Parish Notices for July 2, 2021
Dear Epiphany Family,
When we return to church on July 4, we will all be newcomers again! After more than a year away from our sacred spaces that we love so much, our doors are re-opening and we are beginning to reconnect to each other and our beautiful parish spaces. I hope I never take either of those for granted again. 
 
Coming back together will be different in some ways. We will be masked and we may not be able to sit in our old familiar spaces just yet. But all those changes will be outweighed by the joy we feel in being together. 
 
Since we will all be newcomers, be sure to find your name tag on the way in, or fill out a form to request one at the Welcome Table. Be sure to introduce yourself to those you don’t know. We’ve had a lot of newcomers in the last 15 months! 
 
Here are some things you will want to know if you are joining us for worship on July 4:
  • You must register online in advance for the service. Our seating is limited to 30 % and we don’t want to have to turn anyone away because they aren’t registered. 
  • Come early for coffee hour at 10:30 a.m. in the courtyard sponsored by our parish life committee. Ushers will be at the lychgate to check you in as you arrive. Make sure you have registered so your name is on that list! 
  • If there’s a wait list, go ahead and register. If we have a consistent wait list, we will add another in-person service.
  • Seating is limited to 30% capacity to allow for social distancing. Pews will be marked for which seats to leave empty. Remember that your comfort level with being in close proximity with others might be different than your neighbor’s comfort level. There will be no passing of the peace, but we will greet each other in a friendly socially distant way.
  • 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. 
  • There will be singing by the choir and the congregation. 
  • Communion remains in one kind (bread only). 
  • Our HVAC in the nave is not yet repaired. You will want to dress accordingly. And if you want to make a pledge for the HVAC campaign, we are happy to receive it!
  • Returning is in some ways more complex than moving to online services. We know this transition will have some bumps so bring a spirit of grace and know that we are constantly evaluating what works and what doesn’t.
 
If the most heard phrase of 2020 was “you’re muted,” our new phrase for 2021 has been “for now.” Every step along the way towards regathering has been punctuated by “for now.” This is what we are doing “for now” related to worship and programming and it will continue to change as we take steps towards more in-person engagement at the church. Thank you to our Safely Together Task Force for helping us stay safe throughout the last year and a half, to all those who have helped us stay connected to God and to each other through the pandemic, and to our staff and all our volunteers who have helped us worship outdoors and now regather in the nave this Sunday. I am so grateful for all of you. It will be good to see you, either online at 9 a.m. or in person for our 11:30 a.m. service this Sunday. 
 
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. Use the link to the right or the one on our home page.
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.
Indoor Eucharist - Registration Required

To allow for social distancing, there will be a limit of 75 people in the congregation. Registration is required.

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. There will be singing by the choir and the congregation. Communion remains in one kind (bread only).
Registration
Click on links provided on our website, in this newsletter, or 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.
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
In the nave

Noonday Prayer takes place at 12 p.m. in the side chapel. Healing with Eucharist follows at 12:15 p.m. 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 Craig Anthony Ryder by Barbara Ryder, Linda Ryder & Steve Wolf and Julie Ryder & Terri Lawrence. They are also given in memory of Eloise Litz, one of God’s firecrackers, by Kate Wierwille.

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.

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.
 
 
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Children & Youth Ministries
Children's Bulletin
Click the link below for this Sunday's Children's bulletin. Hard copies and crayons are available from the ushers for those attending in person.

The bulletins include word searches, white space for imaginative drawing based on prompts, word scrambles, connect-the-dots, and lots of creative coloring opportunities.

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
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. NOTE: Evening Prayer will not take place on July 4.
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
​​​Happy July Fourth!

The office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.
Men's Breakfast Returns, July 5th at 7AM!
Each Tuesday morning, we'll begin in the chapel with Morning Prayer (or Eucharist), and end our time together with a simple breakfast and fellowship. If you would like to learn more, or have any interest in helping provide food for Men's Breakfast, please email John Yntema.
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.
 
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 • 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 • Joan Weigle, mother-in-law of Sara Cushing

For those who have died: Evelyn, mother of Lisa Daily
 
For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 7/4-10:Leah & Tom Felcher • Elena & Tad Braswell, Jr.

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 7/4-10: Ari Alexander • Katherine Arrington • Adrianna Corcoran • Megan Huynh • Carol Newsom • Virginia Davis • Amy Dills-Moore • Katrina Shoemaker • Rob Godsall • Kate Wierwille • Erin Democko • Ellen Wojcik • Mary Lou Bassett • Katie Teel

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.