September 28, 2023

I Call You Friends...

Last weekend, 90 of us ranging in age from not-yet-walking to walking-slower-than-we-used-to converged on the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center for our Parish Weekend Away, a weekend of time together. Rev. Nick started off Saturday morning with an invitation to think about Jesus’ words to his disciples at his final meal with them: “I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:15). What does it mean to be friends to one another? And what does it mean for Epiphany to be a place where we are a friend to those around us and those around us are a friend to us? The memories and stories that we shared extended well beyond the 90 of us who were there this weekend. I doubt there is anyone reading this who did not somehow figure in someone’s thoughts and stories.

The weekend was not all thoughtful conversation about friendship; there were plenty of ways to learn and play with old and new friends, and we have a treasure trove of new photos for the parish newsletter and website! Amid the fun, I discovered that doing something different with someone was an opportunity to get to know them better and was reminded of what a gift this community is. Thank you to each of you for being the person that you are.

The weekend was also a reminder of the willingness of so many in this parish to volunteer your time and the gifts that so many of you have to plan, to teach, and to put on an amazing event. Thank you not only for all that you did, but for your welcoming smiles and joy!

On Sunday we will kick off our stewardship campaign and we hope that we will all take the time in the next month both to celebrate this community that we love and to consider how we will each financially support our life together. It is not easy to have conversations about money, but an important gift that we can give one another is to learn how to have open conversations about what we need to put together a 2024 budget that will continue the exceptional staff and programming that are so integral to who we are and who we are becoming.

Your friend, 
Nelia Newell


Rise Against Hunger Event: This Evening

This evening, Winchester Rotary will be hosting a service event in Hadley Hall in support of Rise Against Hunger, which packs hundreds of shelf-stable, nutritionally-complete meal kits that are shipped overseas. You can volunteer for any amount of time between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Please click here to sign up or to make an online contribution. 


Youth Laser Tag Event: This Saturday

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to an evening of laser tag at Xtreme Craze in Woburn this Saturday, September 30! We will meet at the church for pizza at 6:00 pm and head over to Xtreme Craze for laser tag. Pick up will be at 9:15 pm at the church. We ask for a donation of $20 per student, which is a discounted rate for pizza and laser tag. Youth are welcome to bring a friend! 

Please reach out to Rev. Janelle if you have any questions. Please RSVP as soon as you can so we can get the right reservation!


Stewardship Campaign: 
Giving from the Heart

This Sunday, we begin our annual Stewardship Campaign. During this time, we invite everyone to prayerfully consider making a financial pledge to support our mission and life together. Your pledge supports our annual budget and enables us to offer programming and staff to help lead our mission in this place. Please pick up a pledge envelope today on your way out of the church. 


Word & Table: This Sunday

Our first Word & Table service of the program year will be held this Sunday, October 1 at 5:00 pm in Hadley Hall. Offered on the first Sunday of each month, Word & Table is a casual, contemporary, and creative service based on our familiar Episcopal liturgy. 


Education for Ministry:
Registration by This Sunday!

Education for Ministry (EfM) began its 2023-24 Academic Year this past Sunday with participants from five different nearby parishes and a new co-mentor, Shruti Kalkarni, along with Rev. Bob Davidson. The first year explores Christianity’s roots in Judaism through the Hebrew Bible. Registration remains open through this Sunday, October 1 but all twelve slots may be filled by then. Contact Rev. Davidson for more information. Click here to view a brochure about EfM. 


This Sunday: Last Day to Contribute Strollers for New Migrant Families in Woburn

As you may have heard, in the past few weeks, around 150 migrant families from Haiti and Central America have been placed in a few hotels in Woburn, MA. It is estimated that there are 75 kids under the age of five and many along the way. Families have been asking for “Umbrella strollers,” which are lightweight, foldable strollers, that they can store in the hotel rooms. This is a tangible way to welcome our new neighbors!

Epiphany will collect gently used umbrella-style strollers or you can purchase these strollers and have them shipped directly to Woburn. If bringing in a stroller, drop-off is in the Genesis room in the basement. *Note that it is very important that the stroller is an Umbrella stroller, and is small, foldable, and lightweight. We cannot accept strollers that do not meet this criteria. If unsure, ask Rev. Janelle

These are examples of appropriate and affordable options to purchase new strollers:

Here is an Amazon link

Here is a Walmart link

Please ship new strollers directly to United Methodist Church, 523 Main Street, Woburn 01801. This Sunday is the last day to contribute strollers. 


Gardening for Good

Epiphany gardeners have been growing fresh vegetables in the Bishop Garden this summer to support "Gardens for Good," which provides fresh food for those with food insecurity through the Council of Social Concern in Woburn and the En Ka Food Pantry in Winchester.

If you have vegetables from your own garden that you’d like contribute to feed Gardens for Good, bring your harvest to 19 Glengarry Road in Winchester; Dotty Burstein is the resident. She has set up boxes to receive the vegetables. There's a clipboard where you record who you are and how much of which vegetables you are dropping off. The food is delivered 9:00 am on Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday mornings before 9:00 am, so please drop off your harvest those mornings or the previous evening.


Parent Conversation Series Begins on October 3

On Tuesdays October 3, October 24, and November 14 from 7:00  8:00 pm, join fellow parents along with leaders in the areas of family, child development, and spirituality as we engage in discussions around raising our children and teenagers. Rev. Nick, Dr. Brain Litzenberger (a psychologist who specializes in adolescence, anxiety and depression, parenting, transitions and much more), and Dr. Angelina Hawley-Dolan (PhD in Developmental Psychology and co-founder and Head of School at Aster Montessori) will join us as we think about parent identity, anxiety, growth, and well-being. The Parent Conversation Series is part of our 4th Soil Parenting Project Grant. 


Midweek Resumes on October 4

All are invited to our first Midweek @ Epiphany of the program year on Wednesday, October 4. Each Midweek begins at 6:15 pm with dinner and fellowship, followed by formation opportunities for adults, youth, and children. We are kicking off this season of Midweek with Octoberfest. The menu will include roast pork loin, German potato salad, and braised red cabbage. There will be pizza for the kids, as well as vegetarian options. Click here to sign up to help prepare dinner! 


Blessing of the Animals: October 8

On Sunday, October 8 at 5:00 pm in the Cloister Garden, we invite you to our annual Blessing of the Animals service. This short service will be a time of prayer, song, and blessing of our animal companions. All pets need to be under proper control and comfortable around other animals. If you would prefer to bring a photograph of your pet, a blessing will be offered for them. 


Our New Bishop: Your Voice is Needed 

As the Diocese of Massachusetts, we are in the process of seeking a new diocesan bishop. Bp. Alan Gates will retire towards the end of 2024. As part of this process, there are a series of listening sessions to gather input from the people of our diocese regarding our vision for our future and the qualities we seek in our new bishop. Your voice is needed. Please see the dates/times/locations of the listening sessions, and register to attend, by clicking this link and filling out the form. In-person sessions will include light refreshments. Registration for the in-person sessions is not required but appreciated in order to plan refreshments and seating. Registration is required for the Zoom sessions so that you receive the Zoom link.


Register Now for Faith Circles

Faith Circles are welcoming, trustworthy places where we build relationship and explore faith through conversation, prayer, and sharing. We welcome the sharing of doubts and wonderings, as well as our joys and sorrows.

Faith Circles are small groups of 8-10 members, including trained co-leaders, who meet twice a month from October to June. We ask you to commit to your group for that period of time. Groups are offered at a variety of times, days of the week, and locations. Click here to sign up. locations. Contact Rev. Nick with questions. 


Discover Course:
Sign Up and More Details

Join Rev. Nick in this course that begins in October and runs through early June. This twice-monthly course on Sundays at 2:00 pm 3:30 pm explores Christian faith and life and invites each participant to discover their faith in deeper and more authentic ways. This course is for those who are interested in more fully claiming a faith with integrity and joy. Register for the course by clicking here. The first gathering is on Sunday, October 8 at 2:00 pm. For more details, contact Rev. Nick.


Jeremy Bruns Organ Recital: October 13

Join us for this “spooktacular” candlelit organ recital on Friday the 13th of October, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Enjoy hearing works both well-known and perhaps new discoveries, including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565. Admission is free.


Family Barbeque: October 14

On Saturday, October 14 at 5:30 pm, all families with kids and teens in their households are invited to a fall barbeque at the rectory (Rev. Nick’s home). This relaxed evening is an opportunity to connect with other families, make friends, and share a meal together. The rectory is located at 29 Lakeview Road in Winchester. 


State of the Church: October 15

Join us in Hadley Hall on Sunday, October 15 following the 10:00 am service as we discuss the current and future state of the parish. We will be discussing our budget for the year, our strategic focus, and an update on the feasibility study for a capital campaign. Click here to participate via Zoom. 


Church School Registration Is Now Open!

Sign-Up for Church School

Please take a moment now to register your children, in preschool through 5th grade, for Church School this year. Registering gives us important information, like allergies and your contact information. Whether your child will be in Church School every week, or even just occasionally, it is very helpful for them to be pre-registered. 


Help with Fellowship Hour This Fall!

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour

Contributions to the shared food and help with clean-up are always appreciated. Please sign up to help by clicking the button above. 


This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

Thursday, September 28

8:30am Employment Transition Meeting via Zoom
12:00pm Rotary in Hadley Hall and the Kitchen
5:00pm Rotary: Rise Against Hunger Meal-Packaging Event in Hadley Hall 
5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:15pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
7:30pm Healing Ministry Team Meeting via Zoom 

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Friday, September 29

9:00am Yoga with Pam in Hadley Hall 
6:00pm Louise Burns Memorial Service in the Chapel 

Saturday, September 30

9:00am Bishop Nomination Committee Gathering in Hadley Hall, Kitchen & Suter Room
6:00pm Youth Pizza & Laser Tag in the Suter Room and at Xtreme Craze in Woburn

Sunday, October 1 

All Day Stewardship Kick-Off 
8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary

9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 

9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room
9:00am Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary  
9:45am Nursery Care (ages 0-3 years) in the Dewart Room 

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

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden (Sign up to help) 
5:00pm Word & Table Worship Service in Hadley Hall 
6:00pm Education for Ministry in the Chapel 

Monday, October 2 

5:00pm Prayer Team Meeting via Zoom 

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

Tuesday, October 3 

10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
1:00pm Epiphany Visitors Meeting in Hadley Hall 
7:00pm Property Committee Meeting via Zoom

7:00pm Parent Conversation Series in Hadley Hall 

Wednesday, October 4 

10:00am Phyllis Knopf Committal Service in the Memorial Garden 
4:15pm Choristers Optional Skills Session and Snack in the Upper Parish Hall

5:00pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall
6:15pm Midweek @ Epiphany in Hadley Hall, Upper Parish Hall & the Suter Room
7:30pm Website Re-Design Committee Meeting in the Chapel 

Thursday, October 5 

8:30am Employment Transition Meeting via Zoom
12:00pm Rotary in Hadley Hall and the Kitchen
5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:15pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 


For More Information

For pastoral emergencies, please contact clergy 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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