This Week at Epiphany - March 2
Refugee Resettlement: Our refugee family will soon be here, but there are still many items on Sign-up Genius that have not been donated. The signup can be reached by clicking here. All donations need to be in Church by March 8. For help with large items please contact Bev Lorenzo at 404.825.3402.
Bible Study is offered twice on Wednesdays. First at 1 p.m. following the mid-day service, led by The Rev. Barbara Ryder and again at 6:30 p.m. for a study of the upcoming Sunday’s readings, led by The Rev. Benno Pattison.
Wednesday Night Dinner is served from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost is $8.00 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Sign up in the Crossing Hall by 11 a.m. Tuesday. Menu for 3/4: Fresh Fruit of the Season,
Bridge Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette,
Beef Enchiladas with Traditional Red Sauce,
Mexican Rice with Black Beans,
Bouquetiere of Vegetables.
3/5—Mental Health Support Group: A support group for people living with mental illness meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. The group is a confidential, safe place for people to be honest about their condition and its impact in their lives. Members gather to discuss recovery, spirituality, trials, and triumphs. If you are interested in learning more about the group, or would like to join the group, please contact Wende Crow at 678.900.7930.
Pastoral Needs: Epiphanite Arlen Grey, now a resident of Sunrise Assisted Living, needs rides to and from church on a weekly basis to participate in the Choir. If you can help on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings, sign up at the link on the People & Posts page at epiphany.org.
This Sunday - March 8
3/8—Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 8. Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour before you retire on Saturday, March 7.
For the next two Sundays (March 8 and 15), the Earth Guild will collect electronic devices for recycling. Please bring devices to the paved parking lot between morning services, and we will store them and take them to the City of Decatur Recycling Event on March 21. (Note that the City of Decatur will not accept large appliances such as freezers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, or vacuum cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and gas-powered equipment.) Also, if you have a television to recycle, the City of Decatur will impose a $10.00 recycling fee, which you can give to one of the Earth Guild members accepting the electronics.
Acceptable items for recycling are: microwave ovens, copiers, printers,scanners, projectors, CB radios, video machines, VCR's, phones, cell phones, cameras, stereos,record players, speakers, CD players, portable radios, typewriters, computers, computer monitors, CPU's, laptops, disk drives, mice, keyboards, circuit boards, CD ROM's, modems, floppy drives, cables circuit boards, UPS/Battery backup, electrical panels, test and networking equipment
Nursery care is offered during the morning services for newborns and young children. Parents who regularly use the nursery are asked to volunteer once a quarter. Contact the parish office to get on the rotation.
Children’s Activity Bag: You’re children are invited to take with them into church one of the colorful bags by the glass narthex doors. Inside are pipe cleaners, a children’s bulletin about the day’s scripture, and crayons. (Parents: please read the back page, that is for you.) Please be sure to return the bags to the nook at the end of worship.
Children’s Chapel is held during the 8:45 a.m. service. We gather at the steps for the Gospel procession (parents are welcome to come up too) and process to chapel. After prayers, and children’s sermon, we rejoin our families at the Peace, and remain for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Adult Education at 10 a.m.
- Adult Forum: Join us in Jones Hall, Room C.
- The Epiphany Parents Group meets in the downstairs classroom, Room 001.
- For Lent, the Lovingkindness Meditation Group is spending time in the wilderness to discern our next direction. We meet in Room 202, but instead of the usual meditation, we will have a series of discernment discussions. All are welcome.
Episcopal Relief and Development: During Lent, Epiphany’s Christian Education Program and Outreach Committee are co-hosting a campaign to raise money for Episcopal Relief and Development through the “Moms and Newborns” program in the ERD “Gifts For Life” catalogue. Gifts provide basic medicine and nutrition for mothers and newborns. For every $35 donated, we will put a silhouette of a baby on our ERD wall. Checks should be made out to Epiphany with ERD on the memo line; checks and cash may be put into the ERD envelopes in the vestibule and then into the collection plates or into Kim Finnegan’s cubby.
Batteries & Corks: The Epiphany Earth Guild will be collecting and recycling your batteries throughout the season of Lent. Help us keep your household batteries (AA, AAA, cell phone, etc.) and corks (no synthetics please) out of the landfill by depositing them in the container in the crossing hall.
The Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Light dedicatory offerings can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or on a special occasion. The Flower & Altar Guilds rely on these gifts to fund their ministries. Gifts can be made online by clicking here, or contact the parish office (404.373.8338, email@example.com). Cost: Flowers $70, Sanctuary Light $6.
DEAM Needs: January and June are our “turns” for stocking the pantry, but the basket is out year-round to accept your donations of cereal, jelly, 1 lb pkgs dry beans, mac & cheese, 1 qt pkgs dry milk, hearty soups, and toilet paper.
3/8—Veteran’s Heart GA invites active duty service members, Veterans of all wars, their family members, and healing professionals to speak with and listen to each other, create understanding, and collectively address the effects of war that touch all of us. The meeting is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. every 2nd Sunday in Jones Hall Room C. *RSVP/register at www.veteransheartgeorgia.org prior to each meeting. Sign up for the newsletter and receive a reminder every month.
Easter Egg Hunt Preview: As we did last year, we will gather in Jones Hall to begin the hunt. But this year the eggs will be empty! Just like Jesus’ tomb – nothing there. But when the children return with the eggs they have found and go to the Easter table, they will receive an Easter Goodie Bag filled with stickers, tattoos, toys, that remind them that Jesus Lives! And as they enjoy their “goodies” that Easter is the best day ever. So, we don’t need candy from parishioners this year, nor help stuffing eggs, but we need cash to make these purchases. Donations can be left in Ellen’s cubby or leave a check marked for the Easter Egg Hunt. Please note that with these changes, all children will go home with some special goodies from the parish, and we can continue to hide eggs as needed for any late comers.
3/9—Meeting Night: Committees are asked to meet on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6—7:30 p.m. We gather in Jones Hall, sign up for a room, pray together and then go our ways. Chairs, please be sure to let your committees know each month if they are meeting.
3/10—The Episcopal Church Women meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. to make sandwiches for Emmaus House. The program starts at 11 a.m. with potluck lunch to follow.
3/13-14—Matthew Project Update: Building I is almost complete! Projected opening is March 17th. We are planning one final “mini-trip” to help with the move in: Mar 13/14 (Fri/Sat). Come join us! If you wish to signup, go to http://doodle.com/v64s8ud23qkym2sz
Contact Tom Bell, 404.549.3363.
Epiphany will once again be supporting efforts to fight against local hunger. Members of the Youth and Outreach Committee will be collecting registrations between services, or you can register for the Epiphany Magi on-line right here. Registration fee is $25 (donation) to walk at the event or $35 to run. The walk/run begins at 2:00 p.m. For those who wish to ride down together, we will leave from Epiphany at 12:30 p.m. and meet at the ACFB and Meet Your Team Area. Please consider supporting us through prayer, participation, or sponsorship. Contact Tom Bell, 404.549.3363.
3/19-20—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: Bev Lorenzo, 404.825.3402.
3/19—GIPPY Awards: Epiphany is a charter congregation of Georgia Power & Light’s (GIPL) and winner of the GIPPY award in 2008. The GIPPY awards celebrate the best of the best in congregational sustainability. This year’s GIPPYs will be hosted by Young Israel Toco Hills (2056 LaVista Rd.), the first house of worship to be Earthcraft green certified and one of the country’s most sustainable synagogues. Please join others from the Earth Guild and Epiphany to enjoy this Creation-conscious space as GIPL honors this year’s winners from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, which can be obtained by going to www.gipl.org and registering online. Or you can contact Brenda Lloyd at 770-934-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a kosher dessert and coffee buffet.
3/21—Intergenerational Lenten Quiet Day: Please join us on Saturday for a day of prayer. This morning is for children, youth and adults. We will learn about intercessory prayer and various methods of prayer: journaling, mandalas, prayer rug., etc. The day will end with walking the labyrinth. Contact the parish office at email@example.com to register.
3/22 & 3/29—Attention Acolytes: There will be a training session for ALL acolytes on March 22 and March 29. Attendance at ONE of these meetings is compulsory and failure to attend will result in you being removed from the Acolyte Schedule. The training is also open to anyone who wishes to become part of this rewarding ministry. All those in 3rd grade or above (including adults!) are eligible. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Linda Ryder-Wolf at 908.403.9847.
3/22—The Publix Georgia Marathon route passes by the church on Sunday, so visit goergiamarathon.com to locate road closures so you can plan your route.
3/22—The Daughters of the King (DOK) meet the 4th Sunday at 10 a.m. between services in Jones Hall Room A. We invite all ladies of the congregation to join us. The DOK take a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order; it requires a spiritual discipline of daily Prayer, Service and Evangelism. Because of our vow, we refer to ourselves as an order, not an organization. Our bylaws prohibit us from raising funds. Contact: Shirley Sugden, 404.373.4885; Barbara Ryder, 404.373.9472; or Audrey Banfield, 770.465.7301.
4/6—The Epiphany Book Club meets on 1st Mondays at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur 30030) at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Christina Kaylor, 404.525.7595.
- April: The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (National Book Award for Nonfiction)
- May: Long Man by Amy Greene (This book comes out in paperback March 3rd. I'm told the library has several copies in hardback.)
- June: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel by Karen Joy Fowler (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize)
- September: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
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