Parish Notices for June 26, 2020
Dear Epiphany Family,
Epiphany has been blessed with a long partnership with Candler School of Theology at Emory University and has been part of the formation of many seminarians. We have been especially blessed the last three years by the ministry of Alex Sherrill. Alex has contributed so much to the life of our community through his participation in many different ministries: worship leadership, pastoral care, youth, children’s chapel, building and grounds, technology – nearly ever ministry imaginable.
On a personal note, I can’t thank him enough for his help last summer when Epiphany was without a full time priest, and his help to me personally as I transitioned into ministry here. He has been an incredible resource this spring as we moved to worship and ministry online. This Sunday is his last Sunday with us and his absence will be felt in many ways. We wish we could celebrate his work here in person but under the circumstances, I hope you will be present online for his ordination to the priesthood on Saturday (see the invitation below to find out how to join) and for his last worship service at Epiphany the following day as a newly ordained priest. Alex, we wish you many blessings on your work at Emory University Hospital and at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. 
Our hearts continue to break over the racial injustice that plagues our society. As Christians, we must continue to ask what is ours to do. What we can do together is always greater than what we can do alone. The Racial Justice Committee is working on ways for us to learn and serve as a community. Please see their article below on how you can get involved.
One year ago this week, you were informed of the resignation of your two former priests, and that individuals in the parish were victims of clergy misconduct. We offered this prayer in worship last Sunday as we remembered those who were injured by representatives of the Church. 
God of endless love, we pray today for those who have been injured by the church and who were betrayed by those in whom they placed their trust. Life-giving Spirit, heal your people’s wounds and transform brokenness into wholeness. Grant us the courage and wisdom, humility and grace, to act with justice and to create a place where all are safe and all are welcomed. Renew your church and renew our faith in your love, made manifest in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
May we continue to pray this prayer together in the days to come and not forget those who were injured.

May we continue to hold Epiphany in prayer, as well, as we seek to live out our baptismal covenant in community.
Grace and peace,
Ordination of Alex Sherrill to the Priesthood
Alex will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 27, at 2 p.m. It will be a small service at the Cathedral with only ten people present, including the bishop and the ordinands. It will be live-streamed, though, so we can all take part in Alex’s day. Here is the link:
If you would like to contribute to a monetary gift for Alex, you can click here to give online or mail a check to the church. Please note "Alex Sherrill" in the memo line.

Since we are unable to give Alex a sendoff reception at this time, drop him a note or card in the mail instead: 824 Whelchel Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
Ordination of Nicole Lambelet to the Priesthood
Our new associate priest, Nicole Lambelet, is also being ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 27. However, her ordination is taking place in her home diocese of Northern Indiana at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Cathedral in South Bend Indiana. Nicole officially starts her new role with us as Associate Priest for Family Ministry and Outreach on July 1.
Staycation Bible School - Every Sunday at 9 a.m.
This summer Epiphany kids (3.5 to rising 5th graders) are invited to join us for Epiphany’s first ever Staycation Bible School! We are studying the Fruit of the Spirit, sing songs, pray together, and have conversations about faith with our families! Each week their will be suggested (optional) activities for kids to do at home. Questions? Email Laraine Fraijo-Paul.
Morning Prayer Online

You don't have to sign up for Zoom to participate. Just click the login link button listed below to join the service.

All the links below, along with the service bulletin can also be found on our homepage if you prefer to call in or are unable to view the service Power Point presentation.
Login around 9:50 a.m. to get oriented and we will begin Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. Stay after to participate in Virtual Coffee Hour
Dial 646.558.8656
Meeting ID is 532 385 901
Starting Monday, June 29 , the Weekday Morning Prayer will have a separate login link. Please email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.

Login at 8:45 a.m. for a virtual coffee hour. Morning Prayer begins at 9 a.m.
Sermons from Sunday are uploaded Monday afternoons to and archived for a year.
Wednesday Noon Service
The Wednesday Noonday Prayer and Healing service has resumed on Zoom through July 15. You can connect through the Morning Prayer Link on our homepage, or you may call in on your home phone or cell phone and listen to the service. The Rev. Barbara Ryder will officiate.

If you would like a copy of the liturgy mailed to you so you can participate by phone, please email the parish office .
Safely Together Task Force UPDATE
The Safely Together Task Force is now meeting regularly to work on how we continue to live in community in a way that allows for safe and meaningful worship and interaction. The diocese is now allowing individual churches to make decisions on when to regather, based on the needs of the parish and the public health conditions in the area near the church. When churches do decide it is safe to regather for phase one worship, there will be guidelines in place that must be followed: limits on maximum number of people and length of service, social distancing in place, masks required, a reservation system for attendance, no nursery or children’s chapel, no singing, no Eucharist, and no passing of the peace. Bathrooms would be closed and would be available for emergency use only. As you can see, this will be a very different worship experience than we were used to before COVID-19.  
The task force has determined that, given the rising numbers in our area,  Epiphany will continue with online only worship services through at least Labor Day,  and will continue to evaluate the situation along the way. This news will be a relief to some, a disappointment to others, and challenging to most of us, however safety and the well-being of our members is our highest priority, based on our baptismal commitment to love our neighbor. The decision to reopen is far more complicated than the decision to close. The guidelines that must be followed when we do reopen will be difficult. They will require a great deal of preparation in advance and we are already working on those things now so we will be ready when the time is right to gather in person again. We are preparing a survey to send out to the parish in the next few weeks. We want to hear your input as we plan for how we move forward safely. We also pledge to regularly keep you informed about our conversations since these decisions affect all of us. We all look forward to the day when we can worship together and celebrate the Eucharist together in person. Until then, we pledge to share information with you, to listen to you, to continue gathering for worship online, and to continue finding new ways to be in community with each other as the Body of Christ. 
Safeguarding God's Children Training
Who Needs to Take Safeguarding God’s Children?

Sunday School teachers, Youth Formation Leaders, Vestry Members, Clergy and Staff need to take the training and make sure their certification is up-to-date every three years.

  • Due to the pandemic, all safe church trainings will be held online.

  • Folks who need re-certification (every 3 years), as well as people who have never been trained need to take the Youth Inclusion Zoom course - current schedule listed below.

  • If you sign up for a training, please let the parish office know so that Shea can send you the login for the online module training - which is required before you attend the Zoom class.
Saturday, July 11 | ZOOM
10 a.m. to noon
Friday, July 17 | ZOOM
10 a.m. to noon
Harvey Fund Grant Application
The Catherine D. Harvey Legacy Fund grant application cycle for the Summer term is now open. If you are aware of an organization that might qualify, please share the application.

Click here for the guidelines and application. Applications must be received by August 1, 2020. Questions? Email the Harvey Fund Advisory Board .
Virtual Coffee Hour Small Groups
During this time of being the church away from our building, we love seeing each other’s faces on Sunday morning as we gather for worship, but it's lovely to have some more meaningful conversation too.
If you remain on Zoom after the service, you will be randomly sent to a virtual breakout room where you will have time to chat with a small group of Epiphanites, catch up on how everyone is doing, and reconnect with each other in a smaller setting.
Staying in Touch
  • Pastoral Emergencies: Please call the church at 404.373.8338 and press extension 14 to leave a message for Amy. She will receive an alert message notice and call you back.

  • Staff: While the church building is closed, the parish staff is working from home and checking email and voicemail messages regularly.

  • The Parish Directory is accessible online through the Member Login link at the top of and through the ChurchLife app for registered members. Click here to login or to register.

  • Social Media: We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and post regularly. Click here to see the feed of our most recent posts and to find all our platform links.
Still Passing 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. Pledge payments can be made on-line or can be mailed to the church. Non-pledging members can likewise continue to support Epiphany on-line or by mail.

Click here for instructions for the different ways to give.
Morning Meditation
Amy offers 20 minutes of shared silence following Morning Prayer on Zoom each weekday morning through June 30 . If you wish to participate, just stay online after the end of the service.
Youth News
Epiphany Youth: Continuing through the summer, our youth are invited to gather via Zoom for a combined middle and high school youth group on Sundays. We will gather from 5-6 p.m.
Meeting ID: 532 38 5901

Guitars + Compline: Every Monday and Friday at 9 p.m., the youth community of our diocese gather on Zoom to pray and lift one another up. Youth lead everything from MC'ing, to prayers, to music.
Epiphany Book Group
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m.,
however, they will not meet in July. The selection for August is The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep. E mail John Yntema.

Meeting ID: 393 152 583
Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group
Thursdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom
We are reading together  Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness  by Esther de Waal. We will use that as the starting point for our conversation, with some poetry and spiritual practices along the way as a way of deepening our listening to God, ourselves, and others. We will not meet on July 2, our last meeting is on July 9 where we will choose the next book we will read together. Email the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore  if you would like more information.
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. Anyone who has not previously met with the group should contact either Megan or Nancy.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch class - which is the basic Silversneakers class - meets on Zoom on Fridays and the Chair Yoga program is being offered online on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All at 11 a.m. Questions? Email Ellen Mintzmeyer .
Friday Flex & Stretch
Meeting ID: 809 302 993
Tuesday Chair Yoga
Meeting ID: 277 401 969
Thursday Chair Yoga
Meeting ID: 201 978 730
A Message from Emmaus House
Thank you, Epiphany members, for your many contributions to Emmaus House during the past several months. Your donations of groceries for families, and gift cards for books for children in the summer reading program have been generous. I want you to know how much your gifts help Emmaus House families. Parents have expressed their appreciation to me many times during the summer program. And although volunteers deliver art supplies, books, and other treats to children each week, one of my students was excited to receive a bag of food. Your donations have had a positive impact and I’m grateful to you for them.
Ann Fowler, Emmaus House Director of Education Services
From the Diocese of Atlanta
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From Church Publishing
Strengthen your faith formation program with these helpful resources. We have created a kit of our favorites books to assist with faith formation at home. We also drew from some of our most popular books for a free activity download, perfect for summer. Finally, we are continuing to offer free standard shipping on all book orders over $35 with code FREESHIP.*
  • Names of our friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.
  • Click here for the full Anniversary & Birthday List for the months of June & July.
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
For members who are bidding our prayers: Sally Brockington, Sam Burnett, Laraine Fraijo-Paul, Rob Godsall, Jaye Rudolph, Claire Shults, Stephanie Thompson, Wes Wright

For those who have been deployed: Lauren Marcewicz

For friends and family: Bill & Carolyn Allen, parents of Jewel Allen; Kitty Wilson, mother of Shelle Bryant; Rosalind Blair, sister of Katharine Hilliard-Yntema; Rosalie Shipp, stepmother of Amy Shipp; Hallie Edwards, friend of Laura Gary; Dalton, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf

For those who have died: Robert Shults; Sheila Mitchell, friend of Laura Gary

For those celebrating anniversaries this coming week (6/28-7/4): Andrea Carpenter & Dennis Edmiston

For those celebrating birthdays this coming week (6/21-7/4): Matthew Stockton, Phillip Ranglin, William Rose, Terri Lawrence, Brian Sprinkle, Lilly Burnett, Joe Patterson, Amy Roth Simian, Ari Alexander, Katherine Arrington, Adrianna Corcoran, Megan Huynh, Afton Rowles

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