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  • September 18, 2020 2:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Adult Formation Committee will be launching its new program year with a three-part series on “The Beloved Community.” The series will focus on the theology that informed the US Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, looking at the work of theologian Howard Thurman (Jesus and the Disinherited) and the Civil Rights work of recently deceased US Congressman John Lewis. Central attention will be paid to Thurman’s question “what does religion have to say to the masses of people who live with their backs constantly to the wall?” We will reflect on whether the answer to that question holds the key for all of us to become the children of God who is in heaven.

    The program will begin on Zoom on October 4th at 11:30 am, just after the 10:00 am service (the link will be provided soon). While there is no required reading, those wishing to pursue the topic in greater depth may want to look at Howard Thurman’s seminal work Jesus and the Disinherited (available through www.BN.com or on order through Bookends in Winchester). Suggested videos are all available at www.YouTube.com.

    The series schedule is as follows:

    October 4th: “The Beloved Community:” John Lewis and “Good Trouble.”
    Suggested materials:

    • (Video) John Lewis Marches On (John Lewis with Bill Moyers, 56 min 46 sec) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQDbXDduGGA
    • Lewis, John, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America (Hachette Books, New York and Boston, 2012).
    • Meachem, John, His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope (Random House, New York: 2020).
    • Timeline of John Lewis' life here.

    October 18th: Howard Thurman: Jesus and the Disinherited.
    Suggested materials:

    November 1st: "The Beloved Community": What Does it Offer Us?Suggested materials:

    If you are interested in attending the series, please notify the Epiphany Office, as it will facilitate smoother program planning. We look forward to Zooming with you.

  • August 28, 2020 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As COVID-19 infection rates remain high in Chelsea and job loss and food insecurity persist, St. Luke’s- San Lucas Episcopal Church continues to work hard to meet the need. Volunteers at St. Luke’s distribute thousands of pounds of groceries to over 600 people every Saturday.

    For over 10 years, Epiphany has partnered with St. Luke’s by supporting their feeding programs with both volunteers and funding. In pre-COVID times, we stocked the shelves of the pantry every Friday morning for Saturday distribution and one Saturday per month a group of volunteers prepared and served breakfast and lunch for anyone in the community looking for a hot, home cooked meal. With these programs closed for now and the city funded emergency food distribution in place, there are 4 ways that we can continue to help our friends in Chelsea.

    Donate to the “Meals for Chelsea” Partnership

    In May, Parish of the Epiphany, St. Luke’s, and Bella Isla Restaurant entered into a “Meals for Chelsea” partnership. Funds are raised through a GoFundMe account (managed by Betsy Walsh) and each week funds are disbursed to the restaurant. Bella Isla creates 150 certificates for free meals and these certificates are distributed on Saturday to those waiting in line for groceries. This program provides a hot meal for those who need it AND helps keep a small (minority woman owned) business open. It is going really well and we are seeing a certificate redemption rate of over 90%. As we increase the number of certificates over time and extend the program into the fall, we will need additional funding. Please consider donating by clicking this link.

    Donate Gift Cards

    When the food runs out on a Saturday or local people come to the church on other days looking for help, Father Edgar (Vicar at St. Luke’s- San Lucas) really appreciates having gift cards to give out. Please purchase $25 gift cards for either Market Basket or Stop and Shop. Roz Nazzaro (1 Dunham Street, Winchester, MA 01890) collects them in Winchester and Tracy Podol (9 Falmouth St, Belmont, MA 02478 ) collects them in Belmont. Please drop the cards at one of their homes and they will deliver them to St. Luke’s on Fridays.

    Donate Personal Care Items

    Father Edgar likes to have a supply of toiletries and feminine hygiene items on hand for those who ask. Donations of soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, and sanitary pads are in the greatest need. These can also be dropped off or mailed to Roz or Tracy (see point #2).

    Donate Funds to the Funeral Fund at St. Luke’s

    Father Edgar has alerted us to the increased need for assistance with funeral costs. He will gladly accept checks made out to the Vicar’s Discretionary Fund with “Funeral Fund” written in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to St. Luke’s- San Lucas Church, 201 Washington Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150

    Thank you so much and please contact us with any questions!
    Betsy Walsh
    Claudia Bell
    Roz Nazzaro

  • August 26, 2020 10:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    August 26, 2020

    Dear Friends,

    In the midst of all that we are coping with right now, we hope this summer has offered you and your family some time of rest, relaxation, and renewal. As September approaches, we’re writing with an update about what the fall will look like at Epiphany. We expect that our fall worship and programming will remain online.

    Our bishops continue to strongly encourage parishes to refrain from in-person worship and to provide online opportunities for worship, formation, and all other aspects of parish life. Our Journey by Stages Advisory Committee continues to tackle the complex diocesan requirements for preparing our church for reopening. It is slow, patient work that will be extremely helpful once it is safe for us to gather in person.

    Epiphany’s staff, committees, and parishioners have been working hard to plan for the fall – here is just some of what’s in store:

    Rector Search Process is in the Homestretch: Our Rector Search Committee is now conducting final interviews, and we anticipate that a new rector will be called sometime in October! The committee has been prayerful and thorough in its work, and committee members are enthusiastic about the candidates with whom they are in mutual discernment.

    Rally Day is September 20th: Rally Day is a cherished tradition at Epiphany, and an online Rally Day is being planned this year. Though we will not be able to gather in person, we are excited to offer a program that we hope will capture the spirit of Rally Day. Stay tuned!

    Programs for Children and Youth to Offer Love, Support, Hope, and Connection: Bryn Hollenbeck, Interim Director of Faith Formation, shares this update: “This fall, Epiphany will offer full programming for our children and youth, focusing on what they need most right now – love, support, hope, and connection – and on ways children and youth can bring love and healing to our world. We’ll build our relationships with Zoom time, offer asynchronous online learning opportunities with new classroom websites, and provide off-screen materials for faith formation at home. We are excited for a fall full of new ideas.”

    Choral Music Will Continue to Feed Our Souls: Craig Benner, Director of Music and Organist, shares this update: “Choral music will continue to play a vital role in Epiphany’s worship this fall even in these difficult times. We will continue to have our ‘Hollywood Squares’ style anthems done by the choir, and two of our section leaders will continue to lead us in worship. New for this fall, our section leaders will be recording four-part anthems, and leading Zoom choir rehearsals with choir members. You will also see occasional online choir videos that feature the whole choir. Watch for these on our online Evensong in November and our online Lessons and Carols in December.”

    Look for more information about this fall at Epiphany – including adult formation and stewardship opportunities – in The 3 Crowns. We are grateful to each of you for your patience, your perseverance, and your prayers as we navigate this challenging time. Truly, Christ continues to walk with us, giving us the strength and resilience we need. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.

    Together in Christ,
    Suzanne Owayda and Dave McSweeney, Wardens
    Sarah Conner, Interim Rector

  • August 21, 2020 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear friends,

    I hope you are finding joy in these late-August days. Parents, I share with you the stress of making choices for our children's new school year: public, private, remote, blended, hybrid, homeschool, pods. There is loss and grief in each choice, and I hope some joy and anticipation as well. I pray that you may feel peace in your decision and a freedom from comparing your choice with that of others. Every family is unique in what will work best for them.

    While school may be full of questions and anxiety, I hope this church will be a steady rock of support and encouragement for your family in the coming year. Your clergy, staff, Sunday School teachers and youth leaders have been working and planning throughout the summer. Although we aren't gathering in person this fall, the Parish of the Epiphany will offer a full and exciting program year of learning, creating, and sharing for all our children and youth. This community of faith is ready and eager to share our love of God and one another.

    Our 2020-2021 programming will focus on what children and youth need now--love, safety, hope, connection--and on ways they can be empowered to shape and heal the world around us.

    Full details, and directions for how to connect and receive materials, will be in next week's newsletter.

    Peace and love,

  • June 25, 2020 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Journey By Stages Advisory Committee had its first meeting on Monday, June 15, and they have begun the work outlined in the Vestry's charge to the committee. The members of the committee are

    Mary Street, Chair
    Ginger Barrow
    Jared Cumming
    Jason Kinchen
    Gloria Korta
    Lauren Michalski

    In addition to their strong faith and commitment to our parish, this group's professional gifts include deep medical, scientific, technology and public sector experience. Please be sure to thank them for the very important work they are undertaking to help us determine how we can open for in-person worship.

  • June 05, 2020 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In addition to the 10:00am Sunday morning service online, Epiphany also offers: Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and Compline.
    May God continue to strengthen the bonds of love among us as we pray together in these days.  

    Tuesdays at 12:00pm via Zoom: Noonday Prayer

    A few minutes of prayer at noontime can refocus our minds and hearts on God, and refresh us for the afternoon ahead.  The Reverend Sarah Conner leads a brief service of Noonday Prayer at noon every Tuesday.  The service, found on page 103 of the Book of Common Prayer, includes a psalm, a short reading, the Lord’s Prayer, time for intercessions, and prayers.  Here is the Zoom link for the service. 

    Wednesdays via Youtube: Morning Prayer

    Each week Suzanne Owayda presents Morning Prayer from Epiphany's Chapel as a way to start your day with prayers, lessons, and a variety of lay preachers.  The service is from the  Book of Common Prayer, page 75. Here is the Youtube link for the service.

    Thursdays at 9:00pm via Zoom: Compline 

    The service is a lovely way to end the day with prayers and readings, and can be done by each of us whenever we like, beginning on page 127  in the Book of Common Prayer. Mary Street joins with friends for this short service of evening prayers. Here is the Zoom link for the service. 

    Sundays at 10:00am via Youtube: Holy Eucharist

    The Reverend Sarah Conner officiates at a service of Holy Eucharist that includes a Prayer of Spiritual Communion. The complete service bulletin is available here. Here is the Youtube link for the service.

  • May 08, 2020 4:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Stephen Ministry at Parish of the Epiphany is currently providing one-to-one Christian care to members of our parish. Our ten Stephen Ministers are assigned to ten care receivers and are meeting twice a month in Supervision Groups that provide support for the Ministers during the process. While the Ministers listen to, care for and walk with those going through difficult times in their life, they also describe how much they grow through serving in this ministry.

    Care receivers are those struggling through a challenge, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness or some other life crisis. We can add loneliness and isolation as more prominent conditions in the times that we are now living in. Stephen Ministry is there to provide a compassionate companion to those who are hurting.

    Anyone in the parish can self-refer for a chat to assess their needs. Those who know others who may be in need can bring it up as an option to them or provide the referral to a member of the Stephen Ministry Leadership team.

    The current group of Stephen Ministers are Marie Lee, Neville Lee, Mary Street, Jason Kinchen, Sandra LaPerche, Shukong Ou, Nancy Nies, Susan Almquist, Jennifer Shire, and Ellen Wilson. We are so grateful for their faithfulness to their Care Receivers, especially during such challenging times. Epiphany's Stephen Leaders are Miriam Gelfer, Barbara DeWolfe, Ted Kellogg, Gloria Korta, and Joan O'Connor.

  • April 17, 2020 12:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Even though our building is closed, the work of our church hasn’t stopped. It has shifted.  And we want to thank everyone who has made an Easter gift to Epiphany and for staying current with your pledge.

    We encourage you to pay your pledge as you are able, as your financial support is needed.  Pledge payments can be made online, which is especially convenient during this time.  Please visit our Online Giving page for details.  If you’d like some help setting it up, please contact our financial administrator, Suzy Westcott.  You can also mail a paper check to the church or add the church to your bank’s online bill pay service. 

    We do understand that circumstances have changed, and that you may not be able to pay your pledge at this time. If you need to make an adjustment to your pledge, please notify Suzy.

  • March 26, 2020 6:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 26, 2020

    Dear Epiphany friends,

    It’s hard to believe it’s been two weeks since we made the incredibly painful decision to close our church building for worship and meetings.  We write to you today with grateful hearts and with a gentle reminder about our pledges. 

    Even though our building is closed, the work of our church hasn’t stopped. It has shifted: 

    • Our pastoral ministry teams – Epiphany Visitors, Eucharistic Visitors, and Stephen Ministers – and our clergy are reaching out by phone to help us stay connected;
    • We are offering virtual worship on Wednesday mornings (Morning Prayer) and Sunday mornings (Morning Prayer with music, followed by a virtual coffee hour!);
    • Our Vestry met via Zoom last week, and also restarted the Parish Fellowship Groups, reaching out by email to parishioners to see both what is needed and who can help;
    • Our youth groups – Genesis and YPF – are meeting via Zoom;

    • Families with young children are being offered support and new ways to help our children learn and grow spiritually;

    • Our Adult Christian Formation committee is exploring online formation resources;
    • 3 Crowns comes to us every Monday morning with parish news, and we are sending additional, regular updates during this time.

    • We are making sure that our building is clean and in good repair, ready for when we can gather again for worship, meetings, and events in that beautiful space;

    • We are paying our bills and making payroll.

    All of this – and more! – is made possible by the hard work of our dedicated and wonderful staff, lay ministers, committees, and other volunteers. 

    We encourage you to pay your pledge as you are able, as your financial support is needed and appreciated.  Some parishioners make their pledge payments online, which is especially convenient during this time.  Please visit our Online Giving page for details.  If you’d like some help setting it up, please contact our financial administrator, Suzy Westcott.  You can also mail a paper check to the church or add the church to your bank’s online bill pay service. 

    We do understand that circumstances have changed, and that you may not be able to pay your pledge at this time. If you need to make an adjustment to your pledge, please notify Suzy.

    With gratitude for each of you, and mindful of God’s abundant blessings, we are,

    Yours in Christ,
    Suzanne Owayda and Dave McSweeney, 

  • March 25, 2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mission and Outreach have put together a list of organizations that we can help during these critical times. For the most part, financial donations are preferred.

    1) St. Luke's in Chelsea is desperate for additional funds. This is where a group of Epiphany folks stock shelves weekly on Fridays at the Food Pantry. Checks can be sent to St. Luke's- San Lucas Episcopal Church (write "food programs" in the memo), 201 Washington Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150.

    2) St Stephen’s Youth Programs has created a Pandemic Relief Fund to support our families who face job loss and food/ housing insecurity. Donations can be made here designate Pandemic Fund. Contact Betsy Walsh for more information.

    3) The International Institute for New England work with immigrants and refugees and also need financial donations. Please donate here to help our neighbors in need.

    4) We should not forget that UU Bedford is still supporting their guest in Sanctuary even though the volunteer shifts have been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Financial donations will help defray their costs - they are into their third year of providing sanctuary. Send checks to: First Parish, 75 Great Rd., Bedford, MA. 01730, "Sanctuary Fund" in memo line.

    Sanctuary volunteers can no longer perform shifts, as per a Town of Bedford order that prohibits people from entering any public buildings in the town. For further information about our guest’s status, please contact Judy Cotton or Nelia Newell.

    5) A group from Epiphany prepare and serve breakfast and lunch on the 3rd Saturday of every month at St. Luke's in Chelsea. The serving of hot food is temporarily suspended. However a group of Epiphany folk prepared brown bag lunches which were distributed at the food pantry this past Saturday. Contact Claudia Bell if you would like to help going forward.

    6). Hospitals are running out of surgical masks. If you have a sewing machine and can help make any, please contact Judy Cotton for details.

    Obviously, there are many other worthy causes in need right now - most of this listed above are already supported by Mission and Outreach grants and Epiphany is actively involved with them.

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