Susan Ashmore, Vestry Liaison
The Rev. Nicole Lambelet, Associate Priest
We speak, write, march, study, and witness on behalf of our ministries to the needy and poor; we also advocate on behalf of minors who are subjected to sexual trafficking. Activities include attending lobby days at the Georgia General Assembly and assemblies to bring notice to public policy issues, telephone canvassing to elected officials, publicizing alerts from the Episcopal Public Policy Network, and speaking out at Epiphany through such platforms as Adult Formation about social justice. Our outreach ministries dovetail with the Episcopal-wide imperative to confront the sin of racism when we build relationships with those we meet in outreach service actions. Moreover, we confront anti-Muslim attitudes through our refugee resettlement activities. Advocacy takes us beyond Christian charity to the work of justice – changing the systems that necessitate charity.
Catherine D. Harvey Fund
The Catherine D. Harvey Legacy Fund was created to assist with meeting the basic needs of individuals and families and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential for self-sufficiency. The Fund is administered by the Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the Epiphany. If you have any questions about the grant process or whether your organization qualifies, please contact the Harvey Fund Advisory Board.
The application cycle this year will run September 10 - October 10, 2022.
Church of the Common Ground
The Church of the Common Ground is a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta’s unhoused men and women. A weekly outdoor worship service, Morning Prayer services, Bible studies, and a foot clinic provide community, inspiration and healing to housed and unhoused men and women.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM)
DCM (www.decaturcooperativeministry.org) is a faith based non-profit currently supported by 38 congregations with the mission to “help families facing homelessness to settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity.” DCM helps families achieve self-sufficiency through three programs: Project Take Charge, which provides emergency assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities and food as well as financial management classes; Hagar's House, which provides emergency shelter for homeless women and children; and Family House, which provides long-term transitional housing. Epiphany provides evening meals to Hagar's House for a week once a quarter. Other volunteer opportunities include tutor for children/youth, tech center tutor, childcare provider, mentor, office assistant, financial management facilitator, dinner or lead volunteer.
Decatur-area Emergency Assistance Ministry
DEAM provides short-term assistance to families in Decatur, both financial for emergency expenses (e.g. utilities and prescriptions) and food. Epiphany supports DEAM with a monthly monetary donation. Semi-annually, parishioners bring pantry goods to Epiphany for DEAM's pantry. Epiphany members also volunteer in the DEAM office and pantry located at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur. You can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DEAMdecatur. For assistance, contact Karen Johnson, DEAM Office Manager, 404.373.2300 or visit www.DEAMDecatur.org.
Emmaus House Ministries
Emmaus House is a center for community life on the corner of Hank Aaron Drive and Haygood Avenue in the Peoplestown neighborhood just south of Turner Field. Founded by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House offers over 150,000 hours of direct service in programs for youth, adults, seniors and families each year.
Promotes economic sufficiency and stability for the neighborhood. The Muriel Lokey Center offers assistance with government benefits, rent, utilities and health care; a food pantry; Georgia Identification vouchers; and a prison ministry.
Fosters the growth and development of our neighborhood’s children and youth through classes for parents and caregivers of children pre-natal to 5 years old; Saturday Arts classes for children that strengthen and enhance skills; summer day camps and away camps that serve over 100 youth; and the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School, a program designed to foster the love of reading in young people while enhancing reading comprehension scores.
Engages and supports partnerships with organizations both in and outside Peoplestown that further enhance the well-being of neighbors.
Epiphany has a long history of volunteering at Emmaus House, including for the Saturday arts program, summer camp, the Lokey Center, and the Meal at Home Thanksgiving Dinner program.
Emmaus House Christmas Ministries
Each Christmas Eve, Emmaus House hosts a Children's Christmas Eve Festival. With the support of volunteers and donors, they distribute gifts to over 1,000 children in the Emmaus House service area. The Epiphany congregation has participated in this caring ministry since 1995 by donating gifts to the children in need and also by helping to stock the Secret Santa Shop where these same children can shop for gifts for their families. To find out more information about these and other opportunities for outreach, please contact the ministry chair people listed below or Emmaus House.
Episcopal Church Women
Every month the ECW makes sandwiches for the Muriel Lokey Center at Emmaus House. The sandwiches are given to people in the neighborhood who come to the center for assistance.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief and Development is the worldwide agency of the Episcopal Church that provides emergency assistance in times of disaster, rebuilds devastated communities, and offers long-term development solutions to fight poverty.
Hagar's House is a transitional shelter for women and children run by Decatur Cooperative Ministries, located on Church Street in downtown Decatur. For many years, Epiphanites have served meals to the 20-30 clients of Hagar House each night for one week, four times a year (January, May, August and November). Each meal is usually hosted by two families/individuals from Epiphany. You can sign up on the RSVP page. There are other volunteer opportunities at the shelter for anyone interested. (See DCM information.)
Holy Comforter is an Episcopal mission located in southeast Atlanta. Approximately 60% of its congregation lives with mental illness. Holy Comforter opened the Friendship Center in 1997 in response to public funding cuts that reduced day programs for persons living with mental illnesses. Twice a week the Center provides fellowship, art, gardening, games, music, meals, and social interaction. There is also a weekly Community Supper co-sponsored by area Episcopal churches, including Epiphany. For several years, members of Epiphany have taught in the wood-turning program, helped with Friendship Center meals, and provided Community Supper dinners. Volunteers are needed in this diverse community for teaching art and gardening programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, driving vans, helping in the office, visiting with the people of Holy Comforter, preparing and serving Community Meals, and much more.
Each year Epiphany supports families displaced by war and unrest in their native countries. This ministry has worked to resettle families from Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Syria and Afghanistan. The families we serve are in immediate need of a home and mentoring to get them through the first several months of transition. Often they come with very little assets of their own. We help them by providing food, clothing and household goods. Children are enrolled in school and provided uniforms. Many of these items are donated by the parishioners and some are provided by the Outreach Budget.
Volunteer opportunities are numerous including providing friendship, tutoring, clothing, mentoring, transportation and exposing the family to American culture. Please consider volunteering your time in this ministry which has a direct affect people’s lives.
St. Nicholas’ Walk in Love Shoe Drive
Between services on the Sunday closest to St. Nicholas’ Feast Day, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas tells his story of the Christmas miracle of giving as Epiphanites bring gifts of new athletic shoes for our homeless neighbors in Atlanta. About 150 pairs are collected annually for a local non-profit with a foot ministry.
Emmaus House Food Pantry
Making sandwiches for the Muriel Lokey Center at Emmaus House
Thanksgiving at Home collection for Emmaus House
Epiphany volunteers with one of our refugee families.