Epiphany Star
Newsletter, Church of the Epiphany
December 2021
Clergy Clatter

According to NPR, there are three fruit that are native to America; Blueberries, Cranberries, and a third that is unfamiliar to me. I love both Blueberries and Cranberries. Chicken and Turkey just have to be served with Cranberries.
So – a few days before Thanksgiving I stopped by Boston Market drive through and ordered a whole rotisserie chicken. And I ordered an extra side of Cranberry. I was informed that if you buy a whole chicken, you don’t get any sides, including Cranberry. Now, isn’t that stupid? But Cranberry sauce is everywhere, and there’s a grocery store just up the street. And I needed a few other things, so up the street I drove to the grocery. I found the canned fruit section, but there was no Cranberry sauce, jellied or whole berry. This can’t be right. I found an exhausted stock clerk and asked if I was in the wrong section. “Oh no honey. We’ve been out of that for a long time.” Out of Cranberry sauce – one of America’s three native fruits – days before Thanksgiving? And how am I supposed to eat that chicken in the back seat of my car without Cranberry sauce? This is not American.
It was getting late, and if that bird was going to be dinner instead of breakfast, I needed to get home and eat it, AND there just might be some Cranberry sauce in the refrigerator from last Thanksgiving, or in the back of a cupboard from years ago.
Home I drove, with one thing on my mind. Where in my house is there Cranberry sauce? The search began, as that chicken on the counter glowered at me, with a sense of retribution.
There was no Cranberry sauce in the house. So the cats, the dog, and I sat down for a midnight meal of dry, tasteless, chicken. I tried apple sauce, diced pears, but finally faced the fact that I only eat chicken for the Cranberry sauce. It’s why God gave Americans Cranberries. It’s the American way.
Well, all was not lost. Thanksgiving Day Jim and Kevin delivered to my house a beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner, with all the trimmings. I put a picture of it on Facebook. And right in the middle of the spectacular feast was a heaping portion of Cranberry sauce, not stuck over in the corner, but right there in the middle. Thanksgiving was saved. Everything on the plate was delicious, but especially the turkey, slathered with Cranberry sauce, as it should have been. All was as it should be. Thank you Jim and Kevin. I will always remember.
Vestry Meeting

The vestry will meet on December 9th, both old and new members. Dinner will be at 6:30 and the meeting will be at 7:00 pm.
Tucker House Christmas Party

Epiphany's Christmas party for the residents of Tucker House will be Sunday, December 19, from 12:30 to 2:30. Please take one of the gift tags off the Angel Tree and return to Carol Fernandez with a $10 gift card.
Christmas Eve Service

The Christmas Eve service at Epiphany will be Friday December 24th at 11 pm.
Choir Members Needed!

If you are interested in participating in a choir for the Christmas Eve and Epiphany services please speak to Joe Ritchie right away.
Christmas Day Service

There will not be a Christmas Day service at Epiphany this year.
Wednesday Services

A reminder that our Eucharist service on Wednesdays are being shelved until January.
November Service Schedule

December 5, 2021 - Second Sunday of Advent

  • Officiant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Celebrant - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Anita Colburn
  • Altar - Len & Tina Wright
  • Flowers - Marcia Cronin
  • Usher - Kathy Moore

December 12, 2021 - Third Sunday of Advent

  • Officiant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Celebrant - Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Lector - John Childers
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim Fisher
  • Usher - Kevin LaPointe

December 19, 2021 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • Homily - Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Celebrant - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Jerry Cronin
  • Altar - Ariel Fernandez
  • Flowers - Joyce Williams
  • Usher - Tom Gileland

December 24, 2021 - Christmas Eve Service

  • Homily - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lectors - Areil Fernandez
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim Fisher
  • Usher - Kathy Moore

December 26, 2021 - First Sunday After Christmas

  • Homily - Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Celebrant - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lectors - Gayle Greene
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim Fisher
  • Usher - Jackie Rochelle

A video will be on YouTube, Facebook, and our Web Page a few hours after the Sunday service.
Vestry Highlights
November, 2021

  • Reported that Michelle Risvold will be received at our January 6th anniversary with Bishop Haynes and Matthew Risvold will be Baptized and confirmed by Bishop Haynes
  • Approved the 2022 budget that was distributed at the Congregational Meeting and is available in the clerk office.
  • Approved paying a second voice in the choir.
  • Approved wine, cheese, and nibbles following a 10 am Thanksgiving service
  • Approved continuing one Sunday service at 10 am.
  • Approved continuing to record and post the 10 am service until at least the end of June
Ushers Needed

If you are interested in being an Usher, please contact Kathy Moore at kmoore1234@cox.net or phone 757-647-6606
December Birthdays

  • Julia Ashby, 5th
  • Shane Foster, 6th
  • John Childers, 8th
  • Jonas Porter, 9th
  • Marley Stein, 9th
  • Devin Noel Fowler, 17th
  • Tommy Gilleland, 19th
  • Beth Cutrell, 19th
  • Barbara Lester, 25th
  • Marysharon Melchoirre, 25th

 December Anniversaries

  • Marcia & Jerry Cronin, 29th