This Week at Epiphany - November 24
Immigration Relief: Thursday, November 20th, President Obama announced that his administration will offer an estimated 4-5 million undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for temporary relief from deportation. In response to this historic announcement, The Most. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori issued a statement in support of this constructive step towards a more just and humane immigration system. Click here to read her statement.
The Nativities Exhibit opens Saturday, November 29 and runs through December 7. Sign up in the Crossing Hall if you can help out with this favorite annual community event.
Using our resources to fulfill the mission of the Church: We are now accepting your prayerful pledge for the 2015 budget year. There are several boxes placed around the church for your completed pledge cards. We appreciate you turning your pledge in by November 16 so that we can complete the budge for 2015.
No programs, Bible Study or dinner this Wednesday.
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.
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, one lb pkgs dry beans, jelly, and toilet paper.
The Forward Day by Day quarterly booklet for Nov/Dec/Jan is out. The publication, owned by the Episcopal Church, is a pocketsize booklet of daily Bible readings and devotions. The booklets are located in the Gallery tract rack for $1 a copy.
This Sunday - November 30
Lovingkindness Meditation: During Advent we extend a special welcome to those who have never attended the lovingkindness meditation sessions that meet every Sunday morning in the Associate Rector’s office. This is a great opportunity to sample this spiritual formation group. Come get your lovingkindness on!
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 right here, or contact the parish office (404.373.8338). Cost: Flowers $70 Sanctuary Light $6.
Christmas Wreaths: The J2A youth will be accepting pre-orders today through November 30 and they will be ready for pickup on December 7. Wreaths will be available through Dec. 21. Wreaths will be made by the youth from Fraser Firs using 12” frames and will measure 18” to 20” in diameter. Cost: $25. Shipping will be available for cost.
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 Bulletin: A bulletin designed for children is available in the Narthex along with crayons. We ask that crayons in good condition be returned to be used again.
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.
12/1—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. No book for December, but bring snacks to share and plan to share a favorite Christmas story or poem.
12/3—Acolyte Training will take place on Wednesday at 6 p.m. If you are an acolyte or would like to be, please join in for a short training.
12/7—Feast of St. Nicholas: Between services in the nave, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas will be telling his story of the Christmas miracle of giving as Epiphanites will bring gifts of new athletic shoes as gifts to our homeless neighbors.
12/7—Walk in Love Shoe Drive for the homeless will take place on the Feast of St. Nicholas. Please purchase athletics shoes (women - all sizes, men size 11-15), take them out of the box and tie the shoe strings together and bring them to church on Sunday.
12/7—Advent Lessons & Carols Nativity Event: Come at 5 p.m. for a Wine & Cheese reception and to view the Epiphany Nativities, hear the Nativity Story from the Rector, and take a last opportunity to view our wonderful exhibit before it’s packed away. There will be live music during the reception. At 6 p.m., The Epiphany Choir, along with the Hildegard Ensemble, the Junior Choir, the Intermediate and Beginning Choristers, and the Epiphany Ringers will present Advent Lessons and Carols in the Nave.
12/8—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.
12/9—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.
12/14—Bake Sale: The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will hold their annual Christmas Bake & Craft Sale December 14. Please support the ECW’s many outreach projects by purchasing sumptuous baked goods and other handcrafted items to enjoy at home with family, share with co-workers or offer as gifts.
12/14—CMS/LYRA Academy Concert: The LYRA Academy ensembles, founded and directed by Judith Cox and Raymond Leung will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday in the church. Epiphanites are invited to come hear chamber music presented by students of all ages, followed by a reception in the gallery.
12/14—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.
12/18-19—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.
12/19-21—Winter Solstice Mountains & Forest Meditation Retreat – “The Work of Winter is the Work of Mary” led by The Rev. Cynthia Hizer. We invite you to our third annual winter meditation retreat at the beautiful and rustic Camp Mikell - in the north Georgia mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest. Great mountain hiking with the silence and interiority of winter, secret waterfalls and solstice fire Saturday night. For a brochure, visit www.epiphany.org.
12/27—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) to offer the DOK daily prayers. The DOK is a group of Episcopal women who focus on prayer, service and evangelism. All women are welcome. Pick up a brochure in the tract rack by the entrance or visit www.doknational.com for more information.
1/22-24—Epiphany’s next trips to Jasper in support of the Matthew Project will be Jan. 22-24. Details are in The Epiphany Star. If you wish to signup go to http://doodle.com/v64s8ud23qkym2sz. Contact: Tom Bell (404.549.3363, or his email).
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