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 26, 2020
Sunday Book Review
This Sunday’s Book Review will be a little different; it is going to be activity-based, so you are asked to have paper and pen ready. David Stanislawski will be discussing When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that may do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Sunday Book Review
Sunday and Daily Online Worship
Clergy Outdoor Office Hours
Blessing of the Animals (10-3-20)
Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle
Food Pantry
Brainerd Food Pantry
Invitation to Evangeletters
No More Newspapers, Please!
Parish Prayer List
Zoom Garden Seminar via St. Mary's
Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Death of Justice Ginsburg
Community Care in Anxious Times
Book Review (continued)
When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel. Please plan to join us virtually at 10:00 this Sunday September 27 using the link provided below:


Should the link misbehave, copy it and paste it into your browser for access.
Sunday and Daily Online Worship
Grace invites all to join us in the cyber-verse 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.

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:

compline
 
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 4:00pm today, Sunday, September 20th . The Rev. April Berends will hold office hours on Tuesday, September 29th, from 8:30am to 11:30am. 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 (aberends@saygrace.net or dburman@saygrace.netto set up a time for a socially-distanced conversation. 
Blessing of the Animals -- Saturday, October 3
In order to maintain our tradition of observing the feast of St. Francis, Revs. April and David will be in the pavilion on Saturday, October 3rd from 9:45am-noon to bless your animal companions. This will not be a formal worship service, but rather an opportunity to stop by for a greeting and a blessing. We bless humans, too! Wear a mask, make sure your pets are leashed or in appropriate carriers, and keep as much distance as possible. 
Sacred Ground Dialogue Group
The Sacred Ground dialogue circle on racial healing meets Wednesdays at 7pm via Zoom. 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. Unfortunately, this group has reached capacity. Stay tuned for additional offering on racial justice and other topics. 
Food Pantry
The first Wednesday of autumn blew in some crisp air and 20 visitors to Grace’s food pantry, and we sent them home with food for a total of 66 family members/housemates -- 40 adults, 26 kids. A worthy beginning to a new season, but one that has left us with some notable gaps that need bolstering before next week’s session. Most needed this week are:

* hearty soups, beef stew, chili 
* packets of instant oatmeal
* spaghetti and sauce
* canned hams
* Spam or similar
* beanie weenies
* peanut butter (16-oz. jars)
* pudding

Thanks to all in the parish and in the neighborhood whose tireless donations allow us to provide for the many individuals and families who have been hit hard by the difficulties of the pandemic, and blessings upon our steadfast volunteers – Linda Wideman, Jim Harris, Richard Hyatt, Gail Dooley, and Vivian Dodds – who filled bags, made lists, hauled goods, and took care of everything with the precision of a charitable Special Forces unit. They’ve turned “gospel” into an extremely vigorous verb!
Brainerd Food Pantry
As part of our food ministry at Grace we are teaming with several other churches to provide the Brainerd Food Pantry to be housed at Brainerd United Methodist church. Distribution of food will occur on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month beginning October 14. At this time, we are looking for volunteers to unpack the delivery from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and pack non-perishable food items on the Tuesday before distribution as well as to provide a variety of help on the day of distribution. If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry please contact David Stanislawski at David.stanislawski@chattanoogastate.edu for additional information and to indicate availability.
 
David Stanislawski
Diocese Invites You to Participate in Evangeletters
Though 2020 has been a fraught year, laden with disease and unrest of every description, God's people know enough about their creator's persistence to search the corners of their lives for small kindlings and subtle bursts of spark that show that power still at work. The Diocese of East Tennessee is hoping to hear about some of these perceptions, asking its people to draw on the region's tradition of storytelling & story sharing by relating your own stories – specifically, your stories of Jesus’ presence in your life – with others in the Diocese through a new offering for practicing evangelism: EvangeLetters. 

The heart of evangelism is sharing a story of the Good News. Engaging with others through EvangeLetters will give you the opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual journey, make connections with other East TN Episcopalians, and reveal shared experiences in our local context. Guided prompts and stationary supplies will be provided to empower you to tell the Good News of your own relationship and faith in Christ with a matched partner through the simple, ancient practice of letter writing. Our prayer is that the exercise of shaping, naming, and listening to the stories of encountering God in our lives will equip and inspire us all to share the Good News and invite fellow pilgrims to find themselves in the narrative.

Go to dioet.org/evangeletters to learn more and sign up. 

If you have questions about the offering or how it works, please reach out to any of the members of the Evangelism Task Force.

The Rev. Amy Morehous
Mr. William Simerly 
Ms. Annie Wong Smith
Ms. Deborah Austin
No More Newspapers, Please!
Thanks to all who have so steadily supplied newspapers for the Choyce's foster-puppies through the last few months. With their children gone back to work and school and thus unavailable to nurture litters non-stop, they've had to give up their fostering. Should they be able to do it again, we'll let you know; right now, though, you can dispose of your newspapers through more conventional channels.
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
 
Steve Slack, Celeste Humphrey, 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 Angela Gregory, who is with child, and we give thanks for the birth of Elena Valerie, daughter of Louis and Janine Revenig and grand-daughter of Mike and Lisa Revenig;
  
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 Sudan and The Most Rev. Ezekiel Kumir Kondo, Archbishop of the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and Bishop of Khartoum.
 
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Pray for St. Clare, LaFollette, TN, and these South Dakota churches: St. Katherine, Martin; Gethsemane, Wanblee; Christ Church, Red Shirt Table.
 
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 Presents Garden Program (9-29)
The Community of St. Mary at Sewanee invites 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:

Presiding Bishop’s Statement on the Death of Justice Ginsburg

[September 18, 2020]  Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has issued the following statement:
 
The late John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, “while on earth God’s work must truly be our own.” 
 
The sacred cause of liberty and justice, dignity and equality decreed by God and meant for all has been advanced because while on earth Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made God’s work her own. Because of her the ancient words of the prophet Micah to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God have found fulfillment. May we follow in her footprints. May she rest in the arms of the God who is love and the author of true justice. 
 
Rest In Peace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Shalom.
 
 
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
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 (423.698.2433). We will be checking these messages regularly even if we aren’t in the office.
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