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 19, 2020
Sunday and Daily Worship
Grace invites all to join us in the cyberverse for virtual worship on Sunday and throughout the week, keeping together while being safely apart. 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.

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Sacred Ground Dialogues
Sunday and Daily Online Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Food Pantry
Prayer List
St. Mary's Hosts Master Gardner (9-29)
Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet
Episcopal Relief and Development
Community Care in Anxious Times
Sunday and Daily Worship (continued)
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!
Sacred Ground Dialogues around Racial Healing
On Wednesday, September 16th, Grace began 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.
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
This week, the Rev David Burman will be in the courtyard from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, September 20th. The Rev. April Berends will hold office hours on Tuesday, September 22nd from 3pm to 6pm. 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 dburman@saygrace.netto set up a time for a socially-distanced conversation.
Food Pantry
Another wild and woolly Wednesday at the pantry! We 22 visitors who left with food for 49 adults and 41 children. Linda Wideman, Jim Harris and Gail Dooley handled packing up bags to feed these 90 neighbors with their usual aplomb, armed with generous donations from the parish and our Belvoir neighbors and their own kindly and stalwart natures. 

And though our supplied held up admirably, you will not be surprised to hear that providing for that many has hollowed out a good many crucial areas on the shelves. Most needed this week are:

* peanut butter (16-oz. jars)
* Spam or similar
* beanie weenies
* pudding
* hearty soups
* Chef Boyardi ravioli and similar in cans
* Chef Boyardi microwavable individual cups
* canned green beans, canned corn
* packets of mashed potatoes
* applesauce in jars or cups
* canned hams

Thanks to all in the neighborhood and the church who support this ministry, and special thanks to Richard Hyatt, who performs neighborhood liaison even from afar, and to April and Kathryn Barger-Howell and the estimable Anderson, who took on collecting and delivering the donations from the Belvoir neighborhood this week in Richard’s absence. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Christ – St. Theresa of Avila would be proud!
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
Jim Strickland, 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, stocking shelves, transporting supplies, suffering from illness, coping with new life-patterns and finding ways to keep anxiety at bay for themselves and others. 

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 Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and The Most Rev. Justin Badi Arama, Bishop of Juba and Archbishop of the Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan.

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for Thankful Memorial and the St. Elmo Neighborhood Reading Center (Diocesan Jubilee Center) of Chattanooga and for these South Dakota churches: St. Peter, McLaughlin; and Grace Church, Madison.
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
St. Mary's Hosts Master Gardener in Virtual Program (9-29)
The Community of St. Mary at Sewanee invited you to The Potager and Gardens as Sanctuary, a virtual program with June Mays on Tuesday, September 29, from 9-11 a.m. CENTRAL Daylight Time (10-noon Eastern). Cost is $20 per person; you can register HERE or by pasting this URL into your browser:

See below for more about June and the program.

After a 31-year career as a financial adviser, June moved to London for a year to study garden design. She designed or consulted on over 100 gardens, wrote for the garden magazines, and lectured until retiring at age 70. For our September program, June will present The Potager -- a collection of images of beautifully designed vegetable and fruit gardens along with tips for success, along with Gardens As Sanctuary -- advice on creating a garden that can deepen your spiritual life as well as enhance your landscape.

See more from St. Mary’s at
Good Trouble for a Healthy Planet
2020 Faith-Based Organization Consultation on Climate Emergency
Join the webinar September 24, 2020
With the Gulf coast having just been pummeled by Strong Slow Sally, the west going up in flames and the Antarctic ice shelves detaching, it's a good time to lay our heads together with others in the church to learn and develop some plans for environmental healing. 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).
Episcopal Relief and Development
Faced with floods in the south, fires in the west and a viral pandemic swirled throughout, Episcopal Relief and Development needs donations more than ever. If you’re able to help – and we know that almost everyone has seven places to put every charitable sum – you can donate by clicking HERE or pasting this URL into your browser:
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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