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  • February 11, 2020 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Epiphany heartsSurely, you’ve seen the colorful hearts draped over the lovely crab apple tree in our front yard. The explosion of color against the flat gray February sky is the perfect anecdote for the longest stretch of New England winter.

    These calico, striped and rainbow hearts dot trees and porches throughout town. You might wonder, as I did, how this kind tradition began. It all started with Helene Cabour, an avid quilter looking for a second life for the abundant scraps left over from projects. A friend suggested making hearts and hanging them from the tree in front of her house on Bacon St. She went right to work and began stitching together and stuffing the hearts with excess quilting supplies.

    That first year, almost 30 years ago, Helene hung about 70 hearts from the tree in front of her Bacon St. home. It was such a large tree; she didn’t think anyone even noticed. So, the second year, with an arsenal of hearts built up, she and a friend hung 400 hearts. “Then”, she says with the spunk of a less-than-90-year-old, “they paid attention!”. The following year they multiplied to 1500. The current residents of the Bacon St. house still honor the tradition.

    In the following years parishioners Nancy and Carl Hagge began hanging hearts anonymously at night at the homes of friends and shut-ins, anyone who might need a boost of cheer on a winter dawn. It’s such a heart-warming gesture and one that has been copied by others.

    In 2006 a group of crafty parishioners began making “heart kits” for people to make at home. The hearts are sold at the Christmas Fair and in the office as a fund raiser. An ample supply of hearts is still available for sale in the office each year.

    Each year following the Annual Meeting, the tree is “hearted” by parishioners. Fred Benson removes them later in the month and then Alison Taber tackles the monstrous task of untangling them all and then hanging them to dry before packing them up for the next season.

    As the Christmas candles fade in the distance these spectacular hearts are just what we need to inspire some happiness mid-winter. As Helene so eloquently put it, “If these hearts can make someone smile, even just for a minute, they are worth hanging.”

    Written by by Linda McDonough

  • December 24, 2019 8:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Parish,

    We are happy to report that we have completed Phase 1 of the search process which includes publishing the Parish Profile and officially posting our open rector role. Thanks to everyone’s input, we feel the profile truly reflects the spirit of Epiphany and clearly articulates our focus on God, Jesus, and our shared faith.

    You can view the Parish Profile document here and hard copies are also available in the Parish Office. The vestry approved the Profile document on November 20th and it was approved the following week by the Diocese. The Diocese has since published our Parish Profile and posted our job description on their online system for all Episcopal clergy to see.

    With these steps, we have also moved from the status of “Self-Study” to “Receiving Names”. This current phase is known as the “Prayerful Pause”, for now…we wait. We wait for prospective candidates to review our profile and discern if they are being called to apply for our new rector position. We will be receiving names from now until February 1st and in early February, we will establish a “long list” of roughly 8-12 candidates. This long list will be further refined through a series of in-person, phone and video-conferencing based interviews.

    Just like any candidate search, we need to get the word out! This is the part of the process in which everyone associated with the Parish can take an active part. Please share that our Parish Profile has been published and that we are receiving names. You are encouraged to share the link to our profile across your various networks and social media channels (e.g. – Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). If you know of someone who would be a good candidate for the role, please encourage them to apply. If you do encourage a specific candidate to apply, please let the Search Committee know by emailing us at rectorsearch@3crowns.org so that we know the candidate was Parishioner-sourced.

    As we enter this next phase of the search, confidentiality becomes of the utmost importance. It is respectful to candidates who apply that neither their names nor status be shared with anyone outside of the Search Committee. This includes our clergy here at Epiphany, our Wardens, and the broader Parish. So, while we sincerely want your help in sourcing candidates, know we can’t provide any details on candidates moving forward. This even extends to simply confirming whether or not a candidate has applied. We thank you for helping us maintain this strict confidentiality – it really is for the privacy of the applying candidates.

    We thank you for your continued support and prayers for our work. At this time, we especially ask you to pray for candidates who are considering God’s call to apply for our rector role as well as the Search Committee as it evaluates applicants. We leave you with the prayer we close 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, Search Committee


  • November 14, 2019 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Parish of the Epiphany was recently awarded two Diocese of Massachusetts Global Mission Sustainable Development Grants which we applied for on behalf of global mission partners: Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children in East Jerusalem, and Hopital Ste. Croix in Léogâne, Haiti. We are delighted that each partner will receive about $8,800.

    Sustainable Development Grants support projects undertaken by congregations engaged in mission with partners outside of the Diocese. Award decisions are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: to end poverty; improve health and education; reduce inequality; and spur economic growth, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

    Princess Basma Center is owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and has received strong support from Epiphany in recent years. The grant is for their Mother Empowerment Program, a two-week residential program that provides children with newly diagnosed disabilities and their mothers with intensive, individualized early intervention.

    Hopital Ste. Croix, owned by the Diocese of Haiti, is the only surviving hospital in the region. Over nearly a decade, our Haiti Mobile Medical Mission has built a deep relationship with this key player in efforts to rebuild the health care system in the region hardest hit by the 2010 earthquake. The hospital is well on the way to becoming the first self-sufficient Haitian hospital run by and for Haitians. However, deepening political and economic problems make it difficult for it to meet its energy needs. This grant will help HSC to develop a comprehensive plan to achieve energy independence through green solar technology.

  • 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.

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