Epiphany Star
Newsletter, Church of the Epiphany
February 2022
Clergy Clatter

It’s been a few years since we’ve have any significant snow around here, but we got a pretty good one last weekend. Max was not happy with it, since it was well up over his belly on my decks, which meant he had to sort of swim through it. This last snow reminded me of how beautiful it is, and what a pain in the neck it can be. With church closed due to COVID guidelines, I was able to stay home and just watch it settle in the marsh behind my house, and on the trees and bushes around my house. It was really beautiful.
But strangely, it brought back a dreaded memory that I hadn’t recalled in many years – tire chains. Now, if you’re young, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about, so let me tell you. When I was in high school and college, we had to put chains on our tires so we could navigate in the snow. I recall much more snow back in the 50s and 60s, and I guess our tires were not as good at plowing through the stuff as modern tires. So in the trunks of our cars, we all had a bag of tire chains. And they would get tangled up, and dirty, and the clips wouldn’t fasten just right. They weren’t much help on ice, but they would get you through snow. So – if it snowed during the night, the routine was that you got up early, shoveled about five feet of clear space behind each rear tire, laid the chains out, extending from the tire, started the car, and backed up about ½ way over the chains. You would then pull the two ends together around the tire, try to get the clips to lock, and drive off. Sound easy? It never worked right.
They were outrageously noisy, gave a horrible ride, would tear a tire to shreds if you left them on too long, and they helped tear up the roads. But they did get you there, and usually prevented a wreck. All was not bad.
If my memory serves me right, lager cities, like Washington DC, would put public service announcements on with the weather stating that vehicles without snow chains were prohibited on the streets. You’d get a ticket if you didn’t have your chains on.
Well, what happened to snow chains? They came out with “studded tires.” These had some kind of “stud” drilled into them. They apparently worked, but tore the roads up and they were very expensive. Some folks had winter tires and summer tires, and they would drive to the tire service center and have their tires changed, as needed. Snow tires had huge treads and made a unique sound – sort of a loud whine. The introduction of radial tires probably helped, but tire design just improved greatly, and with all season tires now, we will hopefully never need chains again.
What does this have to do with church, and God, and religion? Every once in a while we have little blessings come into our lives. They aren’t particularly religious, but our lives become easier and more rewarding. I think those are religious moments, too. 
Vestry Meeting

The vestry will meet on February 10th, the meeting will be at 7:00 pm.
Church Furnace
You may not know that under the church is a basement and in that basement are the furnaces that provid heat and a/c to the sanctuary. Research tells us that they are over 30 years old. One of them has died and cannot be repaired. To complicate things, the good furnace must be removed to get the bad furnace out and the duct work is in pretty shoddy shape, as well. Fourtunately, the one remaining furnace can keep the room comfortable, but its days are probably limited as well.

We are obviously going have to fund raise to solve this situation. We are just beginning to get bids and prices, but if you find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, remember our furnace.
Diocesan Council
Council is again being held virtually this year. One advantage to that is that viewing is open to anyone interested. the plan is that all business will be conducted on Saturaday, February 26th from 9:30 to 12:30. Prior to that, each evening different groups and ministries will be giving special reports online. We have a lot of really neat ministries going on in this diocese, some of which may interest you.

Lori Bermooser is our delegate to council. Vaughn Coffman is our alternate. Thanks folks for representing Epiphany.
Epiphany in the Snow!
Joyce Williams
February Service Schedule

February 6, 2022 - Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany

  • Officiant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Celebrant - Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Lector - Ariel Fernandez
  • Altar - Len & Tina Wright
  • Flowers - Marcia Cronin
  • Usher - Tom Gilleland

February 13, 2022 - Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany

  • Officiant- Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Celebrant - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Marcie Kidd
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim Fisher
  • Usher - Jackie Rochelle

February 20, 2022 - Seventh Sunday After the Epiphany

  • Officiant - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Celebrant - Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Lector - Mary Shaffer
  • Altar - Ariel Fernandez
  • Flowers - Joyce Williams
  • Usher - Kathy Moore

February 27, 2022 - Last Sunday After the Epiphany

  • Officiant - Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Celebrant - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lectors - Anita Colburn
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim Fisher
  • Usher - Kevin LaPointe

A video will be on YouTube, Facebook, and our Web Page a few hours after the Sunday service.
Vestry Highlights
January, 2022

  • Tabled motion to review going back to two services until a survey can be conducted.
  • Discussed initial options for dealing with the replacement of one of the church's furnaces.

Ushers Needed

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

  • Carlos Fernandez, Sr., 3rd
  • Maryann Woodruff, 11th
  • Joanna Feret, 12th
  • Dianna Stein, 23rd