COVID-19 Update

Listen to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s statement on the coronavirus, you can do so via this link: click here.
Forward Day by Day. Many of you enjoy Forward Day by Day meditations and readings. Please send an email to Marilyn,, if you’d like a booklet mailed to you. You may also go to and click on Forward Day by Day, Today’s Meditation.
Our beautiful church gardens are faithfully maintained by the St. Francis Guild, a hearty band of folk who lovingly hoe, plant, pull weeds, and so much more. More hands are needed to join the fun. From an hour a week to as much time as you’d enjoy, the Guild welcomes you. Please contact or (865) 591-7880.
Memorial Garden. If you would like to visit the St. James Memorial Garden, please let contact the church office at A parishioner has volunteered to meet you there to open the gate.
Fr. John Mark is blogging on the Website at with short commentaries on different subjects.  Feel free to have a discussion on those subjects with the comments that can be left. 
Join the fun – become a nursery volunteer. If you would like to join the fun in the nursery please contact Theresa Ann DeRosa ( or Carol Yates ( This is an opportunity to minister to our youngest parishioners in a fun setting. PLUS, we will soon have two infants to cuddle. ALL adult cuddlers welcome! Thank you.

St. James on TV! Did you know that if you miss a Sunday sermon or you want to hear one again, you can catch it Thursday, 11:30 a.m. on CTV, following the link,, St James 4079.

From the Diocese

A message from the Diocese to Mental Health Professionals: The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee is compiling a directory of licensed mental health practitioners (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, personal counselors, and marriage and family therapists) who are Episcopalian. We are inviting those who are licensed mental health practitioners to sign up for the directory by following the link below:

The Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee COVID-19 Task Force:  Guidelines & Questions for A Return to In-Person, Public Worship. Please click here for the complete report.
Grace Point Summer Camps have been cancelled. Please click here for a message from The Rev. Brad Jones, Executive Director, Grace Point Camp & Retreat Center.