ERD Tornado Response
Episcopal Relief & Development has been in contact with local partners in the Episcopal dioceses of Fort Worth and Oklahoma following tornadoes on May 16 and May 20 that caused severe damage and loss of life from Texas to Minnesota. As inclement weather continues battering the country, please pray for people at risk, those who have lost loved ones and homes, and responders working to save lives and address needs. To support these efforts, you can also contribute online at www.episcopalrelief.org or makes checks payable to Episcopal Relief & Development at PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
100 Words from the Vestry
(Each month a few highlights from the Vestry meeting will be published - not to exceed 100 words).
Phillip Ranglin shared his ideas for restarting a 20’s/30’s group. All welcome - single, partnered, married. Church and fun DO go together. Stayed tuned.
ECW Gift Disbursements went to Jordan Moody for Haiti ministry, Aelred Dean - school, Emmaus House - summer camps.
A Big Poster is coming with all committee meetings. You are invited.
Next Vestry Meeting - May 20, 6:30. Come eat with us and see what we do.
Ann Temkin, People's Warden
This Week At Epiphany - May 20, 2013
Donations accepted for the Jumble Sale. Scour your house for items to donate to the sale, benefiting our J2A pilgrimage fund! You can now drop off donations (no clothes) in Jones Hall. The deadline for all donations is Tuesday, May 28. Want to help? Sign up online, or contact the parish office.
Weekday Bible Study is offered from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesdays following the mid-day service.
5/22—Deacon Ordinations: Members Ben Day and Caroline Branch will be ordained as transitional deacons on May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philips - their first step toward the priesthood. If you'd like to contribute to a purse for one or both of them, make your check out to Epiphany and note "Ben and/or Caroline gift" in the memo field.
5/25—The Daughters of the King (DOK) meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur, 30030). Pick up a brochure in the tract rack for more information.
The 20's & 30's group is seeking event ideas- what do you enjoy doing in the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons? Nature hikes, Pub crawls, kickball- you name it. Send your ideas to email@example.com and let's make this a summer of social fellowship!
The Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Light: The Altar Flowers or the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or on a special occasion.The Guild relies on these gifts to fund their ministry. Please click here if you'd like to give in someone's honor or memory.
5/31—The Jumble Sale Preview Party, for parishioners and their guests only, will be Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. ($5 per person). It really is a party, so sign up to bring food or beverages. The sale for the public is Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Food for DEAM: June is Epiphany’s month to help stock the pantry at the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry. Our goal is to collect at least 100 each of four items DEAM needs most at this time. Please bring: 1 lb. pkgs. rice, 1 quart pkgs dry milk, tuna, and small pkgs corn muffin mix. Watch for our progress on the tally sheet posted near the DEAM basket.
6/11—The Episcopal Church Women meets on the second Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. to make sandwiches for Emmaus House. The chapter meeting begins at 11 a.m. followed by potluck lunch.
6/19 & 6/22—Medshare: Epiphany will again participate in MedShare, a non-profit that collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers and then redistributes it to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. If you like to participate on Wednesday from 6—9 p.m. and Saturday from 1—5 p.m., contact Tom Bell @ 404.549.3363.
6/20-21—Peachtree Pine Homeless Men's Ministry: Please volunteer to help feed 500 men once a month. No experience necessary, just kind hearts and willing hands to give to those less fortunate. Contact Liz Romo-Rasha at 404.384.9556.
6/21—Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat: Come to Cynthia’s farm in Covington for a day of teaching, mediation and walking meditation as we examine the ancient philosophies of Celtic Christianity, the Five Element Theory of Chinese Medicine and Ayruveda. Cost: $50. At dusk, we will enjoy a pot-luck supper and bonfire to welcome the evening of the longest day of the year—Free if you just want to come for that. To register, visit: http://www.hazelbrand.com/retreatsgatherings.html.
6/22—The Daughters of the King (DOK) meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur, 30030). Pick up a brochure in the tract rack for more information.
6/24-28—Vacation Bible Camp: A fun-filled week in late June with Chapel time and theme-based program of art, games and music. Morning and after-care available. Registration forms can be found in the gallery.
6/24-28—Music Camp & Drama (MAD) Camp: With a performance on Sunday, June 30. Look for registration forms in the gallery and online soon!
Summer Camps at Epiphany: Join Imagine That & Future Tech this summer for fun and educational Art, Science, Technology and Robotics Summer Camps for ages 3-14. Camps will be held again at Epiphany. For more information about Summer Camps please call Imagine That at 770.455.1980 or visit their website at www.ImagineThatFun.com.
The Epiphany Book Club is on hiatus for the summer. We'll start up again in September meeting the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur 30030). Contact: Christina Kaylor, 404.525.7595. Our September book is The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee.
Some of you may have noticed the presence of the DeKalb Police at Epiphany last Sunday (in April) morning. Unfortunately, an unattended handbag was pilfered, and $150 was stolen. We believe the thief to be a gentlemen who came in indicating a need for food. The usher, appropriately asked him to wait until after the service so she could engage the clergy’s assistance. Unfortunately, in the five minutes that he was left alone, the cash went missing from the purse, and the gentleman left through the parish hall. The police have filed a report and will follow up with the victim if more information becomes available or is requested. This incident followed close on the heels of a theft of property from our Sexton’s closet between services a week ago. The person in question is often seen at Epiphany and goes by the name of Patricia most commonly. She typically asks for a ride to an apartment complex near Emmaus House. Many of us have assisted her with rides in the past and clergy and vestry members have a long record of trying to assist her to connect with community aid programs, such as Hagar’s House without success.
We want to continue to keep the doors of Epiphany open both literally and figuratively, but these two incidents are reminders that we need to do so with common sense and caution. These incidents typically occur just as services are beginning or ending when there are few folks wandering the building. If by some chance, you are approached on a Sunday by an individual seeking assistance from Epiphany, please find an usher, vestry member, or clergy person to assist you. Additionally, if you see someone whom you think may be there to seek assistance, please find an usher, vestry person, or clergy to approach the person. We don’t need to be suspicious of everyone we don’t recognize, but we do need to be smart about who is coming and going. We will not provide assistance on Sundays because Clergy are not available, and we do not keep the kinds of resources most folks are seeking at the church. We can and should invite folks to worship with us, but, if they choose not to, they will be asked to leave, and directed to local aid agencies that we support including DEAM, Hagar’s House, and DCM. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about this or any other issue (404-245-9979).
Shelle Bryant, Senior Warden
Epiphanet: If you need wireless internet while at Epiphany, look for epiphanet. The password is 2089ponce.
The Forward Day by Day publication, owned by the Episcopal Church, is a pocketsize booklet of daily Bible readings and devotions issued quarterly. The booklets are located in the Gallery tract rack for $1 a copy.
A couple of helpful links: Here's the link to the current parish directory, which is password protected - email the office for the code. Hard Copies are also available in the gallery. Want to know what the dates for Vacation Bible Camp or the Parish Weekend are? Here's the link to the calendar.
Facebook: Did you know you can follow us on Facebook? At the moment we have 256 folks who have "liked" us. We're not too chatty - maybe a post at week at most for special events. So if you want to hear from us, visit our page!
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