In this Issue
Weekly Reflection

How time flies! We have completed a whole month together! During this time I have had the pleasure of meeting with many of you individually for lunch, coffee, or in my office. I have heard some of your thoughts and dreams about how Epiphany can grow and shift, as well as many of the aspects and values of this church that you would like to remain intact. I am looking forward to more conversation and imagining together. 

While much has been occurring internally, our external community has been shifting right before our eyes. The drama that unfolded in VA has forced us to uncover another layer of racism and its real impact on our country. Our brothers and sisters in Houston and the surrounding counties have called members of Epiphany to respond in recovery efforts, to pray, and for some, to tend to family members. I write this as another hurricane and West coast wildfires threaten life and property. And in our own backyard, we watch as protests mount in response to the repeal of DACA. Both our internal and external communities require a faithful response. I am drawn to the scripture in Matthew where Jesus tells the disciples that "whatever you have done to the least of these, you have done to me," as I reflect on this past month and the demands placed on faithful people.

There is so much need with regards to the climate, employment, housing, disaster relief, and reactions around race and class-- not too mention some of the needs of our own building and congregants. How do we respond to God's call to respond to the least of these when they call upon us?

There will be some upcoming events that will allow us discern collectively. My theology supports the notion that we act best out of relationship. When we know each other, we can better move together in faith. Homecoming is Sept. 17th, a time to re-engage, or to engage differently. Participating in the potluck, inviting folks we haven't seen in awhile, or inviting new folks are ways to develop relationships. Soon we will announce our stewardship campaign, our ministry fair, and a book study. These are all ways for us to begin to discern together how we can best meet the needs of the least of these. 

I thank you for inviting me into this part of your faith journey. We have taken our first steps and I look forward to many more.

Blessings,
GJH+

Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany
 Sunday Readings 

Parish Announcements
Saturday Morning Breakfast Club
Saturday, September 9
We will have a parish work day from 10am to 1pm to continue working on our list of tasks that need completion in and around the building.

All are welcome to join.  We will have a list of projects, the tools and materials needed to get them done and a willingness to pitch in and make things happen and have some fun together. 

Institution of Dominique Francois Peridans
The Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes
1217 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 
Sunday, September 10, 4:00pm
null The Wardens and Vestry of the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes request your prayers and presence at the Celebration of New Ministry and Institution of Rev'd Dominique Francois Peridans as the 18th Rector of the parish. The Right Reverend Edgar Budde presiding.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to their  parish office.



Empower the Homeless Walk
Sunday, September 24
All are invited to join us for this year's Walk to Empower the Homeless on Saturday, September 24. The walk will begin immediately following the 8:00am service. We will walk together from Epiphany to the White House and back. The walk usually takes about 30 minutes.

In conjunction with the Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, this walk is an effort to raise funds to help end homelessness in our area.

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington is a faith-based community partnership bringing together our neighbors who face poverty, homelessness, or other debilitating challenges.  

If would like to support Samaritan Ministry and their work which directly impacts 1,000 homeless and downtown poor, please bring cash or a check for $25 payable to "Samaritan Ministry."  Any donations can be turned in to Susan Weinbeck, Rasheen Carbin or Lois Nembhard.

Friday Church Documentary
This story follows a young Pakistani Muslim visitor to Washington, DC who has his views about religious coexistence transformed after local Christians welcome him here at Epiphany.


Keeping Epiphany Clean
In our ongoing efforts to be a sanitary place of hospitality, please ensure that all used dishes are cleaned before leaving the building.  Also, in continuing with sanitation, all pew cushions will be removed from the church next week. Please refer any questions or concerns to our Rector, Rev'd Huber.

 
YSOP Fall Social
October 4, 7:00pm
Join the Youth Service Opportunities Project at their Fall Social October 4th at 7:00 p.m. right here at Church of the Epiphany.  All ticket proceeds go directly towards programming engaging youth volunteers in service to the homeless and hungry in our community.  Tickets available here.

The Stories of Epiphany
Listen here as Anne Schmidt reflects on why she loves Epiphany and what keeps her coming back after nearly 60 years!

If you too would like to share your story via audio or video, please contact Arrien Davison by email or calling the parish office at (202) 347-2635 to schedule a time.


This week in Epiphany History
A racial bridge builder and pillar of Epiphany, a 34 year Warden, English instructor to the President and much more! Be sure to  get your daily  dose of Epiphany History by following  the Celebrating 175 page .


Music & The ArtsMusic

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

Award winning pianist Sun Min Kim performs the music of G.F. Handel, Leos Janáček, and Franz Schubert.

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





Epiphany Choir CD

Copies are available now for just  $15 in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,  Jeremy Filsell .

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
Upcoming Events!






Prayer & Pastoral Care

We ask for your Prayers
For all who seek healing in mind, body, spirit or relationship, especially:
Kathrine Ebert
John McDermott
Bill Johnson
Erika Chanzes
Jonnie Lee Walker Martin, cousin of Irvin Peterson
Susan Sutton
Carroll Pye
Ernest Xamboj 
Zalira Ayers
Sawyer Hutt 
Kim Sanders 
Anne Schmidt
Holly Foster, daughter of Barbara Ford-Foster
Angela Christian
Chrystal Green
Kelly Miller
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 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).


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).
 
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.
 

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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