This Week at Epiphany - December 15
Reading Opportunities at the Christmas Services: If you're not a regular Lay Reader, you're invited to sign up for a reading on Christmas Eve or Christmas Lessons & Carols. Just click here for the link and sign up for an open slot.
Help with Christmas Decorations: There are multiple opportunities before, during and after Christmas for you to be involved with the joy of the Christmas season through our flower ministry. Please visit the signup link on the People & Posts page of our website to sign up for a task!
Staff Christmas: Parishioners are invited to express their gratitude to the clergy and lay staff by making an offering designated as "Staff Christmas."
Using our resources to fulfill the mission of the Church: We are now accepting your prayerful pledge for the 2015 budget year. We appreciate you turning your pledgeso that we can complete the budget for 2015. Click here for a pledge card.
12/17—Christmas Decorations and Music: The deadline to make a monetary contribution for poinsettias, decorations or Christmas Music is Wednesday. You can email your intention to the parish office for inclusion in the Christmas Even Bulletin and pay by Paypal using the email email@example.com. Be sure to note whether your donation is for music, decorations or both.
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 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Sign up in the Crossing Hall by 11 a.m. Tuesday. Menu for 12/17: Bridge Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette,
Grilled Chicken Breast Over Julienne of Vegetables,
Garlic Mashed Potatoes,
Peas,Carrots, and Pearl Onions,
Dessert Display of Sliced Pound Cake with Berries and Whipped Cream
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 in the north Georgia mountains at Camp Mikell. Great mountain hiking with the silence and interiority of winter, secret waterfalls and solstice fire Saturday night. For a brochure, visit www.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 - December 21
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 and gift suggestions by age group in the Star or at www.emmaushouse.org (then click on Christmas). Contacts: Jeanette Hanson or Roberta Long.
Adult Education at 10 a.m.
- Adult Forum: The rector will lead a conversation on the church and current events. Jones Hall, Room C.
- The Epiphany Parents Group: Jeremy Davis will lead a discussion on the difference between Santa and Jesus. Room 001 (Downstairs)
- Lovingkindness Meditation will not meet this Sunday
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.
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.
- The Mid-day Eucharist will not take place on December 24 or December 31.
- Wednesday Night Supper & Bible Study will not take place on December 24 or December 31.
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. Parking at St. Elias is an option for the first two services.
12/25—Christmas Day service will take place at 10:30 a.m.
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.
12/28—Christmas Lessons & Carols: Please note that this service will take place at 10:30 a.m. and is the only service on Sunday.
Year End Gifts: Gifts need to be received at the church or postmarked by December 31 to be recorded for 2014.
Food for DEAM: January is Epiphany’s month to help stock the pantry at the Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry. Our goal is to collect 200 boxes of cereal and 200 cans of meat products. Watch for our progress on the tally sheet posted near the DEAM basket.
1/2-8 are our next dates at Hagar’s House, a shelter in Decatur for homeless women and children. We need your help! Two church families work together to prepare and serve dinner (which need not be elaborate) one evening for 25-30 guests at the shelter. This is a great opportunity to seek and serve Christ in some new faces! Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/hagars or on the sign-up sheet posted in the Crossing Hall on Sundays. Questions? Contact Cindy Bell at 404.549.3363.
1/4—Crown Making: All are invited to participate in the traditional crown-making craft on Sunday, January 4. The crowns are for all those who attend the Epiphany Pageant on January 6 to wear.
1/5—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. January: Mink River by Brian Doyle.
1/6—Epiphany Pageant: Our Feast Day is Tuesday, January 6. Save the date for the Pageant at 6 p.m. with the Chili Dinner to follow. The sign up link for parts is on the homepage. Bring a box of cereal or canned meat for the Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) Basket as your Epiphany offering.
1/11—Annual Parish Meeting: Please join us in the church at 10 a.m. for our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, January 11. We will hear reports from the vestry members and heads of parish organizations, as well as the Rector; elect new vestry members and thank the retiring; and receive the 2014 Financial Report and 2015 Annual Budget. All are welcome, and encouraged to attend.
1/11—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.
1/12—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.
1/13—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.
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).
Endowment Fund Grant Application forms are available online by clicking here and in the gallery. Grants may be for Capital Improvements, debt reduction, or the building program of the parish; scholarships or grants to members; or Community Outreach Projects. Application Deadline is Tuesday, February 10, 2015.
3/14-21—Epiphany Partnership Trip to Haiti: Epiphany is journeying to Haiti to visit our partners at the Bishop Tharp Business and Technical Institute (BTI) in Les Cayes, Haiti. Join the Rector and others on this life-changing and life-giving trip. No special skills or experience is needed. The cost of the trip is about $1,500. Contact: Lisa Daily at 404.325.0043. The reservation deadline is January 30, 2015.
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