Parish Notices for July 15, 2022
Issue Highlights
General Convention Wrap Up
Guest Preacher
Young Adults at the Braves!
ERJG Upcoming Events
New Book Study
Epiphany Star
June Finances
The 80th General Convention Wrap Up
by The Rev. Amy Dills-Moore
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church just held their 80th annual meeting July 8-11 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Convention meets every three years and was scheduled to meet last year but was postponed in 2021 due to COVID-19.

The General Convention is the national legislative body of the Episcopal Church. It consists of a House of Bishops, which includes all active and retired bishops, and a House of Deputies, which includes four lay persons and four clergy from each diocese, each area mission, and the Convocation of the American Churches in Europe. The Houses meet and act separately, and both must concur to adopt legislation. The General Convention alone has authority to amend the Prayer Book and the church's Constitution, to amend the canons of the church, and to determine the program and budget of the General Convention.
Among the work of this Convention was the approval of the first reading of a constitutional change to clearly define the Book of Common Prayer. The change would define the Book of Common Prayer as “those liturgical forms and other texts authorized by the General Convention.” Approved liturgies that are not in the current prayer book – such as same-sex marriage rites and gender-expansive liturgies – would be elevated to “prayer book status.” 

The Convention authorized the creation of a new staff position of Director of LBGTQI and Women’s Ministries and reaffirmed the church’s commitment to reckoning with its history of racism and its involvement in Indigenous boarding schools. Julia Ayala Harris was elected to succeed the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings as House of Deputies president. Ayala Harris is the first Latina and the youngest person elected to lead the House.
The House of Bishops issued a statement during the final day naming the climate crisis as the overarching issue that affects all the other issues of social justice that convention has considered. I highly recommend you read their full statement via the link listed below. “In caring for our earth, we return our love to God. This is our first vocation, made explicit in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible: together with God, together with one another, we care for God’s world.” They asked for the statement to be distributed at the upcoming Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops from around the world, taking place in Canterbury, England, from July 27 to August 8, 2022. 
This Sunday
Guest Preacher on Sunday
We welcome Janelle Hiroshige as our guest preacher this Sunday.

Janelle is a candidate for the priesthood in the Diocese of Atlanta. Her sponsoring parish is Holy Comforter and she interned this past year at St. Luke's. She is a graduate of Candler School of Theology and has many fond memories from being classmates with the Rev. Nicole! Originally from San Diego, she has also found home in Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia. 
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
Sing in the Summer Choir
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. Contact: Julie Ryder
Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light
The Arrangements at the Altar are given to the Glory of God.

The Sanctuary Light is given to the Glory of God and in memory of Kaye and Karen, beloved sisters, mothers, wives, aunts, friends by Kayleen Hartman and also in thanksgiving for Reid Prikkel, by Nancy Thompson.
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.
Expanded Coffee Hour
We hope you will join us after the service for expanded coffee hour this summer. 

Anyone is welcome to bring some simple breakfast items. Individuals may bring a dish or groups may sign up. We hope to see you then!

Please Note: The Vestry Person of the Day (VPOD) is responsible for making the coffee.
Children's & Youth Formation on hiatus in July
Children's and Youth Formation will be on hiatus for the month of July. We look forward to starting our 2022-2023 programming again beginning in August. Please note: We will still be offering nursery for children three (3) years and under during summer choir practice (9:15 a.m.) and our 10 a.m. Worship service. 
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.

Tuesday Morning Prayer/Holy Eucharist: The Men’s Breakfast Group meets each Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. for Morning Prayer (Holy Eucharist 1st Tuesdays) followed by a time of fellowship before heading on their way for the day. Contact: John Yntema.

Wednesday Services: Wednesday Noonday Prayer takes place at 12:00 p.m. in the nave. A Healing Service with Eucharist follows at 12:15 p.m.
Upcoming Events
Young Adults at the Braves!
Friday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Young Adults will meet at Truist Park, find a place to eat dinner together, and then watch the Braves play the Angels! The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer has purchased group tickets, which you can buy from them. Click here to RSVP and pay for tickets, or speak to Pr. Jenny at Redeemer if you have questions. (You can also join for just dinner or just the game, if you prefer). 
Upcoming ERJG Activities
Contact Kay Lee for more information

7/17—ERJG Sunday Service Visit to Saint Michael and All Angels: Our next Sunday service fellowship visit will be to Saint Michael and All Angels (6780 James B. Rives Drive, Stone Mountain) on Sunday, July 17. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. We will meet there at 10:15 a.m. 

8/3—ERJ Book Group discusses The Church Cracked Open: We are grateful and excited that our own Rev. Amy Dills-Moore will lead the discussion of The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and the New Hope for Beloved Community, by the Rev. Stephanie Spellers. (6:45-8:00 p.m., Room 201)
9/10—ERJG Day Trip to Montgomery: Plan to join us for a day trip to Montgomery to visit both the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. A registration link will be available once transportation and costs are finalized. If interested, you are strongly encouraged to read Just Mercies by Bryan Stevenson.
The Gift of Years
The Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group will begin a new book study in August on The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister. Chittister is a Benedictine Sister and author of over 50 books that reflect her passion for justice, equality and peace, especially for women in both society and the church. She served as co-chair of the UN-sponsored Global Peace Initiative of Women. In this book she explores the gifts and challenges of the last third of life. She writes, "The gift of these years is not merely being alive, it is the gift of becoming more fully alive than ever." 

This group will meet Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning August 11 on Zoom. If you would like more information or would like to join the group, contact the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore
Ongoing Meetings
7/19The Book of Forgiving book group meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in Room 201 and is led by Ellen Mintzmyer and Susan Ashmore. The book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter the Rev. Mpho Tutu, is a manual on the art of forgiveness—helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

7/24—The Epiphany chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK) meet on 4th Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in room 201. The DOK are a lay order whose goals are prayer, service and evangelism. Contact: Judy Jarady.

7/25—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.

8/2—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.

8/12—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.

The Episcopal Women (ECW) monthly meeting is on hiatus for the summer and will resume meetings in September. Contact Laura Keys.

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.
Epiphany Star
Ann Fowler will be retiring this month as Director of Education Services after a total of 12 years at Emmaus House. There will be a celebration for Ann at noon on July 22 in the new Education Center at Emmaus House at 1010 Crew Street. Parishioners are invited. We give thanks for Ann's ministry and for the many ways she has shared her gifts here at Epiphany, at Emmaus House, and around the Diocese of Atlanta. 
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!
June Finances
If you shop on Amazon, consider accessing Amazon through and designating Church of the Epiphany Atlanta as your charitable beneficiary.

70 Amazon customers have made Church of the Epiphany Atlanta as their beneficiary. This quarter our donation was $37.14.

We are listed as Church of the Epiphany Atlanta on the beneficiary list, or use the link to shop through our amazon smile account.
EFM is Zooming!
The Education for Ministry (EFM) Zoom group got off to a good start last fall, and will continue again for the 2022-2023 school year. There are 4 states represented in the group—including GA, with Epiphany’s own Sara Cushing—and one group member from Turks & Caicos. Despite the format, the group has bonded well, but would be able to easily welcome new members. All 4 years are invited to join.
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, contact Esther Harbert.
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.

Prayers of the People
For members who are bidding our prayers: Lisa Daily • Floyd Parker • John Yntema • Lane Burnett • Dave Schneberger • Lisa Gray • Judy Jarady • Sally Brockington • Bob Burnett • Ron Hutcheson • Evan Vega • Jane Stutz • Jewel Allen • Sally McClintock • Rod MacLeod • Larry Wilcox • Jennie Richardson • Colleen • Ann Rowles • Stephanie Thompson

For friends and family: Anne Cavett, daughter-in-law of Wayne & Judy Urban • Jerre McGrath, sister of Jeff McGrath • Archie T. Miller, father of Chris Miller • Meredith Melinder, daughter of Peter & Julie Dodge • Alisha Thompson, sister-in-law of Nicole Lambelet • Jenn Gillis, sister of Terri Lawrence • Sophia Baginski, friend of David Draper • Russell Saxon, nephew of Kathie Ryan • Peggy Bryant, mother of Patrick Bryant • Diana Lawrence, niece of Terri Lawrence • Keren Clay, neighbor of Susan & Richard Messner • Nicky Cullen, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Rosalind sister of Katharine Yntema • Dave Tipton, brother of Pam Tipton • Betty Porter, relative of Christen Erskine • Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers

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

For those who have died: Daryl Kaplan, friend of David Draper • David Gillis, brother-in-law of Terri Lawrence

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

For those who are celebrating anniversaries for the week of 7/17-23: Linda Ryder-Wolf & Steve Wolf •Wallace Bryan-McGrath & Jeff McGrath

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 7/17-23: Trevor Graetz • Susan Cunningham • Abigail Dyer • Reid Prikkel • Ali Stoner • Scott Yaegle • Jessica Moody • Katie O’Mara • Josh Becker • Anne-Marie Happe • Jackson Miller • Carter Peatman • Christina Williams • George Councill • Alexander Deocampo • Caspar McCord • Larry Nodine

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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