Epiphany Star
Newsletter, Church of the Epiphany
September 2020
Clergy Clatter

I think most of you know that my car got “totaled” in a hit-and-run. Fortunately, the seat belt worked, and I was able to walk away, without injury. The repair shop and GEICO kept the car for two weeks before notifying me that they were “totaling it”, and I needed to turn in the rental in two business days. That did not leave me a lot of time to car shop.
Thinking about age, and other things, I was pretty sure this would be my last new car. It had to be “right” – it had to be “perfect.” So I sat down and made a list of what I wanted and what I did not want, and off I went in a mad dash of shopping.
After visiting a couple of dealers, I ended up back at the Lincoln dealer. The old Lincoln had been a good car for me, except for some problems with electronics. I walked into the showroom, was greeted by a very young salesman, and glanced to my left at a beautiful car on the showroom; that, for all of its beauty, did not meet my “must list.” I explained to the salesman that I needed a new car and that it had to be a sedan rather than a SUV. It had to be a light color because dark colors are hard to keep clean. It had to have a light interior because dark is hot, had to have a sunroof, had to have all the gismos and gadgets, and a few other particulars. The salesman pointed to the beautiful dark gray car, with the black interior on the showroom floor at which I had been peeking out of the corner of my eye, and said, “Well, I was going to show you this one, but it’s dark with black interior. Is that a deal breaker?”. “Yes! Absolutely! Let’s see what else you have.” (We know where this is going, don’t we?)
So off to the lot we went in 100 degree heat. Ford and Lincoln have discontinued production of sedans, so they only had a few left. I looked at each one, and none met my “perfect car” criteria. Back to the showroom we went to cool off and swap cards so I could head to the Jaguar dealer, drool over cars I would not afford, and make myself miserable. But on the way into the showroom, we happened to pass (foxy salesman) the dark car with the black interior and all the goodies I wanted. The rental had to be turned in tomorrow. It’s an omen. “How about working up some figures on this one? I know I don’t want it, but it won’t hurt to get some figures.” And the rest is history.
We all know this doesn’t just happen with cars. Oh, what real estate agents must go through. We have our image of “the perfect”, and then the compromising begins. It’s not always a rational process. In fact, sometimes the whole thing is ridiculous. Maybe that’s what happened when God created humans. God had the idea of “the perfect”, but then compromises had to be made. And we’re the end result – not perfect, put pretty good.

Richard +

Vestry Highlights
August 13, 2020

  • Approved hiring John Moscoe as Parish Clerk for 10 hours a week through December 2020, to be reevaluated when the new budget is approved.

  • Approved suspending Sunday School until after September 6th

  • Approved postponing Yard Sale until safe to hold it.

  • Reviewed Bishop's notice restricting music during services.

  • Discussed possible plans for Christmas.

  • Discussed possibility of Centennial Committee publishing a cook book for the anniversary.

  • Discussed possible changes to yard service (tabled).

  • Reported that a letter had gone to the bishop requesting permission to conduct an outside Eucharist on September 6th. at 10:00 a.m.

  • Reported that Joyce Williams will take the fire extinguishers from the building and get them recharged and inspected.
Sunday Morning Service You Tube Schedule

NOTE: Weather permitting, there will be an in-person church service on Epiphany's Lawn on September 6th at 10 am where there will be communion (bread only). Face covering (mouth and Nose) required. Service bulletin will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own Book of Common Prayer. Also, please bring your own chair.

Sept. 6 - 14th Sunday after Pentecost - Spiritual Communion:
  • Homily by Richard Bridgford.
  • Officiant - Richard Bridgford and Julia Ashby.
  • Lector - John Childers and Larry Bergmooser.
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Sept. 13 - 15th Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer:

  • Homily by Julia Ashby.
  • Officiant - Richard Bridgford.
  • Lector - TBA
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Sept. 20 - 16th Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer:

  • Homily by Richard Bridgford.
  • Officiant - Julia Ashby.
  • Lector - TBA.
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Sept. 27 - 17th Sunday after Pentecost - Morning Prayer:

  • Homily by Julia Ashby.
  • Officiant - Richard Bridgford.
  • Lector - TBA.
  • Organist - Joe Ritchie.
  • Vocals - James Coaxum.
  • Video & Editing - Emmett "Buddy" Pate.

Be on the lookout for emails giving the details and links for the services on YouTube featuring our favorite priests, Richard Bridgford and Julia Ashby.
In Our Thoughts and Prayers

Sheila Brinck
Jerry Cronin
Kevin LaPointe
Mike Scott
Nell Steckman
Chris Boswell
September Birthdays

8th Chan Ashby
8th Joe Ritchie
11th Nancy Reynolds
14th Carlos Fernandez II
15th Anita Neuer Colburn
21st Vaughn Coffman
23rd Mary Scheible

September Anniversaries

6th Jay Powell & Melissa Daigrepont
Stewardship Report
Thank you for your continued financial support of Epiphany by setting up auto pay or mailing your check. If you have fallen behind and your financial situation allows, please consider catching up before June 30 so your contributions will be reflected on your second quarter giving statement. Even when we don’t hold Sunday services, we continue to pay utilities, copier lease, lawn care, salaries and insurance. 
Thank you,

Tina Wright, Stewardship
We are compiling a gallery of pictures of Epiphany members to document life during the Pandemic. Please email your photos to our webmaster Buddy Pate at:


We are also collecting historical pictures of Epiphany and members, for the 100th anniversary of our church. Please also email those pictures to Buddy. If you have old photos, but need them scanned, we can do this at the church (call John Moscoe for an appointment).

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