Parish Notices for November 20, 2020
Pledge Update
So far 91 households have made a pledge for 2021 for a total of $370,279.92.

Pledge forms were mailed yesterday to households that we have not yet heard from. Follow up calls from Stewardship Committee and Vestry members will being in December, so please pledge as soon as you are able.
Pledge Online
If you have not registered for an account with Realm—our new church management software—go to https://onrealm.org/epiphanyatl and create a login.
Once you've logged in, click Giving under the main menu on the left, and then click the GREY + Pledge button next to the + GIVE button. Enter the pledge information and click Save OR Save & Set Up Online Gift if you want to make a payment now or set up a recurring gift.
Pledge by Email or Mail
If you prefer to fill out a paper pledge, click here to access a PDF that you can fill out, save and then email to our bookkeeper Susie Boyko. You can also just print the form and mail it to the church.

Please do still create a Login to Realm so that you can access the online Church Directory, as well as your giving records and statements.
ONLINE WORSHIP
Click on the login links below to join a service - a Zoom account is not needed. Links can also be found on the worship services page of our our website.
Sunday Morning Worship @ 9:00 A.M.
Login around 8:50 a.m. to greet one another. Remain online after to participate in Small Groups Virtual Coffee Hour. Formation classes start at 10:15 a.m. (See listings below.)

Sermons from Sunday are uploaded Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Weekday Morning Prayer @ 9:00 a.m.
Login around 8:45 a.m. for Virtual Coffee Hour. The Zoom Login is a private link. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.

Wednesday Noonday Prayer @ 12:30 p.m.
Login around 12:20 p.m. to greet on another. The Zoom Login is a private link. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.
IN PERSON WORSHIP
Outdoor Worship Opportunities
Registration Required. More information and COVID protocols are listed on the sign-ups.
Sunday Morning Worship @11:30 a.m.
11/22 - Spaces still Available
11/29 - Registration Now Open

Wi-Fi outside is spotty, so print the bulletin at home and bring it with you.

Youth Evening Prayer Sundays @ 5:30 p.m.
11/22 - Registration Now Open
Personal Prayer Time in the Nave: Email the parish office if you would like to reserve some time in the nave.
ONLINE FORMATION
ADULT FORMATION - Two Offerings
The Prophets: From Jerusalem to Selma
Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

The class begins with an introduction to the Old Testament prophets and the visions of justice encountered there. It will then shift to a consideration of major prophetic figures from the contemporary struggle for racial justice in America. Led by Evan Basset, Theologian in Residence.
 
Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
Missed last week's class? All classes are posted to Epiphany's YouTube channel.
Modern Families - Two times offered
  • Sunday Mornings at 10:15 a.m.
  • 1st & 3rd Thursdays at 8 p.m.
 
We are spending the fall thinking about the core practices of church life as expressed by the sacraments. Gathering around the structure put forth in Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, the group will explore what church is for, what it means for us to gather, and how church life and family life work together to form human identity.
 
Be on the lookout for more details regarding the Modern Family Thursday Group during the month of December. We're looking into hosting a fun and festive social gathering in the parking lot for our December meeting. All are welcome! If you would be interested in attending such a gathering in December, please email The Rev. Nicole Lambelet and register your availability!

Sunday Group: Sunday Group, is finishing the book this week! Marriage: The church unites us, pp. 237-261
Meeting ID: 268 942 8828

Thursday Group: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 11/19, Communion: The church feeds us, pp. 121-157.
Meeting ID: 851 6230 2412
YOUTH FORMATION
Age specific formation groups for youth are offered on Sundays. To register your youth for a link, please email our Youth Director, Matt Schramm. In addition to enjoying meaningful connection with their peers, youth and their teachers will be working their way through the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) curriculum which is focused on developing and integrating faith to all areas of life.
CHILDREN'S FORMATION
Children and their parents are invited to join us Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. via Zoom for Children's Formation. Once you enter the meeting please be sure your child/children's first names are on the screen.

Children's Formation will meet every Sunday between now and Christmas.

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
OTHER ONLINE GATHERINGS
Youth Group
On the 1st & 3rd Sunday nights from 5 - 6 p.m. a combined Middle & High School age youth group gathers via Zoom for conversation and community building. First we discuss the past week's events and devotional material. Then we play community games like Jackbox, Code Names, and Bible Jeopardy.

Meeting ID: 532 38 5901

On 2nd & 4th Sundays from at 5:30 p.m., we gather for outside for Evening Prayer and games. Registration is required, click here to register.
Epiphany Book Group
The Christmas meeting will be December 7. We will make some final decisions about books to read in 2021. Please "bring" a poem to read to the group if you are inclined.
The choice for January is Transcription by Kate Atkinson. According to Wikipedia, "The novel focuses on the activities of British orphan Juliet Armstrong throughout World War II and afterwards, and how she begins a career as a low-level transcriptionist for MI5, before rising through the ranks."
Grief Pastoral Care Group
The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets 1st Thursdays at noon via Zoom for a healing and faith based conversation around grief and loss. Led by parishioners Megan Fraijo-Paul and Nancy Thompson, both trained psychotherapists. Email either Megan or Nancy to join the group.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch classwhich is the basic SilverSneakers classmeets on Zoom on Fridays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All at 11 a.m. Email Ellen Mintzmeyer for the login.
PARISH NOTICES
Office Closed for Thanksgiving
The Office closes for Thanksgiving at noon on Wednesday, November 25 through Friday November 27.

Shea will be on vacation for the week.

The staff continues to work primarily from home and will be available by phone or email through Wednesday.
Epiphany Art Ministry Presents...
Artwork by parishioner
Cristina Montesinos

November 19 - December 2020
View the Exhibit online 24/7
The exhibit is online with pop-up images including titles and prices.


View the Exhibit in-person
Stop by the church Monday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m. and follow the protocols posted on the above link.

Learn more about Cristina and see more of her work at cristinamontesinos.com.
Epiphany receives 25% of sales.
Weekly Prayer for Racial Justice
This week our groups concluded JustFaith’s Faith and Racial Equity program by reflecting on all that we’ve learned and discussed about racism in our society. We also committed to individual actions that we can take to work toward racial justice.

We concluded with this prayer and we invite you to join with us in praying:
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime
only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise
that is God’s work.
 
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that would be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives
includes everything.
 
That is what we are about.
We plant a seed that will one day grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations
that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
far beyond our capabilities.
 
We cannot do everything,
And there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that.
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord’s grace
to enter and do the rest.
 
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
 
Amen.
 
(Excerpted from JustFaith Ministries)
Advent Wreath Workshop
The first Sunday of Advent is just around the corner!

In order to mark the start of a new season in the church, the Epiphany Flower Guild is excited to offer an Advent Wreath-Making Workshop at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 29 in our paved parking lot. A short reflection about the history of the advent wreath and the themes of advent will take place prior to the event.

The workshop will cost $20 for materials which include everything that is needed for making an advent wreath: (1) oasis wreath, (4) candles with holders, and greenery. Click here to register. We will accept reservations until the slots are full or until 11/21 at 10 a.m. 
Stations for Advent
Emmaus House Children are creating outdoor artwork—similar to our Stations of the Cross—as an outdoor exhibit we can journey through during Advent as we reflect on the events leading up to the birth of Christ.

Stay tuned for more details and dates!
Christmas Outreach
Epiphany is continuing its tradition of donating Christmas gifts for children in the Emmaus House community and shoes for those without homes served by Church of the Common Ground.

This year with more people than ever in need and fewer people able to give, Emmaus House and Church of the Common Ground are counting on our generosity. If you are able to give, this is such a great opportunity to demonstrate generosity and get into the Christmas spirit by shopping online or in person with children and family members for gifts to give.

As with most things, our giving will look a little different this year due to the pandemic. There are two opportunities to donate Christmas gifts through Epiphany:
Emmaus House Christmas Gifts for Children:

This year, they are looking for ONLY $25 gift cards to Target and Walmart to be given to parents to buy gifts for children and teddy bears, stuffed animals, and balls to be given to young children while gift cards are being distributed.
 
Church of the Common Ground Shoe Drive:

Donations of any size new men’s and women’s shoes will be accepted, especially men’s sizes 14-17 and women’s sizes 4-6 and 11-14. They are particularly in need of men’s shoes.
How to Donate:

  • Money may be donated online through your Epiphany Realm account or use the links at https://www.epiphany.org/ways-to-give and we will use the money to buy gift cards and shoes. Please choose “Outreach” as the fund, and when you are making your payment, type “Emmaus House Christmas” or “Shoe Drive” in the memo line.

  • Gift cards, stuffed animals, balls, and shoes (unwrapped) may be put in a bag labeled “Emmaus House Christmas” or “Shoe Drive” and dropped at the front door of the church on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please be sure to ring the bell and let Shea know you are dropping off so she can bring it inside.

  • Gift cards, stuffed animals, balls, and shoes (unwrapped) may be labeled and brought to the church during any in-person gathering and left on the metal cart that will be placed at the lychgate. (Please don’t disturb the gathering!)
 
Deadline: December 6
 
Questions: Joanne Deocampo, or Ellyn Bryan
Blood Drive - 11/30
There is a critical need for blood right now, so the Little Forest Preschool (LFP) is having a blood drive on Monday from 3-7 p.m. in Jones Hall and the parish is invited to participate too!
Like all things, the red cross has developed strict protocols on how they conduct their blood drives. Click here to see their safety precautions. The number of people in Jones Hall will be strictly limited, so be sure to register.

Go to redcrossblood.org, enter in sponsor code LFPATL and sign up for a time that works for you.
Use your phone's camera to scan the QR code below
Virtual Passing of the Plate
While we are not able to worship in the same space at this time, please remember that Epiphany is a living church, and still needs your financial support.

In "Such a Time as This" it is important that we continue passing the plate. This is our virtual version of that very important and meaningful activity. Sometimes we are all moved in spontaneous and emotional ways to express our joy, gratitude, or appreciation to this wonderful parish. Those moments of giving are an important part of our spiritual and financial life. This is another way to offer you the chance. 
Give in Honor of Someone
The arrangements for Sundays and the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or on a special occasion.

The arrangements are used for both the online and outdoor worship services. You may request a particular flower or color be used.

The Sanctuary Light is a visible sign of the presence of the Blessed Sacrament held in reserve in the Tabernacle and burns for seven days.

To be listed in the Sunday bulletin, sign up by noon on Wednesdays.
The sign up link can be found on the homepage and the RSVP page of epiphany.org.
Dates for 2021 have been added to the signup for the Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light. You can go ahead and sign up for all the dates that have meaning to you through December of next year.
Staying in Work Exchange: Live-In Support
Seeking Live-in Housemate to assist two young adult women (ages 22 and 27) with mild developmental disabilities for overnight safety in exchange for free room and board. Ideal for student/young person disability-friendly or interested in gaining clinical experience. Free Room and Board. Click here for more information.
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Staying in Touch
  • Pastoral Emergencies: Please call the church at 404.373.8338 and leave a message for Amy (ext. 14) or Nicole (16). They will receive a message alert and call you back.

  • Staff: The staff continues to work mostly from home. They check their email and voicemail messages regularly.

  • Building Sign-In Required: The building is closed to in-person worship and meetings, however, if you need to enter the church building for any reason, please sign in and out using the logbook at the entrance.
DIOCESAN & EPISCOPAL NEWS
Required Trainings for Staff & Lay Leadership
If you are not sure of your training status, contact the parish office.
Dismantling Racism is offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Click here for dates and to register.

Safeguarding Training: The New Inclusion Module OR the Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Abuse Module via Zoom is required for people who need re-certification for either Safeguarding God's Children or Safeguarding God's People as well as people who have never had either training. Click here for dates and to register.
Imagine Church is a monthly series offering a renewed approach to online worship through music, visual art, and spoken word. It takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month at 7 p.m. Watch on Facebook or the Imagine Church Watch page.
Click here to find the latest postings from our bishop including:
  • For Faith, Bishop Wright's weekly email devotional
  • For People, Bishop Wright's podcast.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
  • Names of our friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.
  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
For members who are bidding our prayers: Sally Brockington, Lily Burnett, Sam Burnett, Rob Godsall, Henry Laird, Sandy Land, Claire & Logan Shults, Stephanie Thompson, Tom Mundy, Jeanne Hatcher, Kyle D'Mellow

For friends and family: Bill & Carolyn Allen, parents of Jewel Allen; Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers;Betty Porter, relative of Christen Erskine; Evelyn and Jeremiah, friends of Paige Howell; Chris Godek, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf; Oliver, Kristine & Maddux, family of Anna Sherrill; Karin, a member of the community who requests prayer; Sonia Folsom, niece of Nancy Thompson; Bruce Moon, relative of Paul Hinson; Vickie Burnett, aunt of Sy Burnett; Steve Perkins, brother-in-law of Beth Kelhoffer

For those who have died: Max Creighton; Tom Hairston; Joe Cumming; Lynda Jaser, friend of Barbara Belcore

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 11/22-28: Stephanie Everett & Jason Wiles

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 11/22-28: Shona Harbert, Carolyn Cook, Leighellen Lucas, Zane McKinney, Sue Haley, Peggy Palmiter, Brad Stoner, Ann Lynn, Beth Kelhoffer, Matt Rowles, Stephen Council, Riley Davis, Maggie Schweizer

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Jackie Boles, Arlen Gray, Ron Hutcheson, Rod MacLeod, Chris Miller, Tom Mundy, June Sparks
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