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  • December 07, 2017 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In his recent newsletter article, the Rev. Ran Chase described many of the highlights of the Diocesan Convention. What follows is a brief summary of the meeting from Epiphany’s lay delegates to the convention, Carolyn Pershouse and Scott Street, along with some web links for those who want additional information.

    The 232nd(!) convention of the Diocese of Massachusetts was held on 5 November at St Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. Epiphany was represented at the convention by clergy delegates the Revs. Miriam Gelfer and Ran Chase, and by lay delegates Carolyn Pershouse and Scott Street. Also in attendance from Epiphany were Lisa Garcia (Diocesan Treasurer), interim Cathedral Organist Louise Mundinger, Intern Paul Shoaf Kozak, and parishioners the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas and Brett Johnson.

    Our day began with a Eucharist that featured enthusiastic congregational participation, robust hymn singing (accompanied by Louise), and an extended sermon/address by Bishop Gates. In his address, Bishop Gates told a delightful and provocative fable, the moral of which is: sometimes we have to deal with immediate issues instead of what we might prefer to tackle; we must always deal with more than one thing at a time; and, in the end, there will always be a song. The full text and video of his address can be found here.

    A significant portion of the Convention was spent on financial and organizational matters. The biggest financial issue is the impact of the recent 10% change in the Diocesan assessment (the amount each Parish is expected to contribute to the Diocese for its operations and ministries). This decrease in revenue has lead to major staffing changes (layoffs and redeployments) and a decrease in Diocesan services. An excellent and detailed summary of the budget can be found here.

    Another portion of the Convention was devoted to the mission of the Diocese. The three key initiatives presented were the launching of a cross-congregational relationship building process modeled after an approach developed in South Africa called “indaba”; Mission Match, a web-based inventory of ministry resources that will help us “to better describe our communities’ gifts and resources for ministry, in order to strengthen our capacity to directly connect people and congregations in collaborative mission”; and, continued discussion to determine how best to organize the Diocese. More on these initiatives can be found here.

    Other business included the passage of resolutions to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, to create a network of congregations and persons engaged in elder ministry, to adopt the Diocesan budget, and some other housekeeping matters. We also elected and/or acknowledged the appointment of many individuals to various roles, including our own Miriam Gelfer (Commission on Ministry co-chair), Lisa Garcia (treasurer), and Dutch Treat (Barbara C. Harris Camp Board of Directors). Additional details can be found here.

    The Convention adjourned an hour ahead of schedule, to the surprise and delight of many.

    On a personal note, we came away with the strong impression that Epiphany is part of something much greater than our Parish alone. We saw in action what Bishop Gates described as “Anglicanism’s historic affirmation of the Diocese, and not the congregation, as the basic unit of the church is an expression of Saint Paul’s vision of the earthly body of Christ, made up of many parts.” It was a privilege to serve as Epiphany’s delegates to the Convention, and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so.

    Carolyn Pershouse
    Scott Street



  • November 01, 2017 5:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever been unable to get to Epiphany and yet wanted to receive the blessings of the sacraments? Did you know that there is a dedicated group of Epiphany Parishioners ready and willing to visit with you and bring God’s word and gifts? We are the Lay Eucharistic Visitors and we are available to visit everyone, not only just those who are sick, or grieving, or disabled.

    We are a close-knit team working with Thomas and Miriam in support of Epiphany’s pastoral ministry. We are all trained by the Diocese and regularly visit Parishioners in their homes, apartments, assisted living facilities, hospitals, and wherever we are a needed.

    Aside from illness or a prolonged rehab stay, we are available to bring the quiet comfort of the Eucharist into your home. Have your travels kept you from attending church? Have your children’s athletic events made Sunday morning attendance impossible? Please consider inviting us for a visit at any time, night or day, convenient for you.

    To learn more about your LEV team please visit Epiphany's website here

    Linklinklink. It is easy to set up a single visit, or multiple visits.

    Simply contact Sarah Twiss in the Parish Office at 781.729.1922 and she will contact us. Soon after you will hear from one of us to set up a time to visit you.

    We sincerely hope that you take us up on our open invitation and look forward to visiting you and being with you in God’s presence.

    Your Lay Eucharistic Visitors Team




  • October 20, 2017 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My dad, Bill Saunders, has been working at Habitat for Humanity one Saturday every month with Epiphany's group for many years. I asked if I could join him this month after seeing all the devastation that hurricanes Maria, Irma, and Jose left behind. For each crisis, I usually try to find a way to to help those in need, mostly with monetary donations. Recently, it seems there is something happening almost every week, so I've been trying to think of different ways to help others. Habitat was a great option since I've done it a few times in the past and it was a great way to spend the day with my dad and help someone locally.

    This was one of my favorite trips because I was able to work on projects I've never done before and one of the homeowners, Joseph, was there working beside us. He is a veteran and has two children, who came to check out their rooms! He and my dad joked around with each other and he was very appreciative of the time and work we did. At the end of the day we were able to talk more and he told us how he still had not heard from his mother who lives in the mountains in Puerto Rico. I shared how some of my contacts from the hospitals down there have reached out and just how dire the situation is. We wished him and his family well and were hopeful that his cousin would be able to get up to the mountain to reach his mother soon and that he would be able to fly down there to visit.

    Not only was it a fun day to work and learn with my hands and spend time with my dad, but it also was a free way to do some good for the community. It's been hard the past few months to find relief from the constant heartbreak, but Habitat helped to show me how just giving one's time can have a huge impact on someone else. Maybe if we all could do one small act of kindness for another, not only would we feel good, but we could start to see a positive shift in people's lives.

    -Kate Saunders

    Epiphany volunteers with the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, building and refurbishing houses in Lawrence, MA on the second Saturday of every month. There are jobs for all levels of skill and all are welcome. Youth between 16 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Bill Saunders if you are interested in coming.


  • October 11, 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plans are well underway for Epiphany’s 2018 mission to Haiti that is scheduled for March 3–10, 2018. Would you like to participate in the next Haiti Mission by sewing cloth bags? A generous supply of fabric and sample sewing directions are available on the lower level, Higgins Formation Wing, in room 4. The directions are provided as a guide, not as rigid instructions. Take the stairs in the Hadley Hall entrance way. You will soon reach Room 4 in the lower hallway.

    Over the past five years, the many Haiti bag sewers have created  approximately 3,000 bags for the patients that have been seen by Epiphany's mission teams.  We like to sew bags with colorful prints, plaids, or graphic designs. The bags are used to hold the medicines and vitamins that are given to families. These bags are appreciated for their immediate usefulness and are cherished as an attractive item that can be used over and over again.

    For more information and any questions, contact Jan Conrod at 617.489.1247.


  • September 21, 2017 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Adult Formation theme for this year is that of discipleship. What does it mean to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ? Our program will include theological, spiritual, and practical considerations of Christian discipleship. Our underlying assumption will be the individual commitment to a personal identity as a disciple of Christ. Indeed, our baptismal vows commit us to this path worthy of God created creatures who are made in the image of that loving God.

    We will examine the theological groundwork. We will share corporate worship and prayer – central to any notion of Christian discipleship. We will support discernment and engagement in an individual’s personal ministry and care for the reflection on that ministry.

    It looks to be an exciting program and we look forward to your participation in all its facets. Join us Sundays from 11:15am-12:15pm in Hadley Hall.

    For more details click here

  • September 21, 2017 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Meetings are Friday mornings from 9:30-11:00am.

    Epiphany's parent/child playgroup is a place for parents to learn, share, and grow together as parents while their children play.

    We meet most Friday mornings 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the childcare room on the lower level. All parents, soon-to-be parents, grandparents, or anyone who enjoys a little chaos are welcome to drop by. For more information contact Carolyn Hughes.



  • September 21, 2017 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Every Thursday at 9:00am Contemplative Prayer will be offered in the Chapel. This a half hour service with candlelight and a good bit of silence. Celtic prayers will be used to center us and reflect upon. All are welcome.





  • September 21, 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We worship every Wednesday at 7:30am in the Chapel. Preachers are lay members as well as clergy. The service runs 30 minutes and is followed by a light breakfast.


  • September 01, 2017 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Epiphany has developed partnerships with three schools in Leogane, Haiti: Ecole Ste. Croix, a K-12 Episcopal school , FSIL, the Episcopal Nursing School, and FSRL, the new Physical & Occupational Therapy School, lodged at FSIL. One goal of the program is building an ongoing relationship and sharing our faith. Education offers a long term solution for the problems of poverty in Haiti.

    During our medical mission to Haiti in March 2017, we met with Pere Sonley Joseph, Rector of Eglise Ste. Croix and Director of Ecole Ste. Croix (ESC). We brought 120 French books for the school library. He indicated his priorities: expand the library, update the computer lab, re-start a school lunch program, build a science lab, teacher development, and acquire soccer equipment. Before the earthquake, ESC had a strong music program, which Pere Sonley hopes to resurrect. ESC has a music teacher who teaches the students how to read music and sing, but they do not have any instruments. Pere Sonley plays the saxophone. We began to wonder about restarting a music program with instruments.

    Serendipity happens – or as Rev. Miriam calls it, God-incidence. A newsletter from our alma mater, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, noted that Prof. Janet Anthony in the music conservatory, had worked on BLUME (Building Leadership through Music Education) in Haiti for 20 years. Nick contacted Janet to learn about BLUME. She knows Ecole Ste. Croix in Leogane well because they held summer music camps there before the earthquake. Due to destruction in Leogane from an earthquake in 2010, they moved the camps to Hinche in the Haitian high plateau.

    Pere Sonley, has an ambitious vision for the music program, including instruments; trumpets, flutes, clarinets, trombones, saxophones, saxophones, violins, violas, cellos, contrabass, drum sets, guitars, pianos. We have received donations of: two clarinets, a trombone, a violin, a drum sets, and two pianoss. Janet Anthony is also helping us to turn this vision into a real music program.

    If you have musical instruments in good working order, please consider donating them to ESC for their music program. We plan to ship instruments to Haiti now and later this year. Please contact Nick Candee at 617-962-2498. We also welcome donations of books in French.

    Haitians love to play soccer. Pere Sonley requested soccer supplies for his seven Episcopal schools. FSIL Nursing School also requested soccer equipment.

    A young neighbor in Belmont, Courtney Grey, who plays soccer with Maggie Foot of Winchester, knows about our work in Haiti and did what she could to help our Haitian friends. Over the summer, she gathered myriad soccer supplies. She also secured the donation of several used goal posts from the Friends of Belmont Soccer. She showed a lot of love, kindness, and dedication in gathering such a lovely gift. Un cadeau de Dieux. Un regalo de Dios.

    If you have any soccer supplies or equipment, which you would like to donate to ESC, please contact Nick Candee at 617.962.2498.

    FSIL Nursing School: Nick and Linda will return to Haiti for the 10th graduation ceremony at the Episcopal FSIL Nursing School on 4 November; 32 students are expected to graduate. FSIL, founded in 2005, offers the only program for students to obtain a BA in nursing in Haiti. FSIL receives strong academic support from the University of Michigan Nursing School. Epiphany sponsors three nursing students at FSIL. Sponsorship of $4,000 per student per year includes tuition, room, board, books, uniforms, instruments, and transportation to clinical sites - a bargain.

    On Sunday, 26 November at Epiphany, Nick and Linda will discuss our work in Haiti in terms of discipleship during adult formation at 11:15am. We hope that you can join us. If you are interested in joining the Haiti education mission team, please contact Nick Candee at 617.962.2498.

    by Nick Candee and Linda Brown


  • June 23, 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    One of life's lessons is to tell our story, not to tell others’ stories. It’s an essential way to live. But there’s an exception to this rule, at least for me at this moment, and it has to do with our treasurer, Rick Marks. Rick was diagnosed with ALS last October, and he’s currently hiking the Appalachian Trail (along with several others from the Parish of the Epiphany). Rick is humble, and he really wants the people around him to remain positive. His story, at least as I’ve heard it, inspires my faith, and makes me want to share it with everybody I meet. Rick has created a blog about his hike. In addition to Rick’s hike, there are several others in our Parish bicycling from Boston College to New Haven, Connecticut, to raise money for ALS research; they’re doing this because of our friend Rick. There are many ways to be a Christian community, and Jesus himself never gave us a play-by-play book. What he said was, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” You can read Rick’s blog and see the photographs here: 


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