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 9, 2029
Bishop "Visits" Sunday!
In an alternative universe, Bishop Cole would have visited Grace on Sunday and confirmed/received new members. Though that is not possible in our viral times, he's doing the next best thing -- preaching at our online service of Morning Prayer on Sunday. However rocky things are, we are blessed to have the technology to be in touch in spite of visitation by a plague.

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IN THIS ISSUE
Bishop "Visits" on Sunday
K. Camp 100th Birthday Celebration
Christian Formation Opportunities
Morning Prayer/Compline Passwords
The Way of Love (Season 3)
Food Pantry
Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Bishop (continued)
Join us online at 9am and 10:45am for a message from Bishop Brian, who will also be meeting online with members of the Inquirers’ class that morning.  

Videos of Morning Prayer will be posted on our  Facebook page and website  at 9am. Bulletins for each week’s service will be sent along with the GraceNotes Friday issue and will be posted on the website alongside the video for the service. If you miss the 9am video stream, you can always go back and watch later.

You can access the bulletin for this Sunday's Morning Prayer service here .
100 th Birthday Celebration for Kathryn Camp, Monday at 2pm
At 2:00pm on Monday, May 11th, all members of the Grace Community are invited to spread some joy as we celebrate the 100th Birthday of longtime Grace member, Kathryn Camp. We'll meet in the parking lot at Hickory Valley Senior Care ( 6705 Ballard Drive)  for a socially-distanced parade, which will begin around 2:05pm. Kathryn will be outside to receive your waves and good cheer. Please decorate your car with Happy Birthday signs, balloons, words of encouragement, etc. Do not be deterred by the emergency vehicles in the parking lot -- local first responders will also be participating in the parade. Join us for some neighborly fun as we celebrate one of Grace's beloved elders.
Christian Formation Opportunities
“Dream, Think, Be, Do” Sundays at 10am
Beginning on Sunday, May 17th, we will begin 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. Click here for “ Faith as Journey,”  the video for next Sunday, May 17 th , and click here for access to the weekly  Zoom Meeting  for this class. Please  email Sean McEwen  if you are interested in joining.

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 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 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. 
Morning Prayer and Compline Add Passwords
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 new password is:
amprayer
To get onto Compline everyday at 8pm, click this link:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/780772724 , & the new password is:
compline

Thanks to LB Blackwellfor realizing this and putting in the passwords! If you have any trouble getting on, you can contact me (David Burman) at 865-438-3361.

With peace,
David
The Way of Love (Season 3)
If Tiger King and your aunt's old DVDs of Brother Cadfael aren't hitting the spot, another option is available: Bishop Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has released the third season of his podcast The Way of Love . See below for a description of the season and a link that will let you access it.

"These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry, podcast host Sandy Milien, and a variety of guests, center on ways to live a life committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.
 
"Season 3 changes include longer conversations between Bishop Curry and his guests: faith leaders, authors, and thinkers who are committed to following the Way of Jesus in the world today. Framed by the Way of Love – those seven practices of turning, learning, praying, worshiping, blessing, going, and resting – listeners will hear stories and lessons about how they can grow closer to God in daily life.
 
"In Episode 1, Bishop Curry sits down with New York Times best-selling author and podcast host Jen Hatmaker to discover how, among many changes, opportunities, setbacks, and even a television show, she and her family have paused, listened, and reoriented themselves again and again toward Jesus and his Way of Love. Hear about her shift from a self-centered to an other-centered faith, and how one unconventional fast deeply impacted her. Hatmaker’s latest book is Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire .  
 
"If you missed Seasons 1 and 2, or want to go back and listen again, individual episodes, including bonus episodes and reflection guides are here and here ."
Food Pantry
Grace is deeply indebted to all who have kept us supplied with food for the pantry during the coronavirus storm – the parishioners who bring needed items on Wednesdays (and sometimes brownies too – yum!) and the Belvoir neighborhood, which this week sent along three enormous bins-full of goods, along with a load of bagged food that wouldn’t fit in the bins. We are so grateful to be surrounded by such generosity!

Thanks to our many supporting hands who took care of our 7 visitors and the 23 family members and housemates they sought to feed. We are especially grateful to  Richard Hyatt, Gail Dooley, and Lisa Lemza, who met visitors, bagged groceries, and took notes; to April and Kathryn Barger-Howell and the young but devoted Anderson, who handled the Belvoir donations this week when Richard and Phaen were with relatives out of town; to Janice Eernisse, Nan Fortiner, and Ginny Csiszko, those energetic quilters, who made bagsful of masks for the staff, volunteers, and pantry clients who needed them. Blessings abound!

Our needs this week are very modest – some  canned hams would be helpful for some of the larger families we serve, and you can’t have too many cans of  Chef Boyardi ravioli and related items Canned vegetables are in good supply but go fast when we get largish families. Supplies are overall excellent, however!
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, our Bishop; 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 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, Jordan Tschoepe, 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 Erin Baker, Kerry Baker and Lizzy Mouron, 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 for the Anglican Church of Kenya and The Most Rev. Jackson Ole Sapit, Primate and Archbishop of All Kenya.
 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer : Pray for Grace Church, Chattanooga, and for St. John the Evangelist, Eagle Butte, SD.

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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