January 13, 2022

Update on the Stewardship Campaign:
Mission and Money

As we head into 2022, we want to update you on the status of the Stewardship Campaign and to reach out to those who have not yet pledged to get your pledges in as soon as possible so that we can finalize our budget for 2022 and move forward with our goals for this year.  

At the heart of our mission and ministry for the coming year is our commitment to better serve people. People are our program. We believe we must have additional staffing if we are to grow in our ministry with youth and young families, deepen our pastoral care, and grow our worship life together. We want to sustain new ministries like Midweek@Epiphany or hybrid services and formation offerings. We believe this year’s budget is a first step towards renewal and rebuilding for our parish and ministry together.

The 2022 annual pledge campaign, Renew & Rebuild, set out to support this vision by setting a goal of $1,050,000 in total pledges. We asked everyone to consider increasing their pledge by 15% and sought to increase the number of pledging households from 226 to 240.

After nearly three months of ingathering of our parishioner’s financial pledges, we have good news. As of January 10, we have 202 pledges totaling $1,011,964. We are just $40,000 shy of our goal for money pledged. This represents an incredible sign of commitment to this new chapter of ministry together. Of the 202 pledges, 108 increased their pledges this year. In addition, we have 12 new households who have made a pledge. This is great news.

We also continue a trend of decreasing total households making a financial commitment. We have fewer households pledging this year, compared to prior years. If you have not yet made a pledge, and intend to for this financial year, we ask you to please turn in your pledge. Your participation is critical to our ministry as 90% of our money for mission comes from our financial pledges.

We have big plans for the coming year. Right now, we are building the road we believe God is calling us to travel—to reach out to our neighbors, engage and minister with youth and children, inspire through word and worship, and care for a fully intergenerational church. Your commitment enables us to Renew & Rebuild our common life and ministry together. Thank you for your incredible commitment.

With deep thanks,
Rev. Nick, Rector
Nelia Newell, Stewardship Committee Chair


2022 Stewardship Campaign Progress


Remembering Those Who Have Died:
Submit Your Remembrances by January 18

Submit Your Memorial Online

During the first 14 months of the pandemic, we were saddened to not be able to gather physically for worship together as the Parish of the Epiphany family. And sadly, while we were apart, we lost some of this family and were unable to grieve and remember them together. On Sunday, January 30 at our Annual Meeting Sunday, we will remember those parishioners who have died over the past two years. In addition to listing their names, we would like to include something unique about each person: special interest, hobby, passion, or gift.

We will be remembering the following parishioners who passed away during 2020 and 2021: 
William Brown, Jr.; Mavis Curtis; Frances "Fran" Elliott; Anne Everett; Mildred Fischer; Paul Ferguson; David Gillette; Francis "Frank" Jackson; Rose Marie Luongo;  Eleanor "Ellie" Maskell; George McGeary; Jane Miga ; Harry NalbandianJanet Palmer OwensBarbara Quigley; John Stoeckle ; Larry Tobiason; and Gayle Pershouse Vaughan. 

Please click on the button above to fill out our online form. We must have the information no later than Tuesday, January 18 so that we can include it as part of the service bulletin on January 30.


Music Director Search: We Need Your Help!

Music Director Survey

The search team working with Nick to help find the new music director for Epiphany invites you to fill out a brief survey, available by clicking on the button above. As we develop the job description for posting in the next several months and look forward to interviewing candidates, the survey results will help us to understand what parishioners care about most in the music program. Our goal is to have the new person start sometime in the late summer. The final day to participate in the survey is January 27. Thank you for helping Nick and the team as we move forward in the process.


Did You Chalk Your Door? Send Us a Photo!

Did you chalk your door using the instructions in last Wednesday's email? If so, we'd love to see a picture! Send your photo to office@3crowns.org. 


Church School Back Delivery: Back Again!

Sign Up to Delivery Church School Bags!

On Thursday, January 20 and Friday, January 21 we'll be sending Church School materials home to all our children. This is a big operation so we need help. Can you swing by the church and pick up bags and addresses from Bryn, and then make doorstep deliveries? Please click on the button above to sign up, and know how incredibly grateful we are for your continued support as we make sure all our children stay connected, engaged, and healthy through our current surge. Thank you! Questions? Email Bryn.


Online Worshippers: Let's Connect!

If you join us online for our worship livestream, we'd love to hear from you. We are interested in deepening our online and digital ministry and we'd like to begin by hearing from you. If you join us online for worship, we invite you to email the parish office, as we'd like to hear from you and start a conversation to deepen our fellowship, ministry, and connection for those who join us online. Connect with us by emailing us at office@3crowns.org


Piano Donation by Craig Benner

An enormous thank you to outgoing Director of Music Craig Benner and his husband Darren, who have generously donated a beautiful Steinway piano to Parish of the Epiphany! 


Sunday: Liturgical Change at 8AM Service

Our 8:00 am liturgy will return to a Rite I traditional language service on January 16. While this is a return to previous practice, it is also a shift away from our practices during the pandemic. The 10:00 am service will remain a contemporary language service.


Middle and High School Youth Groups

Join us for Middle and High School youth groups this Sunday! Both groups will meet in the Garrett (at the top of the stairs) at the following times:

High School (grades 9-12): 11:15 am  — 12:15 pm
Middle School (grades 6-8): 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm

All participants will remain masked while indoors. For information on how to participate virtually, or if you would like to join the Youth Ministry team as a volunteer, please reach out to Eva Dalzell.


Starring Jesus Christ: Sunday at 11:30 AM

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 class will be a hybrid offering, hosted in the Chapel and via Zoom. Bring your popcorn wherever you are!


Episcopal 101: Sunday at 11:30 AM

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


The Practice of Prayer: Sunday at 11:30 AM

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.

We will read and explore a select number of chapters in Guenther’s text, and use some of her suggested group questions for deeper discussion. Reading of the book will be helpful though not required to participate in the discussion. For those who obtain the text, I would suggest reading chapters 2 and 3 prior to the initial session. The book is available online for under $15.00. 


Contemplative Book Discussion Group

Join us via Zoom on Thursdays at 7:30 pm January 20 through February 24 for a contemplative book discussion on Breathing Underwater by Richard Rohr. Read Chapters 1 & 2 for January 20th. Please contact Sandra LaPerche with any questions.  


Warrant for Epiphany's Annual Meeting on
January 30

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Middlesex, ss  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

Midwinter Candlemas & Cocoa January 30

On Sunday, January 30 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, join us the evening of our Annual Meeting for Midwinter Candlemas and Cocoa! Enjoy community, cookies, and hot cocoa at this all-parish gathering in the Cloister Garden. 


Midweek Resumes in February

Please note that Midweek @ Epiphany is on hiatus during the month of January and will resume in February! Stay tuned for more information. 


This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

Thursday, January 13

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

6:30pm Training for Resettlement of Afghan Evacuees via Zoom 
7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Section Leaders Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall  
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Sunday, January 16

8:00 am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room 
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
10:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary, Hadley Hall, and via YouTube 

11:15am Fellowship Hour Hour in Hadley Hall

11:15am High School Youth Group in the Garrett 

11:30am Episcopal 101 in Hadley Hall and via Zoom

11:30am Starring Jesus Christ in the Chapel and via Zoom
11:30am The Practice of Prayer via Zoom 

5:30pm Middle School Youth Group in the Garrett

Monday, January 17

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, January 18

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room 
4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom 
7:00pm Mission & Outreach Committee Meeting in the Suter Room 

Wednesday, January 19

11:00am Prayer and Communion Service at The Gables at Winchester 
7:30pm Vestry Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, January 20

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

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


For More Information

For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Nick by dialing 781-729-1922 Ext. 5. 
Click to view our Family Newsletter for parents, youth, and children. 
Click to find information on our worship services
Click to learn more if you are new to Epiphany.
Sign-up for online pledge payments here.


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