Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish

October 17 - 24, 2017  



Epiphany Parish

62 Front Street

Walpole, MA 02081





The Rev. Christen H. Mills




Nancy Wakefield



Parish Administrator

Liz Knox



Sunday School Superintendent

Jennifer Hee



Sr. Warden

Pamela Cormier



Jr. Warden

Jeff Groves




Jan Nuzzolo



Financial Secretary

Nancy Parnagian


Pledging Secretary

John Parnagian



Jo-Ann Barrett



Vestry Members

Mark Helm



Susan Shea



Kevin Miller



Nancy Parnagian



Janice Allman



Donald MacKinnon



Michael Barrett

Youth Member



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This Week at Epiphany


Tues, Oct 17, 2017

7:00 pm Vestry (Vestry Room)


Wed, Oct 18, 2017

9:00 am Walpole Clergy Prayer Group

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)


Thurs, Oct 19, 2017

11:00 am Pastoral Care (Vestry Room)

2:00 pm Harrington House


Fri, Oct 20, 2017

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)


Sun, Oct 22, 2017

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, Oct 23, 2017

4:00 - 7:00 pm Epiphany Hosts Breaking Bread

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)


Tues, Oct 24, 2017

7:00 pm Warden's Meeting (Christen's Office)



Participating in Worship on October 22

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost


 Click here  for this week's readings

8:00 am


Peter Ellison

Lay Reader:

Danielle Horton

10:00 am


Brendan Cormier 

Alex Hee 

Sophie Shea  


Lay Leaders:

Shirley Hutchins 

Dick Power 

Tom Schneider 



Joe Cormier 

Rick Shea 



Click here to view a video message from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry about last month's Primates Meeting at Canterbury Cathedral.




Last Sunday
(Oct 15)


9 adults
0 children
Total = 9



56 adults 

21 children 

Total = 77



Office Notices

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@



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.




From Christen's Desk


Dear Epiphany Parish,


We are currently in the midst of our annual fall pledge drive. Each Sunday we will hear testimonials from parishioners about why they give to Epiphany Parish. I wanted to share with you about why I am giving to Epiphany Parish. This year, I am giving a pledge to Epiphany Parish for two reasons: because I trust in God and I trust in this community.


Last November, when I was moving to Walpole, I opened the door to the Rectory to let the movers in and there was a huge welcome basket there to greet me. You had cleaned out a room in the church to make an office, you had arranged for a board with my name to be ready to hang on the front sign for my very first Sunday. I was blown away by the welcome that I was given. From the beginning of our relationship together, you have put your trust in me as your priest-in-charge, and I try every week to live up to that trust. I made a financial pledge to Epiphany Parish last year, and Dan and I will make a pledge together this year, because I trust in you all, and in this community, that through the work of this parish, God is worshiped, community is built, disciples are made, and lives are transformed.  


Practically you do this in many ways: by investing in things like Sunday school, Breaking Bread, worship ministries, pastoral care, and altar guild. You do this by investing in this beautiful building that generations of Epiphany Parishioners have built and cared for, and you do this by investing in staff members who help keep this parish running.


There is a post-it note on my desk with advice that I was given by a mentor before I came to Epiphany Parish. She told me that a priest has three main responsibilities: "Love your people, say your prayers, and have fun". Everything else will fall into place if these three responsibilities are taken care of. These words have not only served as guidelines for how I try to serve as a priest in this parish, but more importantly, they serve as guidelines for the kind of community that I hope we will be together. A community that is loving and supportive of all members and the world around us, a community of worship that prays for each other and for the world, and a community that is joyful and fun.


As you are discerning what you will give to Epiphany Parish and filling out your pledge card, I want to say "Thank You" for your presence in this community, and "Thank You" for the support that you give to Epiphany Parish.


Peace in Christ,

Rev. Christen


(Adapted by 9/24/17 sermon given at Epiphany Parish)



Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins...


The Patch is up and running! 

This is a wonderful opportunity to join with friends and family to support this fundraiser that not only raises funds for Epiphany but also for the people of the Navajo reservation in New Mexico where the pumpkins are grown.  Come join in the fun!!

The following shifts are still open:

TODAY, Oct 17:  3:30 to 5:30pm

Wed, Oct 18: ALL SHIFTS

Thurs, Oct 19:  3:30 to 5:30pm

Fri, Oct 20:  1:30 to 3:30pm

Sat, Oct 21:  noon to 3:00pm & 3:00 to 6:00pm

Sun, Oct 22:  3:00 to 6:00pm


There are two ways you can sign up to work at The Patch.  There is the "old-fashioned" paper sign up board in the undercroft, and we also have an on-line sign up (so you can sign up from the comfort of home!)  It's easy:


Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click here to see our SignUp on SignUp.com.
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Either way, we hope you will plan to be part of this great fellowship and fundraising activity.


Pumpkin Patch Update


We are at the halfway point and so far we have taken made approximately $13,000 in sales. That means to date approximately $8,400 will go back to the Navajo reservation and $4,600 will be retained by Epiphany. We have also had $1,000 in non-pumpkin sales (mums, cornstalks, bake sale, and general donations).


If we can maintain this level of sales we are on track for our best year; but that relies on being able to staff the patch with volunteers for the rest of the month and having our pumpkin supply last that long as well! Please see the article above to sign up for open shifts.



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Breaking Bread ~ October 23


  Monday, October 23 is our fall turn at Breaking Bread.

We are seeking volunteers to help with set up at 4PM, prep work at 4:30, servers at 5:30 and clean up at 6PM.  

If you can bake a dessert, you drop it off at the church on Sunday - bring it to church in the morning or drop it off during Pumpkin Patch hours. We are done by 7PM - no experience is needed!  

We serve up to 50 guests and prepare a dozen take -outs. This is a great opportunity to serve our community.  Please call and let Jay Barrett know if you can help out - 508-668-3053 or email at jebarrett322@verizon.net 



Welcome DYC & Rev. Mark Smith


This Sunday, October 21, the Diocesan Youth Council will be joining us for worship. The DYC is made up of students in the 10th-12th grades who serve as the official youth presence at Diocesan Convention.  They also meet throughout the year to plan programs and to help foster and support youth involvement throughout the diocese.  


On Sunday, the DYC will be providing some of the music for our 10am service and the Deacon Mark Smith, the director of youth ministries in our diocese, will be preaching at both services.





Rev. Christen is looking to see what interest there is in running a confirmation preparation class this winter/spring. If you have a child who is in 7 grade or older who is interested in confirmation this year, please email Rev. Christen (christen.epiphany@gmail.com) by November 19th to let her know of your child's interest.



Mark Your Calendars!


Save these dates!!  There are some exciting events coming up:

Saturday, October 28

Movie in the Pumpkin Patch


Wednesday, November 1

Senior/Retiree Luncheon hosted by the Pastoral Care Team (RSVP has been extended to Thurs, October 26)


Saturday, November 4

Progressive Dinner


Watch your e-mail, mail box, and e-News for details.



Celebrating All Saints ~ Nov. 5


We will be celebrating All Saints' Sunday on November 5th. If you have a loved one who has passed in the last year and would like to have them remembered that day, please e-mail the name(s) to the church office at office.epiphany@verizon.net by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 31.  



Weekly Announcements


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. October 22 & 29 and November 5 & 12 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!

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Morning Prayer at Epiphany ~ An informal and intimate service of Morning Prayer is offered every Wednesday at Epiphany Parish at 9am in the sanctuary. The service lasts about 20 minutes and is led by either Rev. Christen, Pastor Anna from United Church in Walpole, or Pastor Sarah from South Walpole United Methodist Church. All are welcome to join us!

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Check Us Out on Twitter! ~ Epiphany Parish now has a Twitter account! To stay updated on news that is going on in the parish, please follow our account: https://twitter.com/EpiphanyWalpole.



In Our Prayers


Carol Hudson, Rick Warrender, Thomas, David, Jane, Courtney, Jan Bryson, Micky Welling, George Najarian

We also continue to remember: Don Ball, Frank Baronie, Kathleen Caldwell, Mike Carr, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Jane Emswiler, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Samantha, Annabelle & Emma Fleming, Sandy Frye, Ed Glebus, Marjorie Hall, Beverly Happnie, Bette & Bob Helm, Todd King, Mary Krick, Dick Lane, Bob Laurie, Mary Lou McGurk, Dena Miller, Owen O'Shea, Harry Pritoni, Susie & John Rogers, Art Sachs, Eric Sanford, Nicole Shirley, Jackie Sones, Lois Staula, Don Uliano, Tina Valentine, Barbara, Ed, Fran, George, Grant, Janet, Joe, Kathy & Family, Lily, Maureen & Family, Molly,

Olivia, Sandy, Sarah   

  • 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: Raymond Hoyt, Norman Burdette, Virginia McHugh

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Jan Nuzzolo and Family, Nancy & John Parnagian, Rhonda & Denis Perreault and Family, Jessica & Michael Peterson and Family

Walpole Cycle of Prayer: Union Congregational Church

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Church of St. John the Evangelist, Hingham; St. John's Church, Holbrook; Trinity Church, Marshfield; Church of Our Saviour, Milton; Commission on Ministry

Celebrating Birthdays: Oct. 22: Sean Roberts; Oct. 24: John R. Parnagian; Oct. 25: Brooke Fuller; Oct. 26: Sam McElhinney

Celebrating Anniversaries: Oct. 28: Sarah & Bob McElhinney


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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.



This week (w/e Oct 21) the office is open  

Monday - Thursday from 10:00am to 2:30pm


Next week (w/e Oct 28) the office will be open  

Monday - Thursday from 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 at christen.epiphany@gmail.com 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.



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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Epiphany Parish

62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081


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