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  • November 07, 2019 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Parish,

    We are in the last month of Phase 1 of the search process which includes self-study and completion of the Parish profile. We again want to express our sincere thanks to all parishioners for sharing with us their thoughts and hopes for the Parish and new rector. It’s been an unbelievably rewarding experience listening to everyone and hearing what we hold most dear about Epiphany and what we hope for the Parish moving forward in this next chapter.

    One sentiment that came up repeatedly throughout our listening sessions was that replacing Thomas is an impossibility and we couldn’t agree with you more! It is a subtle but important distinction to be clear about – we aren’t searching for a Thomas replacement - we are looking for the best candidate with the best fit with our Parish to help lead us forward.

    As we mentioned at the beginning of our search process, while our timeline was ambitious, it was also subject to change. At this time, we plan to complete the Parish profile and submit to the Diocese for approval by the week of Thanksgiving. This should allow for the public posting of our profile by the 1st week of December. We will then begin receiving names and anticipate accepting candidates through the end of January. Soon after closing the window to receive applicants, we will establish a “long list” of roughly 8-12 candidates. This long list will be further refined through a series of phone and video-conferencing based interviews. This updated timeline is roughly a month behind our original plan; however, we do feel that selecting a new rector in advance of our next program year is still a reasonable goal.

    We thank you for your continued support and prayers for our work. We leave you with the prayer we open each Search Committee meeting with:

    Loving God, as we gather tonight, help us to pause and remember your presence. We have faith that you are here, within us, among us, between us. In this moment, and in all our work together, help us to remain present to each other, to listen with attentiveness and to speak with care. In this period of transition, guide us in discernment. Give us strength, courage, and wisdom that we may remain open to the call of your Spirit and to the new life that awaits our community. In the months to come, help our beloved parish family to welcome and support a new pastor and priest. In all of this, keep us grounded in your love. We pray in the name of our brother Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation. Amen.

    Love in Christ,

    Liz Kinchen and Michael Schrader
    Co-Chairs, Rector Search Committee

  • November 01, 2019 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Those of us who have been able to watch Epiphany's elevator come to life over the last six months can smile. We know that a lot more effort and expertise went into this project than meets the eye, now that we’re almost finished. Those who come after us will have the benefit of what we all did together, without the fuller appreciation of what it took to pull this off.

    The work is both “seen and unseen.” A substantial portion of the work is invisible to the eye, either underground, or restored to the original condition. The shored-up deep hole against the building’s basement was a logistical feat, which allowed for the underpinning of existing foundations, cutting an opening into our basement wall, constructing deep footings and drainage pits --- none of it now visible. A large new concrete drywell was hoisted over Hadley Hall and installed for improved drainage in the cloister garden - not now visible. The paving stones of the cloister garden were numbered and stored away, and the pool protected. They are being restored to tranquility where once there was a “lunar landscape,” - not now visible. All the complicated elements of the elevator machinery once occupied almost a third of Hadley Hall, but have now disappeared from view.

    The culmination of many decades of wanting to make our building fully accessible, the elevator now takes its place as a new manifestation of the working of the Holy Spirit among us.

    We give thanks to God for the men and women of our superb general contracting team working for CE Floyd Company Inc., including Project Executive Pete Doucet, Project Manager Andrew Fournier, Superintendent Dave Seermon and the site experts, excavators, masons, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters, and elevator installers who made it all possible. They did it with attention to the details coordination, cleanliness, safety, budget, and sensitivity to the daily rhythms of the church community that only a first-rate contractor knows how to provide.

    We give thanks to God for the team of talented architects from Taylor & Burns Architects Inc. and especially principal and partner Robert Taylor whose vision guided the project over years to its completion.

    We give thanks to God for the members of this Parish who gave tirelessly of their time and talents, especially Darwin Keith-Lucas, who managed the project as our Parish Representative, and attorney Woody Cook, whose profound knowledge of construction law and contracts, and tenaciousness, made everything possible. Kate Loosian, who is a professional construction project manager at Harvard University, contributed good advice at every turn.

    And we give thanks to God for those who helped pay for all this, led especially by the Vestry and Wardens, Jim Gammill of the Finance & Investment Committee, Robie White of the Capital Resource Allocation Team (CRAT), and Eileen Marks, chair of our new Together Forever facilities fund.

    As we enjoy our new elevator, let us remember with gratitude all these workers who ride with us.

    John McConnell

  • October 21, 2019 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    29 Lakeview Road, Winchester, MA

    After a successful tenancy, the family who was renting the Rectory will be returning to a new home. The Rectory will be available for rent starting 1 December 2019 until approximately 30 July 2020. Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you know who may be looking for temporary housing or please contact Suzanne Owayda or Lee Kaukas.

    DESCRIPTION: A 4 Bedroom, 2 ½ bath Colonial Revival style home located near the Upper Mystic Lake and directly across the street from the Wedgemere train station in Winchester, MA (on the Lowell line). Home includes an eat-in kitchen, wood paneled dining room, detailed living room, and a finished sun porch. A bonus finished attic that can be used as a study, playroom, or a guest room, for a total of nine rooms. This home is approximately 3400 sq ft on .22 acres of land with a detached garage. It also has a fenced in back yard and a spacious front yard. Recently finished floors, updated security system, painted.

    Winchester is a bedroom community located nine miles north of downtown Boston. It has a very small-town feel although access to North Station via the Lowell line of the commuter rail makes Boston very close. Winchester has five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, 29 Lakeview Road is in the Ambrose School District.

  • October 11, 2019 1:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As part of Epiphany's theme for our program year – Belonging, Believing, and Becoming the Beloved community, we’re kicking off an experiment – a creative way to build, maintain, and deepen connections with each other. We’ve organized the Parish into 16 randomly created fellowship groups, each led by a member of the vestry. You’ll be hearing from your vestry leader in the next few weeks via email.

    With a church as large as ours, it’s a challenge to get to know everyone. We hope these groups will provide us with a new opportunity to connect. We encourage you to think of your vestry leader within your fellowship group as your “go to” person if you have any questions about our period of transition or any other church related items.

    Our first communication to you will be about introducing you to each other in your fellowship group. Subsequent communication will be related to updates on the search process, our stewardship campaign, faith formation, and additional fellowship opportunities.

    You can participate as much or as little as you’d like. We ask that you give it a chance, provide some feedback to us along the way, and we’ll make adjustments.

    Thank you,
    Suzanne Owayda and Dave McSweeney

  • October 04, 2019 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Epiphany Friends,

    It’s remarkable to me that six months have passed since we said farewell to each other. Words cannot begin to convey how much I miss all of you. At the same time, I am loving the new ministry in Maine. The rhythm and the responsibilities are different from parish ministry, and certainly I am put in mind every day about how little I know. Nonetheless, there is excitement and an eagerness to get acquainted with the people of Maine. Next month I meet in two gatherings with the clergy (where I’m supposed to have something to say), and then, it’s the diocesan convention, where I’m really supposed to have something to say. I’ve already put nearly 6000 miles on the diocesan truck, which I affectionately call “the Oliver Leland”—the first and middle names of the 5th Bishop of Maine, who had also been a rector in Massachusetts, at St. Mark’s in Dorcester.

    Thank you for the exquisite gift of vestments (cope, chasuble, stole, and miter), given to me for the consecration in June and presented on you behalf by David McSweeney, Ellen Wilson, and Emily Holt. They were constructed by a designer in Brooklyn (who made Bishop Gates’ vestments), and whenever I wear them I see the dedication label on the inside which reads “for the tenth Bishop of Maine, Thomas J. Brown, given to the greater glory of God by the Parish of the Epiphany, in thanksgiving for their tenth Rector.” They’re a beautiful reminder not only of our decade together, but also of our futures: yours is as bright as ever, and as for mine, well, I am saying my prayers and leaning wholly on Jesus. You taught me how to do that, and so much more.

    Tom and I send our love and our life-long thanks for the seasons we shared.

    As ever,


  • September 27, 2019 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on the 3rd Saturday of every month for fun and fulfillment as we prepare and serve breakfast and lunch for Chelsea residents. Sign up for either Shift 1 (8:00-10:30am) or Shift 2 (10:30am-1:00pm).

    Upcoming Saturdays are: 19 October, 16 November, and 21 December. For questions, please contact Claudia Bell. Click here to sign-up and bring your family and friends.

  • September 27, 2019 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our weekly Bible discussion group returns this Thursday, 3 October. The focus for the fall will be Women of the Bible. Once again John Jenke will facilitate the discussion. All are welcome. Good friends, coffee, and laughter are provided. The group gathers in the Suter Room from 9:30-11:00am.

  • September 27, 2019 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Sunday, 6 October we will welcome the Rev. Sarah Conner, as our Interim Rector. We will have an extended coffee hour after the 10:00am Eucharist so that you may meet and greet Sarah. Sarah comes to us with over a decade of faithful service and a wealth of experience as an Interim in our Diocese. She is a deep listener and strong leader. I know you will give her a warm Epiphany welcome!

    Sarah Conner has been a full-time interim minister for more than fifteen years. Most recently she served as interim at St. Peter’s in Cambridge, a small city Parish with strong outreach to its neighborhood. She has served a variety of Parishes over the years, including Trinity in Concord; St. Michael’s in Milton; St. Dunstan’s in Dover; St. Peter’s in Buzzards Bay; and All Saints in Brookline. Prior to ordination, she worked for several years in publishing. Sarah lives in Arlington; she is a cradle Episcopalian and lifelong New Englander.

  • September 13, 2019 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parish of the Epiphany has an opening for a full-time Director of Faith Formation. The ideal candidate will be a passionate Christian formation professional, preferably with teaching experience; the person must be highly organized and able to engage children, teens, parents, and volunteers with creativity and enthusiasm.  Click here to read more about Epiphany and the Director of Faith formation position

  • September 09, 2019 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Big news, there are two new events added to this year's fair.

    Our Christmas Fair is scheduled for Saturday, 23 November. We can’t wait! The Fair is an opportunity to welcome parishioners and the wider community into our beautiful church for a visit, a bite of lunch, and wonderful holiday shopping. We need volunteers to make this event happen! Will you help?

    There will be many, many opportunities to participate via an online sign-up for general volunteers, but right now we are looking for leaders. In particular, we are looking for chairpersons for the following:

    You will organize food prep, set-up, and serving of coffee/lunch. We have many helpers for this section of the Fair so you will have lots of help. Perhaps you would like to volunteer with a friend and co-chair.

    We already confirmed most of our vendors but we need a chairperson to continue the dialogue with vendors and be the point-person for vendor questions before and on the day of the Fair.

    New for 2019: Children’s Hall
    The Upper Parish Hall will be abuzz with activity on Fair day as we welcome the youngest among us to shop for gifts, children's books, and enjoy craft activities all while their parents shop, lunch, and enjoy the day. This is a fun new addition to the Fair and the chairperson(s) will have a big voice in shaping the experience. Start setting aside used children's books now!

    New for 2019: Performances in the Chapel
    We have a chairperson to lead this exciting addition to the Fair but she needs your help to identify performers. Please email us with your suggestions including contact information. In general, our hope is to host three performances lasting roughly 10 minutes at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:00pm to delight attendees and draw more visitors to the Fair. Performers might include local musicians from the music school, our own choir, or others. Let’s get creative!

    Please email the Fair co-chairs, Laura Krotky and Anne Sharp with an enthusiastic “YES, I will help!” today. Or, contact us with questions and thank you for making this annual favorite event a memorable day.

    Our next meeting is moved to Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00pm in the Suter Room.

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