Clergy Reflection

'We are gathered together to proclaim and receive in our hearts the good news of the coming of God's kingdom, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate with confidence and joy the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We pray that we may respond in penitence and faith to the glory of his kingdom, its works of justice and its promise of peace, its blessing and its hope.

And as we seek to renew our allegiance to God's loving purpose, we pray for all who at this time especially need his pity and protection: the sick in body, mind or spirit; those who suffer from loss of dignity or loss of hope; those who face the future with fear, or walk in the shadow of death.

May God, of his grace and mercy, grant to all his people a new trust in his good providence and a new obedience to his sovereign word, for to him is most justly due all glory, honor, worship and praise, world without end.'

Dear friends,

The words of this bidding prayer for an Advent Carol service summarize beautifully what Advent is all about. I have decided to use some of this prayer for my own prayer times during Advent, I commend it to you.    

The laughing Santas and the Christmas jingles we hear in the stores, workplaces and on the street seem to suggest that Christmas has already arrived, but we know that we  still have a way to go before we are ready for Christmas. The Christmas message of joy and peace may sometimes feel hard to swallow when we look at the absence of peace in so many parts of the world;  when personally or as a city or nation our lives may feel unsettled and disrupted. We may be wondering where God is right now. Can we find the confidence to celebrate the birth of Jesus? Before we can fully enter into Christmas we need, as the prayer above exhorts, to 'renew our allegiance to God's loving purpose' and pray for all in need at this time. 

Advent affords us the time to pray for those on our hearts, to pray for forgiveness where we have fallen short and to express our disappointments or concerns to God. Keep an eye on the scriptures chosen for our  Sunday readings and you'll see how they give voice to some of those doubts and fears as they encourage us to recognize our need for God and to take time to make sure we are ready for the moment when God will once again burst into our lives with a message of compassion and love.

Here are a few ideas for how you might carve out a bit of time in the coming weeks to make that journey towards Christmas one that gives you a stronger sense of why the mystery of the incarnation is so central to our faith.

Book Groups 
If you enjoy reading and want some new suggestions, consider joining one of our two Advent book groups. 

At 8:15am on Wednesdays, in Arlington, Bea Dermer is leading a study of Toxic Charity -  a quick easy read that offers constructive and thought provoking questions about how the church engages in charitable work. 


Following the noon Eucharist on Wednesdays, Rasheen Carbin and Rick Houghton will be discussing    Life Together  by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In this short book Bonhoeffer seeks to answer the question: 'what is the true church and how can we seek to live in a hostile world?'. Both book studies will finish by Christmas, we'd love to see you there! 

Music

If you are able, take 40 minutes out of your day on a  Tuesday  to listen to beautiful music. This may give you the time and mental space to look for and find God this Advent. In particular, you might enjoy the Christmas concert on  Tuesday, December 19 at 12:10pm .


Online Resources
Advent may be the time to sign up to receive a daily devotional message - or if you already get them, to actually make time to read and absorb them. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) are sending out an Advent word each day of Advent, click here to join the e-mailing list. 
  • Pray as you Go has a website and an app where you'll find an Advent daily retreat. The theme of this year's retreat is 'messengers of joy' 
And most importantly! Come and journey with us on Sundays and at our weekday Eucharists at Epiphany, as together we prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas. If you haven't been for a while, come and see us again, we've missed you, come and meet our new rector Rev Glenna - and be sure not to miss her installation on Saturday December 9 ! And if you come all the time,  thank you and for all that you do and keep coming, we love having you with us and we want to celebrate Advent and Christmas with you.  

With my prayers for the season, 
Rev. Catriona 



Meet Rev. Andrew Foster Connors
Preacher, The Installation of Rev. Glenna J. Huber

Andrew Foster Connors is the Senior Pastor of the  Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, a position he has held since 2004.  A church "alive in the city and the world," Brown Memorial Park Avenue continues to live into its mission to become a radically inclusive Christian community, sent into the world to work for God's peace and justice.  

Andrew serves as clergy co-chair of  Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), a local affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and Maryland's largest citizens power organization.  For thirty-five years BUILD has helped identify and develop leaders to build citizen power for change in their own communities.  BUILD is responsible for the successful passage of the first living wage ordinance in the world, the largest afterschool program in Baltimore (Child First), and the rebuilding the Oliver community (in partnership with The Reinvestment Fund).  In 2013, BUILD led the effort to secure $1.1 billion dollars in public financing for the rebuilding and renovation of more than 1/3 of Baltimore's public school facilities, the largest single increase to neighborhood investment in Baltimore's history.  In 2016, Andrew shared a Baltimore Sun "Marylander of the Year - Honorable Mention" with colleagues Rev. Glenna J. Huber and Bishop Douglas Miles of Koinonia Baptist Church for their leadership in negotiating the largest community benefits agreement in Baltimore history between Sagamore Development and Baltimore City.

Andrew is a native of Raleigh, NC.  He attended Duke University as a B.N. Duke Scholar where he received a B.A. in History with a focus on contemporary social movements.  He holds a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  He was the 2001 recipient of the prestigious David H.C. Read Preaching Award and has preached at numerous conferences and events around the country.  He is an organizing member of  NEXT Church, a national movement among Presbyterians excited about the future of the Presbyterian Church (USA), serving as co-chair 2013-2015.  

Andrew is married to the Rev. Kate Foster Connors, also ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  They live in Baltimore with their two children.

Parish Announcements


Sunday, December 24 
- In addition to our morning services, we will have an  8:00pm Christmas Eve service
Monday, December 25
-Church offices closed
-10:00am Christmas Day service
Tuesday, December 26
- Church offices closed
Monday, January 1
- Church offices closed

Celebration Preparation
Friday, December 8 2017
It's time to celebrate! But first, a little work.  We are gathering a group of people on Friday afternoon,  December 8 , to do the last minute dusting, polishing, chair moving, etc., so that the Church and our Community Hall are ready to greet our guests for the grand celebration on Saturday.  Please c ome anytime between 
2:00pm and 6:00pm.   We will have cleaning supplies, cookies and fruit, and lots of fun!  AND, to top it off, any and all are invited continue on to Rasheen Carbin's birthday party which includes a comedy show and raises money for the Seabury Resources for the Aging, an Episcopal organization in Washington - Rasheen is on the Board. 

You can help the church, have fun with friends, support a great organization, hang out with other members of Epiphany and laugh, laugh, laugh. For more details on the party, you can talk to either Caroline or Rasheen.  

Please either call  (703-538-4549 ) or email   if you plan to join us for the workday.

 Christmas Flowers

Christmas is coming! Celebrate by remembering someone with a Christmas floral tribute. Suggested Donation: $25. All tributes will be listed in the Christmas bulletins. Please submit your dedication to the parish office no later than Monday, December 18 You can pay by check, credit card, or through the website .


God's Abiding Love
An Ignation Retreat in Daily Life
January 21-27, 2018
Church of the Epiphany
All are invited to participate in an 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.

Please visit their website for more information and to register.

Join us for a book study!
Wednesdays at 8:15am 
Corner Bakery (2111 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA)
Lead by Bea Trapasso Dermer
"Mercy is a door, an opening, an invitation to touch a life, to make a difference. But it is not a destination." In Toxic Charity, Robert Lupton challenges the reader to evaluate personal and organizational motives for helping, and to measure impact in terms of empowerment versus creating dependency. Throughout the book, he raises provocative questions on a range of "typical" church service projects including youth mission trips and urban food pantries.  This book will can offer new considerations as we contemplate Epiphany's role in downtown DC.  


Wednesdays at 12:45pm
Church of the Epiphany
Lead by Rasheen Carbin and Rick Houghton
Join us for lunch and a conversation about this wonderful classic of Christian theology, Life Together "The German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived and died in an era of catastrophic change. He grew up in a Germany that considered itself Christian and was, in his student years, a liberal democracy. By the time he  was ordained Hitler had come to power, worship of the Fuhrer was threatening devotion to Christ, and many suspected Christianity as a Jewish conspiracy. Bonhoeffer was a leader in the Confessing Church, which rejected Naziism and anti-Semitism, and became the head of its theological seminary. That experience forced him to ask 'What is the true Church, and how can we life as the Church in a hostile world?' We will discuss what Bonhoeffer said about his world and how that applies to our world and our situation. Extra copies of the book will be available for any wishing to borrow one."

Welcome Table Toiletries
We are always seeking donations to share with our Welcome Table guests. High in demand  items include soap, shampoo, tooth brushes, tooth paste, floss, hand  wipes, travel size shaving cream, and body lotion. As winter approaches, please do consider donating socks and gloves as well.

While most of the guests are male, there are a number of women who attend as well. Gift cards from CVS can enable specialty items to be purchased.  

If you travel often, our guests also appreciate overnight in-flight kits of pouches that include eye masks and ear plugs.

These toiletry bags are given to our guests monthly, and distribution helpers are often needed and always appreciated.  

For additional questions or information please contact  Susan Weinbeck.

Thank you all who have given over the course of 2017, the stewardship team is grateful for your generous pledges. 

Under IRS rules we can credit any gift that is received or post marked by December 31, 2017 to the current year. Any gift or check received beginning January 1, 2018 will be credited to your giving in 2018 regardless of the date on the check. Please take this into account in your end-of- year-planning. 
Stewardship Reflection
by Alex Stout

Bernadette and I have been members of Epiphany since before we were married.  When we lived in Washington after college, "church shopping" was one of the many ways we spent our weekends exploring our new city together.  We must have attended more than a dozen Episcopal churches across the District and Arlington before we set foot in Epiphany.  When we did arrive at Epiphany, we were each struck by something different.  For me, it was the traditional liturgy, the music, and the message.  For Bernadette, the Church's social ministry spoke to her in a way that many other churches never could.  Together, we found a church home at Epiphany.  Although we left Washington for a few years, when we returned, we also returned to Epiphany.  We thought about finding someplace more convenient to home, but no place else could deliver what both of us were seeking in a church.  This year, as we've welcomed Alistair into our lives, it has become even more important to us to have a church that welcomes us, that challenges us, and that will help our son to follow Christ.  Epiphany has been a part of our lives for years, but now we must accept the challenge to make ourselves more a part of Epiphany's life.  We, each and every one of us, are Epiphany.  Without you, there is no liturgy, no music, no Street Church, no Welcome Table.  The Church is us, and its life depends on all of us giving what we can, in whatever way we can.

As we enter the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas, each of us in our own way are counting blessings and waiting with anticipation for the coming of our Lord.  We on the Stewardship Committee ask that you take a moment in this busy season to reflect on blessing of Epiphany in your life.  As I write this, listening to the joyous sounds of Christmas music on the stereo, it is hard to miss the profound message of the classic song, The Little Drummer Boy.  The Boy in the song, humbling himself before God, recognizes that he has "no gifts to bring, that's fit to give our King," yet he gives what he can.  For the Boy, his talent is music.  For you, it may be baking or reading or opening the door and welcoming all who come to worship.  If you cannot pledge money, pledge to bring cookies to our Sunday social hour or to lend your voice to our choir.  The Church is us.  Please join us in pledging to Epiphany; "our finest gifts we bring, to lay before the King."

As we continue to prepare for 2018, please  prayerfully consider how you may give to Epiphany with donations, time, and/or talent in the upcoming year.
Meet our Pastoral Care Team
As we are all asked to pray for those in need of God's pity and protection in this Advent season, it seems a good time also to introduce you to the newly established (and still growing) pastoral care team at Epiphany. 

This group meets on a biweekly basis to pray for those who have asked for our prayers and to organize our various pastoral ministries. These include visits to the sick, visits to those stuck at home, sending out cards, making phone calls, remembering anniversaries of baptism, marriage and death and generally seeking to let our parish family know that we are thinking and praying for you. 

Here are the current members of our new team: 

Rasheen Corbin 
My favorite thing about worshiping at Epiphany is the chance to see the face of God in so many different types of people, Christian and non-Christian. 





Crystal Green
As a cradle Episcopalian with a passion for advocating on behalf of the well-being of others, I am both honored and humbled to be part of such an amazing ministry that offers emotional and spiritual support to those in need.




Rachel Evangeline Barham
  "Bringer of Good News" is my middle name (literally - that's  what Evangeline  means). My desire to repair the world is rooted in my connection with the earth, music, words, and people.







Michele Hutt
Michele is a member of vestry, and has a great heart for God's people. She is honored to serve parish in this way.









Mary Sebold
Mary is a lay eucharistic and healing minister at the  11:00  service, and is pursuing the diaconate



December Rotas

Coffee Hour Hosts
December 10 - Jennifer Walsh
December 17 - Vivian Dandridge - Charles
December 24  - Vestry
December 31 - Tonda Rush


Beginning in January, we will celebrate birthdays every other month.  This month, we will celebrate November and December birthdays.  Join us this Sunday for cake as we celebrate God's blessing of life! 

Offertory Counters
December 10 - Ann Gordan and Kelli Sampson
December 17 - Chuck Burg and Rasheen Carbin
December 24 -  Caroline Klam and Bob Weinbeck
December 31 -  Kathrine Ebert and Bea Dermer
Music & The Arts



December 12
Jeremy Lyons, guitar, and Lisa Perry, soprano, focusing on Spanish Masterpieces with music by de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo.

December 19
Annual Christmas Concert with The Choir of the Church of the Epiphany, & the AYPO Brass Ensemble with Jeremy Filsell, director, & Christopher Betts, organ, give their annual selection of well-known and contemporary music for Christmas in concert of season readings and music.

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.
 

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

Guest Performances
Christmas with the Washington Men's Camerata
Sunday, December 10 at 4:00pm

The Camerata will be bringing their tradition to three locations in the DC area, with the grand finale here at Epiphany. Please visit their  website for more information.

Encore Rocks Christmas Concert
Saturday, December 16 at 3:00pm

Encore Chorale and Encore ROCKS singers will once again shine during their holiday concert season.  All concerts are free and open to the community. See detailed schedule below and plan to attend one - or more! Check out their  website  for more information .

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Concert
Sunday, December 17 at 3:00pm
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
First explore American music with Territo's The Story of John Henry Set to Music . The Tubist is featured as the "voice" of John Henry, and the Percussion embodying "the machine". Then join WMP as we journey through Italy, Spain (via French Composers) and England in a concert of favorites. WMP principal cellist Randy Ward performs with the orchestra in Vaughn Williams' pastoral English fantasy. The orchestra displays the brilliant orchestral colors of Respighi's stunning Italianate tone poem. Outstanding guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin concludes the program with Tansman's delightful homage to Manuel de Falla. 

Happening Around Town

Thomas Circle Singers
The Wonder of Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 8 at 4:00pm
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
4900 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008

Join Epiphany's newest resident partners, the Thomas Circle Singers for a joyous and heartwarming concert of Christmas music. This Washington tradition features a choral procession with bells and an audience sing-along of favorite carols. 

TCS will be joined by the Commonwealth Brass, organ, harp and percussion to perform Cecelia McDowall's "Christus natus est" and, back by popular demand, Conrad Susa's "A Christmas Garland." 

Also guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit are carols and motets of Michael Praetorius, Paul Halley, Matthew Culloton, David Willcocks, Ola Gjeilo, and many more. Give the gift of live music and bring a friend to this "something for everyone" concert.
Prayer & Pastoral Care

We ask for your Prayers
For those who have died, especially Toni Schmidt;For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially Don Johnson, Beatrice Moulton, Kenny Lewis, Ruth Fletcher-Ferrill, Cynthia Jackson, John McDermott, 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, and Chuck Demella and his family. 

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.

Service Times

Church Open
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm

Sunday Worship 
8:00am9:30, & 11:00am        
HolyCommunion

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
12:10pm
HolyCommunion

Tuesday
12:10pm TuesdayConcertSeries      
1:00pm StreetChurch,FranklinSq.Park
     
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. 
 
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).

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 ).
 
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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