Dear Epiphany Friends,
The Gospel for this Sunday is the parable of the sower. It is the story of the person who sows seed on different types of ground, which yield different levels of 'success' for the seed. As we find ourselves closer to Rev. Glenna's arrival and the end of the interim phase, I wonder what kind of ground you see us to be at Epiphany. How is the seed we sow going to grow in the coming years? What are the fruits you hope to see flourish here? What has the interim period taught you about what seeds you want to sow in your church? Where have we noticed the ground that we need to move away from because it is not yielding any fruit? Where have we been planting in the wrong places? In which areas should we be thinking about pruning in order to allow new growth? These are the kinds of questions we want to think about at the start of a new chapter in the life of our parish.
More immediately and more literally, there are a lot of weeds and clearing up to be done, so that the landscape is clear for new projects. The Collect for this
coming Sunday prays:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Among the things we might discover that we ought to do, I hope that as many of us as possible will discover before
Saturday that what we ought to do
on Saturday is come to church and help clean in preparation for Rev Glenna's arrival! Please see if you can find an hour or two between
on Saturday to come and help us. We have a long list of small tasks that will help make the church and buildings look more beautiful and we need more than three people to show up if we are going to get through the list!
On that note I want to send a special thank you to the Buildings and Grounds Committee for the work they have already done. The committee have been hard at work in all sorts of parts of the building. Take a moment to look at the beautiful pew racks, the new splashboards in the bathrooms, better lighting, the windows that are open after years of being paint locked...the list goes on and on. Thank you to all of you for doing this work, we are so grateful.
So, my friends, let us approach the weeks ahead with the minds of gardeners and sowers. We have the privilege of planting and nurturing the most precious seeds one can imagine. They will yield the fruits that help Epiphany fulfill our mission to be a church extending welcome and refuge to those who find themselves seeking God in downtown DC. It is time to do some gardening.
With my prayers, Catriona
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
Parish Work Day
Saturday, July 15
10am - 3pm
Clean Up Day is at hand. This Saturday,
members and friends of Epiphany will meet to spruce up our building. Some of you have made personal replies to me and some duty assignments have been already made. But please know that you are free to work where you feel most comfortable.
The fun begins at
. Please meet in Community Hall at 10 where Caroline Klam, Susan Weinbeck and other project leaders will give you details on the work that needs to be done. If you happen to arrive a bit late just join when and where you can. All help will be most welcome.
Here are some of the projects we will be working on:
1. Preparing Rev. Glenna's office space on 2nd floor
2. Cleaning the basement
3. Cleaning rear and side balconies in sanctuary
4. Cleaning garden and west parking area
5. Cleaning side alley outside Community Hall
6. Assembling furniture for office meeting area
7. Organizing Willard Room
8. Cleaning and organizing kitchen
If you are planning to help with the basement clean-up please wear shoes and clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. You might want to bring gloves and a flashlight. I will have dust masks to wear over the face.
Lunch will be served.
See you all on Saturday!
Irvin Peterson, Building & Grounds Committee
Social Justice Ministry - Brainstorming Session
Sunday, July 23 & July 30
Through the Search Committee process we heard many expressions of interest in relaunching a Social Justice ministry at Epiphany. If anyone is interested in participating in a brainstorming session on this topic, please contact Vestry member Caroline Klam (
) and/or volunteer Kathy Haines (
Brainstorming sessions will be held in the Willard Room
July 23rd, 2017 and Sunday July 30th, 2017 from 9:45am to 10:45am. If you cannot make it but are still interested, please reach out to Caroline and Kathy to indicate your interest. Thank you!
Would you like to know what's going on at Epiphany this week? Be sure to check out our Google Calendar! This calendar can also be viewed on the homepage of our website, and is updated each week by the Epiphany staff.
This week in Epiphany History
The postmaster general, the naming of the Willard Room and much more! Be sure to
get your daily dose of Epiphany History by following
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Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
July 18, 2017 at 12:10pm
Adam Ebert, clarinet, and Raffi Kasparian, piano, play Mozart and the charming Five Bagatelles of Gerald Finzi.
Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested
to support the Concert Series.
Epiphany Choir CD
Copies are available now for just
in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our
Prayer & Pastoral Care
We ask for your Prayers
For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially:
Diane Carbin, sister of Rasheen Carbin
Holly Foster, daughter of Barbara Ford-Foster
Elaine Hollingsworth, sister of James Hollingsworth
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 (
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 (
: 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 (
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.
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