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 3, 2021
Sunday Class -- They Will Not Hurt or Destroy on All My Holy Mountain
This Sunday (September 5th) at 9:30am in the courtyard, our assistant priest David Burman will lead a class about what we as the church can say about war and peace, including a brief looks at pacifism and just war theory. All are welcome! 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!


IN THIS ISSUE
Adult Class This Sunday
New Adult Ed. Opportunities
Youth Event Collaboration (9-12)
Life Planning Committee Meeting (9-12)
Worship on Sunday
Daily Worship
Food Pantry
Aid Opportunities (Ida, Earthquake, Afghan Migration)
Wisdom from the Children's Ministry
Financial Statements
Found -- Beautiful White Shirt/Jacket
Thanks from Parish Life
Parish Prayer List
Coming Soon -- New Adult Classes (9-12)
Sacred Ground (evening class beginning the week of 9-12)
Sacred Ground is a race dialogue series offered through the Episcopal Church and designed for these times. It is an attempt to be responsive to the profound challenges that currently exist in our society.

It is focused on the challenges that swirl around issues of race and racism, as well as the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have with each other about them. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story. It holds the vision of beloved community as a guiding star – where all people are honored and protected and nurtured as beloved children of God, where we weep at one another’s pain and seek one another’s flourishing.

I am planning to begin a new circle the week of September 12 and finish before Thanksgiving. We would meet either Wednesday or Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00. You can get more information about Sacred ground using the link: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/invitation/. If you are interested in joining this circle please contact me at David.stanislawski@chattanoogastate.edu and let me know which evening works best for you or that either evening is OK.

David Stanislawski

The Past is Present (Sunday mornings beginning 9-12)
All are welcome to join us for a 6 week long weekly class on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., starting next Sunday September 12th. We'll talk about different important moments in church history, and how those moments affect our own spiritual lives and our church today. This is aimed especially at newcomers to Grace, but anybody is welcome! Got questions? Contact Laura Bertrand at laura@laurabertrand.com .

We will meet in the backyard belonging to Grace member Pat Milburn (thanks Pat!), who lives very close to the church - her address is 103 Belvoir Avenue. Please park in the Grace Church upper lot near the intersection of Belvoir Avenue and Sunbeam Avenue -- from there it's just a 1-2 minute walk to Pat's house. If walking is a hardship, contact David Burman at dburman@saygrace.net -- 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!
Youth Event Collaboration (9-12)
This fall, Grace Church and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Hixson are trying out combining forces when it comes to youth ministry. Our first event together will occur next Sunday on September 12th at St. Peter's (848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415) from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be outdoors because of COVID (though bathrooms will be available) and dinner will be provided. If you've got questions, or would like to arrange carpooling from Grace Church, contact David Burman at dburman@saygrace.net .
Life Planning Committee Meeting (9-12)
One of our duties as the church is to provide resources and education about the practical matters that come with preparing for death (like making wills, setting medical directives, etc.), and that is what our Life Planning Committee does. The committee will meet next Sunday, September 12th at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard. All are welcome! 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! Questions? Contact Justin Bolinger at bolingerjustinb@aol.com
Worship on Sunday
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 (aberends@saygrace.net) or Senior Warden, Andy Belcher (belcherandrewr@gmail.com). 
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 first of September brought drier weather and 15 visitors to Grace; they took food for 51 (27 adults and19 children, and 5 more whose ages aren't known -- one woman came late, having been detained by a doctor's appointment, and said she had 5 in the household but did not elaborate on their ages). We are very grateful to Linda Wideman, Gail Dooley, and Jim Harris, who greeted, loaded bags, and supplied our visitors with aplomb and good cheer.

Though the pantry supplies held up nicely, Wednesday's traffic left us with a few shortages. Most needed this week are:

* spaghetti noodles AND sauce
* packets of instant oatmeal
* canned chicken

Thanks to those at Grace and those in the Belvoir neighborhood who graciously, generously and unfailingly provide the goods and the money we need to provide aid to those who come for help. Thanks with cream cheese filling to Richard Hyatt and Phaen Stone, who coordinate with our Belvoir neighbors in getting the word out about our needs, collecting donations and hauling them to the pantry. We grovel in our gratitude!
Aid Opportunities
Hurricane Ida
On Sunday, August 29, sixteen years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ida made landfall in the same region. This Category 4 storm brought flooding and damaging winds that caused a loss of water to hundreds of thousands and a loss of electricity to over 1 million people. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with the Diocese of Louisiana and other regional partners in what will be a long-term response. Your generous gift will help alleviate suffering for the most vulnerable residents impacted by Hurricane Ida. Please visit episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief to make a gift today.

Haitian Earthquake (Episcopal Relief and Development) and Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis (Episcopal Migration Ministry)
You can find information on how to donate to provide help for both these crises via the Diocesan webpage; you can watch the Bishop's video (Responding to Deep Hurt and Harm in Our World) or scroll down for a transcript and links to donation sites.
Wisdom from the Children's Ministry
As we explored the stories of Bartimaeus and of Jesus recently, we heard the following: “They wanted to come close to Jesus, but the disciples said ‘No’.”
One child said somewhat indignantly: “How come they thought they got to be the deciders?” Another child responded: “Maybe they thought there wouldn’t be enough Jesus to go around.”

May we all remember that there is always enough Jesus to go around!
Financial Statements
Financial statements are heading your way (hold your applause until they arrive!). Many of you will get paper statements, which were mailed out Monday, August 30.

Those of you who give via Tithely will receive your statements via e-mail. Should you not receive this dispatch in your inbox, first check your Spam file; if it is not lurking there amidst the junk mail, contact Parish Administrator Paula Garner, and she will send you a paper copy. Her address is pgarner@saygrace.net.
Found -- Beautiful White Shirt/Jacket
If you left Amanda Cate's reception, Rally Day or a meeting at Grace without your lovely Tanjay white shirt/jacket embroidered with white flowers, we have found it and have hung it on the coat-rack outside the office. You may come by and claim it during office hours (Tuesday-Thursday, 9-3:30 and Fridays from 9 to noon) or call the office (243-3257) and give instructions on where it should be left so you can grab it next time you're here.
Thanks from Parish Life
A huge thank you to the many who helped make the Cate reception and Rally Day grand successes. Neither could have been done without many hands.

Parish Life
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
 
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, Ann Ludwig,
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, MerryMadeline Bishop, and Jessica Pannell, 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, especially Patty Maroney, that they may share with all your saints in the full revelation of your eternal glory.
 
In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Province of the Episcopal Church of SudanThe 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. Paul's, Seymour, and St. John the Baptist, Battle Creek, TN; and for St. Julia Station, Porcupine, SD.

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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