From the Rector,
Happy New Year! Epiphany has had a productive and mission filled 2017. This past year celebrated the successful work of the search and calling committees with the calling and installation of a new rector. The wardens, with the Interim Rectors, and the help of The Rev. Catriona, and The Rev. Tricia Lyons, were able to provide stable leadership for most of the year. As I have transitioned in as the Rector we have been able to focus on a number of things that had taken a back seat during the past few years. We now have a new group of lay volunteers who are licensed and trained to offer a variety of pastoral care needs. They meet regularly to pray for all the members of the congregation, and to pray for those who are sick and unable to make it to the church. They are also in the process of visiting all those who are unable to make it to church and would appreciate an Epiphany connection and the Eucharist. I too, have been making sure that I have been to visit those who are not able to come to church due to prolonged health issues.
We have voted in a new vestry and look forward to making their roles official with a liturgy of commissioning in February. The vestry is charged with, among other things, the fiduciary responsibility of the congregation. They will be spending a good deal of time analyzing the financial structure of the church. Also, looking at how we integrate a theology of year-round stewardship. To help with this a small group has been meeting with diocesan consultants around a financial strategic plan. This is a 16-18 month program that, hopefully, will move us closer to ministry goals that we plan to develop together throughout the year.
There are other things to anticipate as we begin this new year together. The choir will be lending their talents for a "hymn sing", visits to other church's and of course the summer trip to England. We will continue to determine what will be the best method for formation for both children and adults. And we plan to expand our Welcome Table leadership so that more people have the chance to serve. We are exploring ways to more fully integrate some of our tenets because in many ways our ministries overlap.
Outside of our church walls we will continue to develop relationships with our immediate neighbors and other stakeholders addressing issues facing those impacted by homelessness. We will work on expanding our voices throughout the district in a number of areas to impact policies or structures that do not respect the dignity of God's creation, both human and environmental.
Part of my vision for this upcoming year is to work with the lay and ordained leadership at Epiphany to better meet the needs of all who call this church home. We are also committed to being proactive to see where we need to shift and what we need to highlight to be a hospitable place of worship for those who have not yet found us. A significant component of our ability to reach out effectively is being able to articulate well how we understand our beloved community. To help us move in this direction I invite you to be on the lookout for new opportunities for Christian formation, new ministry groups, revamped ministry groups, and events that allow for developing deeper community. One of our first steps will be to have a ministry day on Feb. 4
following the 11am service. This day will be a time of information and training around current ministries, it will also be a time of intentional fellowship. More information about this will be forthcoming. As always, if you have thoughts about ways that we can enhance what we are doing and how we are doing it please communicate with me. Also, please remember that you are an important part of the ministry that happens in and from Epiphany.
We have a vital role in this part of the kingdom as this part of the Body of Christ. It is an exciting time, maybe even a scary time as we contemplate change, but it is a faith filled time and God has promised to be by our side. You continue to be in my prayers.
Happy New Year!
Please join us as we celebrate our feast day, Epiphany, on Sunday, January 7. Our morning services will be led by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde where she will preach as well as confirm and receive new members to the Episcopal communion.
Let us welcome Bishop Mariann with a festive coffee hour after the
service! The Coffee Hour committee gladly welcomes any food you can provide and would be delighted if you could help with set-up, serving or clean-up. Crystal Greene will be coordinating Coffee Hour that Sunday. Please contact Crystal at (202) 744-2199 if you can help and if you have any questions.
God's Abiding Love Retreat
An Ignation Retreat in Daily Life
January 21-27, 2018
Church of the Epiphany
God's Abiding Love Retreat is a one-week-long individually directed retreat made at home for individuals who want to be introduced to praying in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola; that is, engaging the intellect, feelings, and imagination. This retreat is an opportunity to rekindle your experience of God's love for you and our world. During the retreat you will meet with a spiritual director here at the Church of the Epiphany once a day, Monday through Friday. Opening and Closing Sessions are held at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown. If a retreat is something you long for right now, or something you have been wanting to do for quite some time, say 'yes' to the invitation to "hang out with God". For more information, please
. Questions, please contact Martina O'Shea
Ancient and New: The Anglican Theology of Rowa
Virginia Theological Seminary
Begins January 11
The Evening School is offering a four-week course exploring the Anglican theology
of Rowan Williams, a noted contemporary theologian and the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
Williams engages a wide range of topics, from politics to popular culture to inter-faith relations, demonstrating how to make the
connections between our faith and the world in which we live. The course will be taught by the
Rev. Catriona Laing
Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons.
January 11 -
February 1, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 Early bird price through
January 6. After $55.00
UpBeat: A Joyful Night of Jazz & Spoken Word
January 26, 2018 at 7:00pm
Washington National Cathedral
Join us for UpBeat, a joyful and musical gathering o
January 26, 2018 from 7 - 9 p.m.
at Washington National Cathedral. Featuring Howard University's premier vocal group Afro Blue and Atlanta-based social activist the Rev. Kim Jackson, the evening will also include representatives from our parishes, campus ministries, and faith communities from around the area sharing uplifting faith stories alongside food and fellowship. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A light dinner is included.
Learn more and register here.
For those wanting to carpool, please meet at Epiphany at 6:00pm. Please contact
or any questions or help coordinating your ride
If you are not carpooling, feel free to meet us at the Cathedral -- we look forward to seeing you there!
Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale to Fund Sustainable Development in Haiti
St. Mark's Church
301 A Street SE, Washington, DC
Over 200 original Haitian paintings and a vast array of unique handcrafts will be on sale at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill. Students from the Vassar Haiti Project, based at Vassar College will host a weekend art sale celebrating Haiti.
Hours as follows:
Friday, February 2,
6pm - 9pm
Saturday, February 3,
10am - 4pm
Sunday, February 4,
9am - 2pm
For the past 17 years, the Vassar Haiti Project has not only supported Haitian artists, but proceeds from art sales fund sustainable development initiatives in Chermaitre in rural northwest Haiti.
The art sale is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting from $5 and paintings from $50. All sales are 50% tax deductible. For more information, please visit www.thehaitiproject.org or call 845.797.2123.
January 7 - Uyi Oviasogie and Rasheen Carbin
January 14 - Chuck Burg and Ann Gordon
January 21 -
Jennifer Walsh and Vivian Dandrige-Charles
January 28 - Caroline Klam and Kelli Sampson
Music & The Arts
Mark Wanich, baritone, and Jeremy Filsell, piano, in Franz Schubert's poetic winter journey Winterreise.
Natalia Kazaryan, piano, plays part of Olivier Messiaen's remarkable and mystical piano cycle Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jesus.
Carlos Rodriguez, piano, and Ralitza Patcheva, piano, perform the four-hand arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's iconic and revolutionary ballet score Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring).
Joy-Lelani Garbutt, organ, and Rebecca Kellerman, soprano, Les femmes francaises et l'orgue: commemorating important female composers of the early 20th century, including Jeanne Demessieux, Jeanne Boulay, and Lili Boulanger.
Concerts are held each and every Tuesday at 12:10pm. Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to support the Concert Series.
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our
Mt. Holyoke Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, January 20 at 7:30pm
DC Concert Orchestra
Sunday, January 21 at 3:00pm
Jean Sibelius, Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Carl Reinecke, Ballade for Flute,
Yolanda Cole, Flute
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Idillio - Concertino,
Nina Skaya, Oboe
Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn
For more information, please visit their website.
Prayer & Pastoral Care
We ask for your Prayers
For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially Thelma Wise, Don Johnson, Beatrice Moulton, Kenny Lewis, Ruth Fletcher-Ferrill, Cynthia Jackson, Bill Johnson, Susan Sutton, Carroll Pye, Zalira Ayers, Anne Schmidt, Holly Foster, daughter of Barbara Ford-Foster, Jonnie Lee Walker Martin, cousin of Irvin Peterson, Elaine Hollingsworth, sister of James Hollingsworth, Chuck Demella and his family, and Jyl Woolfolk, assisting with relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
We invite you to add those on your heart to our prayer list.
We will pray for them aloud on Wednesdays at our 12:10 Healing Service and will add them to the Sunday list. Contact the church office with the name of the person and what we need to know about them.
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer or conversation, please contact the church office. We would rather hear from many than miss the opportunity to connect with someone.
Wednesday Silent Prayer
Come and join us for 20 minutes of silent prayer and meditation followed by a short time of prayer for the parish. We will meet in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 11:30am. All are welcome. To find out more, contact Catriona: email@example.com.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Members of the Staff
The Rev. Glenna Huber, Rector
The Rev. Dr. Catriona Laing, Associate Priest
Dr. Jeremy Filsell, Director of Music
Catherine Manhardt, Parish Administrator
Arrien Davison, Social Media & Communications Manager
Dr. Joshua Daniel, Epiphany Seminarian
Members of the Vestry
Bea Dermer, Senior Warden, Ann Gordon, Junior Warden
Kathrine Ebert, Glenn Greene, Jennifer Walsh, Annie Wright, Class of 2017
Linda Grigsby, Michele Hutt, Uyi Oviasogie, Brian Stecker, Class of 2018
Charles Burg, Caroline Klam, Kelli Sampson, Class of 2019
Service in Mission & Ministry
How might you become more involved in the mission and ministry of our parish? There is so much going on at Epiphany and we are so grateful for the contributions you all offer towards making this happen. There are a few areas where we could really use your help! Please have a look at the list below and think where you might feel you could benefit from and contribute to the life of our community.
The Welcome Table
team are looking for more volunteers to help in the kitchen and dining room. Please contact Maria Hunter if you are interested in getting involved in this important aspect of our ministry at Epiphany (
We are always looking for people to help with the important ministries that make our Sunday worship possible. We welcome new additions to the ranks of greeters, ushers, readers, lay Eucharistic ministers, as well as the flower guild, and altar guild. If you are interested in learning more about any of these roles, please contact Catriona (
If you are interested in learning about one or more of these ministries, you can also complete our Epiphany volunteer poll here.
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