Parish Notices for June 10, 2022
Issue Highlights
Enriching Our Worship
Summer Breakfasts
Labyrinth Walk & Contemplative Evening
June Pantry Drive for DEAM
The Book of Forgiving Book Study
Juneteenth
Design Thinking Workshop
Dinner for Freedom School
Upcoming ERJG Activities
EFM is Zooming!
Photo Galleries
Dear Epiphany Family,
This past Monday the Episcopal Church commemorated the first Book of Common Prayer (BCP). We do this every year on the day after Pentecost, in remembrance that the first Book of Common Prayer was first used on Pentecost Sunday in 1549. The language of the liturgy was changed from Latin to English and allowed worshipers to participate in new ways in worship because it was written in the language of the people.
 
We are blessed in our tradition that our liturgy continues to evolve with the changing times, while holding onto the best of our history. As language changes and evolves, our worship reflects that. In the 1990s, the Standing Liturgical Commission offered a new set of liturgies called Enriching Our Worship as “part of an ongoing process of listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church through the diverse experience of those who gather to worship.” 
 
When we first returned to in-person worship, it felt important to return to what feels most familiar in our liturgy. We have had a full year back in our building using the familiar Eucharistic Prayers A and B from the BCP and I now want us to broaden our liturgical language. As the preface to Enriching Our Worship reminds us, “Expanding our vocabulary of prayer and the ways in which we name the Holy One bear witness to the fact that the mystery of God transcends all categories of knowing, including those of masculine and feminine.”
 
Each month during the summer we will use a different liturgical prayer for the Eucharist from Enriching Our Worship. Listen for what is similar and what is distinct and how you hear the words differently when they are a less familiar. I would love to hear your reflections on that as we begin to think more deeply about worship together. “Praying shapes believing” is a phrase you hear often in the Episcopal tradition. I will look forward to hearing how this way of praying is shaping you, what helps you feel connected to God in worship and why. From our deep connection to God and each other, encountered in worship and in other places in our world, the love of God in Christ flows from us out into the world.
 
Many of you have asked when we will return to two services. We will remain with one service at 10 a.m., similar to our summer pattern the year before the pandemic. Our plan is to return to two Sunday morning services as soon as both our attendance and our volunteer capacity can support that, hopefully as soon as later this year. If we divided our attendance right now into two services, the church would look fairly empty to someone visiting for the first time. Two services will also require double the number of volunteers we have currently. We would love for you to consider what role you would like to play on Sunday morning to make it possible for us to broaden what we can offer. Exciting things are happening at Epiphany. I anticipate that it won’t be long before we are able to return to a more full program schedule. We hope you will come be a part of that. And I hope you will be here for worship on Sunday as we send our youth off on pilgrimage.
 
Grace and peace,
Amy+
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
Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light
  • The Arrangements at the Altar are given to the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Brittany Allen, Chris Prikkel, and their marriage, by Nancy Thompson.
  • The Sanctuary Light is given to the Glory of God.
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.
Summer Choir begins 6/12
The Epiphany Choir is finishing a wonderful and fulfilling year of music-making. During the summer months, we take a break from Wednesday rehearsals and the Epiphany Summer Choir takes over. 
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 beginning Sunday, June 12. Contact: Julie Ryder
Summer Breakfasts
Parish groups, families or individuals are invited to sign up to provide breakfast on Sunday mornings this summer. It is a fun and casual way to get to know parishioners. Simple breakfast items are welcome, such as pastries, fruits, casseroles or any combination.

Parish groups are welcome to set up displays, handouts or fliers to promote their ministries.

Please Note: The Vestry Person of the Day (VPOD) is responsible for making the coffee.
Now Showing
Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes mixed media paintings by Jen Singh. Jen’s show closes July 11. Please make your art payments by check to the artist by the July 10. Remember, 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany. The show is also on the Art Ministry Page.

Upcoming Events
Frozen Dinners Needed
The Youth Group is asking parishioners to make frozen dinners for their youth pilgrimage. Click the blue button if you’re interested in helping with this important task.
June Pantry Drive for DEAM
For the month of June we are collecting items to help the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) pantry. Wooden bins for your donations are located in the gallery.
 
This time we are collecting:
  • Quart sized, WET, shelf-stable milk cartons and cans of evaporated milk.
  • We will also collect the following canned fruits: applesauce, pineapple and fruit cocktail.

Note: These are the only items we are collecting at this time. If you would like to make a financial donation online instead, Click here and note DEAM Pantry Drive in the memo field.
Chez Epiphany Returns on June 14!
Chez Epiphany Cooking Class is now back in session (after a distressingly long hiatus). The theme this time is Chinese food! The class will be Tuesday, June 14, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the church kitchen with Joel Fowler. The cost is $25 per person due at the time of registration, which includes the class and the dinner we have together from what we cook. Hope you can make it!
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
By Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

This book is by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who led the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission to heal the wounds from decades of apartheid, and his daughter the Rev. Mpho Tutu, who has her own story of forgiveness and received her PhD studying ways of forgiving. 

As they proclaim, forgiveness is simple but not easy. They wrote this book because many of us know we need to forgive, but the process is often a mystery and not marked clearly. 

There will a book group for this book this Summer led by Ellen Mintzmyer and Susan Ashmore beginning Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and last for ten weeks (skipping July 5.) Register before June 14 to take part!
Freedom School donations for Projects
Deadline extended to June 19
The six-week summer program at Emmaus House needs magazines with photos, shoe boxes, and paper towel rolls for art projects and collages. Please bring donations to Epiphany by Sunday, June 19, and place them in the black containers in the gallery. Thank you!
June 19 (Juneteenth Celebration) Weekend: ERJG Suggestions
Science Gallery Atlanta and Georgia Tech’s Design Bloc invite you to join our design thinking workshop! Designed specifically for 15 to 25 year-olds, Atlanta residents, and their families, this workshop focuses on providing local solutions to the issues surrounding climate change. This educational experience leverages a design thinking (DT) approach to engage and collaborate with the participants.

In this half-day workshop, we will focus on the creative and iterative aspects for social impact: new idea development, creativity, user needs, and disruptive innovation. We will focus on and showcase the lateral, creative thinking approaches commonly known to designers and integrate it with a strong foundation in prototyping, user research and ethnography. This approach represents the Design Bloc ethos – to learn by doing.

This is a free workshop. It is the first workshop in the #OnlyOneEarth series at Science Gallery Atlanta. 
Earth Guild is looking for your input and involvement!
Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
We are planning to discuss how to organize ourselves around the following four areas of ministry: outdoor activities to celebrate God's creation; ongoing design and stewardship plans for the meadow; environmental assessments to better determine earth-friendly habits and practices; and, opportunities for interfaith based environmental education and action. Contact: Frances Finegan.
Dinner for Freedom School Parent Night
Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m.
This summer Emmaus House will host their Seventh Freedom School summer. During Freedom School, Emmaus works with young scholars to foster positive attitudes towards learning and reading, empowering them to make a difference in themselves, their families and communities. As part of the summer program, they host parent nights, which include a guest speaker who addresses issues that are relevant to the families and a tasty dinner for 70 people.

This summer Church of the Epiphany will be providing dinner for one of these parent nights on Thursday, June 30 at 6:30pm. Susan & Loren Williams and Kelly Loftin have agreed to organize the meal and prepare the main course. We will need volunteers to provide sides, desserts, and help deliver and serve the meal at Emmaus House. Look for a sign up in next week's newsletter about how you can get involved.
Upcoming ERJG Activities
Please mark your calendars
6/26Emmaus House Chapel: The service starts at 10:30 a.m. We will meet at 10:15 a.m. Our understanding is that masks are required. As many of you already know, Epiphany has had a very strong connection to Emmaus House.


7/7—ERJG Movie Night will be a viewing of Just Mercy which stars Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. The film is based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which opened the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice that we are visiting September 10. All are welcome and lots of popcorn will be available! Email Kay Lee to RSVP.

 
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.
 
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.
Ongoing Meetings
6/10—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.


6/14—The Episcopal Women (ECW) meeting for this month will be a luncheon at the home of Laura Keys. They will then be on hiatus for the summer and will resume meetings in September. Contact: Laura Keys.

6/15—Living Contemplatively: The Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group book study group meets together on Zoom on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. This time they are reading and discussing Henri Nouwen's book Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety. Contact The Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.

6/26—The Epiphany chapter of the Daughters of the King (DOK) meet on 4th Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in the parish hall. The DOK are a lay order whose goals are prayer, service and evangelism. Contact: Judy Jarady.

6/27—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.

The Epiphany Book Group Will not meet in July or August.

7/7—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.

8/3—Epiphany Racial Justice Book (ERJB) Group will meet in Room 201 from 6:45-8:00 p.m. The ERJB Group is reading How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith (approximately 336 pages, available through the DeKalb County Library system). Please join us, we would love to have you. Any question please feel free to contact Kay Lee or Lisa Daily


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
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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.

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.

First Tuesdays Eucharist: The Tuesday Men’s Group meets on 1st Tuesdays at 7 a.m. for Holy Eucharist followed by a time of fellowship before heading on their way for the day. Contact: John Yntema

Wednesday Noonday Prayer takes place at 12:00 p.m. in the side chapel, followed by Healing with Eucharist at 12:15 p.m.
Prayers of the People
For members who are bidding our prayers: Jewel Allen • Sally Brockington • Bob Burnett • Pam Hall • Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Sally McClintock • Colleen • Jennie Richardson • Ann Rowles • Idamay Shaw • Jane Stutz • Stephanie Thompson • Wayne & Judy Urban • Evan Vega • Kathy Walmsley • Larry Wilcox • Emily

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 • Susie Boyko • Keren Clay, neighbor of Susan & Richard Messner • Linda Best, cousin of Bob Thompson • Diana Lawrence, niece of Terri Lawrence • Peggy Bryant, mother of Patrick Bryant • Russell Saxon, nephew of Kathie Ryan • Sophia Baginski, friend of David Draper • David & Jenn Gillis, brother-in-law and sister of Terri Lawrence • Karen Richmond, sister-in-law of Barbara Ryder • Cindy Vander Would, friend of Linden Abston • Parvin Heidara, friend of Kaylie Gibbs • Stephen Fluharty, friend of Richard & Susan Messner • Doris Gentry, aunt of Shea McNutt • Judy Palmer, cousin of Shea McNutt • Martha Fernandez, grandmother of Duane Burns • Mike Carscaddon, friend of Annie Strahan • Bonnie Strawn, granddaughter of Mary Ann Schneider • Katie Strawn, daughter of Mary Ann Schneider

For those on pilgrimage: Jacob Arkin • Will Arkin • Elena Munro • Maia Eastman • Akira Bristol • Ariel Bristol • Ivy May • Boyd Braden • Garren Lambelet • Jessa Corcoran • Ada Corcoran • Piper Boatright • Riley Davis • Brady Davis • Mat Schramm • Emily Elder • Christian Foster • Rhett Solomon • Kay Watkins • Lorraine Geddes-McDonald

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

For those who have died: Linda Best, cousin of Bob Thompson • Dorothy Gray, mother-in-law of Lisa Gray • Patrick McGoey, friend of Anne Warner

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

For those celebrating an anniversary for the week of 6/12-18: Adrienne & Chip Hill • Laura & Matt May • Peter & Mary Ann Schneider • Claire Simms & Cody Chaffins • Lane & Knox Burnett • Patrick & Shelle Bryant • Pam Tipton & David Thierry • Meg & John Councilman • Ann & Joel Fowler

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 6/12-18: Anne Warner • Brittany Allen • August Hooker • Margaret Stoner • Brian Williams • Penson Sherrill • Holly Slater • Noah Tobin • Stewart Mundy • Doug Kertscher • Henry Kotzan • Sarah Kotzan • Madeleine Armor • June Sparks

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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