Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish

 

January 15 - 22, 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. 14, 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)

 

Tues, Jan. 15, 2019

7:00 pm Vestry [open meeting] (Vestry Room)

 

Wed, Jan. 16, 2019

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)

 

Thurs, Jan. 17, 2019

11:00 am Pastoral Care (Vestry Room)

2:00 pm Harrington House

 

Fri, Jan. 18, 2019

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)

 

Sun, Jan. 20, 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. 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)

 

 

Participating in Worship on 

January 20

 

The Second Sunday after Epiphany   

    

 Click here for this week's readings

 

8:00 am

Acolyte:

Peter Ellison


Worship Leader:

Danielle Horton 

 

10:00 am

Acolytes:

Darius Martinez 

Elle Martinez 

OPEN


Worship Leaders:

Kevin Miller 

Jay Barrett 

Nancy Barry 


Ushers:

Jay Barrett 

John Parnagian 


Altar Guild:

Hope Groves 

 

 

 

Attendance

Last Sunday

(January 13)

8:00 am

11 adults

0 Children

Total = 11

 

10:00 am

35 adults

6 Children

Total = 41

From Rev. Christen's Desk 

 

Dear Epiphany Parish,

 

Today would have been the 90th birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr This Sunday, we will honor his prophetic work and ministry during our worship.

 

King's famous speech, known as the "I Have a Dream Speech" that he gave at the 1963 March on Washington is often quoted, especially the ending. However, I encourage you to read it in its entirety today It can be found here: https://www.archives.gov/files/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf

 

Today, and every day, let us remember this dream and recognize that we all still have work to do to bring about liberty and justice for all.

 

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...In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

 

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

 

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children......

 

.....Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

 

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

 

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

 

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

 

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

 

I have a dream today!...

 

Excerpts from "I Have a Dream.." Speech given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the March on Washington 1963

 

Peace in Christ,

Rev. Christen

 

 

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


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

 

 

Epiphany's Annual Meeting ~ Epiphany Parish's 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on 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 are 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
  • Christian Education - Received 
  • Memorials
  • Pastoral Care
  • Stewardship
  • Village Fair
  • Outreach (including, but not limited to Breaking Bread, Pumpkin Patch, Gifts for Kids, etc.)
  • Clerk's report - Received
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Wardens' Reports - Received

 

 

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. January 27, 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, 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.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Susan & Erich Gotthardt and Family, Ellen & Pat Grant, Hope Groves and Family, Jeff Groves and Family, Barbara Hall


Walpole Cycle of Prayer:United Church in Walpole


Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:St Stephen's Church, Boston; Trinity Church, Boston; B-SAFE; B-PEACE for Jorge; Hospitality Homes


Celebrating Birthdays:Jan. 22: Amelia Shea; Jan. 25: Edna Fuller; Jan. 26: Heather Pezold, Gretchen Schneider

 

The flowers on the altar are given by Kevin Miller and the Shea Family in loving memory of our grandmother, Elizabeth A. Baronie.

 

+ + + 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. 19)

Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am to 2:30pm

The office will be  open next week (w/e Jan. 26)

Monday, Tuesday, & 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

 

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Epiphany Parish

62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081

508-668-2353

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