Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
Creation Season
OCTOBER 1, 2021
Native Plant Sale (10-2-21)
Attention, tree-huggers and dirt-grubbers! Grace will host the second annual Wild Ones native plant sale tomorrow (October 2) in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; masks are required for the protection of all those who attend. See below for further details.

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Native Plant Sale on Saturday (10-2)
Adult Classes on Sunday
Worship on Sunday
Sunday Worship during COVID
Pride Mass
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Are You Called to be a Lay Preacher?
Parish Prayer List
Native Plants (continued)
Saturday, October 2, 2021
10:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT
Grace Episcopal Church Parking Lot
20 Belvoir Ave., Chattanooga TN

Six regional native plant nurseries -- Reflection Riding and Nature Center, Overhill Gardens, Caroline Wild Native Wildflower Nursery, Thomas Nursery, Stolen Flowers Farm and Nursery, and Tennessee Valley Natives -- will sell native perennials, ferns, grasses, sedges, shrubs and trees. Come and browse and take home some lovelies that will not only beautify your yard but support native wildlife.
Adult Classes on Sunday
Lemon pie or chocolate lava cake? Sir Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian McKellan? granite or marble countertops? Hard decisions, and similar to the ones that adults at Grace have on Sunday mornings these days. See below for the menu!
Lectionary Class
David Stanislawski has resumed leading the weekly discussion groups based on the scripture passages assigned for each Sunday by our lectionary. The group will meet in the courtyard at 9:30 a.m.; all are welcome!

The Past is Present
This class, aimed at those new to Grace but open to anyone, explores how past events in church history still influence the present. We will meet at 9:30am on Sunday in the backyard belonging to Grace member Pat Milburn (thanks Pat!), who lives very close to the church at 103 Belvoir Avenue. Please park in the Grace Church upper lot near the intersection of Belvoir Ave and Sunbeam Avenue -- from there it's just a 1-2 minute walk to Pat's house, and you'll see us when you get to the end of the driveway -- our own Laura Bertrand will be in the parking lot showing folks where to go if you're not sure. If walking is a hardship, contact David Burman at -- we can probably get a car or two in Pat's driveway. We'll wrap up by 10:20 before the 10:45 service.

Got kids? You can drop your kid(s) off in the pavilion, where Betsy Bedwell, our new children's minister, will have some activities!
Worship on Sunday -- St. Francis Sunday/ Blessing of the Animals
Time again to celebrate fur and feathers, paws and claws and talons and scales and... whatever features your best buddy in the animal kingdom sports.

In observance of the feast of St. Francis, lover of God’s creation, Grace will offer a blessing of the animals at the 10:45am service on Sunday, October 3rd, outdoors in the courtyard. Bring your animal companions, great and small, but for the peace and safety of all in attendance, please make sure that they are on a leash or in a carrier.

Feel free to also bring donations of cat and dog food, pet bedding/old blankets and towels, newspaper, kennels, bottles and kitten formula or pet toys. Pet food donations will be split between the Grace Food Pantry (for the pets of our human guests) and the Human Educational Society. 

The 8 a.m service will meet in the Nave as usual for a worship experience free of fur and vocal contributions by the Chattanooga Bark Choir and the Feline Purr-formance Guild. See below for the COVID regulations and details about online access to the 10:45 service.
Details on Sunday's Worship
Due to a continuing spike in COVID-19 cases in our area, including an increase in pediatric cases, we plan to be worshiping in the nave at 8am (masks required), and outdoors at 10:45am. The service will be streamed online for those who are unable to attend. You can access the service at Grace's Facebook page ,
and you can find the bulletin for that service HERE.

We will continue to hold Sunday morning children's activities outdoors as long as the weather permits -- children's activities be offered in the Pavilion at 9:30 a.m. so that parents can attend adult formation, with Sunday School for preschool and elementary aged children at 10:30am

Even though vaccinations are not 100% effective against virus transmission, they still remain our best option for reducing illness and death. These vaccines are safe, accessible, and comprehensively tested. Regions where high numbers of individuals are vaccinated are seeing far fewer COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. It is the best way we have to show love for our neighbors right now, and loving our neighbors is our gospel mandate. If you are eligible to receive a COVID vaccination, but have not yet done so, please do so as an act of community care. Raising the vaccination rates in Hamilton County is essential to the health of all in our community, and essential to our common life at Grace.

If you have questions or concerns about worship practices, please feel free to contact me ( or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (
Pride Mass (Saturday, October 9)
Due to the high rates of COVID-19 in our area, Chattanooga Pride events for next week have been cancelled. We at Grace have heard, in our own community and beyond, a need to remind ourselves and our LGBTQIA+ siblings of our belovedness. Join us on October 9th at 6pm for an outdoor celebration that honors all LGBTQIA+ people as the children of God. This worship service will include holy communion and scripture readings and prayers that speak of God's love for LGBTQIA+ people.

Interested in helping out? Contact Phaen Stone ( or April Berends (
Daily Worship
Grace offers Compline services at 8pm each evening; you can join

& the password is: compline 

Morning Prayer continues every day (except Sundays) via Zoom, beginning at 9:00 a.m.; click the link below or paste the URL into your browser.

For Morning Prayer, click here:

or paste this URL into your browser:

Meeting ID: 746 8859 6599

Passcode: amprayer
Food Pantry
We had 15 visitors today who took food for 59 -- 27 adults and 32 children -- and supplying them left a few places on the shelves that need beefing up. Most needed this week are:

* hearty beef soups
* canned hams
* canned chicken
* pop tarts
* pudding cups
* Spam or similar
* canned fruits or fruit cups

Thanks to volunteers Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone, and Jim Harris, who handled the many transactions of the day, and thanks to all the folks at Grace and in the surrounding neighborhood who keep us supplied and able to provide help. Your generosity is epic, as are our amazement and gratitude.
Are You Called to be a Lay Preacher?
Do you have a Gospel story to share? Have you had an interest, curiosity, or excitement about the ministry of preaching? Could you potentially provide your parish or our diocese with an additional lens (from another generation, gender, race, sexuality, language, nationality, or life experience) to have the Gospel connect to our individual contexts?
If you connect with these questions, participate in an active prayer life in private and within community, and engage in on-going formation as a Christian and in knowledge of holy scripture, we invite you to reach out to your clergy to discern a potential call to lay preaching.
In 2022, our diocese is beginning an exciting new experiment in raising up lay preachers with the Episcopal Preaching Foundation (EPF). We’re one of only six dioceses chosen to participate in a pilot project to train a class of new lay preachers. The Lay Preacher Training Initiative (LPTI) will form six lay preachers from each diocese in the initial pilot. Instruction begins in January 2022 and wraps up in November 2023. The initiative is made possible through a grant from Trinity Episcopal Church, Wallstreet. Students in the program will benefit from some of the best resources from across the country, time-tested videos from The Iona Collective, and practical application with loads of feedback.
Once you’ve engaged in discernment conversations with your clergy, they can nominate you for consideration for this initiative as well as other formation opportunities. We look forward to hearing about you through them.

For more information, contact:

Canon Beverly Hurley Hill
(205) 213-6640
The Rev. Amy Morehous
(865) 789-6587
Parish Prayer List
Please remember: Joseph, 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 Sarah and Caroline, our seminarians; 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
Wilma Laney, Bill Clark, Patricia Kelley Williams, Tony Hill, Jennifer, Scott, Julia, Tony, Mary Cooper, Russell, Susan Landis, Jamie Stone, Martha Smith, Sue Sears,
William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Sally Cauthen,
Mary Lou Walden, Jennifer Thompson, June McEwen, Amy, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Jim May, 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 Emily Brelsford, Mary MacDonald, Katie Poulos Moore and MerryMadeline Bishop, who are 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 the people of Haiti as they recover from the earthquake, and for the people of Afghanistan during political upheaval.
We pray for those who have died, Especially Elizabeth Harrison, mother of Joy Bond, who died on Thursday, 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 Wales. The Anglican Communion has adopted a cycle of prayer called "From Aba to Zululand," praying its way alphabetically through its members on a daily basis between January 1, 2021 and September 2023. The newsletter and, in the future, the printed bulletin, will include the prayers for Sunday; if you would like to see the daily prayer requests, you can find them at ACoP.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Francis, Ooltewah, TN, and for these South Dakota Churches: St. Michael, Batesland; and Holy Cross, Pine Ridge.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Valorie Lephart, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews,
Jim Strickland, Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams, 
Peggy Fugate, William Simpson, Timothy Penny, Donald Jones, Cooper Jones, Charles Smith, John Woodham, Elaine Harrison, Marcia Magers, 
Major McCollough, John Cox, Gayanne Silver, Heather Nelson, Robert Clark, 
Dexter and Helen Williams, Cheryl McCurry, Ethel Rutledge, Lanie Lundgrin, 
Terri Harvey, Anne Getz, Michael Roberts, Jeannie and Andy Williams, 
Jaime Cooper, Teresa Noel, Tina Knowles, Joyce and Greg Snyder, Martha Killeffer, Robert Durham,  Jessica Ricketts
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