In the church's calendar we are firmly in Ordinary Time, the holiday weekend is approaching and it feels as if the city of Washington is beginning to slow down for the summer. And yet at Epiphany, we're not really slowing down, we are revving up! We find ourselves in our own mini season of Advent - a season of preparation as we eagerly anticipate Rev. Glenna's arrival and the beginning of a new phase of the life of this parish. Just like in Advent there is excitement in the air, because the long wait will soon be over; there are perhaps questions about what lies ahead, and just like in Advent, this is not a season of passive waiting, but rather of active preparation for a new arrival. Again like with Advent, this arrival has been initiated as a response to God's working in our lives now - building God's church, that ongoing channel of God's love and compassion, through us. That is the tone hit by our Collect this Sunday:
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Collect reminds us that we, the people, are God's Church with Christ as our cornerstone. My prayer is that we can be joined together in unity of spirit as we prepare together for Rev. Glenna's joining us. With five Sundays left until Rev. Glenna joins us, there are four ways in which you can help us make ready and find that unity of spirit as we continue to seek to be God's church in downtown DC:
Please pray for Rev. Glenna and her family, her husband Rick and her children Jonas and Adayah.
Please help our effort to update the parish directory, by sending your picture and any updated contact details to Arrien in the parish office at
We'd like to wear name badges, to help one another and Rev. Glenna remember names. Please find yours and wear it. If you don't have one, please email Arrien.
July 15th is the day we've set aside to clean our building. Please try and join us for a couple of hours on
Saturday July 15th. We'll start at
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
Memorial Service for David Godecki
Sunday, July 2 at 1:00pm
All are invited to attend a service in remembrance of Mr. David Godecki here at Epiphany at 1:00pm, reception to follow in the Community Hall.
The office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 in observance of the holiday.
But! The church will still open at 12:00 for a very special Independence Day edition of the Tuesday Concert Series.
Sunday, July 9
The Welcome Table invites you to an Independence Day Picnic held in Epiphany's community room on Sunday, July 9, 2017 beginning
at 12:15 p.m.
The picnic menu will include grilled burgers and hot dogs,
red hot and blue potato salad, beans, coleslaw, lemonade, and dessert. Local jazz band
AJQ Plus 1
will be the musical entertainment. Please come and enjoy a day of fabulous food, fun and live music!
The building and grounds committee continues to forge ahead with improvements to our building.
First, we have new furniture for Rev. Glenna's office. We are also preparing to install new shelving and open the 'paint locked' windows in her office and in several other rooms around the building. Just in case you did not know, Rev. Glenna's office is located on the second floor above the church office and next to Godly Play and the Nursery.
We have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that we have termites, the good news is that we identified the problem and technicians from Orkin started work on the problem last week. At this point be believe that the problem is limited to the newer part of the building, meaning areas around the kitchen and community hall. There does not seem to be a problem in the sanctuary. We will keep you informed of the progress.
Moving forward, we have plans to strip and wax the floors, add wall shields behind the hand dryers in the bathrooms and renovate the janitor's closet to bring it up to code.
Some of you may have noticed that we have sustained a fair amount of damage to the entrance gates. These gates are old and heavy and are becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. Also, some of the decorative points have fallen off or have been removed.
The committee is researching ways to address these problems. Since this is an integral part of the historic portion of our building, we are researching the possibility of acquiring grant money to finance these repairs. Your suggestions would be very welcome.
On church security, we have plans to better protect the safety of those who enter our building. We are researching updates to our outdated locking system and we are developing a closer relationship with the DC Metropolitan Police department. More details later.
Lastly, the building and grounds committee is still looking for volunteers to help with our efforts on the Epiphany clean-up day
July 15th. If you are interested in helping, please feel free to contact me or any of the committee members.
Irvin Peterson - Building and Grounds Chairperson
Toiletries for our Welcome Table Guest
While traveling this summer and packing for your weekend getaways, please do remember the wants and needs of our Welcome Table guests. Toiletries such as unused soaps, gels, shampoos, razors, shaving creams, tooth paste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer and feminine hygiene products are always in high demand. Periodically, socks are offered as well. Your donations at the church office are always appreciated.
Do you love Epiphany? Would you like to share your story with our followers and encourage others to visit? We will be filming video testimonials, of about 1-3 minutes, with our parishioners and volunteers. It can be any anecdotal story that you would like to share -- what brought you to Epiphany, what keeps you here, what do you enjoy most, how have you grown since being here, etc... The videos will be shared on our website and social media pages. If you are interested in participating and helping to grow our community, please notify at Arrien Davison at
or by calling the main office at (202) 347-2635.
This week in Epiphany History
The Woman's Suffrage Parade of 1912 and much more! Be sure to
get your daily dose of Epiphany History by following
Celebrating 175 page
Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
July 4, 2017 at 12:10pm
Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested
to support the Concert Series.
(Note: There is a small date error on the brochure, the next concert will be Tuesday, July 11)
Epiphany Choir CD
Copies are available now for just
in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,
The Serenade Festival, an international choral festival which has been held in DC for several years presents choruses from countries around the world. This year's performance will include musicians from India, Bulgaria, Canada and Mongolia. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested to benefit the Welcome Table.
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: email@example.com.
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 (
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 (
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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