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 22, 2021
Chatt-EY Meets on Sunday
If you are possessed of or even simply acquainted with one or more teenagers, please let them know that they are invited to St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Sunday, October 24, from 6-8 p.m., for the periodic gathering of Episcopal youth known as Chatt-EY. The evening will offer food and drink, glow-in-the-dark Capture the Flag, compline, and lots of fun. For more information, contact David Burman at
Chatt-EY on Sunday Evening
Sunday Worship
Adult Classes
New Adult Classes Coming!
New Donation Site and P.O Box Address
Children's News
Gardens and Grounds
Food Pantry
New Forward Day by Day Available
Daily Worship
All Souls' Program at Good Shepherd (11-2)
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Worship
The nave, in spite of being considerably surprised to find itself host to both services on Sunday, is eager to offer its amenities again this Sunday at both 8 and 10;45 a.m. (it especially enjoyed the resonant voice of the organ, which it feared had moved to Cincinnati).

Though the numbers in Chattanooga are improving, we are still firmly in the era of COVID and thus 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 -- Laura Bertrand will be leading our final discussion about church history and its relevance today when she talks about the church's recent history of engagement with environmentalism. We will meet at 9:30am this Sunday Oct 24th 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 will meet in the courtyard at 9:30am on Sundays to 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.
New Adult Class Begin 10-25 and 10-31
Online Class Queering the Scriptures will begin on Monday, October 25. Join Rev. April Berends and 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 to sign up or get more information.

-- God is in the waters that flow down the Appalachian mountains near us -- what do these waters tell us as Christians and environmental stewards? Starting next Sunday (Oct. 31) we begin a new Sunday school series at 9:30am in the undercroft. We'll be watching the film Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia, using a new curriculum called "Wherever the River Goes," developed by a Care of Creation grant from the Episcopal Church. All are welcome to join!
New Donation Site and P.O. Box Address
New Donation Site -- Grace has ended its relationship with and has moved its electronic giving to Breeze. You may use this link to get there -- should there be trouble with the link, you may use the URL below -- .

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.

New Mailing Address for Checks, Gold Ingots and Bitcoin Passwords -- 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 the key to Fort Knox -- 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 -- inquiries about flower dates, Presidents' Day cards and photos of the Loch Ness Monster -- to the Belvoir avenue address; pledges and other monetary items should come to the P.O. box.
Children's News
Last week we enjoyed some long overdue playground time, discussed how to pray, and began our study of saints. This week we will continue discussion of prayer and All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days. Don’t forget to gather items for our saint celebration on Sunday 10/31! What saint will you choose to be?!

Pictured, a thought from one of our nine-year-olds!

Gardens and Grounds
1. GROUNDS WORK DAY, Saturday, October 30th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come for all or part; shop the Farmers Market! NEEDED: volunteer to put lunch together for our workers. Grounds workers: bring gloves, hand tools.

2. GreenGrace Arboretum. After a trying amount of time, we have finally gotten traction on our formal application for Level 2 (60+ trees) certification for our arboretum. This certification is given by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. Our application was accepted and our first on site inspection occurred this past Thursday. We expect one other site visit, during which we will continue to plant and label trees and large shrubs at church. Stay tuned!

3. Brained by Grace (B2G) Community Garden. We have at least two short beds available. Contact Lisa,, or Kristina, They rent for $20/year. Also, our positively mandatory season close out meeting will be Sunday, 7 November at 4 pm, in the Pavilion.
Food Pantry
On Wednesday, intrepid and extremely hardy volunteers Richard Hyatt and Phaen Stone greeted 16 visitors and sent them home with food for 49 -- 33 adults and 16 children. And they did it with such graceful ease that the staff thought the pantry was having a slow day!

Here's what we need to close the gaps on the shelves:

* Canned chicken
* Spam or similar
* Vienna sausages
* hearty beef soups
* canned green beans
* Chef Boyardi canned pastas
* beanie weenies
* pop tarts
* saltine crackers

Thanks to all the steadfast Grace folks and Belvoir-ites who keep us supplied in heat and cold, rain and drought, pollen and smoke from western wildfires. You provide a lot of padding for the world's sharp corners!
New Forward Day by Day (November '21-January '22)
We've got issues here at Grace -- but not the kind that cause feuds, gridlock, and shouting matches at school board meetings. The ones we've got are the new Forward Day by Day magazines -- much more peaceful and helpful than the other sort! You can grab one on Sunday when you come to church -- there will be some in the alcove inside the front door, in the Narthex, on the table outside the choir room and on the ledge outside the office suite.

Those whose pandemic precautions preclude church attendance can avail themselves of the scanned versions below; they are a bit lopsided here and there but are very much readable.

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
All Souls' Program at Good Shepherd
The Church of the Good Shepherd on Lookout Mountain invites everyone to "Reflect and Remember," a program of music and worship on Tuesday, November 2, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Through music and readings, those who attend will be encouraged to recall and reflect upon the many losses of the past 19 months and offer an opportunity for quiet contemplation as we prepare to move forward. Designed in a "drop-in" format, you are welcome to come at the beginning and remain until the end or to come and spend whatever brief time you have and depart when you will. There will be music and silences, words and time for thought, and an opportunity to light a votive calendar in someone's memory, and a litany.

The service will offer music by Frank Bridge, Richard Billingham, J.S. Bach, Dan Locklair, Tomaso Albinoni, and Samuel Barber. Readings will include selections from the Psalms , poetry by Alice Lupton Smith and reflections by The Rev. Judith Whelchel and Dr. Diana Butler Bass.

The program is open to all. Face masks are required, and socially-distanced seating will be maintained. Should you want more information, please contact John Wigal at or via phone at the church (423.821.1583).

The church is located at 211 Franklin Avenue, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350; if you go up Scenic Highway, it's on the right before the road forks at the top of the mountain.
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 give thanks for the birth of Tripp Makepeace, first grand-child of Tom and Skeeter Makepeace, who arrived safely last Wednesday.

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: The Extra-Provincial Churches. 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. Luke, Cleveland, TN, and St. John, Browns Valley, 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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