May 5, 2022

Come. Connect.

Laughter. Sitting and really talking with friends, old and new. Nature walks. Meals that somebody else plans, cooks, and serves. Perhaps an “untalent show.”

These are all things that our retreat planning committee said at our first meeting, as we each answered the question “what do you need, at our parish retreat?” 

All our various ideas came back to two core themes: Connection, and Joy. The need to know, and be known to, a loving community in true and real and deep ways. The need to play and to laugh. The need to enjoy those beautiful pleasures of retreat life (books and canoes and campfires). The need to mourn and heal, and to find peace. The need to see that God is good, and that we are standing together in a joy-filled, sometimes silly, sometimes serious, and always loving holy family. 

The Parish Weekend Away will be September 23-25, 2022, at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, New Hampshire. This past Wednesday, you received an email with all the details — accommodations, meals, costs, options. Please look back at that (and spend a few minutes taking in those beautiful, inspiring pictures), and make a plan to join us. This Sunday, May 8, you’ll receive an email with a link to our registration form. 

And on Sunday, May 15, during our Sunday forum after worship, we’ll ask you those same questions our planning committee pondered: What do you need? What would be life-giving? Soul-healing? What can this Parish Weekend Away offer to you? 

Please come. Connect. Laugh. Eat. Play. Sit. Talk. Renew.

With joyful anticipation,


Graduation/Confirmands Sunday: May 15

On Sunday, May 15 at the 10:00 am service, we will be honoring this year's graduating seniors, as well as the members of this year's confirmation class. Join us as we recognize their hard work, give thanks for their presence in our community, and bless their next steps forward! The celebration will continue with a reception after the service.


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 at under the header "Food Pantry Wish List."


Calling All High School Seniors!

Calling all high school seniors! We'd like to give you a shout-out in the Graduation Sunday bulletin, to let the Epiphany community know who you are and where you're going next! Please take a minute to fill out this form to keep us in the loop. We hope to see you on the May 15!


Property Committee Forum: May 22

Join the leadership of the Property Committee and Rev. Nick for an exciting announcement and presentation on Sunday, May 22 after the 10:00 am service 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.


Winchester PRIDEfest 2022

Purchase your Epiphany PRIDEfest T-shirt!

Save the date for Winchester's 2nd annual PRIDEfest on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:00 pm in Winchester Town Center! Co-sponsored by NFSJ and the Town of Winchester, PRIDEfest is a community-centered Winchester-based event featuring multiple ways for attendees to educate themselves about LGBTQ+ rights and issues, engage around Pride related themes, and celebrate Pride as artistic expression 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 PRIDEfest T-shirt showing our support.


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. Registration will open next week and close on June 13. Please reach out to Eva Dalzell with any questions or if you'd like to help out! 


Epiphany Hosts Icon Workshop with
Dr. George Kordis

September 26-October 1, 2022

I am very excited to invite you to join me in working with master iconographer, Dr. George Kordis, for this six day workshop, the first offered by Dr. Kordis in the Boston area.  Members of Epiphany have the opportunity to register from now until May 15, to be assured of a space before the class is opened to the public. The class will include only 15 students and registrants typically come from across the country.

As some of you know, I began studying iconography about twelve years ago, first working with a wonderful teacher and acrylic paint. About five years ago, I came across a workshop on Facebook with Dr. Kordis, who works in the medium of egg tempera. It has been my great good fortune to continue working with George over the years. He is an internationally known master iconographer, creating portable icons but also painting the interior of orthodox churches all over the world. George’s work reflects a contemporary approach to iconography, while remaining firmly grounded in the Byzantine tradition.  You can see examples of his smaller scale work here, and his work in churches here.

For a full description of the workshop, go here. If you have questions, I’d be happy to talk with you as well.

Mary Street


Be a Part of Our Flower Delivery Ministry!

We are seeking new volunteers for Epiphany's flower delivery ministry! Each week, the altar flowers are re-arranged and delivered to families who are grieving, recuperating, or deserving of special recognition. Consequently, the flower ministry is extended to countless parishioners. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Julie Broderick


Help with Fellowship Hour in May

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

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


Springtime Joys

The three youngest Rawan children on their new (to them) bikes. (Photo: WIRP)

Books, bikes, and toys are gradually becoming part of our young family’s vocabulary. The WIRP preschool team is carefully offering a first introduction to books, songs, and educational toys (Duplos!). The family has visited The Arlington Boys and Girls Club, where preschoolers Sapna and Toheed will attend summer camp, as well as Fidelity House where they will spend two days/week starting in the fall. Mansor, a first grader, is wild about his Sunday soccer clinics, and the entire family has bikes and helmets, the latter compliments of the Arlington Police Department. 

Adil and Mansor will attend Summer ELL during July. NST volunteers are invited to sign up for transportation to and from summer school. Ihsanullah and Zahida had their first parent-teacher conference with the assistance of a Pashto interpreter. Everyone’s English is improving!

Ramadan has ended and Eid celebrations are underway. A special joy has been welcoming family from Virginia into their new home. Zahida will be able to tell her brother and his wife, two of Ihsanullah’s brothers and one brother’s wife, and two children that she is expecting another child later this year. On May 7 the Islamic Center of Boston’s Seeme Moreira and the Rev. Bob Davidson are coordinating an Eid al-Fitr celebration at The Parish of the Epiphany—new clothes, laughter, and delicious food, with lots of time to celebrate with fellow Afghans.

Read more about the family’s hopes, plans, and needs here. If you’re interested in volunteering with WIRP, please contact Rev. Bob Davidson, or 970-222-2390.

This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, May 5 

5:00pm Endowment Committee Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:30pm Healing Prayer via Zoom

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Saturday, May 7

11:00am Eid Party in Hadley Hall, the Chapel, and Upper Parish Hall 
3:00pm Judith and David Gillette Funeral Service in the Sanctuary and Cloister Garden

Sunday, May 8

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

2:00pm Cub Scout Wolf Den Meeting in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden

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

Monday, May 9 

4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, May 10 

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
6:00pm Property Committee Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall
7:00pm Stephen Ministries Meeting in the Chapel 
7:00pm Gifts and Memorials Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, May 11

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

Thursday, May 12

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. 
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