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 29, 2021
Grounds Work Day Saturday!
Gardens & Grounds: WORK DAY STILL A GO! We have looked at rainfall amounts for Saturday and have decided they appear light enough (fingers crossed!) to go ahead with the work day tomorrow. If that changes we will cancel late Friday evening via GRACENET EMAIL. If we can make it to noon we can still get a lot done, as Grace volunteers have proven over and over. 

***** Please don't come if working in the rain is just not your cup of tea: YOU GET A VOTE! It will all work out. For the few, the proud, the wet: dress warmly, wear a hat, bring a change of shirts for the ride home. You know we will keep you moving!*****
IN THIS ISSUE
Grounds Workday Saturday
Adult Classes on Sunday
Worship on Sunday
Celebration of Life for Breezie Finley (11-6)
All Saints Remembrances (for 11-7)
GreenGrace Environmental Advocacy
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Good Shepherd All-Souls Program (11-2)
New Forward Day by Day Available
Parish Prayer List
Grounds (continued)
Other News: Tri-State Bluebird Society will hold its season close-out meeting in the Grace Undercroft on Sunday, 14 November, 4:00-5:30 pm. We will also install the inaugural box in our revised Grace Bluebird Trail; we will need volunteer monitors for this 5-box trail beginning next spring. We will show you how to do this fascinating act of citizen science as we document cavity-nesting bird species on our property; it is perfect for kids!

Lisa Lemza & Kristina Shaneyfelt
Adult Classes on Sunday
Wherever the River Goes -- This Sunday (October 31) marks the beginning of a new class for adults, one that concerns water and Christians as environmental stewards. The group will meet at 9:30am in the undercroft to watch 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!

Lectionary Class -- This class, which looks at and discusses the lectionary prescribed for each Sunday, has resumed after a pandemic-induced hiatus. Some Sunday's they've met in the courtyard; when the weather isn't cooperative, they'll meet in the Barth Room (bring a mask just in case!). The class is facilitated by David Stanislawski.
Worship on Sunday
Both the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services are currently taking place in the Nave. Please stop by the courtyard on your way in to assure it you still love it; it may feel lonely after so many weeks of hosting weekly gatherings!

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 (aberends@saygrace.net) or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (belcherandrewr@gmail.com).
Celebration of Life for Breezie Finley (November 6)
Grace lost Breezie Finley, one of its beloved and memorable holy women, just after All Saints in 2020. This year we will formally say goodbye to her the day before our All Saints celebration, remembering all the candles and oil, the iron and steamer, and of course the blessed Cocoa! Everyone is invited to a celebration of Breezie's life on Saturday, November 6, at 1 p.m., with interment in the Memorial Garden afterward. A reception in the Undercroft will follow the interment. Masks are required.

Set-up for the reception is planned for Friday, November 5, at noon; if you can help with that or with cleaning up afterward on Saturday, please contact Terry Burnett at terry.burnett56@gmail.com
All Saints Remembrances
Sunday, November 7, brings our annual All Saints service, during which we remember those who have died in the past year. If you've lost family or friends since last All Saints Day and would like them to be remembered during the service, please contact Dabney by by Wednesday afternoon with their names (243-3257, dcarden@saygrace.net). There will also be an altar on which to put photographs or other memorial tokens during the service; these should be reclaimed after whichever liturgy you attend.
GreenGrace Environmental Advocacy
We are looking for parish members who want to be a part of an environmental advocacy group here at Grace. We have 4 main focuses:

  • Green Grounds (that would be the super amazing Grace Gardeners);

  • Green Buildings (focusing on our church's and congregation's carbon footprints, both on the church grounds and in our own homes);

  • Green Neighbors (teaching our neighbors about care of creation through our free garden, Brainerd Farmers Market education tables, and community projects we would like to do); and

  • Green Justice (staying up to date with Interfaith Power and Light and various global environmental policies). 

Before we can set up our first official meeting, we need to know who is interested! 
You can email Brittany Williamson at brittwilli90@gmail.com or call/ text at (865) 202-0481. 

Lisa Lemza and Kristina Shaneyfelt are also working on this. 

Brittany Williamson
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
The chilly loveliness of a sunny Wednesday brought 9 visitors to the pantry, and they left with food for 33 -- 19 adults and 14 children (the pantry also supplied 4 visitors on days when it was not officially in operation, so the week's total is actually closer to 40. Gail Dooley and Jim Harris handled Wednesday's operation with their usual good-natured competence and efficiency; the earlier visitors were served by whichever Grace folks

Supplying our visitors thinned out a few areas of the hoard; these are the items that would fill them back up:

* canned chicken
* saltine crackers
* hearty chicken soups
* canned peas
* canned beef stew
* pudding cups

Blessings upon all in the church and the neighborhood who so quietly but consistently keep us supplied and ready to help. We are grateful to be surrounded by so many helping hands!
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 jwigal@gslookout.com 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.
New Forward Day by Day
Those of you who enjoy the quarterly Forward Day by Day publication will notice that you are perilously close to the end of issue that concludes with entries for October. Fear not, though; the new one has arrived, so you can proceed without pause into November and sail without impediments through January of 2022.

Hard copies are scattered throughout the building: in the Narthex, on the table in the alcove, on the table outside the choir room, on the shelf outside the financial office and on a table in the Balch Room. Should you for any reason not be able to access these copies, you are invited to avail yourselves of electronic ones (links below). One way or another, you may continue your Forward march!

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 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: The Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria. 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 Trinity, Gatlinburg; for Tyson House, Knoxville; and for St. Peter, Ft. Pierre, 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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