Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish
November 12 - 19, 2019    
5 Things to DO This Week
1) Mail/Drop off/Bring in your pledge card!
2) Donate a $25 gift certificate from your favorite restaurant to our new December 9th fundraiser.
3) Speak with any 7th-12th graders in your life about their interest in confirmation.
4) Save the Date for Thursday, December 19th at 7pm for the Institution of a Rector service with Bishop Gayle.
5) Join us for worship on Sunday at 8:00am or 10:00am.
Epiphany Parish
62 Front Street
Walpole, MA 02081
The Rev. Christen H. Mills
Nancy Wakefield
Parish Administrator
Liz Knox
Sunday School Superintendent
Jean Ford
Sr. Warden
George Ford
Jr. Warden
Mark Helm
Susan Cosman
Financial Secretary
Nancy Parnagian
Pledging Secretary
John Parnagian
Kate Procaccini
Vestry Members
Janice Allman
  Donald MacKinnon
  Alison DiPasca
  Charlie Hall
  Kerry Donlan
Bob McElhinney

This Week at Epiphany
Wed, Nov. 13, 2019
8:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)
Thurs, Nov.14, 2019
7:00 pm Property Committee (Vestry Room)
Fri, Nov. 15, 2019
8:00 pm AA (undercroft)
Sun, Nov. 17, 2019
8:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite I
9:45 am Sunday School
10:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite II
11:00 am Coffee Hour (undercroft)
5:00 pm Youth Group
Mon, Nov. 18, 2019
5:30 pm Breaking Bread Community Meal Served (United Church)
6:30 pm Monday Night AA (undercroft)
6:30 pm Soup Supper (Vestry Room)
7:00 pm Bible Study (Vestry Room)
Tues, Nov. 19, 2019
11:30 am Senior/Retiree Luncheon (undercroft)
7:00 pm Vestry (open meeting) (Vestry Room)
Participating in Worship on November 17
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
      Click here for this week's readings
8:00 am
Peter Ellison
Lay Reader:
Elaine Glebus

10:00 am
Paul Donlan
Leia Donlan 

Lay Leaders:
Elaine McHugh-Marden 
Jay Barrett 
Tom Schneider 
John Parnagian 
Jay Barrett 
Altar Guild:
Susan Cosman
Hope Groves
Office Notices
E-Mail & Sunday Announcements Deadlines
Announcements and notices for the Weekly e-News e-mails must be received in the office by noon each Monday - call or e-mail the office.
To have your announcement included in the Sunday bulletin, please have it in the office by noon on Wednesday.
Hospital Visitation
If you or a loved one would like a visit from Rev. Christen while in the hospital please call the church office or e-mail Rev. Christen.  
Feeling a call
(or a tug, or a pull)
to get involved in the life of our Parish, but don't know where to start? Please contact Rev. Christen to learn about the many opportunities to serve.

The office is open this week:
Wednesday  & Thursday from from noon to 4:00pm

Rev. Christen is in the office most weeks
on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.
If you have a pastoral emergency, please do not hesitate to contact Christen at 978-758-7270.
If you would like an opportunity to meet with Christen during the week please e-mail her or call the church office to make an appointment. This will ensure that she is not out making pastoral calls and that you will have her undivided attention.

From Rev. Christen's Desk
Dear Epiphany Parish:
During the month of November, I have intentionally been practicing gratitude. Each morning when I pray, I write out a list of 15 things that I am grateful for that day. It's been a good way to remember all the good gifts that God has given me in my life as I center myself and prepare for my day.
One of the best ways that I have found to respond to gratitude in my life is through generosity. I love to 'pay it forward' in thanksgiving for all that God has blessed me with.
This week as we anticipate Stewardship Sunday in church, I ask that you consider how you will respond generously for the ways that God has blessed you. If you have not made a pledge yet to support Epiphany Parish, please bring/mail/drop off your pledge so that we have it by next Sunday, November 17. Not only does this help us be able to set the budget for next year, but we also will be able to celebrate together sooner once we've reached our goal! If you need a pledge card, there are some in the pews or you can pick one up in the office during office hours this week.
There are more ways to give back this holiday season as well. In addition to pledging to Epiphany Parish, you can:
  • Support the Heifer Project fundraiser that the Sunday School is organizing for our parish.
  • Donate a $25 gift from your favorite restaurant. Half the proceeds will be donated toward the American Cancer Society and the other half will support Epiphany Parish.
  • Keep an eye out for the Gifts for Kids tree that will go up in the next few weeks. Take an ornament and help make Christmas special for a child in this part of Massachusetts.
More information about these fundraisers can be found in the announcements below.

Peace in Christ, 
Rev. Christen

Gifts for Kids & the Giving Tree
Once again this year we are working with "Gifts for Kids" to help ease the financial burden for less fortunate families during the holiday season.  Children identified by human service providers in Norfolk County including the surrounding commu¬≠nities of Canton, Dedham, Foxboro, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood, and Wrentham, receive holiday gifts through the generosity of people like you.
The tree will be going up on November 24. You will be invited to take a tag from the tree which will be located in the Narthex. Each tag will have the name, corresponding number, and "wishes" for a child.  We do not have the names and wishes yet, but in years prior tags have had general wishes like clothes, board games, books, arts & crafts, and age appropriate games; while others are very specific - a winter jacket, boots, a Lego Friends sets, basketball. You aren't responsible for all the items on the "wish list" they are suggestions the kids came up with when dreaming about the holidays.
NEW and UNWRAPPED gifts and clothing should be placed in a large sealed bag.  Please include the one identification tag inside the bag and tape a second tag on the outside.
A separate donation of wrapping paper and tape is greatly appreciated.  
Please bring your gifts on December 8th or drop off no later than Monday, December 9th during office hours - all gifts must be delivered to Gifts for Kids on Tuesday, December 10.
Sunday School News
This week we learned about Elijah.   
Next week, Nov. 17th we learn about Ezekiel
The Heifer Project is going very well.  It's a wonderful opportunity for the older class to understand, first hand, all the steps and the inner workings of an Outreach Project.  They are still collecting money and would love to gather enough money to purchase a "heifer" - That goal is $500.  The Heifer Projects runs through the month of November.
We are looking f orward to seeing everyone on Sunday...
Don't Forget!  Please be sure to arrive by 9:45.  
We have a Junior Church service that will begin  
promptly at 9:45.
Jean Ford , Superintendent &
Joanne Douglas , Asst. Superintendent

Save These Dates!
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 19 ~ The Pastoral Care Team will be hosting a luncheon for retirees & seniors & anyone else who might have the mid-day off and would like to join us. We will start with a brief communion service at 11:30 followed by a seasonal luncheon. Please contact the church office before Sunday, November 17 if you plan to attend or are able to assist in contributing a dish for the luncheon.
Saturday, DECEMBER 9 ~ We are introducing a new celebration, to be held on Saturday December 9in the undercroft. It will be fun for the whole family. We will be raffling off decorated gift boxes containing gift certificates; tickets will be sold for food - pizza, chocolate chip cookies, and hot chocolate; and there will be Christmas carols, sparkling lights, fellowship, and more. We hope you will join the fun.
To prepare for the event, we ask you to donate a gift card. We are requesting $25 gift cards or certificates from your favorite restaurant. If you are at your favorite restaurant, ask for a donation from them. Half the proceeds will be donated toward the American Cancer Society.
Thursday, DECEMBER 19 ~ All are encouraged to come to a Celebration of New Ministry on December 19 at 7pm. At this service Rev. Christen will officially be 'installed' as the rector of Epiphany Parish. Please come and support this new and exciting time in the life of your church. Bishop Gayle will be preaching and celebrating at this service and clergy from our Deanery and the town of Walpole will be attending. There will be a reception following the service in the undercroft.

Weekly Announcements
The Walpole Youth group will be gathering on Sunday, November 17 here at Epiphany Parish. All 6th-10th graders are welcome! Please let Rev. Christen know if you plan on coming. To register for youth group click here.
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Monthly Morning Prayer ~ Wednesday, November 13 at 8:30am, Kevin Miller and Rev. Christen are offering a monthly service of Morning Prayer on the second Wednesday of each month. This simple spoken service is about 30 minutes long and is a beautiful way to begin your day. All are welcome!
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Stewardship ~ Get your pledge cards in by November 17! If you haven't received your pledge card yet, you can pick one up in the parish office or on Sunday at church. All the money pledged goes to the operating budget of Epiphany Parish and is essential for helping us run the church and share in God's mission in the world. Thank you for your support.
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Confirmation Interest ~ If you have or know a young person who is in the 7th-12th grades and is interested in a possible Confirmation Class this year, Please email the parish office by Monday, November 25. If there is enough interest in confirmation this year, we will organize a class that will meet in the spring.
If you are an adult who is interested in being confirmed in the Episcopal Church or if you have been confirmed in a different denomination and are interested in being received into the Episcopal Church at the next deanery-wide confirmation service, please speak with Rev. Christen.
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Calling all Musicians ~ We are looking for anyone in the parish who plays an instrument and would be open to playing special music at a church service in the future. Do you have a gift for music? Do you want more opportunities to play for people? Are you interested in helping to enhance our worship in this way? If so, please speak with our organist, Nancy Wakefield or email Rev. Christen at Christen.Epiphany@gmail.com.
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Calling all videographers ~ Rev. Christen is looking for one or two people who can help her film and create a video project for our new website. If you have a video camera and/or know how to film, edit, and create videos, please let Rev. Christen know at Christen.Epiphany@gmail.com.
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Celebration of Peter Ellison ~ We are celebrating Peter Ellison's 35th year of serving as an acolyte at Epiphany Parish! On Sunday, November 24th at the 8am service, we will be honoring Peter with a gift from the parish and a cake after the service. If you see Peter around, please thank him for his many faithful years of service as an acolyte at Epiphany Parish!
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Epiphany Book Club ~ The next meeting of the Epiphany Book Club will be on Sunday, December 22. We will be discussing the book, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. All are welcome to read the Red Tent over the next few weeks and join us on December 22 at 11:15am to discuss. Please let Rev. Christen know if you have trouble finding a copy of this book.
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Altar Flowers ~ Our regular delivery of altar flowers has begun. Donating altar flowers for Sunday morning is a wonderful way remember loved ones who have passed or to celebrate something or someone special to you. The recommended donation is $40 for one vase/$75 for both. If you would like to sign up for flowers in the coming months please see the poster on the bulletin board in the lower Narthex (to the left of the door upon exiting the church) to see available dates, or contact the church office during the week.

In Our Prayers
George Stewart, Shirley Hutchins, Jane Emswiler, Joanne Manchur, Marissa Silversmith, LeGrande W. Van Wagenen, Anna Marden, Red Carroll

We also continue to remember: Christine Barry, Dick Brideau, Marge Buttimer, Sophie Anne Claflin, Scott Dalrymple, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fleming, Betty Riley, Tom Fuller , Ed Glebus, Skip Gould, Jack Hammill, Sandy Hammill, Beverly Happnie, Andrew Horner, Suzanne Hutnick, Bob Laurie, Mildred McDermott, Jim McLaughlin, Karen Montuori, Harry Pritoni, Robert Quimby, Susie & John Rogers, Ashley Rose, Art Sachs, David Sanford, Nicole Shirley, Denise Sullivan, Elaine Tomlinson, Don Uliano, Angie, Barbara, Betty, Bill, Christopher, Dan, Jack, Jason, Jimmy, Margaret, Michael, Molly, Paul & Nancy, Sarah, Shawn
  • We pray for our first responders and military personnel and their families.
  • We pray for those affected by war, terrorism, natural disaster and violence, abuse, addiction or loneliness.
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Kevin Miller, Christen Mills & Dan Hicks, Carolyn & Gerry Murphy, Jean Najarian
Walpole Cycle of Prayer: Saint Mary's Parish
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Mark's Church, Foxborough; St. John's Church, Franklin; Church of Our Saviour, Middleborough; Grace Church, North Attleborough; Deputies to Provincial Synod
Celebrating Birthdays: Nov. 18: Lynn Helm, Michelle Helm; Nov. 19: David Langmead; Nov. 20: Dennis Najarian; Nov. 21: William Wiles, Brad Hobson; Nov. 23: Thomas Lesinski
The flowers on the altar are given by Shirley Hutchins in loving memory of David Hutchins.