Parish Notices for March 19, 2021
Online Formation during Lent
The Story of Place - Adult Formation for this Sunday
by the Rev. Bobbi Patterson, who is leading the discussion this week
The power of place is well-known among the communities and people and creatures living there. Epiphany’s current interest in shaping more deeply engaged and committed partnerships with others involves growing our understanding of their places, of the contexts, histories, and meanings of their daily world and life – including their deeper spiritual and religious meanings and acts.
 
Place matters in so many ways. It informs why and how we shape our ethics, which then birth our actions. Place impacts when and why we play. Places teach us how to build relationships as the natural world all around us – in all places - weaves its webs according to the particular weather patterns, geologies, and creatures in and of the place.
 
In the Christian tradition, places shaped spiritual and ethical reflection and action, stories of each of us, groups, and larger movements. Whether African desert huts for contemplative practice, or churches born of grand architecture, or the store-front spaces of Bible study and fellowship around the world how we come to know the Holy and each other depends deeply on increasing full-body attention to place and the stories and values born and expressed in places. From and with places and people and creatures, we are called to partnered action. 
 
Join us this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.as we continue to consider what it means for us to be called to partnered action at this time and in this place.  
Adult Formation
Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

Join us as we continue to reflect on our stories and discern God's call together in community.

This Sunday, March 21, the Rev. Bobbi Patterson will lead a discussion on "Telling the Story of Place."

NOTICE: Adult Formation will not take place for the next two Sundays due to Palm Sunday and Easter.

Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
Shared stories from the first series:
Cristina Montesinos - 1/31/21 >>
Classes are posted to our YouTube channel.
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
Children's Formation

During Lent we will use the updated Faces of Easter, created by our own Ann Fowler for the Godly Play Foundation, to explore the life of Jesus. With this story we will wonder what children can bring to put next to the story so we can know more; don't be surprised to see your children looking for things to bring to the story mid Zoom session on Sunday mornings.

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Youth Formation

Outdoor Gatherings takes place during our in-person Evening Prayer gatherings on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5 - 6 p.m. There will be time for a group check-in, as well as time to discuss the week's devotional material.
  • Weekly devotionals are sent Saturdays
  • Newsletters are sent Mondays
Online Gatherings take place via Zoom on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 5 - 6 p.m. and offers a a time for building community through conversation and games.

Meeting ID: 812 0747 2601
Pass code: 979729
Holy Week & Easter
Easter Flowers & Music

If you would like to make an offering in thanksgiving or memory of someone for Easter, donations are now being accepted.
 
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 before 9 a.m. on Friday, March 26.
  • Outdoor Services are by RSVP only.

  • Click the button below for more details and RSVP links.
Palm Sunday • March 28

Holy Week begins with the Reading of the Passion and Holy Eucharist.
 
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
 
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 is part of the regular Sunday sign up schedule. You can access the link at epiphany.org/rsvp or sign up at the direct link below:
 
NOTE: The Palms will be provided at the outdoor service. You do NOT need to come by the church on Friday.
If you like, you can save your Palms for the Burning of the Palms liturgy on Shrove Tuesday of next year.
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.

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
Regular Worship Services
Sunday Morning Worship at 9 a.m.
Login at 8:50 a.m. to greet one another. Remain online afterwards for Small Groups Virtual Coffee Hour. Formation classes start at 10:15 a.m.

Links for the Sunday morning login and bulletins can also be found on our homepage. Sermon recordings are posted Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.

Dial 646.558.8656
Meeting ID is 532 385 901
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.at

Wednesday Noonday Prayer at 12:30 p.m.
Login around 12:20 p.m. to greet one another. The Zoom Link is not public. Email the parish office to receive the login information.
Outdoor Worship
Registration Required.
Sunday Morning Worship at 11:30 a.m.

Wi-Fi outside is spotty, so print the bulletin at home and bring it with you.
In the event of inclement weather or if temperatures fall below 45°, we will cancel the outdoor service by way of email by 8 a.m. that morning. Check your email before coming to church if the weather is uncertain.
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 and In honor of Jordan Moody on her birthday, by her parents Susan & Jarrod Moody.

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 memory of Carol Hassert by Linda Ryder-Wolf.

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.
Parish Events & Notices
Join the ENT Friends: Help with Tree Planting
by Bert Bender
This Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. - Noon

ENT friends? ENT stands for Epiphany New Trees, and of course is an homage to Ents from Middle Earth. Information and signup for Saturday is found here and at the link below – thanks to those who are on the list as of now (including Team Deocampo, Team Wierwille, David Brandon +1, Garren Lambelet +1, Jeanette Hanson + Galo, Ann & Joel Fowler, Catherine McKinney, Wende Crow, Barbara Belcore, Dirk Zwemer, Susan Ashmore, John Yntema, Erin Braden and new ENTfriends signed up through Trees Atlanta). And kudos to John Wierwille for both vision and running down leads on decent Beech and Dogwood varieties, and to Pam Hall for remarkable guidance on the right plantings. 
Not on the list? Want to join us? That should be fine – so long as we don’t over-top “campus capacity” rules that put a maximum of 75 on site at a time. To add to the list, even for a part of the morning, feel free to email me at bert.bender@alston.com – even on Saturday – and our Buildings & Grounds bouncer crew will work to wave you and your party into Club ENT for the tree planting and/or other needed grounds beautification. 
Quick reminder for all ENT friends on site this Saturday: masks are must! Bring your own gloves, mask(s), water bottle, snacks (if needed). Dress for the weather – it will be cold at the start and warm up to chilly by noon. Any of the following tools would be helpful (be sure to mark with your name): long-handled shovel, mattock, hand cultivator, pitchfork, hand pruners. By attending, you agree to the Trees Atlanta liability waiver.
 
Thanks again to everyone who donated to the matching program with Trees Atlanta! We had hoped to have 20 trees donated so that we could plant 40 trees on our campus, but with enough donations to purchase 45 trees, we’re more than double that, and will be able to plant some shrubbery too!
Ministry of the Month - Stewardship Committee
by Richard Messner, Vestry Liaison for Stewardship
As it has been with everything in our church life since March 2020, Stewardship was challenged to communicate in a new way throughout the year. Our Stewardship Chair, Peggy Palmiter did a terrific job guiding us into new ways of reaching out to parishioners. She was very forward-thinking via digital/electronic media, and with the expertise of Edie Brush, made the task seem easy to the rest of us. Of course we also used the tried and true mailing and telephone calls, with the assistance of vestry members who helped communicate.

We were blessed and so pleased that our congregation heeded the call in supporting our church and our staff, helping to keep Epiphany alive and well. The Stewardship Committee thanks you.

I am most grateful for the 2020 Stewardship team: Peggy Palmiter, Edie Brush, Lisa Daily, Annie Strahan, and the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore. It was challenging. The team made it productive and fun. I could not have asked for more.

Again, thank you all for your support of the Church of the Epiphany.
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 you back.

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
Diaper Drive for Refugee Families
While we are not receiving new families to help, there is a need to restock the diaper pantry for our existing families.In this case, the pantry is Bev Lorenzo's garage, where she generously keeps items so parents can “shop” for needed items like diapers.
We are collecting donations of Diapers sizes 1-4 through March 21. 
 
How to Donate:
  1. Money may be donated online to Epiphany at https://www.epiphany.org/ways-to-give and we will use the money to buy diapers. Please choose “Outreach” as the fund, and when you are making your payment, write “Diaper Drive” in the memo field.
  2. Diapers may be brought to the church during any in-person gathering and left at the front door. (Please don’t disturb the gathering!)
  3. Diapers may be dropped at the front door of the church on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please be sure to ring the bell so Shea can bring it in to add to the bins inside.
 
Contact: Email Kelli Gantt
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: 41 Rolls of paper towels, 22 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 on the Ways to Give page about how to make a pledge.
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 8 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 antiracist 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 • 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 • Michael Zakel, brother-in-law of Sandy Land • Kayre & David, friends of Phillip Ranglin • Tom, brother of Nancy Thompson Gibby Seals, mother of Amanda Kay Seals Joslyn McGuire, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer • Jay & Sheila Thompson, neighbors of Susan & Richard Messner

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

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 3/21-27: Larry Wilcox & Darwin Embser

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 3/21-27: Peter Dodge • Lee Fidler • Jessica Hood • John Pierson • David Sample • Claire Shults • Cadence Carruth • Coen Bassett • Bert Bender • Evelyn Stewart • Laura Gary • Will Lutz • Feivel Ackerly • Alex Bender • Dominic Eby • Robert Woodrum • Eric Jacobs • Sam Skinner

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.