This Week At Epiphany - December 9, 2013
12/9—The Epiphany Book Club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur 30030). Contact: Christina Kaylor, 404.525.7595. In December, Gretchen Maclachlan will do a reading from her memoir. January: The Round House, by Louise Erdrich.
12/10—The Episcopal Church Women meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. to make sandwiches for Emmaus House. The ECW chapter meeting and program begins at 11 a.m. followed by potluck lunch.
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 $8.00 for adults, $3.50 for children 12 and under. Sign up in the Crossing Hall by 11 a.m. Tuesday. Menu for 12/11: Escarole and White Bean Soup, Garden Salad, Herbed Chicken Marsala with Fettuccini, Bouquet ere of Fresh Vegetables, Chef’s Dessert Tray
12/14 & 21—Need time to shop? J2A Babysits: Our Journey 2 Adulthood youth will be offering babysitting from 1-5 p.m. This is intended to assist parents of young children, giving them time to shop or prepare for the holidays. Snacks will be provided. If you are interested, please sign up here. Cost is $20 per child (max $40 per family)"
Hagar's House Holiday Help: The guests at Hagar's House must leave the shelter every day between breakfast and dinner. (It is "an emergency night shelter and assessment center with support services for women with children.") At Christmas, volunteers are asked to work 2 hour shifts so that the guests may stay in the shelter during the day. Two volunteers work each shift and your children are welcome. You do not provide meals, only your presence. To sign up or get more details, call Machelle Scandrett, Volunteer Coordinator, at 404.377.5365, Ext. 107.
Christmas Wreaths will be available through December 21. Wreaths will be made by the youth from Fraser Firs using 12” frames will measure 18” to 20” in diameter. Cost: $25. Shipping will be available at cost.
Limited Supply! J2A is also selling the last 20 Epiphany ornaments for $20 each. Email Amanda Day to reserve yours, or pick one up Sunday morning at the wreath table.
Adult Education at 10 a.m.
- The Adult Forum and The Parents Group: Join us as we study the Gospel of Mark has to say about the topic of peace. Led by Brennan Breed. Click here to read his Advent Reflection Blog.
- Lovingkindness Meditation meets in the Assoc. Rector’s office, Room 103.
- Epiphany 101 will resume in the new year.
The Episcopal Church Women will hold their annual Christmas bake and craft sale Sunday morning. Please support the ECW’s many outreach projects by purchasing baked goods and other handcrafted items to enjoy at home with family, to share with co-workers, or to offer as gifts. Contact Kathie Ryan at 404.377.2467.
Emmaus House Christmas Ministry: Over 1,200 children receive gifts from Santa on Christmas Eve at Emmaus House. Gift suggestions are posted in the gallery and listed in The Epiphany Star. Please bring presents wrapped and well labeled to church by Sunday, December 15. Secret Santa shop donations due December 13.
Epiphanite David Draper is hosting a holiday gathering for GLBT “Epiphanites” today from 4 – 6 p.m. at 5 Sycamore Station in Decatur. There is very limited parking, so guests are asked to park next door at the Church at Decatur Heights. Contact: David Draper at 404.371.9440.
The Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Light: The Altar Flowers or the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or on a special occasion. Suggested offering: $45 for flowers and $6 for the light. The Guild relies on these gifts to fund their ministry. Please click here if you'd like to give in someone's honor or memory.
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 in future services, and that bulletins be taken home or recycled.
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 Gifts for Life catalogs from Episcopal Relief & Development are in the tract rack. You can select gifts that will help fight the effects of poverty and disease around the globe. You can also visit the Gifts for Life online store.
Staff Christmas: Parishioners are invited to express their gratitude to the clergy and lay staff by making an offering designated “staff Christmas.”
100 Words from the Vestry - November
Ann Temkin, Junior Warden - The People's Warden
Preparing for next year: Vestry is working on ways to improve the transition as some vestry members roll off and others join us in 2014. Re: our monthly meetings, setting aside time for “work groups” to deal with specific issues has helped function more efficiently. We continue to explore ways to work collaboratively wherever possible.
Finances: Vestry gave finance committee “go ahead” to explore advantageous refinancing opportunity with diocese.
Kitchen: The vestry has put up directions and even pictures so we all understand how to keep our kitchen clean. Thank you for helping!
12/16—The Vestry will meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in Jones Hall. Meetings are open to members of the parish.
12/19-20—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: Liz Romo-Rasha.
12/20-22—Meditation Retreat in Forests and Mountains: Camp Mikell. $150 per person for double accommodation. To register, go to https://solsticemeditation.eventbrite.com. Contact: The Rev. Cynthia Hizer, 404.373.8338.
12/21—Ordination of Ben Day to the priesthood and Brandon Duke as a Transitional Deacon will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip. So starting December 22, Ben will now be able to serve as celebrant during services, and when Brandon is in town from school, you will see him serving at the altar in the role of Deacon. If you would like to contribute towards a gift for either Ben or Brandon, or both, please make a check out to Epiphany noting either Day Gift or Duke Gift or both in the memo field.
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 on the People & Posts page of our website to sign up for a task!
Christmas Eve at Epiphany: In addition to the 11 p.m. service (with incense), the children's choir will sing at 3 p.m. with a children's sermon by the rector. The Hildegard ensemble will sing at 5:30 p.m. Childcare is available for those two services. Also, the St. Elias parking lot across the street is available for us to use at all three services!
12/28—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). Pick up a brochure in the tract rack by the entrance for more information.
12/29—Christmas Lessons & Carols: Please note that this service at 10:30 a.m. is the only service on Sunday.
January 2-4 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) each 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.
1/13—The Epiphany Book Club meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Regency House (341 Winn Way, Decatur 30030). Contact: Christina Kaylor, 404.525.7595. January: The Round House, by Louise Erdrich.
1/14—The Episcopal Church Women meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. to make sandwiches for Emmaus House. The ECW chapter meeting and program begins at 11 a.m. followed by potluck lunch.
1/25—Children's Eucharist Class: Fr. Ben will hold an instruction class for children ages 6 and up on the Eucharist from 9—11 a.m. The class will introduce the basic signs and symbols of Eucharist: including the vessels, the gestures, and the vestments associated with the Sacrament. The class will end with an interactive celebration of the Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., which parents and families are invited to attend.
1/25—Acolyte Training: All youth and adults who are or are interested in becoming an Acolyte or Thurifer should plan to attend the quarterly Acolyte training from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. We will cover basic roles and responsibilities and practice processions, setting and clearing the altar, and end with Noonday Prayer.
1/25—All Youth Lock-in: All youth in middle and high school are invited to a lock-in at Epiphany's Byrd House from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 a.m. Youth should bring a sleeping bag, clothing and toiletries as well as a snack and drink to share.
Endowment Fund Grant Application forms are available online 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 11, 2014.
3/8-15—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. Cost: $1,200. Contact: Lisa Daily at 404.325.0043.
Epiphanet: If you need wireless internet while at Epiphany, look for epiphanet. The password is 2089ponce.
Reminder: If you park on the street, park fully on the street and not up on the curb or sidewalk. Also, the Fire Lane is for loading and unloading only. Do not leave your car in the fire lane while visiting the church.
DEAM Needs: January and June are our "turns" for stocking the pantry, but the basket is out year-round to accept your donations of one quart pkgs dry milk, one lb pkgs rice, pasta sauce, mac & cheese, tea bags, bar soap, toilet paper.
Attention Kroger Shoppers! You can donate to DEAM simply by using your Kroger Plus card. Just sign up at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Their number is 10566 or they are listed as Decatur-Area Emergency Assistance Ministry. Kroger will send them checks periodically based on the number of reward points the collective supporters accumulate.
Community Events: Check out the Community Board and Diocese Bulletin boards in the Crossing Hall to see what events (musical, spiritual, and social) are taking place in the community.
The Forward Day by Day publication, owned by the Episcopal Church, is a pocketsize booklet of daily Bible readings and devotions issued quarterly. The booklets are located in the Gallery tract rack for $1 a copy.
A couple of helpful links: Here's the link to the current parish directory, which is password protected - email the office for the code. Hard Copies are also available in the gallery. Want to know what the dates for Vacation Bible Camp or the Parish Weekend are? Here's the link to the calendar.
Facebook: Did you know you can follow us on Facebook? At the moment we have 281 folks who have "liked" us. We're not too chatty - maybe a post at week at most for special events. So if you want to hear from us, visit our page!
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