May 19, 2022

Who Is God Calling Us to Be?

At our vestry retreat last month, we spent Saturday Morning in our chapel, praying the Morning Prayer service together. One of our readings was from Joshua 1:1-9, God’s commissioning of Jacob in the aftermath of Moses’ death.

After reflecting on the scripture reading, we shared how it resonates in our own lives now. Some shared they are motivated by specific words such as “be strong and very courageous,” and others are comforted by “I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” Some spoke of how the passage provides hope for the future, even during our challenging times. For me, it focused my heart and mind to lean into what’s next, trust in God’s presence, and remember our baptismal covenant. Easier said than done for sure, yet for me, a helpful reminder of how scripture comes alive and resonates daily in unexpected ways.

Next, we wrote down our thoughts on the following questions Rev Nick had prepared for us: 

1. Where have we been over the past year together? 

I wrote:

  • We have been able to be together in our worship spaces again.
  • God has provided new friendships.
  • It has been hard and exhausting. 

2. Where are we now, and what crossroads are we facing? 

I wrote:

  • We can see each other again.
  • We can embrace each other again.
  • New life can result from hardship, what do we want to do about it?
  • How do we balance looking back and longing for what was, with what is forever changed?

How might you answer these questions?

Next, we each shared one answer to each question with the group, many with responses similar to the ones I’ve written above. The ensuing discussion led us to formulate a new question: “Who is God calling us to be now?” The surprise for us is that even though the questions were filled with where and what, our discussion led us to focus on our identity, who we’re called to be. 

While we had other work planned for the rest of our day together in retreat, we kept this new question in our hearts and minds. Having that question hanging in the air (and literally hanging on the wall) helped shape our work that day and will continue to do so. For us today, where and what is at the service of who.

We look forward to sharing more outcomes from our retreat time together in the coming weeks.

Dave McSweeney


Register Now for Parish Weekend Away!

To register for Epiphany's intergenerational Parish Weekend Away at the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center in Greenfield, NH the weekend of September 23-25, 2022, please click the button below! 

Please note that our overnight registration is currently full. Please fill out the registration form if you are interested in being added to our waitlist. We are actively trying to secure additional lodging. You are also welcome to register for Saturday full day only or Sunday morning and lunch only. 

Register for Parish Weekend Away!

Property Committee Forum: May 22

Join the leadership of the Property Committee and Rev. Nick for an exciting announcement and presentation this Sunday, May 22 at 11:15 am in Hadley Hall. We look forward to sharing updates on the care of our buildings and grounds and the news of intended work and improvements to our property. Click to participate via Zoom.


Confirmation-Sponsored Food Drive

The Confirmation Class of 2022 is sponsoring a food drive for the Woburn Council of Social Concern. Please drop off donations at Epiphany May 15-22 at the designated table in the entryway. They accept all non-perishable food within date, and they always need reusable grocery bags! A more detailed list of suggested items can be found under the header "Food Pantry Wish List."


Today is Deadline to Submit June Birthdays & Anniversaries!

Do you have a birthday or anniversary during the month of June 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 Thursday, May 19. 


Parish Administrator on Vacation:
Submit Announcements Now

Epiphany's Parish Administrator Kathryn Dominguez will be on vacation Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, June 8. If you would like to include an announcement in 3 Crowns or the bulletins during this time, please send it to Kathryn by Sunday, May 22.


Pastoral News to Share

We are saddened to announce the death of former Epiphany parishioner Kent Lawrence at age 86 following a battle with cancer. Kent's family was with him — his beloved wife Erna, his daughter Kimberley, and son Richard. An Episcopal Memorial Service with Holy Communion will be held at The Old North Church in Boston on Saturday, May 28 at 10:00 am. Click to read Kent's obituary

Cards and letters can be sent to: 
Mrs. Erna Lawrence / 536 Lewis Wharf / Boston, MA 02110. Please hold Erna, Kim, Richard, and the whole Lawrence family in your prayers. 


Pentecost: June 5

Sunday, June 5 is the celebration of Pentecost. Church School children should meet Bryn and the teachers by the tower door at 9:55 am, so we can be part of the Pentecost procession. We will then proceed to the Bishop Garden for Church School. Everyone should plan to stay for our festive fellowship time after the 10:00 am service, as we enjoy strawberry shortcake and celebrate the completion of a wonderful program year together. 


Baptisms on Pentecost

If you are interested in baptism, please contact the Rev. Nick Myers. Our next opportunity for baptism will be on Sunday, June 5 as we celebrate Pentecost. For more information, please call the church office at 781-729-1922 or complete the inquiry form available on our parish website.  


Winchester PRIDE Fest 2022

Purchase your Epiphany PRIDE Fest T-shirt!

Save the date for Winchester's 2nd annual PRIDE Fest on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:00 pm in Winchester Town Center! Co-sponsored by Network for Social Justice and the Town of Winchester, PRIDE Fest is a community-centered Winchester-based event featuring multiple ways for attendees to educate themselves about LGBTQ+ rights and issues and celebrate Pride through music, crafts and creative games. This year’s festival will include students and community-staffed tables and a mainstage with musical performances, a DJ, and speeches by Winchester middle and high school students. Show your PRIDE and purchase your Parish of the Epiphany PRIDE Fest T-shirt showing our support.


Evensong: June 12

All are invited to a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, June 12 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 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. 


Renewal of Ministry Commission

Our wardens, in collaboration with the Altar Guild, are commissioning a red chasuble and stole to match our red altar frontals and hangings in thanksgiving for Nick Myers and in connection with our Renewal of Ministry and Welcoming of a new Rector celebration. We are working with Trevor W. Floyd & Co to design and produce the pieces. If you would like to contribute to the commission, please give online (select "Red Chasuble and Stole Commission" from the "Fund" dropdown menu) or by check. Please make checks payable to the Parish of the Epiphany and write "Red Set" in the memo line. Drop your check in the Sunday offering plate or mail it to: The Parish of the Epiphany / 70 Church Street / Winchester, MA 01890.


Youth Lock-In: June 24

Please save the date for a Youth Group Lock-In! We'll gather the evening of Friday, June 24 for a progressive dinner, games, and fellowship. On Saturday, we will learn more about a local organization making a difference in the community, and spend a couple hours working with them. Please reach out to Eva Dalzell with any questions or if you'd like to help out! 


Christmas Fair 2022

The date of this year's Christmas Fair is Saturday, November 19! To make the Fair a success, we need many volunteers. While some have committed to Leadership roles, there are opportunities galore.  

Co-Chairs are needed for 2023, so come and learn the ropes this year as interns. This year we need leaders for White Elephant and Children’s Activities. These are easier jobs with a friend! We also will need contributions to the Knit Table, the Bake Table, White Elephant, and to the Auction.

If you are new to the Parish, this is a great way to get to know others.  If the pandemic has kept you away, this is a great way to reconnect. The Fair really is a ton of fun, so, come and join the team. Please contact Sara Post with any questions. 


The Rawan Family's Spring Activities

The Rawans’ eldest child Adil loves his soccer clinic—shown here working on his goaltending skills. (Photo: Betty J Stone)

The Rawan family continues to settle into their new routine this spring. Outdoor activities like bike riding, as well as sports like soccer, have been wonderful for the children. Mansur, 5, plays on a soccer team, and 8-year-old Adil recently got the good news that he had been accepted in a soccer clinic for kids with physical limitations. Coaches work one-on-one with players to hone their skills, and as you can see in the photo above, Adil brings both ability and great passion to the game.

Ihsanullah has been hoping to find a job as his English improves, and the WIRP Employment team has been helping him polish his resume. He was a member of the military in Afghanistan, so his experience doesn’t translate neatly into an entry-level position in the US. Starting Tuesday, May 17, though, Ihsanullah began working part time at Upper Crust, a pizzeria on Mass Ave near Porter Square—not too far from their apartment in Arlington. This will be an opportunity to use some of his English language skills, feel a sense of pride in earning his own wages, and look toward a time when the family will be less dependent on WIRP.

A new volunteer role has opened up. Someone willing to work 3-5 hours per week with the Finance team to manage paperwork and reimbursements for household expenses would be helpful to the team. To learn more about this opportunity to remotely support the Rawans, please contact Bob Davidson ( 

This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, May 19

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:30pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Saturday, May 21 

9:00am Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Sanctuary 
10:30am Confirmation Service at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church in Lowell 

Sunday, May 22

8:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary 

9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room

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 Church School in the Bishop Garden

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 

11:15am Property Committee Forum in Hadley Hall 

11:15am High School Youth Group in the Garret and via Zoom

5:30pm Middle School Youth Group in the Garret and via Zoom

Monday, May 23

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, May 24

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, May 25

6:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall

7:00pm Sacred Ground Meeting in the Suter Room

Thursday, May 26

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:30pm Healing Prayer 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.
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