Parish Notices for March 5, 2021
Religious Experience and Social Transformation
Recap of February 28 Adult Formation - by Erin Braden
Dr. Luther Smith, Emory Professor Emeritus of Community and Church
In a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation last Sunday during our Lenten series, Dr. Luther Smith helped us examine the ways in which our personal religious experiences inform our activism in community. He explored the legacy of theologian Howard Thurman, a poet and mystic who helped inspire social change by examining religious experience. Dr. Smith asked questions key to our life together: What image of Jesus are we willing to follow? Where are our places of reconciliation? Where we are called to cultivate relationships across the boundaries of race, faith, incarceration, ability, etc.? Where and how does Epiphany engage in such places?
 
Dr. Smith led us through Mr. Thurman’s examination of how we develop a true sense of self, based on our worthiness as a child of God. This transformation leads to a fuller meaning of love, a true caring love, not just a theoretical love. That love inspires us to seek a change in the social order, as it becomes crucial to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer.
 
He emphasized the importance of nurturing the roots of Jesus’ love, in taking seriously what it means to pray for an enemy, in caring for our poor and the dispossessed, in establishing connections across national and other differences. Hate begins with there is no contact, when we are able to dehumanize or treat others as less than ourselves. Contact without fellowship can lead to stereotyping, and stereotypes strip people of their full humanity. As we experience the reconciling love of Jesus, we can extend that loving care to others, developing relationships in solidarity rather than just filling a need.
 
If you missed the discussion, the recording is available on Epiphany's YouTube Channel. Click here for the direct link >>

Please join us for upcoming sessions Sundays in March as we continue to discern how we feel called in our Epiphany community.
What Brought me to Epiphany
By Larry Wilcox
When I came to Epiphany in the spring of 1995, it was a sad occasion. At that time, I had no idea I would be leaving the Full Gospel Church where I had been a member for the past twenty years and becoming a member of the Episcopal Church.

It was February of 1995 when my partner was very ill, and a friend of mine told me he knew a priest that would come pray and minister to us. I said yes and that’s how the union with Epiphany began. The Rev Ruth Healy started coming to our home. She would pray with us and we grew to know each other very well. In less than a month, my partner passed away from Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). When he passed away, there was nowhere to have a service to honor him, He had been a schoolteacher who taught junior high science, and Ruth Healy was a retired schoolteacher before coming a priest, who also taught science on the junior high level. She understood the importance of giving his students a chance to say good-bye to him. Ruth said to me “Just have the service at Epiphany” and in the spring of April 1995, she invited me to come look at the Sanctuary. It was in the afternoon around 3 pm when I walked into the sanctuary and the sun was shining through the Epiphany Star cascading over the pews which was so peaceful. I said this is the place to have a memorial service. 

April 20, 1995 we held the memorial service at Epiphany. The students and teachers came from Panola Way Elementary school attended and along with several members of Epiphany, the church was full. I had the opportunity to meet several parish members and soon started attending the 8:00 a.m. service at Epiphany were I was made to feel very welcomed. Eventually I would get very sick with the AIDS virus and would have to move back home. Because of my illness, I could not drive to Epiphany and had to stop attending services. But God had other plans; I would get so sick that I had to move into the city of Atlanta at a place called Jerusalem house, for people dying from AIDS. Epiphany was only a mile and a half away and I was soon back attending services. That was in February of 1996, I was in really bad shape and not expected to live, but as I stated before, God had other plans. I would go on to get better thanks to good friends, prayer, Epiphany and medical science. I eventually would start taking Confirmation classes and move my membership to The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany on April 19, 1998 three years after my partner memorial service.

I know a word that has no end…Some call it love, but I call it friend…
Online Formation
Adult Formation - Sundays at 10:15 a.m.

Join us as we continue to reflect on our stories and discern God's call together in community.

This week the Rev. Nicole Lambelet and Youth Director Matt Schramm will lead us in discussion about the purpose of church as a place of belonging and commissioning. Next week, March 14th we'll hear from a panel of parishioners moderated by Lisa Daily.
Meeting ID: 532 38 5901
March 7
The Vocation of the Church the Rev. Nicole Lambelet and Matt Schramm
March 7
Displaced and Erased Virtual Tour of Decatur 4-6 p.m.
March 14
Telling Epiphany's Story Panel Discussion, moderated by Lisa Daily
March 21
Telling the Story of Place the Rev. Bobbi Patterson
March 27
Emmaus House Outdoor Stations of the Cross 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Please take a moment to fill out this short survey! We hope you will participate in our effort to collect the stories and hopes of more Epiphanites as we continue our formation series this Lent.
Results of the survey will be unveiled as we progress through the class. Join us on Sundays. Your story is a part of our story. Let's discern together how God might be calling us into community even now!
Shared stories from the first series:
Cristina Montesinos - 1/31/21 >>
Classes are posted to our YouTube channel.
Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group
Mondays @ 11 a.m. through April 26
During Lent, the Living Contemplatively Spirituality Group is looking at Spiritual Lessons from Thomas Mertona Cistercian monk who introduced 20th century Christians to the contemplative dimensions of Christianity.
We are looking at his life, his teachings on contemplative spirituality, on nature, on war and peace, racial justice, social justice, and our captivity to technology and consumerism, as well as his interest in the teachings of other religious traditions, particularly Buddhism, and what he might have to teach us about our own spiritual journeys. Email the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore if you would like to be part of the group.
Lenten Meditations for 2021
For those of you who enjoyed the Lenten Meditations booklet we used last year, Living Compass has a free download of the book available for this year.

Children's Formation
Godly Play stories are offered online each Sunday at 10 a.m. It is a time for our children to connect with one another, hear a story, wonder, pray, and sing. All ages are invited.
During Lent we will use the updated Faces of Easter, created by our own Ann Fowler for the Godly Play Foundation, to explore the life of Jesus. With this story we will wonder what children can bring to put next to the story so we can know more; don't be surprised to see your children looking for things to bring to the story mid Zoom session on Sunday mornings.

Meeting ID: 890 5875 0509
Youth Formation

Youth Formation takes place during our in-person Evening Prayer gatherings on 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5 - 6 p.m. There will be time for a group check-in, as well as time to discuss the week's devotional material.
  • Weekly devotionals are sent Saturdays
  • Newsletters are sent Mondays
Worship Services
Stations of the Cross

Two options are available RIGHT NOW for Stations of the Cross this year. You can take a virtual tour online anytime, or you can sign up to come in person to walk them in the nave starting next week.

Outdoor Worship
Registration Required.
Sunday Morning Worship @11:30 a.m.

Wi-Fi outside is spotty, so print the bulletin at home and bring it with you.
In the event of inclement weather or if temperatures fall below 45°, we will cancel the outdoor service by way of email by 8 a.m. that morning. Check your email before coming to church if the weather is uncertain.
Give in Honor of Memory of Someone
The Altar Arrangements and the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or for a special occasion.
Parish Notices
Epiphany Stars

This is Peter Schneider installing a couple of memorial plaques for us last weeksomething he has been doing since 1989.

Have you or another parishioner you know given a gift of their time and talent to Epiphany? Do you know someone who has received recognition for a personal achievement? If so, please let us know!
Displaced and Erased
The Black Experience in Decatur Virtual Tour

Sunday, March 7 from 4 - 6 p.m.
Historian David Rotenstein will lead us on a virtual walking tour of Decatur to delve into the experience of displacement and the erasure of Decatur’s Black community. Linking the threads of segregation and Jim Crow to later urban renewal and current gentrification, this tour examines the historic places of significance to the Black community and the “spatial strategies of white supremacy.”
Virtual Hunger Walk Run
Saturday, March 6 at 10 a.m. for Team Epiphany
The virtual Hunger Walk/Run is this weekend and so far, TEAM EPIPHANY has raised $700 towards our goal of $1000 as our contribution to this annual event for local hunger relief.

All members of the parish are invited to join Epiphany youth and their families to walk their hunger route together THIS SATURDAY, March 6. We’ll leave the church parking lot at 10 a.m.


The Hunger Walk Run is a project of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, in partnership with the Episcopal Community Foundation (ECF) for Middle and North Georgia, that unites our parish communities to raise awareness and critical funds for local hunger relief. This virtual event allows the ECF to provide grants supporting hunger-related ministries in our Episcopal parishes.
A Ride for Arlen
Saturday, March 13 @ 9:30 a.m.
Some of our former cycling team members are gathering for a ride in honor of Arlen Gray and would like to invite you to join them.
In 1997, Arlen created the Epiphany All-Starsour very own cycling teamwhich rode in the MS-150 every year until 2012. The fundraiser was for research on multiple sclerosis and support of people living with multiple sclerosis.

The course they have chosen is about 12 miles and no one will be dropped. It is not a hilly course, but there is one medium climb. If you would like to join them, meet in the Epiphany parking lot at 9:30 a.m. If they have to cancel for weather issues, the backup date is April 10. Email John Keys if you plan to ride.
Trees Atlanta Partnership
We've partnered with Trees Atlanta to plant up to 40 trees on our campus. Trees Atlanta will donate one tree for every tree donated by Epiphany. The cost for each tree is $225, which also covers the cost of Trees Atlanta maintaining the trees for 18 months. The deadline to donate ANY amount is Sunday, March 7.

Tree Planting Day
Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The trees will be planted at a volunteer day on Saturday, March 20. The project is open to the public, but twenty spaces have been reserved for Epiphanites to take part.

Speaking of Epiphanites, Susan Cunningham works at Trees Atlanta and was the one who set up our registration for us and plans to attend with her family.
Click below for more information and to register.
Epiphany Art Ministry
presents custom wreaths by

- Beth Beck -
(sister of parishioner Liefy Smith)

March/April 2021
In Beth's own words
“I love floral design because it is the perfect converse to my left brain focus and my refuge from my computer into the land of color, softness and the wonder of nature and it makes me feel marvelous to create something that brings a smile.”
View the Exhibit online 24/7
The exhibit is online with pop-up images. and prices.

View the Exhibit in-person
Stop by the church Monday and Thursday afternoons from 2 - 5 p.m. and follow the protocols posted on the above link.
Diaper Drive for Refugee Families
While we are not receiving new families to help, there is a need to restock the diaper pantry for our existing families.In this case, the pantry is Bev Lorenzo's garage, where she generously keeps items so parents can “shop” for needed items like diapers.
We are collecting donations of Diaper size 1-4 through March 21. 
 
How to Donate:
  1. Money may be donated online to Epiphany at https://www.epiphany.org/ways-to-give and we will use the money to buy diapers. Please choose “Outreach” as the fund, and when you are making your payment, write “Diaper Drive” in the memo field.
  2. Diapers may be brought to the church during any in-person gathering and left at the front door. (Please don’t disturb the gathering!
  3. Diapers may be dropped at the front door of the church on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please be sure to ring the bell and let Shea know you are dropping off.
 
Questions: Kelli Gantt, kelligantt@yahoo.com
The United Thank Offering
The ingathering will take place on Sunday, April 11
The United Thank Offering (UTO) contributions support Episcopal missions and ministries. UTO envelopes and coin boxes are available outside by the entrance. Please make checks out to The Episcopal Church Women, noting UTO in the memo field.

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 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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 People as well as people who have never had either training.

Church Building Remains Closed

The staff continues to work mostly from home. They check their email and voicemail messages regularly.

Pastoral Emergencies: Please call the church at 404.373.8338 and leave a message for Amy (ext. 14) or Nicole (16). They receive message alerts and will return your call you back.

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.
Finances
Pledge Update
As of today, 146 households have made a pledge for 2021 for a total of $518,520.92. Please click on the button below to add your pledge and help us meet our budget goal for the 2021 calendar year.

Year End Statements
Year end statements were sent via email on January 15 with the subject line “Your giving statement from Church of the Epiphany.” Statements are also available on Realm. If you have not yet done so, please enroll so you have immediate access to your giving record and the church directory. Should that be impractical for you, email our bookkeeper Susie Boyko to request a PDF by email or paper statement by mail be sent to you.
Sign up for Realm
If you have not created a login yet to our new online church database, the Invitation Email link you were originally sent has since expired.
But there are threes ways to create your login:
Online Gatherings
Daughters of the King meet 4th Sundays
The Daughters of the King (DOK) have resumed meeting, and will now 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.

Youth Group Meetings
Youth Group alternates between in-person (outdoors) and online gatherings.
In-person Gatherings meet outdoors in the church parking lot 2nd and 4th Sundays from 5 - 6 p.m. The first half is dedicated to games and social time, while the second half is set aside for prayer and formation. Masks and social distancing are required.
Online Gatherings take place via Zoom on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 5 - 6 p.m. and offers a a time for building community through conversation and games.

Meeting ID: 812 0747 2601
Pass code: 979729
Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays
The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Email John Yntema for the Zoom link.

  • March: Plainsong by Kent Haruf 

  • April: Pale Horse Pale Rider: Three Short Novels by Katherine Anne Porter
Racial Justice Group meets 2nd Tuesdays
The Racial Justice Group (RJG) meets 2nd Tuesdays at 8 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 last 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. We are currently reading Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson and will continue to read and discuss the book through March and April.

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 antiracist 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 either Megan or Nancy to join the group and receive the Zoom link.
Flex & Stretch and Chair Yoga
The Flex & Stretch classwhich is the basic SilverSneakers classmeets 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.
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: Sally Brockington • Lily Burnett • Sam Burnett • Kyle D'Mellow • Beth Galvin • Jeanne Hatcher • Henry Laird • Ann Rowles • Stephanie Thompson • Lindsay Todd

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 • Chris and Dan Belcore, brothers of Barbra Belcore • Erin & family, sister and family of Beth Galvin • Michael Zakel, brother-in-law of Sandy Land • Kayre & David, friends of Phillip Ranglin

For those who have died: Bill Foley, brother-in-law of Kathleen RinehartDavid Templeton, husband of Maggie Lee and friend of Nancy ThompsonBarbara Zakel, relative of Sandy LandChristy Green, friend of Nicole Lambelet • Avis & family, friends of Ruth & Eric Olson • Melba Sides, mother of Leah Felcher

For those celebrating anniversaries for the week of 3/7-13: Liefy & George Smith • Jessica & Duane Burns

For those celebrating birthdays for the week of 3/7-13: Charlie Wiseman • Dirk Zwemer • Zachary Bennett • Cary Holley • Robbie Holley • Bonnie Kissler • Peter Schneider • Charles Grubbs • Sydney Powers • Robin Weidmann-Smith

For those expecting a child: Amanda Kay Seals & Zac Toy

For members who desire our continuing prayers: Ron Hutcheson • Rod MacLeod • Chris Miller • Tom Mundy • Terry-Lee Ross • June Sparks
The weekly parish notices are published Friday mornings at 7 a.m.
The submission deadline is Wednesdays at NOON.