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

  As I tried to come up with a theme for this Clergy Clatter, I seriously wanted it to be something happy and light, reflecting the warmer weather and spring flowers, and the joy of Easter. But my thoughts kept going to the war in Ukraine. I really didn’t want to write about it, but it is right there in front of us every time we turn on the TV, or open a newspaper. It cannot be avoided.
               What we are seeing is the very best and very worst of humanity. The bombings, destruction, and slaughter of thousands of people is just horrifying. How can this happen in a modern, friendly world? But the welcoming and treatment of millions of refugees by nations around the world, and especially Poland, show us the very best of humans caring for each other. So we have both the very best and the very worst happening side by side, and it makes no sense.
               One thing that amazes me about this whole thing is how it is caused and driven by one person. That’s the case with most wars, isn’t it? One person’s drive for power, or land, or riches drives them to irrational behavior. And if they have a position of power, they can be very destructive to world order. It only takes one person.
               This is really the Holy Week Story. Jesus wasn’t the only person crucified that Friday. Two others were crucified with him, and some scholars believe that masses of people were crucified by the Romans. There are accounts of the roads to Jerusalem being lined with used crosses as a warning to persons entering the city. Evil had its day.
               But good was present, too. Pilot’s wife, who tried to talk him out of it, the disciples, the women who had stood by him. Good and evil, standing side by side at the foot of the cross. Evil won that day, but good was the final victor. May good find a way to rise victorious in our present day war.

Vestry Meeting

The vestry will meet on April 14th, following the Maundy Thursday service and agape meal.
Palm Sunday

This years Palm sunday service will be at 10 am and will begin outside, weather permitting.
Maundy Thursday

Join us for Maundy Thursday Service on April 14th, at 6 pm with a potluck Agape Meal* after the service.  

*An Agape Meal is preferably meatless. The foods and   setting should be simple. Appropriate foods include soup, cheese, olives, dried fruit, bread and wine.

The Stripping of the Altar and vestry meeting will follow. 
Good Friday

Observe Good Friday on April 15th at 12 noon or 6 pm with Stations of the Cross at both services. 
Easter Sunday

This year's Easter Sunday service will be at 10 am and potluck refreshments will follow. There will not be an Easter egg hunt this year.
Drag Bingo

Saturday, April 23rd, MJ's Tavern will be hosting a Drag Bingo event at 10 am. Proceeds to go to the furnace fund.
Yard Sale

The yard sale has been scheduled for May 21st.
How to Figure the Date of Easter

Easter is the 1st Sunday after the 1st dull moon, after the Spring Equinox, which is March 21st. If the full moon is on a Sunday, Easter is the following Sunday. See how easy it is?
February Service Schedule

April 3, 2022 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

  • Celebrant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Homily - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Brian Pritchard
  • Altar - Len & Tina Wright
  • Usher - Tom Gilleland

April 10, 2022 - Palm Sunday

  • Celebrant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - John Greene
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Usher - Jackie Rochelle

April 14, 2022 - Maundy Thursday

April 15, 2022 - Good Friday

April 17, 2022 - Easter Sunday

  • Celebrant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Homily - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Tina Wright
  • Altar -Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim Fisher
  • Usher - Kathy Moore

April 24, 2022 - Second Sunday of Easter

  • Celebrant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Homily - Julia Ashby
  • Lectors - Jim Fisher
  • 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
March, 2022

  • Declared Vaugh Coffman's and Larry Bergmooser's seats vacant due to their resignation from the vestry
  • Reported by Tina Wright that our audit was completed and submitted to the diocese
  • Reviewed bids received for the furnace replacement
  • Approved Wardens to negotiate furnace contracts and bring back to vestry
  • Approved Drag Bingo at MJ's Tavern with proceeds going to furnace replacement at Epiphany and set a date of Saturday April 23rd at 10am.

Ushers Needed

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

  • Todd Bissonette, 2nd
  • Tina Wright, 3rd
  • Laurie Coffman, 4th
  • Otto Pebworth, 5th
  • Linda Swain, 5th
  • Chris Boswell, 8th
  • Ed Coleman, 9th
  • Betty Ann Christiansen, 10th
  • Rosie Cronin, 16th
  • JoAnne Davis, 17th
  • Gina Scott, 20th

April Anniversaries

  • Ron Brasswell & Lem Apperson, 29th