September 29, 2022

Supporting Our Community Life Together

On Sunday, September 18, we kicked off our 2023 Stewardship Campaign, “Living Faith & Life Together.” For many, this is a familiar part of the rhythm of our fall, but for some of us, it is either new or not yet a part of our personal financial stewardship. We’d like to challenge you to step into this critical aspect of our loving ministry to one another, of our community life together, and of our Christian ministry to the communities around us. Our life as a parish is funded by the pledges of each one of us, and our pledge is an integral part of our participation in Epiphany’s life and mission.

Our $1.2 million campaign goal represents a 15.7% increase over 2022’s pledges and is the second step in last fall’s stated goal to increase Epiphany’s pledge income by 30% over a 2-year period to support new ministries and initiatives such as Midweek, Word and Table and welcoming Janelle Hiroshige as our Associate for Youth and Community Partnerships. While it is still early in Epiphany’s 2023 budget cycle, it is our hope that increased pledge revenue will cover:

  • $85K in new compensation costs including salary and healthcare increases for existing staff, a full year of Janelle’s ministry with us, and new administrative staffing to support increased marketing and communication in support of growing ministries.
  • $30K in new program and operating costs (net of reductions), primarily in growing and emerging ministries, and also including a $10K increase to the preventative maintenance provision which hasn’t been increased in many years despite the continued aging of our buildings.
  • $30K to rebuild the General Fund, which has been diminished by recent operating deficits, in an effort to provide a prudent level of support and flexibility in the face of current uncertain economic conditions.

An additional goal this year is to increase the number of us who pledge and to reduce our reliance on a small (and very generous) portion of the parish for a significant portion of our budget. Last year 10% of those pledging contributed 50% of our pledge revenues. We can meet this goal if 50 of us pledge for the first time and if those of us who can pledge at a higher level. Many of you have asked what you should pledge. The answer is different for each of us but consider what it means for you to integrate your financial commitment with other aspects of your life in this community. If you haven’t pledged before, please consider making your first pledge of any amount. If you have pledged before, thank you. If you are able, consider increasing you pledge in support of the initiatives noted above. Please reach out to anyone on the Stewardship Committee ( or Vestry if you have questions or would like to talk more about any of this.

This Sunday (October 2), we will gather in Hadley Hall after the 10:00 am service for a State of the Church forum to share our priorities, hopes, and challenges for the coming year as well as to answer any questions that you may have. We will also plan to have a more informal discussion in Hadley Hall following the 8:00 am service. We hope that you will join us and be an active part of the discussion of where we are headed.

Nelia Newell, warden


October Birthdays & Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our Epiphany friends celebrating birthdays and anniversaries during the month of October! 


Youth Kickball: October 1

Youth (6th-12th grade) and their families are invited to a friendly game of kickball at Ginn Field in Winchester on Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please email Janelle. Hope to see you there!


State of the Church Meeting: October 2

Join us in Hadley Hall after the 10:00 am service as we share new and strategic information regarding our mission, ministries, and properties here at Epiphany. We have some very important information to share on October 2, as the wardens and rector will present the strategic work of the vestry that will impact our life and ministry for the next few years. The conversation will be available via Zoom; here is the link


Blessing of the Animals: October 2

On Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm, we invite you to our 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. 


Celebrate Oktoberfest at Midweek!

Sign Up to Help with Midweek Dinner!

Midweek @ Epiphany — a time for community and connection every first and third Wednesday — resumes on October 5! Each Midweek begins at 6:15 with dinner and fellowship, followed by formation opportunities for all ages. 

We are kicking off this season of Midweek with Oktoberfest. The menu will include: Bavarian roast chicken, German potato salad, braised red cabbage, and salad. There will be pizza for the kids and vegetarian options.

Mark your calendar for this fall's Midweek schedule: October 5, October 19, November 2, November 16, and December 7. 


Bach Series: Adult Forum

Join Rev. Nick and Jeremy Bruns as they lead a three-part series on the spirituality and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This forum will be an exploration of the personal faith of Bach through a combination of conversation, audio excerpts, and musical performance of organ and vocal pieces. Join us on Sundays, October 9, 16, and 23 after the 10:00 am service for this exciting adult forum series. This offering will not be livestreamed.


JSB Plays JSB:
Bach Organ Recital on October 9

On Sunday, October 9 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary, all are invited to “JSB Plays JSB,” an organ recital featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Director of Music Jeremy S. Bruns. Admission is free; donations gladly accepted. 


Help with Fellowship Hour in October

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

We are looking forward to fellowship hours on Sundays in October, 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. 


8th Annual Ciderfest

On Sunday, October 16 at 11:15 am, immediately following the 10:00 am Holy Eucharist, we invite you to our eighth annual Ciderfest! Celebrate fall with Epiphany friends, and enjoy fresh apple cider donuts and cider. We hope you will join us for this beloved Epiphany tradition! 


Bereavement Group Starting October 20

Beginning on Thursday, October 20 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, Susan Bailey and Carol Delaney will be leading a Bereavement Support Group. We will meet in the Chapel. The group will run six consecutive Thursdays, skipping Thanksgiving. Please contact Susan Bailey at 781-570-9196 or if you are interested.  


Upcoming Youth Events

Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming youth activities!

  • October 23: Epiphany Tunnels/Clock Tower Spooky Ice-Cream Party, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • November 5: Board Game Night, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
  • December 9: Christmas Movie Night, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Baptism Opportunity on November 6

Our next opportunity for baptism will be Sunday, November 6. If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized at Epiphany, please contact Rev. Nick


Choral Requiem for All Souls' Day

On Sunday, November 6 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary, we invite you to a choral requiem for All Souls’ Day. Remember the souls of the faithful departed in this service sung by the Parish Choir, featuring the beloved setting by Gabriel Fauré. 


This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, September 29

9:00am Icon Workshop with Dr. George Kordis (Day 4) 
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, September 30
9:00am Icon Workshop with Dr. George Kordis (Day 5) 

Saturday, October 1 
9:00am Icon Workshop with Dr. George Kordis (Day 6) 
4:00pm Youth Kickball Game at Ginn Field  

Sunday, October 2 

8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary 
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room

9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden 

9:00am Parish Choir & Choristers Warm-up in the Sanctuary

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

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden

11:30am State of the Church Meeting in Hadley Hall 
5:00pm Blessing of the Animals in the Forecourt

6:30pm Boston American Guild of Organists in Hadley Hall and Upper Parish Hall 

Monday, October 3

5:00pm Prayer Team Meeting via Zoom 
6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 

Tuesday, October 4

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 Property Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, October 5

5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
6:15pm Midweek @ Epiphany in Hadley Hall, Cloister Garden, and Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, October 6

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. 
Click to view our Family Newsletter for parents, youth, and children. 
Click to find information on our worship services
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