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 8, 2021
Sunday School in the Pavilion
Maria Hurt will offer a Sunday School class at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning for any school-aged children whose parents would like to attend the outdoor service. No reservations necessary -- just drop them off as you head to the courtyard.
Sunday School in the Pavilion
COVID Vaccines and Testing
Bishop's Invitation to Read March
This Week's Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Food Pantry Needs
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
COVID Vaccines and Testing
Still Need a Vaccine?
Several fully vaccinated Grace members have volunteered to help transport individuals to COVID-19 vaccination sites. If you've not been able to get your vaccines, or if you need help setting up an appointment, please call the parish office or email Dabney Carden at, and we will put you in touch someone who can help.

Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing
In an effort to reduce asymptomatic transmission, the Hamilton County Health Department is offering free, at-home COVID-19 tests. You may either pick up these test kits or have them mailed to your house. Regular testing is a helpful measure, especially if you have unvaccinated people in your household, including children over the age of 8. Find out more information or sign up to have tests delivered here.

Bishop Invites All to Read John Lewis's March
Communities across East Tennessee are reading March by John Lewis. In partnership with the East Tennessee Freedom Schools, our Episcopal Schools, and our parishes, the Diocese of East Tennessee is offering many ways to engage with the trilogy through interviews, discussion groups, reading camps, and even Godly Play stories.

Throughout the coming weeks and months, we will be updating our dedicated resource page for March. There you can also sign up for emails alerting you to new resources and offerings and to sign up for information regarding the pilgrimage to Selma.

You can access the Bishop's video-presentation about this HERE

You can access the March web-page HERE (
This Week's Worship
Join us for Sunday morning worship on our Facebook page 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-Person Worship for May 9

Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person celebration of Holy Eucharist on May 9th, at 10:00 a.m. in the courtyard. In an effort to facilitate contact tracing in the event that it is necessary, we are asking participants to register at our website -- it's working again! -- at . Should the weather threaten to misbehave, we will contact you by e-mail as soon as possible to let you know if the service has been cancelled.

Each household unit is asked to observe a reasonable margin of social distancing -- 3-6 feet is currently recommended in outdoor settings. Please wear a mask, and bring your own lawn chair or blanket. If you are unable to bring your own chair, please email David Burman at, and we will arrange to have one available for you.

Compline and Morning Prayer

Grace offers Compline services at 8pm each evening; you can join at this link:

& 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
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The April Berends will be in the courtyard for outdoor office hours on Tuesday, May 11thnd from 8:30-10:30am. The Rev. David Burman will be there on Tuesday, May 11th from 5:00-7:00pm. As always, our priests would be happy to connect with you, either by phone or video call or socially-distanced in person.

As always, our priests would be happy to connect with you, either by phone or video call or socially-distanced in person. Feel free to call, text, or email  April ( and David ( to make arrangements.
Food Pantry
Most mercifully, the heavens quit pouring their liquid blessings upon us in time to keep Wednesday's Food Pantry session dry. Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley, and Jim Harris fielded 11 visitors and sent them off with food for 52 (25 adults and 27 children). Supplies, needless to say, have thinned out in a few notable areas. If you would like to help thicken these areas, the most needed items are:

  • canned hams
  • packets of instant oatmeal
  • hearty chicken soups
  • Spam
  • beef stew
  • 16-oz. boxes of spaghetti
  • spaghetti sauce

May blessings, boons and bonanzas of all sorts fall upon all who have so constantly bolstered our supplies, carted bins and bags, and showed up week after week to serve those who come to us for help. We remain in awe of the incredible generosity of both the parish and the Belvoir neighborhood -- you have kept not only functioning but thriving through a very difficult time. The church staff and our neighbors in need are extremely grateful!
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 David, our Curate; for Sarah, 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
Gerry Jones, Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen, Al Manning, Amy, Deborah,
Jim Hinkle, Andrea, Ann Ludwig, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); Patty Maroney, the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Daniel Parker, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, Steve Slack, Angela, James and Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, Doris, Rebecca Williams, J.R. Hicks, Charlotte Dorris, Libby Workman,
Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison, Joyce Smith, 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 Alice Revenig Clark and Ali, who are with child.
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 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 have died, especially Nancy Mapel, that your will for them may be fulfilled, and that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for TheAnglican Church in Kenya. (The Anglican Communion is beginning 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 HERE.)

In the Diocesan Cycle of PrayerPray for St. Paul’s, Athens, TN, and
St. Paul’s, Brookings, SD

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Bethann Grace, 
Jim Strickland, Trevor Laymance, Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 
Helen Williams, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, 
Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Steven Mosman, 
John Woodham, Elaine Harrison, Marcia Magers, Major McCollough,
John Cox, Gayanne Silver, Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, 
Dexter and Helen Williams, Cheryl McCurry, Ethel Rutledge, Lanie Lundgrin, 
Terri Harvey, Sue Sears, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, 
Jeannie and Andy Williams, Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, 
Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham, Michelle Maroney, 
Jessica Ricketts
Community Care in Anxious Times
Our Grace check-in team leaders are continuing to contact parishioners 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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