Parish Notices for September 11, 2020
FALL PROGRAMMING BEGINS
This Sunday, September 13
ADULT FORMATION
Starting this Sunday, Adults can choose from two formation offerings
On Sunday mornings at 11:15 AM, Evan Bassett will offer a class entitled The Prophets: From Jerusalem to Selma. This class will begin with an introduction to the Old Testament prophets and the visions of justice encountered there. It will then shift to a consideration of major prophetic figures from the contemporary struggle for racial justice in America. Participants will engage Old Testament prophets such as Amos, Jonah, and Micah, as well as, Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, and Rosa Parks.
 
Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
Epiphany will also offer two sections of Modern Families this fall. One section will meet on Sunday mornings at 11:15 AM, and the second section will meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday evening from 8 - 9 PM. As COVID 19 continues to provide us with the opportunity to re-imagine what it looks like to be Christian community in the midst of a pandemic, we will spend the fall exploring the core practices of church as expressed in the sacraments. We will gather around the structure put forth in Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, thinking with her about the many ways church life and family life form human identity. Here’s a brief outline of what to expect:
 
1)   Introduction Session: Why do we gather?
2)   The church tells us we are beloved (baptism)
3)   The church tells us we are broken (confession)
4)   The church tells us we are commissioned (hold orders)
5)   The church feeds us (communion)
6)   The church welcomes us (confirmation)
7)   The church anoints us (anointing of the sick and dying)
8)   The church unites us (marriage)
 
Come forage through your own journey as we wander with Evans into the mysteries of the faith!
 
Meeting Number: 851 6230 2412
YOUTH FORMATION

Formation Groups: Age specific formation groups for youth also begin this Sunday. If your Middle or High School aged youth would like to be included in a Sunday formation group and you have not already registered to receive the Zoom link for their participation, please email our Youth Director, Matt Schramm. There is still time to join! In addition to enjoying meaningful connection with their peers, youth and their teachers will be working their way through the J2A curriculum which is focused on developing and integrating faith to all areas of life.
Youth Night: On Sundays from 5-6 PM (Middle School) and 6-7 PM (High School), the youth group continues to gather via Zoom for conversation and community building. The first section of each youth night is dedicated to discussing the past week's events and devotional material. The second section involves community games like Jackbox, Code Names, and Bible Jeopardy. All youth are welcome! To participate on Sunday nights, just sign on to the same Zoom link we use each Sunday morning for worship!

Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
CHILDREN'S FORMATION
We will continue Children’s focused formation on Sunday, September 13 live at 9 AM on our special Children’s Chapel Zoom. Each week we will rotate between Godly Play and an inter-generational curriculum focused on the Beatitudes. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces soon to sing songs, share stories, and practice the important work of wondering together.
Please Note: Our SMA Wednesday evening programming for children and families is momentarily suspended as we are working to identify the right people to staff this important ministry going forward.
ONLINE WORSHIP
You don't have to sign up for Zoom to participate. Just click the login button below to join the service. All the links below are also on our homepage. The bulletin PDF link is below if you prefer to call in or are unable to view the service Power Point presentation.
SUNDAYS
Login around 9:50 AM to greet one another. The service begins at 10 AM. Remain online after to participate in Small Groups Virtual Coffee Hour.
OR DIAL IN
Dial 646.558.8656
Meeting ID is 532 385 901
WEEKDAYS
Weekday Morning Prayer has a private login. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.

Login around 8:45 AM for Virtual Coffee Hour. The service begins at 9 AM
NOONDAY
Wednesday Noonday Prayer at 12:30 PM has a private login. Email the parish office to receive the link and meeting ID.
Sermons from Sunday are uploaded Monday afternoons to epiphany.org/sermons and archived for a year.
OTHER ONLINE GATHERINGS
Epiphany Book Group
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 PM Listed below are the selections for this Fall. Email John Yntema for the login.

October: The Soul of America by Jon Meacham 
November: Born of a Crime by Trevor Noah
Grief Pastoral Care Group
The Grief Pastoral Care Group meets 1st Thursdays at noon via Zoom for a healing and faith based conversation around grief and loss. Led by parishioners Megan Fraijo-Paul and Nancy Thompson, both trained psychotherapists. Anyone who has not previously met with the group should contact either Megan or Nancy.
The Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group

The Group meets on Thursdays at 3 PM over Zoom, reflecting together on the book Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others by Barbara Brown Taylor. In that book she reflects on the ways other people and traditions experience the Transcendent and what we might learn from other religious traditions that can enrich our own faith. If you would like to join the group, or would like more information, please email the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch class - which is the basic SilverSneakers class - meets on Zoom on Fridays and the Chair Yoga program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All at 11 AM. Email Ellen Mintzmeyer for the login.
PARISH NOTICES
Special Visitors
Look who has returned to work for a while at Epiphany! Thanks again to John Wierwille, for bringing this crew to help out the B&G folks. And yes, you are welcome to come by the church parking lot to say hi, but remember, no snacks for the sheep.
United Thank Offering
Our annual United Thank Offering (UTO) was delayed in the spring due to the church building closing, but we still would the parish to contribute to this ministry of The Episcopal Church.
In lieu of distributing the coin boxes this year during the pandemic, we are asking that everyone to please make a single donation either online or via check to Epiphany. Please be sure to notate that it is for UTO. 100% of what is collected this year will be given away to support Episcopal ministries directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. Ingathering will be Sunday, September 20.
Woodchipper Needed
The B&G Committee is hoping someone in the parish has a wood chipper that they would be willing to lend to the church. We have a large pile of debris to dispose of and a chipper would be more labor efficient. If you have one, email John Yntema.
A Call to Action!
by Kristin Mann for the Racial Justice Group
Fair and efficient elections that guarantee equal access to voting for all are the cornerstone of our American democracy. Epiphany’s Racial Justice initiative encourages civic engagement beyond individual voting. If you are looking for a way to help ensure that all qualified Georgians are able to vote in the November 3rd election, the following organizations need volunteers.
 
Register voters. There is still time. The New Georgia Project, a non-partisan organization, conducts registration drives daily across Atlanta and the state.
 
Voting and civic engagement among young people is vital. Agenda for Young Georgians targets this population.
 
But what about the homeless, the most vulnerable among us? “Tips for voting while homeless,” developed by the Episcopal Public Policy Network, addresses what we can do about the serious challenges they face.   
 
Poll workers. A serious shortage of them contributed to the long lines, trouble with computers, and other problems that Georgia voters experienced in the June 9th primary. Is there someone at Epiphany who could spearhead a group of volunteers to adopt a polling precinct on election day? Please email Erin Braden if interested. The ACLU supports such a program and also facilitates the recruitment and training of individual poll workers. Younger Georgians, lawyers, and tech savvy volunteers are especially needed.
Getting out the vote. If that is what moves you, GoVoteGeorgia promotes texting, phoning, writing post cards, and more to help ensure that Georgians turn out for the November 3 election.
 
Election Protection. Common Cause Georgia, a non-partisan organization, seeks volunteers to monitor polling places and help voters navigate them to ensure all Georgians a free and fair election.
 
Fair Fight works to eliminate modern voter suppression and promote registration, ballot access, and honest vote counting in Georgia and across the nation. It provides a clearing house for education and mobilization.
 
With all of these opportunities, each of us can find a way to get involved and make a difference. We invite you to choose your path to engagement.
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Staying in Touch
  • Pastoral Emergencies: Please call the church at 404.373.8338 and leave a message for Amy (ext. 14) or Nicole (16). They will receive a message alert and call you back.

  • Staff: While the church building is closed, the parish staff is working from home and checking email and voicemail messages regularly.

  • The Parish Directory is accessible online through the Member Login link at the top of epiphany.org and through the ChurchLife app for registered members. Click here to login or to register.

  • Building Sign-In Required: The building is closed to in-person worship and meetings, however, if you need to enter the church building for any reason, please sign in and out using the logbook at the entrance.
DIOCESAN NEWS & TRAININGS
From the Diocese
Imagine Church is a monthly series offering a renewed approach to online worship through music, visual art, and spoken word. It takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month at 7 PM. Watch on Facebook or the Imagine Church Watch page.
Click here to find the latest postings from our bishop including:
  • For Faith, Bishop Wright's weekly email devotional
  • For People, Bishop Wright's podcast.

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Click here to see all the news and stories from around the Diocese.
Required Trainings for Staff & Lay Leadership
If you are not sure of your training status, contact the parish office.
Dismantling Racism is offered by the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and runs from 9 AM-4 PM. Click here for dates and to register.

Safeguarding Training: The New Inclusion Module OR the Healthy Boundaries and Preventing Abuse Module via Zoom is required for people who need re-certification for either Safeguarding God's Children or Safeguarding God's People as well as people who have never had either training. Click here for dates and to register.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
  • Names of our friends and family remain on the list for four weeks.
  • The Anniversary & Birthday List for the month can be found here.
  • Send prayer requests to the parish office.
For members who are bidding our prayers: Sally Brockington, Rob Godsall, Henry Laird, Sandy Land, Claire & Logan Shults, Stephanie Thompson, Tom & Robin Hairston, Tom Mundy, Terri Lawrence, Sara Kathryn Wierweille, Susan & Rob Ashmore

For friends and family: Bill & Carolyn Allen, parents of Jewel Allen; Isabel, granddaughter of Mike & Beth Towers; Millie Kim & family and Wes Leonard, friends of Ellen Mintzmyer; Julie, friend of Lisa Gray; Will Lloyd, nephew of Brenda Lloyd; Jean Wrenn Roach, cousin of Amanda Styles; Cholly Minton, friend of Nancy Thompson; Laurie MacLeod Bennett, daughter of Michele & Rod MacLeod

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 9/3-19: Katy & Evan Bassett, Kristina & Ed Thomas, Amy & Jason Rooks, Jan Robinson & Edward Baltrusaitis

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 9/3-19: Chris Braden, Paris Ott, Billy Braswell, Jake Braswell, Gage Snow, Henry Van Ness, Judith Phelps, Riley Yeager, Elizabeth Holloway, Rutland McCullar, Jessie Roberson, David Stern, Elise Watt

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Jackie Boles, Arlen Gray, Ron Hutcheson, Rod MacLeod, Chris Miller, Tom Mundy, June Sparks
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