Easter Flowers & Music
To make a monetary contribution for lilies, decorations, or Easter Music, please complete this form and place it in the offering plate or return it to the parish office with your check made payable to Church of the Epiphany. Please note Easter Flowers or Music in the memo field. This form with check attached must be returned to the parish office no later than Monday, March 30, for the donation to be listed in the Easter bulletins.
Did you know you an give the altar flowers for any Sunday? The 2015 calendar for regular Sundays can be found online here. The color and selection of flowers is based on the appropriateness of the liturgical season. More than one person or family may sign up for the altar flowers during the same week.
The Flower Guild invites members of the parish to help with Easter Decorations and to make the Easter season for all a wonderful experience! There are multiple opportunities before and after Easter for you to be involved with the joy of the season through our flower ministry. We have created a plan and divided it into manageable tasks. Please sign up online for one or more of the designated times.
Holy Week - March 30
Holy Week Services will take place every day. Monday 3/30 at 6 p.m., Tuesday 3/31 at 7 a.m. and Wednesday, 4/1 at 12:15 p.m. There are lessons and psalms to be read during the services throughout the week. Sign up for a role at this link.
Rite of Reconciliation: During Holy Week (3/30-4/3), our priests are available by appointment for those wishing to make formal confession along the Rite outlined in the BCP. Please contact either The Rev. Benno Pattison or The Rev. Sharon Hiers (after 3/23) by phone or email if you wish to schedule an appointment.
Wednesday Night Dinner is served from 5:30-6:30 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 4/1: Fresh fruit of the Season,
Bridge Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette and Creamy Ranch Dressing,
Tomato Florentine Soup,
Herb Roasted Chicken Over Grilled Vegetables,
Sweet and White Roasted Potatoes Tossed with Mint and Feta
4/1—Tenebrae (Latin for shadows) is a contemplative service recalling the Passion of the Christ in music, verse and light. Join us for this service at 6:30 p.m. You can sign up to read a lesson using this link. Several Readings are still open.
4/2—Maundy Thursday “Agape Supper,” begins at 6:15 p.m. with the liturgy immediately following. Fish will be served for $7/person or capped at $25/family. There are four tables with one seat open, one table with two seats open, and one table with three seats open. Contact the parish office at 404.373.8338 if you'd like to sign up.
4/2—Wait With Me One Hour, a prayer vigil from Maundy Thursday night through Good Friday morning is an opportunity to remember Jesus’ last hours. Reserve your hour online using this link. There is one spot left.
4/3—Good Friday services are at noon & 6:30 p.m. with Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Since 1922, the Episcopal Church has contributed the Good Friday Offering to the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. If you would like to contribute, make a check payable to Epiphany noting “Good Friday” in the memo field.
4/4—Holy Saturday Family Workday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. includes helping Guilds prepare the Nave for Easter and making crafts for Easter. Sign up your child in the Crossing Hall for ways to help. Because of Spring break beginning this week-end, we especially ask that children sign-up for this event this year so we can plan appropriately.
4/4—Holy Saturday Meditation: The Lovingkindness Meditation Group will host a special meditation session on Holy Saturday from 4-6 p.m. in room 202. The session will combine selections from the Book of Common Prayer with meditations on death from Buddhist sources. All are welcome. Those new to meditation are encouraged to contact Shirley Banks at email@example.com or 404.644.4861 for more information.
Easter Sunday - April 5
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: 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.) Be sure to return the bags to the nook at the end of worship.
Join us for the Great Vigil of Easter at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning to begin our Easter celebration. There will be incense at this services. Remember to bring bells to ring during the service and plan to stay afterwards for champagne and strawberries.
Remember to bring a flower to flower the cross on Easter Sunday!
Easter Breakfast begins Easter morning at 9:30 a.m. (Correction) Parishioners are invited to bring breakfast dishes to share. Sign up in the Crossing Hall.
Children of all ages are welcome to the Easter Egg Hunt, which starts immediately following the early service. All ages should go to Jones Hall to find out where they will be hunting for their eggs. Remember to BOYB (basket!). Please return the eggs to the courtyard where the children can get their Easter bags from friendly bunnies.
Additional Upcoming Events
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)
4/12—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.
4/13—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.
4/14—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.
4/16-17—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.
4/16—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: firstname.lastname@example.org 678.900.7930.
4/26—UTO Ingathering: If you filled a United Thank Offering box during Lent, be sure to bring it back on Sunday. Boxes, envelopes and informational brochures are available in the Gallery.
4/26—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. Contact: Shirley Sugden, 404.373.4885; Barbara Ryder, 404.373.9472; or Audrey Banfield, 770.465.7301.
4/26—Attention Acolytes: There will be a training session for ALL acolytes at 10 a.m. Attendance 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.
Our new refugee family should be arriving in mid-June. For questions or donations call Bev Lorenzo 404.825.3402.
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