Parish Notices for October 30, 2020
Dear Epiphany,
We are looking forward to welcoming some of you on the church grounds this Sunday for outdoor worship. We continue to experiment with new ways of being in community together based on what works and what fits within the guidelines given to us by the diocese. We know that there is no schedule or format that works best for everyone. We also know that Christ is present with us wherever or however we worship, whether we are physically present at Epiphany or worshipping online. It will be a joyous day as we baptize four new people into Christ’s church. At the 9 a.m. Zoom service, we will baptize Georgia Gary and George Janke in the memorial garden at Epiphany. At the 11:30 a.m. outdoor service, we will baptize Livie Fraijo-Paul and Ruby Peacock-Marcewicz. Please hold all these families in your prayers.
(L-R Todd & George Janke)

Sadly, one of the baptismal candidates was not paying full attention during the Baptism Rehearsal earlier this week.
The reservations for November 1 are already full. If you would like to attend that service and have not signed up, please sign up on our wait list in case we have a cancellation and so we have an idea of how many people would like to worship at an outdoor service. If you attend a communion service one week, please wait until Monday morning to sign up for next week's service to allow others who have not yet attended to have a spot. Because we are limited by the diocese as to how many people attend, we want to make sure everyone who wants to attend Eucharist has a chance at least once per month. Beginning today, you may make reservations for the service on November 8 using the link below.
Prayers for the Election

After one of the most contentious election seasons in recent memory, gathering together in prayer is an appropriate response to the feelings of grief, fear, and helplessness that seem so pervasive in our world today. On the day of the election, our Morning Prayer service will be dedicated to prayers for the election. Please join us on Zoom on Tuesday, November 3 at 9 a.m. on the Sunday morning login link below. 
 
On November 4, the day after the election (whether we know the results by then or not), we will gather on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. for a service of prayer for our nation. (Again, using the Sunday morning login.)Whatever the outcome of next week’s election, it will not end the divisions we feel and it not end the fear that many of the most vulnerable in our society have for their safety and that of their children. I hope that you will gather in community with us online that evening to pray and listen for God together. 
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, either online or in person. As always, please reach out to the church office if you need support from your clergy in these sometimes difficult days. 
 
Grace and peace,
Amy+
ONLINE WORSHIP
Click on the login links below to join a service - a Zoom account is not needed. These links and all our worship information can also be found on the worship services page of our our website,
Sunday Morning Worship @ 9:00 A.M.
Login around 8:50 a.m. to greet one another. Remain online after to participate in Small Groups Virtual Coffee Hour. Formation classes start at 10:15 a.m. (See listings below.)

Sermons from Sunday are uploaded Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Weekday Morning Prayer @ 9:00 a.m.
Login around 8:45 a.m.for Virtual Coffee Hour. The Zoom Login is a private link. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.

TUESDAY - November 3
Morning Prayer @ 9:00 a.m.
Morning Prayer on Zoom on Tuesday, November 3 at 9 a.m. will be dedicated to prayers for the election. We will be using the Sunday Morning link instead.
Wednesday Noonday Prayer @ 12:30 p.m.
Login around 12:20 p.m. to greet on another. The Zoom Login is a private link. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.
WEDNESDAY - November 4
Service of Prayer for our Nation @ 6:30 p.m.
We will gather in community on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. the evening following the election to pray and listen for God together. We will be using the Sunday Morning link.
IN PERSON WORSHIP
Personal Prayer Time in the Nave for October has ended. Email the parish office if you would like this program to be offered again in November.
Outdoor Worship Opportunities
Registration Required. More information and COVID protocols are listed on the sign-ups.
Sunday Morning Worship @11:30 a.m.
11/1 - Registration Closed
11/8 - Registration Now Open
11/15, 11/22, 11/29

Youth Evening Prayer Sundays @ 5:30 p.m.
11/8 - Registration Now Open
11/22 - Registration Now Open
ONLINE FORMATION
ADULT FORMATION - Two Offerings
The Prophets: From Jerusalem to Selma
Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

The class begins with an introduction to the Old Testament prophets and the visions of justice encountered there. It will then shift to a consideration of major prophetic figures from the contemporary struggle for racial justice in America. Led by Evan Basset, Theologian in Residence.
 
Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
Missed last week's class? All classes are posted to Epiphany's YouTube channel.
Modern Families - Two times offered
  • Sunday Mornings at 10:15 a.m.
  • 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 8 p.m.
 
We are spending the fall thinking about the core practices of church life as expressed by the sacraments. Gathering around the structure put forth in Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, the group will explore what church is for, what it means for us to gather, and how church life and family life work together to form human identity.
 
  • Thursday group on 11/5, we will cover Holy Orders: The church tells us we are called, pp. 97-117.

Meeting Number: 851 6230 2412
YOUTH FORMATION
Age specific formation groups for youth are offered on Sundays. To register your youth for a link, please email our Youth Director, Matt Schramm. In addition to enjoying meaningful connection with their peers, youth and their teachers will be working their way through the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) curriculum which is focused on developing and integrating faith to all areas of life.
OTHER ONLINE GATHERINGS
Youth Group
On the 1st & 3rd Sunday nights from 5 - 6 p.m. a combined Middle & High School age youth group gathers via Zoom for conversation and community building. First we discuss the past week's events and devotional material. Then we play community games like Jackbox, Code Names, and Bible Jeopardy.

Meeting ID: 532 38 5901

On 2nd & 4th Sundays from at 5:30 p.m., we gather for outside for Evening Prayer. Registration is required, click here to register.
Epiphany Book Group
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Listed below are the selections for this Fall. Email John Yntema for the login.

November: Born of a Crime by Trevor Noah
SMA - Wednesday 11/4

3rd-6th graders are invited to hop online for a "Shadrach Meshak and Abednego" (SMA) group Zoom session. Cristin Davis and Christine Sterne will facilitate a time of community building and fun, while reflecting with children about Jesus' life and witness. 
 
The Zoom link for virtual SMA is provided below and will also be available on the Epiphany Parents Facebook page prior to the Wednesday 6-7 p.m.
meeting times. 

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Grief Pastoral Care Group
The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets 1st Thursdays at noon via Zoom 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.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch classwhich is the basic SilverSneakers classmeets on Zoom on Fridays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All at 11 a.m. Email Ellen Mintzmeyer for the login.
PARISH NOTICES
Daylight Savings Ends Sunday, November 1
We return to Standard Time on Sunday, November 1. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday Night.
Stewardship Email was sent on Tuesday
Members of the parish were sent the Stewardship Letter by email on Tuesday with a link to make online pledges. Here is the link again, but you can also access it on the homepage of epiphany.org.
If you prefer not to use our church ministry software, contact the office to request for a pledge card to be mailed to you. You can still create a Login to Realm if you would like access to the the online Church Directory. You will also have access to your financial records.
Veterans Recognition Sunday, November 8
We recognize the Veterans in our parish on Sundays closest to Veterans’ Day. If you have NOT previously told us so, please let the office know the military branch and campaigns that you served in (e.g. Name, U.S. Navy, Vietnam) by noon on Wednesday, November 4 to be included in the bulletin.
Beds Needed
A member of the Epiphany community is looking for an adult and a child sized bed. lf you have either a full/queen or twin sized bed that you are willing to donate, please email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet.
Thanksgiving at Home
Return filled bags by Tuesday, November 17
Each November, Emmaus House, a mission of the Diocese, sponsors Thanksgiving at Home for our neighbors in Peoplestown. Many of the households in the neighborhoods surrounding Emmaus House are living with food insecurity. A lack of food is even more prevalent this year, given the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, Thanksgiving is just one more day of struggling to survive, as well as a reminder that they lack what other households take for granted.
Thanksgiving at Home helps people to enjoy a day of lovingly prepared food with their family. Turkeys are provided as well as a bag of groceries for side dishes. If you are interested in helping supply the groceries, click here to let us know you are willing to purchase the list of items below. Bags can be dropped off in the bin outside Epiphany’s front door Monday-Thursday. If you are dropping off on the weekend, please email Erin Braden or Kristin Phillips to let us know. Bags are due by Tuesday, November 17.
Please fill a doubled paper bag (with handles) OR a reusable shopping bag that their clients can keep with:
  • 2 Cans of String Beans (English cut)
  • 2 Cans of Corn
  • 2 Cans of Peas
  • 1 Can of Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Large Bag of Stuffing
  • 1 Box of Brownie Mix
 
You may also donate funds directly to Emmaus House so that they can purchase turkeys. 
Virtual Passing of the Plate
While we are not able to worship in the same space at this time, please remember that Epiphany is a living church, and still needs your financial support.

In "Such a Time as This" it is important that we continue passing the plate. This is our virtual version of that very important and meaningful activity. Sometimes we are all moved in spontaneous and emotional ways to express our joy, gratitude, or appreciation to this wonderful parish. Those moments of giving are an important part of our spiritual and financial life. This is another way to offer you the chance. 
Use your phone's camera to scan the QR code below
Give Arrangements in Honor of Someone
The Flower Guild continues to supply altar flowers on a very limited budget. We are using flowers and greenery we can glean from our gardens and the church. Our funds come directly from donations and during Easter and Christmas the donations are generous and we manage well.

Now, though, in the current situation, our funds have diminished. If you do sign up to give an arrangement in memory or thanksgiving of a loved one, the donation will be acknowledged during the service. We are so grateful to the parish for all the support to glorify our church and are anxious for us to worship together again soon. The sign up link can be found on the homepage, the RSVP page or click on the lotus flower icon.
Epiphany Art Ministry Welcomes...
Acrylic work by our Art Ministry curator Liefje (Liefy) Smith

October - November 19
View the Exhibit online 24/7 - The exhibit is online with pop-up images including titles and prices.


View the Exhibit in-person - If you would like to see Liefy's work in-person, stop by the church Monday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m. and follow the protocols posted on the above link.

Remember, Epiphany receives 25% of sales.
NON-FOOD Pantry Drive for One More Sunday.
The Food Stamp program does not cover non-food items such as personal care, hygiene or cleaning products, so the ECW sponsors a pantry drive for Emmaus House twice a year. For October, we are asking you to give toothpaste and/or bar soap. Bins are by the front door. You can still bring items through Sunday, November 1.
Parishioners have donated a total of:

  • 235 bars of soap
  • 165 tubes of toothpaste
  • 69 toothbrushes
Staying in Touch
  • Pastoral Emergencies: Please call the church at 404.373.8338 and leave a message for Amy (ext. 14) or Nicole (16). They will receive a message alert and call you back.

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

  • 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.
DIOCESAN & EPISCOPAL NEWS
A Season of Prayer: For an Election
Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians and all others to join in A Season of Prayer: For an Election. We come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams. 

Starting October 27 and continuing through the day after the election, we invite you to pray for the election of leaders in the United States. Materials are available in English and Spanish for use at home or to share with you congregation. These prayers, drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, can be printed out and tucked in a Bible or prayer journal. 

A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this case, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation. Join us October 27-November 4. For more details and to sign up for email updates, visit the Forward Movement website.
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. Click here for dates and to register.

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 Safeguarding God's People as well as people who have never had either training. Click here for dates and to register.
The 2020-21 issue of Pathways magazine is now available to order. The award-winning publication shares inspiring stories from middle and north Georgia.

This year's distribution will not be sent to parishes and quantities are limited, so click here to order your free copy.
Imagine Church is a monthly series offering a renewed approach to online worship through music, visual art, and spoken word. It takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month at 7 p.m. Watch on Facebook or the Imagine Church Watch page.
Click here to find the latest postings from our bishop including:
  • For Faith, Bishop Wright's weekly email devotional
  • For People, Bishop Wright's podcast.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
  • Names of our friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.
  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
For members who are bidding our prayers: Sally Brockington, Sam Burnett, Rob Godsall, Henry Laird, Sandy Land, Claire & Logan Shults, Stephanie Thompson, Tom & Robin Hairston, Tom Mundy, Terri Lawrence, Sara Kathryn Wierweille, Jeanne Hatcher, Kyle D'Mellow

For friends and family: Bill & Carolyn Allen, parents of Jewel Allen; Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers; Leslie, cousin of Barbara Ryder; Karen, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer; Lynda Jaser, friend of Barbara Belcore; Evelyn and Jeremiah, friends of Paige Howell; Chris Godek, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf; Oliver, Kristine & Maddux, relatives of Anna Sherrill; Karin, a member of the community who requests prayer

For those who have died: Charles Scouten, uncle of Stephanie Thompson; Murphy Davis, co-founder of the Open Door Community, and long-time friend of the Epiphany community.

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 11/1-7: Marjorie & Rick Timmer, Anne & Juergen Meyer

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 11/1-7: Elizabeth Roberts, Christine Sterne, Chip Hill, Caroline Burris, Kaylie Gibbs, Lela Haraway, Elowen Williams, Fawn Williams, Kathy Corcoran, Owen Moorfield, Bob Peatman, Zachary Wojcik, Phil Bolton, Colleen Morich, Sara Cushing, Joey Costello, Cecilia Democko

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Jackie Boles, Arlen Gray, Ron Hutcheson, Rod MacLeod, Chris Miller, Tom Mundy, June Sparks
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at 5 p.m.