In this Issue
Interim Rectors Reflection

Dear Friends,

At Epiphany the early year tasks are well underway. We are close enough to finishing the every member canvass or annual appeal (Thank you again to all who have participated thus far) that we can begin to formulate a budget. We might enjoy a slight increase in projected income, but we are confident that we will have at least as much to work with in 2017 as in 2016. This is good news for a small parish between rectors.

The search continues to move along but it looks unlikely that we will have extended a call before my agreement with you concludes at the end of next month. I do expect that final candidate names will be turned over to the vestry by then and their interview process will be underway. A retreat day at the beginning of February will see us being trained and prepared for that process and the equally important one of planning to transition the Rector into this wonderful community of faith.

We have begun our 175 th (officially, our "dodanbicentennial"!) celebration with a spectacular and well attended served of Choral Evensong and with short portraits of people from our history, one each day, available at www.epiphanydc.org  Our new Wardens, Bea Trepasso Dermer and Ann Gordon would love to hear from anyone interested in working on further events, classes , pulpit exchanges and other celebrations in the year to come.

As we look toward the holiday honoring The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and the inauguration of a new President, I hope you will continue to dream about our future, even as we remember our past. And when you have a dream, I hope that you will allow it to become a goal rather than a vague aspiration; and like Dr. King be willing to work for it, march for it, pray for it and otherwise do what it takes to make that dream a reality for our parish, yes, but also for our City and our Nation. When our dreams align with the Spirit of God, revealed in the story of our faith, then we can ask with confidence, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" and "Nothing shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus."

Keep the faith as ever,  
Geoffrey
Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany

Parish Announcements

Celebrating 175 Years
To mark our 175th Anniversary, we are highlighting 365 people and events -- one per d ay! Explore the first 12 days here, and be sure to check back each day for your daily dose of Epiphany History.




God's Abiding Love Ignatian Retreat at The Church of the Epiphany
The "God's Abiding Love", Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life will be held at The Church of the Epiphany from January 29 - February 4, 2017.   Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Church, the Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life is an individually directed retreat, made at home, for individuals who want to be introduced to praying in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola. Rev. Stephen Wade is available for one-half hour conversations Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM through 2:30 PM the week of the retreat. T o make a reservation, please visit www.trinity.org or email Martina O'Shea at moshea@trinity.org.

Road Closures
In preparation for the inauguration ceremony and parade, the roads surrounding Epiphany will be closed beginning at 3:00am Thursday, January 19 -- if you plan to visit the church on this day, please use Metro.  Also, please note that the church will be closing at 1:30pm on Jan. 19 due to these closures.


Church Closings
The church will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and on  Friday, January 20 in observance of Inauguration Day.

Women's March on Washington
If you are planning to join the Women's March on Saturday,  January 21 , consider marching together with Epiphany sisters and brothers. We will meet at Peet's Coffee over Metro Center at  8:00am  and then metro to to the start-site.  Email Marge McNaughton ( mgtmcnaughton@gmail.com)  or Bea Trapasso Dermer ( btdermer@gmail.com ) for more information or to rsvp so we will know to look out for you!

Altar Flowers 
Flowers around the altar and in the church on Sundays not only beautify our worship to the glory of God but are another sign of life in creation for all who have eyes to see. You can support the ministry of our guild in many ways, but one of them is to take the opportunity to make a small donation in honor of someone on their birthday, in loving memory of a saint who has gone before, or in celebration of a graduation or anniversary. A gift of $50 in support of this ministry is all it takes to make memorial flowers happen. Call Catherine Manhardt in the parish office at  202 347 2635  to make arrangements to give flowers.

Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series
January 17, 2017 at 12:10pm

Jaely Chamberlain, soprano, & Andrew Welch, piano, in Neo-Antiquity from the British Isles to the Americas; Old meets new in a musical voyage through Europe and America with works by Britten, Hahn and Barber.

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
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
Episcopal Cafe   S ite featuring Episcopal news, commentary, and meditations 
Sojourners  Faith in action for social justice
Sacred Space  Daily Prayer from the Irish Jesuits

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