Parish Notices for March 19, 2020
Dear Epiphany Community
Pádraig Ó Tuama wrote a book based on an old Irish proverb: “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” We are learning the truth of that in new ways right now at Epiphany. Even as we practice social distancing, we are finding out how much the shelter of each other gives us joy and comfort during these uncertain times. We are learning new ways to be the church as we gather online for worship and stay connected through phone calls and texts and emails. I look forward each morning to seeing your faces and hearing your voices as we start each weekday with Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.  I love the rhythm it gives to the sudden loss of structure in my days. 
 
We are adding something new to our weekday offerings. For those who would like to do Centering Prayer or meditation together, I will be offering 20 minutes of shared silence after Morning Prayer on Zoom each weekday morning. There is something valuable to me about connecting with each other through silent prayer and meditation. Those who just want to do Morning Prayer can continue to do that and disconnect when that is over. Those who want to stay on for the shared silence can just stay connected. 
 
For those who prefer conversation with each other to silence, I will start connecting around 8:45 a.m. so you can have a “virtual coffee hour” for a few minutes before we begin Morning Prayer each morning. I’ll have a cup of tea with me and I’ll look forward to the chance for us to check in with each other. 
 
We will continue Sunday morning worship on Zoom at 10 a.m. There is information below about how to connect. Last Sunday we had over 100 people worshiping together online. I look forward to “seeing” all of you this Sunday online. 
 
We are putting extra efforts into pastoral care right now, knowing the anxiety this brings for many people, knowing the challenges that social isolation brings, and knowing the logistical and financial hardship of this for many people. If you need pastoral care, please email me or call the office and leave a message on my voicemail, which I check throughout the day. You can help too. Call people in our parish and check in with them. Send notes in the mail to stay connected. Embody those words of Ó Tuama: “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”   

Grace and peace,
The Rev. Amy Dills-Moore
Priest in Charge
News from our Bishop
Here's a link to today's Connecting - the newsletter from the Diocese of Atlanta. It includes prayers, inspirational readings, and a link to their digital library. You can subscribe to Connecting directly by clicking here.
Contacting the Staff
While the office is closed, we are working from home and checking our email and voicemail messages regularly. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call 404.373.8338 and press extension 14 for Amy and leave a message. She receives a notice at home and will call you back.
ONLINE WORSHIP
You don't have to save or search for this email each day. The link is at the top of our homepage at epiphany.org.
Join us for Morning Prayer via Zoom
We are using Zoom for online worship. You don't have to sign up for Zoom to participate. Just click the Zoom login link in this email or on our homepage to join the service.
FOR WEEKDAYS: Login at 8:45 a.m. for a virtual coffee hour before we begin Morning Prayer at 9 a.m. You are welcome to stay for a twenty-minute meditation following the service.

ON SUNDAYS: Log in around 9:50 a.m. to get oriented and we will begin Morning Prayer at 10 a.m.

Click here to see INSTRUCTIONS for using Zoom. Tips for using the service have been added.
Click here for the DIRECT LINK to the Morning Prayer via Zoom login.
Click here for pdf of Daily Morning Prayer to follow along if you are on your phone.
Sermons online
Just a reminder that the Sermons from Sunday are uploaded each week to epiphany.org/sermons . We plan to upload them each week by noon on Sundays.
Youth Night via Zoom - 3/22
Youth are invited to gather via Zoom for youth night on Sunday. Middle school will gather from 5-6 p.m. and High School from 6-7 p.m. We will play “Scripture or Kanye,” where youth will have to guess whether a quote is a bible verse or a Kanye West tweet. We will use the same link as for Morning Prayer.
The Season of Lent at Epiphany
There are still 16 days of Lent left, so if you didn't pick up a booklet at church, you can still participate online. Just visit the Living Compass website , where you can:

  • Enroll for free to receive each day’s reading via a daily email
  • Join their private Facebook discussion group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatkowski

  • Download the Lent devotional as a FREE PDF
  • Purchase the Lent devotional as an e-book from Amazon for $0.99.
RESOURCES
Here are a few resources, both national and local regarding the coronavirus and the response.

About the corona virus:
  
State and Local Information
  
Mental Health Resources
AND FOR A LITTLE DIVERSION
Just search for "virtual tours" online and you'll find a world of opportunities to visit places from home.

Visit museums
Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces . Some of the options include New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. The Louvre, based in Paris, is also offering its own virtual tour online for free.

Explore national parks
The national park service is also providing virtual tours of America’s most popular parks. Virtual visitors can travel through the trails of Yellowstone National Park , as well as the Yosemite National Park .

Visit zoos
Places like the San Diego Zoo , the Georgia Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium are offering live webcam viewings of pandas, penguins and beluga whales.

Or even Mars
You can even can take a virtual trip to Mars. NASA partnered with Google to offer a tour of a 3D replica of the Martian surface recorded by the Curiosity rover.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
Parents Newsletter
Laraine Fraijo-Paul, Director of Children's Ministries recently sent out an eblast to parents with a resource from Illustrated Ministries, the organization that provides our Children's Sunday bulletins and coloring pages. You can see that email here . If you are not getting the Epiphany Parents email, please email Laraine so that she can add you to the list.

Local Virtual Online Programs & Tours

The Georgia Aquarium has web cameras with several different views of aquatic life from its exhibits, including beluga whales, otters, sea lions, penguins and Ocean Voyager tank.

The Center for Puppetry Arts will offer workshops and virtual museum tours along with the puppet shows it puts on every day for children in Atlanta. A schedule of events is posted on the center’s website.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is posting daily at-home activities for kids to do. Check their Facebook page daily for updates.

The High Museum of Art offers a ton of free resources to teachers or parents at home with kids for things to do at home.

Author and illustrator Mo Willems will offer a daily live stream doodle session at 1 p.m. every day for the next few weeks to keep kids engaged and entertained.

While libraries are closed to help stem the spread of Covid-19, the Fulton County library system is streaming librarians reading children’s books every weekday at 11 a.m .
PARISH NOTICES
Still Passing 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. Our expenses are ongoing. Salaries, mortgage payments, utilities, Diocesan Pledge, and a myriad of financial obligations must all be paid.

Pledge payments can be made on-line or can be mailed to the church. (Yes, by mail. We are still stopping by to check mail and write checks). Non-pledging members can likewise continue to support Epiphany on-line or by mail. Click here for instructions for the different ways to give.
Before and After, alternating driveway views.
New View on East Lake Road
If you get stir crazy and need to get out of the house in a safe, social distancing way, you might drive by the church and see what has happened to the East Lake Bank while you were away.

Thanks to the efforts of John Wierwille , Katie Pederson , Tom Hairston , John Yntema , Pam Hall , and others, we have completed the parking lot improvements with better drainage, trees to safely mark the edge of the parking area, and a beautifully landscaped bank along East Lake Drive full of native plants to welcome members and newcomers to the church. Please send a note of thanks to all those who helped make this happen.
(Not so) New Vestry Member
Sara Cushing has agreed to fill the unexpired two-year vestry term of Ed Van Ness as the liaison for Buildings & Grounds. Sara is a former senior warden, sings in the choir, serves on the Capital Campaign committee and has been a member of Epiphany since 1998. We are grateful for Sara's willingness to return to the vestry as we strive to live out the Gospel’s radical values with gladness and singleness of heart.
Harvey Fund Grant Application
The Catherine D. Harvey Legacy Fund grant application cycle for the Winter/Spring term is now open. If a member of the parish is aware of an organization that might qualify, please share the application.

Click here for the guidelines and application. Applications must be received by April 1, 2020. Questions? Email the Harvey Fund Advisory Board .
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering contributions support Episcopal missions and ministries. Make checks out to The Episcopal Church Women, noting UTO in the memo and mail them to the church (address is below). Ingathering will be April 19.
PRAYER FOR A PANDEMIC
May we who are merely inconvenienced
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May who have the luxury of working from home
Remember this who must choose between
preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
in the tumult of the economic market.
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbor.  Amen.
 
Prayer by Cameron Wiggins Bellm