Epiphany Star
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

 

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Administrative

  1. How do I schedule a meeting or event at the church?

  2. How do access the parish directory?

  3. How do I put a name on the prayer list?

  4. How do I arrange to give the altar flowers or sanctuary light?

  5. How do I make a reservation for a parish event?

  6. What are the office hours at the church?

  7. How do I become a member?

  8. How do I schedule a wedding?

  9. How do I get my child baptized?

  10. What are the age groups in Christian Education classes and how do I register my children?

  11. How do I contact a priest if I have a pastoral need?

  12. Does the Parish have a Memorial Garden?

 

Financial

  1. How do I inquire about my pledge?

  2. How do I make a memorial donation?

  3. How do I endow or present a memorial for the church?

  4. Can I transfer stock to the church?

Communication - Newsletter & Email List

  1. What is the newsletter schedule?

  2. How do I get the newsletter by email?

  3. How do I get the newsletter by regular mail?

  4. How do I submit an announcement in the bulletin, newsletter or Monday email?

  5. How do I sign up to be on the email list?

  6. How do I take my name off of the email list?

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the church office by email or phone 404.373.8338.

Administrative

1. How do I schedule a meeting or event at the church?
Contact the Parish Administrator by phone or email to discuss the use of church facilities for parish functions. To schedule a private event, contact the parish office to get on the calendar, and click here for a rental form.

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2. How do access the parish directory?
A print copy of the parish directory is generated every quarter and sent the parish via email. Hard copies are in the gallery and a password protected pdf can be found here on the news page of our website. Contact the parish office for the password. You can sign up for online access to our parish directory by clicking here. The online directory is a web-based version of the church database and is updated nightly.

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3. How do I put a name on the prayer list?
Contact The Rev. Cynthia Hizer, Associate Rector by phone or email. You may also sign the prayer book located below our icon in the church. Please remember to include first and last names and family relation when appropriate. (Single names are also accepted.) Our prayer list starts over again each month. If you would like to keep a name on the list, it is necessary that you contact Cynthia with your request every month.

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4. How do I arrange to give the altar flowers or sanctuary light?
The flowers at the altar and the sanctuary light can be given in memory of thanksgiving of family members, friends and loved ones. Your can sign up online using this link. When you reserve a date, a notice of your donation will be printed in the Sunday service bulletin insert. Make checks payable to the Church of the Epiphany, noting “Flowers” or “Light” and date in the memo field and mail it to the church, leave it in the treasurer's cubby or in the alms basin on Sundays. Suggested offering for flowers is $45, and for the light is $6.

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5. How do I make a reservation for a parish event?
Most events can be signed up for online by visiting the events page of our website. In some cases, you can sign up in the Crossing Hall. You can always call the church office at 404.373.8338.

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6. What are the office hours at the church?
The parish offices are open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The clergy and working Sunday staff take Fridays off.

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7. How do I become a member?
If you are a member of another Episcopal church or another faith community and have been baptized, click here for a Transfer Request Form and give it to the parish administrator and she wll process a membership transfer from your former parish. If you want to become Episcopalian, then you’re encouraged to attend the Inquirers’ class in the fall and go through confirmation.

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8. How do I schedule a wedding?  
To be married at Epiphany, at least one of the persons to be married must have been on the membership rolls for at least a year. The officiating clergy should first be contacted for consent. Marriages are normally celebrated on Saturdays, at a time agreed upon by the couple and officiant. Weddings are not scheduled during Lent. Three counseling sessions with the officiating priest or are required. For more details regarding weddings at Epiphany and to download the wedding booklet, click here.

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9. How do I get my child baptized?
Baptisms are celebrated on specified days throughout the year. For dates and details on the Baptism class please click here.

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10. What are the age groups in Christian Education classes and how do I register my children?
Christian Formation classes are held on Sundays throughout the school year for all ages, beginning at age 2 through adults. Complete details of the course offerings are available by visiting the Christian Formation section of the website. Registration forms can be downloaded from there.

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11. How do I contact a priest if I have a pastoral need?
Priests may be contacted at the parish office during the week at 404.373.8338. Should you call after hours, please press "18" when prompted. Messages are checked by the priest on call.

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12. Does the Parish have a Memorial Garden?
The remains of parish members and are buried in this beautiful garden on the east side of the Church. Nestled amidst the trees and shrubs with a beautiful water feature, this place affords families a reflective and dignified place for prayer and meditation. Information concerning the memorial garden can be found in the Memorial Garden Brochure which is also located in the tract rack in the Gallery. Click here for an Memorial Graden Application.

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Financial

1. How do I inquire about my pledge?
If you’ve signed up for the online directory, you have immediate access to your financial status with the parish. If you have a question regarding a discrepancy or omission, contact our book keeper Robert Pitman.

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2. How do I make a memorial donation?
Mail your check, made payable to Church of the Epiphany, to the parish office at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. Please indicate the name of the memorial fund.

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3. How do I endow or present a memorial for the church?
Contact the Rector by phone (404.373.8338) or email.

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4. Can I transfer stock to the church?
Parishioners and friends may wish to make tax deductible donations of appreciated securities to Epiphany. This form of giving offers several tax benefits to the donor. For detail instructions on stock transfers, click here.

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Communication - Newsletter & Email List

1. What is the newsletter schedule?
Church of the Epiphany publishes a bi-monthly newsletter called The Epiphany Star. The paper hardcopies are typically mailed every other Thursday and the email copies are sent on Friday mornings.

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2. How do I get the newsletter by email?
If you want to receive The Epiphany Star by email, just click here to join our email list.

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3. How do I get the newsletter by regular mail?
People without access to computers can request to continue receiving the parish newsletter by mail. Just contact the parish office to be added to the mailing list.

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4. How do I submit an announcement in the bulletin, newsletter or Monday email?
The deadline for submitting news items for the weekly e-blast is 4 p.m. on Mondays. Article submissions for the next edition of the newsletter, preferably Word attachments via email, are due alternate Thursdays. Submissions for the Sunday Parish Notices in the bulletin are due by noon Thursday of each week. Please send submission to the parish administrator.

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5. How do I sign up to be on the email list?
Click the Join our Email List button on the home page.. During the sign up process you will be asked to select the areas of interest for which you would like to receive emails from Epiphany.

  • Select Newsletter if you would like to receive the parish newsletter, The Epiphany Star, by email.

  • Select Weekly Parish Notices if you would like to receive emails about weekly events, special events or worship services.

  • Select Pastoral Notices if you would like to receive death/funeral announcements, or weather related cancellations.

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6. How do I take my name off the email list?
Click the button that says "SafeUnsubscribe" at the bottom of any mass email you have received from Epiphany. This will open a page where you can remove your email address from specific interest lists or opt-out of receiving all future communications. Once your opt-out choices have been made, you are automatically removed from the chosen lists.

If you unsubscribe to all of the mailing lists, you will be added to the 'Do Not Mail' list and Epiphany will no longer be able to send you emails through the list. Please note however, that unsubscribing from the email list will not prevent the parish office from being able to email you individually should the need arise, provided we also have your email address in our regular parish database. The information we have on file in the parish database is completely separate from the email list.

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2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
404.373.8338