Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
and is used to communicate the upcoming activities of this community.
Creation Season
SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
September 12 Cornucopia!
Bountiful options grace Grace on this second Sunday in September! A new adult class begins; there's a Life Planning Committee meeting, and a youth event in the afternoon/evening. For more details, keep reading below!

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September 12 Cornucopia
Adult Scripture Discussion Begins 9-19
ChattEY Event -- 9-19 at Grace
Worship on Sunday
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Children's News
Selma Pilgrimage Postponed
St. Mary's Seeks Help for Chapel Repair
Note from Sean McEwen
A Passing of Note
Parish Prayer List
September 12 (continued)
The Past is Present -- All are welcome to join us for a 6-week-long weekly class on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., starting this Sunday, September 12th. We'll talk about different important moments in church history and how those moments affect our own spiritual lives and our church today. This is aimed especially at newcomers to Grace, but anybody is welcome! Got questions? Contact Laura Bertrand at .

We will meet in the backyard belonging to Grace member Pat Milburn (thanks Pat!), who lives very close to the church -- her address is 103 Belvoir Avenue. Please park in the Grace Church upper lot near the intersection of Belvoir Avenue and Sunbeam Avenue -- from there it's just a 1-2 minute walk to Pat's house, and you'll see us when you get to the end of the driveway. If walking is a hardship, contact David Burman at -- we can probably get a car or two in Pat's driveway.

We'll wrap up by 10:20 before the 10:45 service. Got kids? You can drop your kid(s) off in the pavilion, where Betsy Bedwell, our new children's minister, will have some activities!

Life Planning Committee Meeting -- This committee, which takes on the important matter of providing resources and education about the practical matters that come with preparing for death (like making wills, setting medical directives, etc.), will meet next Sunday, September 12th at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard. If you are interested in such matters, please feel free to join in -- all are welcome! The meeting will wrap up by 10:20 before the 10:45 service. If you've got kids who are not going to want to hear about medical powers of attorney and such, you can drop them off in the pavilion to be entertained and enlightened by Betsy Hawthorne Bedwell, our new children's minister. Questions? Contact Justin Bolinger at

Youth Event Collaboration -- 5-7 p.m. This fall, Grace Church and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Hixson are trying out combining forces when it comes to youth ministry. Our first event together will occur on Sunday, September 12th, at St. Peter's (848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415) from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be outdoors because of COVID (though bathrooms will be available) and dinner will be provided. If you've got questions, or would like to arrange carpooling from Grace Church, contact David Burman at .

Sacred Ground Dialogue -- David Stanislawski will start a new Sacred Ground group sometime during the week of September 12. Sacred Ground is a race dialogue series offered through the Episcopal Church and designed for these times. It is an attempt to be responsive to the profound challenges that currently exist in our society.

It is focused on the challenges that swirl around issues of race and racism, as well as the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have with each other about them. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds the vision of beloved community as a guiding star – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.

David plans to begin a new circle the week of September 12 and finish before Thanksgiving. Participants would meet either Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00. You can get more information about Sacred ground using the link: If you are interested in joining this circle please contact David at and let him know which evening works best for you or that either evening is OK.
Scripture Discussion for Adults Begins September 19
Beginning next Sunday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m., our own David Stanislawski will lead weekly discussion groups based on the scripture passages assigned for that Sunday by our lectionary (a lectionary is a scheduling system that assigns readings to particular days of the church year). The group will meet in the courtyard; all are welcome!
ChattEY Event -- September 19
Know any teenagers? They are welcome to join us next Sunday, September 19th at Grace Church from 6 to 8 p.m. for a ChattEY event (when Episcopal youth groups from across the Chattanooga area get together). It'll be outside only (but with bathroom access!) and we'll split into smaller groups to play lawn games (croquet, Kub, frisbee) -- there'll also be dinner and an evening worship service.
Worship on Sunday
Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in our area, including an increase in pediatric cases, we plan to be worshiping in the nave at 8am (masks required), and outdoors at 10:45am. The 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 (
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
Wednesday, September 8, brought sun, moderate temperatures and nine visitors to the food pantry. Saintly volunteers Dixie Riall, Richard Hyatt and Phaen Stone sent with them home with food for 41 -- 24 adults and 17 children.

Our supplies held up well, but of course there are a few areas that thinned out as the session went on. Here's what we need this week to fill them:

* Spam or similar
* canned peas, carrots, corn, mixed vegetables
* packets of instant grits

Thanks to this extremely generous parish and astoundingly helpful neighborhood; your donations of goods and money have enabled us to provide for those in need during this protracted time of difficulty. We can't thank you all enough!
Children's News
We spent another beautiful morning with our friends this Sunday! We read Luke 4:18 -19 and wrote our own names into the passage. Then, we prayed these words together over each of our friends! 

This Sunday we will share a Godly Play story and celebrate September birthdays! Please email me at if your child has a September birthday. Thank you! 

Selma Pilgrimage Postponed
Due to the continued level of COVID-19 infections, the Selma Pilgrimage planned for October by the Diocese of East Tennessee has been rescheduled to March 8-11, 2022.

Those who have already signed up for the pilgrimage will be given first priority for the rescheduled trip on March 8-11, 2022. To indicate your wish to participate in the rescheduled pilgrimage or to request a refund, please email Nichole Seiferth at or call 423-821-1583.
St. Mary's Seeks Help for Chapel Repair
Most of us have at some time or another enjoyed a retreat or conference at St. Mary's in Sewanee, and the work of the sisters has enriched our lives and deepened our understanding throughout the years. And while the Ayres Center is holding up well, the sisters' chapel, long in need of repairs, is becoming a candidate for some critical care.

Water damage is increasing caused by rotting wood around the windows. Through a hole in the chapel’s ceiling, cold drafts chill the worship space. Rodents occasionally find their way into the chapel -- apparently a chipmunk recently fell through the roof while the sisters were in the chapel! And when it rains, a statue of Mary is caught in the shower.

If you can spare a few dollars to help restore that much-loved and important holy place, please consider making a contribution. Your gift of $10, $20, $50, or even $100 or more can make a difference. You can make a one-time donation or a recurring one -- anything will help!

You can contribute electronically HERE, or you can mail a check (put "chapel repairs" in the subject line) to the community at 1100 St. Mary's Lane
Sewanee, TN 37375. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, you can contact St. Mary's at .
Note from Sean McEwen

Dear People of Grace,

As I embark on my first semester at the School of Theology in Sewanee, I wanted to take a moment to thank each of you for your prayers and encouragement! Your love and support continue to sustain me like an unseen hand upon my shoulder. I would not be where I am today without each of you. I miss you all already, and you all remain in my prayers each day.

Peace and blessings,


P.S. -- Please keep in touch!

Sean McEwen
c/o The School of Theology
The University of the South
335 Tennessee Avenue
Sewanee, TN 37383-0001
Passing of Note
The office received an e-mail on Friday from Maggie Young informing us of the death of Noble Walker, who was a priest at Grace during the 70's and who was involved with Grace's Coffee House. He was married to Maggie's sister Martha. A minimal obituary and picture appear below.

Rev. Noble Ray Walker +, age 80, of Southaven, Mississippi passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Rev. Noble was born November 30, 1940 in TN.
Avisitation for Rev. Noble will be held Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 700 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38105, followed by a funeral service from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Walker + family.
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
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, Ann Ludwig,
the Hale family (Austin, Amanda, and Autumn); the Brown family, Reba, Niysah, Valorie Lephart, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  Dwight McMillan, Doris, 
J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams, Barbara Reed, Elizabeth Harrison,  
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 Katie Poulos Moore and MerryMadeline Bishop, who are with child.

We give thanks for the birth last week of Emmitt Caroline Pannell, daughter of Jessica Pannell and great-niece of Terry and Judy Burnett. she weighed 9 lbs. 14 oz. and has a full head of hair, so she's starting out in a position of power!
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, especially Boyd Whitmire, father of Ron Whitmire, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of TanzaniaThe 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 Clergy families of East Tennessee.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick, Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland,
Michael Conner, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, 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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