Welcome all–—that's what we are celebrating. We are also planning our financial year. That is to say, we need to know what your gift will be in this next year, what your response to being welcomed into this household will be. And, yes, it requires a multitude of resources to make our church work.
A Pledge allows us to budget our salaries for four full time and five part time hard working employees. We keep the lights on--literally. We sing and worship. We work to keep the place up, teach our children and each other about God in our midst, and give to the world. We give to the work of the Diocese. We welcome people all the time in all sorts of ways. Last year we budgeted about $710,000.00 for this welcome.
Pick up a pledge card today or go to this link. Pray over it. Call me if you want to talk about giving and your journey and how you feel about it all. Thanks for your good faith. And I am looking forward to another year of blessings as God's people.
Peace, The Rev. Benno D. Pattison, rector.
Update: Thanks to the 128 households that have already turned in their cards!
Tuesday Morning Eucharist is celebrated at 7 a.m. A group of men gathers for breakfast and discussion afterwards and typically are on their way to work by 8 a.m.
A Noonday healing service is offered on Wednesdays followed by Eucharist and then Bible Study at 1 p.m. The group will continue their study of The Return Of The Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. Bring your lunch and join us.
The Wednesday Evening Bible Study with the Rector is offered at 6:30 p.m. for a study of the upcoming Sunday’s readings.
Wednesday Night Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Sign up in the Crossing Hall by 11 a.m. Tuesday. If you’d like to be on the standing reservation list, please contact the parish office. Menu for 12/2: Fresh Fruit of the Season, Bridge Salad with Lemon Tahini Vinaigrette and Peppercorn Ranch, Rolls, Meatloaf with Sweet Tomato Glaze, Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Forrest Mushroom Sauce, Bouquet ere of Vegetables, Chef's Choice Dessert
The Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Light dedicatory offerings can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or on a special occasion. Gifts can be made online at this link, or contact the parish office (404.373.8338). Cost: Flowers $70, Sanctuary Light $6.
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Feast of St. Nicholas: at 10 a.m.: Shoes for the homeless—Gold Coins and a Story for Children—Delight for all! This year children will proceed to classrooms to get their gift shoes ready, come down to the nave for the St. Nicholas Story and Gift giving, then on to Jones Hall for Mitre making. This year we are making Mitre's (Bishop's crowns) for the feast of the Epiphany when our Bishop comes to visit on January 6.
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. Epiphany parishioners Chris and Carol Moser, and their folk trio Redwine Jam, will present their annual Yuletide folk concert during the reception. Stay for Advent Lessons & Carols in the Church 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.
Nametags: If you do not have a nametag, or would prefer a clip instead of a magnet, sign up on the clipboard in the black table in the gallery.
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.
Nursery care is offered during the morning services for newborns and children under 4 years old.
Children's Chapel is held during the 8:45 am service. Children gather during the last verse of the Sequence Hymn and follow the cross to chapel after the reading of the Gospel. They return to church during the Peace and remain for the celebration of the Eucharist. Parents are welcome to join.
Sunday School classes for children 3 years old through 5th grade meet upstairs from 10 - 11 a.m. Junior High and High School Classes meet next door in the Byrd House.
Now Showing: Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes Anne Labaire for November & December. Please view her work in the Gallery. Remember, Epiphany receives 25% of sales. To make a purchase, sign up on the list in the Gallery, fill out an envelope and put it with your check in the box on the round table. No cash, please. Be sure to note the title and number of the art piece. All paid-for items will be left in the office area at the end of the month.
Year End Gifts: Gifts need to be received at the church or postmarked by December 31 and stock contributions must be delivered to the church brokerage account by December 31 to be recorded for 2015.
A liturgy of Repentance & Reconciliation of the sin of racism will take place on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. The last session to prepare our hearts for this service will take place on Saturday, December 5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. We will define and discuss how racism and white privilege affect each of us and educate ourselves about race-based inequality in the United States. We will not encourage guilt, but understanding. We will explore the words of repentance and reconciliation that we will confess and embrace in the liturgy.
12/3—Peer-to-Peer Support Group: A support group for people who have personal concerns or issues that might include questions about mental health. Also, for those who know or live with others who have these concerns. A safe place where honesty and vulnerability are respected. Not therapy; but, a chance to hear from others who’ve lived in similar circumstances. It meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., Room 202. Contact: Ron Hall 404.299.1502.
12/5—The Nativities Exhibit opens Saturday and runs through December 13. Sign up in the Crossing Hall if you can help out with this favorite annual community event.
12/5—Quiet Day: Interested in learning more about prayer? Epiphany will be hosting a Quiet Day on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During this time, we will have an opportunity to learn and try prayer practices from the Christian tradition. Click here to register or sign up in the Crossing Hall. Contact: Chuck Carter.
12/6—Feast of St. Nicholas: at 10 a.m.: Shoes for the homeless—Gold Coins and a Story for Children—Delight for all! This year children will proceed to classrooms to get their gift shoes ready, come down to the nave for the St. Nicholas Story and Gift giving, then on to Jones Hall for Mitre making. This year we are making Mitre's (Bishop's crowns) for the feast of the Epiphany when our Bishop comes to visit on January 6. See coupon insert in bulletin regarding shoes.
12/6—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. Epiphany parishioners Chris and Carol Moser, and their folk trio Redwine Jam, will present their annual Yuletide folk concert during the reception. Stay for Advent Lessons & Carols in the Church 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.
12/7—The Epiphany Book Club meets 1st Mondays at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur 30030) at 7:30 p.m. Contact: Christina Kaylor, 404.525.7595. December 7: Book Club Christmas Party: Friendship and food. (Bring a snack to share), January 4: River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh.
12/8—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.
12/13—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.
12/13—Veteran’s Heart of GA invites service members, veterans, 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. on 2nd Sundays in Jones Hall. *RSVP/register at www.veteransheartgeorgia.org prior to each meeting.
12/14—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. Committee Chairs, please be sure to let your committees know each month if they are meeting.
12/17-18—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.
12/17—Peer-to-Peer Support Group: A support group for people who have personal concerns or issues that might include questions about mental health. Also, for those who know or live with others who have these concerns. A safe place where honesty and vulnerability are respected. Not therapy; but, a chance to hear from others who’ve lived in similar circumstances. It meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., Room 202. Contact: Ron Hall 404.299.1502.
12/20—Emmaus House Children's Ministries: Toys to help 900 children in Peoplestown have a brighter Christmas are due to church by December 21. Please wrap and label toys. Find full instructions in the latest Epiphany Star. Contacts: Jeanette Hanson or Roberta Long.
Christmas Eve at Epiphany: At 3 p.m. we will have a family celebration, Children's choirs will sing, the homily will be preached from the steps with kids all around, and we will put chairs everywhere that makes sense to make room. At 5:30 p.m. the Hildegard Ensemble & the Epiphany Ringers will help us make our music, the homily will be in the aisle standing up, and we will light candles at the end and sing our silent night. At 11 p.m. we will sing it all, swing the incense and have the Epiphany Choir and Strings as we celebrate God with us. An extended prelude begins at 10:30 p.m. and will feature the Epiphany Choir, Organ and Strings as well as congregational carols. Childcare is available for the latter two services.
12/25—Christmas Day service will take place at 10:30 a.m.
12/27—Christmas Lessons & Carols: Please note that this service will take place at 10:30 a.m. and is the only service on Sunday.
12/27—The Daughters of the King (DOK) Will Not meet this month.
12/27—Young Adults Lunch Will Not take place this month. Join us next month after church on January 24th.
Our next dates for Hagar’s House are January 3 - 7, and we need your help! This important ministry for homeless mothers and children offers a chance for hands-on assistance and connection with residents. Volunteers prepare a meal at home, serve it at the shelter, visit with guests, and clean up. This usually takes two hours, from 6-8 p.m. Meals are typically for 25-30 people, but need not be elaborate. We will make sure that there are two households to cover each dinner, so you can enjoy getting to know Epiphanites better or serving with your friends. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/hagars. Contact: Anne Warner, 404.876.3245
Ongoing Battery & Cork Recycling: Please drop off your batteries and natural corks (no synthetics) in the container next to the microwave in the kitchen. [If you have a really large quantity of batteries or corks contact: Sandy Land would be appreciated.]
Pastoral Needs: Epiphanite Arlen Gray, now a resident of Sunrise Assisted Living, needs rides to and from church on a weekly basis. If you can help on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings, sign up at the link on the People & Posts page at epiphany.org.
Podcasts: Did you know our sermons are available as Podcasts, and for Sharon, also as PDFs? Just go to this link to find recent sermons.
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Announcement Deadlines: For the insert, notices must be in by 9 a.m. Thursdays. The deadline for Tuesday’s E-News is 4 p.m. Tuesdays. If you have photos from Epiphany events you are will to share with the public, please email the parish office.