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 of Advent
NOVEMBER 27 , 2019
Tree Planting on Saturday
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving , come out and burn off a little of your holiday over-indulgence by planting some trees! Any willing participants welcome -- you will have skilled supervision. The Church is spreading the green gospel by applying for Level One Arboretum status with the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. As part of that effort, we have over 20-25 native trees to plant on our grounds. Most are small, 3-5 gallon trees.  

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IN THIS ISSUE
Tree Planting (11-30)
Sunday Happenings (Breakfast, wreath making, classes, directory photos)
EYC (12-3)
Advent Class
Bizarre Bazaar (12-7)
Seraphim Bush
Food Ministry
Meetings This Week
Serving on Sunday
Lectionary
Hymns
Tree Planting (continued)
Lunch and after-work bonfire provided . Please invite any community group or handy scout troop. Come for any, all, or parts thereof; one tree, two trees, three trees, four. Contact Lisa Lemza at lemzala@aol.com , (H) 423.243-3530 if you have questions.
 
What: Greening Grace Tree Planting
Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Avenue. 
When:  10:00 a.m. Saturday, 30 November .  
Bring: Shovels, gloves, mattocks.  
Rain Date is Saturday, 7 December.  
Sunday, December 1 – Advent I
…a Sunday with an embarrassment of riches! See below for the enumeration thereof:
 
Breakfast! -- Advent brings with it many fine gifts, and first among them is a delicious breakfast courtesy of the Stones. Serving begins at 9:00 a.m. (cost is $5 per person, with a family maximum of $20, and should these fees simply not be in the budget, come and be our guest!). Don’t miss this tasty introduction to a new season.
 
Advent Wreath Making -- After you’ve made your tummy happy with breakfast, stay in the Undercroft and take part in one of Grace’s long-standing traditions, making advent wreaths for your family to use at home throughout the season. Wreath-making supplies and candles will be provided, but we will need some greenery to use; if you can, take a moment (and a garbage bag) into your yard and snip some pine, holly, and nandina to use and share . The wreath-making officially begins at 9:30 a.m., but if you have commitments to a class, you’re welcome to start a bit early so that you can meet your obligations and still have a wreath.
 
Adult Classes on Sunday -- The young adult class will continue its study of Stranger God this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The group will discuss part III (Chapters 10-12)

Directory Photos -- Jim Milburn will be on hand after both services to take or retake pictures for the on-line directory. If you'd like to be included or update your photo to better reflect your current glory, look for him after the final 'alleluia!
EYC Next Week
Our youth group will meet from 6-8pm on Tuesday, December 3rd on the 4th floor of our office building. Dinner is provided, and we'll do a candlelight prayer service - all middle schoolers and high schoolers welcome!
Coming in Advent – The Way of Love Wednesday Night Study
During Advent, David Stanislawski will offer a Wednesday evening study that works through the program prepared by the National Church called The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life.
 
The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest. A video of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry introducing the program is available at https://episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love?wvideo=jroyof2vje
 
We will meet Wednesday evenings Dec. 4, 11, and 18 at 5:30 for a potluck supper. The program will begin at 6:15 and end around 7:45.
The last meeting will be after church on Sunday, December 22 (the next Wednesday is Christmas Day, when few will be free to come!). We’ll begin with a simple meal and conclude by 2:30 p.m.
Bizarre Bazaar (12-7)
The Brainerd Market will conclude its season on Saturday, December 7, with an all-out, gala celebration of arts, crafts, delicious foods, and even Santa Clause in the Undercroft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’ve had it with ties for the men and questionable fragrances and new graters for the women, this is the place for you! Target and Walmart can only dream of what you will find there!
Seraphim Bush
Last year, we somehow fell out of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, but our brilliant and generous Jerry Evans, came up with a wonderful alternative we’re calling “The Seraphim Bush” that will not only help an underserved population in Chattanooga – the residents of a group home -- but will also put our deadlines close to Christmas instead of falling the minute we put the Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge.
 
Many among us aren’t familiar with group homes, which are residences in which care is given to a group of people with similar disabilities. This kind of treatment option can be offered for those with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, medical conditions, or a combination of both. Group home care is also frequently helpful for elderly people who cannot be left alone for safety reasons due to the risk of falls or other injuries.
 
Over 1,000 people in Chattanooga live in group homes. Most of these are adults 19-70 years of age who have no other place to live. Most of these individuals survive on SSI or SSDI each month. The average for those with SSI is $754.00 per month. The group home takes the majority of this income and gives the individual on an average $40.00 per month for incidentals.
 
Many of the individuals living in group homes do not have family to celebrate Christmas with. Grace Episcopal is supporting this population this year by purchasing needed items that many times are overlooked at the Group home. 
 
Tom Carroll and Jerry Evans put the “Seraphim Bush” up in the Narthex last week. If you’d like to choose an individual in a home, pick an envelope off the tree; it contains information on one resident. Desired items and crucial information such as sizes are included. There are two copies of the notes in the envelopes; please take the top copy and leave the second with your name on it on the table. Purchase whichever item(s) you choose and bring them back to Grace -- items can be wrapped or unwrapped ; just make sure they’re marked with the identifier number and initials. If you need more suggestions than are provided in the material, most residents could always use towels or an extra blanket. Please feel free to take more than one envelope if you’d like!
 
Please return gifts to the Narthex or to the church offices by December 22nd.
 
If you have any questions please call Jerry Evans @ 423-645-9644.
 
Thank you!
Food Ministry
In order to provide some extra help before Thanksgiving, we used some of Vivian Dodds’ birthday money to do 40 extra vouchers on Tuesday and also hit Aldi for a ton of supplements for the pantry. And though the pantry was well-stocked at 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, it is likely safe to say that by Sunday, we will need almost everything again. Most needed (besides “everything”) are hearty soups, beef stew, chili, saltine crackers, beanie weenies, Chef Boyardi ravioli and the like, spaghetti and sauce, mac and cheese, grits, pop tarts, granola bars, and pudding . Thanks to all who so steadfastly provide us with food and with money to buy food and give vouchers!
MEETINGS THIS WEEK
EYC, Tuesday (4th floor), Tuesday, December 3, 6-8 p.m.
Centering Prayer (Barth Room) -- Friday, 1:00 p.m.
Serving This Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, Diana McMurray, Alan McMurray; Intercessor, Dick McGee; Chalice, Susan Brown; Acolyte, Dick McGee; Usher, Mike Revenig

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Connie Parker, Diana Peterson; Intercessor, Edith Snider; Chalice, Rosy Milburn, Paul Thomas; Oblations, Frank and Ann Watkins; Acolyte, Jeff Bertrand; Lead Usher, Jim Alverson; Web Broadcast (camera, sound), Bill Boren, Augie Sevart

Lectionary Readings
Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14,
Matthew 24:36-44   

Hymns
Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding (Hymnal 59); Rejoice, rejoice, believers (Hymnal 68; On Jordan's bank the Baptist's cry (Hymnal 76); This is the hour of banquet and of song (Hymnal 316); “Sleepers, wake!” (Hymnal 61); Lo! he comes with clouds descending (Hymnal 57)
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