Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
The Season After Pentecost
NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Time Change Weekend!
Since you have doubtless been a good little saint this year, you have won extra hour of sleep on All Saint’s Eve… it’s time again to turn your clock back an hour before bed on Saturday evening in order to join the rest of the nation on Eastern Standard Time on Sunday morning.
IN THIS ISSUE
Time Change Weekend!
Blessing of the Ugly Tree
Sunday Menu
Dates to Note
Outreach Opportunities
Gardens and Grounds
Stewardship 2020
Compline at Thankful Memorial (11-10)
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Blessing of the Coffee Shop at Ugly Tree Café
Grace member Richard Lanham recently opened up a coffee shop in the neighborhood. It's walking distance from Grace at 3950 Brainerd Rd. On Saturday, November 2 nd at 10am, April will offer a blessing of this new space and Richard's new venture. Members of the Grace community are welcome to come by the Ugly Tree Cafe for the blessing. While you're there, sip a cup of coffee, enjoy the artwork, and try one of the cafe's breakfast treats. 
Afterwards, you can head on over to the Farmer's Market.
Sunday Menu
After being refreshed by your extra hour’s sleep, you will be fully energized (dream on!) and ready to take advantage of the bounty that All Saints Sunday offers:
 
Breakfast by the Stones : The Stones promise a hearty breakfast casserole on what looks to be a chilly morning. Come to the Undercroft at 9:00 a.m.; cost is $5 per person, with a family maximum of $20. If you budget has no flexibility at the moment, come and be our guest!
 
Adult Ed Classes : You have a choice between riches: The Weeks Form discusses the day’s readings in the Barth Room, and the All-Ages study of Stranger God has the second of seven sessions in the Balch Room (library). Both groups meet at 9:30 a.m.
 
Celebration of our personal saints during the morning liturgy :
Grace will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday, a time to remember God’s saints and our own loved ones who have joined that blessed congregation in the past year, on Sunday, November 3. You are invited to bring photographs or small tokens of remembrance of lost loved ones to place on the altar in memory of the departed (you may take these home after the service).
 
All Saints Evensong : Grace’s observation of All Saints will continue at 4:00 p.m. with a service of choral evensong. Come and find an hour of deliverance from the noise and chaos in the serenity of scripture, hymns, and music by George Dyson and Morten Lauridsen.
Dates to Note
Sunday, November 17 – Annual Parish Meeting
Each year, we gather in November to elect new Vestry members, thank the departing ones, and review the trajectories of our ministries and finances. In order to get the necessary business done without staying until midnight, Grace will offer ONE LITURGY ONLY at 10:00 a.m. After the service, we will head downstairs to the Undercroft for the meeting, and once the business is taken care of, everyone will be rewarded with a free lunch . Child care will be available so that parents can address parish business without having to monitor the bodily functions and behavior of their offspring.
 
Tuesday, November 26 – Thanksgiving liturgy and soup supper –
Before your relatives descend upon you or you launch yourselves family-ward to visit them, have an evening of thanks and fellowship with your Grace kin. There will be a liturgy at 6:00 p.m., followed by soup and bread by various parishioners (volunteers to bring these items will be formally sought in the near future); in past years, it has proved to be an oasis of appreciation for God’s blessings and a tasty and relaxing time that helps tune the psyche for the delightful but chaotic holiday to come.
Outreach Opportunities
Food Ministry at Grace : October has been a big month for both food vouchers and pantry at Grace. We gave 72 vouchers, which fed 188 people and family members; we’ve had 121 visitors to the pantry, whose households include 348 people needing to eat. This week’s pantry needs include

* Hearty soups, stew and chili (we're down to just a few cans!)
* saltine crackers (two sleeves left!)
* peanut butter (16 oz. jars)
* spaghetti sauce (we've got lots of noodles but very little to put on them)
* packets of instant oatmeal and grits
* tuna
* canned hams
* mac and cheese (three or four boxes left)
* mashed potatoes (zippo!)
* granola bars
* canned green beans

We are grateful to all those who so generously – an so consistently! – donate food and money; we are also grateful for our volunteers, who help in writing vouchers and packing food up for our visitors (Vivian Dodds, Jim Dorris, Gail Dooley, Linda Wideman, Andy Belcher, Paul Thomas and Jean Whisenant); for those who provide intel to the Belvoir neighborhood about our needs and put bins out on Saturday and bring them here on Sunday (Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone, Anderson Barger-Howell, Jerry Evans, and Tom Carroll); and for those who have taken on trips to Sam’s and Aldi to keep the pantry stocked (Ty Sills, Richard Hyatt). It takes a small army to keep things rolling!
 
Thanksgiving gift cards:  It is our tradition to collect grocery gift cards to give out to those in need to help them purchase turkey and trimmings for Thanksgiving. You can place gift cards in the baskets at Sunday liturgy or just throw in some money and the Outreach Committee will purchase the gift cards. You can also drop gift cards off at the office.
 
Community Kitchen Fast Day : The Chattanooga Community Kitchen asks everyone to give up the cost of a meal – be it McDonald’s or Chez Caviar-and-Champagne – to help provide the city’s homeless with meals, shelter, access to laundry and shower facilities, job training, clothing, foot care, and other necessities that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted. Envelopes for donation are in the Narthex and scattered throughout the buildings – grab one and send off a donation if you’re able.
Gardens & Grounds
Spirits . Thanks to all for your generous support for last Saturday’s 'rained in' Spirits in the Garden! We are finalizing the proceeds, but it looks like at this point that we raised over $1600, for use on in-house youth, children's, and grounds care .   Special thanks to event chair Tom Carroll, and to Cathy Stone for acquiring the Scenic City Band.... Also thanks to  Mickey & Beth Myers, Richard A. Hyatt, Phaen Stone, Jim and Barbara Harris, Brittany Williamson, Jerry Evans, Kathryn Barger-Howell, David Burman, Kathryn and John Lazenby, Isabella, Parker (Amber McClane's son), Katie Sellers, Jason Shaneyfelt, Maria Hurt, Jim Milburn, Tom and Skeeter Makepeace, Laura Bertrand, April Berends and Glyn, our church office staff Paula and Dabney. Special thanks to Maria Hurt for taking care of all those little one!
 
Aroboretum Status .  Mickey Myers  and  Kristina Shaneyfelt  are meeting this week with tree specialist, Jon Nessle, to update our tree inventory and analyze future needs to register our church grounds as a Level One Arboretum with the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. For details, see
https://www.tufc.com/programs/tree/arboreta/ . We expect to buy and plant more trees as part of this effort.  Brittany Williamson and Kristina Shaneyfelt  are in the process of applying for a Creation Care grant from our Episcopal Province IV; stay tuned.
 
Community Garden .   One hillside bed is now available for reassignment  for any wanting to tinker with growing vegetables; please see Lisa or Kristina ( lemzala@aol.com jkshaneyfelt@epbfi.com ) if you are interested. Meanwhile, there is an absolutely-positively MANDATORY meeting for all bed-renters  THIS SUNDAY at 2:00 pm, in the Pavilion.  This is one of our two required annual meetings to count noses, discuss problems, brag of triumph and confess defeat.  
 
Grounds Work Day . TENTATIVELY PLANNED for  Saturday, 16 November. Stay tuned for details, but we will certainly whack back the shrub border along the church's west side.
 
Lisa Lemza
Stewardship 2020
During the coming weeks, we will reflect on the gifts that God has given us in the community of Grace, and gather pledge commitments to support the parish's mission and ministry for the coming year. You will receive a pledge packet at church or in the mail during the coming week, which will include information on the parish budget for 2019, and a pledge form that you can fill out and return to the church, but you can also pledge online by visiting our website . Please see the attached letter and pledge form from our stewardship team.
 
How do I make a financial pledge?
To make a financial pledge to sustain the work of Grace Church, you may either fill out a pledge card, included in this packet, and send it into the parish office using the envelope provided or pledge online. Please submit your pledge by November 22 th , 2019.
 
To make a contribution online:
·       Go to Saygrace.net and click on Give
·       For a one-time payment click on "Give Now" button then fill out the form
 
To set up your automatic giving for your pledge:
 
·       Go to Saygrace.net and click on Give
·       Click on the same "Give Now" button then fill out the form.
·       In the " Give to:" be sure to select "2020 Pledge"
 
Be sure to select "Setup automated giving" and choose your time preference.
 
Need assistance making a pledge online? Paula Garner, our parish administrator, will be happy to help you. She can be reached at pgarner@saygrace.net or by calling (423) 698-2433.
 
Stewardship Letter
 
October 25, 2019
 
Dear Friends,
As we begin our stewardship campaign for the 2020 Budget year, we invite you to prayerfully consider how the ways that we use the gifts God has given you can strengthen your witness to Christ’s love.
 
We are a parish richly blessed in terms of the resources God has given us. We are situated at an intersection of neighborhoods and cultures in our city. Our beautiful campus provides a green and spacious oasis on a well-travelled road. In the past year, a number of new followers of Jesus, both young and old, families and individuals, have joined the community of Grace. We have strengthened our commitment to feeding people who are hungry by way of our food pantry and food voucher ministry. Grace’s particular gifts for welcome and hospitality, and our unabashed proclamation of God’s love for all people shine both within our parish and the wider community.
 
All of these ministries take resources. In years past, Grace’s budget has included a significant structural deficit, drawing on reserve funds and estate gifts to meet operating expenses. We no longer have funds in reserve to absorb this deficit. We are pleased to report that we have made great strides in reducing the deficit for 2019, and it is our sincere hope that we will be able to begin 2020 with a balanced budget. In order to accomplish this, we will need to increase pledge income by approximately 10% or $39,000. The 2020 budget includes continuing support for our curate (assistant priest), a position which is also supported through generous funding from the diocese.
 
We encourage you to look at your household budget and set aside your pledge amount. Consider what God has given, pray about it, consider the other causes that you want to support, discern which things are most important. We find in our own lives that once we’ve pondered those commitments, once we have written them down and made them a priority, it is much easier to keep them. Having set those goals, it brings us joy to complete them. Our priorities are changed by this process. We see our sharing of these gifts as a chance to make expressions of generosity and gratitude part of the fabric of our household.
 
We are blessed in giving. When we give of our talents, our time and our treasure, we give with the hope that God is able to work renewal and transformation through our offerings, and it is this very hope that changes us.
 
If you are the sort of person who likes to see the results of your contributions (and most of us are), we hope that you will see signs of these gifts at work in the community of Grace in the months ahead. Your gifts will help us achieve the following:
 
• A welcoming and hospitable space that is in good condition for the programs offered by our parish and a meeting place for the wider community.
• Adequate staffing for parish administration, programs, liturgical and pastoral ministries.
• Training and resources for parish leaders and staff.
• Curricula and materials for Godly Play, Arts Camp, Youth and Adult Formation.
• Digital and printed resources that keep us informed and help us reach out to the Brainerd area neighborhoods and beyond.
• Exploring opportunities for our parish to build community partnerships to build just communities and assist persons in need in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.
• Direct assistance in the form of vouchers, food, utilities and housing costs to help meet the material needs of our neighbors who live in poverty.
• Developing worship and ministry opportunities that will help us to invite others to
join us on our journey of faith and welcome those who seek a church home.
• Opportunities for us to gather as a community at Grace for fun, fellowship, and deepening our relationship as siblings in Christ.
 
We enter this stewardship campaign with a sense of purpose and hope for our life together at Grace. Your enthusiasm for our life together is palpable. And that energy (a gift from the Holy Spirit, we are sure), coupled with your offerings of time, skill, effort, and financial resources, will bear fruit. We pray God’s blessing on all of us as we listen for how God is calling us to share abundance of life.
 
Grace and peace,
 
Phaen Stone                         Jim Milburn
Senior Warden                     Chair, Finance Committee

The Rev. April Berends       Richard Hyatt
Rector                                    Stewardship Chair
 
Stewardship Campaign 2020
 
The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;his righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-9  
 
 
Pledge Form
 
Name:___________________________________________________________
 
Address:__________________________________________________________

Phone:________________________ EMail:______________________________
 
In Thanksgiving for our many blessings and with prayerful consideration of our mission as Christians, I/we offer to God a proportion of our income to Grace Episcopal, that we might share abundantly in God’s good work. I/we estimate that in 2020 that gift will be:
 
Weekly $___________ or Monthly $____________ or Annual $______________
 
I have already pledged online _______ I am interested in bank draft__________
 
Signed: ________________________________________________________________
 
Thank you!
 
Please cut here and return only the top half to Grace by November 24th
FOR YOUR RECORDS
 
Grace Episcopal Church Stewardship Campaign 2018
 
Your proportionate giving goal for 2019 ____________%
 
Your financial stewardship gift for 2019 $______________
 
If you would like assistance in determining your gift as a percentage of your income, or what a XX% increase in your current gift would be, please use the tables on the other side of this form. If the estimated annual amount of your gift changes significantly during the year, please contact the parish office with your new estimate. Please retain this portion for your records.
 
Stewardship Campaign 2020
 
Thank you!
 
Table for figuring a pledge as a percentage of income - a proportional gift.
Apologies for the miniscule size -- apparently there's a limit on how big you can make a graphic!
















Compline at Thankful Memorial (11-10)
You are invited to the Office of Compline at
Thankful Memorial
Episcopal Church,
1607 W 43rd St.
in historic St. Elmo, on
Sunday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.

This is a meditative service for the close of the day. The entire service is sung by the Chattanooga Compline Choir, In Spiritu, in plainsong, the earliest music of the church.


MEETINGS THIS WEEK
EYC (4th Floor) -- Tuesday, November 5, 6-8 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service : Lectors, Amie Brien-Slack, Dick McGee; Intercessor, Mairi Wright; Oblations, Susan Brown; Acolyte, Dick McGee; Usher, Mike Revenig
 
At the 10:45 a.m. service : Lectors, Sharla Benedict Region, Skeeter Makepeace; Intercessor, Merilee Milburn; Chalice, Terry Burnett, Rosy Milburn; Oblations, Vivian Dodds, David Stanislawski; Acolytes, Laura Bertrand, Stephen Jones; Lead Usher, Renee Tracy; Greeter, Anne Curtis; Webcast (camera, sound), Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone

Lectionary Readings
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31               
(texts can be found at http://www.lectionarypage.net/ )

Hymns
For all the saints , vs. 1-2,4-5, 7-8 (Hymnal 287); By all your saints still striving (Hymnal 232, middle verse on facing page, bottom right, for All Saints’ Day); Jerusalem, my happy home (Hymnal 620); Dona nobis pacem (Hymnal 712); Ye watchers and ye holy ones (Hymnal 618)
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