First Sunday After Epiphany
Baptism of Our Lord
January 8, 2017

"We invite everyone to share communion around God's altar. 
We strive to be a welcoming and relevant Christian community doing what matters through prayer, worship, teaching, outreach, fellowship, and service.  
We will demonstrate the real life application of scripture, tradition, and
reason by providing a safe place to respond to each other's needs,   
hurts, joys, and interests." 
Resurrection Episcopal Church
1755 Duncan Bridge Rd.
Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571


"The Episcopal Church in White County"

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In This Issue
Pastoral Care Corner
What is Epiphany?
All You Need is Love . . . and a Dog
Music Notes
Christian Formation
Faith Lens
Family Promise Hosting
Parish Hall Building Update
Congratulations to Helen Wilkins
Preschool News
Women's Bible Study
Pledge Today for 2017!
Resurrection Episcopal Advertising Guide
Sunday - 8th   
8:15  Holy Eucharist II 
9:30 Christian Formation
10:30 Holy Eucharist II 
12:00 Worship Planning Meeting

Monday - 9th
5:30 Yoga
Tuesday - 10th
9:30  Staff Meeting
10:00 Exercise 
11:30  WRECs' lunch @ Rib Country
7:00 Finance Committee Meeting
Wednesday - 11th  
10:00  Preschool Chapel
6:45  Choir Practice
8:00 AA meeting
January 8, 2017

The Lectionary 
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First Reading
Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 29

Second Reading
   Acts 10:34-43

The Gospel
Matthew 3:13-17
8:15 pm

Steve Wydra

Wayne Barrios

Dennis Bergin

Alice Wydra

10:30 a.m.

Reagan Brode

Savannah Steele
Lillian Grace Hutchings

Helen Wilkins
Ben Johnston

Joanna Moylan

Marteen Goodwin

Bruce Stadler
Jennifer Smith

Pat Roland
Larry Roland

Children's Chapel
Avery Kendall

Nancy Phillips/
Denise Dorsey
Community of Hope LEV
Hugh Peebles

Joanna Moylan

Chris Geidel

Social Hour

Vestry Person 
of the Day
Carolyn Clarke

If you are unable to serve in your designated ministry, please find a replacement and then contact the church office with the change .
Resurrection  Cycle of  Prayer
1/8  Ed & Arlene DeJulio, Fonda Dodd, Denise Dorsey, Ashley Dunson, Mike & Valarie Dye        
1/9  Carol & Howard Ebert, Jim & Audrey Engebretson, the Ernst family, Gene & Lin Ewert, Gene & Pat Fuller
1/10 Chris & Mary Geidel, Andy Gilbert, Pam Gilbert   
1/11  Ron & Marteen Goodwin, Helen Greear, Charlotte Greer, the Greer family 
1/12  David Greer, Geoff & Sue Gstalder, Ray Gregory & Katie Lynam, Sharon Hall, Chuck & Jaymi Hampton
1/13 Bently & Christy Harris, Jill Hazen, Steve & Julie Hill, Curtis & Genie Hixon

1/14 Larry & Kathy Holbrook, the Johnston family, Peg Jones, Jan Kay & Kelly Smith   
January 8-14
1/8  Mully Ash, Christopher Ewert 

1/10 Paul Kimball

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Pastoral Care Corner

  • Christina Ernst is recovering at home from surgery.
  • Barbara Brady remains in ICU at NE GA Medical Center
  • Michael Randall is completing last rounds of chemo therapy
  • Hans Schacht is receiving hospice care at home.
What is Epiphany?

The Adoration of the Magi by El Greco
Epiphany, or the 12th day of Christmas, falls on January 6 and marks the official end to the festive Christmas season.

The ancient Christian feast day is significant as a celebration of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, as well as a more general celebration of His birth.  The six Sundays which follow Epiphany are known as the time of manifestation.

The Twelfth Night (Epiphany) also marks a visit to the baby Jesus by the Magi (the 3 Kings, or Wise Men).  The word "Epiphany" comes from Greek and means "manifestation."  It celebrates the revelation of God in His Son as human in Jesus Christ.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, the 3 Kings - named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - followed a star across the desert to Bethlehem to meet the baby Jesus.  According to Matthew 2:11, they offered symbolic gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gifts were symbolic of the importance of Jesus' birth - the gold representing His royal standing, frankincense representing His divine birth, and myrrh His mortality.

Ten facts about the Feast of the Epiphany
  1. The 3 Kings - Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - represented Europe, Arabia and Africa, respectively.
  2. Hundreds of years ago, roast lamb was traditionally served at Epiphany in honor of Christ and the 3 Kings' visit.
  3. In Spain, whoever finds the small statue of a baby Jesus hidden inside their slice of the Rosca de reyes (King cake) throws a party on Candlemas in February.
  4. In some European countries, children leave their shoes out the night before to be filled with gifts, while others leave straw for the 3 Kings' horses.
  5. According to Greek Orthodox Church's traditions, a priest will bless the waters by throwing a cross into it as worshipers try to retrieve it.
  6. In Bulgaria too, Eastern Orthodox priests throw a cross in the sea and the men dive in - competing to get to it first.
  7. In Venice, a traditional regatta that started as a joke in the late 1970s has been incorporated in the celebrations of Epiphany Day.
  8. In Prague, there is a traditional Three Kings swim to commemorate Epiphany Day at the Vltava River.
  9. In New York, El Museo del Barrio has celebrated and promoted the Three Kings' Day tradition with an annual parade for more than 3 decades.  Thousands take part in the procession featuring camels, colorful puppets and floats.
  10. In Latin American countries, the day's activities involve singing holiday carols called aguinaldos.
Original Facebook post:  "Stray black dog at my cabin up on Tray Mt. Rd. He is very friendly and very healthy looking. No collar. Frolicking like a puppy, but a little gray on the muzzle. I will try to attach a photo. Post if you want him and I will get back to you."

John McClatchey found this dog 2 months ago and no one has claimed him.  He has given him his shots and had him chipped, but cannot keep him because he already has two other dogs. He has contacted Smithgall Woods Humane Society and they won't accept him because they have too many lab mixes right now.

If you can take him, know of someone who would like to have him or know of a rescue who will take him, please contact John @ 404-502-1206 or PM him on Facebook.
      This Sunday's Anthem:

A Solo by Larry Holbrook
I Wonder As I Wander
           By John Jacob Niles

1. I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Savior did come for to die.
For poor on'ry people like you and like I.
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

2. When Mary birthed Jesus 'twas in a cow's stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

3. If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,
Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,
He surely could have it, 'cause he was the King.

"I Wonder As I Wander" is a Christian folk hymn, typically performed as a Christmas carol, written by American folklorist and singer, John Jacob Niles.  The hymn has its origins in a song fragment collected by Niles on July 16, 1933.

While in the town of Murphy in Appalachian North Carolina, Niles attended a fund-raising meeting held by evangelicals who had been ordered out of town by the police.  In his unpublished autobiography, he wrote of hearing the song:

"A girl had stepped out to the edge of the little platform attached to the automobile.  She began to sing.  Her clothes were unbelievably dirty and ragged, and she, too, was unwashed.  Her ash-blond hair hung down in long skeins. ... But, best of all, she was beautiful, and in her untutored way, she could sing.  She smiled as she sang, smiled rather sadly, and sang only a single line of a song."

The girl, named Annie Morgan, repeated the fragment 7 times in exchange for a quarter per performance, and Niles left with "three lines of verse, a garbled fragment of melodic material - and a magnificent idea."  (In various accounts of this story, Niles hears between one and three lines of the song.)  Based on this fragment, Niles composed the version of "I Wonder As I Wander" that is known today, extending the melody to 4 lines and the lyrics to 3 stanzas.  His composition was completed on October 4, 1933.  Niles first performed the song on December 19, 1933, at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.   
Christian Formation
This Sunday

Weather permitting, this Sunday we will resume children's Sunday school on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month. Patty Kidd and Debbie McLean will be prepared to welcome your child.
Father Scott will also at the same time continue to lead a discussion group about spirituality in the church today. This Sunday on the liturgical calendar is The Baptism of Our Lord. The group will watch a short video on baptism by theologian Walter Brueggemann and then consider his statement "Baptism is a sacrament which means it is a dramatic performance that is loaded with more significance than we can articulate." We will discuss what that means for us today.
The theme this week is "Real or Fake."  If you would like to review the material prior to Sunday's discussion, please follow this link:   Real or Fake.
Family Promise Hosting

Resurrection will be hosting Family Promise January 15-21 at Faith Lutheran Church.  The three families we hosted last October have all successfully graduated from the program.  We will be hosting three new families, five adults and nine children, one of whom is a newborn.

If you would like to volunteer to bring a meal or spend the night, a sign-up sheet will be in the narthex this week.  

Thank you for supporting the Family Promise ministry.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy or Don Parrish @ 706-348-2240.
Parish Hall Building Update

The parish hall renovation construction revealed prayers that were written by Resurrection founders on the wood studs from the original construction. On the door frame into the parish hall, this message was written by our "Mama" Barbara Brown Taylor+. On Sunday, January 8th, we will have markers available for you to write your prayers and wishes on the studs in the new parish hall for future generations of Resurrection faithful.

Congratulations to Helen Wilkins - New Mayor of Helen, GA

Preschool News

Having fun with a science experiment - What happens to a gummy bear when you put it in water, salt water, or vinegar?  The children had fun watching the gummy bear transform.

Women's Bible Study
First & Third Thursdays, beginning January 5, 2017

"We will begin our new Bible study,  Finding I Am , in January.  We meet at 6:00 on the first and third Thursdays at the church.

Due to construction, we may have to be flexible on our meeting place - this is a good thing! In this study, we will be discussing the 7 "I Am" statements from the Gospel of John.  Our own Tera Johnston will be leading this study. 

If you have any questions, please contact Tera, Patty Kidd or me. We will be glad to help. 

We hope you all can make it and ... bring a friend!"

Denise Dorsey 
Pledge Today for 2017! 

The Annual Giving Campaign for 2017 is now under way.

You can make your pledge online through Resurrection's secure website, Simply go to our website  and click on the top middle tab, "Giving," then click on "Estimate of Giving for 2017." Just fill out the simple form and your confidential pledge will be forwarded to the church office. It is really easy!
Church is an important part of all of our lives and your pledges support our ministry in the community. Thank you.
The Resurrection Episcopal Advertising Guide is available by following this link If you would like to advertise your business or purchase a memorial or thanksgiving message, please contact Michelle Boyce at 706-348-7657 or
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection 
1755 Duncan Bridge Rd.
Sautee-Nacoochee, GA 30571

The Rt. Rev. Robert Wright, Bishop
The Rev. Scott Kidd, Rector
Brandon Nonnemaker, Minister of Music
Cassie Abernathy, Administrative Assistant 
Sonya Chesser, Preschool Director
Paula Cundiff, Sexton 
Michelle Boyce (2017) - Participation
Linda Perry (2017) - Compassion
Becky Schacht (2017) - Compassion
Joe Cash (2018) - Formation
Carolyn Clarke (2018) - Participation
Fonda Dodd (2018) - Participation 
Chris Geidel (2019)
Jan Kay (2019)
Michael Randall (2019)
Larry Holbrook, Treasurer 
Patsy Kiessling, Recording Secretary

Patsy Kiessling
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection