Epiphany Lutheran Church
               Rock Hill, SC  29732 

December 5, 2018
The Proclaimer
Epiphany's  weekly newsletter to help keep you informed.

The Word of God from the Scriptures for Sunday, December 9, 2018 - the second Sunday of Advent

Malachi 3: 1-4        Philippians 1: 3-11     Luke 3:  1-6
  Be blessed and renewed!

Sunday Worship at Epiphany...
9:00 am Sunday School 
10:00 am - Worship 

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.  Luke 3:4
This Sunday, we will hear the words of John the Baptist crying out from the wilderness, telling God's people to prepare the way for Jesus to come.  John's life is a model for us.  It is we who announce the pathway that God choose to reveal the Son of God and Savior of the World.  We give witness to God's promise and continual presence in the world.
Epiphany is now three months into its interim period.  I have been with you for the past two months as your Interim Minister.  The Mission Council and Ministry Leadership Team are keeping Epiphany's ministry moving forward through this transition.  Many people have stepped up to serve and lead its ministry.  There are still a lot of unknowns about the coming year.  It is important during this time to keep the vision and mission of Epiphany before us in all that we do.  Its words capture what God calls us to be and do.  Epiphany's vision is to Welcome All, Accept All, and Love All.  Its mission is to seek to become a mosaic church who serves the community and promotes personal growth through the gospel, prayer, spirituality and discipleship, with God's grace.   
Thanks to all who participated in getting our new Chrismon Tree set up and decorated.  It looks wonderful!  There are a couple of opportunities this week to share in fellowship at Epiphany: Beer and Hymns at 6pm this Sunday and our Wednesday 6pm Advent Meal and Reflection.  Be sure and sign up for a time to participate in our upcoming Dec. 14-15 twelve hour Prayer Vigil.  Join with other members for these uplifting events. 
See you in church!
Pastor Gillikin
Advent Prayer Vigil
Friday Dec. 14 at 6:00 pm to Saturday Dec. 15, 6:00 am
A 12-hour prayer vigil will be held at the church.  Please sign up on the sheet in the Gathering Area.  You may sign up for as many time periods as you wish.  There are spaces for more than one person/family to pray during a given period.


Each Wednesday night in Advent we will gather for a meal at 6pm and an Advent Reflection time from 7:00-7:30pm.   There will be a light meal drink, and dessert.   Margaret Gillikin is coordinating the meal with the help of others.   A sign-up sheet is posted in the gathering area.  
December 5th Advent Meal at Epiphany
Soup buffet of chili, seafood bisque, and vegetable with drink and dessert
Suggested donation: $3/person; $10/family

ADVENT REFLECTION ON WEDNESDAYS - There will be a time of reflection each Wednesday during Advent, 7-7:30pm in the worship space, that will include a contemplative prayer liturgy called "Advent Intentionally" (from resource www.waytolead.org) that can be taken home to use on a daily basis.  Each week we will take a moment to focus on a part of Mary's Song (the Magnificat), gleaning some insights from Martin Luther's commentary and Johann Sabastian Bach's musical composition.  Our reflection will be short and thought provoking.  All ages are welcome! 
It's the most wonderful time of the year for Beer and Hymns!  We will gather at 6:00pm on Sunday, December 9th. A variety of beer will be available, and pizza will be served.   Donations are welcome.  You are invited to bring a small snack to share.  Jeff Gwaltney will lead us in some familiar hymns and carols of the Advent/Christmas season with our Music Director, Hannah Blalock, accompanying.  Roy Magers will share with us some background on hymnody as we sing and enjoy this jovial time of fellowship!    

Epiphany's Choir needs your voice.  Our choir is an essential part of worship each Sunday!  Come sing with us at practice after Worship each Sunday in the choir loft.   If you would like to consider singing with the choir for its Christmas Cantata (Dec. 23), you are encouraged to come to practices after the worship service on Sundays. If you have questions, please contact Epiphany's Music Director, Mrs. Hannah George at hlblalock@msn.com.
Please join us for an Epiphany ADULT Christmas Party Saturday, December 15th at 6:30 pm, 
Brad and Cindy Caldwell 4536 Landmark Drive
Rock Hill, SC  29732
        Bring an appetizer to share and BYOB
RSVP: 803-493-3398 or cccaldwell@comporium.net


Food Pantry Contact Persons for Ministry Leadership
A second person is needed.  Please c ontact Birgit Taylor or church office.   Thank you in advance for your generosity of time. 
It's hard to believe that we are already talking about our annual Christmas poinsettias.   There will be an order form for you in the bulletin this Sunday.   Please be sure to turn it in to the church office or in the offering plate BY DECEMBER 10TH.    

What is the meaning of poinsettias?
Also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas Flower, it's said that poinsettias' association with Christmas comes from a Mexican legend. The story goes that a child, with no means for a grander gift, gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve. As the congregation witnessed a Christmas miracle, the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers.
Named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States ambassador to Mexico and the amateur botanist who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825, the poinsettia is also known as Mexican Flame Leaf, Winter Rose, and Noche Buena.


Co mmunity Events
Monday, December 24 - Hunger Outreach Program Christmas Eve Dinner and Gifts
Place: Flint Hill Baptist Church, 1214 Flint Hill Street, Rock Hill - Time: 11:00 am. 

Epiphany's HOP coordinators will be Debbie Keener and Beverly Gates.  Volunteers are greatly appreciated and other food item information is pending.   Stay tuned.  . Once again our church has been asked to help with the Hunger Outreach Program Christmas dinner & gifting at Flint Hill Baptist Church.   We have donated gifts for teenagers the last few years and will continue this tradition.  Continue to watch the Proclaimer for other needs for the dinner.  We will be donating two prepared turkeys and those plans are already in place.  Once Flint Hill sends us a list, we will let you know as to what food items we may be asked to provide.  Watch for the wrapped collection boxes in the Gathering Area starting this Sunday.  Donations need to be at church by Sunday, December 16th in time to get our boxes to Flint Hill for them to organize and wrap.  
Ideas include:
Girls:  fuzzy blankets or throws, make up, bath balms, body lotions, shower gels, jewelry, hats & gloves, scarves, fun socks, gloves.
Boys:  sports water bottles, beanie caps, sports socks, Axe gift sets, gloves, shower soaps.
For both:  $5 gift certificates to McDonalds, PW's, Subway, Bojangles, etc, sports balls (basketball, soccer, football), inexpensive earbuds, wallets.  

Thanking you in advance,
The HOP Team 

Congregational Prayer List 
Please  email admin@epiphany-rockhill.org  or the Hallowed Hands Ministry (sandra@odarbyspirits.com) w ith additions or deletions to this important ministry.
Recent Additions

Jan Droz
James Bennett
Dawn Pursley (friend of Sarah)
The family of Dean Blackwell
Pete Weidel
Jayne Scarborough
Jeff Stoltz (brother-in-law of Roberta Ross)
Abby List
Joel Hinson (Sandra Hinson's grandson)
Holly,Kristina & Annabeth Truitt (Sandra Hinson's Family)
Ronnie Gates
Ann Holmes
The Family of Mike Ridosh, Jr.(friend of Marilyn Magers)
Julie and Ron Waldrop
Wayne Holmes
Joy Robinson
Lillian Johnson and Family
Jacob Rast
Bob Coyne
Evelyn Grado-Wolynies
Christia Humburg
Larry Sampson (family of Barbara Eggert)
Charley Williams
Ella Mae Sampson
Ann Gilbert (Phyllis Lewis) 


It has been rare that the weather has necessitated the cancellation of any services at Epiphany, but in the event this should happen, please watch for a special Proclaimer e-mail or call the church and the message will be on the phone.  We will try and get it on the mobile app, as well.   The forecasts for this weekend are still uncertain as to whether there could be snow or freezing rain this weekend.  

Dear friends,

When we reach age 70, we have to start taking funds from our savings accounts which become taxable income to us.  Please check with your CPA or financial firm before 12/31/18 and before you take your distribution.   There are ways to avoid the taxes on these distributions and we have several members who are pursuing this smart financial strategy and we are very grateful to them..  You may designate your distribution to your church and/or other non-profit organizations if you wish.  Blessings,  Sarah

WORSHIP SERVERS   Thank you for serving!



Denise Evans    

l Rick and Chris Roulette  

Sarah Holmes    

Christina Holmes  

Debbie Keener    

Robert Richardson/ Page Putnam    

NEW MAILING ADDRESS FOR EPIPHANY We no longer have a post office box.   Please note our street address in your records:
2370 West Main Street
Rock Hill, SC 29732

If you have a Proclaimer news item, please send it to the office by Tuesday evening of each week  at:  admin@epiphany-rockhill.org or call Sarah at (803) 324-8877.   Thank you very much.
OFFICE HOURS:   9am - 2 pm    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

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