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 15, 2021
Back to the Nave on Sunday!
After a season of entering into God's court (yard) with praise, we are going to hold both worship services into the Nave beginning October 17 -- yes, this means you, 10:45 folks! Though you will miss all the blooms and the voice of the fountain, you will be compensated for the lost through pew cushions, hymnals and being able to leave your lawn chair at home.

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All Services Indoors on Sunday (10-17)
Adult Classes on Sunday
"Queering Scripture" Class Begins 10/25
New Donation Site for Grace
Choir Practice Resumes
Church P.O. Box Address
Food Pantry
Daily Worship
Parish Prayer List
Nave (continued)
Though the numbers are improving, there is still a need for caution, so we are asking that all who attend either service wear masks. The 10:45 a.m. 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 (
Adult Classes
The Past is Present -- We will meet at 9:30am on Sunday in the backyard belonging to Grace member Pat Milburn (thanks Pat!). If walking is a hardship, or you're unsure where to go, contact David Burman at -- we can probably get a car or two in Pat's driveway.

Lectionary Class -- This group is resuming after a long hiatus! Meet in the courtyard at 9:30am on Sundays as we look through the readings assigned for that Sunday. Scripture is a wacky and beautiful tapestry -- join us as we discuss diverse parts of it!

Those who are blessed with children but who would like to attend a class without having to worry about them are welcome to drop them off at the Pavilion, where Children's Ministry leader Betsy Hawthorne Bedwell will have activities to keep them busy and give them good things to think about.
Queering Scripture begins Monday, October 25th
Join Rev. April Berends and our Seminarian, Sarah Hess as we begin a class on reading scripture with an eye towards God’s care and love for LGBTQ+ people. We’ll explore a variety of ways to read scripture faithfully, take a close look at those passages of scripture that have so often been used as “clobber passages,” and delve into the stories of scripture in ways allow us to connect with our own experiences as God’s people. This class will meet at 7pm on Monday nights via Zoom. Email April at or Sarah at for to sign up or get more information.
New Donation Site for Grace
We beg your attention, most generous and esteemed donors -- Grace has ended its relationship with and has moved its electronic giving to Breeze. You may use this link to get there -- just in case the tech-demons discover this newsletter and befoul the link, the URL is .

Please note that if you set up your information at for ongoing donations (rather than just making a one-time gift), you will need to do the same at Breeze.

You can also access Breeze through the Grace Web Page (; you'll find it at the right-end of the horizontal menu listings near the top of the page.
Choir Practice Has Resumed
The choir has resumed its rehearsals (with safety protocols in place). Rehearsals are scheduled for Wednesday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. Please contact David Long if you're interested in taking part.
Church P.O. Box Address
Because hard economic times have brought some of our neighbors to the point of rummaging through mailboxes in search of potentially profitable documents -- such as a check to the church or a certificate for 6 million in Bitcoin -- Grace has acquired a P.O. box to safeguard the valuables that come to it through the mail. This acquisition will do nothing to protect the goods, however, if it is not used, so we encourage you to use it! The address is:

Grace Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 80954
Chattanooga, TN 37414

You may send normal mail -- valentines, coupons for doughnuts, and descriptions of Bigfoot sightings -- to the Belvoir avenue address; pledges and other monetary items should come to the P.O. box.
Food Pantry
The pantry had a fairly light day last Wednesday -- 8 visitors took food for 15 adults and 11 children, for a total of 26 mouths fed. In spite of so few folks, we still managed to develop a few thin places on the shelves. Most needed are:

* fruit (15 oz. cans or cups)
* canned hams'
* hearty chicken soups
* beef stew
* canned corn and canned green beans

Thanks to all in the church and the neighborhood who keep us so well supplied, and thanks with bright red ribbons and fireworks to our volunteers -- this week, Vivian Dodds, Dixie Riall, and Jim Harris, who handled packing and handing out the food -- and to Richard Hyatt and Phaen Stone, who handle the collection and transportation of our Belvoir neighbors' donations. We are extremely grateful and are writing letters to Santa confirming that they all deserve a pony for Christmas!
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
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, Mary McDonald, 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, and Katie Poulos Moore , 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, 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 the West Indies. 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. Joseph the Carpenter, Sevierville, TN, and for Advent Station, Calico, SD.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Valorie Lephart, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews,
Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  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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