Parish Notices for January 15, 2021
Dear Epiphany family,
In this Epiphany season, we celebrate the Light that has come into the world, the Light that enlightens us all. We live into that light by leaning into love for neighbor, compassion, and deepened understanding. We claim that light by rejecting hatred and polarization. 
 
We are in a time of deep division in our nation and a time when the light of Christ is most needed. There are some in our Epiphany community who are relieved at the outcome of our recent elections and others in our community who are disappointed by the results of these elections. Let us remember, in the words of our baptismal service from last week, we are one body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Our common faith in Christ unites us across other differences we might experience.
Our lectionary passages over the next few weeks center around calling stories in scripture, and we are exploring those themes in our adult formation class as well. What is our calling as Christians, as the body of Christ? Our primary calling is not allegiance to a political party or to a cause but to living the love of God in the world. 
 
We are Epiphany people and the words inscribed in our narthex can be a guiding star for us in these difficult times: May Christ the Son of God be manifest in you that your lives may be a light to the world.

Grace and peace,
Amy+
Worship Services
Online Worship
Sunday Worship @ 9:00 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 Login is a private link. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.


Wednesday Noonday Prayer @ 12:30 p.m. will not meet on January 20
Login around 12:20 p.m. to greet on another. The Zoom Login is a private link. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.
Links can also be found on the worship services page of our our website. A Zoom account is not needed.
Sermons from Sunday are uploaded Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Outdoor Worship Opportunities
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 9 a.m. online service. Check your email on the day of the service if the weather is uncertain.
Recording Available
Email the parish office if you would like a link to the video of the Feast of Epiphany Service.
We welcome into the household of God

Everett, Harvey and Graham DiBello, sons of Stephanie & Chris DiBello, who were baptized on January 10, 2021
Online Formation
Adult Formation
Stories of God's Calling - Sundays at 10:15 a.m,
 
Formation continues this Sunday with a new series entitled "Stories of God's Calling." This class is the first part of a three part series exploring the shape of God's calling in our lives. As Christians we are storied by God's calling and this semester we'll dive into how God's calling impacts the story of self, the story of us, and the story of now. The Epiphany series will be facilitated by Evan Bassett and will feature the stories of several Epiphany parishioners over the next several weeks: Christina Montesinos, Paul Hinson and Alix Janke. You really 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. We'll begin with Section 1, pp 6-45 on next Sunday. You do not have to have done the reading to come to this class!

Meeting ID: 851 6230 2412
Children's Formation
Children's Sunday Morning Formation will 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 will now be sent separately from the weekly update.
  • Newsletters will continue to be sent on Mondays, while devotionals will be sent on Saturday.

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Online Gatherings
Youth Group Meetings
In Person: Our next in-person youth group is this Sunday, January 24. 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 17.

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 login.

  • February: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • March: Plainsong by Kent Haruf 
  • April: Pale Horse Pale Rider: Three Short Novels by Katherine Anne Porter
Grief Pastoral Care Group
The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets 1st Thursdays at noon via Zoom 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.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch classwhich is the basic SilverSneakers classmeets on Zoom on Fridays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All at 11 a.m. Email Ellen Mintzmeyer for the login.
Parish Notices
Office Closed
The office will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday on Monday, January 18.
Annual Meeting
Sunday, January 24 at 10:15 a.m.
You’re invited to join us online at 10:15 a.m. for this important meeting in the life of our church. We will hear reports from vestry members and heads of parish organizations, as well as the priest-in-charge. We will also appoint new vestry members and thank the retiring ones, receive the 2020 Financial Report and the 2021 Annual Budget. No other Adult Formation Programs will meet.
We will use the regular Sunday Morning Login button on the homepage, or click here.

A printed report on parish programs and ministries will be available as an online link in the weekly email going out Friday morning, January 22, 2021.
Rethinking Resilience in a World of Change
Virtual Workshop and Reflection with Bobbi Patterson
Thursday, January 28 from 9 a.m. - noon

This Workshop introduces Adaptive Resilience Theory (ART), an approach to change that builds skills born of reflective wisdom. Participants will learn insights and tools combining ART and contemplative principles and practices.

For more information or to register, click here.
Pledge Update

As of today, 142 households have made a pledge for 2021 for a total of $503,820.92. Please click on the button below to add your pledge and help us meet our goal for the 2021 calendar year.
Sign up for Realm
If you haven’t created a login yet to the new online church database, the Invitation Email link you were sent has since expired.
But there are multiple ways to create your login:

Help Needed
I’m trying to furnish an apartment for a physically disabled woman and her mentally disabled son. They were homeless so they have no furniture. They still need a small table with 2 chairs and either a twin sized bed or full-sized - with mattress. And a small dresser. And blankets! If anyone wants to donate any pf these items, I can pick up them up. Please text or email me. Mary Ann Schneider, 470.445.8579.
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.
Join the Racial Justice Book Club
As part of racial justice work, Epiphany is forming a book club 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.
The book group will meet at 6:45 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month, starting on January 27, 2021. A link will be sent in advance of each meeting. Email Lisa Daily to sign up to receive the link.

To get started, we will read:
January - White Rage, by Carol Anderson
February, March, April - Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson
 
Please consider ordering your books from Black owned, local bookstores which you can find through an Internet search of “black owned bookstore Atlanta.”
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.
Parish Notices
  • Names of our friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.
  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
For members who are bidding our prayers: Rob Ashmore, Sally Brockington, Lily Burnett, Sam Burnett, Kyle D'Mellow, Jeanne Hatcher, Jim Hoesterey, Henry Laird, Sandy Land, Bev & Ralph Lorenzo, Tom Mundy, Terry-Lee Ross, Ann Rowles, Stephanie Thompson; Lindsay Todd; Larry Wilcox & Darwin Embser

For friends and family: Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers; Betty Porter, relative of Christen Erskine; Dave Tipton, brother of Pam Tipton; Ann Scott, mother of Susan Scott; Maggie & David, friends of Nancy Thompson; 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 Munoz, friend of Ann Fowler; Christy Green, friend of Nicole Lambelet; Tallu Quinn, friend of Nicole Lambelet

For those who have died: Arlen Gray; Joey Bragg, friend of Sara Cushing; Carol Griffin, mother of Sean Griffin and mother-in-law of Cat Warner Griffin;Dr. Charles A. Isbell, uncle of Amy Shipp; Samuel Frazier, cousin of Larry Wilcox; Daphne McCord, aunt of Pam Tipton Gerogia Sanders, friend of Anne Warner

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 1/17-23: Janet & William Wilson

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 1/17-23: Blake Freeman, Stephanie Thompson, Andrea Carpenter, Dexter McKinney, Kathleen Rinehart, Matilda McNeely, Derek Yeager, Philip Anderson, Sawyer Armor, Boyd Braden, Sy Burnett , Keith Poole, Harvey DiBello

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, June Sparks
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at 5 p.m.