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 and then Bible Study at 1 p.m.
The Wednesday Evening Bible Study with the Rector is offered at 6:30 p.m. for a study of the upcoming Sunday’s readings.
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.
Wednesday Night Dinner: Dinner served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. This year we are alternating between hot meals from Bridge Catering and Boxed Sandwich meals or Pasta and Salad from Jason's Deli. 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.
Electronics Recycling: The Earth Guild is holding an electronics drive. Bring by "anything with a plug" (except large appliances) and stack it on the shelving in the Byrd House carport at any time until Friday, December 9, or bring items on Sundays between the morning services. There is a $15 fee for TV’s and monitors, so please bring cash or checks with those items. Remember to wipe electronic hard drives.
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.
Sunday School classes for children 3 years old through Third grade meet upstairs from 10—11 a.m. Fourth & Fifth graders meet in the basement classroom. Junior High & High School Classes meet next door in the Byrd House.
Adult Formation Offerings at 10:15 a.m.
- Bible and Theology: This class features the study of sacred texts and traditions. Each session looks at sages who have preceded us in faith, and will have at its heart a yearning to know. If you would like to do some pre-reading for this class syllabus can be found here. Today’s focus is Matthew’s Apocalyptic Jesus: The “Son of Man” with presenter The Rev. Benno Pattison. Room JH-C.
- Practical Theology: This class will be structured as an opening speaker or presenter introducing a topic, followed by small group discussion of theological reflections around that topic. The goal of this class is connecting our everyday lives with our call to live righteously and our identity as Christians. Today’s topic: Anticipation: The Reign of God is Like... Led by Esther Harbert.Church Choir Loft.
- Anglican Prayer: This class will reflect on Anglican practices of spiritual contemplation. Each week’s class will focus on a different aspect of the Book of Common Prayer, order of worship or other aspect of Anglican tradition. During Advent, we are study Collects & Psalms. Led by Shirley Banks. Room 202.
The Nativities Exhibit opens Saturday, December 3 and runs through December 11. Sign up in the Crossing Hall if you can help out with this favorite annual community event.
12/5—The Epiphany Book Group meets the 1st Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. In December we will meet to pick books for the next three or four months, and to share fellowship and Christmas treats. Yes, a little early, but we like to eat! Newcomers are always welcome. Contact: Dennis Edmiston at 678.613.7401.
12/6—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.
12/11—Feast of St. Nicholas Celebration & Shoe Drive: Join us at 10 a.m. with your gifts of shoes for the homeless and to hear a brief story from Saint Nick before continuing on to Sunday School Please purchase the following sizes: Men: sizes 11-15, Women: all sizes. When you bring your shoes, please take them out of the box/bag and tie the shoe strings together. To donate shoe funds instead, download the payment app Venmo and pay Venmo@Erin-Democko with the memo "St. Nicholas Shoes" and we will purchase shoes on your behalf.
12/11—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.
12/12—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.
12/13—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.
12/15-16—Cook Peachtree Pine: Thursday 1-5 p.m. prep; Friday 2-5 p.m. cook; 5-7 p.m. serve; 7-9 p.m. cleanup. RSVP to Bev Lorenzo at 404.825.3402 if you plan to pitch in.
12/15—Each year during the Christmas Season, the Peachtree Pine Ministry folks hand out goodie bags to the men at the shelter in addition to the warm meal provided. Donations of gently used and clean gloves and hats, new pairs of socks, and travel size toiletries would be appreciated. You are also welcome to join us at 1 p.m. on Thursday to assemble the bags!
12/15—The Daughters of the King (DOK) usually meets the 4th Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Banfield residence. But for November and December, they will meet the third Thursday. For directions, email Audrey Banfield. We invite all ladies of the congregation to join us.
12/18—Annual Bake &Craft Sale: The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will hold their annual Christmas Bake & Craft sale Sunday morning. 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 to offer as gifts. Some items to look for include delicious cookies in decorative containers, freshly baked cakes, muffins and loaves, canned jellies and sauces, and items for beloved pets.
12/20—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.
Christmas & Epiphany
- At 3 p.m. we will have a family celebration, children's choirs will sing, and the homily will be preached from the steps with kids all around.
- At 5:30 p.m. the Hildegard Ensemble & the Epiphany Ringers will help us make our music, and we will light candles at the end and sing Silent Night.
- Childcare will be provided in the nursery for children ages 3 and under for the first two services.
- At 11 p.m. we will sing it all, swing the incense and have the Epiphany Choir as we celebrate God with us.
- An extended prelude begins at 10:30 p.m. and will feature the Epiphany Choir and Organ as well as congregational carols.
12/25—Christmas Day service will take place at 10:30 a.m. with Christmas Lessons & Carols.
1/1—Christmas 1: Please note that this service will take place at 10:30 a.m. and is the only service on Sunday.
1/2—The Epiphany Book Group meets the 1st Monday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. January Selection: The Road to Character, by David Brooks. Dennis Edmiston at 678.613.7401.
Our Feast Day is Friday, January 6. Save the date for the Pageant, Baptism & Confirmations by the Bishop with a Gala Celebration dinner to follow (details below)
- Epiphany Pageant: An online signup to volunteer to participate in the pageant for roles of all ages will be posted soon. A rehearsal for speaking parts will take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. RSVP to the parish office for the dinner.
- Epiphany Offering: Bring a can of peaches or pears for the Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry (DEAM) Basket as your Epiphany offering. We will also be taking up an offering for the Bishop's Discretionary Fund in honor of his visit.
- Epiphany Dinner: Join us after the pageant for Gala Celebration and ingathering for our stewardship campaign. An RSVP link will be posted soon. No cost for the meal, but donations would be appreciated.
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 2016.
DEAM Needs: January and June are our “turns” for stocking the pantry, but the bins are out year-round to accept your donations of: cans of beef stew, sweet cereal, canned fruit (other than pears), soup, hamburger helper, 1 lb. packages of yellow rice, 1 qt. packages of dry milk, toilet paper, bar soap, deodorant, toothpaste.
1/8—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.
Our next dates for Hagar's House are January 8 - 12: This 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, and need not be elaborate. Sign up here.
Update—Haiti Hurricane Matthew Relief: Thanks to your generosity, Epiphany has sent almost $12,000 to the Bishop Tharp Institute (BTI). Since 2009, we have enjoyed a personal parish relationship and mission work with BTI, a college of the Diocese of Haiti. BTI lost roofs, incurred damage to classrooms and equipment. Also, the roof was lost on the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at which Rev. Kesner Ajax is the Rector. Thankfully work is now underway to help those impacted by the hurricane. BTI students and Ascension parishioners are being fed. Classes have resumed at BTI. Equipment is being replaced. BTI’s Epiphany Guest House is housing aid workers. The need is still great and recovery will take many months. We ask that if you wish to donate relief funds, please make your check out to Epiphany noting BTI in the memo field.
Announcements: 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.
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 Nov/Dec/Jan 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.
AmazonSmile program: When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Church of Epiphany. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-0838713 and support us every time you shop.
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.