May 26, 2022

An Invitation to Come


Last Midweek of the Program Year: June 1

All are invited to our last Midweek @ Epiphany of the program year on Wednesday, June 1. Dinner will be offered from 6:15 – 7:00 pm. Get a jump start on summer with a buffet of salads. There will be something for everyone, including the following: chicken salad with sundried tomatoes and asparagus; potato salad; bruschetta with tomato and basil; fresh green salad; gazpacho; sesame noodles; baba ganoush; something kid-friendly; and dessert. 

From 7:00 - 7:30 pm, adults and teens can join Rev. Nick for Bible study in the Upper Parish Hall, and children are invited to Hadley Hall for creative art and music programming with Bryn and Jeremy.  

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Masks Encouraged in Worship

Due to rising Covid case numbers, masks are encouraged (not mandated) in worship for the next two weeks. Thank you! 


Pentecost: June 5

Join us for a festive Pentecost celebration as we rejoice in God's presence in our lives through the Spirit. We will have a joyous children's procession, the launch of a new children's sermon at the 10:00 am service, and a strawberry shortcake reception to follow. Church School children should meet Bryn and the teachers by the tower door at 9:55 am for the Pentecost procession. We will then proceed to the Bishop Garden for Church School. We hope you can join us for this wonderful festive day as we close our program year.


Office Staffed Limited Hours:
May 25 — June 8

Epiphany's Parish Administrator, Kathryn Dominguez, will be on vacation Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, June 8. During this time, the parish office will be staffed by volunteers for limited hours from 9:00 am — 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Many thanks to volunteers Marie Johnson, Laurie Minniti, Joan O'Connor, and Pat Aldrich for their help! 


Winchester Town Day Trolley Tours

On Winchester Town Day – Saturday, June 4, there will be four trolley tours, from Winchester Common. They will include:

Churches and the Communities of Faith – 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM
Tour Description: Winchester Churches, and their Communities of Faith, are well recognized in, and beyond Winchester. Ranging from the Congregational Churches, through the Unitarian Society, Parish of the Epiphany, and others; the tour will pass by their buildings, their architecture, and their architectural styles, which complement the beauty of the town, and the challenges of faith communities.

Parks and Landscapes of Winchester – 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM
Tour Description: Winchester, is known for its beautiful landscape of parks, beaches, and fields. While this may appear rather natural, it is largely the result of decades of planning, conceptualization, and work. We will pass by a number of such locations, and narrate their various aspects of connection to the beauty, and desirability of the town.

Vincent Lawrence “Vince” Dixon, Historian, and Epiphany parishioner, who specializes in local, church, landscape, and educational history, will be the tour guide.


New Epiphany Household Directory

A new May 2022 Epiphany household directory is now available for download! However, we need your help. This is the first directory produced with our new database program, Realm — please take a moment to review your household information and confirm its accuracy. For any corrections or changes, please contact Kathryn in the parish office. 


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. 


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.


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. 

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Help with Fellowship Hour in June

We are looking forward to fellowship hours on Sundays in May, and would greatly appreciate your help! Please click on the button below to contribute a baked good, fresh fruit, a gluten-free snack, and/or your time. 

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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! 


Learning More About Afghan Culture

Ihsanullah is training to begin his new job at Upper Crust pizzeria in North Cambridge.
(Credit: Betty J. Stone)

The role of women in Muslim families, especially more conservative Afghan households like the Rawans, may seem unfamiliar to most of us. Zahida plays a central role in maintaining her family of seven, though, even as she adapts to her new life in Arlington.  Here are a few helpful points to keep in mind about family and gender norms as we get to know the family better.

For both women and men, modesty is very important in Islam. Not all Afghan Muslim women living in other countries wear the hijab. Zahida does “cover” – wear a headscarf – but does not veil her face.

In Afghan culture, only very close family or friends should touch people of the opposite gender, so it’s better to avoid shaking hands with a new acquaintance, even of the same gender. Photography may also be uncomfortable for very observant Muslims, so be sure to ask an Afghan’s permission before taking their photograph – especially if they are a woman.

Men in a traditional family carry the economic burden and often have to single-handedly support the entire household. This makes an evacuee’s life very difficult since he has suddenly lost the power to provide for his family. Knowing this, we can see that Ihsanullah’s new part-time job, so soon after his arrival in Arlington, is certainly cause for rejoicing!

One common thread for the Rawans and many Americans is a love of gardens! If you could help set up a backyard plot, please contact Bob Davidson,

This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

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 

Sunday, May 29 

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 High School Youth Group in the Garret and via Zoom

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

Monday, May 30 

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Memorial Day 
6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, May 31 

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
7:00pm Sacred Ground Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, June 1 

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

Thursday, June 2 

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 


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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