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  • July 12, 2017 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    Mr. Brett Randall Johnson has been a member of Epiphany since 2012, and will preach at both services on 30 July. Brett is currently an “inquirer” for ordination to the priesthood in our diocese. Brett grew up throughout Pennsylvania and Virginia and moved to Boston to attend Boston University. After thirty years as professional church musicians, he and his husband, David McSweeney, sought out a church home that would feed their own spiritual lives. They have been active at Epiphany in various ways—primarily, Brett in the prayer list ministry and Dave on the vestry. Brett has been firmly established in the musical world of Boston for over thirty years. He is a respected teacher of voice and a composer of a cappella works for chorus. He maintains a studio for teaching out of their home in North Reading. His students include several members of Epiphany! As part of the unfolding call of God in his life, last academic year Brett completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen. He will be returning there to accomplish the remaining units (3 & 4) at the end of August. He is feeling a strong calling towards chaplaincy.


    The Reverend Canon Ran Chase will serve as acting associate rector, effective 6 September, and Ran will be with us several Sundays between now and Rally Day, including 20 August. Ran served as interim rector at the Parish of the Epiphany in the early '90s. and has since served as the Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Rhode Island, before serving at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Ran lives in Barnstable when he's not preaching, or caring for retired Bishop Suffragan, Barbara C. Harris. Ran’s two adult sons, Andrew and Peter, live in Florida, which is Ran’s “home state.” 


    The Reverend Heidi Fieldston is a retired priest who lives in Dedham. Heidi will preach and preside at both services on Sunday, 27 August. Heidi is retired after working in the Episcopal Church (she was longtime associate rector at St. Paul’s Church in Dedham), for Massport, on the railroad, and as a humanitarian bureaucrat. Heidi lives in Dedham, at least when she's not traveling. She looks forward to meeting folks at   Epiphany on 27 August.  


    The Very Reverend Kenneth Poppe will preach and preside on Sunday, 3 September. Ken lives on Plum Island with his wife Margaret (Peggy). They worship regularly at the Monastery of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge. Before his retirement in 2012, Ken Poppe served as Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont. He also served parishes in Shaker Heights, Ohio; several parishes in New Jersey: Kinnelon, Ridgewood, Lincoln Park, and Short Hills, as well as in Greenville, Delaware. Margaret Sussman Poppe has a public health consulting business and is currently working on projects with the state health department in Vermont. They have two grown children: Kimberly, who teaches buddhist meditation and contemplative photography in Amsterdam, NL; and Justin, who is a mural artist and graphic designer in Washington, DC.  


    Brian Jones is emeritus director of music at Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston, where he served from 1984—2004.  He has performed as an organ soloist in many parts of the United States, Canada, Mexico, England and Bermuda. In his time at Trinity he built the Trinity Choir into a group which has been praised as “one of America’s finest choirs,” and his recordings with the group have been widely-acclaimed. Since retiring from Trinity, he has held many interim positions, including the Cathedral Church of St John, Albuquerque; Harvard University Memorial Church, Cambridge, MA; Old South Church, Boston, to name a few. He is director of the Copley Singers, a Boston-based choir which has sung at the memorial services for the Boston bombing victims, in the presence of President & Mrs Obama, as well as for a 9/11 commemorative concert in 2011 at Trinity Church, Wall Street, which was glowingly reviewed in the New York Times. Brian was raised in Duxbury, and holds degrees from Oberlin and Boston University.  He and his husband, Michael Rocha, recently moved to Concord, after having lived in the Back Bay for thirty years. In his spare time, Brian enjoys travel, gardening, sailing, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He has a daughter, Eliza, and son Nathaniel, and three grandchildren, Nicholas, Caroline and Declan, all of whom he is very proud.  Visit Brian's website www.brianjonesmusic.com


  • July 06, 2017 2:43 PM | Anonymous

    Would you like to participate in the 2018 Haiti Mission but are not able to travel to Haiti? The trip leaders are looking for people to sew bags and others to donate material for making the bags. Yard goods with colorful prints, plaids, or graphic designs are especially appropriate. A supply of fabric and sample sewing directions are available at the bottom of the stairs outside the Suter Room.

    The Haiti Bags team has supplied approximately 3,000 bags to the Haiti Medical teams over the past five years. They are used to hold the medicines and vitamins given to a family. These bags are appreciated for their immediate usefulness and are cherished as an attractive item that can be used over and over again.

    To participate in the Haiti Bags project, either as a sewer or a fabric donor, contact Jan Conrod at 617-489-1247 for more information and any questions


  • June 23, 2017 2:10 PM | Anonymous




    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: 


  • June 16, 2017 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Are you looking for a way to make a difference but you’re really busy? Don’t do night meetings? Have an erratic schedule? Don’t drive? Just plain tired? Have we got a group for you!

    Epiphany’s “Friends Indeed” is a low stress but much appreciated way to get involved.

    The group began fourteen years ago, in the midst of an interim period. A new parishioner had asked Cynthia Hubbard, our Interim Rector, for help. She was working full-time as a nurse and didn’t yet know anyone in town. Her elderly father was ill and needed to move in with her. She couldn’t get his hospital bed delivered because she couldn’t stay home from work to wait for it. Could the church help?

    We realized that although many of us worked hard for a number of volunteer causes and Epiphany had an active ministry to elderly who are home bound, we didn’t have an organized way to respond to emergency requests. We needed a way to notice and respond when Parishioners needed a helping hand due to illness, accident, or bereavement, a sick child, a new baby, and other unforeseen situations.

    Cynthia turned the job over to the newly reconstituted Pastoral Care Committee where former Parishioner, Jody Clark, observed that “a friend in need is a friend indeed!” And with that, the Friends in Deed were born.

    Over the years, the “Friends” have responded to many opportunities to share love and support with other Parishioners. We’ve sent cards, brought flowers or cookies, and delivered countless casseroles. We’ve given rides to medical appointments (and in one case to seminary classes!), and have taken those unable to drive out for adventures. We’ve sat with the dying so a spouse could have an opportunity to go out. On occasion we’ve mowed lawns and done laundry. We’ve gone to the pharmacy, the bank, and the post office, and picked up groceries. Once we planted window boxes for a friend weak from cancer. There have been casseroles for families with new babies, and on one occasion, babysitting for the older sibs. We’ve even walked the dog!

    Joining the friends is a great way to bring happiness and comfort to others and it’s a good way to make new friends. This is a great example of “many hands make light work.” We receive requests directly from the weekly Staff Meetings, through Sarah Twiss, who communicates with the Friends Coordinator for that month. The Coordinator sends a group e-mail to all Friends. (This is how you can find out who the other Friends are - and we’ll try to wear our “ask me” tags on Sundays). Those who are available volunteer as they are able. Some Friends volunteer every month, some a few times a year. We don’t have scheduled “on call” weeks, we just respond as the Spirit moves. It may be someone you know or it may be someone who lives near you whom you’ve never met - you’ll know when it’s the job for you.

    In words attributed to St. Theresa of Avila,

    “Christ has no body now but yours,
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
    Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world,
    Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
    Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.
    Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
    Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
    Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”

    Join the Friends in Deed - you won’t regret it!
    Submitted by Joy Cass



  • June 14, 2017 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    ​Last Sunday Jacob Athyal, Thomas Brown, and Carolyn Hughes joined clergy and lay members from the First Congregational Church of Winchester, the Winchester Unitarian Universality Society, a lay member of Temple Shir Tikvah, and three lay members of a local Islam community at Rosie’s Place in Boston to prepare and serve the Sunday meal. 

    Ms. Fehmida Chipty, and her husband, Mr. Najmuddin Patwa, (both of whom are physicians at Winchester Hospital) sponsor a meal at Rosie’s Place during Ramadan. As an outcome of conversations among various faith leaders, and because of our Rector’s personal commitment to make friends with the many Muslim families who live in and around Winchester, Sunday’s outing was nothing less than an answer to prayer, as well as a real offering of love and service. Thomas said, “it was great fun, totally easy, and we now have a way to continue doing this work either on our own or with others. I’m really, really grateful for Fehmida’s invitation.” Visit Rosie’s Place  to learn more about this sanctuary for poor and homeless women in Boston. To receive information about future opportunities to serve at Rosie’s Place (or elsewhere) with people from other faith communities please contact the Parish Office here .

    photo by Fehmida Chipty




  • May 22, 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous



    Click here
    to read the letter from the Wardens emailed on 12 May 2017
    Click here to learn more from Thomas about the details of his sabbatical and information about how he’ll communicate during his time away.


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