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 7, 2020
Sunday Book Review
Andy Belcher takes the reins at Sunday’s book review with a presentation on Walter Mosley’s The Awkward Black Man, a collection of 17 short stories. The group meets via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, and all are welcome to come listen, comment, and just hang out. You can join the group through this link: 

Click HERE to read more about the book.
Sunday Book Review
Online, In-Person and Daily Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Gardens and Grounds
The Virtual Seraphim Bush
Food Pantry
Family Promise
Notes from the Organist
Presiding Bishop's All Saints' Sermon
Forward Day by Day
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Online, In-Person, and Daily Worship
Online Sunday Worship

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.

In-Person Sunday Worship

Weather permitting, Grace will hold outdoor, in-person on Sunday, November 8st, at 4:30pm. We will meet on the yard just behind the pavilion and the community gardens. In an effort to protect the health of our neighbors, participants must sign up in advance, and we will be limiting the attendance for this service to 30 households. You will receive an email confirming successful registration, and if the service is over capacity at the time you sign up, you will receive priority for next week's service.

Each household unit is asked to keep 12-15 feet distance from your closest neighbor on the lawn. 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 can arrange to have one available for you. Bug spray is highly recommended!  
Worshippers will receive communion in one kind only (bread).  The priests will wear masks and gloves while we distribute communion, and all who receive communion are asked to keep their masks on while communion is being distributed, and then slip their masks off to consume the wafers once you’ve returned to your seats, returning your masks to your faces one you have eaten the bread.
Sign up on the homepage of our website,

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
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Anticipating that this may be an anxious week for many, the clergy of Grace will be holding office hours for prayer and conversation following the election. The Rev. David will be in the courtyard from 1pm-4pm on Friday, November 13th, and The Rev. April Berends will be in the courtyard on Monday from 11:30am- 2:15pm. 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.
Gardens and Grounds
1.  Request to the Church Body: we have several African American members of the Brainerd by Grace Community (B2G) Garden and others who occasionally volunteer on our grounds. They are welcome and valued participants. In these 'peculiar' times, they have apparently encountered occasional suspicion and unsettling inquiry. We will be adopting signage to this effect, but if you see them -- or any other -- please make them welcome with direct, pleasant, and hospitable address. Or, as your momma said, 'plain old good manners.' ALL ARE WELCOME. The grounds are open to the public from dawn till dusk.

1.  Tree-Waterers: Many thanks to the volunteer tree-waterers who took care of our new trees planted last winter. These folks dragged out heavy hoses -- HOSES ARE HEAVY! And, ornery! -- all summer, which, fortunately, was a wet one. It looks like we have lost a few, as expected, but most trees seem healthy. For extra long-distance hose-dragging, special thanks to Richard Hyatt, Jeff Workman, Mickey Myers, and Ricke Herr: Other team waterers included Tom Carrol and Jerry Evans, Jim Harris, Kerri Williams, Linn Finck, Terry Burnett, Kristina Shaneyfelt. Thanks so much!  

2. Grounds Work Day. There will be a 'distanced' grounds work day on Sunday, November 15th beginning at 9 am.We will be doing weeding and mulching our 'showcase gardens': the Courtyard, the Welcome Garden on Belvoir, and the Free Garden. If any others (Butterfly 1 and 2? Crack in the Rock? Conifer on Brainerd Rd?) need special work, we'll attempt them, too, depending on turnout.
-- We will wear masks when working closely; this is not usual.
-- We will not provide a meal. Please bring your own lunch and beverage to enjoy in the Pavilion.
-- We will also have a team labeling trees, as long promised. Most, but not all the metal label stands are in place. We will label the trees until we run out of either labels or trees. Mike Shillinger is in charge of 'Team Label.'

3.  Brainerd by Grace (B2G) Community Garden Mandatory Close Out Meeting. All garden bed renters are required to do one of the following by Sunday, 15 November. Due to COVID, we are giving several options:

 a. Email Lisa Lemza at if you intend to keep your bed.
 b. Come and meet on Sunday, 15 November in the flesh, at the Pavilion at 4:00 pm.
 c. Attend the Zoom Meeting launched from the Pavilion at 4:00 pm. Details have gone out to community garden members already.
Let's hope the Zoom works from there, stay tuned!
 d. If you are interested in acquiring a garden bed this spring, contact Lisa or Kristina Shaneyfelt.

Lisa Lemza
The Virtual Seraphim Bush
A couple of years ago, when Grace somehow got left off the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree list, Jerry Evans and Tom Carroll came up with an alternative program (which office staff, ever-alert to the sin of plagarism, dubbed “the Seraphim Bush”) Through that unique program, Grace gave modest gifts to the residents of a group home – a chronically overlooked segment of the population. This year, we are once again giving to Volunteer Behavioral Health group home residents. All residents are severely and persistently mentally ill and live in one of four group homes throughout Chattanooga. These homes house both men and women who range in age from late the 20's to late 60's. 

To make it simple and safe, we are asking parishioners to donate a $25 Walmart gift card, specifically. 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 (
 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. 
Food Pantry
Like the widow’s supply of oil and flour in the wake of Elijah’s visit, the Food Pantry’s supplies never quite run out, but it was a near thing last Wednesday, when 23 visitors took food for 79 – 41 adults and 38 children – and left the shelves stripped down of nearly everything except a hearty supply of mac and cheese. Our hardy volunteers filled bag after bag in a seemingly tireless fashion – may blessings beyond count fall gently upon Richard Hyatt, Linda Wideman, Jim Harris, and Gail Dooley, whose energy and compassion appear to be unending. Blessing likewise on all in the church and in the Belvoir neighborhood whose donations of food and funds keep us afloat and able to provide the help that that more and more people are needing in these hard times.

Most needed this week are:

* spaghetti sauce (none left)
* Canned chicken (none left)
* Spam or similar (none left)
* beanie weenies (none left)
* peanut butter (none left)
* packets of instant mashed potatoes(none left)
* pop tarts
* canned pinto beans (three or four cans left)
* packets of instant grits
* applesauce, fruit cups, canned fruit (none left)
* saltine crackers (two or three boxes left)
* Vienna sausages (dwindling supply)
* canned hams (three left)
* hearty soups (some there but needs bolstering)
* pudding cups (none left)

A can or a case – it all helps! 
Family Promise
In spite of the many challenges of 2020, Family Promise has forged ahead in its quest to keep homeless families together while they work towards stable housing and financial independence. First Church of the Nazarene has been providing housing and overnight chaperones, but other area churches have been asked to help provide food, and Grace’s time-slot falls
during late November and December. If you are willing to provide a dinner for Family Promise clients between November 29 and December 26, please contact Skeeter Makepeace at You may prepare a meal or purchase one, and Skeeter can tell you how to access funds for supplies or the meal if you need them. 
Notes from the Organist
Grace’s Organist, Patrick Rice, is continuing his music studies in the Netherlands. He has sent some notes about the organs featured in this Sunday’s service.

The organ in the Magnalia Dei church (Reformed Church in Groningen) was built in 1965 by fa. Ahrend und Brunzema (now Jürgen Ahrend Orgelbau) from Leer-Loga in Germany. The construction took place under the advisory position of Cor Edskes, who determined the disposition and manuring in consultation with Jürgeno
Ahrend. The organ in the Magnalia Dei church is regarded by many experts as a monument of neo-Baroque organ building of the 1960s. Despite this architectural style, the organ has a balanced sound structure, whereby clarity and transparency go hand in hand with carrying capacity and monumentality. As a result, the ideals of historicizing organ building practice were approached very closely at a time when this was not (yet) self-evident. The organ is compactly built and has an extraordinarily direct touch. Logically, it is extremely suitable for music from the Baroque period. In 1992 the organ was transferred to the current church building on the Landsteinerlaan. In 2005, Jürgen Ahrend changed the Scherp (III st.) Of the rugwerk into a Sesquialter (II st.), increasing the usability for accompanying congregational singing. (copied fromonline

The organ of the Jacobikerk in Uithuizen, Netherlands is the most well-preserved instruments built by the famous German-organ builder Arp Schnitger. Originally this organ was supposed to be in the Martinikerk in Groningen, but that church decided to have a bigger world-famous organ which is now affectionally called the
“Green Monster”. The family of Menkema was instrumental in the initiation of building the organ for the church in Uithuizen. Built in 1701, this was the largest village organ in the Netherlands at that time with 28 stops divided between pedal, manual, and rückpositiv. The organ case and balcony were built by furnitured
maker Allert Meijer. For many of the German-built organs in the Netherlands it was not uncommon to employ the services of a Dutch craftsman to build the case and decorate it with carvings. This combination results in finding some of the most beautiful organs in the world in the Netherlands. (If you want more information here is the website.
Presiding Bishop's Sermon "Holding onto Hope"
Holding on to hope may be the most necessary skill to acquire in these troubled times, so if you were unable to listen to the Presiding Bishop's sermon on All Saints' Day, you can find the text at
Forward Day by Day
The new issue of Forward Day by Day has arrived at Grace. If you are comfortable picking up a hard copy, come by any Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and ask the Food Pantry volunteers to hand you one (there's a supply in the alcove just inside the front door). If you prefer to minimize your risk as the pandemic continues dancing like a rabid elephant through every nook and cranny of the landscape, please use the links below to take you to an electronic copy.

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, and for those in special need of prayer, especially
Hayden, David Balling, Rick Jones, Edith, Terrie, Alex, Roberta Fish,
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Andrea, Steve Slack,
Celeste Humphrey, Jim Strickland, Bethann, Breezie, 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, Tessa Spaulding, 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 Jane Williams, sister of Amanda Cate, 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 the Church in the Province of the West Indies and The Most Rev. Howard Gregory, Primate and Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Christopher’s, Kingsport, and for these South Dakota churches: All Saints, Herrick; St. Philip the Deacon, Lake Andes; Woniya (Holy Spirit) Wakan, Wagner. Pray for the Commission on Ministry of our Diocese for Guidance (BCP p. 832).
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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