Christmas Celebrations Abound At Grace Episcopal Church

Friday, December 20, 2013

All children at Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., are invited to take part in the Christmas pageant; rehearsal begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Parents need to stay for the entire rehearsal if their children are under the age of five, and all parents should stay until their offspring are wrestled into their costumes (this often requires some assistance). Practice will end at 11:30 a.m.

Children of elementary school age are invited to stay for Christmas Camp, which will run until 4 p.m., allowing parents to have a few hours for themselves. The children, in the meantime, will be making ornaments and participating in a variety of activities. A donation of $10 per child is requested to cover the cost of lunch and materials. 

All pageant participants are asked to arrive by 9 a.m. Sunday so that robes, beards, halos, ears, tails and other costume items may be put on in good time for the 9:30 a.m. performance.  All parishioners are invited to attend what is "always a remarkable presentation."   

Grace offers three Christmas liturgies. The Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. is a service for families with children who need to be in bed early or those whose duties as hosts call them to be home in the evening. The service offers Christmas hymns and a soloist.

At 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve music by the Grace Choir will be a half hour cantata by Arcangelo Corelli, accompanied by strings and continuo. A must for those for whom music is an integral part of celebrating the season, and an opportunity to sit quietly in the midst of beauty in preparation for the service that follows. 

At 11 p.m. the Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist is a service, rich with music and falling on the very cusp of Christmas Day, is deeply loved by those who love late hours and the sensation of lush sound and beautiful light waxing strong in the midst of darkness.

Then on Christmas Day, 10 a.m., the Holy Eucharist is a quiet, intimate service without music, perfect for those who want to be in church on Christmas Day itself to focus on the essence of Christmas without other distraction.

Good Neighbors To Bestow Awards And Celebrate The 64th Anniversary Of Their Mission On Saturday

The Good Neighbors, Inc. will  celebrate its 64th anniversary of  the dream that Dr. William "Uncle Bill" and his wife, Maudette Whiteside, had on Saturday.   The mission of the organization is "to provide help to those in need; promoting and strengthening good will and relationships between people; giving advice and comfort to persons of sorrow, affliction and ... (click for more)

The Union Gospel Mission To Host Free BBQ Lunch On Labor Day

The Union Gospel Mission on Thursday announced their plans for their Labor Day Fund Raiser serving free BBQ plate lunches to the general public; donations will be accepted/encouraged. UGM's director, Rev. Jon Rector said, “Last year’s Labor Day BBQ was a great success! Accepting generous donations from those who could give, while introducing our ministry to others and making ... (click for more)

Family Forced From Home After Storm Blows Tree Down

As a severe thunderstorm blew through the Chattanooga area Sunday afternoon, high winds knocked down a large tree onto a house around  4 p.m.  at 1105 E. 13th Street. Captain David Thompson, Jr. said no one was injured, but the damage was severe enough that the family would have to stay elsewhere  tonight . Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (3)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Girls - ‘I Can And I Will’

Every night after the Rodriguez girls went to sleep not that long ago in a grim, rat-infested basement apartment on Chicago’s South Side, their father – a boxing referee who came to America from Puerto Rico -- would kneel beside the girls’ bed and whisper in each child’s ear. Their parents made them sleep hot-dog style, tightly wrapped in the same sheet and pressed together to protect ... (click for more)