Epiphany Star

Newsletter, Church of the Epiphany

November 2022

Clergy Clatter

I’m writing this on the evening of All Saints’ Day. We celebrated Halloween last night. It was a beautiful evening with perfect weather, and as I waited for trick-or-treaters, it brought back a humorous memory that I had long forgotten. I hope you’ll find it amusing.


Back in the early 1970s, before the interstates were in, I was driving to Sewanee, Tenn., where I went to seminary. I was on my way to attend a meeting of the Alumni Council, on which I served. I had left Chattanooga, and was crossing the Tennessee River in a horrific rain storm. Since I could barely see where I was going, I was driving very slowly, and without traffic, across the very large Tennessee River Bridge. Suddenly in the rain, fog, and mist, I spotted a guy on foot, with a back pack, leaning into the wind and rain, crossing the bridge. I could not leave him out there. I pulled over and offered him a ride, which he gladly accepted. I should point out, that in those days it was a courtesy to pick up a hitch hiker, if you had the room. Everyone didn’t have cars, and if you felt safe, you helped out a fellow traveler.


His name was Dan. He was an actor, headed to Chicago, where he was promised a part in a play. He was very engaging and quite a character. I enjoyed his company. I was very involved with Norfolk Little Theatre at the time, so I gave him my contact information, and told him that if he ever got to Norfolk, we had a lot of theatre and he could probably find a gig. After about an hour, we reached Monteagle, where our paths split. I dropped him off at a truck stop where he could easily hitch a ride to Chicago. I went in the opposite direction to Sewanee and my meeting.


I forgot about Dan, until about two years later when my door bell rang. It was Dan. Norfolk’s Generic Theatre had offered him a part in one of their plays. He had also gotten a job as bar tender of The Spirit of Norfolk. He asked if he could crash at my place until cash flow kicked in. I had a vacant room, and let him stay.


Now – for a story within a story: At that time, almost next to my house was the last wooden bridge in Norfolk, and it crossed Mosley Creek to Grandy Park, a very large public housing project. Each Halloween, throngs of kids crossed the old bridge and visited my house for trick-or-treat. There were usually several parents with them. It was a lot of fun, and I always looked forward to it. Then Dan decided to get into the act. He borrowed my black funeral cloak, painted his face green with some pretty hideous make up, and his eyes red, got my flash light, and hid in the bushes of my driveway. As the crowds of kids came down the dark driveway, Dan jumped out at them with the flash light under lighting his face, and let out a wolf howl. You could hear the crowd screaming back across the bridge, led by the parents, who would have gladly left their kids.


The bridge got torn down. Dan moved on. and I haven’t had a trick-or-treater in about 40 years. Sometimes even good things come to an end. Boo.


HRRC Board Meeting

The board of the Hampton Roads Rowing Club will meet at Epiphany every second Tuesday of the month. They will meet at 7:15pm.
Girl Scout Troop

The Girl Scout troop that met at Epiphany prior to the pandemic will begin meeting on Friday afternoons. Welcome back girls!

Vestry Meeting

The vestry will meet on November 10th. The meeting will start at 7pm, after dinner at 6:30.

Don't Forget to Fall Back!

Thanksgiving Service and Meal

Our Thanksgiving Service will be at 11:00 am, followed by wine and cheese at approximately 12:00. Then a buffet at approximately 12:30. There is a sign up sheet on the easle at the back of the church on which you can list how many people you are bringing and what side dishes you are bringing. Friends and relatives are welcome. We still need a couple of folks to cook and carve turkeys.

Vestry Elections

Vestry elections and Congregational Meeting will be on Sunday, November 20th, in lieu of a homily. We now have 4 nominations for 4 open seats: Mike Diaz, Lynne Pipis, Jim Fisher, and Mary Shaffer. Nomination forms are at the entrance to the church. Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, November 16th. If you are nominating someone, make sure you have his/her permission.


We are anxious to get a choir together again - post pandemic. We are starting off small and simple. If you are interested, say something to Joe Ritchie or join us for rehearsal at 9:30 Sunday morning.

Intercession Cards

Intercession Cards are on the table in the back of the church and may be handed to the clergy at any time. Names will no longer be printed in the Sunday programs.

November Service Schedule

November 6, 2022 - All Saints, All Souls

  • Homily - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Jerry Cronin
  • Altar - Len & Tina Wright
  • Flowers - Marcia Cronin
  • Usher - Kevin LaPointe

November 13, 2022 - Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

  • Celebrant- Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Homily - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lector - Gayle Greene
  • Altar - Kevin LaPointe
  • Flowers - Jim fisher
  • Usher - Susie Pedigo

November 20, 2022 - Christ the King Sunday

  • Celebrant- Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Homily - Congregational Meeting
  • Lector - John Greene
  • Altar -Ariel Fernandez
  • Flowers - Joyce Williams
  • Usher - Tom Gilleland

November 27, 2022 - First Sunday of Advent

  • Celebrant- Rev. Julia Ashby
  • Homily - Rev. Richard Bridgford
  • Lectors -Tina Wright
  • 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

October, 2022

  • Approved draft of new temporary front door sign.
  • Approved replacing the removed maple tree with a Live Oak.
  • Reported washer and dryer are repaired.
  • Reported that new refridgerator in in place.
  • Discussed "draft" of 2023 budget with special discussion of wether or not to continue recording the services for online viewing. 
  • Discussed need for new chairs in the Parish Hall.

Ushers Needed

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

November Birthdays

  • Angela Stain, 2nd
  • Robert Kidd, 6th
  • Richard Bridgford, 12th
  • Valerie Smith, 14th
  • Lynne Pipis, 15th
  • Caroline Spring, 16th
  • Mary Shaffer, 18th
  • Emmett "Buddy" Pate 20th
  • Kelly Harvey, 25th
  • Mary Turner, 27th
  • Aaron Stein, 29th

November Anniversaries

  • Otto & Sherry Pebworth, 8th
  • Steve & Lisa Kopacz, 27th
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