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 28, 2020
Adult Ed Advent Study
Sunday Morning Advent Program. We will meet at 10:00 each Sunday during Advent to focus on the scripture readings with the aim of improving our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others, and with all of creation. We will use the Episcopal Church’s Way of Love Advent Calendar to help us develop a rule of life that encourages us to pursue daily activities to help us worship, go, learn, pray, bless, turn, and rest. 

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Adult Ed Advent Study
Online and Daily Worship
No in-Person Worship 11-29
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
New Vestry Members
Food Pantry
Stewardship Materials
Outreach Opportunities
Newspapers for Puppies
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Advent Study (continued)
Please download a copy of the Advent Calendar HERE or paste this link into your browser:
Please have it with you for our first meeting.

We hope to see you Sunday. You can access the meeting using the link below.
Online, In-Person and Daily Worship
Online Sunday Worship

Join us for Sunday morning worship on our Facebook page and website  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.

Daily Worship

You are also invited to take part in the nearly-daily services of Morning Prayer and Compline that our curate, David, is offering. Available every day (except Sundays) via Zoom, Morning Prayer begins at 9:00 a.m., and Compline at 8:00 p.m.; see below for the Zoom addresses along with the passwords: 

or paste this URL into your browser:

Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer

To get onto Compline everyday at 8pm, click this link: 

& the password is: compline
No In-Person Worship November 28
There will be no service of Holy Eucharist tomorrow afternoon; the service will return on a drier Sunday afternoon. Stay warm and dry!
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard on Tuesday, December 1st from 9am-noon. The Rev. David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1pm-4pm on Friday, December 4th. As always, if you would like to meet for prayer or conversation outside of office hours, our priests would be happy to see you. Contact April ( or David ( to set up an appointment.
New Vestry Members
Last Sunday’s Parish Annual Meeting provided us with much information and four new Vestry members, who were elected unanimously as a slate. Thanks to Nan Fortiner, David Stanislawski, Brittany Williamson, and Jeff Workman for their willingness to serve!

We are grateful to Phaen Stone, Tom Makepeace, Jim Harris, and Wayne Smith, who leave the Vestry this year after three years of helping to guide and enhance Grace and its ministries. May those who step into their seats be as wise, kind, and effective as their predecessors!
Food Pantry
After a slow start last Wednesday, we had 18 visitors who took food for 37 adults and 15 children, for a total of 52 mouths fed. Our supplies held up well, but we ended the day with some big gaps and some thin places. Most needed to take care of these absences and shortages are:

* canned tuna (6-7 cans left)
* canned chicken (none)
* peanut butter (16-oz. jars) -- dwindling
* fruit cups/cans (2 or 3 left)
* Chef Boyardi ravioli or similar in cans (dwindling)
* canned peas and green beans (dwindling)
* pudding (none)
* instant grits (dwindling)
* saltines (dwindling)
* spaghetti sauce (not too bad but not enough to match the spaghetti!)

Blessings on the Belvoir neighborhood for its steadfast support, and to all the Grace parishioners who have kept donating in spite of being but seldom at church.
You are working miracles!
Stewardship Materials
Stewardship materials went out by mail on Wednesday afternoon, so your mailboxes should soon bring you the materials you need to make your pledge for 2021. Should your eagerness to make your commitment official be too keen to wait for the Post Office to deliver, you can find the documents at the links below:

At this writing, the website is still not functioning; with luck, it will be back up early next week. Snail-mail will avail if it fails to make a timely recovery. 2020 may hinder us, but it shall not thwart us!
Outreach Opportunities
Seraphim Bush

Grace's alternative to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, dating from a lapse that left us off the SA's list: Donations go to residents of area group homes, a chronically overlooked and under-cared-for group. 

To make it simple and safe in this season of pandemic, we are asking parishioners to donate one or more $25 Walmart gift cards. If someone wants to add a little something, all residents could use shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and deodorant. We need 34 Walmart cards. If someone wants to spend more than $25, we ask they get additional Walmart cards in increments of $25. If we get more than 34 cards, we will divide them among the group homes to be a "house" card to benefit all the residents in the house.

All cards and toiletries can be dropped off at the church during "office" hours or during the food pantry hours or at any in-person Sunday services. If someone can't do those times, they can email Tom Carroll (
 or Jerry ( to set a time to meet them at church; the postal office could also be called into service! Gifts don't have to be wrapped but a gift bag would be appreciated. 

All gifts should be at the church by December 20th at the latest. 

Chattanooga Community Kitchen

Each year, the Chattanooga Community Kitchen asks our community to support the Kitchen's activities by fasting for a meal, a day or a week between September and December and donating the cost to the Community Kitchen.

  • Three nutritious meals a day
  • Shelter from the heat and cold 
  • Shower and laundry facilities
  • Clothing, shoes and other personal belongings
  • Permanent, stable housing
  • Job training and placement
  • Foot care services and medical care access
  • Love and human contact

Your gift will help the many hungry, homeless and vulnerable men, women and children in our community.

Brainerd Food Pantry

As part of our food ministry at Grace we are teaming with several other churches to provide the Brainerd Food Pantry to be housed at Brainerd United Methodist church. Distribution of food will occur on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month beginning October 14. Currently, we are looking for volunteers to unpack the delivery from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and pack non-perishable food items on the Tuesday before distribution as well as to provide a variety of help on the day of distribution. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry please contact David Stanislawski at for additional information and to indicate availability. You can find out more about the food pantry on its website: or on its Facebook page:
Papers for Puppies
Puppies are known to be adorable, hilarious, soft and irresistible, but did you know they are also passionate followers of the news, both recent and outdated? For that reason – I can’t imagine any other(!) – Father George Choyce and his family have asked us to collect newspapers for the litters they have resumed fostering now that they have more family at home to help care for them. If you are able to help keep these critters interested and informed, please drop your papers off at Grace on any Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and we will see that they make their ways to the pups. They and their foster family will be very grateful!
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Donald, our President; Joseph, our president-elect; 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, and for those in special need of prayer, especially
Valorie Lephart, Hayden, David Balling, Edith, Terrie, Alex, Roberta Fish, 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Andrea, Steve Slack, 
Celeste Humphrey, Jim Strickland, Bethann, Angela, Dwight, 
James and Barbara Dooley, Dwight McMillan, Trevor Laymance, Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner, Tom Wolfe, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams, Nancy Mapel, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, J.R. Hicks, Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Sally Cauthen, Charles Smith, Jonathan Purple, 
Steven Mosman, John Woodham, Libby Workman, 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, 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 Angela Gregory, who is 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 Tiffany Sims, cousin of Jane Pickering, 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 Lusitanian Church (Extra-provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury) and The Rt. Rev. Jorge Pina Cabral, Bishop of the Lusitanian Church..
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. James, Greeneville; Tyson House, Knoxville; and these South Dakota churches: Grace Church, Soldier Creek; St. Thomas, Sturgis; St. James, Belle.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
Marcia Magers, Major McCollough, John Cox, 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 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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