November 10, 2022

Wondering Questions

This fall, we have been using the Godly Play curriculum with the younger children in the Upper Parish Hall on Sunday mornings. As we gather in our circle a few minutes after the 10:00 bells finish ringing, I look around and wonder how the story will unfold for this group of children and adults that has come together this morning. I have told these stories many times over the 32 years since I first taught Godly Play at Epiphany and it is never the same, just as it will be different today for each of the children watching to see which tray I will get from the shelf for today’s story. And so we settle in and begin… Over the course of the last three weeks in October, we told the story about Noah and Naamah, we traveled in the desert with Abraham and Sarah, we escaped Pharoah and his army. During the flood, the ark rose higher and higher above our heads as the waters rose. Abraham and Sarah traveled to new places across our desert box, wondering if God would be in these places too. And the children helped God’s people through the parted waters of the Red Sea.

At the end of each story we ask wondering questions:

I wonder what part of this story you like best?
I wonder what part is the most important?
I wonder where you are in the story or what part is about you?
I wonder if there is any part of the story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?

Each week, as the children listen to the story and retell the story to themselves afterwards or play with the Play-Doh or other materials that we put out, the far end of the Upper Parish Hall becomes this particular group of children and adults’ space for our time together.

I wonder how many spaces we each have at Epiphany? I wonder what we bring to our spaces and what our spaces bring to us? I wonder how God changes us in these spaces.

Nelia Newell, Warden

Stewardship Update

Pledge Online

Thank you to everyone who has responded to Epiphany’s Living Faith & Life Together Stewardship Campaign for 2023. We have heard from 160 households, who collectively pledged $791,382 towards our campaign goal $1.2 million and 250 pledges.  

Over the next few weeks, we will be reaching out to those who have not yet pledged and hope you will prayerfully consider financially supporting our shared mission. What we do at Epiphany is almost entirely supported by the pledges of our members (90% of Epiphany’s operating budget is funded by pledges). Program materials (from bulletins to coffee to outreach funds for the vulnerable in the communities around us to the tubs of Play-Doh that the children love so much during their ‘work time’ in church school), staff salaries, paying our heating and electric bills: all of these are funded by the financial support of each one of us. 

Our parish leadership depends on the amount that we pledge to make critical decisions about the budget for the following year. We are reaching out to those who have not yet pledged because we will soon be making decisions based on the total pledges for 2023. We encourage pledges of any amount. Epiphany has annual pledges of $100 and others that exceed $25,000. Every pledge is valued and an important act of sharing our life and ministry together.  


More Help Needed for Pie-Making Event!

Sign Up to Make Apple Pies!

Apple pies will be available for sale beginning on November 11 at the end of the pie-making event and for sale again on November 13 after both services. Also, pies will be available during the Christmas Fair on November 19.

Pies are still $15 each this year — get yours before they're gone. Thank you!


Only 9 Days Until Our Christmas Fair!

Sign Up to Volunteer
Sign Up to Provide Food Items

ONLY 9 MORE DAYS UNTIL OUR CHRISTMAS FAIR!!! There are still many opportunities to be involved. Click on the buttons above to sign up to volunteer or to provide food items for the cafè

We are still hoping to get some more items for our Silent Auction theme baskets (think gardening, cooking, pampering, hobbies, etc). We've just received four Patriots tickets, which is wonderful.

Bake something for the Bake Table! These can be dropped off November 17 or 18. 

Most of all, invite all your friends and family to come and join us at this exciting and fun event. Download the image below to share on your social media! 


Midweek @ Epiphany: November 16

Our next Midweek @ Epiphany will be on Wednesday, November 16. Each Midweek begins at 6:15 pm with dinner and fellowship, followed by formation opportunities for adults, youth, and children. Dinner on November 16 will be curried butternut squash soup, salad, pizza, and fresh-baked cookies. 


Last Chance to Contribute to Epiphany's Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Needed:  60 bags of Thanksgiving groceries and grocery store gift cards!

Thanks to all who have already donated groceries and gift cards for our annual Thanksgiving Food drive to assist the Council of Social Concern family program. This is a Neighbors Serving Neighbor program Epiphany has supported for over a decade. Grocery store gift cards assist with buying a turkey or pork roast and fresh produce.

It’s an early Thanksgiving and our final collection day is this coming Sunday, November, November 13. Bags go into narthex. Grocery store gift cards marked with the dollar amount on the envelope may be dropped off at the office or in the secure drop box to the left of the office door. 
Store cards may also be mailed to the office. 


Epiphany's Christmas Fair Returns:
Holiday Shopping, Crafts, Treats, and More

All are welcome to Epiphany’s annual, free holiday tradition on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm! Support this age-old tradition spanning three decades, and browse through a variety of unique and beautifully crafted gifts, including works of art, costume jewelry, White Elephant treasures, and knit and craft items. To entertain the kids while you shop, check out the Kids Store for a "kids only" holiday shopping experience (no adults allowed!) where children can purchase family gifts, some crafts, and children’s books.

This year’s Silent Auction will have items such as golf at Fishers Island, three holiday-themed gift baskets, two handmade quilts, two tickets to a Boston Speakers series talk, a unicycle, beautifully made pinecone wreaths, nutcracker collections, sets of jigsaw puzzles for all seasons, plus other festive baskets. We will also sell homemade apple pies for $15 each, cookies, breads, treats, lemon curd, homemade jams, and butter pickles. The cafe will offer a delicious menu and a nice place to gather with family and friends. 


Turkey (and Pork) Wahoo 2022

For the last 17 years, the Parish of the Epiphany has provided a Thanksgiving meal for the young people at St Stephen's Youth Programs (SSYP). For many years this was a fun afternoon of crafts and games and food at St. Stephen's. More recently, as a response to COVID, we began providing food for families to take home and prepare for their own family Thanksgiving dinner. 

This year, we have decided to continue providing food for at home meals figuring that we are feeding more people by providing food for entire families. This is more important than ever as our families, many of whom already face food insecurity, now are dealing with significant food cost increases.

In 2020, we began offering our Latinx families the option to have a pork shoulder instead of a turkey. Pernil and rice with gandules are traditional foods for Thanksgiving for many of our families. More than half of our families choose pork so we will continue to offer both this year. Instead of a bag of groceries, this year we will give a gift card to each family with their meat of choice. This allows our families to choose exactly which foods they want to make and eat.

If you would like to support this effort, donating Stop and Shop gift cards ($25 value) or making a monetary donation are both greatly appreciated. Click here to let me know that you want to provide a gift card or 2 or 10 :) If you would prefer to give money toward this effort, just let me know.

Gift cards and monetary gifts are due Sunday, November 20. You may place items in the envelope labelled SSYP Wahoo — Betsy Walsh in the church office, drop them at my house or hand them to me at church on the next 2 Sundays. 

Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving!
Betsy Walsh


Wahoo 2020 — Soooo many pans of pork shoulder/pernil for SSYP families

Help with Fellowship Hour in November

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

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


Now is the Time When We Bring Our
Time and Talents Before God! 

Submit Your Nominations Online!

Have you been called to serve? We need a servant as a leader of our parish — to lead us, and to lead others to us. Who else do you see as a leader among us? Who else’s gifts would you raise up? Who would you call?

Between now and Thanksgiving, we ask you to share your nominations, of yourself or others, for leadership roles in our church next year. You can nominate someone online or using the ballot box at the back of the church. Click here for helpful descriptions of each role. Or you can share nominations directly with anyone on the Nominating Committee: Eunice Aikins-Afful, Marie Johnson, Dave McSweeney, Reverend Nick, or Corey Hollenbeck. We look forward to learning how you (or someone you nominate) will serve. Thank you!

2022 Christmas Poinsettias & Music

Make Your Poinsettia Dedication Online!

Every year, the sanctuary is decorated with beautiful poinsettias and greens in memory of loved ones or in gratitude for blessings received. To dedicate a poinsettia using our online form, please click here. Submissions must be received by Sunday, December 11 so that your dedication may be included in the Christmas bulletins.

To make a contribution in any amount for the poinsettias and greens decorating the church, or to the music during our services, please give online. Select "Christmas Flowers/Music" from the "Fund" dropdown menu. You can also drop a check in the Sunday offering plate or mail it to the parish office. Please make checks payable to the Parish of the Epiphany and write "Christmas Poinsettia/Music" in the memo line. 


Advent Wreath-Making: November 27

On Sunday, November 27 at 11:15 am in Hadley Hall, celebrate the first Sunday in Advent with a special Advent wreath-making workshop! We will provide greenery, candles, and a wreath frame if you do not already have one. All are welcome! $10 suggested donation for materials.

Peter Sykes Harpsichord Concert

On Sunday, December 4 at 5:00 pm, all are invited to a harpsichord concert performed by Peter Sykes. One of the most distinguished and versatile keyboard artists performing today, Peter Sykes is on the music faculties of both Boston University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. He will offer music by Froberger, Buxtehude, Bach, and Couperin, playing his own 2005 Allan Winkler harpsichord that is patterned after a 1719 Carl Fleischer original from Hamburg. Admission is free; donations are gladly accepted. 


Advent Quiet Day: December 10

RSVP for Advent Quiet Day

Join Br. Sean Glenn from the Society of St. John the Evangelist on Saturday, December 10 for our annual Advent Quiet Day. Br. Sean will guide us through a time of prayer, shared reflections on the themes of listening, waiting, and seeking God's direction in times of transition, change, and confusion. Click on the button above to RSVP. 


Strength for the Holidays: December 13

On Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm in Hadley Hall, we invite you to "Strength for the Holidays: An Evening Presentation of Loss and Resilience," led by the Reverend Bob Davidson, Epiphany's Assisting Priest and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Hospice Chaplain. During this time of festive holiday celebrations, many struggle with the absence of loved ones. All are welcome to learn more about coping tools and ways to be present to loss and memories of happier times. Members of the public are welcome. 

This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, November 10

3:00pm Bereavement Group 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 

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Friday, November 11

All Day Parish Office is Closed in Observance of Veterans Day
9:00am Apple Pie-Making in Hadley Hall 

Sunday, November 13

8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I 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

10:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite II in the Sanctuary and via YouTube 

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall

Monday, November 14 

4:00pm Circle of Life Meeting via Zoom
6:00pm Scouts BSA Den Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 
6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 

Tuesday, November 15

8:00am Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
8:30am Bible Study in the Suter Room

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom

10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
7:00pm Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, November 16

All Day White Elephant Sale Set-up in the Suter Room
11:00am Prayer and Communion Service at The Gables 
5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
6:15pm Midweek @ Epiphany in Hadley Hall and the Upper Parish Hall
7:30pm Vestry Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, November 17

All Day White Elephant Sale Set-up in the Suter Room
3:00pm Bereavement Group 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 

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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