Parish Notices for May 28, 2021
New in this issue...

  • Community of Hope
  • Guest Preacher on Sunday
  • Jammin' with Jesus
  • Youth Summer Events
Community of Hope Training Coming to Epiphany
Starting this fall, Epiphany will host a 14-week Community of Hope (COH) training for lay pastoral caregivers. Graduates of the program will be trained to make pastoral visits to Epiphany members who are experiencing various forms of loss, grief, illness, life changes, loneliness, or isolation. COH caregivers may also serve outside the church in nursing homes, hospitals, prisons, at Hagar’s House or DCM, or at Emmaus House, or to be with people who are in crisis no matter where they are.

What sets Community of Hope apart from other pastoral care programs is its emphasis on the spiritual growth and community formation of the caregivers. The trainees remain united in prayer and community as their ministries lead them to serve in the parish and in the wider community. Epiphany clergy and other facilitators will teach modules from the Community of Hope curriculum, which is rooted in Benedictine spirituality and based on the classic clinical pastoral education model used in many hospitals to train caregivers. The training is not limited exclusively to any creed but is open to and enriched by the representation of many denominations.
The Community of Hope program awakens trainees to God’s call on each of our lives by helping individuals discover and better understand their own spiritual gifts for ministry. Participants are encouraged to make this experience a journey into wholeness, to use this opportunity to explore a “rule of life”, practice sacred silence, Christian meditation, compassionate listening, pastoral identity and Lectio Divina, all within the context of Benedictine spirituality. This experience builds community and develops spiritually centered pastoral caregivers.

If you are interested in learning more about the Community of Hope, please contact Ann Fowler, 404.808.1864, by June 20. A response by that date will enable us to begin detailed planning for the fall. Potential participants will be polled to determine the most convenient day and time for the program to meet.
Worship Services
Guest Preacher on Sunday May 30
Trey Phillips will be our guest speaker for services on Sunday, May 30. Trey is a Candidate for holy orders here in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. A recent graduate of the Candler School of Theology, he currently serves as a Spiritual Health Resident (Chaplain) at Emory University Hospital Midtown, providing spiritual and emotional support to both the hospitalized and the medical staff. Trey is married to Annie Phillips who is a first-grade teacher at Glennwood Elementary in Decatur, GA. 
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.

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.
NEW in June: Next month on June 2, the Noonday Prayer service will take place outdoors in the Memorial Garden and include Healing and Eucharist! Masks are required and we will observe distances. The other services will be on Zoom in the month of June. Stay tuned for further services in July and August.
Outdoor Eucharist - Registration Required
Sunday Morning at 11:30 a.m.
 
Please Bring
  • a mask
  • a chair
  • a pre-printed bulletin or electronic device.

Cancellation notices due to weather will be sent to the registrant email at 8:30 a.m. Check your email before coming to church if the weather is uncertain.
Registration
Click on links provided on our website, in this newsletter OR NOW 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, email the parish office to get a new invitation link to register.

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
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 memory of ...
  • Tom Hairston, by Robin Hairston
  • Paul Morich, by Peter Morich

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 and in memory of ...
  • Matt Tarrentino, by Linda Ryder-Wolf
  • Tom Hairston, by Robin Hairston

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.
Children & Youth Ministries
Jammin' with Jesus
Saturday, June 19 at 9 a.m.
Families are invited to regather outside for summer fun! Bagels, muffins and jam will be provided to munch on while we wonder about Jesus' parables. Art materials (for all ages) will be available for families to play with the story and imagine how Jesus would tell this parable today. Epiphany families will also be invited to make a difference in the lives of Emmaus House children by creating Snack Packs for students to have food throughout the weekend. The Snack Pack program provides children and youth at risk of weekend hunger with a bag of nutritionally balanced, nonperishable, and easy to prepare food - watch for more details about what to bring! Come to sing, play, and reconnect with your church family!
I'd love to hear a story!

Our online Godly Play sessions will end Sunday. However, if you and your family would like to meet Christen (or another storyteller) in the Godly Play room on Sunday morning before outdoor worship, sign up with this link
All participants must wear masks during the session. A parent, grandparent, or guardian needs to be present with the children; no previous Godly Play experience required. All children old enough to sit and listen to a 10-15 minutes story with their family are welcome. The art shelves and story shelves will be open for response time! Email Christen Erskine, Interim Director of Children's Ministries if you have any questions or to request a particular story.
Youth Ministries
Youth Group will not meet on May 30 or June 6. Weekly Youth Group will resume June 13.
June 26 - Youth Ping Pong Tournament
Charlie Slater, Epiphany's resident Ping Pong professional, is excited to host a tournament for the youth of Epiphany on June 26. The tournament will run from 1:30-5:00. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
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.
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.
Parish Announcements
Door Codes
Just a reminder to everyone that the door codes have been changed. Currently, they are only being given to parishioners who need to be in the building at this time.

NOTICE: If you are given a code, please do not share it with anyone. Refer them to the office so they can be given the correct code for their area of ministry.
Input Needed | Diocesan Survey
Given that this is the 9th year of Bishop Wright's episcopacy, and that we find ourselves coming out of a pandemic, transitioning into a new way of being, now is the time to check the pulse of the Diocese again, and gather feedback to guide us in strategic decision making for the new season to come. 
We ask for your partnership in this initiative by providing your feedback. Those asked to provide feedback are any member of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, especially Clergy, Wardens, Treasurers, parish ministry heads, members of Diocesan Commissions, and Annual Council delegates. 
he survey will help us determine the best means of communication with members of the Diocese, our priorities for the future, the needs of our parishes, and strategic goals for our future together. 
Thank you, and may God continue to bless our common life,
+Rob Wright
Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group
Mondays at 11 a.m. on Zoom

Beginning Monday, June 6
 
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.
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.

We can do this – with your help! Email John Wierwille if you have questions about which job is right for you.
Pantry Drive for DEAM
June 6 – June 30

Next month we will be collecting items to help the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) pantry.
 
We’ll be collecting:
  1. small cornbread mixes like Jiffy
  2. any size of shelf-stable milk, canned or dry, except Sweetened Condensed canned milk.
 
Collection will be from June 6 – June 30. Bins will be by the front door.
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.
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.
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 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
Lindsay Todd and Kienan King were married in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, May 8.
  • 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 • 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 • Gary Davis, father of Jeremy Davis • Blanca Ester Solis, friend of Jeff & Wallace McGrath • Sherie McGowin, friend of Noelle Reetz • Eleanor Whitman, aunt of Noelle Reetz • Nell Witman Sandemeyer, cousin of Noelle Reetz • Ansley, friend of Esther Bryant • Zach, friend of Henry Bryant • Dab Belcore & Kathy Brannon, brother and sister-in-law of Barbara Belcore • Michael Seymour, neighbor of Ellen Mintzmyer • Joslyn, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer
 
For those who have died: Maureen Cooper, sister-in-law of George Council • Winston Johnston, friend of Paul Hinson • Faith, friend of Edie Brush • Joann Hambalek, friend of Barbara Belcore • Dalton Fox, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf
 
For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 5/30-6/5: Dan & Diane MundySusan Pierce & Robert CunninghamJulia & Peter DodgeWayne & Judy Urban
 
For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 5/30-6/5 Harper BaltrusaitisAuden HookerDave SchnebergerBryan SinclairAdrienne HillMcGregor SheffieldQuinn ThompsonBrendan Bender Amy RooksMegan Fraijo-PaulSara KellyGretchen MaclachlanChristine Stanislaw Charlotte DickeyOlivia SadlerKarla FinneganKate KavanaghMike SandersonJohn YntemaMeredith BurrisMary Ann Schneider

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