Clergy Reflection
 
From the Rector:

The saying goes that "March roars in like a lion, and out like a lamb". That certainly rang true this year as the high winds closed the Federal Government, schools, and business throughout the district, Virginia, and Maryland. Church leadership is in the process of reviewing our policies and procedures, and you should know that when the Federal Government closes due to weather, Epiphany also closes.

It is my hope that you are having a sacred journey through this Lenten Season. This year we have offered a variety of spiritual disciplines for you to take advantage of. If you are still exploring how best to deepen your Lenten experience, please see our list of opportunities offered online or in person, at the church, and one book study in Arlington, Va.

As we move towards Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter there are a few liturgical things you should be aware of. On Palm Sunday it has been the custom to walk the block while enjoying the music of a bagpipe. The liturgical team planning services decided that this year we would sing in procession, allowing our voices to make the joyful Hosanna's instead of the bagpipe. There will be a blessing of the palms and procession prior to both the 8am and 11am services. It is my understanding that last year the church used incense during the procession. We will again introduce incense during the Palm Sunday, and Easter Vigil liturgies. I understand that some people may have sensitivities to the smoke. We have purchased a special incense that the vendor indicated was a "cough less" incense! To accommodate those who this might offer a challenge, we will use the incense outside in procession on Palm Sunday, process it into the church and then remove it for the remainder of the service. At the Easter Vigil the incense will be used outside to cense the new flame and paschal candle, and again in procession entering the sanctuary. The thurifer (the person who carries the incense) will recess the thurible (the container holding the incense) out at the conclusion of the service. There will not be a steady stream of incense throughout the service and we will be mindful not to produce large amounts of smoke. If you would like to learn more about the history on the use of incense Virginia Seminary is offering a free seminar which can be found here.

The 175th Anniversary committee has officially kicked off events for this year with a visit from Tripp Jones. He was present for our Sunday worship to share highlights of Epiphany's historical highlights and then brought to life the stories of our stained glass windows during a guided tour. He highly recommended coming to the church during the week to sit and enjoy the detail, bring your binoculars! There are more events throughout the year please look for the list of those in the next few months and keep an eye out for events to be announced in the fall.

I also, wanted to take an opportunity to welcome Arrien Davison as our new full time Director of Communications. It is my sense that Epiphany should be sharing the story of this community to a broader group of people. Increasingly, people are experiencing community through social media platforms and this would be another way that we meet people where they are. We also should explore more fully upgrading our digital capacity which could allow us to offer more digitally again, meeting a different demographic. Arrien will also have program responsibility over our Mission Center usage. We are in the process of creating a comprehensive experience for our guests and will be actively recruiting groups to utilize the Mission Center.  Arrien has been with Epiphany for a little over a year as a part time person and has already met many of you, but if you have not yet had the chance to meet her please stop by the church office and say, "hello".

There are so many great things happening in our church on G street, we have committed and passionate volunteers, a rich history, and faithful liturgy. I give thanks for this community and my role in it.

May you continue to have a blessed lent as we move together toward a glorious Easter,
GJH+
This week at Epiphany

This week at Epiphany

 
Stations on the Labyrinth
Walk, meditate, and pray 
Fridays, 10:30am - 11:30am

Holy Week
Palm Sunday, March 25
8am Palm Sunday Eucharist with procession
11am Palm Sunday Eucharist with procession

Monday, March 26
12:10pm Eucharist

Tuesday, March 27
1:00pm Street Church
Franklin Square Park

Wednesday, March 28
12:10pm Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, March 29
6:00pm Eucharist with foot washing

Good Friday, March 30
12:10 Good Friday Liturgy
1pm-3pm Meditations on the Cross

Easter Vigil, Saturday March 31
8pm Easter Vigil with festive Eucharist

Easter Sunday, April 1
8am Festive Eucharist
11am Festive Eucharist

*Bulletin Note: We will not be printing the text of the lessons in the bulletins during the season of Lent. If you would like to read the lectionary readings in advance, they can be found here. Inserts of the lectionary readings will be available in the rear of the church for those who would like a hard copy.
Parish Announcements


Tripp was also with us this past Sunday to share a few highlights of Epiphany's History. In case you missed it, read over the highlights here.





2018 Next Step Breakfast
Please join Rasheen Carbin, Lois Nembhard and Susan Weinbeck for Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington's  Next Step Breakfast .  

As Samaritan Ministry's representatives at Epiphany, we would love to have you there.  Samaritan Ministry's Next Step program empowers participants facing challenges - similar to some of our Welcome Table guests - to make positive changes in their lives, by helping them set goals and take steps to achieve those goals.  
 
The Church of the Epiphany is a long-time supporter of Samaritan Ministry and this is a great opportunity to learn more about the organization's work. Emceed by Kojo Nnamdi and with a featured talk by long-time Samaritan Ministry volunteer, Susan Weinbeck, it is always an inspiring start to the workday.  There is no charge for breakfast.  There will be an invitation to give of your time, talent or treasure.

Please save the date and  register here .
Interfaith Prayer Vigil
Friday, March 23 at 7:00pm
Washington National Cathedral

All are invited to the Washington National Cathedral for an evening of prayer, song and testimony for the thousands of young people descending on Washington, DC for the March for Our Lives to demand an end gun violence. 

March for our Lives
Saturday, March 24
(Begins at 3rd street & Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

Ways to help or participate:

If you are interested in joining the student-led march against gun violence and marching together as a group from Epiphany, please contact Kathy Haines

Sack lunches will be made for the student groups marching. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare sandwiches, please contact Maria Hunter.

If you are able to provide lodging and hospitality for participants coming from out of town, please fill complete this form.



This Friday!


Music & The Arts



March 13
Rob Patterson, clarinet, and Chen Tzu-yi, piano, in remembrance of Leonard Bernstein and Claude Debussy in the centenary of their birth and death respectively.

March 20
Liana Paniyeva, piano, plays Sergei Rachmaninov's final work for solo piano, the Variations on the theme or Corelli Op. 42, along with Maurice Ravel's La Valse.

March 27
Videntes: the Epiphany Schola Cantorum with their viol consort led by Amy Domingues, viola de gamba, offer, in Holy Week, Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Mostri (the Limbs of our Jesus) in which poetry and biblical text addressing different parts of Christ's crucified body.

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

Congressional Chorus 
Saturday, March 17  at 8pm
Sunday, March 18 at 4:30pm
Curtain Up!

"Overture, curtain, lights, this is it, the night of nights!"  An evening of high-energy song and dance as we celebrate nine decades of Broadway brilliance. From Jerome Kern's 1939 classic, "All The Things You Are" to "You Will Be Found" from the 2017 Tony award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen,  80 singers and dancers, accompanied by a swingin' live band, are putting new spins on your favorite Broadway show tunes. From lush, lyrical love songs in contemporary a cappella arrangements to hilarious novelty numbers and from intimate solos to high steppin' kick lines in bold, brassy production numbers, you'll enjoy a wide variety of music from twenty-three Broadway shows. Come escape the winter doldrums and let us lift your spirits as we raise the curtain on an evening of Broadway musical magic! For tickets and more information, please visit  CongressionalChorus.org.

Prayer & Pastoral Care

We ask for your Prayers
For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially Kathleen Heller, Barbara Ford-Foster, Joan, friend of Lois Nembhard, Marshall Cusaac, colleague of Kathy Haines, William Hutt, Thelma Wise, Beatrice Moulton, Ruth Fletcher-Ferrill, Cynthia Jackson, 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, and Elaine Hollingsworth, sister of James Hollingsworth.

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 
8:00am 11:00am   Holy Communion
9:30am Faith Formation

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, Communications Director
Dr. Joshua Daniel, Epiphany Seminarian

Members of the Vestry
Ann Gordon, Senior Warden, Caroline Klam, Junior Warden
Linda Grigsby, Michele Hutt, Uyi Oviasogie, Brian Stecker, Class of 2018
Charles Burg, Caroline Klam, Kelli Sampson, Class of 2019
D'Oniece Dillard, Kathrine Ebert, Kathy Haines, James Rogers, Class of 2020



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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