November 17, 2022

Things Get Clearer

My favorite part of my commute to Epiphany is when it comes time to drive up the Mystic Valley Parkway. The Mystic Lake is stunning, no matter the season. When I first arrived in August, the trees were green and full and often there would be little sailboats on the lake. Driving by, I would catch just little glimpses of the lake in between the fullness of the trees. When fall came around, the colors of the trees were vibrant and some mornings, the oranges, reds, and yellows would reflect on the lake.

These days, there are barely any leaves left on the trees and I am shocked how quickly it feels like fall turned into winter right about the time when we turned back our clocks. But with the falling of the leaves, much of the lake is now visible in ways that it was not before. I can now see almost the entirety of the lake and the homes that sit on the other side. It’s beautiful in its own way.

I’m going to risk a cheesy metaphor here and say that sometimes things get clearer in the winter seasons. What is covered up in other seasons is plain and bare in the winter. Almost painfully bear.

This coming Sunday is Christ the King Sunday which is the last Sunday before Advent begins. We are invited to reflect where it feels that Christ is present and alive in our midst and in the places where the reign of Christ feels absent. The hope is that if we choose to lean into this season and not just let it pass by, there might be that clarity we have been looking for.

What we know about the life of Jesus is that the reign of Christ is one of compassion, love, and deep solidarity. Even in the harshest of winters, we believe that those roots run deeper than the violence, hurt, and death. On this Christ the King Sunday we are reminded how Jesus chooses to reign—not by being this distant deity on a throne in the sky, but by being deeply present and embodied in all the moments of ordinary life.

With hope,


Stewardship Update

Pledge Online

To those who have submitted their pledges, thank you! 174 households have collectively pledged $840,882 towards our campaign goal of $1.2 million and 250 pledges. However, our current projections indicate we will end up at around $1.05 million: $150K short of our goal. Meeting our goal requires that all of us commit to our share of funding our life and ministry together. This includes increased pledges from those who are able and first-time pledges from those who have not pledged in the past.

If you have not yet pledged, please submit your 2023 pledge as soon as you are able. Our parish leadership depends on the amount that we pledge to make critical decisions about the budget for the following year. Pledges make up over 90% of our annual budget, and the projected shortfall of $150K means we will need to make some difficult decisions in the coming weeks that will lead to cuts in our programs and plans for incremental staffing. Every pledge counts even more now, leading directly to less cuts in programs.

Our campaign goal of $1.2 million represents a 15.7% increase over last year which would maintain existing ministries and initiatives such as Midweek; funding the growth in youth, church school and music programs; improving our IT infrastructure and covering increased costs related to inflationary pressures on property expenses and greater participation in our healthcare benefits.


Saturday Is Our Christmas Fair!

Sign Up to Volunteer

There are still ways to be involvedClick on the button above to see if you can fill an empty slot. Bring in donations for the bake table on Friday. Most importantly, come, and bring friends and family!

There are many beautiful items in our auction: a round of golf at Fishers Island, dinner with the wardens, tickets to the Patriots, baskets for kids and for the holidays, a unicycle, throwback 50's baskets, speaker series tickets, and so much more. The bake table has so many jams, pickles, lemon curd, fudge sauce, and baked goods, as well as the famous Epiphany pies — everyone can find some delicious goodies to take home. Our knit table is overflowing with hearts, knitted goods, knitting needle cases, microwave soup and potato holders, and Will's beautiful wooden trivets.

The café will be in full operation featuring the Cummings chicken soup, as well as salads, hot dogs, and grilled cheese sandwiches.


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. 


Next Week's 3 Crowns Articles Due Monday

Please note that, due to next week's office closure for Thanksgiving, all articles for the November 24th 3 Crowns are due on Monday, November 21. Thank you! 


Thanksgiving Office Closure

Please note that the parish office will be closed Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The following week, the office will be staffed by volunteers from 9:00 am — 1:00 pm on Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29 while our parish administrator Kathryn is on vacation. Normal office hours will resume on Wednesday, November 30. 


Volunteer Needed for New Role at Epiphany: Energy Manager

For Epiphany, reducing our emissions and saving energy are part of the legacy we must leave our children and grandchildren. And to help fulfil that legacy, we have developed a new role the Epiphany, “Energy Manager."

This person would be a liaison between the Property Committee and Creation Care and would be responsible for tracking the Parish’s monthly energy use and carbon emissions as well as making recommendations for savings. This role is crucial, but will only take about five hours per month.

The ideal person doesn’t need to be highly quantitative, but should be comfortable with spreadsheets and would and have a strong interest in reducing our energy consumption. If you think this might be you, and you’d like to learn more, email Josh Reynolds


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

December Birthdays

Do you have a birthday or anniversary during the month of December 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 Monday, November 28. 


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!

Christmas Pageant Sign-Up

Sign Your Child Up for the Pageant!

Our Christmas pageant will be on Christmas Eve at the 4:00 pm worship service. All children are welcome to take part! We hold rehearsals at 11:15 am following worship on Sundays in December. You may still participate if you cannot make rehearsal! Please email Bryn to let her know your schedule and we will find a work-around. Please click here to sign your child up to participate in the pageant and to indicate their preferred role. 


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. 

Candlelight Festival of Lessons & Carols

All are welcome on Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 pm for Epiphany's annual Candlelight Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. A holiday favorite, this service of scripture and music centers on the mystery of the Incarnation. Sung by the Parish Choir and Choristers, this service also features the Triton Brass Quintet.  


This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

Thursday, November 17

All Day White Elephant Sale Set-Up in the Suter Room
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 18

All Day Christmas Fair Set-Up in Hadley Hall, Suter Room, and the Chapel 

Saturday, November 19

10:00am Christmas Fair in Hadley Hall, Suter Room, and the Chapel 

Sunday, November 20

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 
10:00am Church School in the Upper Parish Hall and Suter Room

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall
11:15am Godly Play Team Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 
2:00pm Scouts BSA Bear Den Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 
5:00pm Word & Table Service in Hadley Hall 

Monday, November 21

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 

Tuesday, November 22

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

Wednesday, November 23

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Thanksgiving
5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
6:15pm Optional Extra Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall

Thursday, November 24

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Thanksgiving


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.
Sign-up for online pledge payments here.


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