In this Issue
Interim Rector's Reflection

Dear Friends

The season is upon us when we invite each other to make our financial commitments to support God's work through the ministries of our wonderful parish. Our vestry and volunteers are already making their leadership pledges and will soon be asking you to join them.

If you receive a call or an email inviting a conversation, I hope you will respond positively and enjoy making a connection with a brother or sister in faith. You caller will invite you to join in making a pledge so that our vestry can adopt a responsible budget for the year to come, but they will also want to ask about how you are doing and how your experience of our interim season has been so far. He or she will be able to bring you up to date on our search process. (We had 44 applications at the time of writing and the Call Committee expects to do some initial screening early next month.)

There are really two kinds of giving: the impulsive momentary offering of a generous heart in a given moment and the sustained, sustaining giving that is not dependent on how we feel on any given day. This latter kind-the kind of giving we invite when we consider a pledged financial commitment-is a spiritual practice. Some years ago a friend asked me when he was going to experience the 'tither's high'. He knew about the 'high' that occurs when a runner goes into anaerobic breathing and he wondered when he was going to have some kind of experience from his practice of giving. I told him that spiritual practice is not really about having an experience. We look for the effects of our practice in our lives more than in the practice itself.  It is hard for us to be anxious, for example, when we are practicing generosity.

Through making a generous financial commitment for the year to come, I hope we will all learn that the phrase "In giving we receive; in service we are freed; and in dying we live" is the truth.

Geoffrey
Mission & Ministry Spirituality

Worship at Epiphany


November 6- All Saints' Sunday
104th Archbishop of Canterbury, 
The Rt. Rev'd Dr. Rowan Williams:
The Rt. Rev'd Lord Williams of Oystermouth, will preach on All Saints' Sunday at both 8:00am and 11:00am during our service of Holy Eucharist. All are invited and welcome, regardless of faith background. Dr. Williams served as the Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the world Anglican Communion from 2003 to 2013. As Archbishop he left a legacy of fighting for unity within the Anglican Communion and participating in efforts of ecumenism within the wider Christian world. He is renowned internationally as a preacher, scholar, writer, and teacher of theology. He currently serves as The Master at Magdalene College in the University of Cambridge. 

Parish Announcements

Marine Corps Marathon Road Closures this Sunday. Click here for more information.

Notice of Annual Meeting: Revised Date & Time
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held at  9:15am in the Church on the Second Sunday in Advent, December 4, 2016 . At the meeting we will elect new members of the vestry, hear about the state of our finances and receive an update from the Calling Committee. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Vestry Nominations
The Nominating Committee of the Vestry invites nominations of parishioners to serve a three-year term on the vestry. Any communicant in good standing, at least sixteen years of age and a financial contributor of record in the past year is eligible to serve. We will be seeking five new members this year. This class will be of enormous importance to welcoming and serving with our new rector. In addition to a monthly meeting, members will generally serve to oversee some area or program of our common life, including Buildings and Grounds, Budget and Finance, Welcome Table, Adult Formation, Children's Formation, Parish Life, Street Church, Worship-Related Guilds, and Stewardship and Fund Raising. In addition, vestry members will be expected to participate as money counters on a rotating basis. This will be an exciting season to be called into leadership of this wonderful parish. The Nominating Committee this year is Chaired by the Senior Warden, Rasheen Carbin who is joined by the Junior Warden, Bea Dermer, retiring members of the vestry, Scott Marquardt and Lisa Kimball as well as the Interim Rector, Geoffrey Hoare.

"Don't Boo, Vote!"  This Coffee & Conversation series explores the theological foundations for Christian civic engagement. We find ourselves in the final month before the Presidential Election, come and join us for some discussions about faith and politics. We will meet from 9:15-10:15 in the Willard Room on Oct. 30.  

Calling Committee Communique
As of October 25th  (three days prior to closing the posting), we received 37 applications for the Rector position here at Church of the Epiphany.  Thank you to everyone who helped to spread the word and who gave us recommendations! We are now entering the discernment stage of our process. To maintain applicant confidentiality, we will no longer be reporting regularly. As a reminder, information on the search process can be found on our website:  http://epiphanydc.org/welcome/clergy-transition/ . You can also reach us at  epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com , or find us in church. Please continue to pray for our Parish Family!

Gracious God, we pray for this parish church and for the Calling Committee as we seek to call a new Rector. Help us to be strong, open, forgiving -- and truthful to those discerning a call to minister in this place. Accompany us on our journey in the knowledge of your love for us and your power to unite us all. AMEN.

Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series

November 1st at 12:10pm: The Washington Bach Consort under Todd Fickley, Acting Artistic Director, continues their Fall 2016 J. S. Bach Cantata series with Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele, BWV 69. Organist Julie Vidrick Evans, plays the Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543. 

Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to support both the Artists and the Concert Series.



Upcoming Guest Performances

October 29 at 7:00pm- The Capital Pride Symphonic Band presents Masquerade Macabre : Come one, come all to D.C.'s Different Drummers' Autumn 2016 Concert by our Capital Pride Symphonic Band. A great repertoire is being assembled, including: March from Symphonic Metamorphosis Dance Macabre The Divine Comedy (The Inferno - Purgatorio - The Ascension - Paradiso) October, Shadow Waltzes A Night on Bald Mountain Ghost Train The Phantom of the Opera The Rocky Horror Picture Show. More information and tickets

October 30 at 5:00pm, the Washington Master Chorale presents, Hail, Gladdening Light: Choral Works from the British Isles,  a program of sacred and secular works by Chorale favorites Benjamin Britten (Ballad of Lady Barnard and Little Musgrave), Ralph Vaughan Williams (O Mistress Mine and The Cloud-Capp'd Towers), Gustav Holst (choral hymns from the Rig Veda), Herbert Howells (Requiem andMagnificat), and Charles Wood (Hail Gladdening Light). Reflective of its commitment to perform culturally diverse music and texts, the source material for the program includes poems by the 5thcentury Hindu poet Kalidasa, and choral hymns translated by Holst from the Rigveda, one of the oldest extant texts in any Indo-European language, most likely composed between c. 1500-1200 BC. Additional works on the program include Two Eastern Pictures (Gustav Holst), O Trinity Most Blessed Light (C. Kenneth Turner), and If Ye Love Me (Thomas Tallis). More information and tickets

November 13 at 7:30pm, the Cathedral Choral Society: In honor of our 75th season, we are taking our popular Cathedral Sings programs out into the community! Join us for a sing-along of Faur√©'s Requiem at the Church of the Epiphany on G St. in DC. Guest conductor Will Breytspraak will lead.  Singers of all abilities welcome. Scores provided. Tickets $10.

November 19 at 7:30pm, the Congressional Chorus: The eighty-voice Congressional Chorus opens its 30th season by celebrating the diverse composers and musical traditions of Washington, DC, both past and present. Guest artists include Joy of Motion Dance Ensemble, the Beltway Poetry Slam Team, and the versatile a cappella group The Capital Hearings in a unique, one-night-only, multi-sensory performance. The highlight of the evening will be Duke Ellington's ground-breaking and rarely performed Sacred Concert. The chorus will be joined by a hot 17-piece jazz band, a bevy of swing and tap dancers, and the renowned jazz a cappella group Afro Blue for this sultry, high-energy work that swings with a sophisticated groove!
Tickets are $35 and available on-line at congressionalchorus.org  or at the door. 

November 20 at 4:00pm, AYPO: "AYDO and AYSE in Concert" Laura Cahn, AYDO and AYSE Conductor. (American Youth String Ensemble) AYSE and (American Youth Debut Orchestra) AYDO will perform three concerts exploring the theme "Bach to the Future". The first concert will feature arrangements for string orchestras of several popular works by Johann Sebastian Bach.


In addition to our Tuesday Concert Series, Epiphany hosts guest ensembles year-round, from choirs to orchestras to solo performers. Our church is a regular performance venue for the Washington Master Chorale, Arts Nova Chamber MusicWashington Metropolitan Philharmonic OrchestraAvanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, and Congressional Chorus, as well as ensembles visiting from all over the world.

Please note that all of Epiphany's guest artists and ensembles handle their own ticket sales. Please contact the respective individuals/ensembles for ticket sales and information pertaining to these concerts.

Support the arts at Epiphany by making a donation online now, or set up a recurring gift.
 
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our  website
Service in Mission & MinistryService

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. 
 
Sundays:
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 ( mhunter@strategicm.com).
 
Coffee Hour after the 11am service. Pat Pickering and John McDermott do a fantastic job, but they can't do it every week. Coffee Hour can be as simple or as elaborate as we want to make it. What's important is that we have a time of fellowship after worship.  Please contact Catriona if you can help ( claing@epiphanydc.org).

Liturgical Leaders: 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 ( claing@epiphanydc.org).
 
Weekdays:
Office Volunteers: We are looking for volunteers to sit at the front desk between 10am-2pm on weekdays. Bertha does a great job on Tuesdays and we're looking for others to help throughout the week. If you want to find out more, talk to Bertha and please contact Catherine in the office if you can help (  cmanhardt@epiphanydc.org).

Music Library: Epiphany's music director would appreciate a volunteer to help with organizing the music library, including alphabetizing, rearranging shelves, labeling boxes, and updating the music library spreadsheet. Please email Jeremy at jfilsell@epiphanydc.org

If you are interested in learning about one or more of these ministries, you can also complete our Epiphany volunteer poll here.
Prayer & Pastoral Care

Prayer List
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.

Pastoral Care
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.

Labyrinth entrance 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: claing@epiphanydc.org.

 

Blogs & Websites
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Sojourners  Faith in action for social justice
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