In this Issue
Interim Rectors Reflection

Dear Friends,
 
This year Epiphany falls on Friday and we will be marking it with a lunch gathering of our weekday regulars after the 12:10pm Eucharist and a Choral Evensong at 6:00pm in the church. This year marks the official 175th Anniversary of the meeting on January 6, 1842 that was essentially the founding of our parish and which gave us our name. Judy Lokerson's father, Stetson Conn wrote our official history which was published in 1976. He personally inscribed the copy I have been loaned to Pamela Chinnis, herself a great leader in the Episcopal Church and a decided figure in the early days of my ministry when she was President of the House of Deputies. In many ways she is emblematic of the leadership role of our parish over many years.
 
Today we are a leading parish for ministry with and among the poor, continuing a long tradition and concern for caring for our neighbors. This ministry is in the DNA of our founding and has persisted in a variety of ways throughout our history. The churches still around which precede us in our diocese include St. John's, Rock Creek; Christ Church, Capitol Hill; and St. John's, Lafayette Square. Our parish was essentially carved from Christ Church and St. John's. A new 'mission church' for Washington had been discussed at a meeting in December, 1841. The meeting which gives us our name took place in the home of Mrs. Sarah Easton on 19th and I Streets on Epiphany 1842. Conn writes: "The new mission church would have the advantage from the beginning of 'a most praiseworthy co-operation on the part of the other congregations and their Rectors...some families from the other congregations, under the approbation of their Rectors at once joined with us on a plan aptly described as that of colonizing'" A missioner, John French, became our first Rector after working to "find everyone shut from the means of grace." Services began two weeks later, on January 23rd. 1842.
 
May we ever continue to seek and serve those who, for whatever reason, believe themselves "shut from the means of grace."
 
Geoffrey
Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany

Parish Announcements
Upcoming Services
Friday, January 6: Epiphany Evensong
6:00pm: Choral Evensong sung by Schola Epiphaniensis        
Sunday, January 8: Holy Eucharist and Baptism
10:00am: Joint service, followed by Coffee Hour
All are invited to bring an item to share during Coffee Hour

Celebrating 175 Years
To mark our 175th Anniversary, we are highlighting 365 people and events (one per d ay!) that form a tapestry of our past and help to tell the story of who we are today.  Be s ure to c heck our website  and/or Facebook page each week for a dose of Epiphany history, as well as other 175th Anniversary events. 

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.   



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.

Welcome Table Book Drive
In need of more shelf space? Donate any unwanted books to the Welcome Table Ministry, where free reading materials are offered to parishioners each week. Donating is easy, drop any fiction or non-fiction books, Bibles, or magazines in the shopping cart upon entering church on Sunday or on weekdays. Please contact Kathy Gallagher if you have any questions, kbgallagher8@gmail.com
Music & The ArtsMusic

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

Mary Findley,  baroque violin, Seth Castletonviola da gamba, & Lois Narvey harpsichordin  Gems of High Baroque : J.S. Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord, and the first of Rameau's  Pieces de clavecin en concerts.

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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