Parish Notices for June 3, 2022
Issue Highlights
Only One Earth Initiative
Wear Red on Sunday - Pentecost!
Summer Breakfasts Begins
Youth Group on Sunday
DEAM Pantry Drive
Pentecost Bread making
The Book of Forgiving
Frozen Dinners needed
Summer Choir begins 6/12
Labyrinth Walk 6/12
Women's Luncheon Photos
Found Camp Chair
Dear Epiphanites,
Over the last year Epiphany has continued to develop a relationship with Ismaili CIVIC and the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern USA. Our partnership is unfolding in some beautiful ways. In 2021, we spent the month of August learning about Islam. We collaborated on the South Fork Peachtree Creek cleanup in September, and were honored to receive an award from Rivers Alive this spring for our work. In October 2021, we visited each other's places of worship. In December, our youth collected and sorted shoes together for the St. Nicholas Shoe Drive, and are now they are getting ready to serve alongside one another and with youth from various traditions on Interfaith Atlanta’s Youth Council. What an unexpected gift this relationship has been to Epiphany—a surprising way we have encountered God's unifying Spirit.
From the beginning of our relationship with the Ismaili we have worked to identify the values we share as Christians and Muslims, knowing that our faith and our values have the potential to bring us together in friendship and mutual service to our city. One of the values we named early on was creation care and we committed to think critically about the issues of climate change (particular to our geographic location) and find ways to mutually support our constituencies to action around such issues. Over the last several months many of us have been working together to extend the circle of our friendship to form an interfaith team of partners and civic organizations who have the desire to join us in this work of learning and acting to reduce environmental harm.

On June 5, World Environmental Day (the day the UN has set aside to invite communities across the globe to consider what role they can play in addressing the climate crisis) we announce our participation in this year's "Only One Earth" initiative. How delightful for us that this coincides with Pentecost, the day we Christians celebrate and live into the movement of the Spirit who invites us into deeper connectedness with God, with the earth, and with one another.
The Only One Earth Interfaith Initiative calls for collective, transformative action in our communities to celebrate, protect, and restore our planet. Look for more details in the coming weeks about how we will continue to join with this interfaith coalition of Georgia based organizations working together to combat climate change in concrete and meaningful ways.
I hope you will join us this Pentecost Sunday to learn more about how we might knit ourselves further into this story and the other stories of Pentecost happening at Epiphany this season!
May the Spirit continue to stir us!

Pentecost Sunday - 6/5
This Sunday, June 5 is the 50th day of Easter, the day of Pentecost. We will begin our Feast Day in the Memorial Garden and process together into the nave where we will celebrate the baptisms of Declan Bryan, Mira Gross, and Caroline Walden.

Join us in the courtyard after the service for “tongues of fire” popsicles, and don’t forget to wear red!
Summer Breakfasts Begin - 6/5
Please join us for Summer Breakfast this Sunday, June 6 before services! Vestry is hosting breakfast goodies from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. We look forward to this time to connect and enjoy getting to know each other better.
Parish groups, families or individuals are invited to sign up to provide breakfast on Sunday mornings this summer. It is a fun and casual way to get to know parishioners. Simple breakfast items are welcome, such as pastries, fruits, casseroles or any combination.

Parish groups are welcome to set up displays, handouts or fliers to promote their ministries.

Please Note: The Vestry Person of the Day (VPOD) is responsible for making the coffee.
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 and in memory of Ann & Russ Runnion, by Doug Runnion.
  • The Sanctuary Light is given to the Glory of God.
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 when you 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 - 6/5
Youth Group will be held in the parish hall this Sunday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. We will be packing snack bags for the pilgrimage. All youth are welcome, but youth participating in the pilgrimage are strongly encouraged to attend.
Now Showing
Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes mixed media paintings by Jen Singh. Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany. The show is also on the Art Ministry Page.

Upcoming Events
June Pantry Drive for DEAM
For the month of June we are collecting items to help the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) pantry. Wooden bins for your donations are located in the gallery.
This time we are collecting:
  • Quart sized, WET, shelf-stable milk cartons and cans of evaporated milk.
  • We will also collect the following canned fruits: applesauce, pineapple and fruit cocktail.

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.
Seedtime and Harvest June Plant, Art, and Bake Sale
Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at Holy Comforter
We'll have pollinator plants, beautiful containers, perennials for sun and shade, and tomato, pepper and basil plants to stretch your food garden production. Come visit our gardens, do an art project, and snack on our delicious baked goods. We're located at The Friendship Center at Holy Comforter Church, 737 Woodland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316.
Pentecost Bread Making - 6/4
Calling all kids! Join the Rev. Nicole Lambelet and Ellen Mintzmyer on Saturday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. for bread making and a mini workshop on the Eucharist. Not only will we make the bread 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.
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
By Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

This book is by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who led the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal the wounds from decades of apartheid, and his daughter the Rev. Mpho Tutu, who has her own story of forgiveness and received her PhD studying ways of forgiving. 

As they proclaim, forgiveness is simple but not easy. They wrote this book because many of us know we need to forgive, but the process is often a mystery and not marked clearly. 

There will a book group for this book this Summer led by Ellen Mintzmyer and Susan Ashmore beginning Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and last for ten weeks (skipping July 5.) Register before June 14 to take part!
Freedom School donations for Projects
Deadline extended to June 19
The six-week summer program at Emmaus House needs magazines with photos, shoe boxes, and paper towel rolls for art projects and collages. Please bring donations to Epiphany by Sunday, June 19, and place them in the black containers in the gallery. Thank you!
Frozen Dinners Needed
The Youth Group is asking parishioners to make frozen dinners for their youth pilgrimage. Click the blue button if you’re interested in helping with this important task.
Summer Choir begins 6/12
The Epiphany Choir is finishing a wonderful and fulfilling year of music-making. During the summer months, we take a break from Wednesday rehearsals and the Epiphany Summer Choir takes over. The Summer Choir is open to adults and youth; we rehearse one anthem on Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. and then sing it during the 10:00 a.m. liturgy (no vestments, no weekday commitment, lots of fun and fellowship). Join us upstairs in the Music Suite beginning Sunday, June 12. Contact: Julie Ryder
Chez Epiphany Returns on June 14!
Chez Epiphany Cooking Class is now back in session (after a distressingly long hiatus). The theme this time is Chinese food! The class will be Tuesday, June 14, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the church kitchen with Joel Fowler. The cost is $25 per person due at the time of registration, which includes the class and the dinner we have together from what we cook. Hope you can make it!
Upcoming ERJG Sunday Service Visits
Please mark your calendars
Sunday, June 26 - Emmaus House Chapel: The service starts at 10:30 a.m. We will meet at 10:15 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.

Ongoing Meetings
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.

6/8—Living Contemplatively: The Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group book study group meets together on Zoom on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. This time they are reading and discussing Henri Nouwen's book Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety. Contact The Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.

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 2:00–5:00 p.m., serving from 5:00–7:00 p.m. or helping clean up after the volunteer dinner at 7:00 p.m.

6/14—The Episcopal Women (ECW) meeting for this month will be a luncheon at the home of Laura Keys. They will then be on hiatus for the summer and will resume meetings in September. Contact: Laura Keys

6/26—The Epiphany chapter of the Daughters of the king (DOK) meet on 4th Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in the parish hall. The DOK are a lay order whose goals are prayer, service and evangelism. Contact: Judy Jarady.

6/27—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.

7/7—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.

8/3—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

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.
Click the photo to view pictures from the Women's Luncheon that took place on Sunday, May 15.
Lost & Found
FOUND: Black camping chair left behind after the Parish Picnic on Sunday, May 29. Please contact the parish office if you realize it is yours and would like it back.
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 9:00 a.m. on Zoom. Login at 8:45 a.m. for coffee hour. 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 12:00 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 • Bob Burnett • Pam Hall • Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Sally McClintock • Colleen • Jennie Richardson • Ann Rowles • Idamay Shaw • Jane Stutz • Kathy Walmsley • Larry Wilcox • Wayne & Judy Urban • Evan Vega • Emily

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 • Russell Saxon, nephew of Kathie Ryan • Sophia Baginski, friend of David Draper • Karen Richmond, sister-in-law of Barbara Ryder • Cindy Vander Would, friend of Linden Abston • Parvin Heidara, friend of Kaylie Gibbs • Dorothy Gray, mother-in-law of Lisa Gray • Stephen Fluharty, friend of Richard & Susan Messner • Doris Gentry, aunt of Shea McNutt • Judy Palmer, cousin of Shea McNutt • Martha Fernandez, grandmother of Duane Burns • Mike Carscaddon, friend of Annie Strahan

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

For those who have died: Sheila Thompson, neighbor of Susan & Richard Messner • Patrick McGoey, friend of Anne Warner

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

For those celebrating an anniversary for the week of 6/5-11: Julia & Peter Dodge • Wayne & Judy Urban • Pam & Tom Gore

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 6/5-11: Meredith Burris • Mary Ann Schneider • Scott Bennett • Eamon Nagorka • Jason Wiles • James Ciccarelli • Jon Harbert • Declan Bryan • Allison Jacobs • Leah Kelly • Phoebe McNeely • George Ross • Juergen Meyer • Kristin Phillips • Jan Marie Robinson • Susan Messner • Norah Sinclair • Dennis Edmiston • Chris Prikkel • Phoebe Sheffield

For those awaiting the adoption of a child: Jessica & Duane Burns

For those awaiting the birth of a child: Claire & Cody Chaffins • 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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