Parish Notices for May 20, 2022
Issue Highlights

Congregational Assessment Tool
Parish Picnic Update
Listening Circle for Parents of Youth
Youth Pilgrimage Meeting and PIZZA!
Pentecost Bread-making and Eucharist Workshop for Children
Epiphany Stars
Planning for Our Future
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what he hears and he will tell you what is yet to come. - John 16:13
Vestry is thrilled that Amy is accepting our call to become the next Rector of Epiphany, and we are excited to embark together on the next phase of planning for our future. 

The initial stage consisted of the Mutual Ministry Review (MMR) facilitated by Sally Ulrey, Missioner for Congregational Vitality in the Diocese of Atlanta. 

The MMR is part of the Ministry Planning Cycle, and provided a framework for our parish leadership to reflect on and strengthen our work of ministry together. We reviewed the many challenges that our parish has met during the past almost three years, and all the amazing progress we have made. We celebrate the ways our parish has responded to God’s call, finding new ways to be in community during Covid and new ways to engage with our neighbors.

The next phase of our strategic planning process will engage our parish family in assessing where we are now, our strengths and aspirations, and where we feel God is calling Epiphany. In early June, we will ask parishioners to participate in the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT), a benchmarked survey designed to provide an in-depth look at the experiences, perceptions, and aspirations of a congregation.

The CAT survey will help us systematically discern where we are, where we see God leading us as a congregation, and how we might want/need to change and grow. Your responses will provide crucial information we will use to help define our priorities and determine our goals and strategies as a parish. The CAT survey is a fairly quick set of online questions taking about 20-25 minutes to complete. Paper copies will also be available. The survey will be open June 3 – 27. Vestry will meet to learn more about the interpretation of data in July, and Sally Ulrey will lead a parish-wide session to discuss the results of the survey after church on Sunday, August 7.

We are excited to discern how God is calling us to live out our mission at Epiphany, and invite you to participate in this important next phase of our planning process. Watch for more details and the launch of the CAT survey on June 3. Please contact Amy or Erin Braden with any questions or suggestions in the meantime.
This Sunday
Sunday Morning Worship
Masks required during worship
Holy Eucharist - 10 a.m. in the nave
  • The Healing Station is open in the side chapel.
  • Childcare for newborns and children ages 3 and under is available in the nursery. Our vaccinated childcare workers wear KN95 masks.
Livestream Options: YouTube Link | Zoom Link
Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light
  • The Arrangements at the Altar are given to the Glory of God.

  • The Sanctuary Light is given to the Glory of God and in memory of Ed Hambalek, by Barbara Belcore.
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 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.
Now Showing for May
Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes mixed media paintings by Jen Singh for the month of May and early June 2022. Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany. The show is also on the Art Ministry Page.

Listening Circles
The Rev. Nicole Lambelet and Emily Elder will host the last listening circle Sunday at 5 p.m. for parents of youth (incoming 6th graders and up.)

Sunday, May 22 (youth)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. in person in the choir loft (during the regular youth group meeting time)
Parent Pilgrimage Meeting

There will be a parent meeting for the youth pilgrimage in the parish hall on May 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will go over the packing list, expectations about behavior and technology use, the schedule, and other logistical concerns. This will also be an opportunity for parents to complete any outstanding forms. Pizza will be provided. Please email youth@epiphany.org with any questions.
Please join Parish Life for food and fellowship at the Parish Picnic on May 22. We will gather in the Meadow, so bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Drinks (tea, lemonade and water) will be provided. Although the registration closed for ordering from Community Q on May 18, you are still welcome to bring fruit, sides and slaw/salad to share. We had more people sign up than expected so the dish slots filled up fast. Check with Polly Nodine about what might be needed. We look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Newcomers' Gathering
Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m.
Epiphany’s membership committee invites all newcomers and visitors, both individuals and families, to a dessert reception on Sunday May 22 from 4 - 5 p.m. in the courtyard. Old-timers welcome too! The committee will provide the desserts.

This social gathering will be a time to get to know one another and learn more about our parish, programs, and ministries from clergy and parishioners. We will provide a taste of our parish life and help familiarize folks with our physical space. We hope you will join us and look forward to welcoming you in person on the 22!
Upcoming Events
Upcoming ERJG Sunday Service Visits
Please mark your calendars
Sunday, May 29 - Church of the Common Ground: The service starts at 1 p.m. at Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. We will meet at the Park at 12:45 p.m. We strongly encourage you to take MARTA.


Sunday, June 26 - Emmaus House Chapel: The service starts at 10 a.m. We will meet at 9:45 a.m. Our understanding is that masks are required. As many of you already know, Epiphany has had a very strong connection to Emmaus House.

Living Contemplatively - 6/1
The Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group will begin a new book study together on Zoom on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning June 1. We will be reading and discussing Henri Nouwen's book Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, contact the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.
Emmaus House Needs Painting Volunteers
This summer, Emmaus House will hold its seventh Freedom School for K-8th grade children living in the Peoplestown community. Freedom School’s purpose is to close the achievement gap by improving literacy and learning for children who face poverty and lack access to the educational resources they need to succeed.  We will be in a newly acquired education building and several classrooms need to be painted before the program begins. If you would like to volunteer to paint on Friday, June 3 or Saturday, June 4, please sign up at the button below and indicate the hours you want to help. Bring friends!
Pentecost Bread Making

Calling all kids! Join the Rev. Nicole Lambelet and Ellen Mintzmyer on Saturday, June 4th at 1:30pm for bread making and a mini workshop on the Eucharist. Not only will we make the bread for that will be used for Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday, we will tell stories, and wonder together about the mystery of Christ's presence with us in the bread and wine.

If you have any questions, or would like more information email Nicole.
Ongoing Meetings
5/23—The Community of Hope's Circle of Care members gather monthly on 4th Mondays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. to pray, learn, and provide each other with mutual support as they reflect on their emotional and spiritual responses to pastoral encounters. If you or a loved one would like to receive a pastoral visit by one of the trained caregivers, please contact Ann Fowler. 

6/1—Epiphany Racial Justice Book (ERJB) Group will meet in Room 201 from 6:45-8:00 p.m. The ERJB Group is reading How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith (approximately 336 pages, available through the DeKalb County Library system). Please join us, we would love to have you. Any question please feel free to contact Kay Lee or Lisa Daily


6/2—The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets on Zoom 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. Please contact Megan or Nancy before attending for the first time.

6/6—The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. All are welcome. Contact: Linda Ryder-Wolf.

6/10—The Feeding Ministry cooks at Epiphany and then serves the meal at Gateway Shelter on 2nd Fridays. You can help with one or more of the following activities:
  • Wednesday - Food Shopping
  • Thursday - Chopping Veggies
  • Friday - cooking from 2–5 p.m., serving from 5–7 p.m. or helping clean up after the volunteer dinner at 7 p.m.


6/14—The Episcopal Women (ECW) meet on 2nd Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the parish hall followed by lunch out. Contact: Laura Keys

6/26—The Epiphany chapter of the Daughters of the king (DOK) meet over Zoom on 4th Sundays at 5:00 p.m. The DOK are a lay order whose goals are prayer, service and evangelism. We welcome interested women to visit. Contact Judy Jarady for the meeting link.

The Flex & Stretch class—which is the basic SilverSneakers class—meets online on Thursdays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Fridays. For the link, email Ellen Mintzmeyer.
Announcements
Epiphany Stars

For nearly 14 years, Michele MacLeod has served Epiphany and the Epiphany choirs as Music Librarian. Whether preparing folders, cataloguing music, sharpening pencils, hauling supplies to and from retreats, or generally organizing all things music, she has done this work with quiet confidence, amazing speed, and incredible accuracy.

Michele has recently retired as librarian, and the Epiphany Choir honored her during our celebration of the choir year at our last rehearsal on May 18. Thank you, Michele!
United Thank Offering Results
The tally for this year’s UTO offering is $442.25 which is a bit less than halfway to our goal of $1000 each year. An Episcopal tradition since 1889, the United Thank Offering (UTO) contributions support Episcopal missions and ministries.


  • If you choose to donate by check, please make checks out to The Episcopal Church Women, noting UTO in the memo field.
  •  If you would like to give online, click the link below and select “ECW/UTO Offering” as the fund.
 
Required Trainings for Staff & Lay Leadership
If you are not sure which courses to take or what your training status, contact the parish office.
Dismantling Racism training is offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Currently, the training is only being offered online via Zoom from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In-person trainings have not yet resumed.


Safeguarding Training: Click the link to register for Safeguarding God's Children (SGC) or Safeguarding God's People (SGP) trainings. The link below is for the Zoom trainings. In-person trainings are restarting. Check with the parish office for any available dates if that is your preference.

Weekday Services
Morning Prayer takes place every weekday at 9 a.m. on Zoom. Login at 8:45 a.m. for coffee hour. New Login Link as of 3/30. Contact the parish office for the link.

First Tuesdays Eucharist: The Tuesday Men’s Group meets on 1st Tuesdays at 7 a.m. for Holy Eucharist followed by a time of fellowship before heading on their way for the day. Contact: John Yntema

Wednesday Noonday Prayer takes place at 12 p.m. in the side chapel, followed by Healing with Eucharist at 12:15 p.m.
Prayers of the People
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
  • Names of 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 • Sally Brockington • Pam Hall • Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Sally McClintock • Colleen • Emily • Jennie Richardson • Ann Rowles • Jane Stutz • Larry Wilcox • Evan Vega • Ellen Mintzmyer •

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 • Susie Boyko • Keren Clay, neighbor of Susan & Richard Messner • Linda Best, cousin of Bob Thompson • Diana Lawrence, niece of Terri Lawrence • Peggy Bryant, mother of Patrick Bryant • Charlton, Jeni, and Stephanie, relatives of Jewel Allen • Sophia Baginski, friend of David Draper • Parvin Heidari, friend of Kaylie Gibbs • Russell Saxon nephew of Kathie Ryan • Karen Richmond, sister-in-law of Barbara Ryder • Stephen Fluharty friend of Richard and Susan Messner • Doris Jean Gentry, aunt of Shea McNutt • Dorothy Gray, mother-in-law of Lisa Gray • Cindy Vander Would, friend of Linden Abston •

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Alma Fuller • Tom Mundy • Idamay Shaw • Pat Spivey • June Sparks • Kathy Walmsley

For those who have died: Stuart Martin, nephew of Sherry Wallace • Robert A. Wolf, father of Steve Wolf, father-in-law of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Margaret Jackson, Mother of Ted Jackson •

For those in the armed forces: Henry Laird • Stewart Mundy

For those celebrating an anniversary for the week of 5/22-28: Kelly Alexander & Mike Anderson • Elizabeth & Matthew Rose • Neela Ram & Brian Gross

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 5/22-28: Katy Graves • Sydney Stevens • Michele MacLeod • Sean Bennett • Lane Burnett • Carol Fuller • Dawson Rooks • Pam Tipton-Thierry • Caroline Peacock • Naomi Lambelet • Annie Ballou • Liam Higgins • Libby Ballou • Paul Dangel • Paul DeSandre • Paige Howell • Sophie Mawson-Puckhaben • Jennifer Patico

For those awaiting the birth of a child: Megan & Laraine Fraijo-Paul • Kaylie & Evan Gibbs

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.
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