Grace Notes Weekly is a newsletter of Grace Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN,
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Creation Season
SEPTEMBER 17, 2021
Scripture Discussion (Adult Ed.)
Beginning on Sunday, September 19th, 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 at 9:30 a.m.; all are welcome!
Scripture Discussion Class Begins
The Past is Present Continues
Worship this Week
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Repatriate Rally Day Bags, Dishes!
St. Mary's Calls for Help!
Parish Prayer List
The Past is Present -- Adult Class Continues
This week we'll talk about the Eucharist in our history class this Sunday and how our understanding of it shifted in the 1700s. This is aimed primarily at newcomers, but anyone is welcome.

We will meet at 9:30am on Sunday in the backyard belonging to Grace member Pat Milburn (thanks Pat!), who lives very close to the church at 103 Belvoir Avenue. Please park in the Grace Church upper lot near the intersection of Belvoir Ave 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 -- our own Laura Bertrand will be in the parking lot showing folks where to go if you're not sure. 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!
Worship This Week
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
The pantry stayed pretty busy this last Wednesday -- Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley, and Jim Dorris received 14 people throughout the morning and sent them off with food for 47 -- 24 adults and 23 children. As a result, we've got a good many areas that need supplements:

* peanut butter (16-oz. jars are most useful)
* hearty chicken soups
* canned peas
* small cans of chicken with pop-tops (for homeless visitors)
* granola bars
* spaghetti noodles (16-oz most needed) and spaghetti sauce
* individual portion fruit cups
* cheese crackers/peanut butter crackers
* canned tuna (larger cans)

We're also getting close to needing more used-but-clean plastic grocery bags. If you've got enough to share, please bring them to the church on Sundays or during office hours (T-Th 9a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays 9 to noon). We and our clients will thank you!

Thanks to all those at Grace and in the Belvoir neighborhood who keep us supplied and able to respond to the needs of those around us. Though it doesn't seem possible to drive misery out of the world, there's a lot less of it because of your generosity!
Help Repatriate Rally Day Bags and Dishes!
Grace's upstairs kitchen is currently playing host to a good number of bags, dishes and platters that were brought to the Rally Day picnic but missed their rides home and are now huddled up nervously on foreign soil. If you are missing any such items, please cast your eye over the inhabitants of the upstairs kitchen counters when you're next at church. If you see something familiar, please take it home with you. It will be glad to get back to familiar ground!
St. Mary's Chapel Needs Repairs!
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 HEREor 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 .
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
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, 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 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 Church of the Province of Uganda. 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 the House of Bishops; for joy in God's creation (BCP p. 814) and for the mission of the church (BCP p. 838).

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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