January 20, 2022

Who Needs a Weekend Away

On freezing cold January days, I like to find a patch of sun and curl up in it, cat-like, and dream of warmer times. Take a moment now to dream with me. Can you envision canoeing across some quiet water, surrounded by pine trees? Taking a hike through the woods with friends, just as the deep green summer leaves are starting to turn red on the edges? A picnic lunch with the sun warming our backs, or a camp fire with s'mores? How about morning prayers by the lake, or worship in an outdoor chapel?

What do you say? Who needs a weekend away? 

It was a year ago this week when Rev. Nick arrived and we sat down for our first meeting on a cold, dark January day. Vaccines were on the horizon but not yet available, and we had not held an in-person service or class in ten months, but we talked excitedly about our hopes and visions, and we sketched out pandemic-be-darned plans for reuniting our parish family. We’ve gotten to do a lot of what we talked about that day—Wednesday evening suppers, low-key evening worship services, festive coffee hours. And now, on this cold January day, I’m thrilled to announce that we are planning our first all-Parish retreat in many years. 

Please mark your calendars for September 23-25, 2022, and join for us a two-night Parish Weekend Away at the Barbara C. Harris Camp in New Hampshire. 

We’ve reserved lodge rooms and cabins, scheduled meals, and we’re just beginning to think about all the fun things we’ll do together on that late summer/early fall weekend: things our souls need like morning prayer, relaxing walks, time to talk, canoe rides, high ropes courses (for the thrill-seekers among us), fires, art, music, and worship in nature. 

Details, options, costs, and everything else you’ll need to know will be forthcoming over the next few months, and we’ll begin registration in May. We hope all parishioners—every age, every interest—will join in. 

May dreams of the September sun, good health, and the closeness of friends keep you warm and filled with light and hope in these days. 

With love,


Church School on Zoom or In-Person: 
Bags Are on the Way!

All children preschool through 6th grade are invited to join us for Church School this Sunday, January 23. We will continue to offer Zoom classes at 9:00 am on Sundays in January and February, as well as in-person classes during the first half of the 10:00 am service of worship in Upper Parish Hall. The Zoom link will be in Friday's Family Newsletter. 

Church School Bags will be delivered today and tomorrow to all registered families. (Not registered but want to be? Please email Bryn!) These bags are full of our Storymaker workbooks, fun activities, and prayer practices. We'll use these materials during Zoom; also please remember to bring your Stars Zine if you join us for in-person Church School. We offer a huge thank you to our many delivery volunteers, as well as our "8 O'Clockers" who helped Bryn with labeling and stuffing in the past week. 


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.

Even if you didn't attend last week's class, you are always welcome. 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.

Please click to view a recording of Session #1. Even if you didn't attend last week's class, you are always welcome. This course will be hybrid, hosted in Hadley Hall and available via Zoom


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. 

Even if you didn't attend last week's class, you are always welcome. This course is available only via Zoom


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.  


February Birthdays & Anniversaries

Do you have a birthday or anniversary in February 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 by Sunday, January 30. 


Employment Transition Group

The Employment Transition Group will be meeting again via Zoom starting on Tuesday, January 25 at 8:30 am. If you are searching for employment or are thinking about a transition sometime soon, we would like to invite you to join us. We offer a supportive, informal, non-judgmental environment and typically cover topics such as networking, use of the internet including LinkedIn, resumes, elevator speeches, and interview techniques. The Group will be facilitated by Robie White (job search veteran) and Jen Shire (HR professional in the technology and educational worlds). If you would like to join in or find out more about us, please contact Robie (robiewhite@msn.com) or Jen (jennifershire@gmail.comfor more information.


Warrant for Epiphany's Annual Meeting
via Zoom 
on January 30

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

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. 


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.


This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

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 

Sunday, January 23

8:00 am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room 
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
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 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 24

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, January 25

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 
9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room 
4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom 

Wednesday, January 26 

7:00pm Sacred Ground Meeting in the Suter Room 

Thursday, January 27

5:00pm Director of Music Search Team Meeting in Hadley Hall 
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 
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. 
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