Parish Notices for April 1, 2022
Highlights
Two Special Guests this Sunday
Labyrinth Blessing
New Gallery Show
Feeding Ministry Cooks nest week
Palm Sunday Passion Gospel roles open
Holy Week schedule and events
Easter schedule and Events
A cluster of Epiphany Stars
HVAC Pledge Update
Work has begun on the replacement of our HVAC systems! 

We have received $47,000 in additional pledges towards our HVAC campaign, which brings our total pledges to $350,121. We need approximately $475,000 to fully fund our new HVAC systems.

If you have not pledged yet, you may make an initial pledge through Realm. If you would like to increase your pledge, you may contact Susie Boyko. We are grateful for the patience and generosity you have shown throughout this process!
Lent at Epiphany
4/6—Stations of the Cross: Wednesday April 6 is the last Stations of the Cross taking place at noon. Healing with Holy Eucharist will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Devotional: If you are looking for a Lenten devotional to read as a spiritual practice during Lent, you might consider this free resource from Living Compass Living Well Through Lent 2022: Letting Go With All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. You can order a printed copy, sign up to receive each day's reading via email, or download a free PDF of the booklet here at livingcompass.org.

Growing in the Wilderness Series from Bishop Wright is a 5-part series offered by Bishop Wright in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Office of Congregational Vitality. The 5-part series includes a video and reflection guide available each Wednesday of Lent from March 9-April 6.

This Sunday
Sunday Morning Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the Nave
Masks Required during worship
We welcome Archdeacon Carole Maddux as our guest preacher this Sunday.

Archdeacon Maddux was ordained as a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2006 and appointed archdeacon of the Diocese of Atlanta in 2011. Archdeacon Maddux is the President-elect of the Association for Episcopal Deacons and is founder and executive director of the Georgia Interfaith Public Policy Center.
Watch the 10 a.m. service online: YouTube Link | Zoom Link


  • Video Recordings can be found on our YouTube channel following the time of original broadcast.
  • Sermon recordings are posted Tuesday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Childcare for newborns and children ages 3 and under is being offered once again on Sunday mornings. Our childcare workers in the nursery are both vaccinated and they will be wearing KN95 masks.
Formation Classes
Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
Adult Formation: Join us Sunday mornings through May 8 for a series entitled: Returning to Our Roots: Exploring Who We Are as Episcopalians. This Sunday we have the honor of welcoming Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Dr. Meeks recently won the 2022 Joseph R. Biden Lifetime Achievement Award. She will present a class on Fostering Spirituality for Beloved Community.

Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD and is the editor of the bestselling book, Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America and co-author of Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and PhD from Emory University.

Children's Formation: We offer the Godly Play curriculum during the formation hour. Children are invited to come upstairs after the service to meet their teachers. For now, and until we can reestablish a broader volunteer base, all ages will be together in in the larger meeting space (Room 203). Contact: The Rev. Nicole Lambelet.
Youth Formation: For our Spring Semester formation, we will be reading Praying With Our Feet by Lindsey Krinks. Lindsey Krinks is a street chaplain and co-founder of Open Table Nashville—one of the ministries we will be supporting during our 2022 Summer Pilgrimage. Because this year's formation is structured around a book, we need to know how many participants we are expecting.

Blessing of the Labyrinth
A Blessing for our new Labyrinth will take place in the parish hall immediately following the 10 a.m. service. The labyrinth will be available in the parish hall during Holy Week for parishioners to walk from Palm Sunday until the beginning of the Tenebrae service on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light
If you would like to sign up to give the Sanctuary Light in honor of an anniversary, birthday or in memory of a loved one, click the link below. Sign up by noon on Wednesdays to be listed in the weekly Friday email.
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.
Youth Group
 
Except for the 1st Sundays of the month*, Youth Group takes place on Sundays 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.

*First Sundays are set aside for special events—game nights, pizza nights, and joint events with Holy Trinity Parish.
Now Showing
Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes for the month of April, the “Out West” photography series by newcomer parishioner Zoe Aparicio.

To learn more about the artist, visit the Epiphany Gallery page.

Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany.
Weekday Services
Rite of Reconciliation: For those wishing to make formal confession along the Rite outlined in The Book of Common Prayer, contact the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore or The Rev. Nicole Lambelet to schedule a time.

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.

4/6—Stations of the Cross: Wednesday April 6 is the last Stations of the Cross taking place at noon. Healing with Holy Eucharist will take place at 12:30 p.m.

First Tuesday 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
Ongoing Meetings & Events
Earth Guild Update
Please join us in welcoming Sylvia Yaw and Frances Finegan as our new co-chairs for this ministry. They are looking forward to continuing the work begun by Brenda Lloyd in caring for God's Earth. As Sylvia and Frances work with the committee to begin to develop a plan of action, please be thinking about how God might be inviting us practice environmental stewardship at Epiphany and how you might want to contribute to this work.
4/4—The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. All are welcome. April Selection: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Contact: Linda Ryder-Wolf

4/6—Racial Justice Book Group: As part of our commitment to lifelong learning about racial justice, the Epiphany Racial Justice Book (ERJB) Group meets every other month on 1st Wednesdays in Room 201 from 6:45–8 p.m. to discuss Where Do We Go From Here: Community or Chaos by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

4/6—The Epiphany Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the Music Suite. New members are always welcome. Contact: Julie Ryder, Organist & Choirmaster

4/7—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.

4/9—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.


4/10—Second Sundays for Young Adults: Young adults are invited to help the youth paint sets for the youth play, Sunday April 10 from 4-6 p.m. Dinner will follow. Contact: The Rev. Nicole Lambelet

4/11—The Episcopal Women (ECW) meet on 2nd Tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the parish hall followed by lunch out. Contact: Laura Keys

4/24—The Daughters of the King (DOK): The Epiphany chapter of the DOK meet over Zoom on 4th Sundays at 5 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.
April 10—Palm Sunday10 a.m. *
April 13—Tenebrae 7 p.m.
April 14—Maundy Thursday Agápe Supper & Holy Eucharist 6 p.m. *
April 15—Good Friday Liturgy 12 p.m. * & 7 p.m.
April 16—Emmaus House Stations of the Cross10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

* Services livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom
4/10—Palm Sunday: The narrative account of Jesus’ last days is read at the morning services. We will gather in the meadow—the grassy area off the paved parking lot, to begin our procession with palms into the nave. On Palm Sunday, many voices read the Passion Gospel. Parishioners who will be in person on Palm Sunday are invited to sign up for roles. During the liturgy, you’ll speak your lines from your place in the pew (no acting required!). 


4/11-15—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.

4/13—Wednesday Noonday Prayer takes place at 12 p.m. in the side chapel. A Healing Service with Eucharist follows at 12:15 p.m.

4/13—Tenebrae (Latin for shadows) is a contemplative service recalling the Passion of the Christ in music, verse and light. Join us at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to sign up to read one of the lessons.


4/14—Maundy Thursday “Agápe Supper,” begins at 6 p.m. with foot washing and liturgy immediately following. The Supper requires reservations. Look for a dedicated email for reservations to be sent out shortly.


4/14-15—Maundy Thursday Vigil: Come and keep watch with Jesus in Gethsemane after the Maundy Thursday service on April 14. The side chapel altar will be converted into an altar of repose for the reserved sacrament from 9 p.m. – 9 a.m. in preparation for the Good Friday service. Stay for as long or short of time as you wish. There is no need to sign up.

4/15—Good Friday: Join us at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a communion service commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Good Friday Offering when, in 1922 in the aftermath of WWI, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. The offering for the day will go to the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Please note “Good Friday Offering” in the memo field.


4/16—Emmaus House Stations of the Cross: Presenting the stories and the history of the Peoplestown community, the EH Stations re-contextualizes elements of the traditional pilgrimage centering our baptismal promise to seek and serve Christ in every human being.

Reminder

Signups for all parish events can also be found at epiphany.org/rsvp
The Great Vigil of Easter • 6 a.m.
Easter Day Services • 9 a.m. * & 11 a.m. *
Easter Breakfast • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt • 10:15 a.m.

* Services livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom
Easter Flowers & Music: You are invited to make an offering for Easter Flowers and/or Music in thanksgiving or memory of a loved one. You can choose to pay online, or mail a check to the church. Submissions received by 9 a.m. Monday, April 11 will be listed in the Easter Bulletin.


Easter Candy Donations: We are asking for donations of nut free candy for the Easter treat bags for the kids. Place donations in the bins by the entrance. Donations accepted through Palm Sunday. NO Plastic Eggs Needed.

Easter Sunday liturgies are at 9 & 11 a.m. with. During the 9 a.m. service, children will be invited to FLOWER THE CROSS. Please bring a flower from home.

Easter Breakfast will be served from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Please sign up with your table ready breakfast dishes to share (fruit, sweets, casseroles and other savories). Parish Life will provide biscuits with jams and jellies, ham and beverages. Include a card listing dietary/allergen comments (i.e., meat, dairy, gluten, nut ingredients). No charge/donations welcome.


Easter Egg Hunt: Gather your children (up to 5th grade) in the church following the 9 a.m. service for instructions and we will dismiss for the egg hunt from the Nave at 10:15 a.m. Please bring your own baskets or bags.
Events Later in April
Pick up your UTO Boxes or Envelopes
The ingathering will take place on Sunday, April 24
During Lent, we take up a collection for the United Thank Offering (UTO). An Episcopal tradition since 1889, the UTO contributions support Episcopal missions and ministries. UTO envelopes and coin boxes are available in the gallery for use however you choose: daily, special occasion of gratitude, extra change, etc. We hope to once again surpass our goal of $1,000. The ingathering will take place on Sunday, April 24.

Grants in previous years associated in our area include:

  1. Rainbow Village in Duluth (helping families live successfully our of homelessness.)
  2. Navajo Land, Ft Defiance, NM. (Our former Associate Rector, Cynthia Hizer received the grant for improving the chapel on the facility.)

  • 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.
 
Barnyard Bible Hour - 4/24
On Sunday April 24, come see members of the Epiphany youth group perform their original one-act play, based on various biblical scenes. The show begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $10.

Announcements
Epiphany Stars
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!
George Council, Sally Walker, Rod & Michele MacLeod, Patricia Price and Pam Tipton who sorted and cleaned all of our upholstered chairs over the course of three days. Several have been set aside for retirement and the rest are nice and clean.
Bill Graves, Matt May and John Yntema for repairing one of the 8' foot tables that had been out of commission.
Lisa Carlson is the recipient of the 2022 J. Pollard Turman Alumni Service Award, presented by the Emory Alumni Association. Named for the Emory graduate J. Pollard Turman who became an influential humanitarian in Georgia, the award is Emory's highest award for alumni service and is given to an alumnus/a who demonstrates exceptional leadership.
The Turman Award also includes a $25,000 grant to Emory from the Tull Charitable Foundation. Lisa, along with her wife Johanna Hinman, together with Lisa’s mother Eileen Gleman and Johanna’s parents Alan and Lucy Hinman, and a matching gift from the Rollins School of Public Health, have created a new endowed scholarship—the Hinman-Carlson Family Scholarship. This new scholarship fund will provide annual financial support to Rollins students in perpetuity, empowering them to reach their full potential, lessen the financial burden of earning an advanced degree, and make an impact in the world.


Welcome New Members
Linden Abston and Emily Elder who were received and confirmed by the Bishop on Sunday, March 27 at the Cathedral of St. Philip.
Click the picture to see photos from the day
Car Wash Results
The youth car wash this past Sunday was a huge success. They raised over $800 for pilgrimage and travel expenses.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered or brought their car to be washed, and special thanks to our adult volunteers John & Kathy Corcoran.
Update on Afghan Refugee Family
Thank you to all who have donated so generously to the refugee fund, which is enabling us to help the family choose things they need. In addition, we have received wonderful donations of Chromebooks and furniture. We are still looking for a dining room table to seat at least six, plus a few more dining room chairs. 

We have enjoyed starting weekly meetings with our family, and are getting to know them better. English language tutoring is starting this week with our wonderful parish volunteers. We are grateful to the Refugee Ministry team of Ellyn Bryan, Jess Burns, Julia Dodge, Peter Dodge, Doug Kertscher, Cathy McKinney, Jim McKinney, Carol Moser, Carol Newsome, Bob Peatman, and the Rev. Nicole Lambelet.

The family’s English language is limited, but the three children have started school in 5th, 2nd, and Kindergarten in DeKalb schools. They have two daughters who are 12 and 10 years old, and one son who is 7 years old. They live just a short distance away, between Decatur and Stone Mountain.

We will keep you updated about ongoing needs and ways to get involved. Please contact Erin Braden or Lisa Daily with any questions or to find out more.
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 is offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Safeguarding Training: Click the link to register for Safeguarding God's Children (SGC) or Safeguarding God's People (SGP) trainings if you've never had the training. Re-recertification for expired training requires the Inclusion Module via Zoom for SGC and/or the Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Abuse Module via Zoom for SGP.

Get Connected with Realm
We use Realm, an online ministry platform for online giving, directory, and event registration.

If you haven’t already, please sign up for an account to manage your personal information, control your giving, register for events, and keep in touch with the people and groups that matter to you. 

Prayers of the People

  • Names of friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.

  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
Pastoral Care Note - Pat Spivey
Long-time member Pat Spivey has relocated to an assisted living facility. She's not online, but appreciates receiving cards. She also happens to have a birthday coming up on May 9.

Here is her new address, which is also listed in Realm
Manor Lake Assisted Living and Memory Care
2900 McEver Rd
Gainesville, GA 30504
For members who are bidding our prayers: Jewel Allen • Sally Brockington • Pam Hall • Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Sally McClintock • Jeff McGrath • Colleen • Jennie Richardson • Ann Rowles • Idamay Shaw • Pat Spivey • Jane Stutz • John Wierwille • Larry Wilcox • Evan Vega

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 • Jonathan Jones, friend of Terri Lawrence • Frank DiBello, father of Chris Dibello • Jenn & David Gillis, sister and brother-in-law of Terri Lawrence • Peggy Bryant, mother of Patrick Bryant • Craig Leathers, friend of Loren & Susan Williams • Brandon Aull, nephew of Cristin Davis• Harrison Geltz and family, friend of Kaylie Gibbs • Charlotte and Annie, friends of Anne Warner • Alec Bonner, grandson of George Councill • Alexandra Dauphin, granddaughter of Laura & John Keys • Bonnie Wolf, aunt of Brittany Allen • Russell Saxton, nephew of Kathie Ryan • The Rev. David Davenport, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Darwin Embser, husband of Larry Wilcox • Meredith, friend of Lisa Gray

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

For those who have died: William Armstrong, friend of Chris Miller & Ron Hutcheson

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

For those celebrating an anniversary for the week of 4/3-9: Richard & Susan Messner • Carol & Chris Moser

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 4/3-9: Shea McNutt •
Bobby Cunningham • Eva Brandon • Bea Cornett • Skye McKinney • Annalia Polemitis • Jim Biddle • Will Wilson • Mae Kotzan • Parsons Toy • Margaret Ann Breed • Damian Kavanagh • Elizabeth McBath

For those awaiting the birth of a child: Megan & Laraine Fraijo-Paul

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.