Weekly e-News
from Epiphany Parish

May 11, 2021

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From Rev Christen
Dear Epiphany Parish,

It was wonderful to see many of you at the plant sale this past weekend. I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Alison DiPasca, Jan Nuzzolo, and all of our volunteers who made this fundraiser possible. 
I know that many of us are anxious to learn when we will be able to re-gather together in our sanctuary and I wanted to give you some updates about where we are in this process. On April 15th, our bishops sent out updated guidance for parishes. April 15 Pastoral Letter with COVID-19 Guidelines | Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts (diomass.org) In this letter, they encouraged all parishes to consider what level of in-person worship is appropriate for their context, while following the diocesan restrictions which are more conservative than what is allowed by the state. In response to that letter, I am reconvening our parish regathering committee to meet in the next few weeks to review the diocesan restrictions and make a proposal to be brought to our vestry for approval. This committee will work with our regathering shepherd (Pam Cormier) to determine what level of in-person worship is possible for our parish.
Until a plan is made, we will continue offering outdoor worship on our driveway as well as live-streaming our worship service to Facebook Live. If you feel it is safe for you to do so, I hope that you will join us in-person! We have strict social distancing and mask wearing protocols in place to keep everyone safe. 
I have no doubt that we be back in our sanctuary by the fall, maybe sooner. In the meantime, get vaccinated and keep doing all the things to keep yourself and each other healthy. It has been a long difficult year but there is real hope that we will be able to be together inside soon.

Peace in Christ,
Rev. Christen
Epiphany Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 6th In-Person and Outdoors
In advance of our Annual Meeting in June, the Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for leadership positions in our parish. Beginning today, you may submit nominations by emailing nominations.epiphany@gmail.com or by calling the church office and leaving a voice mail. We will be voting on all vestry officers (Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Clerk, and Treasurer) each for a one year term. We will also be electing two members-at-large, each for a three-year term. We will also be electing representatives to Deanery Assembly and Diocesan Convention.
 
You may nominate yourself or someone else by Wednesday, May 19th. If you would like to nominate someone for a position, please get that person's permission before placing their name in the box. If you have any questions, please email George Ford, Mark Helm, or call the office.
 
When you submit your nominations, be sure to include:
1.    The name of the person you are nominating
2.    The position you are nominating them for
3.    Contact information for the person you are nominating (don't assume we have it in the office)
4.    Your name
 If you are considering taking on a leadership role at Epiphany and would like to learn more about what that is like, please reach out! I'd love to discuss this more with you!
Save the Date - June 19, 2021
Walpole's 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration 4:00pm - 8:00pm on the town common.
Finance Committee 
The Finance Committee meets periodically to review the current finances of the church, provide input and consultation on budget preparation, and provide financial planning for the long term financial health of our Parish. If you are interested in being a part of this work, please contact the Church office.
common cathedral
Next drop off Today, Tuesday May 11th & May 25th
Donations of bananas and oranges can be dropped off on the Tuesday. Please drop off items between 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM in the white box the driveway entrance. We are signed up for 50 pieces of fruit. Although we appreciate anonymous drop-offs/donations it really does help if you sign up by e-mailing the office (office.epiphany@verizon.net) to let us know what you plan to bring. Please do not drop off your fruit early as we want to make sure it is fresh when it arrives! 
common cathedral provides food, community, worship, and so much more to folks in Boston who are experiencing homelessness. Epiphany Parish has supported common cathedral in many ways throughout the years. common cathedral has adapted their programs during the pandemic in order to continue to safely support the members of their community. They are also asking that you please also consider a monetary gift to support this meaningful and very needed ministry: https://commoncathedral.org/donations
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Morning Prayer via phone - 8:30 AM
Sunday Worship In-Person, Outdoor or on Facebook Live at 10:15 AM

Please sign up in advance for attendance in-person or for wafers if worshiping virtually.
To sign up for in-person worship - CLICK HERE.

The Bulletin & Prayers of the People will be emailed on Friday .
Need help?  
Please CLICK HERE for a list of resources and support for mental health, domestic violence, and substance abuse disorders.
Food insecurity: Contact the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333; open 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the crisis (TTY line: 1-800-377-1292).
Financial Assistance: There are also some funds available at Epiphany Parish to help members of our community in a financial emergency. Please reach out confidentially to Rev. Christen (978-758-7270) if you have any questions or need financial support. If you are struggling to buy food or medicine, pay bills, buy gas, or struggling in any other way, please do not suffer in silence. We are all in this together and Epiphany Parish is here to support you in whatever ways we can.
Diocesan COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund ~ The Diocese of Massachusetts has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help meet emerging, urgent needs in congregations and affiliated organizations, and in support of collaborations with ecumenical, multi-faith and community partners. The fund will address critical community needs and congregational sustainability during the time of the pandemic. The fund is now open to receive online gifts at www.diomass.org/give-now.
Outreach Opportunities - Walpole & Beyond
Give blood ~The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe shortage of blood because many blood drives have been cancelled around the country in recent weeks. If you are eligible to give blood and wish to do so, you can make an appointment online here: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html
Hospital Visitation - At this time Rev. Christen is only visiting the hospital or other care facilities in times of extreme emergency or for end-of-life needs. If you or a loved one is in need of a hospital visit please contact Rev. Christen at christen.epiphany@gmail.com.
Feeling a call (or a tug, or a pull) - to get involved in the life of our Parish, but don't know where to start? Please contact Rev. Christen at christen.epiphany@gmail.com to learn about the many opportunities to serve.
Notes from the Office
Last call! Did you find our Egg yet? This is the last week to find Easter Boxing Egg! The clues are available at this link: https://illuminatedmyth.wixsite.com/website-5. If you want to find ours, check the gazebo!
Vestry Meetings - The Vestry of Epiphany Parish meets the third Tuesday of every month (virtually) at 7:00pm on Zoom. All are welcome! Please email Rev. Christen for the zoom link at christen.epiphany@gmail.com.

Weekly Calendar
Sunday Morning Prayer - by Phone at 8:30am
Sunday Morning Worship - In-Person & Facebook Live at 10:15am
Tuesday Open Vestry Meetings - virtually every third Tuesday
Tuesday - common cathedral drop off May 11th & 25th
Wednesday Morning Prayer - by Phone at 7:15
Wednesday - First of the month - Sacred Ground - May 5th
Saturdays - Wafer/Envelope Pick Up - 10:00am - 12:00PM

Office Hours
Please note that due to the continuing COVID pandemic the office hours are still irregular. Please call and we will arrange a time to meet in person. All phone messages and emails will be picked up Monday through Thursday mornings. Please contact Rev Christen directly if you have a pastoral emergency.
Epiphany Parish Welcome Statement - Epiphany Episcopal Parish welcomes all those who seek a spiritual connection to God. We embrace the young and the old; the seasoned and the newcomer; the married, single, separated, divorced and widowed; those of all sexual orientations and gender identities; those from any economic, ethnic, cultural or religious background; and those of all abilities. We not only welcome diversity at Epiphany, we celebrate it.
Epiphany Email Policy: As recently as April 8th, fraudulent emails are continuing to become more common and more sophisticated, please note that Rev. Christen, Epiphany Parish staff, and/or the members of our Vestry will never solicit money, gift cards, or personal information via email. If you have any questions or concerns about an email request you receive from a leader or staff person in our parish, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office at 508-668-2353.