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 17, 2020
Sunday Book Review
Laura Bertrand takes takes the reins at tomorrow's Book Review, presenting a work whose title has not yet been discovered at this writing but is said to have to do with the origins of Satan (and who wouldn't like to learn about that!). The class begins at 10:00 a.m., and you can access it by clicking HERE or pasting the following URL into your browser:
Sunday Book Review
Sunday and Daily Online Liturgies
Outdoor Communion Service
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Outdoor Eucharists (Oct. 18 &23)
Remembrances for All Saints'
Food Pantry
Parish Prayer List
Outreach Opportunities
Upcoming Online Programs
Community Care in Anxious Times
Sunday and Daily Online Liturgies
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:

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!
Outdoor Holy Communion Services Begin Tomorrow
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!

Though at this late date, all the spots may have been claimed, you can check to see if there are still openings HERE.
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
This week, the Rev David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1:00pm to 4:00pm today, Sunday, October 18th. The Rev. April Berends will hold office hours on Monday, October 19th from 8:30am-11:30am. 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 ( or dburman@saygrace.netto set up a time for a socially-distanced conversation if you’d prefer to meet outside of office hours.
In-Person Outdoor Eucharists (October 18 and 23)
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 for the 23rd, which will be sent out via Grace Net next week), and we will be limited the attendance for these first services to 30 households that sign up. 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!
Remembrances for All Saints’
Though many of us are still stalled out sometime in the spring, thinking that either Easter or Pentecost must be coming up soon, we are in fact a mere two weeks from All Saints’ Sunday (November 1). If you have loved ones who have died since All Saints’ Day in 2019 and would like to have them remembered at the communion service, please send their names to Dabney at or leave a message on the church voice mail (243-3257) by Wednesday, October 28. 
Food Pantry
Wednesday brought 29 visitors to Grace’s food pantry; their families and households numbered 90 -- 45 adults and 45 kids – and though we received generous donations last week from parishioners and neighbors, the shelves have a lean and hungry look, with remaining supplies looking like tiny islands amid an empty sea. In other words, we need some serious resupplying! 

Most needed at the moment are:

* canned chicken, Spam, and tuna
* canned hams
* beanie weenies
* peanut butter (16-oz. jars preferred)
* Chef Boyardi ravioli or similar
* hearty soups
* fruit -- cans and cups
* pop tarts
* Saltine crackers
* packets of instant mashed potatoes
* pudding cups

Thanks to all who have donated food and money to the pantry; your gifts are set to word almost at once and provide the sort of aid that is deeply and immediately appreciated. And blessings upon the heads of the volunteers who handled the massive demand this week: Vivian Dodds, Richard Hyatt, and Jim Harris. If we didn’t need them so badly, it would be tempting to ship them up to Washington, where they would have every department running sensibly and smoothly before lunchtime on the second day at latest. We are blessed with their help, and their help funnels the blessings straight into the community. 
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
Roberta Fish, Jeanette Cureton, 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, 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 Episcopal Church and The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. John's Cathedral, and The Episcopal School of Knoxville and for Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD.
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
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:

(Note that Grace's own Food Pantry will remain in operation.)

Episcopal Relief and Development

Wildfires, hurricanes, derechos... a lot of suffering has come out of the many natural disasters of 2020. Episcopal Relief and Development is able to get help to almost any location quickly through relationships with relief organizations close to the areas hard-hit by whatever disaster has paid a visit. Donations can be made through their web page or by pasting this endless URL address into your browser:
Upcoming Programs
Sewanee Conference on Ecological Conference on Hope
Virtual conference will offer tools for facing climate change catastrophe

The Center for Religion and Environment at the University of the South will host a virtual conference to be held Oct. 23–24, 2020, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Entitled “Deep Green Faith: Earth-Hearted Hope Amid Crisis,” the event will feature the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas as keynote speaker. The event will explore the question: What grounds for hope, faith, and perseverance might we find to sustain us during this troubling period, when an accelerating climate crisis, together with a global pandemic and renewed challenges to racial justice in the U.S. have left many engulfed in what’s been called “a tsunami of sadness”? Registration is $59.

Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
All Saints' Sunday (November 1)

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. 
The service will feature an ecumenical and multifaith array of voices, musical offerings, and prayers. Using a combination of live and visually stunning pre-recorded elements gathered from across the nation, the service will be live streamed in English and Spanish.
“The Washington National Cathedral has gathered Americans for prayer at the death of presidents, after terrible tragedies like 9/11, and in moments of joy and hope for our nation and our world,” says Bishop Curry, “As the people of the United States cast their votes for the office of president and many other offices throughout the land, we gather to pray to the God who is the Creator of us all. We pray that we might learn to stand and hold each other’s hands as the children of God.”
In addition to Bishop Curry’s sermon, the service will include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker and civil rights attorney. The gathering will be officiated by Washington’s Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.
Prayers for the nation will come from leaders like Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFY); Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rabbi Shoshana Conover of Temple Sholom, Chicago; and Shane Claiborne, speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Music from The Coro de la Cathedral of Christ Church Cathedral-Indianapolis and Washington National Cathedral will help to lift and open hearts.
A live prayer hotline in English and Spanish will be open during the service, staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, in partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. The hotline will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST from November 1 to November 5.
Watch the service here.

A live stream embed code is provided on the web page and available to any congregation that would like to add the stream to their own website or Facebook page. Congregations are invited to host watch-parties as part of their All Saints' Day observance and Election Day preparations.
Community Care in Anxious Times
TGrace 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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