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The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany


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Ongoing Meetings & Programs

Book Club (Regency)
1st Mondays of the month
7:30 p.m.

Men’s Breakfast
following the 7 a.m. Eucharist every Tuesday
7:30 a.m.

Committee Mtg. Night
2nd Mondays of the month
6:00 p.m.

Episcopal Church Women (JH)
2nd Tuesdays during the program year
11:00 a.m.

Moms Group (202)
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
9:30 a.m.

Bible Study
following the 12:15 Eucharist every Wednesday
1:00 p.m.

Wednesdays during the program year
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Bible Study (JH-A)
Wednesdays during the program year
6:30 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer (001)
1st & 3rd Tuesdays
6:30 p.m.

Deliver & Serve Meal (Peachtree Pine Shelter)
3rd Friday of the month
5:00 p.m.

Daughters of the King (Room A)
4th Sunday of the month
10:00 a.m.


Weekday Worship & Bible Study

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. Bible Study will resume September 7.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study will resume September 7.

Thursday Shared Silence (7 a.m.) is a drop-in time for anyone who wants to sit with others in prayer, meditation, or self-reflection. The time is unprogrammed; come as you are and join a relaxed, open atmosphere.


At the Welcome: We are going to try to streamline our announcements for a season and see how it goes. There is a form to fill out in the narthex—give that to the Rector before church and he will announce the good news of the parish. Thanks all!

In the Bulletin & Weekly E-blast: Insert notices – 40 words or less – are due 9 a.m. Thursdays. Weekly E-News items are due 4 p.m. Tuesdays. If you have photos from Epiphany events you want to share, contact the parish office at 404.373.8338.

This Week

Flood Relief: As flooding continues in the US Gulf Coast, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is working closely with dioceses in the region to reach the most vulnerable. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by storms and flooding, for first responders who are conducting rescue operations and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their most vulnerable members and neighbors. Financial support can be made online at episcopalrelief.org/gulfcoastflood.

8/24—Holy Comforter Dinner: It’s Epiphany’s turn to provide the Wednesday Night Dinner for this mission church of the Diocese, about 60% of whose congregation lives with mental illness. We need people to cook starting at 2:30 p.m. and also to provide cupcakes. Sign up on the People & Posts page of epiphany.org. Contact: Jeanette Hanson at 404.982.9134.

8/24—Coffee and playground meet-up/2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Parents with little ones, bring your coffee and join us at to Candler Park (LOCATION CHANGE) on August 24. For more information, contact Catherine Breed, Director of Children’s Ministries.

The Peachtree Pine Men's Shelter feeding ministry needs a volunteer with a sizable vehicle to pickup food from the Atlanta Community Food Bank every month. Contact Brandon Laird at 404.373.7466.

Refugee Update—The Musa children have started school. Several of us have been tutoring them and their English is improving. Yaser has his commercial driver’s license and Barwin has her permit. He has experience driving trucks and buses and he is also a fine tailor. She was a high school teacher and would like to study to become a teacher here. If anyone has any knowledge of these skillsets and would like to mentor them please contact Beverly Lorenzo at 404.825.3402.

Help Wanted—No Experience Necessary! The 2016 Habitat for Humanity Interfaith build is going on until the end September! Come collaborate with other faith communities to build a home for a first-time homebuyer. Sign-up in the crossing hall, or contact Brian Gross at 404.556.7564.

“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” We hear that often at the end of a service, but what does it mean for each of us individually? Education for Ministry (EFM), is a program designed to answer that question. Participants commit to weekly meetings, September through June, and to study in between meetings. Contact Esther Harbert if you are interested. A handout with further details is available in the gallery.

Spreadsheet Hotshots Needed: Team members are needed for a survey project for the Diocese. We need people with data entry, data cleaning, and spreadsheets skills to contribute to a project with due dates in September and November. Please contact Shirley Banks or 404.644.4861.


This Sunday

The Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Light dedicatory offerings can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or special occasion. Cost: Flowers $70, Sanctuary Light $6. Click the RSVP button on the home page or contact the parish office (404.373.8338) to sign up.

Nursery care is offered for newborns and children under 4 years old.

Children’s Chapel is held during the 8:45 a.m. service. Children gather during the last verse of the Sequence Hymn and follow the cross to chapel after the Gospel. They return at the Peace. Parents are welcome to join.

Adult Formation Offerings at 10 a.m.

  • Bible and Theology: Introduction to Christology: Why Start at the Old Testament? If you would like to do some pre-reading for this class, check out this website www.bibleodyssey.org and search articles with these titles: a) “How was the Bible Written and Transmitted?” b)“How Does the Hebrew Bible Relate to the Ancient Near Eastern World?” and c) “Who Wrote the Bible?” This week will be led by Dr. Brennan Breed, JH A
  • Anglican Prayer: Prayer Book: An overview and why do we call this Anglican Prayer? The focus of this class will be understand why so many Episcopalians might say something like “If you want to know what we believe, come pray/worship with us.” Today’s focus will be the first half of an overview and history of how the 1979 Book of Common Prayer came to be in our pews at Epiphany. This week will be led by Shirley Banks, 202
  • Practical Theology: Telling Our Stories: Seeing Christ in others The heart of this class will be small groups that will reflect theologically on a story or situation that a presenter will offer. This week be led by The Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers, JH B-C

Epiphany will host the Godly Play Foundation’s CORE Training on Saturday, August 27, September 24 and October 29. For more information, contact Catherine Breed, Director of Children’s Ministries.

8/28—The Daughters of the King (DOK) meet 4th Sundays at 10 a.m. We invite all ladies of the congregation to join us. 

8/28—Young Adults Lunch: Please join the Epiphany Young(ish) Adult group for brunch on the last Sunday of each month. Gather in the courtyard following the second service to carpool to our destination.

Upcoming Events

Choir Start Up: Although school has started, choirs will begin in September. Epiphany Choir (adults and Sr. High youth) begins on September 7, and children’s and youth choirs will begin the week of September 20 (after the first Decatur City Schools break). For more information, contact Julie Ryder.

8/29—The Epiphany Book Group will next meet on the last Monday in August, so as not to conflict with Labor Day. The book for that meeting is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the Berlin Olympics. October will return us to our regular first Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. Contact: Dennis Edmiston 678.613.7401.

8/30 & 9/13—Racism and Episcopalians’ Christian Responsibility: The Diocese’s Beloved Community Commission for Dismantling Racism invites you to a two part forum where a diverse panel of clergy and laity will hold a discussion in response to emerging civil rights movements and the ongoing racial unrest throughout America. Part I on 8/30 @Holy Innocents Part II on 9/13 @ St. Paul’s. Both from 7-9 p.m. Attendees are asked to participate in both forums. For information contact Catherine Meeks.

9/6—Peer-to-Peer Support Group is for people who have personal concerns or issues that might include questions about mental health. It meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. (Room 001) Contact: Ron Hall at 404.299.1502.

9/1 (DATE CHANGE)—Women’s Book Study: All Epiphany women are invited for fellowship and spiritual encouragement. We will gather to discuss the first two chapters of Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton on Thursday, 7 p.m. at Catherine Breed's house. For more information, contact Catherine Breed for the address or for more information.

9/11—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.

9/12—Meeting Night: Committees meet on 2nd Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. We gather in Jones Hall, pray together and then go our ways. Committee Chairs, please be sure to let your committees know each month if they are meeting.

9/13—The Episcopal Church Women meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. to make sandwiches for Emmaus House. The monthly program starts at 11 a.m. with potluck lunch to follow.

9/15-16—Cook Peachtree Pine: Thursday 1-5 prep; Friday 2-5 cook; 5-7 serve; 7-9 cleanup. RSVP to Bev Lorenzo at 404.825.3402 if you plan to pitch in. Click the RSVP button on the home page to sign up for childcare.

Confirmation Classes will be held Sunday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. for four consecutive weeks beginning September 25 until October 16. Confirmation is open to any adult or youth seeking to know more about the Christian faith as the Episcopal Church has received it. We will discuss prayer, scripture, church history, sin and redemption, ethics, the BCP, worship and liturgy, the three-legged stool (tradition, scripture and reason), and more! Email The Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers to register.

Additional Notices

Summer Checklist: Vacation/staycation, family get-togethers, picnics, the pool, those political conventions. What else? How about church staff paychecks, church utility bills, the mortgage, the Diocesan pledge, Epiphany's ongoing program costs? Our income tends to run into the Summer doldrums, but our expenses just keep chugging along. Please keep those weekly/monthly/quarterly contributions coming. Your staff, Vestry and number-cruncher types will be most appreciative.

Parish Directory & Pledge Status: Log in to the Online Directory to access your personal and financial information, including pledge status. First-time users have to register. Once you register, you can also download the Church Life app for access on your smart phone. The link is on the home page. A paper directory is published in January and June. Financial Questions? Contact our bookkeeper, Robert Pitman.

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.

The Forward Day by Day quarterly booklet for Aug/Sep/Oct is out. The publication, owned by the Episcopal Church, is a pocketsize booklet of daily Bible readings and devotions. You’ll find them in the Gallery tract rack for $1 a copy.

Offering Envelopes: Epiphany doesn’t use a numbered offering envelope system. However, there are generic ones available in the Gallery if you prefer using envelopes for your monetary gifts.

Our parish newsletter, The Epiphany Star: A Word to the Wise—is no longer sent bulk mail. If you would like to receive an email with a link to our site when it’s published, please notify the parish office. Hard copies are available in the Gallery. You can also request a copy be mailed to you.

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Attention Kroger Shoppers! Donate to DEAM by using your Kroger Plus card. Sign up at www.krogercommunityrewards.com with Decatur-Area Emergency/10566. Kroger sends them quarterly checks based on the number of reward points the collective supporters accumulate.


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