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2018 Pledge Campaign Update

This Sunday

Announcing Nominations for Epiphany Leadership

Epiphany Advocates present "Welcoming the Stranger: A Conversation with a Dreamer."

Outreach Opportunities

Advent Observances

December Adult Forum Study

East Providence Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship

Thank you to our Lawn Mowing Team!

Meet your Vestry Members

Candlelight Compline & Simple Table pics

November Community Prayers

Next Sunday


 

2018 Pledge Campaign Update

Thank you if you have communicated your financial commitment to Epiphany for 2018. If you have not sent in a card with your pledge, please do so as soon as possible. Here is an update of where we currently are and where we hope to be.

Pledge Commitments Received thus far: 98 for $159,300
Total Pledges last year: 114
Total Pledged last year: $183,200

** We are currently about $3,200 below our anticipated 2017 pledge income year-to-date. If you are behind in your particular commitment, please do your best to help us recover this shortfall.**



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Dear Epiphany,
During this upcoming Thanksgiving week, I offer you the words of 17th century Anglican poet, George Herbert:

Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more - a grateful heart.

May you gather with family and friends in groups large and small to remember the abundance of blessings God has given. For gratitude has the power to soften the rough places of challenge and open doors in our hearts to receiving God's never-ending graces. May gratitude fill your hearts and overflow your tables.

I will be sharing my meal on Thursday with my family in Albany and giving thanks for the blessing this community is to me.

Yours in Christ,
Rev'd Jen

New member at Epiphany: We rejoice to announce the birth of Harley Davin, daughter of parishioners Jaime & Tim Davin and little sister of Lilly. She was born Wednesday, November 15 at 6:39 a.m. weighing 8 lbs. If you would like to send them your greetings, their home address is 56 oxford Lane, Swansea, MA 02777. Please call or send congratulations to: 401-699-5844; jleecat79@yahoo.com.
Jaime & Tim are very excited for you to meet their precious Harley very soon at church. Thanks be to God!

Note from the Office: The church office will be closed Wednesday - Friday this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. In case of pastoral emergency, you may contact Rev'd Jen at 401-680-0155.


  • This Sunday
  • The Second Sunday of Advent (Expanded)
    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Sermon: The Reverend Jennifer Zogg

    Adult Bible Study: The Book of Exodus, 9:15 a.m.
    Youth classes, 9:15 a.m.
    Adult Forum: Epiphany Advocates present "Welcoming the Stranger: A Conversation with a Dreamer.", 9:15 a.m.

    Scripture readings:
    Judges 4:1-7
    Psalm 123
    1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
    Matthew 25:14-30

    Read these lessons

    Liturgical Ministers for this Sunday:

    8 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Server-John Eastwood
    Lector-Carl Mayse
    Ushers-Geri & Arthur Manning
    Greeter-Judy Phillips
    Healing Prayer Team-Janice Johnson
    Coffee Hour-The Halkyard & Pilato Families

    10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Servers-Michelle Callahan, Bridget Dee & Caroline Haggerty
    Lector-Phil Campbell
    Ushers-Scott & Will Haggerty
    Greeters-Ernie & Bev Fairhurst
    Healing Prayer Team-Shirley Baker & Carol Marsland
    Coffee Hour-The Dee & Haggerty Families
    Altar Guild-Cal Loven & Charlene Underhill
    Counters-Kevin Kelley & Gladys Murino

  • Announcing Nominations for Epiphany Leadership
  • The Vestry has formed a Nominating Committee consisting of our Sr. Warden, Vestry members with expiring terms (Fran Motroni and Sally Erskine) and parish members Maurice Holmes and Carol Marsland. We are discerning nominees for Jr. Warden (2 yr term), 2 Vestry (2yr), 2 Vestry (3yr), 1 Audit Committee (3yr) and 1 Diocesan Convention alternate delegate (1yr). If you would like to nominate someone with their consent, please communicate that to Rob Hart, Sr. Warden (rob.hart.ri@gmail.com) by November 27. According to church canons, nominees should be pledging members in good standing. Positions will be elected at the annual meeting on Feb 4.

  • Epiphany Advocates present "Welcoming the Stranger: A Conversation with a Dreamer."
  • Adult Forum this Sunday: Epiphany Advocates present "Welcoming the Stranger: A Conversation with a Dreamer"



    this Sunday, November 19, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
    Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
    (Heb. 13:2)
    How do we welcome the stranger in Christ's name? We have all heard the recent discussions about "Dreamers", DACA, and the challenges they face as children brought to this country by their parents. General media coverage seldom can provide the full picture of the situation. As much as this is a public issue, it is also about individual people in our communities. Christian faith calls us to look for the face of Christ in one another, so please come hear the story of one East Providence "Dreamer," 19-year old Rodrigo Pimental who was brought here as an infant. Deborah Gonzalez, an immigration attorney, will also join us to discuss the challenges these young people face in living their lives and educate us about the legal process of immigration.

  • Outreach Opportunities
    • Christmas Gift Outreach Coming! - Support the children of East Providence with Christmas gifts again this year through East Bay Community Action. Look for tags, requesting specific gifts for particular children, to be put up on the Parish Hall bulletin board beginning this Sunday, 11/19. Gifts will be due by December 10.
    • Bread of Life Food Pantry! Each year, Epiphany makes a financial contribution to support the work of the Food Pantry as well as our weekly donations of canned goods and volunteer time. If you'd like to make a designated contribution this week or next, please put a check, made out to Epiphany, in the plate or send it to the office with "Bread of Life" in the memo line or donate online including the same memo designation.

  • Advent Observances
  • Advent Observances for Nurturing your Soul and Waiting in Hope:

    • Saturday, December 2: Quiet Day Retreat, 3-5 p.m.
    • Thursday, December 7: Candlelight Compline, 7p.m.
    • Friday, December 15: Labyrinth Night, 6-9 p.m. (5-6 p.m. Youth time)
    • Tuesday, December 19: Celtic/Blue Christmas 7p.m. (featuring the music of a Celtic harpist)

  • December Adult Forum Study
  • December Adult Forum Study (Dec. 3 & 10, maybe 17): Learning to Walk in the Dark Barbara Brown Taylor, Episcopal priest, author and well-known preacher has written a book exploring the spiritual richness and opportunity of darkness in all its forms. Our Christian conviction is that Jesus was born in the darkness of a cave at night and was risen to new life from the darkness of a tomb. Darkness is not bad. In this season of ever-decreasing light outside, come explore with us the often overlooked invitations and blessings of darkness, both physical and spiritual, in our lives and in the Bible. In order to prepare, please obtain and read Barbara Brown Taylor's book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.

  • East Providence Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship
  • East Prov. Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship
    St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church
    Tuesday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
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    Food and money offerings will be given to the Bread of Life Food Pantry to help those in great need.

  • Thank you to our Lawn Mowing Team!
  • If you see George Nunes, Phil Campbell, Evan McCarthy, Bernie Klim, Kevin Kelley, Jaime and Tim Davin or Kristen Dee, please give them your thanks for mowing our lawn and trimming our grounds weekly this season. They serve generously with their time and physical efforts to keep our grounds welcoming to all. Their volunteer efforts provide a significant financial savings to our budget for which we are grateful. Could you lend a hand next season?

  • Meet your Vestry Members
  • The Vestry of an Episcopal Church is our name for the elected group of leaders of the parish. They are concerned with the spiritual and financial health of the congregation and charged with being good stewards of our resources (program, property and budget). They meet once a month, for two retreats a year and offer guidance and work in between. In this space we hope to better introduce you to these people. Ask them questions and present to them your feedback, prayers and ideas.

    Vestry Member - Rob Hart, Senior Warden
    Rob Hart, a life-long Episcopalian born in Pittsburgh, PA, became Senior Warden in 2017 after a year serving on the Vestry as Clerk. He and his wife Katie joined Epiphany in 2012; they have two daughters, Winona (5) and Magnolia (2). Rob is a Veteran who served around the world as a Naval Officer (Surface Warfare) for eleven years prior to settling down in Barrington. Currently, Rob works as a Program Manager at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, and commutes to Boston several days a week from the South Attleboro MBTA Station. Rob also serves on Barrington's Energy Committee, and is passionate about energy efficiency and renewable energy. He would love to see Epiphany go solar one day! Thank you, Rob, and God bless you for your gift of time and talent to us!

  • Candlelight Compline & Simple Table pics
  • We thank Lorrie Allen for these great pictures of two firsts at Epiphany: Simple Table and Candlelight Compline held in our Welcome Garden. Join us for the next Compline evening service, on Thursday, December 7 at 7 p.m.

    Remember to "like" our Facebook page when you view the photos.

  • November Community Prayers
  • During the month of November our community is praying for:

    Locally: Victims and families of the recent terrorist attacks.
    Globally: All refugees and those who minister to them as the winter weather approaches.
    At Epiphany: Healing Prayer Ministry & their retreat in November.

  • Next Sunday
  • The Third Sunday of Advent (Expanded): Christ the King
    Sunday, November 26, 2017

    8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Sermon: The Reverend Jennifer Zogg

    Adult Bible Study: The Book of Exodus, 9:15 a.m.
    No Youth Formation or Adult Forum classes

    Scripture readings:
    Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
    Psalm 100
    Ephesians 1:15-23
    Matthew 25:31-46

    Read these lessons

    Liturgical Ministers for next Sunday:

    8 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Server-Arthur Manning
    Lector-Sally Erskine
    Ushers-Carl Mayse & Judy Phillips
    Greeters-Nancy Leggat & Carol Robitaille
    Healing Prayer Team-Janice Johnson
    Coffee Hour-Sally Erskine & Judy Phillips

    10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Servers-John Eastwood, Nastara Allen & Liam Dee
    Lector-Carol Marsland
    Ushers-Lorrie & Dave Allen
    Greeters-Sydney & Patrick Trudeau
    Healing Prayer Team-L. Vaughan-DuBois & Michelle Callahan
    Altar Guild- Carolyn DeOliviera & Karen Turner
    Communion Bread- Beth Dench
    Coffee Hour-The Dench & Trudeau Families
    Counters-Vivian Johnson & Edie Menard

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