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
Creation Season
SEPTEMBER 16, 2022
Renewing Spirits (in the Garden)
The tireless Grace Gardens and Grounds folks are working to add back one of our favorite fundraisers -- Spirits in the Garden -- but they need your help to make it happen.

Spirits will be tentatively held on Saturday, October 29, from 6-9pm on our Grace Grounds. Prices will be $30 a person or $50 a family. All proceeds go towards the care of our Grounds and Arboretum. This night of fright and fun will include chili cook-off, hotdogs, snacks, s'mores, spooky stories, costume contest, adult beverages, games, and more!

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Spirits in the Garden -- Help Needed!
Correct E-mail Addresses Needed!
Sunday School Schedule (beginning this Sunday)
GreenGrace Dates and Doings
Partnering with Barger School
Dates to Note (with accompanying schedule tweaks & additions)
Sunday Worship with COVID Update
Food Pantry
Note from Sean McEwen
Daily Worship
Brainerd Market
Useful Information
Parish Prayer List
Serving on Sunday
Spirits in the Garden (continued)
Here's what we need, personnel-wise:

  • greeters/ money collectors (1-2)
  • a team to judge costumes (2-3) 
  • set-up crew (all the help we can get!)
  • break-down crew (all the help we can get!)
  • bartender crew (2)
  • volunteers for games/ crafts with kids (3-4) 
  • spooky-tale reader (1-2) 
  • chili taste team (5) 
  • s'mores station (2)
  • hot dog station (2)

Here's what we need, food-wise:

  • hot dogs/ buns/ condiments
  • s'mores ingredients 
  • various side dishes 
  • red and white wine 

This is a fun family event that supports our beautiful grounds and arboretum; however, it is a team effort to make it happen. Please contact Brittany Williamson (865) 202-0481 or if you can volunteer in any capacity!
Does Grace Have Your Correct E-Mail Address?
Sometimes it seems as if every institution imaginable has your e-mail address: floods of dispatches come in from political parties pleading for money, from stores determined to shove the latest in attire and adornment under your nose, and from self-appointed health gurus, who point out Serious Physical Failings and then offer you a magical cure. But does the church have your correct address??

Quarterly statements are coming up in October; since these are now sent out entirely by e-mail, please take steps to make sure the Parish Administrator’s office has your correct address. Please contact Paula Garner at if you’ve changed your e-mail at any point in recent history or if there’s any chance the church is not in possession of the correct one. Your accountant will thank you, and we promise to stay well under the apparently normal volume of 134,368 per day!
Sunday School Schedule (Beginning this Sunday!)
This Sunday, September 18th, we'll be making a few adjustments to the Sunday School schedule for children ages preK-5th Grade. All children are always welcome in worship. If you start out in worship and that’s not working, please feel free to join us downstairs; if your young child is feeling especially snuggly one morning, please feel free to take them with you to Eucharist. Do whatever is working for your family on any particular Sunday. Here’s the break-down for ages and times:
Nursery for ages birth – 4 -- 9:30 a.m. - end of Eucharist. Parents may come get children to receive communion together, in which case children would remain with their families through the end of the service, or children may stay in the nursery until the end of service.
Age 4 - grade 5 -- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 -- Godly Play
Grades 2 - 5 -- 10:30 a.m. – Eucharist -- attend with family with “Worship Works” (extension and support activities)
Ages 4 - grade 1 -- 10:30 a.m. - until Communion -- Children’s Chapel: songs, crafts, stories, snack, playtime. Join family for Communion - end of service. 
GreenGrace Dates & Options: We are gathering interest in momentum as we seek to build teams to address the various mission areas under the GreenGrace umbrella -- grounds, buildings, neighbors, justice. In fact, our biggest problem right now is de-conflicting dates and the many ideas and suggestions. While we certainly can't do it all, we can die trying! Look for a full meeting coming in October. Here are some various updates:

a. Green Grounds: GreenGrace Arboretum & Grounds is happy to report the final seasonal report of birds launched from our new BlueBird Trail. Please see Jerry Evans if you're interested in participating as a weekly nest box monitor in this fascinating citizen science, helping protect native cavity nesting birds at Grace.  
  • bluebirds: 5 eggs. 4 hatched. 4 fledged.
  • Tree swallows (this Latin American migrant is experiencing unsustainable population declines): 3 eggs, 2 hatched, 2 fledged. 
  • House wrens: 3 eggs, 3 hatched, 3 fledged.
  • Thank you, Bluebird Trail monitors for your devoted over-watch, March-- August.

  • Native Plant Sale: October 1. Wild Ones, Tennessee Valley Chapter is bringing together several local native plant nurseries in the Upper Parking Lot from 10-2 for the community.
  • Grounds Work day:  23 October. Lunch provided. Come for any, all or part, as we mop up seasonal tasks.
  • B2G Community Garden close out meeting Sunday, 6 November, 2 pm.
  • We'll be providing an educational tour for Emory University students October 11.
  • Meanwhile, Kristina and Lisa did our first 'grounds consult' with another Episcopal congregation across town. We want to spread the good news to other faith communities this great reframing -- "Gardens as Habitat: don't just mow -- build an Ark."
  • Brittany Williamson has taken up the head mantle for Spirits in the Garden, the Grounds fundraiser that helps us continue making our campus not only beautiful, but also creates and supports Life! Please see her plea for volunteers; who doesn't love our grounds and a great party?

b. Green Buildings:
      Good things are happening; read GraceNotes each week to hear all about

  • c. Green Neighbors: GreenGrace Table at New Life Seventh Day Adventist Church from 1-3pm. Theirs is an event with great activities dedicated to health education from 11-4, September 24th. See Emily Dungey or Kristina Shaneyfelt to help!
  •  SWEET POTATO PALOOZA INGATHERING! Keep those potatoes in the ground for now, and, my-oh-my, aren't those vines getting big! Big vines = big harvest, so keep 'em growing! For questions, see Tom Carroll and Jerry Evans.
  • We will in-gather the potatoes on Saturday, 15 October, in the Pavilion. Please dig, wash any potatoes and bring them by during the Farmer's Market hours, where they will be weighed, washed, blessed, boxed, and immediately driven to the Food Bank. 
  • We will make arrangements later for absentee 'taters. 
  •  PET FOOD DRIVE FOR CREATION SEASON! Proceeds will go to the Chattanooga Humane Society. Drop a bag of any size (1) in the hall outside the Food Pantry or (2), the pew outside the choir room. This drive goes from 25 Sep-- 9 October.
  • Upcoming: November Coat/Sock drive for the Southside Abbey and other homeless services.
  • Congratulations to Brainerd Farmers Market for receiving a grant for matching EBT funds for our neighbors who utilize Double Snap! Thanks to the Chattanooga Food Center for thinking of us and our work to provide fresh, pesticide free produce to our community. More to come...

a. Green Justice. The next meeting is changed to Sunday, September 25th, after 10:45 service. This team is led by Emily Dungey and Susan Butler.  
  • We are beginning to revive a long term relationship with magnet school Barger Elementary with Barger's volunteer coordinator. See elsewhere in this newsletter for specific program offerings: adopt-a -classroom, tutoring, donations to the school's Reindeer Store, and other ways to participate large and small.  
  • This team is also participating with CALEB, seeking changes on bail bonding and neighborhood representation in large construction projects.
  • This Sunday! 3pm in the Merritt Room at Grace, Climate Chattanooga, TIPL, and other organizations will be discussing the Sustainability Plan meeting held with the mayor of Chattanooga this week, the proposed Resolution to City Council to support this plan, and a growing their coalition and other climate action ideas. All supportive community members are encouraged to attend.
Lisa Lemza & Kristina Shaneyfelt
Partnering with Barger -- Volunteer Opportunities
Jim Milburn recently met with the volunteer coordinator at Barger Academy to explore opportunities for engagement. See below for a list of their suggestions; if you see something you'd be good at and would like to help,
contact Jim for more information (his information is at the end of the article).
Adopt a Classroom is a program that pairs a volunteer with a specific teacher/classroom. The volunteer comes once a week and helps out the teacher in the classroom. It could be reading or helping some students with classwork. This program benefits from the consistency of having the volunteer learn the needs of the students and build a relationship. Since the volunteer is never alone with the student, no background check is required. This would be at some time between 9am and 4pm.After School Tutors are needed from 4 to 6 to help with homework.
Career Days They would love to have people come talk about their jobs and the education required to get those jobs.
Reindeer Store Each fall they collect donations of small items to be placed in the Reindeer Store. These items are things like trinkets, candles, Christmas mugs, etc. They then collect Pennies for Peace as donations from the kids. When a child makes a donation, they get to choose a gift from the Reindeer Store. The gifts are wrapped and the kids can give them to family members or other people as holiday gifts.  The donations go to help others in need. They have been doing this since 2005. That year, they sent funds to a school in Kenya. Recent donations were given to help the victims of the Woodmore bus crash, a Barger family who lost their home in a fire last year, a student who was a victim of a car accident, a terminally ill student's family and to breast cancer awareness, Louisiana flood victims; the most recent was a donation to a former Barger student who died of an accidental shooting.  

They can use help staffing the Reindeer Store and wrapping the gifts. They can use donations of items and wrapping paper. They collect the items all fall and then the store is opened the last week before Winter Break. 
Classroom Incentives Teachers use things like Popsicles, Skittles, fruit snacks, etc. as positive reinforcement incentives for the students. They can always use these items on a regular basis.
Read Across America Week is in March. They need volunteers to read with students.
If you have questions, contact Jim Milburn 423-593-6809
Dates To Note (with some schedule changes/additions)
As you plan your fall calendar, please take note of these dates, which offer some grand opportunities but will also bring some alterations to our normal schedule and locations of worship:

Sunday, September 18th -- Grace begins observing the "Season of Creation" in Sunday morning services

Sunday, September 25th -- Feast of St. Francis (observed). The 10:45am service this Sunday will be held outdoors. Pets (on leashes or in carriers) welcome to join their humans at 10:45am for the blessing of the animals.

Sunday, October 2nd -- One service at 10am. All are welcome to join in the Chattanooga Pride Parade at 11:30am downtown.

Saturday, October 8th -- Pride Mass at Grace at 6pm
If you are willing to help with special set-up for the Blessing of the Animals on September 25th, help with Grace's presence at Chattanooga Pride on October 2nd, or help with worship or hospitality for PrideMass on October 8th, please contact Rev. April at
Sunday Worship (with COVID Update)
Creation Season begins this Sunday, and you can celebrate and enjoy it at two liturgies this week, one at 8 a.m. and the other at 10:45 a.m. Those who are not able to join us in the flesh are invited to take part in either the live-stream feed or the recording of the service, both available through our Facebook page. You can find the bulletin for the service HERE.

Hamilton County is like a red, red rose, COVID-ly speaking; transmissions are high, and few people seem to be taking precautions in public. The CDC advises the use of masks for indoor public gatherings, especially for those with pre-existing conditions and immune deficiencies.

Grace is not currently requiring masks, but we want everyone to be aware of the current situation and thus be equipped to make informed decisions.
Food Pantry
Jim Harris and Dixie Riall got plenty of exercise on Wednesday as they packed and hauled bags of goods for our 33 visitors, sending them home with food for 121 -- 63 adults and 58 children. Shockingly, there is some food left on the shelves, but a good bit of it is lonely and longing for some friends!

Most needed this week:

  • hearty soups (beef and chicken)
  • canned tuna
  • beanee weenies
  • Vienna sausages
  • Pop tarts or similar (Food City has them on their 12 for $10 list this week)
  • packets of instant grits
  • canned fruit (15 oz. cans preferred and/or fruit cups)
  • peanut butter (16 oz.jars preferred)
  • Spam
  • spaghetti noodles (16 oz.) and sauce -- some remains, but not enough to take care of next week's visitors
  • baked beans

We can also use your used-but-clean plastic grocery bags; we seem to be going through them at an impressive rate.

Thanks to the oh-so-generous folks in both the church and the neighborhood who keep us in mind on every trip to the grocery. We are thankful to situated among such kind hearts and helpful souls!
Note from Sean McEwen
10 September 2022
Dear Mtr. April and beloved people of Grace:
As my second year at the School of Theology begins, I write you all to give you an update of life on the Domain. I am relishing our studies of theology, liturgy, music, and ministry amongst this tremendous community of faithful seminarians, professors, and colleagues in ministry! I am also privileged to serve as our class representative and as the School of Theology representative to the Sewanee Community Council.
I have begun serving as seminarian at St. Timothy’s Signal Mountain, and I am loving discovering the ways in which the ministry of Christ’s church is engaged in different parts of our diocesan family. Though, of course, nothing will ever be quite like Grace!
It gives me so much joy to keep up with the goings on in the life, ministry, and witness of Grace! I miss you all, and I am continually grateful for your prayers and support for my formation in seminary. Know that my prayers and love for you are unceasing.
Peace and blessings,
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
Brainerd Market
The Brainerd Market, which runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Brainerd Parking lot, offers fresh local produce, meats, eggs, breads, local honey,  jams & jellies, live plants, arts and crafts, wonderful foods and memorable personalities as well!

 All of the farm fresh products at the market are naturally grown, free of pesticides, GMO's and antibiotics.

Market Vendors accept CASH, DEBIT/CREDIT & EBT/SNAP for eligible items. Double SNAP Dollar available every Saturday on EBT/SNAP purchase up to $20.
Useful Information
P.O. Box Use and Address
Please use Grace's P.O. Box for dispatches containing money or other valuables: hard times persist for some of our neighbors, and checks have disappeared from our mailbox more than once. The address is Grace Episcopal Church,
P.O. Box 80954, Chattanooga, TN 37414.

Accessing the Online Church Directory
The directory can be accessed via the church's webpage ( Find the menu item “BREEZE” at the right end of the menu options that sprawl across the screen near the top, click and log in; user name is ‘saygrace’ and the password is ‘Chattanooga.’
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 Caroline and Christopher, our seminarians; for Sarah Hess, our M.Div. assistant; 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
Jean Larkin, James Kelley, father of Audrey Worth, Christopher, Roland Thomas, Anne Curtis, Diana Spaulding, Valorie Lephart, Joyce Ivey, Barbara Dooley, Dakota Hullander, Dexter Williams and Helen Williams, Barbara Reed, Darlene, Daniel Stanislawski, Tom Lifsey, Hannah Brewer, Rhonda Boocock, Wilma Laney, Bill Clark,
Mary McDonald, Patricia Kelley Williams, Russell, Scott, Julia, Martha Smith,
Sue Sears, Amy, William Simpson, Neil Robinson, Ash Gunlock, Bill Strang, Deborah, Jim Hinkle, Andrea, the Brown family, Reba, Terrie, Alex, Angela,  
Dwight McMillan, Doris, J.R. Hicks, Libby Workman, Jean Williams,  Jim May,
and Ann Swint; 

We pray for Wil Mabry, Jake Dorris, Kevin Kelley, 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 Megan Stone, 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 the people of Ukraine and of Russia who find themselves beset by war.
We pray for those who have died, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.

We pray for all victims of violence, that they may dwell in the light of God's love forever. Let our prayers propel us to action. Take our hearts of stone and make them hearts of flesh. 

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the House of Bishops; for joy in God's creation (BCP p. 814); and for the mission of the church (BCP p. 838).

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil. 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.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Mary Lou Walden, Jeanette Cureton, Wanda Kirkpatrick,
Emma Andrews, Jim Strickland, Michael Conner,  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, 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
Serving on Sunday
At the 8:00 a.m. service: Lectors, George Reed, III; Intercessor, Amie Brien-Slack; Crucifer, Stephen Jones

At the 10:45 a.m. service: Lectors, Ty Sills, Blake Rougeau; Intercessor, Richard Hyatt; Crucifer, Phaen Stone; Lead Usher, Randy Durham; Oblations, Laura Bertrand, Dick McGee; Gospeler, Jeff Bertrand; Communion Ministers, Caroline Day, Sarah Hess, Christopher McAbee

Lectionary Readings
Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13
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