Parish Notices for July 30, 2021
New this issue
  • Backpack Blessing for All Ages
  • Monthly Meet & Greet
  • Harvey Fund Applications due August 1
  • New Gallery Show
Dear Epiphany
It has been a joy to serve with you during this in between time as the Interim Director for Children's Ministries. It has been a blessing to practice my vocation with Epiphany children and families. My family and I are grateful to call Epiphany home; we look forward to continuing to worship and serve alongside you.
 
In gratitude,
Christen Erskine
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 80 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 online 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.
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.
Tuesday Men's Breakfast at 7 a.m.

Each Tuesday morning, we begin at 7 a.m. in the chapel with Morning Prayer (Holy Eucharist 1st Tuesdays), and end our time together with a simple breakfast and fellowship in Jones Hall. If you would like to learn more, or have any interest in helping provide food for Men's Breakfast, please email John Yntema.
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.
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 Loving Memory of the Edge family: Walter H., Lucille, and Walter E., by Cliff Edge.

The Sanctuary Light is given this week to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving of Mary Eleanor's third birthday, by Laraine & Megan Fraijo-Paul.
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 on the 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.
 
 
Sign up by noon on Wednesdays to be listed in the weekly Friday email.
Children & Youth Ministries
Keeping Families Informed
If you would like to get more details about the Children & Youth Ministries Programs, email the parish office to subscribe to their weekly email.

Backpack Blessing
This year students of all ages, teachers, and school administrators, will have two opportunities to participate in our annual Blessing of the Backpacks.

On Sunday August 1, Amy and Nicole will be in the church’s courtyard from 10:30-10:50 a.m. During this time, children and families are welcome to come by with their backpacks to receive a special back to school blessing and backpack tag!

At the 11:30 a.m. service we will also say a special blessing for all students and educators. If you would like to bring your backpack to church to receive your backpack tag and blessing during the in-person service, remember to sign up for 11:30 a.m. worship service!
Monthly Meet & Greet
Knowing that not all of our families are feeling comfortable with a return to indoor worship or formation, we will be starting a monthly gathering for children and families outside on the Epiphany playground! We’ll have coffee and snacks, songs and a short story or devotion appropriate for the whole family. For starters, mark your calendars for August 29, September 26, and October 24. The sign up for these events will be coming to a newsletter in your inbox soon! 
Children's Weekly 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.

Youth Ministries In-Person Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer is held on Sundays 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 resumes on on August 8.
Parish Announcements
Now Showing for the month of August
Epiphany Art Ministry presents Travel Photography by Bill Deneke
The Rev. Bill Deneke has always enjoyed international travel and culture. Bill’s photos of people and scenes in Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and Russia are featured in the exhibit at Epiphany in August. Click here to learn more about the artist and the Art Ministry.

The exhibit is open on Sunday mornings in between services and on weekdays at limited hours. Please call ahead to make sure the building is open.

Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany. See the table in the gallery for payment instructions.
On Sunday, August 15, Bill will be at Epiphany in-between services for a meet and greet with the artist.
Harvey Fund Grant Application

The Catherine D. Harvey Legacy Fund grant application cycle for the Summer term ends this Sunday. 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.

Neighbors Small Group
Tuesday Evenings at 7 p.m.

The Neighbors Small Group will meet on Zoom each week to discuss the book Neighbors: Christians and Muslims Building Community by Deanna Fierre Womack. Facilitated by parishioners Evan Gibbs and Paul Hinson. Email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet to RSVP or for more information.
The schedule for the whole series is as follows:

August 3: Discuss Introduction & Chapter 1 (19 pages)
August 10: Discuss Chapters 2 & 3 (40 pages)
August 17: Discuss Chapters 4 & 5 (28 pages)
August 24: Discuss Chapter 6 (18 pages)
August 31: Discuss Chapters 7 & 8 (32 pages)
September 7: Discuss Chapter 9 & afterword (24 pages)
Sunday Morning Formation Hour

Sunday Morning Formation Hour resumes at 10:15 a.m. and will be offered in-person and on Zoom. The three-week series on Islam will be led by our own Dr. Jim Hoesterey, Emory Professor of Religion and Dr. Deanna Associate Professor of History of Religions and Interfaith Studies at Candler School of Theology. This series will be an important starting point for our community as we look forward to partnering with the Ismaili Community in Decatur later this fall. Youth are also welcome to attend! Contact: The Rev. Nicole Lambelet
  • August 8: Introduction to Islam and the Ismaili Community, led by Dr. Jim Hoesterey
  • August 15: Muslim-Christian Relations, led by Dr. Deanna Womack
  • August 22: The Global Experience, Closing Panel (Moderated by Dr. Jim Hoesterey)
Grab-N-Go Meal Packs

July—Help our neighbors at Emmaus House with easy Grab-N-Go Weekend Meal Packs. In a gallon Ziploc bag, include non-perishable food items to feed one person 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (think protein) and a healthy snack or two. You can add an inspirational note or Scripture, too. Please place in the bins in the gallery.
Parish Fall Retreat - SAVE THE DATE
October 22-24, 2021 at Kanuga
KANUGA IS OPEN AGAIN and our Epiphany Retreat is a GO! We’ve got our traditional fall weekend reserved for October 22-24 and premium cabins as well as a few rooms at the Inn. Some things will be different this year – we’re preparing to 're-Imagine' the weekend retreat for a post-pandemic era! So, mark your calendars for October 22-24, consider joining the Kanuga Committee to help us ‘re-Imagine’ the retreat, and check back for more information in the coming months. Email Ann Williamson if you are interested in serving on the planning committee.
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.
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.
Ongoing Groups
Second Sundays
Young Adults! Join us every Second Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. in the courtyard. We'll eat, pray, and ping-pong together with Mary and all the saints. Email the Rev. Nicole Lambelet with questions.
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 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. Email Linda Ryder-Wolf if you have questions.

  • August 5: Barkskins by Annie Proulx
  • August 30 (the next week is Labor Day): Last Hope Island by Lynne Olson
  • 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.
 
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.
Finances
Finance Report
June 2021
Income
Expenses
Net
Budget
$46,00
$46,000
$0
Actual
$62,000
$51,000
$11,397
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.
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 • Paul Thompson • Stephanie Thompson • Evan Vega • Kathy Walmsley

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 • Dot Pettet, aunt of Ann Fowler • Caroline Laughorn, friend of Linda Ryder-Wolf • Sacha Smith, daughter of Liefy & George Smith • Susan Culpepper, friend of Larry Wilcox • Jeff Jaeger, friend of Nancy Thompson • Carlton Quarells, friend of Nancy Thompson • Dorothy Rowe, friend of Jewel Allen • Corrine & Bud Bloom, family of Pam Tipton • Hendree, nephew of Laura Keys • Christina, granddaughter of Evelyn Stewart • Vinnie O'Mera, friend of Larry WilcoxBill McAnn, friend of Jewel Allen Diana, sister-in-law of Brenda Lloyd

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Chris Miller • Tom Mundy • Terry-Lee Ross • June Sparks • Pat Spivey

For those who have died: Sarah Martin, former interim organist and friend of Epiphany • Emogene Lloyd, aunt of Brenda Lloyd

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 8/1-7: Jeanette Hanson & Galo Velasco-Jackson

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 8/1-7: Susan Montgomery • Theresa Milazzo • Ruth Healy • Lewis Sinclair • Thomas Sinclair • Mary Eleanor Fraijo-Paul • Maia Higgins • Gabby Hill • Sunny Robertson • Seth Walker • Matt Eby • Graham DiBello • Logan Shults

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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