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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Formerly known as Outreach, Epiphany's Community Engagement ministry aims to build relationships and strategic partnerships through deep listening and collaboration. These methods of engagement reveal the ways in which God is already at work in our communities and help us to discern how we can best collaborate in that work through friendship and service.

Contact

  • Susan Ashmore, Vestry Liaison

  • Parish Members listed below

MINISTRIES

Art Ministry

The Art Ministry is about providing emerging artists an opportunity to showcase their work through monthly exhibits in our gallery. The work of the ministry includes finding and scheduling the artists, installing their work in our gallery, introducing the artist through articles in the Weekly eNews and accounting of sales. Visit epiphany.org/epiphany-gallery to learn more about the Art Ministry and this month's artist.

Liefy Smith, Curator

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)

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. Learn more at https://www.deamdecatur.org/.

Doug Runnion, DEAM Representative

Earth Guild

Epiphany’s Earth Guild joyfully practices environmental stewardship to care for God’s Earth and our communities. We partner with one another and with Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL) to provide ongoing education about issues pertaining to environmental injustice, earth care, and the climate crisis. We also provide opportunities for Epiphanites to encounter God in creation, by organizing hikes, field trips, and other outdoor activities.

Carol Bartlett, Co-Chair

Emmaus House Ministries

Emmaus House (emmaushouseatlanta.org) 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 direct service and education programs for youth, adults, seniors and families each year. Emmaus House also houses The Muriel Lokey Center which offers assistance with government benefits, rent, utilities and health care; a food pantry; Georgia Identification vouchers; and a prison ministry.

Emmaus House engages and supports partnerships with organizations both within and outside Peoplestown to 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.

Lisa Daily, Representative

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.

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 (ERD)

ERD 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. You can learn more about them at episcopalrelief.org.

Feeding Ministry

Volunteers cook at Epiphany and then serve the meal at the Shelter at Gateway Center on 2nd Fridays. There are options to help prepare, cook or serve the meal. The mission of Gateway center is to Gate connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient and find a permanent home.

Anne Kerner, Co-Chair

Sally Walker, Co-Chair

Hagar's House

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.)

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 opens each year on September 10. Applications must be received by October 10.

Holy Comforter

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.

Interfaith Engagement

Epiphany continues to deepen relationships with several interfaith partners in and around Atlanta. Most recently we have developed a significant relationship with the Ismaili Council for the Southeastern United States and continue to partner with their community in learning and service at various times throughout the year, including activities like river clean ups, shoe and toiletry drives, and dialog circles. There are many opportunities currently emerging for interfaith engagement at Epiphany for adults and youth alike. 

Interfaith Children's Movement (ICM) Partnership

Epiphany is collaborating with ICM and its other faith partners to create a Georgia where all children can thrive.  ICM operates at the intersection of advocacy, faith and intergenerational engagement, empowering youth and adults to be active agents of the change they wish to see in the world.  (See ICM’s website at www.icmgeorgia.org)

Racial Justice Group

Epiphany’s Racial Justice Group (ERJG) seeks live more deeply into our baptismal covenant by loving our neighbors as ourselves, striving for justice and peace among all people, and respecting the dignity of every human being. Currently our work includes the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground series study, monthly field trips, bi-monthly book group discussions, monthly visits to the Sunday services of other churches to build fellowship and connection, and supporting voter’s rights. Through vigorous learning, challenging discussions, and sustained action, we experience personal growth understanding the ways in which we each benefit from and are harmed by racial oppression and inequity. We hope to continue deepening our understanding in order to break the bonds of white supremacy and to actively engage in anti-racist work. While we accept this as lifelong work, we believe that every step in the process of new understanding and action, even small ones, can be transformative. By pursuing racial equity, reconciliation and healing we believe we are working toward the dismantling of systems and structures of white supremacy and more fully living our baptismal promise as followers of Jesus.

 

Refugee Ministry

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 100 pairs are collected annually for a local non-profit with a foot ministry.

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