February 24, 2022

Sunday: Tapestry Restoration Update

The Epiphany Altar Guild would like to provide an update on our tapestry restoration project. We are just over 50% of the way towards raising the $42,000 in funds to cover the repair and restoration of our Tapestries. Thank you very much to those of you who have contributed to date and are making our project possible!

On February 27, Kathy Hodges, co-chair of Epiphany's Altar Guild, will be presenting on the status of the project after the 8:00 am and 10:00 am services. Her presentation will include the history of the tapestries, who commissioned them, in whose memory they were given, information on the designers, artists, weavers and the details of the conservation process. Please join us for an update on our project and some Epiphany history!


Sunday: Confirmation Begins

Confirmation class is approaching! Our first meeting will be Sunday, February 27 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm in the Garrett, with an option to join virtually. The class will conclude with a confirmation service on Saturday, May 21, at St. Anne's Church in Lowell. Please find the tentative schedule posted here and reach out to Eva Dalzell to register, or if you are interested in joining the team as a mentor! 


March Birthdays

Do you have a birthday or anniversary during the month of March that you would like noted in 3 Crowns and the Sunday bulletin during the first week of the month? If so, we invite you to send the details to Kathryn at office@3crowns.org no later than Sunday, February 27. 


Episcopal 101 Recordings

Did you miss any sessions of Rev. Nick and Rich Goldhor's Episcopal 101 mini-course? The recordings are available on our YouTube channel! Please click to view recordings of sessions #1#2#3, #4, and #5.


Epiphany Obtains Support for Ahli Arab Hospital

Photo courtesy of American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

In response to the extreme violence which occurred in Gaza in 2021, the Ahli Arab Hospital, located in Gaza, and owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, developed a program to help the children living nearby. Gaza is one of the most difficult places in the world to live — high unemployment, lack of basic sanitation, and regular episodes of violence. The program, named “Psychosocial Support for Traumatized Children and their Caregivers,” provides research-based support and follow-up for traumatized children. The anticipated result of this therapy and follow-up with children and their parents is to provide a sustainable foundation for the children to grow and successfully manage their lives under difficult conditions.

Recently Jack Roll and Robie White, with the support of Reverend Nick, lay leadership, and the Mission & Outreach Committee, submitted an application on behalf of Epiphany to the Diocese of Massachusetts to provide a Sustainable Development Grant to Ahli Arab Hospital to fund the psychosocial support program. SDGs are meant to expand our vision of God’s mission in the world. The Diocese responded favorably with a grant of $12,000, which will provide support and follow-up for 24 traumatized children.    

Our New Afghan Neighbors Arrive February 26!

L-R: Daughter Sapna, 4, sons Kifayat, 2, Adil, 8, Toheed, 3, and Mansor, 5, dad Ihsanullah. Not pictured: mom Zahida.

The Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership will reach a major milestone on February 26: the Rawan family will move into their new home. Their apartment is just ten minutes away from their cousins’ apartment, Adil’s new school, and a bus line. Co-signed with a very generous guarantor from the WIRP team, the lease establishes legal residency in Arlington, opening the way for the family to fully settle into the US.


CREDIT: www.arlington.k12.ma.us/home/

Our Housing and Apartment Set Up subteams accomplished the near-impossible, locating the apartment, cleaning, painting, and furnishing it in time for move-in. Sincere thanks to the many generous Epiphany members who have contributed money, household goods, heavy lifting and transport of donated furniture, and fundraising coordination.

Please check the current list of needs here. Some last-minute moving muscle may be needed! The weeks ahead will offer many support opportunities. If you have kids at the Thompson School, or attending preschool in Arlington, can you share your experience? Could you join a 2-person team to provide tech support to the family? Transportation, shopping, and other volunteer roles will be opening up soon. Please continue to donate via our Give Lively page or the family’s Amazon wish list.

Speak to the Reverend Bob Davidson, co-lead of WIRP, about how you might participate in this joyful and important work, or email him at frbobdav@msn.com.

Announcing a New Children's Choir!

We are announcing a new Children’s Choir for boys and girls currently in grades 2-7. The choir will meet for rehearsals on non-Midweek Wednesdays beginning March 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Upper Parish Hall, and will learn the basics of good singing as well as how to read music. After rehearsals on March 9, 23, and April 6, the goal is for the choir to sing in church on Palm Sunday, April 10. Following this there will be a bit of a break in rehearsals due to Holy Week, post-Easter break, and back-to-back Midweek offerings! Following another round of rehearsals on May 11, 25, and June 8, the goal would be to sing again in church on Sunday morning June 10 (The Feast of the Holy Trinity) as we transition into summer schedules.

Adult chaperones will be on hand, and parents/guardians are welcomed (though not required) to hang around and observe the action! Pre-registration isn’t necessary, but it would be helpful in terms of planning. If you know that your child(ren) will participate, or if you simply have questions or desire more information about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Many thanks and all best wishes for now,
Jeremy Bruns, Interim Director of Music & Organist


Midweek @ Epiphany: We Need Your Help!

We need many helping hands, including yours, to make our fun Midweek @ Epiphany gatherings happen. There are volunteer slots available on Sundays after church and on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, afternoons, and evenings — click on the button below to sign up whenever it's convenient for your schedule!  

Sign Up to Help with Midweek Dinners

Shrove Tuesday Parish Supper:
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Us on March 1

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. 


Spring Midweek Schedule

We are pleased to announce that Midweek @ Epiphany will resume on March 1! Please mark your calendars with the spring schedule: Tuesday, March 1 (Shrove Tuesday Parish Supper); March 16; March 30; Thursday, April 14 (Agape Meal and Maundy Thursday Worship); April 27; May 4; May 18; June 1.  All Midweeks are from 6:15 - 7:30 pm. Tables will be set-up in Hadley Hall and in the Cloister Garden for dinner. We look forward to seeing you! 


Ash Wednesday Worship

Begin your Lenten journey at Parish of the Epiphany on Wednesday, March 2 with Ash Wednesday worship and imposition of ashes. Join us at 7:30 am for a spoken word service, or at 7:00 pm for a sung service with choir. The 7:00 pm service will also be livestreamed via YouTube


Sunday Hospitality

Sign Up to Contribute to Sunday Coffee Hour

We look forward to returning to having Coffee Hour after the 10:00 service in March. Please click on the button above to contribute a baked good, fruit, and/or your time to help with Coffee Hour during March and early April. 


Lenten Sunday Series
Grief and Grace: Healing Together

Join Rev. Nick and Dr. Brian Litzenberger each Sunday during the season of Lent after the 10:00 am service for a forum series that will help us explore the many feelings of grief and loss and disorientation that we've experienced through the pandemic. Nick and Brian will host conversations to engage both the theology and practice of moving from trauma to healing. These sessions are open to all ages, as Dr. Litzenberger is particularly engaged with parents, youth and young people in his practice. This series begins on Sunday, March 6th as Dr. Brian and Rev. Nick offer a conversational sermon at the 10:00 am service, followed by the forum in Hadley Hall.


New Acolyte Training on March 6

Sign Up for Acolyte Training

Do you have a child, in fourth grade or older, who would like to become an acolyte? Acolytes participate in the 10am worship service on a rotating basis. We will hold an Acolyte Training after worship on Sunday, March 6. We'll start at 11:15am and go for about an hour. After training, we'll ask families to fill in a scheduling Doodle Poll with your availability, where you can let us know how often and when your child would like to be an acolyte. If your child is interested in becoming an acolyte and will attend on March 6, please sign up by clicking the button above. Please direct any questions to Bryn.


Lenten Evensong on March 6 at 5PM

All are invited to a service of Choral Evensong on the first Sunday in Lent, March 6 at 5:00 pm. Choral Evensong is the most particularly Anglican service in all of Christian worship. Originating from monastic hours, it consists of the distinctive parts of the ancient offices of Vespers and Compline. The choir offers canticles, prayers, and anthems so that everyone’s devotions at the end of the day may be enhanced by music, scripture, and candlelight. 


Radical Spirit by Joan Chittister:
A Contemplative Book Discussion

"Freedom from anxiety, worry, and tensions at home and work, comes when we give ourselves to something greater. We need to seek wisdom rather than simply facts, to think before speaking, and in turn create respectful communities." 

Join us for six Thurdsays, March 17 — April 28 (skipping Holy Week). There are two options to participate: 12:45 - 2:00 pm in person in the Chapel at Epiphany or from 7:30 - 8:30 pm via Zoom. We will be discussing two chapters per week. Please RSVP to Sandy LaPerche to receive the weekly Zoom link and reflection questions. Used books are available in the Suter Room (church library). (Reimburse Sandra $10 when you see her — no hurry.)  


This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, February 24

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
7:30pm Contemplative Book Discussion Group Meeting via Zoom 
7:30pm Healing Ministry Team Meeting via Zoom 
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Sunday, February 27

8:00 am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room and via Zoom 
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
9:00am Tapestry Restoration Presentation in Hadley Hall 
9:00am Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 
9:00am Zoom Church School Lesson via Zoom 
10:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary, Hadley Hall, and via YouTube 
10:00am Church School in the Upper Parish Hall 
11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall
11:15am Tapestry Restoration Presentation in Hadley Hall 

11:15am High School Youth Group in the Garret and via Zoom  

12:00pm Confirmation in the Garret and via Zoom 
5:30pm Middle School Youth Group in the Garret and via Zoom

Monday, February 28

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm Sustainability and Creation Care Group Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

Tuesday, March 1

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 
9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room 
1:00pm Epiphany Visitors Meeting in Hadley Hall 

4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom 
6:00pm Property Committee Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 
6:15pm Shrove Tuesday Parish Supper in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden

Wednesday, March 2

7:30am Ash Wednesday Worship in the Sanctuary 
6:00pm Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 

7:00pm Ash Wednesday Worship in the Sanctuary 

Thursday, March 3

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 


For More Information

For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Nick by dialing 781-729-1922 Ext. 5. 
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