Parish Notices for June 25, 2021
Dear Epiphany Family,
At our Vestry Meeting last Sunday, it was decided that we would modify our COVID-19 guidelines as follows: 
 
  • Indoor worship will begin on July 4. Masks should be worn by all during worship. Fully vaccinated clergy, lay worship leaders, choir, and lectors may go without a mask while actively leading worship. Seating will be limited to 30% capacity, with pews marked for spacing six feet apart. There will be singing by the choir and the congregation. Sign up is required since capacity will be limited. Communion remains in one kind (bread only). 

  • Small groups of adults whose members are fully vaccinated may meet indoors or outdoors without masks. If status is unknown, masks should be worn inside. It should be normative in every group that anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask can continue to do so. 

  • Food may be consumed by large groups of adults and children outdoors. Food may be consumed indoors if it is a small group and all in the group are vaccinated adults.

  • Children younger than 12 are still not eligible for vaccination. We will continue to evaluate the needs of our families with young children as fall approaches and vaccines become available to more of our younger members. For now, our nursery remains closed. Youth will continue to meet for social activities and prayer on Sunday evenings and for special events. We will plan to send another update about fall programming and worship offerings specific to families with children in late Summer.

We know that people are in many different places with their comfort level around returning to in person activity. We want you to be aware of these guidelines so that you can make an informed decision about participating in ways that feel comfortable to you. 

For now, the 9 a.m. service will remain on Zoom and the 11:30 a.m. service will be offered in person in the nave. We will adapt our schedule as we assess the demand for in-person worship. We look forward to seeing you online or in person for worship.

Grace and peace,
Amy+
Worship Services
Sunday Morning at 9 a.m.
Online via Zoom
Login at 8:50 a.m. to greet one another. Remain online afterwards for our LAST virtual coffee hour this Sunday.
Bulletin and Login links can also be found on our homepage.

Sermon recordings are posted Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
Dial: 646.558.8656
Meeting ID: 532 385 901


Sunday Morning at 11:30 a.m.
Outdoor Eucharist - Registration Required
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 or need help with registration, email or call the parish office.
Indoor Worship begins Sunday, July 4
To allow for social distancing, there will be a limit of 75 people in the congregation. Registration is required.
In Person Coffee Hour July 4
Please join us for coffee hour in the Courtyard on July 4 at 10:30 a.m. to help celebrate the first service back in the nave. Parish Life will provide coffee, lemonade and goodies. We will have a tent for some shade and also chairs will be available. We hope to see you there.
Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
Weekdays via Zoom
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 & Eucharist
Outdoors in the Memorial Garden
For the month of June, Noonday Prayer takes place at 12 p.m. Healing with Eucharist follows at 12:15 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required. Chairs are available for those who would like to bring one out from the church, or you can bring your own. Bulletins and Prayer Books provided.
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 her dear friend Linda Jaser, by Barbara Belcore.

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 honor of Zac Toy and in celebration of his birthday by Amanda Kay Seals.

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.
Children & Youth Ministries
Children's Ministries
Godly Play Workshop
Saturday, July 10, 1-4 p.m.
Come, sit in the circle, and experience a full Godly Play session. Explore some of the key elements of the Godly Play method led by Godly Play Foundation Trainer and Interim Director of Children's Ministry, Christen Erskine.

Godly Play teaches children the art of using Christian language - parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action - helping them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives. This session is designed for those being introduced to Godly Play, experienced storytellers and door people, and those who are curious and want to know more about Godly Play.

We will practice COVID-safe procedures in the building including social distance and mask wearing. Please email children@epiphany.org if you have any questions.
Playing with Parables
Explore the parables with your family this summer. Each week a different parable will be sent to families along with a variety of ways to consider and play with these most authentic words of Jesus. I wonder which parable your family would like to retell? More details to follow.
Summer Parable Challenge
Submissions due July 20
Families with children and youth are invited to make videos of themselves "showing" and/or "telling" the parables of Jesus that you think are important and you want our children to carry with them as they grow. Translate them in our modern experience; keep them just as they are told but perhaps change the images to contemporary people and families. These parables had great impact because they were about things familiar to "those with ears" who heard them. You can act, make a slide of art or photos, do claymation, write and record a family song that tells a parable. Be creative and have fun playing with parables.
 
Submit your video by July 20, 2021 and we will plan to have an Epiphany viewing of our telling of the parables! If you have questions, email Christen Erskine or Nicole Lambelet.
Youth Ministries
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 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
In-Person Evening Prayer Continues Throughout the Summer
Evening Prayer is held every Sunday 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.
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.
Parish Announcements
Epiphany Stars
Many thanks to Richard Messner for getting our entrance doors nice and clean again!

Thanks to the "pew crew" who helped get the nave ready for worship again: Susan Ashmore, George Councill, Richard Messner, Susan Messner, Doug Runnion and Marjorie Timmer
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!
Pantry Drive for DEAM
Month of June

This month we are collecting items to help the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) pantry. Bins are located by the front door.

This time we are collecting:
  1. small cornbread mixes like Jiffy
  2. any size of shelf-stable milk, canned or dry, except Sweetened Condensed canned milk.

Tally so far - Corn bread: 40 Milk: 19

Note: These are the only items we are collecting at this time. If you would like to make a financial donation online instead, Click here and note DEAM Pantry Drive in the memo field.
Freedom School Needs Magazines

The six-week summer program at Emmaus House needs magazines with photos for art projects and collages.

Please bring magazine donations to Epiphany by Sunday, June 27, and place them in an outdoor container near the entrance to the church. Thank you! 
Calling all Crafty, Clever and Colorful Creatives!

We're looking for a small team of folks to revitalize our baptism banner-making ministry. We would love to be able to continue to bless all our newly baptized members with a handmade banner on the day of their baptism. If you have any interest in taking on or supporting this ministry at Epiphany, please email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet for more information.
Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group
Start date Monday, July 19 at 11 a.m. on Zoom

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.
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.
Church Access
The staff continues to work mostly from home. They check their email and voicemail messages regularly.

Door Codes: The door codes have been changed. Currently, they are only being given to parishioners who are authorized to be in the building at this time. Please do not share your code with anyone. Refer them to the office so they can be given the correct code for their area of ministry.
 
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.
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 meets 1st Mondays at 7 p.m. Email Linda Ryder-Wolf for the link.
  • July: No Meeting
  • August: Barkskins by Annie Proulx
  • August 30 (the next week is Labor Day): Last Hope Island by
  • October 4: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • November 1: Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
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.
 
June 23: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolu Mbue. 
July 28: You are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown.
August 25: Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by John Lewis.
 
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 Megan or Nancy for more information.
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
  • 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 • Linda Ryder-Wolf 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 • Evelyn, mother of Lisa Daily Einar Sagstuen, friend of Sandy Land • Dab Belcore & Kathy Brannon, brother and sister-in-law of Barbara Belcore • Michael Seymour, neighbor of Ellen Mintzmyer • Joslyn, friend of Ellen Mintzmyer • Rob Holland, relative of George Councill • Gibby, mother of Amanda Kay Seals • Sophia Seymore, niece of Erin Braden • Jeff Jaeger, friend of Nancy Thompson • Linda Cagle, friend of Nancy Thompson • Hendree Harrison, nephew of Laura Keys • Ronnie Troglione, uncle of Lisa Carlson
 
For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 6/27-7/3:Brandon & Tracey Laird • Andrea Carpenter & Dennis Edmiston

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 6/27-7/3: Phillip Ranglin • William Rose • Terri Lawrence • Brian Sprinkle • Lilly Burnett • Joe Patterson • Amy Roth Simian

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