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
OCTOBER 10, 2020
Sunday's Book Review
At the request of the group, this Sunday’s book review will be an informal coffee hour and provide everyone an opportunity to continue discussions on the topics that have been raised in the books that have been reviewed so far. 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Book Review
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Young Adult Virtual Game Night 10-15
Sunday and Daily Online Worship 10-18
Outdoor In-Person Worship
Food Pantry -- Dire Needs!
Outreach Opportunities
Diocesan Opportunities
Parish Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Book Review (continued)
These include Thomas Long’s What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith; Michael Eric Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America; John Meacham’s His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope. In addition, we have started to work through When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. 

Even if you have not joined some of these reviews your are welcome to join us Sunday at 10:00 for what I suspect will be a lively discussion. To access the Zoom Book Review, click HERE or paste this into your browser:

David Stanislawski
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
This week, the Rev David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1:00pm to 4:00pm today, Sunday, October 11th. The Rev. April Berends will hold office hours on Tuesday, October 14th from 9am-noon. Wear a mask, and stop by for conversation or a prayer. Thanks to all who have visited so far; the priests of Grace have enjoyed catching up with you. As always, you may email either of the priests (aberends@saygrace.net or dburman@saygrace.netto set up a time for a socially-distanced conversation if you’d prefer to meet outside of office hours.
Sunday and Daily Online Services
Grace invites all to virtuously join us for virtual worship on Sunday and throughout the week, keeping together while being safely apart. You can access 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.

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.; in order to dodge trolls who are tired of lurking under bridges and hunger for folks to harass, you will need to use the passwords below along with the Zoom addresses: 

Please note that there is a new link/URL for daily Morning Prayer. To  find Morning Prayer each day except Sundays at 9:00 a.m., click the link below


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
 
Not only to get the support and comfort of the prayers and readings, but also the Zoom-presence of some of your favorite Grace folks. All are welcome!
Young Adult Virtual Game Night
This coming Thursday, October 15th, at 8:30pm our own Jeff Bertrand will host an online game night for young adults (our definition of "young adult" is, by the way, pretty loose: 20's-30'sish or young-at-heart). We'll use jackbox games, so if you can, have a phone out with internet access in addition to your computer. Jackbox games are more on the goofy/funny side, and don't involve strategy, and we'll probably go for an hour/hour-and-a-half, but pop in and pop out as you'd like! Here's the zoom link:

David Burman
Outdoor In-Person Worship Begins next Sunday,
October 18th at 4:30pm
We had hoped that we would be able to begin socially-distanced outdoor worship this Sunday, but the weather has not cooperated. Weather permitting, Grace will begin holding outdoor worship on Sunday, October 18th at 4:30pm. We will meet on the empty lot that was formerly the home of the Shiny Penny for a simple service of Holy Communion. In an effort to protect the health of our neighbors, participants must sign up in advance (look for the sign-up sheet, which will be sent out via Gracenotes and posted on the Grace group Facebook page on Monday), and we will be limited the attendance for this first service to 30 households. 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. Bug spray is highly recommended!
Food Pantry
Heavy use in the past couple of weeks – we sent food for 89 out the door on September 30 and provided for another 77 on October 7 (23 visitors got food for 47 adults and 30 kids) – has left the shelves in the pantry bare-boned and shivering (see picture!). And while we are hoping that next week’s opening of the Brainerd Food Pantry at Brainerd Methodist, an outpost of the Chattanooga Food Bank, will take some pressure off our pantry, the fact that it will only be open twice a month for a while makes it likely that Grace will still be an important resource in the neighborhood. 

Please make every effort to help us resupply this week, whether through donations of food (most needed listed below) or money for expeditions to Sam’s and Aldi. Next Wednesday’s visitors will have but meager aid if we don’t bolster our supplies.See below for what's most needed:

* hearty soups and beef stew
* canned tuna
* canned chicken breast
* Vienna sausages
* Chef Boyardi ravioli and other pastas
* fruit cups or cans
* spaghetti and sauce
* pudding
* peanut butter (16-oz cans

Thanks and honor to  Richard Hyatt and Phaen Stone, whose coordination with the Belvoir neighborhood brings in much-needed aid each week, and to those who come each week to help greet visitors, pack groceries, keep up with our numbers, and keep the church staff from hyperventilation: Vivian Dodds, Jim Harris, Richard Hyatt, Linda Wideman and Gail Dooley.  They are blessings to Grace Church and to the entire community!
Outreach Opportunities
Brainerd Farmers' Market

The Brainerd Farmers’ Market has been fortunate in the past in obtaining grants that have allowed it to double SNAP benefits for lower-income customers. In these difficult times, however, some of their funding is no longer available, and the Market will soon have to cut back on this particular outreach. They are loathe to do this: doubling the purchase-power of these benefits provides not only more food but healthier food for the same money. If you happen to have a few extra dollars that haven’t already been committed to the myriad needs that surround us, please consider donating some towards continuing this program. Checks can be made to Grace Episcopal Church, with BFM SNAP in the subject line. Any help you can give will be appreciated!

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 David.stanislawski@chattanoogastate.edufor additional information and to indicate availability. You can find out more about the food pantry on its website: https://brainerdfoodpantry.comor on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brainerdfoodpantry.

(Note that Grace's own Food Pantry will remain in operation.)
Diocesan Opportunities
Advent Study with Bishop Cole and Author Greg Garrett

Bishop Brian Cole and author Greg Garrett will lead a three week study on A Long, Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation. Three discussion groups will be held on Mondays November 30, December 7, and December 14 at 7:00 pm. Make sure to visit www.dioet.org/alonglongway  or paste https://www.dioet.org/alonglongway/ into your browser for more information and to sign-up for the discussion groups.

For parishes and communities in Knoxville, the book is available for ordering through Union Ave. Books. Ask if a discount may apply to your order if ordering in bulk.

You can see a video of Bishop Cole talking about this opportunity at https://vimeo.com/461090259 .

Evangeletters

East TN is a region known around the world for its storytelling & story sharing. Stories are a means to communicate our history, connect with the present, and dream for the future. We invite you to participate in this grand tradition by sharing your own story – specifically, your stories of Jesus’ presence in your life – with others in the Diocese of East TN through a new offering for practicing evangelism: EvangeLetters. 

The heart of evangelism is sharing a story of the Good News. Engaging with others through EvangeLetters will give you the opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual journey, make connections with other East TN Episcopalians, and reveal shared experiences in our local context. Guided prompts and stationary supplies will be provided to empower you to tell the Good News of your own relationship and faith in Christ with a matched partner through the simple, ancient practice of letter writing. Our prayer is that the exercise of shaping, naming, and listening to the stories of encountering God in our lives will equip and inspire us all to share the Good News and invite fellow pilgrims to find themselves in the narrative.

Go to dioet.org/evangeletters to learn more and sign up. 

If you have questions about the offering or how it works, please reach out to any of the members of the Evangelism Task Force.

The Rev. Amy Morehous
Mr. William Simerly 
Ms. Annie Wong Smith
Ms. Deborah Austin
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
 
Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Andrea, Steve Slack, Celeste Humphrey,
Jim Strickland, Bethann, Will, Breezie, Angela, Dwight, James and Barbara Dooley,
Dwight McMillan, Trevor Laymance, Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner, Chuck and Jason and their children, Tom Wolfe, Jane Williams, 
Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams, Nancy Mapel, Charlotte Dorris,
Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, Tessa Spaulding, J.R. Hicks,
Marcia Magers, 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 Grace Parishioner Julie Dollar and Judy Smith, sister of Jerry Evans, 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 of the Province of Uganda and The Most Rev. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba, Archbishop of Uganda and Bishop of Kampala.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Christ Church and Project Canterbury, Chattanooga, and these South Dakota Churches: St. Andrews, Cherry Creek; St. James, Bear Creek; St. Peter, Thunder Butte; St. Philip, Dupree.
 
Those in need of continued prayer: 
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
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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