Parish Notices for August, 5 2022
August Highlights
  • Backpack Blessing - 8/7
  • CAT Survey Results - 8/7
  • Welcome Back Extravaganza for Children - 8/7
  • ERJG Sunday Service Visit to Holy Cross - 8/14
  • Eco-Event - 8/14
  • Labyrinth - 8/14
  • Youth & Families Welcome Back Dinner - 8/14
  • Youth Tubing Trip - 8/20
  • Kick-Off Picnic - 8/28
Coming up in September and October
  • Pilgrimage to Montgomery - 9/11
  • The Gift of Years - Starts 9/11
  • SAVE THE DATE - Kanuga 10/21-23
Parish Discussion of CAT Survey Results

Sunday, August 7
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the parish hall

Presenter: Diocesan Missioner for Congregational Vitality Sally Ulrey
Epiphany Community,

Please join us after services this Sunday, August 7 to learn about the parish survey results from this summer’s Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT). Vestry will host refreshments and coffee hour immediately after services, followed by the program in the parish hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Zoom using the link below. Diocesan Missioner for Congregational Vitality Sally Ulrey will summarize the results, help us understand what the data says, and answer any questions. 

Data and feedback from the CAT are critical to helping define our priorities and goals moving forward and will inform our planning process this fall. We appreciate the time so many of you (159!) took to help us understand where we are now and how we might want to change and grow in the future. We look forward to exploring more as we discern how God is calling us in this new season.

The summary of CAT results will be published for those unable to attend this Sunday, and the session will also be recorded for later viewing. Vestry will incorporate what we have learned from the CAT into our planning retreat on August 21. We will share more in the newsletter as the process unfolds this fall. Please reach out to any Vestry member with questions.

We hope to see you this Sunday!

Faithfully, 
Your Vestry
This Sunday
Sunday Morning Worship
Masks required during worship
Holy Eucharist - 10:00 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
Children's & Youth Formation Update
  • Update: We look forward to starting our 2022-2023 programming again, with children’s chapel and youth group beginning on August 14, and all Sunday morning formation beginning on September 11.
  • Please Note: We are still offering nursery for children three (3) years and under during summer choir practice (9:15 a.m.) and our 10:00 a.m. worship service. 
  • Volunteer: Youth & Children's Ministries is seeking willing volunteers to invest in and spend time with Epiphany's younger members! If you're interested in hearing more about these opportunities, please reach out to Emily Elder.
Backpack Blessing
Sunday, August 7 during services

Do you have a child returning to school this fall? We invite you to attend the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, August 7 for a special Backpack Blessing! We'll pray for your students and their school year, and they'll receive a special Epiphany backpack tag to remind them that they're loved by God and their church community!
We'll also be gathering school supplies for Emmaus House youth attending MLK Middle School and Maynard Jackson High School. The supplies needed are: 3-ring binders; notebook paper; single-, three-, and five-subject notebooks; composition notebooks; regular pencils, colored pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, and Sharpies; dividers and sheet protectors; folders; glue sticks; hand sanitizer and face masks; and index cards. Contact Emily Elder
Prayer for Back to School
O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Expanded Coffee Hour
We hope you will join us after the service for expanded coffee hour this summer. 

Thanks to everyone who has filled the schedule for the rest of the Summer.
Children & Families Welcome Back Extravaganza
Sunday, August 7 at 3:30 p.m.

School may be starting, but the fun hasn't stopped! Join us on August 7 at Oakhurst Park Pavilion at 3:30 p.m. for Epiphany's Welcome Back Extravaganza for children and their families! There will be games (including some water games!), King of Pops popsicles, and other treats. No need to RSVP, but we hope to see you there!
If you're interested in bringing a snack to share, please contact Emily Elder or the Rev. Nicole Lambelet.
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 her mother, Patricia Belcore, by Barbara Belcore.
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.
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
The Gift of Years
Thursdays at 10 a.m. beginning August 11 on Zoom
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 10:00 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
ERJG Sunday Service Visit to Holy Cross
Sunday, August 14 at 9:45 a.m.
The Episcopal Racial Justice Group will return to Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Decatur for another Sunday Service visit of fellowship and communion. The Service starts at 10:00 a.m., we will meet in front of the church at 9:45 a.m. Their website advises that face masks are required and asks that only fully vaccinated persons attend the service with partially or non-vaccinated persons or persons experiencing COVID symptoms encouraged to attend via their streaming platform. Please join us. If you have questions please feel free to email Kay Lee.
Only One Earth Initiative Eco-Event
Sunday, August 14 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Only One Earth Initiative is at the Science Gallery Atlanta at Pratt Pullman Yards – 2:00-5:00 p.m. Join Epiphany and our interfaith and ecumenical collaborators for a family-friendly self-paced interactive eco-event that looks at food, water and waste habits to help us consider what smart eco-choices can improve our environment.
Labyrinth Walk & Contemplative Afternoon
Sunday, August 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Courtyard

Walking the labyrinth, we seek a sacred path, open to God's guidance, leading us forward. Come gather with us Sunday, August 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the courtyard for a time of reflection, instruction on walking meditation, and gathering with others seeking a more grounded way of being in the world. Led by Bobbi Patterson, Elizabeth Ura and the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.
Youth & Families Welcome Back Dinner
Sunday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for a potluck dinner at Epiphany at 5:00 p.m., to kick off youth group for the fall semester! We'll provide the main course (falafel), and we invite you to bring a fitting side dish or a dessert. Email Emily Elder and let her know what dish you'll be bringing!
Youth Tubing Trip
Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Youth (6th - 12th graders) from the diocese are invited to tube down the Chattahoochee in Helen, GA! The cost is $42 per person, and covers lunch, dinner, a tube rental, and transportation.

Registration ends on August 17! Email Emily Elder with any additional questions!
To register for this event, please fill out BOTH registration links below. One is for tubing itself, and one is for transportation to Helen, GA:

  • Tubing Registration: Click HERE
  • Transportation Registration: Click HERE
Kick-Off Picnic
Sunday, August 28 after the service

We’re kicking off the fall programming with a picnic after services on August 28. Joel Fowler will be grilling tenderloins for us, as well as hot dogs and veggie burger. Parishioners are invited to bring salads, sides, desserts. Parish Life will provide beverages.

The RSVP link will be published on the home page later this afternoon.
Pilgrimage to Montgomery
Saturday, September 10 at 7:00 a.m.
On Saturday, September 10, the Epiphany Racial Justice Group (ERJG) will take a pilgrimage day trip to Montgomery to visit the Lowndes Interpretive Center, the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
We will leave Epiphany at 7:00 a.m. and plan to return by approximately 7:00 p.m. 

Our rental van has already filled up, but we anticipate getting a second vehicle, so please sign up on the Wait List if you’d like to join us! 

The cost is $45 which covers the tickets, van rental and gas. Lunch is not included but there are 2 restaurant options nearby. Please register if you want to join us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kay Lee. If you wish to go but the cost is a hardship, please reach out to the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.
Acolyte Q & A Sessions
September 11 & 25 at 9:00 a.m.

Are you, or do you know someone interested in becoming an Acolyte? If so, information sessions will take place on Sunday September 11 and Sunday September 25 at 9:00 a.m.

Acolyting is open to all those in 4th Grade and above (including adults). Contact Linda Ryder Wolf.
Ongoing Meetings
8/9The 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.

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.


8/22—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.

9/1—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.

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, contact Ellen Mintzmeyer.
Announcements
Provide relief and help communities recover from flooding and fires
Deadly flooding and fires in southern and western parts of the US are displacing thousands and creating a financial burden on the most vulnerable. Episcopal Relief & Development is working with church and local partners to provide help where it’s needed the most. Your swift response and compassionate gift to the Episcopal Relief & Development Disaster Fund will provide supplies to help communities in Kentucky, Virginia, Missouri, California and other places make a full and sustained recovery. Visit episcopalrelief.org to make a contribution today for US Disaster Response.             
GA Power Project Complete
Last year, GA Power began updating equipment on Ponce de Leon and requested an easement from Epiphany to place a new transformer at the edge of our property.

Vestry agreed and Epiphany was paid $6,000 for the easement. As the project proceeded, GA Power realized that they needed more space. An additional easement was requested and granted this year, with a $10,000 payment. 

The work is now complete and the transformer plus retaining wall and protective fencing can be seen alongside Ponce. Many thanks to Bert Bender, Vestry Liaison for Buildings and Grounds, for his tireless work managing this and so many other projects for Epiphany.
If you shop on Amazon, consider accessing Amazon through http://smile.amazon.com 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: Julie DodgeZoey Laird • Lisa Daily • Floyd Parker • Lane Burnett • Lisa Gray • Judy Jarady • Stephanie Thompson • Ron Hutcheson • Evan Vega • Jane Stutz • Jewel Allen • Sally McClintock • Rod MacLeod • Larry Wilcox • Jennie Richardson • Colleen • Ann Rowles • Sally Brockington

For friends and family: Elizabeth Dolezel, sister of Marjorie Timmer Kirk Teherneshoff, brother of Amy Shipp • Kathy Black and Michael & Bethany Gaige, relatives of Barbara Beclore • Anne Cavett, daughter-in-law of Wayne & Judy Urban • 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 in the armed forces: Henry Laird • Stewart Mundy

For those who have died: Bob Burnett

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 8/7-13: Cathy & Jim McKinney • Jarrod & Susan Moody • Amanda Styles & Megan Swett

For those celebrating Birthdays for the week of 8/7-13: Graham DiBello • Logan Shults • Judy Cox • Gabe Introna • Max McAuliffe • Quinn Weidmann-Smith • Mira Gross • Sherry Wallace • Ann Davis • Lissa Jackson • Emily Kertscher • Michael Bryan • Kim Finnegan • Angie Fox

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.
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at NOON.