Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish

 

January 22 - 29, 2019

Epiphany Parish

62 Front Street

Walpole, MA 02081

508-668-2353

www.epiphany-walpole.org

 

Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Christen H. Mills

christen.epiphany@gmail.com

 

Organist

Nancy Wakefield

 

Parish Administrator

Liz Knox

office.epiphany@verizon.net

 

Sunday School Superintendent

Jennifer Hee

 

Sr. Warden

Pamela Cormier

 

Jr. Warden

Mark Helm

 

Treasurer

Jan Nuzzolo

 

Financial Secretary

Nancy Parnagian

 

Pledging Secretary

John Parnagian

 

Clerk

Kate Procaccini

 

Vestry Members

Kevin Miller

Nancy Parnagian

Janice Allman

Donald MacKinnon

Alison DiPasca

George Ford

 

 

 

 

This Week at Epiphany 

 

Mon, Jan. 21, 2019

Martin Luther King Day

5:30 pm Breaking Bread Community Meal Served (United Church)

6:30 pm Monday Night AA (undercroft)

6:30 pm Soup Supper (Vestry Room)

7:00 pm Adult Bible Study (Vestry Room)

 

Wed, Jan. 23, 2019

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)

 

Fri, Jan. 25, 2019

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)

 

Sun, Jan. 27, 2019

8:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite I

9:30 am Sunday School

10:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite II

11:00 am Coffee Hour (undercroft)

 

Mon, Jan. 28, 2019

5:30 pm Breaking Bread Community Meal Served (United Church)

6:30 pm Monday Night AA (undercroft)

6:30 pm Soup Supper (Vestry Room)

7:00 pm Adult Bible Study (Vestry Room)

 

 

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!  

 

February 25, 2019

Epiphany Parish will host Breaking Bread

 

March 2, 2019

Progressive Supper  

(more information will be coming soon)

 

March 5, 2019

Shrove Tuesday  

Pancake Supper

 

March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday Services

 

 

Participating in Worship on 

January 27

 

The Third Sunday after Epiphany   

    

 Click here for this week's readings

 

8:00 am

Acolyte:

Peter Ellison

Worship Leader:

Elaine Glebus 

 

10:00 am

Acolytes:

Alexia Clinton 

Briella Clinton

 

Worship Leaders:

Jennifer Hee 

Dick Power 

Jo-Ann Barrett 

Ushers:

Joe Cormier 

Rick Shea 

Altar Guild:

Hope Groves 

 

 

 

Attendance

Last Sunday

(January 20)

8:00 am

service cancelled due to weather

 

10:00 am

20 adults

2 Children

Total = 22

From Rev. Christen's Desk 

 

"The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it."

-1 Corinthians 12:21-26

Dear Epiphany Parish,


In any community, the people who make up the community are different from each other. Even when gathering for the same purpose, or because we share the same values and goals, each person has different talents, experiences, gifts, ideas, and dreams.


Here at Epiphany Parish, as we prepare for our Annual Meeting, I'm reminded again of how deeply we need each other and how deeply we need each person in this parish. It has been such a blessing to work with the nominating committee to discern who we might ask to put themselves forward for leadership positions in the parish. As I write my annual report, it has been a source of joy to see what we have accomplished together as a parish over the past year and to reflect on how much work, from so many different people, has been required to get it all done.


Epiphany is blessed because of your presence in this parish. We are all different. Not everyone will serve as treasurer, not everyone will teach Sunday school, not everyone will serve in the choir, but we need each person's gifts and skills. One expectation of membership at Epiphany is that all members will give some of their treasure, time and talent to support this community. Whatever your talents are, we need you and your gifts!


I am so grateful for this community and for the care, loyalty, and deep faith in God that have supported this parish for generations.


O Lord, without whom our labor is lost: We beseech you to prosper all works in your Church undertaken according to your holy will. Grant to your workers a pure intention, a patient faith, sufficient success on each, and the blessedness of serving you in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

-Book of Occasional Services 2003 p. 195

Peace in Christ,

Rev. Christen

 

 

Note: In my sermon this past Sunday, I referenced an incident that happened in D.C. last weekend between a group of high school boys and an elder of the Omaha tribe. Since that time, additional information about the incident, including new information about how this incident began, has been published. As this story continues to develop, I apologize if anything that I presented as fact in my sermon proves to be inaccurate. -Rev. Christen

 

 

Bishops' Letter

 

The Bishops of our Diocese have Issued a Pastoral Letter on the Church's Response to Sexual Misconduct

Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris issued on Jan. 17, 2019, the following pastoral letter to the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, regarding the General Convention's three-year suspension of the statute of limitations on initiating clergy disciplinary cases involving sexual misconduct against adults:

https://www.diomass.org/news/diocesan-news/bishops-issue-pastoral-letter-churchs-response-sexual-misconduct

 

 

Epiphany Parish Annual Meeting

Sunday, February 3  

 

Annually we gather as a parish to do the business of the church.  We ratify a budget, elect officers and vestry members, look back on the year past, and look ahead & plan for the coming year.

 

It has become our tradition to gather for a pot luck brunch following the 10:00am service.  The brunch is then followed by the business meeting.  

 

So be sure to plan to stay after church on Sunday, February 3 for the Parish annual meeting. This is an opportunity to learn more about our church and its mission.

 

Childcare for all ages will be provided during the meeting!

 

If you are planning to stay please bring a dish to share based on the first letter of your last name as follows:

A - H = Breakfast Pastry/Dessert

I - N = Main Dish

O - Z = Salad

 

Please e-mail Ali DiPasca to let her know what you are bringing (agdipasca@yahoo.com

 

Our by-laws state that, "Any baptized person of the age of sixteen years or more who declares an intention to support the Parish by regular attendance at public worship and by financial support, shall be considered a member of this parish and entitled to vote in its affairs"

 

All are welcome to attend the annual meeting, but only members may vote

 

 

Vestry Nominations 

 

In advance of our Annual Meeting in February, the Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for vestry positions. Beginning on Sunday you will find vestry nomination boxes in the lower Narthex near the front door and on the shelf next to the side door to the parking lot. We will be voting on all vestry officers (Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Clerk, and Treasurer) each for a one year term. We will also be electing two members-at-large, each for a three-year term. More information about vestry positions and term-lengths will be posted next to the nomination boxes.

 

You may nominate yourself or someone else by Sunday, January 27th. If you would like to nominate someone for a position, please get that person's permission before placing their name in the box. If you have any questions, please email Pam Cormier or Mark Helm.

 

You can also place nominations via e-mail at office.epiphany@verizon.net. Be sure to include:

1.  the name of the person you are nominating

2.   the position you are nominating them for

3.  contact information for the person you are nominating (don't assume we have it in the office)

 

 

 

Weekly Announcements

 

Epiphany's Annual Meeting ~ Epiphany Parish's 2018 Annual Meeting will be held next Sunday, February 3 following the 10:00 worship service. There will be a Pot Luck brunch followed by the business meeting. Submissions for the annual report were due in the office by Thursday, January 17. If you are responsible for any of the following programs please get your reports to the office ASAP so they can be included in the annual report:

  • Altar Guild - Received
  • Christian Education - Received
  • Memorials
  • Pastoral Care - Received
  • Stewardship - Received
  • Village Fair
  • Outreach Programs (including, but not limited to Breaking Bread, Pumpkin Patch, Gifts for Kids, etc.)
  • Clerk's report - Received
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Wardens' Reports - Received

 

 

Updates on the book & paper bins behind the Parish House ~ Many of you have been bringing old books and paper recycling to the bins behind the Parish House. Both companies have recently changed hands.

  • The good news is the book bin is once again empty and ready to take donations.
  • The paper bin, however, has been sold to a trash & recycling firm and it is no longer a fund raiser. The reality is that there is no longer any profit in paper recycling, so the bin will be removed soon.

 

 

For those who have sent in a pledge, THANK YOU! Your continued support of Epiphany is greatly appreciated!


The Vestry is in the midst of budget planning for next year and information regarding pledges is critical to the planning process and the proper stewardship of our finances. 


If you have not yet had to opportunity to send in your pledge, it is not too late! You can either mail your pledge card to the church or place it in the collection plate on Sunday (note pledge cards can be found in the pews).


We are currently at 85% of our goal and still need some more pledges to reach the total pledges we received last year.


If you did not received a stewardship packet (or misplaced it) and would like one, please contact Susan Cosman at susan.cosman@verizon.net or 508-668-3882

 

 

Altar Flowers ~ Do you want to commemorate a special date in your life? Celebrate a birthday or anniversary? Honor the memory of someone special? Do you sim­ply want to give thanks for a blessing? Flowers are a wonderful way to do so while adding a splash of color and beauty to our Sunday morning worship service. February 3, 10, 17, and 24 are still available. See the sign up poster in the Narthex or you can sign up by e-mailing office.epiphany@verizon.net, or by calling the parish office to reserve one of these dates or to check for future dates. You are invited to make a donation of $40 for one vase or $75 for both vases; however donations of any amount are welcome to help defray the cost of flowers. Thank you!

 

 

In Our Prayers

 

Ted Mangles, David Sanford, Jack, Diana,  

Jeff Groves


We also continue to remember:  Richland Arcikowski, Frank Baronie, Janna Jones Bellwin, Dick Brideau, Jan Bryson, Marge Buttimer, Paul Canavan, Julianna Costa, Scott Dalrymple, Clinton Dempsey, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Jane Emswiler, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fleming, Sandy Frye, Tom Fuller, Ed Glebus, Skip Gould, Nancy Griswold, Jack Hammill, Sandy Hammill, Beverly Happnie, Bill Hicks, Sr, Todd King, Bob Laurie, Laura Marchese, Dena Miller, George Najarian, Alex Panosian, Harry Pritoni, Robert Quimby, Susie & John Rogers, Ashley Rose, Art Sachs, Nicole Shirley, Denise Sullivan, Don Uliano, Tina Valentine, Jonathan White & Family, Barbara, Grant, Jim, Jimmy, Mark and Alexis, Maureen & Family, Molly, Sarah, Shawn


  •  We pray for our first responders and military personnel and their families.
  • We pray for those affected by war, terrorism, natural disaster and violence, abuse, addiction or loneliness.

Recently Departed: Gail Gifford, Olive Avery, Charles Fagan


Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jane & Ed Giovannucci, Beth Giovannucci and Family, Sarah Giovannucci and Family, Elaine & Ed Glebus


Walpole Cycle of Prayer:  All Nations Worship Center


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. John's Church, Charlestown; St. Mark's Church, Dorchester; St. Mary's Church, Dorchester; Epiphany School, Dorchester; The Diocesan Council


Celebrating Birthdays:  Jan. 27: Peter Ellison; Jan. 29: Patrick Tigue; Jan. 30: Lois Glasgow, Evan Vigneau; Jan. 31: Ella Procaccini; Feb. 2: Robert Barry


Celebrating Anniversaries:  Jan. 28: Carolyn & Gerry Murphy; Jan. 30: Christyna & Justin Hitchcock

 

 

+ + + Please help us keep our prayer list current + + +

Names on our prayer list are listed in the order in which the prayer request is received and are kept on that list for 6 weeks. At that point, if prayers are still needed, the name will be moved down into the alphabetical list. We appreciate updates for those we hold in prayer. Please contact the parish office or e-mail the office at office.epiphany@verizon.net to update our list.

 

 

The office is open this week (w/e Jan. 26)

Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday

10:00am to 2:30pm

 

The office will be  open next week (w/e Feb. 2)

Monday - Thursday

10:00am to 2:30pm

 

Rev. Christen is in the office most weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.

 

If you have a pastoral emergency, please do not hesitate to contact Christen at 978-758-7270.

 

If you would like an opportunity to meet with Christen during the week please e-mail her or call the church office to make an appointment. This will ensure that she is not out making pastoral calls and that you will have her undivided attention.

 

From the Office:

E-Mail & Sunday Announcements Deadlines

Announcements and notices for the Weekly e-News e-mails must be received in the office by noon each Monday - call or e-mail the office.

To have your announcement included in the Sunday bulletin, please have it in the office by noon on Wednesday.

 

Hospital Visitation

If you or a loved one would like a visit from Rev. Christen while in the hospital please call the church office or e-mail Rev. Christen at christen.epiphany@gmail.com.

 

Feeling a call(or a tug, or a pull)

to get involved in the life of our Parish, but don't know where to start? Please contact Rev. Christen at
christen.epiphany@gmail.com

to learn about the many opportunities to serve.

 

Epiphany Email Policy:

  As fraudulent emails are becoming more common and more sophisticated, please note that Rev. Christen, Epiphany Parish staff, and/or the members of our Vestry will never solicit money, gift cards, or personal information via email.  If you have any questions or concerns about an email request you receive from a leader or staff person in our parish, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office at 508-668-2353.

 

 

We gather with joy in the power of Jesus' name, to care for one another  

and to include all people through our fellowship, education & outreach.

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Who we are at Epiphany!

If you're curious about what a truly nurturing community of believers is like, then you should come to the About Us section to find out answers to your questions and how you can get involved.

 

Food Allergy Policy

In an effort to make our church safe and welcoming to all we have adopted guidelines for the preparation and presentation of food at church events.  Please click on this link to read these guidelines or to print a copy of the food ingredient tent card.

     Policy          Tent Card

 

What is the Episcopal Church?

Find out about the Episcopal Church and the history of this wonderful community on our What is the Episcopal Church page.

 

 

Epiphany Parish

62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081

508-668-2353

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