January 19, 2022

Connections

This started as a piece on gratitude. I am deeply grateful for the many ways that we share our faith and lives at Epiphany, and I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how much of a touchstone it is for me. What emerged as I thought about it was a series of images that all center on connections, and it has left me thinking about how blessed we are to share a journey in which we connect in so many ways. What follows is not intended to cover the range of our journey together, it is only the images that I have enjoyed remembering as we begin a new year.

  • The most recent example was the spontaneous applause on Sunday after Janelle embarked on what she said was a ‘stretch’ to turn a pink button into a children’s sermon (Janelle, it was amazing!).
  • Midweek has grown from an idea to get people together in the middle of the week outdoors to a familiar part of the rhythm of our calendar. It feels completely consistent with what Epiphany is all about that we continue to have an impressive turnout every other week and that some of our newer members are beginning to be the ones who invite and welcome new people. I love to watch the connections across generations and the ways that children are being absorbed into the bigger family, and I particularly love the way that kids welcome other kids and ‘show them the ropes.’
  • Godly Play seems to be attracting a growing group of families, creating a space not only for the children who attend, but a place where parents have time together (parents, you aren’t required to stay, but I love the community that has seemed to evolve on Sunday mornings!).
  • I missed the Weekend Away (thank you Covid!) but was amazed at how many people took time to send me texts, emails, and pictures so that I could be there a little bit.
  • The choristers have not only spent Wednesdays learning and singing, they seem to have followed the Epiphany habit of creating their own unique community. 

Beyond the images is the sense of connection that has always been part of my experience of Epiphany. When people stop to check in with one another, it’s not just a quick hello, it’s a real moment of listening and responding. I’m looking forward to our continuing journey together this spring and to discovering how we will grow together.

Nelia Newell 

 
 

Communion Enrichment Class

This Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at the church, we will hold Communion Enrichment for children in grades 2-5 and their caregivers. The Communion Enrichment class is designed to help children better understand the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. These children will participate in the 10:00 am service of worship on January 22. If you're interested in learning more or having your child participate, contact Bryn Hollenbeck.

 
 

Youth Bowling Night: January 21

All youth (6th - 12th grade) are invited to a bowling night this Saturday evening, January 21 from 4:45 - 8:00 pm. Meet at the church at 4:45 pm and we will carpool to Townline Luxury Lanes in Malden. If interested, please RSVP to Rev. Janelle

 
 

Forum Hour: 
The Book of Ruth: A Family Story

The Book of Ruth is the story of a family. But when family stories are examined closely, they can be surprising — even unsettling. This Sunday, January 22 and continuing on February 5, 12, and 19 at 11:15 am, we will take a close look at the Book of Ruth, and see what surprising things it may have to tell us about God, our ancestors in faith, and ourselves.

 
 

Sacred Ground:
Small Groups on Racial Justice

We are excited to announce the formation of two new anti-racist learning groups at Epiphany, using the Episcopal curriculum called Sacred Ground. Sacred Ground is a small group discussion series on race, built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Sacred Ground is part of the Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice in our personal lives, ministries and our society. It is open to all, and is especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. For more information, please click here.

A pilot group at Epiphany recently completed this course, finding it to be challenging, thought-provoking and emotional at times. They will serve as facilitators for these new groups. One group will meet virtually on Mondays via Zoom beginning January 30, while the second will meet in person at Epiphany on Tuesdays beginning January 31. Each group will be limited to 12 participants and will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 pm for 10 sessions over approximately 12-14 weeks, with some weeks off for school vacation, etc. The curriculum for each group will be the same and includes approximately 1.5/2 hours of outside reading/viewing each week in addition to group meetings. To sign up, please email the parish office or call 781-729-1922. If you have any questions about the course content, please contact Suzanne Owayda or Rev. Nick Myers. We are eager to share this material and deepen our beloved Epiphany community’s commitment to and understanding of racial justice.

 
 

Mission & Outreach Survey

The Mission & Outreach community at Epiphany is in a season of discernment about where God might be calling us to next. We are taking some intentional time to hear from the greater parish community and exploring new partnerships in our community. We want to hear your voice! Please fill out the survey below as an act of compassion and justice.

Mission & Outreach Survey

Annual Meeting: January 29

On Sunday, January 29 at 11:15 am in Hadley Hall, all are invited to Parish of the Epiphany’s Annual Meeting for a review of 2022, and to look ahead to 2023. The Annual Meeting is the principal parish-wide event to celebrate our common life and to experience our ongoing financial and organizational transparency. 

 
 

Evensong: January 29

All are invited to a service of Choral Evensong on January 29 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 Parish 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. 

 
 

February Birthdays & Anniversaries

Do you have a birthday or anniversary during the month of February that you would like remembered in 3 Crowns and the Sunday bulletin? If so, please send the details to Kathryn in the parish office by Monday, January 30. 

 
 

El Hogar Immersion Trip
Informational Meeting: February 5

We are returning to Honduras for an immersion trip this coming summer! Tentative dates are set for July 1-9, 2023. If you are interested in more details, please join Rev. Nick on Sunday, February 5 for an informational meeting in the Chapel after the 10:00 am service. 

 
 

Exploring Our Faith: Grades 6-12 Invited!

All youth (6th – 12th grade) are invited to Exploring our Faith, Sundays after the 10:00 am service from February 5  April 2 (skipping February 19). For those interested in being confirmed (must be 10th grade or older), these classes will be required and fulfill all confirmation qualifications. Please email Rev. Janelle if you are interested in being confirmed. Pizza will be provided! 

 
 

Youth Cooking Day: February 5

6th – 12th graders are invited on February 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm to join with the youth from Temple Shir Tikvah in the Epiphany kitchen. We will be cooking lasagna and brownies for The Dwelling Place, a soup kitchen in Woburn. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with youth from another faith community in Winchester and help provide food for our neighbors! RSVP to Rev. Janelle.

 
 

Epiphany Golf Challenge

Fr. Bob Davidson and Rich Bartels are organizing an early season golf challenge — are you interested in playing? The format would include 2 nines and one 18 hole round. Suggested date are:

  • Saturday, April 1, 9 hole tee times (maybe at Tewksbury again)
  • Friday, April 14, 18 hole tee times (maybe at Butternut Farms or some fun course you might recommend)
  • Saturday, April 22, 9 hole tee times (maybe at Pine Meadows in Lexington) 

Everyone can play any or all of the matches. Feel free to bring along a non-Epiphany friend! The format could be best ball or Captain’s choice depending on what your foursome would like. 

We will offer a 50/50 raffle, no skill required, for each outing to raise some funds for a parish program. Two tickets for $10, 5 tickets for $20.

If you’re interested, please contact Rich Bartels by January 31 indicating which date(s) you want to play. If you have one, please include your handicap to help form foursomes.

Hopefully we can have someone shoot a HOLY-in-one like Fr. Bob did last year!

 
 

Nate Ramsayer Valentine's Day Concert

On February 12 at 5:00 pm, treat your sweet to an early Valentine’s Day offering by vocalist Nate Ramsayer, who offers a program of jazz, Broadway, and pop favorites. Paired with a modest offering of chocolates and champagne, this promises to be an enjoyable mid-winter treat! Admission is free, but advanced reservations are recommended to ensure there is adequate chocolate and champagne. Reserve seats by contacting 781-729-1922 or office@3crowns.org. 

 
 

2022 Pledge Payments Can Be Made
Through January

If you are one of about 25 households who wasn’t able to fulfill your 2022 pledge by year-end (and wishes to), please know that you have the option of directing gifts to your 2022 pledge OR your 2023 pledge during the month of January. After January 31, all pledge payments will be directed to your 2023 pledge. 

If you are making a payment online, you can make that choice yourself. If you make a physical payment via the plate or directly to the parish office, you can indicate your wish on the check or envelope. Or you can contact Epiphany's bookkeeper Maryann, and she will take care of it. Absent any direction from you, we will apply payments to any balance on your 2022 pledge until the end of the month.

Please contact Jane White or Bill Brickman if you have any questions. Thank you for your ongoing support of Epiphany!

 
 

Epiphany Youth Winter/Spring Calendar

 
 

Help with Fellowship Hour This Winter

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour

We are looking forward to fellowship hours on Sundays in January, and would greatly appreciate your help! Please click on the button above to contribute a baked good, a gluten-free snack, fresh fruit, or your help with serving and clean-up. 

 
 

Baptisms on March 19

If you are interested in baptism, please contact the Rev. Nick Myers. Our next opportunity for baptism will be on Sunday, March 19 at the 10:00 am service. For more information, or to complete our baptism inquiry form, please visit 3crowns.org/baptism 

 
 

This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

Thursday, January 19

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Saturday, January 21 

9:00am Communion Enrichment Saturday in Hadley Hall, Kitchen, Sanctuary & Chapel
4:45pm Youth Bowling Night at Townline Luxury Lanes in Malden


Sunday, January 22

8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room
9:00am Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary
10:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite II in the Sanctuary and via YouTube 
10:00am Church School in the Upper Parish Hall and the Suter Room
11:15am Communion Enrichment Reception in Hadley Hall
11:15am Adult Forum Series on Book of Ruth in Hadley Hall 


Monday, January 23

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


Tuesday, January 24

8:00am Holy Eucharist in the Chapel 
8:30am Bible Study in the Suter Room
8:30am Employment Transition Group Meeting via Zoom
10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room


Wednesday, January 25 

9:00am Lent & Easter Staff Planning in Meeting in the Suter Room
5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall
6:15pm Optional Extra Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall


Thursday, January 26

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
7:30pm Healing Ministry Team 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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