Parish Notices for July 9, 2021
New in this Issue
  • The Ismaili Muslim Community
  • Tuesday Evening Small Group
  • August Sunday Formation Hour
  • DEAM Pantry Drive Tally
  • Epiphany Stars
  • Grounds Group & Building Bloc
  • Feeding Ministry Resumes
  • Parish Fall Retreat (KANUGA)
Dear Epiphany Family,
It is always a joy to gather together! And it was a special joy to be together inside Epiphany’s building for worship and communion this last Sunday. Not only was last Sunday the first time I have worshipped with you inside the building, but the occasion also marked the first anniversary of my ministry as Epiphany’s Associate Priest for Family Ministry and Outreach. I am full of gratitude for the journey we have taken together over the last year. Even amid a pandemic, you have generously welcomed me into your lives! Though I know there are still quite a few Epiphanites I have not yet met in person, I am confident that this next year will provide us all with more occasions for connection and shared learning. For this, I am thankful and excited as I anticipate all the new (and old) ways we will be able to grow together in faith and love. 
As we look to the beginning of another programmatic year, I’m also excited to announce a new opportunity we have for greater learning and community building. In the midst of our Lenten Discernment Series this past spring, we received a very special invitation from the Ismaili Muslim Community in Decatur to collaborate with them on a series of events this fall. Not only have we been invited to visit the Ismail Jamatkhanai and Centre (their space of worship and community learning), but we will have the opportunity to welcome the Ismaili to our church, join in service together in our local community, and perhaps even collaborate together on a panel about Creation Care and Environmental Responsibility. We’re working out the details, but in order to prepare ourselves to be good neighbors and to respond well to this significant invitation, Epiphany will offer a series of formation opportunities on Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations starting in late July and August. I want to make sure you know about these opportunities now so that you can mark your calendar to attend!
Tuesday Evening Small Group starting July 27 at 7:00 p.m. 
  • Text: Neighbors: Christians and Muslims Building Community by Deanna Fierre Womack
  • Platform: Zoom, with occasional in-person meetings per group consensus
  • Facilitators: Evan Gibbs and Paul Hinson
  • Questions or to RSVP: Email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet
Sunday Morning Formation Hour (in-person and Zoom) at 10:15 a.m.:
  • August 8 - Introduction to Islam and the Ismaili Community, Dr. Jim Hoesterey
  • August 15 - Muslim-Christian Relations, Dr. Deanna Womack
  • August 22 - The Global Experience, Closing Panel (Moderated by Dr. Jim Hoesterey)
Alongside myself, Epiphany parishioners Erin Braden, Lisa Daily, Jim Hoesterey, Brandon Laird, and Kay Lee have come together to form a hospitality committee. There will be many ways to be engage in these upcoming opportunities with the Ismaili as a participant, but if you are interested in volunteering your time or energy to help plan for any of these events you can reach out to Brandon Laird. If you have particular questions about Islam, or building community with our Muslim neighbors, reach out to Dr. Jim Hoesterey or myself. In addition to being one of our parishioners, Jim Hoesterey is a cultural anthropologist at Emory whose primary research has been within Muslim communities. He’s our resident expert!
With anticipation for another wonderful year together,
Worship Services
Sunday Morning at 9 a.m.
Online via Zoom
Login at 8:50 a.m. to greet one another. Use the link to the right or the one on our home page.
Sermon recordings are posted Monday afternoons to and archived for a year.
Dial: 646.558.8656
Meeting ID: 532 385 901
Sunday Morning at 11:30 a.m.
Indoor Eucharist - Registration Required

To allow for social distancing, there will be a limit of 75 people in the congregation. Registration is required.

Masks should be worn by all during worship. Fully vaccinated clergy, lay worship leaders, choir, and lectors may go without a mask while actively leading worship. There will be singing by the choir and the congregation. Communion remains in one kind (bread only).
Click on links provided on our website, in this newsletter, or from your Realm account via the web or your smart phone app. For those who have created your Realm logins, the fields will auto-fill for you once you select your name. Guest registration is also an option.

A pop up confirmation notice appears when you complete your registration, and a confirmation email is immediately sent. If you don’t receive a confirmation notice or email, try again and be sure to click the last button marked REGISTER.

If you have not created your Realm login yet or need help with registration, email or call the parish office.
Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
Weekdays via Zoom
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.

Tuesday Men's Breakfast

Each Tuesday morning, we'll begin in the chapel with Morning Prayer (Holy Eucharist 1st Tuesdays), and end our time together with a simple breakfast and fellowship. If you would like to learn more, or have any interest in helping provide food for Men's Breakfast, please email John Yntema.
Wednesday Noonday Prayer & Eucharist
In the nave

Noonday Prayer takes place at 12 p.m. in the side chapel. Healing with Eucharist follows at 12:15 p.m. Bulletins and Prayer Books provided.
Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light
The Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light can be given in honor of an anniversary, birthday or in memory of a loved one.
The Arrangements at the Altar for this Sunday are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Magda Kertscher.

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 Sanctuary Light is given this week to the Glory of God and in memory of Harry & Iris Ryder, by Linda Ryder-Wolf.

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.
Children & Youth Ministries
Children's Bulletin
Click the link below for this Sunday's Children's bulletin. Hard copies and crayons are available from the ushers for those attending in person.

The bulletins include word searches, white space for imaginative drawing based on prompts, word scrambles, connect-the-dots, and lots of creative coloring opportunities.

Children's Ministries
Godly Play Workshop
Saturday, July 10, 1-4 p.m.

Come learn more about Godly Play. Storytellers, door people, and parents are invited to spend an afternoon experiencing a a full session of Godly Play with a Godly Play Foundation Trainer. Learn about the sacred space that has been lovingly prepared for Epiphany's children and ways to enjoy the playfulness that ensues after a story in the Godly Play room. Feel free to bring a friend and any specific questions!Please email if you have any questions.
Playing with Parables

Explore the parables with your family this summer. Each week a different parable will be sent to families along with a variety of ways to consider and play with these most authentic words of Jesus. I wonder which parable your family would like to retell?
Are you ready to be a STAR?
Submissions due July 20

Now's the time to chose a parable and begin filming! Join other Epiphany stars and submit a video of your family telling a favorite parable. The night will be aglow with all the Epiphany stars on screen.
Submit your video by July 20, 2021 and we will plan to have an Epiphany viewing of our telling of the parables! If you have questions, email Christen Erskine or Nicole Lambelet.
Youth Ministries
In-Person Evening Prayer Continues Throughout the Summer
Evening Prayer is held 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.
July 17 - Youth Work Day at Emmaus House 
All youth are invited to help clean up Freedom School at Emmaus House July 17 at 9 a.m. We'll clean up the classrooms, pack up school supplies, and store them away.
Parish Announcements
DEAM Pantry Drive Tally

Thanks to everyone who contributed to last month's pantry drive to Decatur-Area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM). We collected 89 boxes of corn bread mix and 82 cans of shelf-stable mix.

DEAM serves more than 250 local families a month, providing critical assistance to ease hunger, prevent utility service disconnection, provide clothes, and purchase life-sustaining prescriptions for qualified residents.

While January and June are our ‘turns’ for stocking the DEAM pantry, the bins are out year-round to accept donations of: grape or strawberry jelly, pasta sauce, canned greens (not spinach), soup, small boxes of corn muffin milk.
Second Sundays
6 p.m. in the Courtyard

Young Adults! Join us this Sunday July 11 and every Second Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. in the courtyard. 

We'll eat, pray, and ping-pong together with Mary and all the saints. Email Rev. Nicole Lambelet with questions.
Epiphany Stars
Thanks to John Yntema and Katharine Hilliard Yntema for freeing our Pet Memorial Garden, located in the back area of Byrdland, from overgrowth. Katharine is also rebuilding the twisted vine arbor entrance. John is reinstalling the sign that had Liefy painted and had fallen over.

Perhaps a group or family of pet lovers would like to adopt this area to care for? See article below.

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!
Grounds Group & Building Bloc
We have reopened and you are invited to visit and take the survey there to share ideas about what we might do with respect to our space, and how you might be willing to help – with ideas, labor or both. We benefit from the ideas and efforts of volunteers who contribute to care for our grounds and keep our building in good shape – and we want to put together teams for planning and doing grounds and buildings projects by individuals, families, and small or large groups. Among the ideas contributed that the Grounds Group may roll out more completely are:

  • Adoption of (regular caring for) small parts of flower beds.
  • Brush cleanup of Byrdland and other areas.
  • Mulch and pine straw spreading.
  • When planting time is right, further planting of shrubbery and trees.
  • Wanted! Invasive species removal.
  • Erosion control projects.
  • Are there others? (Yes. There are … )

We’ll need both idea people (to develop, write and share plans for projects) and doer people who can get jobs done. So, if you didn’t take the survey in April, go to or email Bert Bender.
The Feeding Ministry Resumes
We will return to the Gateway shelter this month for the first time since a year ago February. They are using strict COVID protocols. The Feeding Ministry serves the Gateway Shelter on the 4th Friday of the month. You can opt to help cook from 2-5 p.m., serve from 5-7 p.m. or help clean up after the volunteer dinner at 7 p.m. Email Jeanette Hanson with any questions.
Parish Fall Retreat - SAVE THE DATE
October 22-24, 2021 at Kanuga
KANUGA IS OPEN AGAIN and our Epiphany Retreat is a GO! We’ve got our traditional fall weekend reserved for October 22-24 and premium cabins as well as a few rooms at the Inn. Some things will be different this year – we’re preparing to 're-Imagine' the weekend retreat for a post-pandemic era! So, mark your calendars for October 22-24, consider joining the Kanuga Committee to help us ‘re-Imagine’ the retreat, and check back for more information in the coming months. Email Ann Williamson if you are interested in serving on the planning committee.
Lost & Found
Found: This green outdoor chair was left behind at one of the last outdoor services from June. If it looks familiar, contact the parish office so you can come by and claim it.
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.
Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group
Start date Monday, July 19 at 11 a.m. on Zoom

The Living Contemplatively Group will begin a new book study in June on the book Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet. The book is edited by Gregory C. Ellison II and includes essays about Howard Thurman by Barbara Brown Taylor, Luther Smith, Marion Wright Edelman, and others on Thurman’s influence on our understanding of vocation and living a life anchored in faith. If you are currently participating in the small group studying Thurman’s book Jesus and the Disinherited and want to do deeper into the spiritual foundation that grounded Thurman’s life, or if you are encountering for the first time this civil rights activist, pastor, professor, poet, and spiritual guide, you are invited to join us for this study. For more information or to sign up, email the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.
Harvey Fund Grant Application

The Catherine D. Harvey Legacy Fund grant application cycle for the Summer term is now open. If you are aware of an organization that might qualify, please share the application.
Applications must be received by August 1, 2021. Questions? Email the Harvey Fund Advisory Board.

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.
Church Access
The staff continues to work mostly from home. They check their email and voicemail messages regularly.

Door Codes: The door codes have been changed. If you are part of a group or ministry that has returned to meeting in person and do not yet have a new code, email the parish office. Please do not share your code with anyone. Refer them to the office so they can be given the correct code for their area of ministry.
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.
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 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.
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
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. Email Linda Ryder-Wolf if you have questions.

  • August: Barkskins by Annie Proulx
  • August 30 (the next week is Labor Day): Last Hope Island by
  • October 4: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • November 1: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
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.
July 28: You are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown.
August 25: Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis.
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 Megan or Nancy for more information.
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 • Alma Fuller • Beth Galvin • Judy Jarady • Henry Laird • Sally McClintock • Neela Ram • Ann Rowles • Linda Ryder-Wolf 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 • Hendree Harrison, nephew of Laura Keys • Ronnie Troglione, uncle of Lisa Carlson • Joan Weigle, mother-in-law of Sara Cushing • Dot Pettet, aunt of Ann Fowler • Caroline Laughorn, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Sacha Smith, daguther of Liefy & George Smith • Susan Culpepper, friend of Larry Wilcox

For those who have died: Evelyn, mother of Lisa Daily

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Chris Miller • Tom Mundy • Terry-Lee Ross • June Sparks • Pat Spivey

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 7/11-17: Bryan Bassett • George Stockton • Chris Prikkel • Caroline Driebe • Andrea Strahan • Beverly White • Wallace Bryan-McGrath • Lisa Carlson • Alex Costello • J. P. Loughlin • Jeanne Hatcher • Ella Thomas • Mark Banfield • Maggi Ewing • John Kelly • Laurel Weidmann-Smith • Emma Zeller • Ross Democko

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.