Parish Notices for January 29, 2021
Dear Epiphany family,
Bishop Rob Wright was interviewed on WABE following the November election. (You can listen to that interview here.) He offered nine things we can do as Christians to begin the process of healing our country. I thought they were worth sharing as we all contemplate how we can live out our calling as the body of Christ in our divided world today.
9 Things You Can Do to Heal the Nation
 
  1. Pray for the nation; pray for [then] President Trump and for President-elect Biden.
  2. Be kind in speech and actions especially with those with whom you disagree.
  3. Grant Jesus’ request to “pray for enemies and bless those that curse you.”
  4. Use your social media platforms only for positive, non-aggressive, encouraging and constructive purposes.
  5. Refuse to pass along information as truth that does not bear the marks of good scholarship and fairness.
  6. Reflect on and relinquish your need to feel and behave as superior to other members of the American family.
  7. Schedule a conversation with a family member or co-worker who sees the world differently and be curious rather than defensive or combative.
  8. Accept responsibility for making the country and the world better, kinder, healthier, safer, cleaner and more just.
  9. Commit for three years to an organization whose purpose is to bring equity to the American family.
May we continue in this Epiphany season to shine the light of Christ in the world around us. 
 
Grace and peace,
Amy+
Worship Services
Online Worship
Sunday Morning Worship @ 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. (Class info listed below.)
Dial 646.558.8656
Meeting ID is 532 385 90
Weekday Morning Prayer @ 9:00 a.m.
Login around 8:45 a.m. for Virtual Coffee Hour. The Zoom Link is private. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.


Wednesday Noonday Prayer @ 12:30 p.m.
Login around 12:20 p.m. to greet on another. The Zoom Link is private. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.
Links can also be found at epiphany.org/worship-services. A Zoom account is not needed.
Sermons from Sunday are uploaded Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Outdoor Worship
Registration Required. COVID guidelines listed on the signup.
Sunday Morning Worship @11:30 a.m.

Wi-Fi outside is spotty, so print the bulletin at home and bring it with you.

In the event of inclement weather or if temperatures fall below 45° we will cancel the outdoor service by way of email prior to the 8 a.m. online service. Check your email on the day of the service if the weather is uncertain.
Guest Preacher on January 31
We are thrilled to announce that the Rev. Rhett Solomon will be our preacher this week, January, 31 for both services. Previously ordained in the Baptist tradition, Rhett became a deacon in the Episcopal Church this past December and, prayerfully, will be ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in June of 2021. Rhett is a gifted writer, poet, and preacher (among other things) and it is our absolute honor to welcome him to Epiphany this coming Sunday. You can read more about the Rev. Rhett Solomon here
Online Formation
Adult Formation
Stories of God's Calling - Sunday January 31 at 10:15 a.m.
Adult Formation resumes this Sunday with Stories of God's Calling. This class is the first part of a three part series exploring what it means for us to be written into the story of Jesus in this place and time. Over the course of the series, we'll discuss how God's calling impacts "the story of self, the story of us, and the story of now." This week we will hear from one of our parishioners, Cristina Montesinos! Cristina will be speaking on the twists and turns of her life’s journey toward becoming a painter. She’ll touch on how small, seemingly unimportant steps led her to big mindset changes and clear life discoveries. You don't want to miss this!
Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
Classes are posted to our YouTube channel.
Formation for Families Sundays at 10:15 a.m, starting January 17
We will be discussing This Book is Anti-Racist, by Tiffany Jewell. The book examines the concepts of social identity, race, ethnicity, and racism. It is written for everyone, from young people to families and teachers. We will focus on how to raise anti-racist children as we work on deepening our own racial awareness and building a community that truly honors everyone. On January 31, we will discuss Section 2, pp. 45-83. All are welcome, you do not have to have done the reading to come to this class!

Meeting ID: 268 942 8828
Children's Formation
Children's Sunday Morning Formation meet at 10 a.m. for Godly Play; all ages are invited. It is a time for our children to connect with one another, hear a story, wonder, pray, and sing.

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Youth Formation

Youth Formation for the beginning of the Spring Semester will take place during our in-person Evening Prayer gatherings. There will be time for a group check-in, as well as time to discuss the week's devotional material. Sign Up Here.

  • Weekly devotionals are sent Saturdays
  • Newsletters are sent Mondays

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Parish Notices
Pledge Update

As of today, 144 households have made a pledge for 2021 for a total of $514,420.92.

Please click on the button below to add your pledge and help us meet our budget goal for the 2021 calendar year.
Click here to view a montage of recent parish events as the Deocampo family shares what Stewardship means to them.
Epiphany Art Ministry Presents...

Artwork by parishioner
- Bill Graves -

January/February 2021
View the Exhibit online 24/7
The exhibit is online with pop-up images. and prices.

View the Exhibit in-person
Stop by the church Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m. and follow the protocols posted on the above link.
Epiphany ALLELUIA "Tailgate"
Thursday, February 4 @ 4 p.m.

Sign-up to come to the parking lot to "tailgate" before the Superbowl and create a piece of the ALLELUIA Banner that will be buried before Lent during our Shrove Tuesday Liturgy. Each family will have 30 minutes to work together on the letter they receive at the "Creation Station" we set up for them in the parking lot. The stations will have a variety of items that might include: tissue paper, glue, yarn, paint, glitter, stickers, and patterns for tracing. But, please bring from home items we don't share during COVID like scissors, crayons, markers, craft paint brushes, dot paint, or any other items you might want to use. In-person spaces are limited, but participation isn't! If you want to decorate a letter, but would prefer to do it from the comfort of your own home, please sign up for an at home kit at the link below. Your banner piece will be delivered and you can choose to join us via Zoom (link will be sent to you after you register). Email Christen Erskine if you have questions. Click here to sign up for in-person or at-home ALLELUIA letter decorating!
Mark Your Calendar!

Make plans to participate this year in the virtual Hunger Walk Run!  Walk/run at any time or join virtually on event day, March 7. Epiphany will once again have a team to help raise money for this hunger relief event for our community. Look for a link to join or sponsor the Epiphany team soon!
Endowment Grants Available
The 30-day period for requesting disbursements from the Epiphany Endowment Fund opened on the day of the annual parish meeting, January 24, 2021.

The guidelines for distributions, pursuant to the Epiphany Endowment Fund’s Plan of Operation, are:

  • Capital improvements, debt reduction, or the building program of the Church of the Epiphany;
  • Scholarships or grants to members of the Church of the Epiphany for the purpose of attending college, seminary, nursing or medical school; for church-related camping or leadership conferences; or such other training which enables members of this congregation to grow in Christian faith and service to God’s people;
  • Outreach into the community including, but not limited to, grants to Episcopal colleges and seminaries, social service agencies, institutions and agencies to which this parish relates, and to special programs designed for those persons in our area who are in spiritual and/or economic need; projects of the Episcopal Church at home and overseas.

Request forms are available at epiphany.org/endowment fund of the Epiphany website. Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Please return them by email to the parish office.
NON-FOOD Pantry Drive
The Food Stamp program does not cover non-food items such as personal care, hygiene or cleaning products. Therefore, the ECW sponsors a pantry drive for Emmaus House twice a year in March and October.

This time for the month of March, we are asking you to give liquid dish soap and paper towels. Bins will be by the front door. If you would like to contribute, but are not getting out during the pandemic, you can donate $10 to the church and we will shop for you. Please mark Emmaus House in the memo field.
If you live in or near Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton or Rockdale counties, Disco Droid can send you text messages alerting you to when appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations are available for your priority phase. Just text VAX to their COVID-19 Vax App at 678.679.0250. More information available in this AJC article.
Sign up for Realm
If you have not created a login yet to the new online church database, the Invitation Email link you were originally sent has since expired.
But there are multiple ways to create your login:
Give in Honor of Memory of Someone
The Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or special occasion.
The Altar Arrangements are used for both the online and outdoor worship services. You may request a particular flower or color be used.

The Sanctuary Light is a visible sign of the presence of the Blessed Sacrament held in reserve in the Tabernacle and burns for seven days.

To be listed in the Sunday bulletin, sign up here by noon on Wednesdays.
Required Trainings for Staff & Lay Leadership
If you are not sure of your training status, contact the parish office.
Dismantling Racism is offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Click here for dates and to register.

Safeguarding Training: The New Inclusion Module OR the Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Abuse Module via Zoom is required for people who need re-certification for either Safeguarding God's Children or Safeguarding God's People as well as people who have never had either training. Click here for dates and to register.
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 (16). They will receive a message alert and call you back.

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.
Online Gatherings
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King (DOK) have resumed meeting, and will now 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.

Click here if you would like to know more about the Order of the Daughters of the King.
Youth Group Meetings
In Person: Our next in-person youth group is Sunday, February 7. We will gather at the parish for games, Evening Prayer, and a brief time for formation. The event will be held outside, masks are required. Sign Up Here

Online: Our next virtual youth group will be January 31.

Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
Epiphany Book Group
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Email John Yntema for the Zoom link.

  • February: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • March: Plainsong by Kent Haruf 
  • April: Pale Horse Pale Rider: Three Short Novels by Katherine Anne Porter
Racial Justice Book Study Group
The book group meets online from 6:45 - 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

At the February 24 meeting, we will discuss Parts One, Two and Three (pp.1 -159) from the book Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. A link will be sent in advance of each meeting. Email Lisa Daily to sign up to receive the Zoom link.
Grief Pastoral Care Group
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 classwhich is the basic SilverSneakers classmeets 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.
Parish Notices
  • 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: Sally Brockington, Lily Burnett, Sam Burnett, Kyle D'Mellow, Jeanne Hatcher, Henry Laird, Ann Rowles, Pat Spivey, Stephanie Thompson, Lindsay Todd

For friends and family: Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers; Betty Porter, relative of Christen Erskine; Dave Tipton, brother of Pam Tipton; Rosalind Blair; Kim, friend of Barbara Belcore; J and Tobias Mintzmyer, nephews of Ellen MIntzmeyer; Millie, Kyung and Joslyn, friends of Ellen Mintzmeyer; Bill Knee, relative of Amanda Kay Seals; Ray and Mary Munoz, friends of Ann Fowler; Christy Green, friend of Nicole Lambelet; Tallu Quinn, friend of Nicole Lambelet; Laura Foxworth, niece of Amy Dills-Moore; Joslyn McGuire, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer; Mary & Lily Munoz, friends of Ann Fowler; Bishop Rob Wright; Diana, sister-in-law of Brenda Lloyd

For those who have died: Rob Ashmore; Ray Munoz, friend of Ann Fowler; Gail Hock, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer; Paul Rentz and John Boring, friends of Nancy Thompson; Don Lloyd, bother of Brenda Lloyd

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 1/31 - 2/6: Steve Tipton, J. P. Boulée, Audrey Banfield, Luke Mawson-Puckhaben, Henry Morrison, Laura Thompson, Ray Krawczyk, Nancy McCord, Max Meyer, Susan Moody, Ripley Prikkel, Trey Lucas, Carol Moser, Jim Rabb, Chelsea Stephens, Lindsay Todd

For those expecting a child: Amanda Kay Seals & Zac Toy

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