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,