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  • June 23, 2022 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Note the highlighting on items or tasks where volunteers are Needed!
    Current as of June 20, 2022

    Saturday, June 18 was Arts & Entertainment Day: First, the Rawans’ TV was finally connected and the kids plus a few cousins enjoyed some GBH Kids channel programming. Then at 4:00 pm Zahida walked the entire family down Harlow Street to take in a bit of Arlington Porchfest, one of the best musical community days of the year!

    Joint NST Family Meeting-May 23, 2022: Arlington NST and Team WIRP NST leads (Alham/Alex and Bob/Betty) and the two Afghan families (the adults) participated in a joint meeting to talk about

    • How the families are starting to envision the next 3, 6, 9 months
    • Our relationships as NSTs and refugee families, very dependent now, but aiming to be self-sustaining
    • How we communicate with each other about important matters and
    • How decision-making happens

    Since this meeting, WIRP NST has developed a slim list of interpreters to assist teams when necessary. Legal held an interpreted meeting with the Rawans, medical appointments always have interpreters, as do education conferences. Our discussion has given us a useful framework for how to listen to each other.  We agreed that we would meet periodically in this format.

    Calendar: We now have a WEEK color-block calendar that the Rawans, and committee leads as well, receive. Going forward we will share the WEEK with all NST volunteers, so you can see what’s happening at 72. To smooth out calendaring, Nelia suggests that whoever adds any new entries on the very busy Transportation tab should highlight them in lime green for speedy ID by her. She will then enter them on the Google calendar.

    Clothing: The team delivered spring clothing to each child on May 7, and then bathing suits, including a culturally appropriate long-sleeved rash guard and shorts for Sapna, and flip flops this past week. Next up: fresh underwear for all.

    Cultural Orientation: The Cultural Resources module volunteers received last week new forms part of the training expectations for all Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership volunteers, especially those who interact with the Rawan family. 

    EATS & WIC: 
    This team accepted the additional mission of assisting Ihsanullah with tricky WIC shopping (and using his WIC phone app) at the local Stop and Shop following EATS Market trips each Monday. Zahida has begun doing EATS shopping with two of the kids, a break for Ihsanullah who does the bulk of the grocery shopping for the family. Based on valuable feedback from the EATS team, a pilot tutorial in math for shopping will be launched soon.

    Education - Pre-School: Very exciting! Sapna, based on a dental exam, is likely already five+ years old, and thus eligible to enroll in kindergarten in September 2022. Dr. B., the wonderful pediatric dentist for the family, documented her dental observations in a letter which has already moved from Thompson School to the office of the APS Superintendent. Fingers crossed that Sapna will be invited for her kindergarten screening soon!

    The Preschool Committee has been working with the youngest three Rawans twice a week this winter and spring. Team members work with the children on: English language acquisition; pre-literacy skills (looking at books, finding pictures, telling stories, turning pages, learning a few letters); fine motor skills (holding crayons and pencils; using glue sticks and tape; forming shapes with different materials); noticing colors; singing songs; following directions; and other preschool-ready skills. We also take the children on local outings to the library for Story & Music Time.

    A huge tub of donated duplos has provided fun and entertainment beyond iphone action videos. ALL the kids love building with duplos and running anything with wheels. Sapna received her first baby doll with a few outfits. She shares Baby with her brothers. ;-)

    Sapna and Toheed will begin summer camp at Arlington Boys & Girls Club July 5-8, and July 25 – 29, 9:00 am -12:00 pm. They also have two camp weeks in August. This first exposure to leaving home, being with new teachers in a classroom, and being with peers is a big milestone and an important part of getting them school-ready for the fall. They are set to attend Fidelity House Preschool this fall, for two mornings a week. If Sapna goes to kindergarten at Thompson, only Toheed will be at Fidelity.

    There is still much support needed; even without the language barrier, the three youngest children do not have the skills, knowledge, or experiences that will be typical for their classmates when they begin preschool.  However, the children are clearly growing, learning, and progressing. They appear happy and healthy. 

    Education - K12: Zahida and Ihsanullah attended (interpreted) parent/teacher conferences for both Adil and Mansor in early June. At both conferences, the parents expressed appreciation and thanks for the work of the Thompson School staff and administration, who in turn consider both boys “delightful!” Adil (grade 3) and Mansor (grade 1) each participate in a grade level classroom, an ELL tutorial, and a math tutorial. Both are behind grade level which is normal for children with limited English and limited literacy in their home language. Adil’s class speech was bold and confident—be sure to listen at this link. Scroll down to the second row for his audio clip. The school will complete an evaluation requested by the family via Adil’s PCP re: accommodations/Section 504 for his mobility limitations in September. Mansor has improved greatly “since Day 1.” Parents and Thompson staff agreed that Adil will be retained in Grade 3 and Mansor will be placed in Grade 2 in September.

    Both Adil and Mansor will attend Summer ELL classes, T/W/TH, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, during July. They will also attend summer camp at Thompson for two weeks in August (when Toheed and Sapna will be at Arlington Boys’ & Girls’ Club.

    Still Needed: 5 rides on Thursdays in July for Summer ELL, July 7, 14, 21, and 28. Sign up here.

    Education - Adult Learning: Online ELL ended in mid-June. WIRP and Arlington NST are pursuing the possibility of joint ELL language and literacy classes with the Hasanzais this summer.

    ISO: tutor for the new Shopping Math tutorial. Contact Betty, bjstone13@yahoo.com if this interests you. 

    Ihsanullah has been gainfully employed part-time, on an evening shift (3:00 - 8:00 pm) on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at the Upper Crust Pizzeria on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge near Porter Square. Ihsanullah is responsible for his own transportation and appears to be enjoying this exposure to an English-speaking environment where he can earn a little money, contribute to the household, and learn more about American customs. 

    Finance: Welcome to three new volunteers who recently joined the Finance team to relieve Bob of the heavy load he has been carrying. Mary Ann O’Callaghan will monitor weekly household accounts of earned income and benefits; Alan Field will submit expense reimbursements to Ascentria and pay utilities and other fixed expenses; and Robie White will create monthly financial reports of donations and expenses and prepare audit documentation.

    Healthcare: Adil had orthopedic and neurology appointments for mild weakness in the left arm and more pronounced weakness in the left leg. He is being fitted with a brace, and will need PT 1-2 times a week plus home exercises daily.  He has a brain MRI coming up. There is also talk about neuropsych testing and the possibility of surgery in the future.

    This is a lot for one little boy but he’s a trooper! Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to drive to these many recent and future appointments!

    Legal: After a long wait, the Ascentria legal team finally reached out to the Rawans, and we've been helping the family gather information and documents so they can obtain permanent legal immigration status as soon as possible. Bob and Lindsay met with the Rawans along with an interpreter and a paralegal at Ascentria (via video call) to coordinate this. There are multiple potential avenues leading to "green cards" for the family, and it may take years to complete the whole process. Nevertheless, great progress is underway, and all indications so far are that the Rawans are on their way to lawful permanent residency here in the US. 

    Tech: Now the Rawans have a DVD player.

    In Search Of: Sesame Street (or similar) DVDs to help with pre-school readiness and English language learning for all. If you have any DVDs to offer, please contact Linda lindajblair@msn.com. Thank you in advance.

    Transportation: The Tab on the WIRP Dashboard continues to reflect a lot of activity – many medical appointments needing many drivers. Going forward, the family will be encouraged to use public transportation to get to routine CHA appointments in Porter Square.

    Needed: Drivers for various appointments. Providing rides to/from medical appointments provides a great opportunity to meet the family and help in a big way.  Please check the Transportation Tab on the WIRP Dashboard and sign up here. Rides in YELLOW or LIME GREEN need drivers. Thank you!

    Miscellaneous: Ihsanullah did a training bike ride from Harlow Street to Upper Crust. The option of commuting to work by bike offers good exercise, less time waiting for the bus, and monetary savings. He will also receive bike lights from BikesNotBombs so that night riding is safe.

    Needed: A few volunteers to step up to plan an outing/fireworks to help the Rawans celebrate their first July 4 in the U.S. Contact Bob at frbobdavis@msn.com if this is you!

    Needed: A few individuals to plan outings for LOCAL SUMMER FUN for the family. If you are interested please contact Bob at frbobdavis@msn.com.

    Thank you, everyone, for taking on aspects of this very intense and sometimes difficult but always rewarding work. A special thanks to our co-leads, Betty Stone and Bob Davidson!

  • April 01, 2022 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Reverend Louis W. Pitt, Jr. wearing a gray suitWe are saddened to to announce the death of our beloved friend and companion, the Reverend Louis W. Pitt, Jr. For his long life and ministry, we give thanks to God and rejoice that Louis is now in God’s loving embrace of God. Click here to read Louis' obituary. 

    The funeral service for Louis will be Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester. A livestream of the service will be available on Epiphany's YouTube channel. The funeral bulletin can be viewed here. The Right Reverend Alan Gates will preside, and the Reverend Skip Windsor is to preach. A reception in Hadley Hall will follow.

    We invite you to join us in giving thanks for Louis, his ministry and friendship, and holding his family, loved ones, and our community in prayer. 

  • March 30, 2022 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Make Your Easter Lily Dedication Online!

    Every year the sanctuary is decorated with beautiful Easter lilies and flowers in memory of loved ones or in gratitude for blessings received. To dedicate a lily using our online form, please click the button above. Submissions must be received by Palm Sunday, April 10 so that your dedication can be included in the Easter bulletins. 

    To make a contribution for Easter flowers and music in any amount, please give online (select "Easter Memorials" from the "Fund" dropdown menu) or by check. Please make checks payable to the Parish of the Epiphany and write "Easter lilies" in the memo line. Drop your check in the Sunday offering plate or mail it to: The Parish of the Epiphany / 70 Church Street / Winchester, MA 01890.

  • March 18, 2022 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    8:00 am: Blessing of Palms and Holy Eucharist: Rite I
    9:00 am: Hot Cross Buns Reception
    9:45 am: Gathering in Hadley Hall for Blessing of Palms
    10:00 am: Procession and Holy Eucharist: Rite II 

    6:15 pm: Agape Meal with Eucharist, Foot Washing, and Stripping of the Altar

    7:30 am: Simple Service in Chapel
    12:00 pm: Good Friday Prayer Book Service with Music
    7:30 pm: Good Friday Prayer Book Service with Music

    7:30 pm: The Great Vigil of Easter with Baptism

    9:00 am: Festival Eucharist
    10:00 am: Festive Reception
    10:30 am: Easter Egg Hunt
    11:15 am: Festival Eucharist

  • February 17, 2022 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lent is right around the corner, but first: Mardi Gras! Our annual all-parish Shrove Tuesday supper is back, and this year it will have a Mardi Gras theme. Please join us on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 pm for jambalaya and other traditional foods as we celebrate being together the evening before Lent begins. 

    While we aren't serving pancakes, we will be tossing them! Back again this year is our beloved Shrove Tuesday Pancake Toss, open to all ages. No previous pancake-tossing experience is necessary. All are welcome to participate or act as the cheering squad. Laugh with us as we crown this year's champions. 

    Seating for dinner will be available inside Hadley Hall as well as in the Cloister Garden.

  • January 20, 2022 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex, The Parish of the Epiphany

    To the Clerk of the Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, Massachusetts

    You are hereby directed to notify the members of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester aforesaid qualified to vote in its affairs to meet electronically via Zoom on the thirtieth day of January, 2022 at 12:00 pm. 

    To elect by ballot officers, delegates, and committee members of the Parish, as follows:

    A WARDEN for the term of two years; three VESTRYPERSONS each for terms of three years; one VESTRY PERSON for term of one year; a CLERK, a TREASURER, and an ASSOCIATE TREASURER each for a term of one year; two DELEGATES to DIOCESAN CONVENTION for a term of one year; one alternate DELEGATE TO DIOCESAN CONVENTION for a term of one year; two DELEGATES to MYSTIC VALLEY DEANERY for a term of one year, and three MEMBERS OF THE PARISH NOMINATING COMMITTEE, each for a term of one year.

    To hear and report on activities of Parish Officers, Clerical Matters, and Stewardship and Finance Committees.

    You are directed to serve this warrant by posting an attested copy thereof on the door to the usual public entrances to the Parish Church fourteen days at least before the date of said meeting.

    Hereof fail not, and make due return of said services at the time and place of said meeting.

    WITNESS our hands at Winchester on this eleventh day of January, A.D., 2022.

    Dave McSweeney, Warden 
    Suzanne Owayda, Warden

    I hereby verify that I duly served the foregoing warrant as therein directed.

    Eunice Aikins-Afful, Clerk 

  • January 13, 2022 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following formation offerings will take place on the Sundays of Epiphany, beginning at 11:30 a.m., following the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service. Please read each offering description for meeting details and how you can participate.

    Starring Jesus Christ: Hosted by Jason Kinchen
    Over 130 films have been made about Jesus since the advent of cinema, and like no other art form, these movies have influenced the perception and understanding of Jesus for Christians and non-Christians alike. This class will examine some of the most influential of these films and delve into how they have been shaped by the Gospels, Christian tradition, and the film’s own cultural context. But perhaps more interesting is the way they have fed back into the culture and influenced spirituality and theology on a large scale. We will begin with the silent era, move through to the wide screen Biblical epics, and on to more modern and subversive interpretations of traditional elements.

    The course will be a hybrid offering, hosted in the Chapel and on Zoom. You can join this Zoom offering here.  

    Episcopal 101: Hosted by Rev. Nick and Rich Goldhor
    Join Rev. Nick and Rich Goldhor as we explore the story and theology of our Episcopal tradition. We will explore both the history and story, the theology and thinking, the vision and vocation of our branch of the Christian faith. This is a great space to ask questions and explore answers together about our church. This course is great for those new to the Episcopal Church, as well as those who are interested in deepening their understanding of and calling within the life of the Episcopal Church as a spiritual home.

    This course will be hybrid, hosted in Hadley Hall and available on Zoom. You can join this Zoom offering here

    Practice of Prayer: Hosted by Fred Rowland
    In this mini-course, we will explore various perspectives on prayer in our lives using Margaret Guenther’s book The Practice of Prayer as our initial guide. The course will be an interactive discussion based on our reading and experience. Many of us were raised to believe that prayer was practiced only in quiet, on our knees, possibly in church, but prayer can be and is so much more. Reading of the book will be helpful though not required to participate in the discussion. For those who obtain the text, please read chapters 2 and 3 to begin.

    This mini-course is Zoom-only. You can join this course here

  • January 03, 2022 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Invitation to the ordination of Brett Johnson with red border and crestBeloved Siblings in Christ,

    I am humbled and excited to invite you to attend virtually my ordination to the priesthood on Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 am. Please gather with me via Zoom (Meeting ID: 879 4702 9545) or Facebook; because of COVID restrictions, there are strict limits to be in person in the sanctuary in Danvers, where I have been serving for the last two and a half years. I am honored that Reverend Nick Myers will be one of my presenters and Reverend Bethany Myers will serve as Deacon and Bishop’s Chaplain throughout the service. They will represent you in person, but you all will be in my heart.

    Although I felt called when I was a child, truly, it was at Epiphany that God began to unfold the path, one step at a time, first in lay leadership, then in chaplaincy training and work, and finally with my call to the priesthood. You supported me, trained me, equipped me (Eph. 4:12), and have prayed with and for me. You were my sponsoring parish and have been home for me and Dave since 2012. I do love you, so, and am grateful every day for you.

    The link for joining the service and for downloading the bulletin will be found here.

    Martin Smith once said that for some, ordination is another step in their on-going conversion. This has been true, for me, as I am in awe and wonder at what God is doing in my life. I ask your continued prayers as I take this next commitment to serve God. Prayer is a sacred privilege; I am honored by your prayers! Thank you, dear friends!

    In faith,
    Brett Johnson

  • December 08, 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It is with great joy that we share the good news of our welcoming two new interim staff members here at Epiphany. 

    Interim Director of Youth Ministries
    At the beginning of our program year, I shared with you the hopes and intentions of our vestry leadership to strengthen our ministries with youth and young people. Immediately, we began a search process, only to discover that many candidates would not be available to begin a new call until sometime in 2022. It was a common message from candidates and made clear to me that we would need to seek an interim Director of Youth Ministries to help establish and begin a new chapter of ministry here at Epiphany. We did not want to wait another year to begin deepening this important ministry area. I am happy to introduce our Interim Director of Youth Ministries, Eva Dalzell (pronounced “ay-va”). Eva will work part-time and help establish weekly middle and high school gatherings, strengthen lay leadership in our youth ministry, and explore service and mission trip opportunities for youth. Eva will begin her ministry among us on Sunday, December 12 and be with us during the rest of our program year.

    Eva Dalzell is thrilled to be joining the Parish of the Epiphany as the Interim Director of Youth Ministries. She recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Episcopal Service Corps, serving as Assistant to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Diocese of Massachusetts. Before that, she studied Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, she was an active member of the Rockwell House Episcopal Campus Ministry, where she first felt the call to accompany and empower other young people on journeys of discernment, faith formation, and embodying God’s love in the world. Eva grew up in Washington, DC, and currently lives in Jamaica Plain with three wonderful roommates and a dog named Nessie. She loves reading, iced coffee, and Dungeons & Dragons.

    Interim Director of Music and Organist
    With the announcement of the departure of our current Director of Music and Organist, Craig Benner in January, we immediately began seeking an Interim Director of Music and Organist to help support our ministry and worship. I am happy to introduce Jeremy Bruns as our Interim Director of Music and Organist. Jeremy brings immense talent, experience, and energy to our community, and I am very excited for him to begin the week of January 10. Jeremy will work part-time at Epiphany, directing our choir, leading our liturgical music, and supporting our music ministry during this time of transition and search. 

    Named “a coolly aristocratic player” by The Dallas Morning News, Jeremy S. Bruns has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams, BCC Radio, and the Pro Organo label. He has been featured at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and has performed numerous recitals with engagements including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, Canterbury Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. James’ Cathedral in Toronto, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Methuen Memorial Music Hall, St. Paul Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh, Adolphus Busch Hall, and the Fasor Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary. As a church musician, Bruns has held positions in Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; and other locations, including three years as Associate Organist of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, where he worked daily with the late John Scott and the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. He has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX. He studied with David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, earning the M.Mus. and the Performer’s Certificate. Bruns is Dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative.

    During the pandemic, Jeremy became a nationally certified Pharmacy Technician. He is currently Pharmacy Operations Manager at the Walgreens in East Arlington.

  • November 25, 2021 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Young boy in donkey costume at Parish of the Epiphany's Christmas PageantThis year our Christmas pageant will be on Sunday, December 19, during our 10:00 am worship service. All children are invited to participate. We will hold rehearsals on Sunday, December 5 (11:15 am) and Sunday, December 12 (11:15 am). Last minute joiners are always welcome — even the morning of!  The pageant will be live-streamed and available on YouTube, as is now customary for our 10:00 am services.

    Sign-ups will be on Sunday, November 28 during fellowship hour in-person, or you may email Bryn with your child's name, age, and part request. The parts are:

    • Reader
    • Angel
    • Shepherd
    • Sheep

    Grown-ups interested in helping with the pageant (costumes, shepherding, support), please email Bryn. Thank you!

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