July 14, 2022

Looking Ahead: A Vision

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Romans 8:28, The Message

At our State of the Church forum on Sunday, April 24, we shared with you what we see as emerging priorities, and the following discussions served as terrific input to our vestry retreat at the end of that month. My last article in the Three Crowns covered some aspects of our vestry retreat, and this one continues that thread.

As a quick recap, our priorities for 2022 have been reconnecting with each other, increasing our staffing capacity, and expanding our digital ministries. While those priorities continue, our emerging priorities are:

  • Supporting a renewed culture of welcome and invitation to newcomers
  • Creating capacity and resources to enable small groups to help connect us to God and one another
  • Building awareness and commitment to grow our endowment so that its interest funds all our property needs, and 100% of our annual pledge dollars are directed toward growing our ministries.

During our retreat and in the ensuing time, the vestry has been engaged in a visioning exercise to create “Provocative Proposals” for each of these emerging priorities. Adapted by Rev. Nick from materials and techniques developed by The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, Provocative Proposals is an effective technique to stretch us to think beyond our current constraints and to imagine what could be. The proposals we created are available for you to read here.

Rev. Nick, Nelia, and I discussed these proposals earlier in the week. While on the surface, they may appear to be separate, they are interconnected. I volunteered to create a first-pass graphic to illustrate the interconnected aspects of the proposals.


We’re attempting to show that if we can (1) create and sustain a renewed culture of welcome, enable staffing to improve marketing and communications, and (2) provide support resources, technology, and training to enable small groups that deepen spirituality, serve the community, and strengthen fellowship, we’ll (3) grow our giving capacity to sustain our campus and expand our ministries.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our visioning efforts. They are helping to ground us as we look ahead. And we hope to engage with you in further conversation around these efforts in the coming months as we launch our 2023 stewardship campaign.

With blessings to you all and continued gratitude for your support,
Dave McSweeney, warden

Summer Choir: Join Us Any Sunday!

Through Labor Day weekend, the Summer Choir will assist in leading the music at our 10:00 am services, and anyone entering second grade or older is invited to sing. Simply be in the choir loft at 9:00 am on any Sunday you choose, and we will prepare the music for that day. Contact Jeremy at jbruns@3crowns.org with questions. 


Sunday Summer Punch

Join us in the Cloister Garden (weather permitting) after the service for hospitality as we enjoy conversation, fellowship, and our Summer Punch.


Join Us for a Day of Sun, Fun, Food & Magic!

On Friday, July 29, 80 kids and staff from B-SAFE, the summer program run by St. Stephen's Youth Programs (SSYP), will visit Winchester. We will play, splash, run and create in the morning at Shannon Beach on Mystic Lake and then we will eat, laugh and witness some amazing magic at Epiphany in the afternoon.

We will also provide 50 bags of groceries for families facing food insecurity. 
Your donation of time and food will help make the magic happen. Click here to donate food and click here to volunteer your time.

Please contact Betsy Walsh with any questions. Thank you!


Help with Fellowship Hour in July

We will be enjoying punch, popsicles, and other light refreshments at fellowship hour after the 10:00 service in July. Please consider signing up to help serve or to bring a snack to share:

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

Thursday, July 14

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Sunday, July 17

8:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary 

9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 

9:00am Summer Choir Warm-up in the Choir Loft

10:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary, Hadley Hall, and via YouTube 

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden

Monday, July 18

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, July 19

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, July 20 

11:00am Prayer and Communion Service at The Gables at Winchester

7:30pm Vestry Meeting in the Chapel 

Thursday, July 21

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer 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.
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