Parish Notices for July 22, 2022
Issue Highlights
A Look Ahead
Young Adults at the Braves
Young Adults Picnic
CAT Survey Results
Family Friendly Eco-Event
Gift of Years book discussion
Looking Ahead
Epiphany staff and volunteers are busy getting ready for the 2022-2023 programmatic year. We’re excited about the plans we have to welcome you back to church, hear more about what God has been doing in your life, and introduce you to our new Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry, Emily Elder. God is on the move in our world and in our community and we are thankful for the opportunities Epiphany has to join God in doing the work of the church this coming year.
Below are several “save the date” listings so you can make plans for the fall and mark your calendars accordingly.

SAVE THE DATE(S)
 
August 7
10:00 a.m.—Sunday Worship and Epiphany’s Annual Blessing of the Backpacks
11:15 a.m.—Parish Discussion of CAT Survey Results
3:00-5:00 p.m.—Children and Families Welcome Back Extravaganza (mid-afternoon, time TBA)
 
August 14
10:00 a.m.—Sunday Worship, Children’s Chapel Returns
3:00-5:00 p.m.—Climate Change Workshop, Science Gallery Atlanta
5:00 p.m.—Youth Group Welcome Back Party w/ Youth + Families (& Welcoming of 6th Graders)
August 20
10:00 a.m.—Youth Tubing Trip on the Chattahoochee

August 21
10:00 a.m.—Sunday Worship
 
August 28
10:00 a.m.—Sunday Worship
Fall Kickoff Picnic immediately following the service
 
September 11
Season of Creation Begins; Adult, Youth, and Children’s Formation Returns
September 18
Feast of St. Hildegard
 
September 25
10:00 a.m.—Sunday Worship
World Rivers Day River Clean up
 
October 2
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals
  * Weekday evening Children's Choirs return starting in October
  * Epiphany Small Groups launch for October and November
 
In old and new ways, we look forward to gathering together with you this fall. Our gatherings join us to one another tangibly and spiritually, enabling us to discern and celebrate the ever faithful gift of God’s love for us and for the world. It’s going to be a good year at Epiphany!
 
Please let us know how we can support you and your family this coming year in addition to what we have planned. We look forward to growing together with you in faith and love,
 
Nicole
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
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 and in thanksgiving for their 25th wedding anniversary, by Rod & Michele MacLeod and in celebration and thanksgiving for Nancy Thompson’s Birthday, by Brittany Allen.

The Sanctuary Light is given to the Glory of God and in memory of her friend Kenn Salmon, by Ellen Mintzmyer and in memory of her dear friend Linda Jaser, 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.
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. 
Daughters of the King Meeting
The Epiphany chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK) will meet this Sunday at 11:15 a.m. in the nave. The DOK are a lay order whose goals are prayer, service and evangelism. Contact: Judy Jarady.
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). 
Young Adults Picnic
Friday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Epiphany young adults on Friday for a picnic in the meadow at 6:30 p.m. Bring a snack to share with others! Contact: Emily Elder
Upcoming ERJG Activities
Contact Kay Lee for more information

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.
 
Parish Discussion of CAT Survey Results
Sunday, August 7 after the 10 a.m. service

Please join us for an hour after services on August 7 to learn about the survey results from our Congregation Assessment Tool. Diocesan Missioner for Congregational Vitality Sally Ulrey will share the results, help us understand what the data says about our energy, direction, and priorities, and answer any questions. 
Only One Earth Initiative Eco-Event
Sunday, August 14 from 2-5 p.m.
Science Gallery Atlanta at Pratt Pullman Yards
A family-friendly interactive eco-event that asks “How much do you know about your household food, water and waste habits?” 
Join us for a self-paced, interactive look at food, water and waste habits and how changing simple behaviors and making smart eco-choices can improve our environment rather than damaging our planet. 

Co-hosted by Interfaith Atlanta, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and Interfaith Children’s Movement 
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 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
7/25—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.

7/26The 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.

8/2—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.
Announcements
June Finances
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: 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 • 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: Richard Richmond, nephew of Bill Graves • Kelli Key, college friend of Shea McNutt

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

For those who are celebrating anniversaries for the week of 7/24-30: Michele & Rod MacLeod, Jr. • Jeanne Hatcher & Kyle D’Mellow • Bobbie & Joe Patterson
For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 7/24-30: Gabbie Deocampo • Mat Schramm • Ross Burris • Henry Williams • Nancy Thompson • Jonas Tobin • Ruby Peacock-Marcewicz

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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