March 10, 2022

Where Were You?

Where were you, this time two years ago? It was that second Thursday of March, 2020, when our beloved wardens, Dave and Suzanne, sent out a parish-wide announcement that our church building was closing due to the growing threat of the coronavirus. 

That night after getting my children into bed, I scratched the Family Newsletter I had written for the next day and wondered What now? What could I possibly write to people on that Friday, the 13th of March, as we huddled at home with no school or daycare, and no idea what was coming? Finally, I offered my ever-favorite scripture: 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

While ever remembering these words of Jeremiah, today I think of another favorite scripture. In the book of Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of the talents. It’s the story of a master entrusting his servants with money while he is away, and his resultant happiness with those who used what they were given–great or small–to further the master’s kingdom. “Well done, good and faithful servant,” the master exclaims in Matthew 25:23, “enter into the joy of your master.”

This parish has not buried what we were given, while the master was away. This parish leaned in and grew. 

The work of our Mission and Outreach teams, getting food into the hands of our neighbors in Chelsea, and resettling refugees. The tech team, running wires and building bridges. Our formation and ministry leaders, engaging the legacy of racism in our lives and churches. Volunteers from across all ministries putting church school materials on children’s doorsteps. The bravery of our new rector and his whole family, accepting our call and moving across the country at a time when summoning the energy for anything new or difficult is a herculean task. And so, so much more.

For two years, you all have kept loving your fellow parishioners; kept showing up in any and all ways possible; kept running the race. I hope you can hear “Well done, good and faithful servants.” What joy to serve beside you, beloved friends. 



Lenten Sunday Series
Grief and Grace: Healing Together

Join Rev. Nick and Dr. Brian Litzenberger in Hadley Hall 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. 


Support Ukrainian Refugees

Are you looking for a way to help refugees fleeing violence in Ukraine? Click the button to below to make a contribution in any amount. Your urgent support will help Episcopal Relief & Development, working with ACT Alliance and Anglican partners in Europe, to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukrainian refugees.

Contribute to Help Ukrainian Refugees

Office Staffed Limited Hours

Epiphany's Parish Administrator, Kathryn Dominguez, will be on vacation March 9-14. Please be aware that the parish office will be staffed by volunteers for limited hours, from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 9; Thursday, March 10; and Monday, March 14. The office will be closed on Friday, March 11.

Many thanks to volunteers Marie Johnson, Laurie Minniti, Joan O'Connor, and Pat Aldrich for their help! 


Midweek @ Epiphany on March 16

All are invited to our next Midweek @ Epiphany on Wednesday, March 16. Dinner will be offered from 6:15 – 7:00 pm, with seating available in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden. This week's special St. Patrick's Day menu will include corned beef and cabbage, roasted carrots and potatoes (vegetarian), roast vegetables (vegetarian), bread, pizza for the kids, and Guinness cake. From 7:00 – 7:30 pm, join us for Bible study with Rev. Nick in Upper Parish Hall and creative art and music programming for children with Bryn and Jeremy in Hadley Hall. 


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 Thursdays, 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.)  


March 18 Benefit Concert by Jeremy Bruns

All are invited to a benefit concert by Jeremy Bruns in celebration of the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert will be held on Friday, March 18 from 7:30 - 9:00 pm at Old West Church (131 Cambridge Street, Boston). Proceeds will benefit Old West Organ Society. Tickets are $25; click here to purchase your ticket. Students may request complimentary tickets. 


Diocesan Youth Retreat at Epiphany

On Saturday, March 19, Parish of the Epiphany will be hosting a daylong retreat for middle and high school students, organized by the Diocesan Youth Council. The event’s theme, The Human in All of Us, invites participants to put aside their stress and anxieties and reconnect with their own humanity, their soul and center; and at the same time, recognize the humanity in others. The event will include workshops on wellness, small-group time to share experiences of other young people, speakers, and an invitation to participate in a service project to support unhoused people in our diocese. All middle and high school students are invited to attend. More information and a link to register can be found here


Youth Stargazing Event on March 25

Let there be lights in the dome of the sky! On Friday, March 25 (rain date: Saturday, March 26), middle and high schoolers are invited for an evening of stargazing, science, and snacks. We’ll meet at 6:00 pm at the foot of Whipple Hill in Winchester and make a short hike up to set up our stargazing equipment before sunset, and plan to wrap up with a brief Night Prayer around 8:00. You can fill out this interest form to stay in the loop for this event, or reach out to Eva Dalzell with any questions.


Ensuring Rawan Family's Comfort and Safety


Volunteers and family members shared a welcome feast on February 26 (Credit: WIRP)

The arrival of the Rawans at their new apartment in Arlington at the end of February marks a new phase of our partnership with the family and our faith partners in WIRP (Winchester Interfaith Resettlement Partnership).

One of our responsibilities under the terms of our coalition agreement is to learn about the evacuees’ cultural sensitivities, and respect their privacy and need for security. An important contribution each of us can make is to keep all details confidential, including photographs of family members, their address, and even their last name. It’s especially crucial to ensure that no identifiable information is posted on Instagram, Facebook, or any social media platform.

Each of these Afghan families, like the Rawans and their cousins, who are resettling in the US, have come through trauma that most of us find hard to imagine. Almost certainly they are not able to share the details of their journey at this point. Many also still have relatives in Afghanistan, coping with the risks and challenges of life under the Taliban. Information on the internet might inadvertently endanger them, something we all want to avoid.

Our community can look forward to building trust between volunteers and family members, and to learning more about Afghan culture and about our new neighbors as they settle into this new life in America. Please watch for new opportunities to support the Rawans here and in future newsletters. In the meantime, we can all help by being patient and thoughtful as the work of healing begins.

Communion Enrichment Sunday and
Baptisms on March 27

Join us on Sunday, March 27 for a festive 10:00 am service as we celebrate those young ones among us who have participated in our Communion Enrichment program, as well as those being baptized or preparing for Confirmation. 


This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, March 10

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

Sunday, March 13

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 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 In-Person Church School in the Upper Parish Hall 
11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall
11:15am Grief and Grace: Healing Together 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, March 14

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, March 15

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room 

4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom 

7:00pm Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, March 16

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

6:15pm Midweek @ Epiphany in Hadley Hall, the Cloister Garden, and Upper Parish Hall
7:30pm Vestry Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, March 17

12:45pm Contemplative Book Discussion in the Chapel 

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 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. 
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