Parish Notices for April 8, 2022
Issue Highlights
Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna!
New Dir. of Children's Ministry
Easter Candy Needed by Sunday
Agápe Supper RSVPs DUE MONDAY
Easter Flowers & Music Donations DUE MONDAY
Sign up for Easter Breakfast
Ongoing Meetings Schedule
Welcome another New Member
New Appliances
Harvest Plant Sale on Saturday
Dear Friends in Christ,
We have lived through what seems in some ways like two years of endless Lent. Just over two years ago we moved all our services, meetings, and formation online – for what we thought would be just a few weeks until this passed. And now, two years later, we are still not sure what “normal” looks like. As we finally return to in-person Holy Week services in the nave, we can reflect on what Holy Week might mean for us this year. 
This Sunday, we will gather out in the meadow, bless our palms, and sing All Glory, Laud, and Honor as we process into the church for Palm Sunday. We do this in memory of Christ’s journey during Holy Week. It began with a parade into Jerusalem accompanied by shouts of "Hosanna!," which means something like “save us! save us now!” It is a prayer and a plea from the mouths of people desperate for something in which to place their hope. Perhaps like us at times, they were placing their hope in the wrong things - which became apparent as they followed Jesus through the rest of Holy Week. By the time this week is over, far from the military overthrow they wanted, they will witness Jesus humbly washing the feet of his disciples in the upper room, agonizing in the garden, arrested, scourged and crucified. It turns out that God’s power is made perfect not in the might they thought they needed, but in vulnerable love. 
 
We will shout our "Hosannas" on Sunday, perhaps wishing someone would “save us now” from the grief, suffering, violence, and death that our world keeps handing out. We now know how fragile life is and we sometimes despair at the brokenness of our world. Jesus doesn’t save us by changing all that, but by transforming us in the midst of it, reminding us of the presence of love that goes with us always and calling us to be a transforming presence in the world around us. Jesus has traveled this way before. He knows the way. Let us follow him. 
 
We will follow him into Jerusalem this Sunday, commemorate the light that can never be extinguished when we gather on Wednesday for the Tenebrae service, share an Agápe meal together for the first time in three years as part of our Maundy Thursday service, and remember the love of Christ that led to the cross on Good Friday. Those are important parts of our journey with Jesus, but that is not the end of the story. We will gather on Sunday morning before dawn to remember the rest of the story. We will sing our Easter hymns in acknowledgement that this story, our story, is one of hope, and that while the despair and brokenness is real, there is another story that is just as true. 
 
I hope to see you this Sunday and throughout this journey of Holy Week as we walk this path together with Christ. 

The Rev. Amy Dills-Moore
Priest in Charge
Greetings Epiphany
I am excited to announce that Emily Elder will be joining our staff team for the next couple of months to assist us in ministry with our families. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, we recognize that many of the needs and desires of our families at church have changed. In order to more deeply understand the impact the last several years has had on our community, we hope to hear more from you about how these experiences can and should shape the next season of our ministry. When I look toward the future of family ministry at Epiphany, I see several things on the horizon: hiring a new Director of Children’s Ministry, bringing back programming and formational activities that foster a deeper sense of belonging in Christ among our children, youth, and their caretakers. In the coming months Emily will be working closely alongside me to shore up our infrastructure, begin several of these initiatives, and host some listening circles. We want your input as we work to build back better with God’s help. Emily comes to us with a rich array of experience and the administrative skills I think are vital to the work we have before us most immediately. Please join me in welcoming her to our team as we walk out these important next steps in ministry together.
 
Emily is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but she came to Atlanta via Charlottesville, VA (Go Hoos!) and Nashville, TN. She is currently at the Candler School of Theology, and she will graduate in May with her Master of Divinity. Her concentration is in “Scripture and Interpretation,” and her passion lies in connecting people’s stories with God’s redemptive story as found in the Bible and throughout church history.
 
Emily made Epiphany her church home in August 2021. Since then, she has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the community at Epiphany, and she was confirmed into the Episcopal Church on March 26. When Emily isn’t studying or working in Candler’s Admissions Office, you can find her biking, exploring local parks and neighborhoods, eating pho, reading for fun, or watching movies and cooking with friends. She’s extremely fond of anything salty (especially popcorn)!

The Rev. Nicole Lambelet,
Associate Priest for Family Ministry and Community Engagement  
This Sunday
Childcare for newborns and children ages 3 and under is being offered once again on Sunday mornings. Our childcare workers in the nursery are both vaccinated and they will be wearing KN95 masks.
Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the Nave
Masks Required during worship
The narrative account of Jesus’ last days is read at the morning services. We will gather in the meadow—the grassy area off the paved parking lot, to begin our procession with palms into the nave.

Watch the 10 a.m. service online: YouTube Link | Zoom Link

NOTE for livestream viewers: The Blessing of the Palms takes place outside; please refer to the online bulletin. The procession will arrive in the nave at approximately 10:10 a.m.


  • Video Recordings can be found on our YouTube channel following the time of original broadcast.
  • Sermon recordings are posted Tuesday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Formation classes will not take place on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light
  • The Arrangements at the Altar are given to the Glory of God.
  • The Sanctuary Light is given to the Glory of God and in memory of Leigh McDonald, by Susan & Loren Williams.

If you would like to sign up to give the Sanctuary Light in honor of an anniversary, birthday or in memory of a loved one, click the link below. Sign up by noon on Wednesdays to be listed in the weekly Friday email.
The color and selection of flowers is based on the appropriateness of the liturgical season. However, you may request a particular flower or color be used on the signup. Suggested donation is $75.
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.
Second Sundays for Young Adults
 
This Sunday, Young adults are invited to help the youth paint sets for the youth play from 4-6 p.m. Dinner will follow. Contact: The Rev. Nicole Lambelet
Youth Group
 
Today, the Youth Group is rehearsing for the Barnyard Bible Hour performance from 4 – 6 p.m. Next week the group will not meet.
Now Showing
Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes for the month of April, the “Out West” photography series by newcomer parishioner Zoe Aparicio.


Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany.
Easter Candy Donations needed by this Sunday, April 10
We are asking for donations of nut free candy for the Easter treat bags for the kids.

Place donations in the bins by the entrance. Donations accepted through Palm Sunday.

NO Plastic Eggs Needed.
April 13—Tenebrae 7 p.m.
April 14—Maundy Thursday Agápe Supper & Holy Eucharist 6 p.m. *
April 15—Good Friday Liturgy 12 p.m. * & 7 p.m.
April 16—Emmaus House Stations of the Cross10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

* Services livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom
4/11-15—Morning Prayer takes place every weekday at 9 a.m. on Zoom. Login at 8:45 a.m. for coffee hour. New Login Link as of 3/30. Contact the parish office for the link.

4/13—Wednesday Noonday Prayer takes place at 12 p.m. in the side chapel. A Healing Service with Eucharist follows at 12:15 p.m.

4/13—Tenebrae (Latin for shadows) is a contemplative service recalling the Passion of the Christ in music, verse and light. Join us at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to sign up to read one of the lessons.


4/14—Maundy Thursday Agápe Supper, begins at 6 p.m. with foot washing and liturgy immediately following. The Supper requires reservations. Look for a dedicated email for reservations to be sent out shortly.


4/14-15—Maundy Thursday Vigil: Come and keep watch with Jesus in Gethsemane after the Maundy Thursday service on April 14. The side chapel altar will be converted into an altar of repose for the reserved sacrament from 9 p.m. – 9 a.m. in preparation for the Good Friday service. Stay for as long or short of time as you wish. There is no need to sign up. Park in the paved lot and enter through the Chapel doors. A host will greet you.

4/15—Good Friday: Join us at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a service commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Good Friday Offering when, in 1922 in the aftermath of WWI, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. The offering for the day will go to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Please note “Good Friday Offering” in the memo field.


4/16—Emmaus House Stations of the Cross: Presenting the stories and the history of the Peoplestown community, the EH Stations re-contextualizes elements of the traditional pilgrimage centering our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in every human being.

Reminder

Signups for all parish events can also be found at epiphany.org/rsvp
The Great Vigil of Easter • 6 a.m.
Easter Day Service • 9 a.m.*
Easter Breakfast • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt • 10:15 a.m.
Easter Day Service with incense • 11 a.m. *

* Services livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom
Easter Flowers & Music: You are invited to make an offering for Easter Flowers and/or Music in thanksgiving or memory of a loved one. You can choose to pay online, or mail a check to the church. Submissions received by 9 a.m. Monday, April 11 will be listed in the Easter Bulletin.


Easter Sunday liturgies are at 9 & 11 a.m. with. During the 9 a.m. service, children will be invited to FLOWER THE CROSS. Please bring a flower from home.

Easter Breakfast will be served from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Please sign up with your table ready breakfast dishes to share (fruit, sweets, casseroles and other savories). Parish Life will provide biscuits with jams and jellies, ham and beverages. Include a card listing dietary/allergen comments (i.e., meat, dairy, gluten, nut ingredients). No charge/donations welcome.


Easter Egg Hunt: Gather your children (up to 5th grade) in the church following the 9 a.m. service for instructions and we will dismiss for the egg hunt from the Nave at 10:15 a.m. Please bring your own baskets or bags.
Events Later in April
Pick up your UTO Boxes or Envelopes
The ingathering will take place on Sunday, April 24
During Lent, we take up a collection for the United Thank Offering (UTO). An Episcopal tradition since 1889, the UTO contributions support Episcopal missions and ministries. UTO envelopes and coin boxes are available in the gallery for use however you choose: daily, special occasion of gratitude, extra change, etc. We hope to once again surpass our goal of $1,000. The ingathering will take place on Sunday, April 24.

Grants in previous years associated in our area include:

  1. Rainbow Village in Duluth (helping families live successfully our of homelessness.)
  2. Navajo Land, Ft Defiance, NM. (Our former Associate Rector, Cynthia Hizer received the grant for improving the chapel on the facility.)

  • If you choose to donate by check, please make checks out to The Episcopal Church Women, noting UTO in the memo field.
  •  If you would like to give online, click the link below and select “ECW/UTO Offering” as the fund.
 
Barnyard Bible Hour - 4/24
On Sunday April 24, come see members of the Epiphany youth group perform their original one-act play, based on various biblical scenes. The show begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10.

Ongoing Meetings & Events
4/11—The Episcopal Women (ECW) meet on 2nd Tuesdays in the parish hall. This month we are starting at 10 a.m. instead at 11 a.m. as we are stuffing the eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt! Contact: Laura Keys

4/13—The Epiphany Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. New members are always welcome. Contact: Julie Ryder, Organist & Choirmaster

4/24—The Daughters of the King (DOK): The Epiphany chapter of the DOK meet over Zoom on 4th Sundays at 5 p.m. The DOK are a lay order whose goals are prayer, service and evangelism. We welcome interested women to visit. Contact Judy Jarady for the meeting link.

4/28—Epiphany’s Membership Committee meets bimonthly and our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 on Zoom. New Members welcome. Contact: Liefy Smith or Annie Strahan

5/2—The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. All are welcome. Contact: Linda Ryder-Wolf.
  • May: Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • June: Songs of Achilless by Madeline Miller
  • No meeting in July or August

5/5—The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets on Zoom 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. Please contact Megan or Nancy before attending for the first time.

5/13—The Feeding Ministry cooks at Epiphany and then serves the meal at Gateway Shelter on 2nd Fridays. You can help with one or more of the following activities:
  • Wednesday - Food Shopping
  • Thursday - Chopping Veggies
  • Friday - cooking from 2–5 p.m., serving from 5–7 p.m. or helping clean up after the volunteer dinner at 7 p.m.


6/1—Racial Justice Book Group: As part of our commitment to lifelong learning about racial justice, the Epiphany Racial Justice Book (ERJB) Group meets every other month on 1st Wednesdays in Room 201 from 6:45–8 p.m. to discuss Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Flex & Stretch class—which is the basic SilverSneakers class—meets online on Thursdays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Fridays. For the link, email Ellen Mintzmeyer.
Announcements
Welcome a New Member
Welcome new member Sylvia Yaw.

Sylvia began attending Epiphany last fall and decided to officially transferred her membership to Epiphany from St. Julian's in Douglasville.

Sylvia is co-chairing our Earth Guild with newcomer Frances Finegan.
New Appliances Have Arrived
Thanks to an undesignated bequest, we were able to replace both the freezer and dishwasher in the kitchen. The freezer had died at the beginning of the pandemic and we had canceled the lease for the dishwasher once we realized the pandemic was going to continue for some time.

The new freezer is plugged in and up and running.

The dishwasher is not quite ready for use yet. One more trip from the vendor and a training session for Shea, and it will be ready for use.
A Visit to the National Center of Civil and Human Rights
On April 2, members of the Epiphany Racial Justice Group (ERJG) and other Epiphanites paid a visit to the National Center of Civil and Human Rights.

The Center is located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30313.

Click the image to see more photos from their visit.
Seedtime and Harvest Plant Sale April 9 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
For everyone who plants a garden on Good Friday, for those who are filling out their gardens, and those who wait for moderating temperatures, this sale is for you. Along with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and okra, we're offering four varieties of cucumbers, cantaloupe, honeydew, and the beautiful Indian Kajari melon—dark orange striped in green and cream—a slightly musky honeydew-type melon. Perennials, shrubs, an array of annual flowers and beautiful house plants are ready for planting.

There will be two Plant Sales this season
  • May 7
  • June 4
 
You can also shop for art created by their 3T artists, create your own art, buy a hand-painted Friendship Center flower pot, and enjoy our delicious baked goods.
 
The Friendship Center is located at Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 and can be reached at 404.627.6510.
Update on Afghan Refugee Family
Thank you to all who have donated so generously to the refugee fund, which is enabling us to help the family choose things they need. In addition, we have received wonderful donations of Chromebooks and furniture. We are still looking for a dining room table to seat at least six, plus a few more dining room chairs. 

We have enjoyed starting weekly meetings with our family, and are getting to know them better. English language tutoring is starting this week with our wonderful parish volunteers. We are grateful to the Refugee Ministry team of Ellyn Bryan, Jess Burns, Julia Dodge, Peter Dodge, Doug Kertscher, Cathy McKinney, Jim McKinney, Carol Moser, Carol Newsome, Bob Peatman, and the Rev. Nicole Lambelet.

The family’s English language is limited, but the three children have started school in 5th, 2nd, and Kindergarten in DeKalb schools. They have two daughters who are 12 and 10 years old, and one son who is 7 years old. They live just a short distance away, between Decatur and Stone Mountain.

We will keep you updated about ongoing needs and ways to get involved. Please contact Erin Braden or Lisa Daily with any questions or to find out more.
Required Trainings for Staff & Lay Leadership
If you are not sure which courses to take or what 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: Click the link to register for Safeguarding God's Children (SGC) or Safeguarding God's People (SGP) trainings if you've never had the training. Re-recertification for expired training requires the Inclusion Module via Zoom for SGC and/or the Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Abuse Module via Zoom for SGP.

Prayers of the People

  • Names of friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.

  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
Pastoral Care Note - Pat Spivey
Long-time member Pat Spivey has relocated to an assisted living facility. She's not online, but appreciates receiving cards. She also happens to have a birthday coming up on May 9.

Here is her new address, which is also listed in Realm:

Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care
2900 McEver Rd
Gainesville, GA 30504
For members who are bidding our prayers: Jewel Allen • Sally Brockington • Pam Hall • Sabra Hanson • Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Sally McClintock • Jeff McGrath • Colleen • Jennie Richardson • Ann Rowles • Idamay Shaw • Jane Stutz • Diane Tate • Larry Wilcox • Evan Vega

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 • Nicky Cullen, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Susie Boyko • Keren Clay, neighbor of Susan & Richard Messner • Linda Best, cousin of Bob Thompson • Diana Lawrence, niece of Terri Lawrence • Jonathan Jones, friend of Terri Lawrence • Frank DiBello, father of Chris Dibello • Jenn & David Gillis, sister and brother-in-law of Terri Lawrence • Peggy Bryant, mother of Patrick Bryant • Craig Leathers, friend of Loren & Susan Williams • Brandon Aull, nephew of Cristin Davis• Harrison Geltz and family, friend of Kaylie Gibbs • Charlotte and Annie, friends of Anne Warner • Alec Bonner, grandson of George Councill • Alexandra Dauphin, granddaughter of Laura & John Keys • Bonnie Wolf, aunt of Brittany Allen • Russell Saxton, nephew of Kathie Ryan • The Rev. David Davenport, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Darwin Embser, husband of Larry Wilcox • Meredith, friend of Lisa Gray• Dan, Chris, Yolanda and Carrie, relatives of Barbara Belcore• Louise Valente, friend of Rob Godsall

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Alma Fuller • Tom Mundy • June Sparks • Pat Spivey • Kathy Walmsley

For those who have died: William Armstrong, friend of Chris Miller & Ron Hutcheson

For those in the armed forces: Henry Laird • Stewart Mundy

For those celebrating an anniversary for the week of 4/10-16: Laura & Neil Brogan • Nancy Chandler & Peggy Palmiter

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 4/10-16: Lisa Daily • Chris Maurer • George Smith • Matt Woods • Christen Erskine • Sophia Pocklington • April Freeman • Rachel Thompson • Cal Rose • Zjahni Smith • Elliot Armor • Elliot Councilman • Walker Lutz • Laura Jurotich • Richard Kertscher

For those awaiting the birth of a child: Megan & Laraine Fraijo-Paul

Did we miss your anniversary or birthday? Send your full date of your anniversary and/or your date of birth to the parish office so that we can update our records.
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at NOON.