Parish Notices for May 7, 2021
New in this Issue...
  • Codes changed
  • Playground update
  • Another Epiphany Star
  • Refugee Update
Sign up for Small Groups
Signup today! Registration closes for most groups Sunday, May 9
During the months of May and June, Epiphany will be launching four small groups. Each group is organized around a specific text or theme, and will last 7-8 weeks. These groups will continue to provide us with a platform for sharing stories, deepening relationships, and continuing the discernment about what God might be calling us to next.

Below you will find more details about each of the groups we have organized so far. If you would like to sign up for a small group please email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet and kindly indicate what group you would like to join. Contact Nicole if you need assistance acquiring any of the reading material. We'll cap each group at twelve participants. 
Discussion Group on Faith & Citizenship
Facilitators: Evan Gibbs and Paul Hinson
Dates and Time: Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., starting on May 11
Platform: Zoom
Texts: This group will discuss Broken we Kneel, by Diana Butler Bass. We will explore what it means to live as a Christian in the context of twenty-first century North America. How do we practice neighbor love, when our neighbors are disrespecting or diminishing others because of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or economic status? How do we understand our relationship to the state, especially when it co-opts and distorts Christianity? And where do we find hope in the midst of it all? What role does humility play? We hope you'll join us as we take the time to learn one another's stories and grapple with some of these hard questions (and others) together. 
Discussion Group on Eco-theology
Facilitators: Phillip Ranglin and Pam Hall
Dates and Time: First meeting is Sunday, May 9, at 10 a.m. on Zoom. We will then discuss the platform for subsequent meetings (in person or on Zoom depending on participants’’ needs and comfort level). This will be discussed at the first meeting. (Seven meetings total, once per week)
Platform: Zoom on some days and in person on others. First meeting on Zoom for sure.
Texts: Portions of Jennifer Ayers’ book, Inhabitance and essays on eco-theology by James Cone "Whose Earth Is It Anyway?” and the Himes Brothers “The Sacrament of Creation.” 
Special Activities: Bird watching field trip (day and time TBA) and possible other field trips.

Meeting ID: 404 111 184
Discussion Group on the Life & Theology of Howard Thurman
Facilitators: Alix Janke and Susan Ashmore
Dates and Time: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., starting on May 11
Platform: In-person, at the church
Texts: This group will discuss Jesus and the Disinherited, his first and best known book published in 1949. In his classic theological treatise, the acclaimed theologian and religious leader Howard Thurman (1900–81) demonstrates how the gospel may be read as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. This short book constitutes an elaboration of lectures Thurman presented at Samuel Huston College in Austin, Texas, during April 1948.
Discussion Group on Trauma and Healing
Facilitators: Julia Weidmann and the Rev. Nicole Lambelet
Dates and Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. starting May 12 - June 30. 
Platform: In-person, outside at church
Texts: My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem and "The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement" by Sean Ginwright.
Special Note: Julia and Nicole want participants to know the space we will create for and with one another is not a therapeutic space. It will be a space for deepening relationships, sharing stories, learning about the effects of trauma upon the body, trauma-informed care, and various practices that aid us in the journey of healing. 
The "Bookless" Small Group
Facilitators: The Rev. Barbara Ryder and Anna Sherrill
Dates and Time: Wednesdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Platform: Zoom
Worship Services
Online Worship
Sunday Morning 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.

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

Links for the Sunday morning login and bulletins can also be found on our homepage.
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.

 
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 Eucharist - Registration Required
Sunday Morning at 11:30 a.m.
Wi-Fi outside is spotty, so print the bulletin at home and bring it with you - and remember to bring a chair.
 
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.
Service & Event Registrations now on Realm

You can still register from links on our RSVP page or in the Friday email, but now you can also register from your Realm account via the web or your smart phone app.

For those of you who have created your Realm logins, the fields will auto-fill for you once you select your name. Guest registration is also an option.

If you have not created your Realm login yet, email the parish office to get a new invitation link to register.
Four Clicks
1 - Click on link provided on website, e-news, or when you log into your Realm account. Fill in any information it requests (if you’re logged into Realm it will auto-fill once you select your name), CLICK NEXT

2 - If you’d like to add a guest, click the “add guest button.” Otherwise, CLICK NEXT
 
3 - Make sure the information is correct. CLICK NEXT
 
4 - The final screen will still let you make changes, but if you're all done, then CLICK REGISTER.

You will then see a confirmation screen and receive a confirmation email. If you don't, you may have missed that last click.

Having Trouble? If you're not sure you properly registered, you can always try to register again. The system won't let you if you already have.

It's new, so give it a minute. I'm also happy to walk anyone through it over the phone and if all else fails, email or call me and I can sign you up. ~Shea
Give in Honor of or in 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 memory of Annie MacLeod and in thanksgiving for Audrey Banfield, by Michele & Rod MacLeod.

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. 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.
 
 
Sign up by noon on Wednesdays to be listed in the weekly Friday email and the Sunday online bulletin.
Formation Opportunities
Adult Formation
Sundays at 10:15 a.m.
The Sunday morning Adult formation class for this season has ended. However, you can sign up for a small group (see article above). You can view past classes in the series by visiting our YouTube Channel.
Classes are posted to our YouTube channel.
Youth Formation

Evening Prayer is held on every Sunday from 5-6 p.m. The first half is dedicated to games and social time, while the second is set aside for prayer and formation.

Weekly Youth News
Members of the parish with youth age children can subscribe to a newsletter with updates just about Youth Ministries. Email Mat Schramm, Director of Youth Ministries to sign up for the weekly newsletters.
May 16 - Bible Study at Holy Trinity
 
On May 16, we are once again going to Holy Trinity for Bible Study. The event is from 5-6 p.m., bring a mask, a chair, and a bible.
 
Email youth@epiphany.org to register

Youth Group Hike at Arabia Mountain
Youth and families are invited to hike Arabia Mountain together on May 22. We will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at the Arabia Mountain South Parking Lot on Klondike Rd.
Children's Formation
Last class is May 16

Godly Play stories are offered online each Sunday at 10 a.m. It is a time for our children to connect with one another, hear a story, wonder, pray, and sing. All ages are invited.
 
Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Parish Announcements
New Door Codes and Alarm Schedule

Codes to the front door were changed yesterday and you still need to finish your entry with the star (asterisk) key. People who have necessary business in the church while the building remains closed due to required COVID protocols were sent the codes. Shea is in the office during the day from 2 - 5 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays if you need to stop by. If you need to access the building outside of regularly scheduled activities, please contact the parish office in advance for assistance.

The Alarm schedule has changed. The system now arms itself at 8:30 p.m. and disarms at 6 p.m. Please be aware that door codes NO LONGER double as codes to disarm the alarm.
Let's Finish the Playground!

After last fall’s fall of a tree that crushed most of the playground equipment, the repairs to walkways, fencing and playground structures are just about complete – but we need some final volunteer help in four different parts.

  • Job One would be some carpentry finish, sometime during the week of May 10-14, and could use a team of 4-5 people. Master skills not needed – willing apprentices and others may sign up to join the team under the direction of John Wierwille. John will coordinate among volunteers for the date/time
  • Job Two is pressure washing and would need (a) a volunteer with a pressure washer, plus (b) someone to pressure spray the finished structure using the Sherwin Williams acid wash (John Wierwille can confirm details and directions). This would need to be after Job One is done, and before the stain and seal day below. If you can help with either part of that, please sign up.
  • Job Three is stain and seal and would involve a team of 8 to 10 people to stain and then seal the wood structure, ideally on Saturday, May 15, starting in the morning (say, 9-ish). Those with painting experience are needed, but those who can learn on the job can sign up too!
  • The last Job is picnic table construction and would be to create/build one adult and two child size picnic tables (ideally from a pre-fab kit) for use in the playground and preschool, respectively. For this one we have no firm date, so when we get 4 to 6 volunteers we’ll circle up, pick a date and time that works for most or all.

We can do this – with your help! Email John Wierwille if you have questions about which job is right for you.
Epiphany Star
Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson, professor emerita, religion, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Patterson has served in many critical roles since joining Emory in 1981, including a reflective, compassionate and soulful voice for OSI. Her inspired leadership helped expand the realm of sustainability work most directly through her contributions to the Emory as Place initiative. As a faculty associate of OSI, Patterson employed her expertise in experiential and narrative teaching to create tours of campus forests, an Emory civil rights tour and a campus-wide scavenger hunt and other activities for student residents. Her work teaching students and training faculty to use methodologies that elucidate intersections of religion and ecology contributed to the American Academy of Religion recognizing Patterson with the Excellence in Teaching Award. She also helped students immerse themselves in sustainability work by coordinating an internship course that placed students in sustainability-related organizations in Atlanta. In every way, she has embodied and taught from a grounded place of pedagogy, engagement and care for people and the planet.

Have you or another parishioner you know given a gift of their time and talent to Epiphany? Do you know someone who has received recognition for a personal achievement? If so, please let us know!
Refugee Update
by Beverly Lorenzo
Many of you may remember a young refugee, Zelalem Desta, from Ethiopia who came here with his family 6 years ago. The people of Epiphany sponsored him and his family. We set up their apartment and took them to doctors and the grocers. We helped the two youngest get settled in school. Margo Timberlake and I spent many hours with them answering questions. Neil and Audrey Banfield gave them a car that Zelalem still is using today.
 
When Zelalem came here, he was put in the 9th grade. He managed to get through high school and graduate two years after he arrived in the US. With the help of Erin Braden, he applied for and received many scholarships. He applied and was accepted into Jacksonville University. Many parishioners donated to our Refugee Scholarship Fund. He also received grants from the Endowment Fund. He worked several jobs to help support himself in school during the year and summers too.
 
Zelalem will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. He plans to be a Flight Instructor at L3 Harris Airline Academy. He is a cadet with Republic Airways. Once he reaches a thousand flight hours he plans to work for them. Thank you for all the support you have given him in his journey to become a pilot.
Calling all Crafty, Clever and Colorful Creatives!
We're looking for a small team of folks to revitalize our baptism banner-making ministry. We would love to be able to continue to bless all our newly baptized members with a handmade banner on the day of their baptism. If you have any interest in taking on or supporting this ministry at Epiphany, please email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet for more information.
EFM is Zooming!
Because of the uncertainties of the next year, Education for Ministry (EFM) will meet on Zoom for the 2021-22 school year. This makes it a great opportunity to get to know people outside of our usual geography and ways of thinking, and perhaps even some people from other countries! EFM is a four-year extension program of the School of Theology of the University of the South. It is partly academic readings, but the heart of EFM is theological reflection, or “TR“. In a TR, participants discuss issues of faith, what they believe, what they question, how it relates to their everyday lives, and how they keep faith alive. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. The cost of the program is $350 per year. The meetings will be held from early September through May. For further information, email Esther Harbert.
Georgia Freedom Letters
A collective of Georgia organizers and advocates are working to connect those inside and outside of Georgia's prisons through letter writing. Epiphany members are invited to get out their pens and paper to participate in their recently launched project entitled Georgia Freedom Letters (GFL).
As people who care about ending systems of criminalization, GFL desires to recognize and center the experiences and stories of those inside prisons and their goal is to build a pen pal system to bridge these connections.
 
 
If you would like to sign up to correspond with someone inside you can do so by clicking here. Now, more than ever, we cannot forget or ignore the 55,000 people who are inside Georgia's prisons.
 
 
Finally, Epiphany would like to offer the church address to anyone who is interested in becoming a pen pal with GFL. Going forward any returned correspondences can be picked up in a cubby marked Georgia Freedom Letters outside the Epiphany office. Please email contact the Rev. Nicole Lambelet if you have any questions about this project or the letter writing process. You can also contact GFL directly at georgiafreedomletters@gmail.com.
Summer at Camp Mikell
Camp Mikell is offering a summer program this year, but camp will be different from previous years due to concerns related to COVID. More details on what that will look like can be found on the registration page. See link below.
 
  • Youth Camp: May 30—June 4, Rising 10th Graders-Just Graduated
  • Performing Arts Camp: June 6—June 11, Rising 4th-9th Graders
  • Intermediate Camp: June 20—June 25, Rising 8th and 9th Graders
  • Junior Camp: June 27—July 2, Rising 6th and 7th Graders
  • Kid Camp: July 11—July 16, Rising 3rd-5th Graders
  • Work Camp: July 18—July 23, Rising10th Graders-Just Graduated
 
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.
 
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.
Finances
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.
 
Realm Login
If you have not yet created a login to our online church ministry tool, Email the parish office and you will be sent an invitation email
 
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 about how to make a pledge on the Ways to Give page.
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.
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 (NEW TIME)
The Epiphany Book Group is moving their meeting time up to 7 p.m. for the next two months. Until we here differently, we will continue to meet on Zoom. Email Linda Ryder-Wolf for the link.

  • June: A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • August: Barkskins by Annie Proulx
Racial Justice Group meets 2nd Tuesdays
The Racial Justice Group (RJG) meets 2nd Tuesdays at 7 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 4th 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 anti-racist 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 class—which is the basic SilverSneakers class—meets 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: Jewel Allen • Joy Boydon • Sally Brockington • Lily Burnett • Sam Burnett • Alma Fuller • Beth Galvin • Judy Jarady • Henry Laird • Neela Ram • Ann Rowles • Paul Thompson• Stephanie Thompson
 
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 • Einar Sagstuen, friend of Sandy Land • Sarah Werkman, friend of Erin Braden • Mary Ann DiBello, mother-in-law of Stephanie DiBello • Maureen Cooper, sister-in-law of George Councill • Zach, friend of Henry Bryant • Evelyn, mother of Lisa Daily • Laura Sinyard, niece of Laura Keys • John Watson, brother of Laura Keys • Ronnie Troglione, uncle of Lisa Carlson • John Quinn, step-father of Amy Shipp • Joslyn McGuire, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer • Michael Seymour, neighbor of Ellen Mintzmyer • Shannon & Zane Gold, neighbor of Ellen Mintzmyer • Bill & Becky and their family, friends of Jewel Allen
 
For those who have died: Erin, sister of Beth Galvin
 
For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 5/9 - 5/15: Kitty Snyder & Ben Weatherford
 
For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 5/9 - 5/15: Cody Chaffins • Joseph Hiley • Emma Krawczyk • Sara Kathryn Wierwille • Pat Spivey • Rita Warwick • Sue Jamieson • Esteban Simian • Paul Welty • Richard Messner • Madison Stevens • Clem Gainty • Patrick Hanna • Nancy Kinnane • Marcus Hoesterey • Henry Bryant • Will Bryant • Livie Fraijo-Paul • Sarah Keys • Cassie Leung • Sharon O’Flaherty

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Chris Miller • Tom Mundy • Terry-Lee Ross • June Sparks • Pat Spivey
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at NOON.