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
SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
Sunday Book Review!
'Tis the season to be.... what season is it? Though the calendar says fall, Grace says it's time to start summer book reviews!

This Sunday's Review:  Please join us this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. as David Stanislawski reviews the book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson. The Zoom Link is

Sunday Book Review!
Sacred Ground Dialogues
Sunday and Daily Online Liturgies
Outdoor Clery Office Hours
Food Pantry
Webinar on Climate Change Invitation
Prayer List
Community Care in Anxious Times
Book Review (continued)
If you would like to present a book on Sunday morning please contact David Stanislawski at 423-876-8176 (text) or with the title of the book, the authors name, and when you would be available to present the book.
David Stanislawski
Sacred Ground Dialogues around Racial Healing
Beginning this Wednesday, September 16th, Grace will begin Sacred Ground, a small-group experience centered on racial healing. Developed as part of the Episcopal Church’s “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative, Sacred Ground focuses on issues of race and racism and the difficult, transformative conversations that we need to have around these issues. Sacred Ground sessions invite participants to understand the racial history of this country and the church in order to faithfully respond to the challenges around race that surround us today.

The series uses material from a variety of documentary films and readings, as well as scholars and practitioners working toward racial healing. Sacred Ground is designed to work best in “dialogue circles,” groups of individuals committed to being in conversation with one another for a series of ten weeks. You can find a wealth of information about the Sacred Ground curriculum, including the syllabus here.

Currently, we would expect one Sacred Ground circle to gather virtually on Wednesday nights at 7pm. We still have a few spots left in this group. If we have enough interest, we will also hold a second dialogue circle. Please email Rev. April at if you are interested in joining a dialogue circle.
Sunday and Daily Online Worship
Grace continues to be virtuously virtual, conducting liturgies online to avoid becoming a teeming hothouse of viral spread. 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!
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
This week, the Rev David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1:00pm to 4pm on Sunday, September 13th; if it rains, he'll be under the covered walkway. The Rev. April Berends will hold office hours on Thursday, September, 17th from 10:00am to noon.

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 to set up a time for a socially-distanced conversation.
Food Pantry
The pantry welcomed 14 visitors this week and sent them away with food for 28 adults and 23 children. Thanks to Richard Hyatt, Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley and Jim Harris, who filled and hauled bags, talked to our visitors and played liaison as well to a couple of folks who needed further aid that Grace’s clergy discretionary accounts were able to provide. We are grateful in the extreme for their ongoing aid in providing aid!

Less the provisions for the 51 folks mentioned above, the pantry shelves developed a few gaps, some of them quite large. See below for the most-needed items:

* hearty soups, beef stew, chili
* canned corn, peas, green beans
* pudding cups
* beanie weenies
* spaghetti noodles and sauce 

Thanks to all in the neighborhood and the church who support this ministry, and special thanks to Phaen Stone, Richard Hyatt, April and Kathryn Barger-Howell and Anderson, who take care of collecting and delivering the donations from the Belvoir neighborhood. What started as a church ministry has become a whole-community endeavor, and we are lucky to be surrounded by so many helping hands.
Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet
2020 Faith-Based Organization Consultation on Climate Emergency
Join the webinar September 24, 2020
The Episcopal Church, in collaboration with a coalition of interfaith partners led by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will offer a virtual webinar on “Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet” on September 24, 10:00am-1:00pm EDT. It will address the impact of human activity on the planet and the urgent need for action to obtain sustainable and resilient communities globally and develop strategies for moving forward to address climate change.
Convening on the anniversary of the 2019 interfaith-based consultation to address the climate emergency, "Climate Emergency: Faith-based Organizations Raising Ambition - Leaving No One Behind” - this second interfaith consultation will feature opening and closing plenaries, as well as concurrent workshops that will run from 10:30am-11:30am EDT. Presentations will be supported by web-based materials and social media tools to be used throughout the day by participating organizations.
The Consultation will feature interactive workshops on:
·Envisioning a Sustainable and Just Economy for a Resilient World
·Taking Responsibility for the Climate
·Buen Vivir: pathways to a healthier planet
·How to Activate More People of Faith to Action
·Solutions that Work: Adaptation and Mitigation
·Climate Migration (including displaced persons)
·Climate Grief
·Restoration and Nature Based Solutions

Access descriptions of the workshops here.
Register for virtual event here.

Registration Deadline: Close of business on Tuesday, September 22, 2020
For more information, please email, or call, Melanie Mullen, director of Reconciliation, Justice, and Creation Care, (212-716-6000) or Phoebe Chatfield, administrative associate for Creation Care, (347-712-0679).
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
Judy Smith, Bethann, Will, Breezie, Julie, Angela, Dwight,
James and Barbara Dooley, Ann Ludwig, Dwight McMillan, Trevor Laymance,
Ted, Deb, Doris, Emily and Daniel Brelsford, Michael Conner,
Chuck and Jason and their children, Tom Wolfe, Jane Williams, Bo and Mary Minor Brown, Helen Williams, Nancy Mapel, Charlotte Dorris, Tyler Horton, Jeff Fugate, Rebecca Williams, Tessa Spaulding, J.R. Hicks, Marcia Magers, Peggy Fugate,
 Jean Lorren, 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 Janine Revenig and Angela Gregory, 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 who are developing programs and policies to deal with the current public health threat; for those who are treating the sick, staffing health care facilities, stocking shelves, transporting supplies, providing transit, suffering from illness, grieving those who have died, and adjusting to new ways of living in the midst of the current pandemic. We pray, too, for teachers and students returning to school in these difficult days.

We pray for those who have died, 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 Anglican Church of South America and The Most Rev. Gregory James Venables, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Church of South America and Bishop of Argentina.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Christ Church, Rugby, TN, and for these South Dakota churches: Holy Comforter, Lower Brule; St. John the Baptist, Crow Creek.
Those in need of continued prayer: 
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
Community Care in Anxious Times
Grace 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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