Family Newsletter:

Week of May 7, 2023

Family Schedule

Sat, May 6       :    10:30am             :   Confirmation Service (Cathedral of St Paul)

Sun, May 7      :     9:45-11:15am    :    Nursery Care for ages 0-3

Sun, May 7      :     10:00-11:00am  :   1st Sunday Worship for All Ages (no Church School)

Wed, May 10   :      5:15-6:15pm     :   Choristers Rehearsal in Upper Parish Hall

Fri, May 12      :      5:00-9:00pm     :    Youth Outing at Boda Borg

Sun, May 14    :      9:45-11:15am   :   Nursery Care for ages 0-3

Sun, May 14    :     10:00-10:40am  :   Church School (Upper Parish Hall & Suter Room)

Wed, May 17   :      6:15-7:30pm     :   Midweek Dinner & Celebration

Two Things to Note

Parish Weekend Away Registration is Open: Come for the weekend, or the day! Families with babies, kids, teens -- YOU are invited!

Youth Group RSVP for Boda Borg: Friday, May 12!

Our Story Makers (grades 2-5) literally leapt into their new curriculum this past Sunday! Ask them to sum up the Old Testament for you. 

Parenting Project Grant Update: 4th Soil is Coming to Epiphany

This past week Bryn, Heather Keith-Lucas, and Pam Chester had the privilege of attending the kick-off and training for the 4th Soil Parenting Project, in Denver, CO. The Parish of the Epiphany was selected to participate in this four-year project as part of a grant with Vibrant Faith, funded through the Lilly Endowment. It was an amazing (and exhausting) three days of spiritual development, worship, learning and planning.

Parents, in the coming months (and years!) our steering team (which also includes Karen Fagan, Perry Haynsworth, and Ellen Wilson) will bring new programs to our community to support you in your parenting journey--whether you now have infants or teenagers--and in sharing your faith with your children in ways that will help build them up for a lifetime. We will begin with some listening projects this summer, and some new learning and community opportunities this fall. 

Pam, Heather, and Bryn working hard at the 4th Soil Training in Denver, CO last week.

Youth Boda Borg Outing: Friday, May 12

Back by popular demand! 

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to a program year finale at Boda Borg on Friday, May 12th. Boda Borg offers a series of "quests" in which small teams figure out clues in order to advance through challenges. We'll gather for pizza at the church at 5:00 pm, and carpool over to Boda Borg at 5:50 pm. We'll return to the church by 9:00 pm. 

Sign-up here. Email Janelle with any questions. 

Parish Weekend Away: Registration is Open

Registration for our Parish Weekend Away opened this past Sunday, and the response was strong. We have over 80 parishioners signed up already, ranging in age from toddlers to retirees. 

If you can't come for the full weekend, please come for the day on Saturday. You can arrive that morning and join us for coffee, workshops, lunch, a myriad of afternoon activities (including canoeing, nature walks, social time in the lodges, and more), the popular adult social hour, and dinner. Stay as long into the evening as you'd like: we'll have our legendary square dance, cards and games, and a campfire and sing along. 

We have plenty of overnight space available in our "camper" category of accommodations. This means you will be placed in cabins which have bunk beds, electricity, heat, and bathrooms. Camper cabins are a little less cushy than lodge rooms (mainly in terms of the bunk beds) but are still a comfortable and only mildly-campy option. Camper cabins, because of their size, will have at least five people per cabin. Our retreat team will thoughtfully match up families or individuals to share these cabins. (Or, if you've got a large family, you might get your own!)

Standard accommodations are currently fully booked, with the possible exception of one female adult space. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for standard accommodations, please reach out to Bryn--she is tirelessly working to make more space. 

For more information please visit Please register HERE.

An on-going and fairly incomprehensible (to grown-ups) game of sardines at the Parish Weekend Away, 2022. Our Elementary and Middle schoolers played together! For hours!

Confirmation: Saturday, May 6

We are excited to announce that Dimitri Montwieler, Abby Schrader, and Meredith Clark will be confirmed at The Cathedral of St. Paul at 10:30am on May 6th.

Please keep Abby, Dimitri, and Meredith in your prayers!

Church School Continues this Sunday

During the final month of classes, the Godly Play Class (preK-1st grade) will be learning about the life of Jesus, his parables, and Pentecost. The Story Makers Class (2nd-5th grade) will be introduced to the curriculum of Godly Play (bigger kid style) and learn about the history and organization of the Bible, an overview of the Old Testament, under-recognized (but fascinating!) Biblical personalities, and parables. 

Spring Church School classes will be held:  May 14 and May 21. Classes are held at 10am, during the first half of the 10am worship service, in the Upper Parish Hall (younger kids) and Church Library (older kids). Visitors and newcomers are always welcome! Reach out to Bryn with any questions. 

Our church school program year ends on Pentecost, which is May 28. 

Graduation Sunday: May 21

All seniors graduating from high school are invited to be part of Graduation Sunday at Epiphany, on May 21. Please let Janelle know if you (or your child) are graduating and would like to be recognized. 

Childcare for Infants & Toddlers During 10am Worship for Ages 0-3

Our nursery is open! Parents and guardians may drop off their young children -- ages 0-3 years -- in the Dewart Room during the 10am service. Our paid and experienced nursery caregivers will be ready to receive babies and toddlers beginning at 9:45am. Parents and guardians must pick up their children by 11:15am, and must remain in the building at all times.

Children need to be registered in our system (one-time registration) in order to be dropped off. This gives us important information about allergies, needs, and who may pick up your child. Please register here:

Nursery Care Registration

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 Dates for Families: Spring 2023

Saturday, May 6  :  10:30am  :  Confirmation Service, Cathedral of St. Paul, Boston

Friday, May 12  :  5:00-9:00pm  :  Youth Boda Borg Outing

Wednesday, May 17  :  6:15-7:30pm  :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

Saturday, May 20  :  8am-1:30pm  :   St. Luke's Community Kitchen

Sunday, May 21  :  10:00am  :  Graduation Sunday

Sunday, May 21  :   5:00pm  :  Word and Table Contemporary Worship

Sunday, May 21  :   5:00pm  :   Choral Evensong, Andover, with POE choristers

Sunday, May 28  :   Celebration of Pentecost

Wednesday, June 7 :  Midweek Dinner and Formation for all ages

Ongoing Choristers Schedule: Every Wednesday Evening

Choristers Schedule: Spring 2023

Sunday, May 7 - 8:50am warm-up, 10am service

Wednesday, May 10 - 5:15pm rehearsal; 6:15-7pm optional skills

Wednesday, May 17 - 5:15pm-6:15pm rehearsal (followed by Midweek meal)

Sunday, May 21 (Andover) - 2:30pm warm-up, 5pm Choral Evensong, 6pm Reception

Wednesday May 24 - NO REHEARSAL

Wednesday May 31 - 5:15pm rehearsal; 6:15-7pm optional skills

Sunday, June 4 - 3:30pm warm-up, 5pm Choral Evensong & Investiture of Choristers

Wednesday June 7 - NO REHEARSAL

Thursday, June 8 - End-of-Season Choir Banquet for Choristers, Parish Choir & Families in Hadley Hall, beginning 5:30 or 6pm, more details TBA

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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