Parish Notices for March 26, 2021
Worship Survey
If you haven't already, please take a moment to complete the Worship Survey. The Safely Together Task Force wants your feedback on your interest in and willingness to gather indoors with the revised Diocesan guidelines in place.

You and other members of you household can access the survey by clicking the button below. We are accepting responses to the survey until Sunday March 28, 2021 at midnight, and we hope that you will share your honest feedback.
 
Thank you for your patience and your continued engagement with our parish over the last year. We are grateful for our staff, vestry, lay leadership, and all those who have helped us stay connected during this time. We give thanks to God that we will worship together in our sacred space again soon.
Holy Week & Easter
Easter Flowers & Music

If you would like to make an offering in thanksgiving or memory of someone for Easter, please complete this online form. From there you can choose to make your donation via online giving, or if you can also mail a check payable to Church of the Epiphany noting Easter Flowers and/or Easter Music in the memo line.
To be printed in the Easter bulletins, donations must be received in the parish office by NOON on Friday, March 26.
  • RSVP required for outdoor worship and activities
  • Bring flowers from home to flower the cross for all three outdoor Easter services
  • Drive through Eucharist is being offered on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Click the Holy Week button for more information
Weekday Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
Login around 8:45 a.m. for Virtual Coffee Hour. The Zoom Link is not public. Email the parish office to receive the login information. Weekday Bulletin >>

Wednesday Noonday Prayer will not take place March 31 or April 7. The service will resume on April 14.
Palm Sunday • March 28

Holy Week begins with the Reading of the Passion and Holy Eucharist.

9:00 a.m. online (regular Sunday login)
10:10-10:30 a.m. Drive through Communion
11:30 a.m. outdoors (RSVP required)
PALMS for 9 a.m. Online Service
Stop by the church after 9 a.m. Friday, March 26 or Saturday March 27 to pick up a palm frond to use at home for the online service. One per person.

OUTDOOR Service Information
RSVP - The sign up for Sunday is full, but you can Click here to add your name to the Wait List >>
 
NOTE: The Palms will be provided at the outdoor service. You do NOT need to come by the church on Friday.
Dial 646.558.8656
Meeting ID is 532 385 901
If you like, you can save your Palms for the Burning of the Palms liturgy on Shrove Tuesday of next year.
Holy Week for Children

Holy Week in a Bag is available to guide families through the observance of this week. Items to engage your family in the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter) in conjunction with Zoom worship or on your own as a family. If you would like Holy Week in Bag delivered to your porch, email Christen Erskine.

Holy Saturday: The Children's Ministry Committee will host a new way to prepare our space for Easter outside. As with all activities at the church, you must RSVP in advance to participate. Social distancing and mask wearing are required. We will have sidewalk chalk for beautifully decorating our worship space, there is a banner to assemble, and if you bring your hard boiled eggs and some color kits, there will be vinegar and water ready to make the colors (a table for each family to decorate their eggs) for Easter eggs. A story about the symbolism behind the different colors and shapes we use to decorate Easter eggs will be shared. Sign-ups will on Friday, April 2 at 12 p.m.

 
Godly Play will resume on Sunday, April 11 at 9 a.m.
Stations of the Cross

Two options are available for Stations of the Cross this year.

1 - You can take a virtual tour online anytime.

2 - You can sign up to come in person to walk the stations in the nave on Monday and Thursdays afternoons.

Emmaus House Outdoor Stations of the Cross
Saturday March 27 and April 3
You are invited to walk the Emmaus House Outdoor Stations of the Cross from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Presenting the stories and the history of the Peoplestown community, the Emmaus House Stations of the Cross recontextualizes elements of the traditional Stations service for a 2021 Lenten reflection. If you're interest in this event, please click the image to sign up. Space is limited
Formation Classes
Adult Formation will not take place on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Classes resume on Sunday, April 11.
 
Children’s Formation will not take place on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. Classes resume on Sunday, April 11.
 
Youth Group Formation
  • In-Person outdoor Evening Prayer will take place at 5 p.m. on Palm Sunday, March 28.
  • Online Youth Group will not take place on Easter Sunday, April 4.
Parish Announcements & Events
Give in Honor of Memory of Someone
The Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or for a special occasion.
The Arrangements at the Altar for this Sunday are given to the Glory of God.

The Altar Arrangements are used for both online and outdoor services. You may request a particular flower or color be used on the signup. Suggested donation is $75.
The Sanctuary Light is given this week to the Glory of God and ...

  • In prayer for Doug McIntosh who is in hospice, by Margo Timberlake
  • In memory of Gene Church Schulz, by Amy Shipp & Eric Schultz

The light is a visible sign of the presence of the Blessed Sacrament held in reserve in the Tabernacle and burns for seven days. Suggested donation is $6.
Thank You ENT Friends!

We thank the many ENT Friends (ENT = “Epiphany New Trees”) who helped with the Tree Planting this past Saturday and the “Bring Me a Shrubbery” transplanting the week before. Our planters included Dirk Zwemer, John Yntema & Katharine Hilliard-Yntema, John Wierwille & Kathryn Oliver-Wierwille (Leona and Eloise too), Peter Schneider and Paul Schneider, Phillip Ranglin, Nicole Lambelet (plus Garren and Naomi), Paige Howell, Jeanette Hanson &Galo Velasco-Jackson, Pam Hall, Ann & Joel Fowler, Dan & Joanne Deocampo (and Alexander and Gabbie), Susan & Robert Cunningham (also Bobby), David Brandon (and thanks to your daughter too), Erin Braden, Barbara Belcore, Susan Ashmore, JP Boulée (and Pilar and Forest), Jimmy Rabb, Brenda Lloyd, Tom Felcher and Sara Cushing, plus volunteers from AGI Group and Trees Atlanta. (We add the obligatory: Are there others? And yes, there are, so look for a donor highlight in a week or two.)
Roses. Bouquets of accolades are due Jeannette Hanson (who initiated this project with an innocent “why don’t we plant some trees” email a year or so ago), John Wierwille (who is a wealth of knowledge on many topics, including trees and shrubs and how and where to get them), Pam Hall (Professor, though not of botany, Pam is also a wealth of information about plants and interactions with wildlife), John Yntema & Katharine Hilliard-Yntema (both hands on and hands in the ground around Epiphany), Sara Cushing (who helped lead Shrubbery Day and with guidance of this project), Susan Pierce Cunningham (part of Epiphany and also Trees Atlanta and the connection between the two), and Tom Felcher (who among other things on the grounds was an “Azaleas Atlanta” team of one by the Point Sign). And we remember Tom Hairston, who was passionate about Epiphany, the grounds and maintenance of the tree canopy.
 
This Land Is Your Land. The turnout and interest of all was outstanding, and during digging and/or leaning on shovels watching digging, there was much talk about “what’s next,” whether it’s flower beds, or shrubbery, or more trees, or berry bushes on Byrdland, or more, much more, many more ideas.
  • We plan to take ideas from ENT friends and others about new projects, including small projects that families could do, and other ideas to further enrich the beauty and sustainability of the Epiphany campus.
  • Look for an announcement very soon and perhaps a survey to collect interest, ideas, and a sign-up for an “on the grounds” walkabout gathering to discuss next steps, probably Sunday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m.
Save Georgia’s Hemlocks. As you may know, 20 or so of the trees were sourced through Donna Shearer at Save Georgia’s Hemlocks. John Wierwille reports that “The trees secured by Donna and Save Georgia’s Hemlocks could not have been sourced through any nursery. They simply are not grown by commercial facilities because of the risk of total loss due to infestation. She secured those trees from three different states for us.” To learn more about Hemlocks, see https://savegeorgiashemlocks.org/. We very much appreciate the efforts by Donna and her organization, and we invite you to support Save Georgia’s Hemlocks by your donations.
 
We close with another reading from a letter from John of Wierwille: “You ENTs all know how the Spirit of God moves through trees and rejoices at the birds and the salamanders and the frogs. We will not all be around to see it in completion, but we are certainly planting a cathedral that will grow on site for many years to come and make the Spirit of God feel close for so many.
Epiphany Art Ministry
presents custom wreaths by

- Beth Beck -
(sister of parishioner Liefy Smith)

March/April 2021
In Beth's own words
“I love floral design because it is the perfect converse to my left brain focus and my refuge from my computer into the land of color, softness and the wonder of nature and it makes me feel marvelous to create something that brings a smile.”
View the Exhibit online 24/7
The exhibit is online with pop-up images and prices.

View the Exhibit in-person
Stop by the church Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m. and follow the protocols posted on the above link.
Required Trainings for Staff & Lay Leadership
If you are not sure of your training status, contact the parish office.
Dismantling Racism is offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Safeguarding Training: The New Inclusion Module OR the Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Abuse Module via Zoom is required for people who need re-certification for either Safeguarding God's Children or People as well as people who have never had either training.

Church Building Remains Closed

The staff continues to work mostly from home. They check their email and voicemail messages regularly.

Pastoral Emergencies: Please call the church at 404.373.8338 and leave a message for Amy (ext. 14) or Nicole (ext. 16). They receive message alerts and will return your call.

Building Sign-In Required: The building is closed to in-person worship and meetings, however, if you need to enter the church building for any reason, please sign in and out using the logbook at the entrance.
Outreach
NON-FOOD Pantry Drive for March
The ECW sponsors a pantry drive for Emmaus House twice a year in March and October for non-food items not covered by the Food Stamp program. For March, the ask is for liquid dish soap and paper towels. Bins are by the front door.

You can also donate $10 to the church and they will shop for you. Make checks out to Church of the Epiphany, noting "Emmaus House" in the memo field.

Cumulative Tally: 143 Rolls of paper towels, 62 Bottles of dish soap
The United Thank Offering
The ingathering will take place on Sunday, April 11
The United Thank Offering (UTO) contributions support Episcopal missions and ministries. UTO envelopes and coin boxes are available outside by the entrance. Please make checks out to The Episcopal Church Women, noting UTO in the memo field.

Finances
Year End Statements
Year end statements were sent via email on January 15 with the subject line “Your giving statement from Church of the Epiphany.” Statements are also available on Realm. If you have not yet done so, please enroll so you have immediate access to your giving record and the church directory. Should that be impractical for you, email our bookkeeper Susie Boyko to request a PDF by email or paper statement by mail be sent to you.
Ways to Give
The easiest way for you to give to Epiphany is through Realm, our secure online community. You can make one-time donations or manage your giving as a recurring transaction in a secure, easy-to-use environment. Contribution statements are always available via your profile.

If you have not yet created a login to our online church ministry tool, there is more than one way to create one:


Visit epiphany.org/ways-to-give to learn about the different was to give to Epiphany. You'll also find links to more information about Realm. Finally, if you have not already made a financial pledge to support Church of the Epiphany this year, there's also a link about how to make a pledge on the Ways to Give page.
Online Gatherings
Daughters of the King meet 4th Sundays
The Daughters of the King (DOK) meet online on 4th Sundays at 2 p.m. The DOK is open to all women in the parish interested in fellowship and study.

Email Barbara Ryder if you would like to receive the Zoom link each month.

Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Email Linda Ryder-Wolf for the Zoom link. The selection for April is Pale Horse Pale Rider: Three Short Novels by Katherine Anne Porter
Racial Justice Group meets 2nd Tuesdays
The Racial Justice Group (RJG) meets 2nd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Called by our baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being, the RJG is focused on lifelong learning and action steps we can take as individuals and as a church community to help achieve racial equity and justice. All are welcome.

Email Erin Braden for the Zoom link, and reach out to Erin or Kay Lee with any questions or suggestions. We welcome your thoughts.
Racial Justice Book Study Group meets last Wednesdays
You are invited to join Epiphany’s Racial Justice Book Study group on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:45 - 8 p.m. We are currently reading Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson and will continue to read and discuss the book through April.

The purposes of our Book Study are to:
  • educate and inform ourselves on the history of racial injustice
  • better understand the challenges of changing racial inequities and seeking racial justice, and
  • work toward pragmatic and effective ways to be better anti-racist advocates.
 
Please consider ordering your books from Black owned, local bookstores which you can find by searching for “black owned bookstores Atlanta.” Email Lisa Daily for the Zoom link. Contact Lisa Daily or Kay Lee, if you have any questions.
Grief Pastoral Care Group meets 1st Thursdays
The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets online 1st Thursdays at noon for a healing and faith based conversation around grief and loss. Led by parishioners Megan Fraijo-Paul and Nancy Thompson, both trained psychotherapists. Email either Megan or Nancy to join the group and receive the Zoom link.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch classwhich is the basic SilverSneakers classmeets online on Fridays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All at 11 a.m. Email Ellen Mintzmeyer for the Zoom link.
Prayers of the People
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
  • Names of our friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.
  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
For members who are bidding our prayers: Sally Brockington • Lily Burnett • Sam Burnett • Beth Galvin • Judy Jarady • Henry Laird • Neela Ram • Ann Rowles • Stephanie Thompson • Lindsay Todd

For friends and family: Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers • Betty Porter, relative of Christen Erskine • Dave Tipton, brother of Pam Tipton • Rosalind, sister of Katharine Hilliard-Yntema • Kayre & David, friends of Phillip Ranglin • Gibby Seals, mother of Amanda Kay Seals • Joslyn McGuire, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer • Jay & Sheila Thompson, neighbors of Susan & Richard Messner • Tom, brother of Nancy Thompson • Laura, niece of Laura Keys • John, brother of Laura Keys • Harry Spotts, father of Elizabeth Roberts • Gaynor Shane, mother of Elizabeth Roberts

For those who have died: Stan Foster, friend of Nancy Thompson

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 3/28-4/3: Holly & Charles Slater

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 3/28-4/3: Haley Cognata • Cindy Lamons • Terry-Lee Ross • Lillian Wright • Penny Carr • Charles Hooker • Kristin Banfield • Todd Davis • Beth Floyd • Alex Sherrill • Abigail Wiles • Avery Sherrill • Lucas Zeller • Shea McNutt

For those expecting a child: Amanda Kay Seals & Zac Toy

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Chris Miller • Tom Mundy • Terry-Lee Ross • June Sparks
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at NOON.