Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish
November 5 - 12, 2019    
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. 6, 2019
7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)
Fri, Nov. 8, 2019
8:00 pm AA (undercroft)
Sun, Nov. 10, 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)
11:00 am Executive Committee
(Christen's Office)
11:15 am Choir Rehearsal
4:30 pm Youth Group
Mon, Nov. 11, 2019
Veteran's Day - Office Closed 
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)
Wed, Nov. 13, 2019
8:30 am Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)
7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)
Participating in Worship on November 10
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
     Click here for this week's readings
8:00 am
Peter Ellison
Lay Reader:
Elaine Glebus

10:00 am
Justin Schneider
Charlie Roberts 

Lay Leaders:
Dick Power 
Cindy Stockwell 
Jo-Ann Barrett 
Ellen Grant 
Brian Shea 
Altar Guild:
Mary Jane Wiles
Pam Cormier
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 
Monday & Wednesday from 10am to 2:30pm
Thursday 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:
We had a wonderful celebration of All Saints' Day on Sunday! It was great to worship together and to remember all of the saints in our lives.
One announcement that I made on Sunday in church is that there has been a change in the Bishop's visitation schedule for this month. Bishop Gayle will not be coming to Epiphany on November 24. Instead, she will join us on Thursday, December 19 at 7pm for a Celebration of New Ministry where I will be officially installed as your rector. I hope that you and your family will join us that evening. More information can be found in the announcement below. Because the Celebration of New Ministry is a special event, Epiphany Parish will be placed back on the visitation schedule and Bishop Alan will be with us one Sunday in 2020 for a regular parish visitation.
Also on Sunday, Tom Schneider, one of your Diocesan Convention delegates from Epiphany Parish gave us some updates about what happened at Diocesan Convention this past Saturday in Boston. Convention is where the work of the diocese happens. We approved a budget, we elected officers, we worshiped together, we approved a minimum for clergy compensation, and we voted on a number of resolutions that impact our life together as a diocese. If you are curious to learn more about this work, please visit https://www.diomass.org/diocesan-convention-2019
Peace in Christ, 
Rev. Christen

Breaking Bread Thank You!
Thank you to all who helped with Breaking Bread this week!  Thanks to those who provided food, who came to set up, cook, serve and clean up.

This is an important mission right here in the town of Walpole.  All who attend as guests are grateful for the work we do to help keep this dinner happening each week.
Sunday School News
Next week we talk about Elijah.
Don't forget to donate toward the Heifer Project, if you haven't already (Donations are collected by Mr. Hee). I heard that donations total about $300, to date. That's enough for a goat and other animals. The older class is busy talking about what they might want to buy. It's a fun outreach project.
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 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 10 to do the Escape Room at 5wits in Patriot Place. We will meet at Epiphany at 4:30pm and carpool together, returning around 6:30pm. 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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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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Gifts for Kids ~ Epiphany will be participating again this year. Keep an eye out for the Gifts for Kids tree in the Narthex!
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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
Shirley Hutchins, Jane Emswiler, Joanne Manchur, Marissa Silversmith, LeGrande W. Van Wagenen, Anna Marden, Red Carroll, Andrew Horner, Mildred McDermott

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, Suzanne Hutnick, Bob Laurie, 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.
Recently Departed: Bill Hicks, Claire Sledzinski
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jan Nuzzolo and Family, Carole O'Connor, Nancy & John Parnagian
Walpole Cycle of Prayer: Blessed Sacrament Parish
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All Saints' Church, Attleboro; Trinity Church, Bridgewater; Grace Chapel, Brockton; Commission on Ministry; Leadership Development Initiative
Celebrating Birthdays: Nov. 10: Jack McElhinney; Nov. 11: Owen Shea; Nov. 13: Sarah Klobucher; Nov. 14: Aiden Cyr; Nov. 15: Jim Langmead, Dick Power; Nov. 16: Nancy Parnagian
The flowers on the altar are given by Sarah and Bob McElhinney in memory of Jack Cardon and Jerry McElhinney Sr.