In this Issue
Interim Rector's Reflection

Dear Friends,

You are all invited to a stewardship party next Monday evening (announced below) as we begin a season of encouraging each other to practice generosity. My hope is that at least thirty of us will gather for conversation that can then be shared with four or five others in this wonderful parish.

It is my hope that each of us can make a sustained and sustaining financial commitment to support God's work through the ministries of this community of saints in the year to come. It is also my hope that we not give this year out of a sense of obligation, guilt, noblesse oblige or any of the other reasons that we might pledge our financial support somewhat begrudgingly. Instead I hope we can think of ourselves as practicing generosity or engaging the spiritual practice by which we find ourselves living more joyfully and generously and hopefully than we imagined possible as promised in the Good News of Jesus.

Our practice does not include every single act of generosity that we might offer during the day but is rather something consciously chosen. As with each of our core spiritual practices along with worship and serving others, we look for the effects of the practice in our lives rather than in the practice itself. Certainly God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) but that does not mean we are going to feel cheerful every time we make a gift which we have pledged or promised or estimated that we will give during the year to come. It does mean that we can find ourselves living with less anxiety, and especially anxiety around money, than was true in our past.

You will hear more about this in the weeks to come. For now I hope you will join the six people who have sent an acceptance to   gmhoare@epiphanydc.org for next Monday's gathering and join in the work of strengthening the bonds that unite us as followers of Jesus.

In gratitude for each of you,
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

Stewardship Party, October 24, 2016 at 6:00pm
The time has come for us to ask each other to make financial commitments in support of God's work through the ministries of this parish in the year to come. There will be pizza, salad, beer, wine, soft drinks and water for everyone who RSVPs and agrees to serve in making this year's annual appeal a testimony to our trust in God's grace and a sign of our fidelity to one another and to those offering themselves to be our next leader. The more volunteers we have, the more manageable will be the work. This invitation is open to all in our parish. RSVP to

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. 23 and Oct. 30.  

Calling Committee Communique
As of our meeting  on Tuesday the 18th , we have 21 applicants! We're extending the deadline for applications until  Friday, October 28th , so this is absolutely your last chance to reach out to clergy who might be a match. Please forward our website,  www.epiphanydc.org  to them.  You can always contact us at epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com  or find us in church. 

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

October 25 at 12:10pm, The Thirteen with Matthew Robertson, director perform music by Lassus, Barber and Tippett amongst others. The director of this professional chamber choir writes: "In planning this concert, Reincarnations, I wanted a program about community, rebirth, and about our relationships with ourselves, the other, and the wider universe. The program features works spread across five centuries, and with source material tracing its roots from Gregorian chant, to traditional South African protest songs and even Alison Krauss. Although the music can lead us to faraway places, I hope that it leaves you with a sense of peace - of 'home.' The program is broken into three scenes, roughly correlated to the themes of relationship with the self, the other, and the wider universe. Throughout this program, we hope to move from the theme of new birth to toward community and celebration". 

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


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

Welcome Table Breakfast:   
A Rewarding Volunteer Experience! 
The Welcome Table Breakfast is served every Sunday mornings to our  brothers and sisters who are homeless. Volunteer Opportunities Include: Signing up worshipers for breakfast; Cooking and serving the meal; Setting tables, pouring coffee, and clean up.

The Welcome Table is looking for volunteers to help with: 
Sign up: 6:30-8:30am (any Sunday)
Cooking and serving: 6:00-9:45am (1st Sunday)
Dining Room: 7:15-10:30am (3rd & 5th Sunday)

Additional help is welcomed anytime!   Why not try volunteering for just one Sunday? If you are interested, please contact Maria Hunter or Kathy Gallagher.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed
In order to continue to provide this opportunity for fellowship, please consider hosting Coffee Hour following the 11:00 service. A sign-up sheet is posted in Community Hall. For more information, contact The Rev'd Catriona Laing. claing@epiphanydc.org
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.

Around the Diocese

October 26- Seabury Resources for Aging Fundraiser: On October 26 you can have a great meal and support a great cause! Present this flyer at Bertucci's (2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006) and 15% of your purchase will be donated to Seabury Resources for Aging. Seabury is an Episcopal organization that provides free or affordable support for older adults and their families, caregivers, and congregations as they navigate the often confusing and unfamiliar transitions that come with aging

 

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