In this Issue
Interim Rector's Reflection

Dear Friends,

Something to think about:

This Sunday we are looking forward to welcoming not only Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury as our preacher, but also a significant number of visitors and guests at both services. This would be a wonderful occasion to make sure that you leave church having connected with and met at least two people not previously known to you. In fact, that is a good practice on any occasion. Please do not be afraid of greeting someone because you are not sure if you should know him or her already. Try something like this: "Hello, my name is N. I'm not sure if we have met before." Whatever the response, ask something about them and, if appropriate, invite that person back another time.

A radical welcome is one that is 'rooted.' On Sunday that will mean a welcome that is rooted in the finest traditions of Epiphany, open to everyone, poor and rich alike, and like our worship in all its forms over the years, marked by a kind of human dignity and divine grace that touches the soul.

The 'host' on Sunday, as is true every Sunday, is Jesus. And every one of us--newcomer and old timer alike--are, by grace, his guests, his people, his 'face' in the world.

This Sunday Nov. 6: Rowan Williams at Epiphany

104th Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt. Rev'd Lord Williams of Oysterm outh, will visit Epiphany and 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. 
Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany

'Light and Peace'  Come and join your brothers and sisters in Christ at Ascension and St Agnes this coming Sunday, November 6 at 5:00pm for 'Light and Peace,' an evening of contemplative prayer.  This will be a time for quiet reflection with wonderful music in a beautiful setting. Please contact Catriona ( for more information. 

Parish Announcements

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.

November 8: Election Day
Please be sure to exercise your right to vote in the U.S. Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 8. For more information on how and where to vote in your area, please visit your state's polling page:

Calling Committee Communique
We received a total of 44 applications for the Rector position here at Church of the Epiphany. We are excited to have a very strong candidate pool.  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: . You can also reach us at , 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

Meet Arrien!
Arrien is a newest member of the Epiphany office team and will serve as our Social Media & Communications Manager. She will handle all things social media, website updates, and the weekly e-newsletter. Please be sure to hello if you see her about the halls.


Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, November 6 at 2am. Be sure to turn your clocks back by one hour before bed.

Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series
November 8 at 12:10pm: Irina Kats (cello) & Fiona Thompson (piano) play Rachmaninov's epic cello and piano Sonata Op. 19.

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

Upcoming Guest Performances

November 5, 12:00pm - 10:00pm, 5th Annual DC Kirtan Fest:  All are welcome as we chant ancient Sanskrit mantras together that will help open our hearts, raise our vibrations and send love to all!  It is a practice of bhakti yoga or a form of meditation where we use our voice to sing amazing vibrations that help us connect to love, each other and the divine! No experience necessary. The event will include healers, henna artists, merchandise for sale that was made by the girls rescued from sex trafficking, great music and an amazing community.  This event raises money for girls rescued from sex trafficking in Kolkata, India and also helps to build a rural school in Central India. 

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  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. 
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 (
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 (

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 (
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 (

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

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:


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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