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 24, 2021
Adult Classes Combine for 9/26
Our two Sunday adult formation classes are combining to be one this Sunday at 9:30 a.m., when David Stanislawski will talk about the history of the Episcopal Church and racism. We'll meet behind Pat Milburn's house catty-corner from the church at 103 Belvoir Ave. Park in the upper lot at Grace Church and then make the short walk to Pat's house -- if you walk to the end of her driveway, you'll see us! If you've got kids, you can drop them off at the pavilion, where Betsy will have activities for them!
Adult Classes Combine This Week
Worship This Sunday
Chatt-EY Rescheduled for 9-26
Children's MInistry
St. Francis' Day/Pet Blessing 10-3
Pride Mass 10-9
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Cooler Bags in 3rd Floor Kitchen
Conversation with Leaders of HCBUs
-- (plus The Most Rev. Michael Curry and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)
Retreats at St. Mary's (2021-2022)
Parish Prayer List
Worship on Sunday
Due to a continuing 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 (
Chatt-EY ON Sunday (Rescheduled from 9-19)
Last weekend's deluge -- one that would have impressed even Noah's family -- forced the cancellation of the area Episcopal Youth's cookout, game-evening and worship that had been set for September 19. We've rescheduled for this Sunday (September 26), from 6-8 p.m. at Grace. We'll play lawn games and do an evening prayer service -- dinner is also provided. Episcopal youth from across the Chattanooga area will be coming! Aside from bathroom access, the event will be outdoor only because of the dumb old pandemic. The weather this Sunday is looking lovely!
Children's Ministry
This last week we celebrated September birthdays! Let me know if your child has a September or October birthday so we can celebrate with them. 

We also discussed thankfulness, a theme we will be studying through November. Here is a link to the song “Dayenu (It Would Have Been Enough)”. It is fun to sing and the children would enjoy sharing it with you. (Should you have trouble with the link, copy this URL into your browser: ).

St. Francis' Sunday and Blessing of Pets (October 3)
In observance of the feast of St. Francis, lover of God’s creation, Grace will offer a blessing of the animals at the 10:45am service on Sunday, October 3rd, outdoors in the courtyard. Bring your animal companions, great and small, but for the peace and safety of all in attendance, please make sure that they are on a leash or in a carrier.

Feel free to also bring donations of cat and dog food, pet bedding/old blankets and towels, newspaper, kennels, bottles and kitten formula or pet toys. Pet food donations will be split between the Grace Food Pantry (for the pets of our human guests) and the Human Educational Society. 
Pride Mass (Saturday, October 9)
Due to the high rates of COVID-19 in our area, Chattanooga Pride events for next week have been cancelled. We at Grace have heard, in our own community and beyond, a need to remind ourselves and our LGBTQIA+ siblings of our belovedness. Join us on October 9th at 6pm for an outdoor celebration that honors all LGBTQIA+ people as the children of God. This worship service will include holy communion and scripture readings and prayers that speak of God's love for LGBTQIA+ people.

Interested in helping out? Contact Phaen Stone ( or April Berends (
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
After a timely departure of the morning's rain, ace volunteers Dixie Riall, Jim Harris and Vivian Dodds received 13 visitors last Wednesday; they took food for 48 -- 25 adults and 23 children. Amazingly, we're not really out of anything, but a number of things are dwindling to the point of needing reinforcements.

Most needed this week are:

* peanut butter (16-oz. jars preferred)
* hearty chicken soups
* Vienna sausages
* pop tarts
* pudding cups

Enormous thanks to all the Grace folks and our astoundingly generous Belvoir neighbors who keep us supplied in sun and rain, health and dastardly pandemic alike. Your gifts are alleviating a lot of pain, and we are grateful to have such stalwart hunger-warriors at our backs!
Cooler Bags in Pantry
Though most of the lonely vessels from Rally Day have now been taken home, there are still a few very nice cooler-bags waiting for their folks to reclaim them. If you're missing a cooler bag, please check the counter in the kitchen when you're next at Grace -- heaven knows that none of us can afford to lose our cool at this point in time!
An Evening in Conversation with Episcopal HBCU Leaders
Join The Episcopal Church Office of Development on Wednesday, September 29 at 5 PM EDT, as they host a panel discussion highlighting the importance and history of two Episcopal Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina.

The Presidents of both institutions will join in conversation with Presiding Bishop Curry, together with special guest Congressman James E. Clyburn of the 6th District, South Carolina about the current challenges facing HBCUs and their role in supporting the development of leaders of color in a diverse array of professions.

We’ll look at the history of HBCUs and The Episcopal Church, which founded a number of these institutions in the later 19th century to provide educational opportunities to formerly enslaved persons. The panel will also discuss recent developments and innovations at Voorhees and Saint Augustine’s, preserving and protecting the legacy and history of black colleges, how HBCU students are impacting the country and the world, and inequities in funding for HBCUs in comparison with Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).

The 60-minute event will include a moderated panel discussion, followed by a Q & A session, with the following guests: 

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church 

Dr. Christine Johnson McPhail, 13th President of Saint Augustine's University

Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, 10th President of Voorhees College

U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn, Serving the 6th District of South Carolina

Ms. Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director, The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations (Moderator)

Registration is free, but required. You can register HERE; there is no charge to participate, though donations will gratefully accepted on behalf of the Absalom Jones Fund for Episcopal HBCUs.
Fall and Winter Retreat at St. Mary's
If you're a mediator, a centering pray-er, a poet or simply someone who's drawn to a variety of spiritual resources, take a prowl around St. Mary's website for a menu of options for fall and early winter. They're offering retreats focused on Centering Prayer(single day and longer, online and in-person, Advent-focused), Value of Haiku, and mindfulness (silent retreat). You can find details about the programs, along with information about registration and costs at this link: . Scroll down a bit once you've opened it to find retreat information.
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
Bill Clark, 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, 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 Emily Brelsford, Mary MacDonald, 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: Pray for The Episcopal Church. 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 St. John's Cathedral and the Episcopal School, Knoxville, TN, and for Calvary Cathedral, Sioux Falls, SD.

Those in need of continued prayer: 
Valorie Lephart, 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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