Weekly e-News
from Epiphany Parish

May 19, 2021

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From Rev Christen
Dear Epiphany Parish,
I want to draw your attention to three special services coming up in the next few weeks:
First, this Sunday, May 23rd, is our celebration of Pentecost, the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church. Our Pentecost service will be held over the phone at 8:30am, or in-person on the driveway at 10:15 (this service will also be livestreamed to Facebook Live). One of our Pentecost Sunday traditions is to wear red! 
Then, Sunday, May 30th will be Margaret Lias’ last Sunday at Epiphany. Margaret is completing a 1-year parish internship with us as she progresses towards ordination to the diaconate in our diocese. I invite you to come and help us thank Margaret and send her off with our blessings as she leaves for the next internship that is part of her ordination process. 
Finally, Sunday, June 6th after the 10:15am service will be our 2021 Annual Meeting. At this meeting we will elect a slate of candidates to various leadership positions throughout our parish, thank our outgoing officers and vestry members, and celebrate the ministry that has taken place even in the midst of this most challenging year.  This meeting should be no longer than 1 hour. More information will be coming soon but please save the date and plan to join us outside on Sunday June 6th.  
In addition, please keep our regathering team in your prayers. We are expecting updated COVID-19 protocol guidance from our diocese this week and our regathering team will be meeting next week to make a plan for worship this summer and next fall. I know that guidance and restrictions are changing quickly and I thank you for your patience as we engage this regathering process thoughtfully and intentionally over the next few weeks. 

Peace in Christ,
Rev. Christen
Sunday School News
 
This Sunday – May 23rd – will be the last day of our Sunday School lessons for this year! 
Do you remember when we put ornaments onto the Jesse Tree, way back in the fall? And this week the last piece of our puzzle will be added, and all the secret words will be complete. The “code” to figure out the secret message will be available online, for you to use at home.
 
We’ve talked about lots of Bible stories, and we hope you’ve been able to enjoy the activity pages and resources posted online. Thanks to all who participated! 
 
And-surprise! We have prepared a special summer send-off gift for each Sunday Schooler (Pre-K through high school). These will be available if you come to the church service in person on Sunday, or during wafer pick-up on Saturday May 29 or June 5 (10-12 AM) You can also call the church office and work out a time to collect your surprise.
 
Have fun this summer! We look forward to next year, with new stories and new fun activities.
 
Warmest wishes to all children and families, 
Epiphany Sunday School Teachers
Graduates - Is someone in your family graduating this Spring?  
If you, or a family member, are graduating please get the information (graduate's name, school, degree, etc.) to the church office by Monday, May 31st so we can recognize them in the e -News on Tuesday, June 1st.

Seeking Dutton Youth Scholarship Applicants
 In 2018, the vestry voted to expand the Dutton Acolyte Scholarship to recognize any youth within 2 years of graduating high school who have supported Epiphany Parish. The Dutton Scholarship is a one-time award for High School graduates who are continuing their education. The amount of the scholarship is determined by the vestry each year depending on eligible funds.
 
All youth who are graduating high school this year or have graduated high school within the past 2 years and who have served Epiphany Parish consistently as an acolyte, or have consistent participation in 2 or more of the following activities, are eligible to apply:
Consistent serving as an acolyte, consistent teaching or assisting in Sunday School, participation in YLA and/or Diocesan Youth Counsel, lay reader, volunteer at Barbara C. Harris Camp, youth representative on vestry, leadership role in youth group, consistent participation in outreach activities such as Breaking Bread or Pumpkin Patch, or administrative duties.
 
To apply, applicants are required to write a letter describing the impact participation in the above activities has had on them and their plans for continuing their education. Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Rector, the acolyte director, and a Vestry representative(s).
 
Applications may be emailed to office.epiphany@verizon.net and must be received by Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
Sunday, May 23, 2021 - Day of Pentecost
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 .
Diocesan News
Local Online Pentecost Worship - The Ministry of Immigration Partnership convened through the Office of the Canon for Immigration and Multicultural Ministries invites everyone to join virtually with Bishop Gayle E. Harris for a multicultural celebration of Pentecost and Shavuot on Saturday, May 22 at 5 p.m. Register in advance here to receive the online link. Questions may be directed to the Rev. Canon Dr. Jean Baptiste Ntagengwa, Canon for Immigration and Multicultural Ministries (jbntagengwa@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 400).
For registration information - Click Here.
Pentecost ‘Way of Love Revival Weekend’ to include concert, worship - Join The Episcopal Church as it greets Pentecost with One in the Spirit, a Way of Love Revival Weekend designed to fan the flames of hope, celebrate difference, honor creation, foster beloved community, and send people toward Jesus’s Way of Love. 
The weekend of events includes the following:
  • Friday, May 21, 8 p.m. ET: Washington National Cathedral’s Vigil of Hope
  • Saturday, May 22, 6-7:30 p.m. ET: Concert for the Human Family and “From Many, One” Community Conversations 
  • Sunday, May 23, 4-5:30 p.m. ET: Churchwide Pentecost Revival Worship from Philadelphia, Navajoland, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.

“Pentecost is the season when we celebrate the birth of the church and the Spirit landing on the glorious diversity of God’s people,” said Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. “Thanks to vaccinations and CDC recommendations, it’s also the moment when lots of our churches can finally open their arms more fully to the public. We want to mark this moment of renewal with a revival and pray that God would rain blessing, guidance and power down on all people.”
The Pentecost Way of Love Revival Weekend begins Friday, May 21, at 8 p.m. ET with Washington National Cathedral’s Vigil of Hope. Poised on the edge of reopening, the nation carries deep wounds following more than a year of global pandemic and public reckoning with centuries of racial injustice. All are invited to gather in word and music to acknowledge the sorrow of this past year and gaze toward the hope rooted deeply in faith.
The weekend continues on Saturday, May 22, at 6 p.m. ET with the first in a series of virtual Concert for the Human Family and Conversations Across Difference. Filmed at Philadelphia Cathedral in compliance with COVID protocols, the May concert features a diverse team – including Nashville pianist and composer Kory Caudill and Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Wordsmith – offering original music inspired by the Prayer for the Human Family.
The concert is framed by the From Many, One: Conversations Across Difference effort, with a pair of musicians sharing their stories at the opening of the concert. Bishop Curry will host further conversation after the concert and then invite the entire audience to share in small group Conversations Across Difference. Register for the free concert and conversations at https://events.episcopalchurch.org/concert-series/.
Most churches will have their local Pentecost celebrations Sunday morning. All are invited to a virtual Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service on Sunday, May 23, at 4 p.m. ET. The spirit-filled celebration will draw on the gifts, testimonies, songs and voices of Episcopalians in cathedrals and communities across the church, including St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Indigenous churches in Navajoland and South Dakota, Christ Church Cathedral in Philadelphia, Washington National Cathedral, and Christ Church in St. Louis.
“We’ll pray next to bee colonies on Seattle’s cathedral roof and chant and give thanks for the earth with Navajo leaders. We’re going to celebrate our diversity, bless God’s creation, and receive the gifts of the Spirit for all that’s ahead,” said Jerusalem Greer, the church’s staff officer for evangelism. “It’s time for us to live the Way of Love out in the world in a new way.”
The Pentecost Way of Love Revival Worship Service will be aired on the Episcopal Church’s various web channels, including Facebook and www.episcopalchurch.org.
For more information about the Revival Weekend:
Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the violence in the Land of the Holy One - Read Here.
Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on deadly unrest in Colombia - Read Here
Notes from the Office
Please help us keep our prayer list current - The names on our prayer list are listed on the top when received and are kept on that list for 6 weeks. At that point, if prayers are still needed, the name will be moved down into the alphabetical list. We appreciate updates for those we hold in prayer. Please contact the parish office or e-mail the office at office.epiphany@verizon.net to update our list.
For the current Prayers of the People - Click Here.
Save the Dates
June 6. 2021 - Annual Meeting - following worship - Rain date June 13 - Warrent Posted
June 19, 2021 - Walpole's 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration - 4:00pm - 8:00pm on the town common. Click for Flyer.

Weekly Calendar
Sunday Morning Prayer - by Phone at 8:30am
Sunday Morning Worship - In-Person & Facebook Live at 10:15am
Last Sunday School Lesson - Gifts available
Tuesday Open Vestry Meetings - virtually every third Tuesday via Zoom
Tuesday - common cathedral drop off May 25th
Wednesday Morning Prayer - by Phone at 7:15
Wednesday - First of the month - Sacred Ground June 2, 2021
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.
common cathedral - Next drop off - Tuesday, 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
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 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.
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.