Family Newsletter:

Week of January 8, 2023

Family Calendar

Sun, Jan 08    :    10:00am           :     Church School (Godly Play & Storymakers)

Sun, Jan 08    :    11:15am           :     Sunday Ministries/Acolyte Training

Sun, Jan 08    :    6:30-8:30pm     :     Youth Night Games & Ice Cream (grades 6-12)

Wed, Jan 11   :    5:15-6:15pm     :      Choristers Rehearsal

Sun, Jan 15    :    8:00 & 10:00am :    Worship (No Church School: MLK Weekend)

Wed, Jan 18   :    5:15-6:15pm     :      Choristers Rehearsal

Wed, Jan 18   :    6:15-7:30pm     :      Midweek Dinner & Formation for all ages

Sat, Jan 21     :     9:00-11:30am  :      Communion Enrichment Retreat (2nd-5th grade)

Three Things of Note

Acolyte Training on January 8th: This is great way for 4th graders and up to participate in worship services. Please see below.

Youth Games and Ice Cream on January 8th: 6-12th graders, come enjoy some night games and treats!

Church School restarts January 8th: We are so excited to hold classes again now that the holiday break is over! Please aim to arrive at your classroom between 9:50 and 10am this Sunday.

Dear families,

This past Wednesday's Burning of the Greens & Chalking of the Doors was an absolutely lovely way to mark the end of the Christmas season together. To gather with you all in giving thanks for the days past and to look forward to the light to come was a blessing. There was such beauty in the evening: the greens, the flames (and even the swirling smoke), the laughter, the prayer. 

Thank you to Janelle who brought us this new tradition, and to Duane and his team for a delicious meal of soup, grilled cheese, and croque monsieur. 

Happy Epiphany!


Sunday Ministry Training Day

Did you know that all children in grades four and up can be acolytes? This is a fun way to take part in our services!

Youth and adults, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore ways to serve during worship, too, as readers, ushers, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers.

Join us on January 8 following the 10:00 am service from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm in the sanctuary for our training day. 

Please contact Janelle with any questions. 

Youth Games & Ice Cream Night: January 8

On January 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Epiphany youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to night games and ice-cream here at the church. Join us as we kick off the new year! RSVP to Janelle

Communion Enrichment Program for Children in 2nd through 5th Grade

On Saturday, January 21 from 9am to 11:00am we will hold our Communion Enrichment retreat. That morning, for both the child and their adult, is a time when we learn about the meaning of Communion, its history, and how it fits into our liturgy. It is a hands-on, fun, and meaningful time together. 

Parents/caregivers, you are asked to be part of this experience along with your child. It's a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationship with other families in your child's age group, to walk with your child, and to revisit the meaning of communion yourself.

On Sunday, January 22 we have Communion Enrichment Sunday, where we recognize the children who participated in the Saturday retreat and thank them for being such important parts of our church community.

While we open this program to any child in grades 2 through 5, this is something a child does only once. In other words, if they participated while in 2nd grade, they don't participate again in 3rd grade, etc. We give you the choice of doing this in grades 2, 3, 4 or 5 so that families have the flexibility to pick the right time for them. 

Please note that children of any age are always invited and welcome to partake of communion here; this program is meant to help explain and deepen that experience for our young parishioners.

If you are interested in taking part, please sign up here. Any questions? Please reach out to Bryn.

Communion Enrichment Signup

Church School Registration

Church School registration is always open! This gives us important information like allergies and opting into/out of photo permissions. We re-register each year to keep our information current. Thank you! 

Church School Registration

Important New Opportunities for Youth

Exploring our Faith

All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to Exploring our Faith, Sundays after the 10am service from Feb. 5th - April 2nd (Skipping Feb. 19th). For those interested in being confirmed (must be 10th grade or older), these classes will be required and fulfill all confirmation qualifications. Please email Janelle at if you are interested in being confirmed. Pizza will be provided! 

Youth Hut Hike: Summer 2023

Save the date for our Youth Hut Hike trip on June 26th-28th in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We will have a guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club and this will be an opportunity for community building while enjoying God’s creation. Interested? Email Janelle at

Important Dates for Families

Sunday, Jan 8       :  10:00am  :  Church School Resumes

Sunday, Jan 8       :   11:15pm :   Sunday Ministries Training

Wednesday, Jan 11  :  5:15-6:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-8)

Sunday, Jan 15    :   Martin Luther King Weekend--No Church School Classes

Wednesday, Jan 18  :  5:15-6:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-8)

Wednesday, Jan 18 :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

Saturday, Jan 21  :  9:00am  :  Communion Enrichment Program (grades 2-5)

Sunday, Jan 22    :  10:00am :  Church School

Sunday, Jan 22  :  10:00am  :  Communion Enrichment Sunday

Wednesday, Jan 25  :  5:15-6:15pm  :  Choristers Rehearsal (choir for grades 2-7)

Sunday, Jan 29  :  10:00am  :  Church School

Sunday, Jan 29  :  11:15am  :  Annual Meeting

Bryn Hollenbeck, Director of Children's Ministries and Parish Life:

Janelle Hiroshige, Associate for Youth and Community Partnerships:

Jeremy Bruns, Director of Music and Organist:

Nick Myers, Rector:


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