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  • 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




  • June 09, 2017 12:34 PM | Anonymous


    If you’ve been around the Parish of the Epiphany for a while, you have heard us talk about it, pray about, and work toward growth. If you’ve heard the word growth and thought about increasing numbers of people at church, you’ve heard correctly—but only partially.

    Growth has been part of our mission strategy at the Parish of the Epiphany because, to put it simply, we can’t afford to be a small congregation in a large building in an expensive location. But, we mean so much more by growth. 

    As people who believe that we are spiritual as well as physical beings, we realize that if we’re not growing, we’re actually dying. That’s the way of living beings. It’s also one of the underlying things we have in common with one another. The next time you’re in church, look around at your sisters and brothers. They’re there for the same reason you are; we all want to grow. Of course, not everyone would immediately agree about that. It’s equally human to come to worship—into what we hope will be the presence of God—for something like peace, or comfort, or healing. But we see from history, from experience, and certainly from the Biblical story, that God works with our motives. You may come for one reason and end up being pushed, or pulled, or inspired into growing.

    In the next several weeks almost everything we’ll encounter on Sunday mornings will focus on growing. Behind us is the Great 50 Days of Easter, culminating with the Day of Pentecost, and yesterday’s celebration of the Trinity, and now, the long weeks of what is sometimes known as “ordinary time”—officially it’s the Season after Pentecost, and it continues until December 2nd.

    An invitation to grow will come each Sunday through music, Bible readings, sermons, and yes, through conversations over punch in the Cloister Garden.

    The gospel record of Jesus is far more than a well-guarded treasury of ancient wisdom. For us, especially when we gather at worship, the Jesus record is a living force. It’s filled with larger ideas.

    I suppose if you pressed me to describe some kind of edge to Jesus’s interaction with his own people during his lifetime, I’d probably say he thought their idea of God had become too small. What if Jesus, the living Word, is saying the same thing of us? God, the lover of the world, continually challenges us to grow, and we have an entire lifetime in which to do it! The Parish of the Epiphany grows because step by step, we accept the growth God wants for us—with all the adventure and change that comes with it.

    A blessed ordinary time to you: I hope there’s nothing remotely ordinary about our growth.

    Faithfully in Christ,




  • June 06, 2017 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    Epiphany's week to support B-SAFE is  July 24-28

    There are two ways that we support the inner city youth summer program at St. Stephen's Church.
    1. Volunteers prepare, serve, and clean-up lunch each day of the week.
    If you can help, sign up here

    2. Volunteers donate the food, drink, and snack that is offered to the youth each day.
    If you can help sign up here. 

    Thank you in advance for supporting St. Stephen's children and staff B-SAFE (Bishop's Safe Academic and Fun Enrichment) summer program for youth in the City of Boston. As a partner church, Epiphany provides lunch and a snack for 170 campers and staff each day from July 24-28 

    Monday through Thursday we serve at St. Stephen's. We start the day around 9:00am to prepare the lunch, then we carpool from Epiphany at 10:30am, and return after lunch at about 1:30pm.

    Friday we provide a picnic at Hopkinton State Park from 10:00am and 2:00pm. Before and after lunch at the park, the campers are in two groups, supervised by their counselors, rotating activities from water games to field games. Epiphany is also providing an enrichment activity. We will meet the bus at 10:00am at Hopkinton State Park and stay until the St. Stephen's bus leaves around 2:15pm. If it rains, we will have an alternative plan. The field trip is an excellent opportunity for Epiphany families with young children to participate.




  • June 01, 2017 1:08 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends,

    We place high value in making sure you can communicate with us, whether it regards emergent or urgent pastoral matters, or program and administration subjects. We endeavor to respond as quickly and thoroughly as possible. We hope the following will help you.

    • The office is open 9:00am- 4:00pm Monday through Friday. You may telephone us at 781.729.1922, or you can reach us through this website, or via email.
    • On Fridays during July and August the office is closed.
    • To email Sarah Twiss, the Parish Administrator, or for general office matters please use office@3crowns.org.
    • Voicemails and emails are confidential.
    • When you contact the office after business hours, an outgoing message always indicates an emergency number to reach a clergy person on call.
    • Each staff person responds to her or his own email; we strive to return phone calls and emails on the same day we receive them.
    • Unless it’s an emergency we don’t respond to emails after 9:00pm or before 8:30am.
    • The program staff do not respond to emails on their  days off (Miriam and Craig: Mondays and Fridays; Thomas and Carolyn: Mondays)
    • Thomas Brown’s mobile phone is 781.570.3073. This newly-established number is the only cell phone he uses; please use it for urgent matters, only when an email will not suffice.
    • Miriam Gelfer’s mobile phone is 781.570.3074. Please use it for urgent matters, only when an email will not suffice


  • 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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