issue of Forward Day by Day has arrived, and copies have been distributed to the usual locations. For those who haven't yet returned to in-person worship, those with transportation problems, or those who simply like to have more than one option, you may avail yourselves of the scanned versions below:

You can also access the daily meditations online at Go to the page, look for the heading Forward Day by Day, click on that and pull down to Today's Meditation. You may also sign up to receive the meditations each day by e-mail at no charge -- go to to explore that option.
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, Tony Hill, 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 Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda. 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 Grace Church, Chattanooga, and for St. John the Evangelist, Eagle Butte, 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 10:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Dick McGee, Celeste Humphrey; Intercessor, Intercessor, Jean Whisenant;
Crucifer, Jim Harris; Lead Usher, Bill Pickering

Lectionary Readings
Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17. John 10:22-30

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