Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish
September 11 - 18, 2018   
5 Things
2 Do This Week
 1) Let Rev. Christen know if you can help make or sell Strawberry Shortcake at Main Street Live on Friday
2) Put on your work clothes and help us clean and organize our Sunday School classrooms on Saturday morning from 10am-12pm.
3) If you haven't already, make sure to turn in your Sunday School registration form.
4) Save the date for September 29th...the pumpkins are coming and we need MANY volunteers!
5) Join us for worship on Sunday at 8am or 10am
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
Mark Helm
Jan Nuzzolo
Financial Secretary
Nancy Parnagian
Pledging Secretary
John Parnagian
Kate Procaccini
Vestry Members
Kevin Miller
Nancy Parnagian
Janice Allman
Donald MacKinnon
Alison DiPasca
George Ford
This Week at Epiphany

Wed, Sept 12, 2018
7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)
Thurs, Sept 13, 2018
7:00 pm Property Committee (Vestry Room)
Fri, Sept 14, 2018
8:00 pm AA (undercroft)
Sun, Sept 16, 2018
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, Sept 17, 2018
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, Sept 18, 2018
7:00 pm Vestry (open meeting) (Vestry Room)
Participating in Worship on September 16
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
 Click here for this week's readings
8:00 am
Peter Ellison
Lay Reader:
Danielle Horton

10:00 am
Brendan Cormier 
Ella Martinez 
Jake Hutnick 
Lay Leaders:
Jay Barrett
Jo-Ann Barrett 
Jay Barrett 
John Parnagian
Altar Guild:
Natalie Lee 
Mary Jane Wiles
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Have your heard?
Our former bridge priest, the Rev. Tara Soughers, has been announced as one of the final candidates for Bishop in the Diocese of Nevada!  
Congrats, Tara!
A note from Shirley Hutchins
"I would like to thank those who brought meals to Tina Valentine and Jane Emswiler this summer. They both appreciated this gesture so much and especially the chance to sit and chat with each one.  Thanks to Rhonda Banks, Linda Connors, Rev, Christen, Janice Allman, Nancy Barry, Jim and Judy Langmead, and Natalie Lee.  You've all made their lives a little easier."
-Shirley Hutchins
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@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.

From Rev. Christen's Desk
Dear Epiphany Parish,
Over the next three months, the weekly lectionary that we follow prescribes readings from the Gospel according to Mark.
Mark's gospel is the shortest of the 4 gospels and almost all scholars agree that it is the oldest gospel that we have. One fascinating characteristic of Mark is what is sometimes called the Messianic Secret. In this gospel, people keep discovering that Jesus is the Son of God, but over and over again he tells everyone that he meets to keep his identity quiet and orders them not to tell anyone.
This keeps happening throughout this gospel. Jesus tries to keep his identity a secret, but the harder he tries, the more the news of his ministry spreads. Even at the very end, this gospel ends in secrecy. Some of the women who followed Jesus went to his tomb to prepare his body and discovered that the tomb was empty. Then a young man dressed in white robes tells them to, "Go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee."
But we never hear about their journey. Mark's gospel ends by telling us: "So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid".
Mark's gospel ends in secrecy; however, we know that this secret wasn't kept for long--because we know the story! The word got out!
The words of Mark's gospel may be succinct, but the story leaves us with a sense of the sheer abundance of God's grace and power spilling out into the world around us--unable to be controlled or stopped--even to this very day.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Christen
A collect for September 11
O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Hasten the time when the menace of war shall be removed. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Main Street Live!  Fri, Sept. 14
Still dreaming of summer? For the second year in a row, Epiphany Parish will be selling Strawberry Shortcake next Friday, September 14, at the Main Street Live event in downtown Walpole. Come and stop by to get one last taste of summer!
We need volunteers to help make shortcake, set up, and sell shortcake. Please email christen.epiphany@gmail.com to volunteer. We plan on selling shortcake from 5pm-8pm (or until we sell out!). We will begin set-up and whipped cream making at 3pm.
We are also hoping to sell other baked goods this year. Please let our Parish office know if you are able to make some baked goods (individually wrapped and priced with all ingredients listed) for us to sell.
This was a really fun event last year with food trucks and live music - come and sell shortcake with us!
Volunteers Needed This Saturday
Volunteers are needed to help us clean and organize our two Sunday School classrooms!  

This Saturday, September 15th, from 10am-12pm, join us to help prepare for the fall Sunday School session by cleaning, organizing, and decorating our Sunday School classrooms.  Coffee, Juice, and Donuts will be served--volunteers of all ages are welcome to come and help.  Please email Christen.Epiphany@gmail.com or Jan.Nuzzolo@gmail.com if you are able to help!
Welcome, Roger Matson!
Roger Matson has been hired as the new parish sexton at Epiphany Parish.  Welcome, Roger!
Roger lives in Norwood with his wife of 49 years! They have two daughters and a son, married with children. His five Grandchildren, all under the age of 12, fill his life with constant, unexpected joy. Roger is retired from Boston College, where he worked as their lead locksmith for over 42 years. In addition to his work there, he was also employed part time, by Andover Newton Theological School, for 49 years in Facility Services.  Roger enjoys spending time with his family and his beloved rescue dog, "Mandy, " and entertaining family and friends. Almost any day of the week he can also be found puttering in his yard, and feeding the birds and chipmunks!
Diocesan News
Ministry Network Showcase 
Sat, 09/22/2018 - 9:00am 4:00pm
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
This first-ever Ministry Network Showcase will bring the diocesan community together to learn about and be inspired by ministries that model ways for embracing brave change through reimagining congregations, building relationships and engaging the world.
The showcase aims to shine a light on the variety of service-oriented ministries offered by churches and networks in the diocese; spark connections and kindle activity to start and strengthen networks of collaboration; and share resources for meeting ministry needs and opportunities in congregations and communities.
Congregations are encouraged to gather a group and plan to come for an enlightening day of short talks with big messages and lots of resource sharing.
Find more details about the program and register online by Sept. 19 here.
Questions may be directed to Jennifer Garrett at jgarrett@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 421.
New Ministry Celebration and Installation of Dean Amy McCreath
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 10:30am
Cathedral Church of St. Paul
138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
The community of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is invited, in prayer and in presence, for the celebration of new ministry and installation of the Very Rev. Amy E. McCreath as the ninth dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m., with reception following. 
Bishop Alan M. Gates will preach and co-preside with Bishop Barbara C. Harris. 
All are welcome!
Discounted parking for the Boston Common Garage may be purchased for $10 in the cathedral lobby. Carpooling and public transportation are encouraged.
Questions may be directed to the cathedral office at cathedral@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 221. 
Weekly Announcements
Altar Flowers ~ Our regular delivery of altar flowers has begun. Donating altar flowers for Sunday morning is a wonderful way remember loved ones who have passed or to celebrate something or someone special to you. The recommended donation is $40 for one vase/$75 for both. If you would like to sign up for flowers in the coming months please see the poster on the bulletin board in the lower Narthex (to the left of the door upon exiting the church) to see available dates, or contact the church office during the week.
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Baptism Offered - We will be offering baptism this Fall. If you are interested in having your child baptized, please contact the church office.
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The Pumpkins Are Coming! - The pumpkins for the Pumpkin Patch will be arriving on Saturday, September 29th!  Volunteers will be needed all morning to help unload pumpkins from the truck.  Please save the date and stay tuned for more information about how you can help.
In Our Prayers
Nancy Griswold, Scott Dalrymple, Bill Davidson,  
Patti Marchand

We also continue to remember:Richland Arcikowski, Frank Baronie, Dick Brideau, Jan Bryson, Marie & Paul Canavan, Clinton Dempsey, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Jane Emswiler, Vicki Fabbri, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fleming, Sandy Frye, Jane Giovannucci, Ed Glebus, Skip Gould, Jack Hammill, Sandy Hammill, Beverly Happnie, Nancy Harrington, Barbara Horton, Todd King, Bob Laurie, Laura Marchese, Dena Miller, George Najarian, Alex Panosian, Richard Parnagian, Harry Pritoni, Robert Quimby, Susie & John Rogers, Ashley Rose, Art Sachs, Eric Sanford, Nicole Shirley, Jackie Sones, Don Uliano, Tina Valentine, Rick Warrender, Ellie White, Barbara, Grant, Jim, 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.
  • We remember all those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001
Parish Cycle of Prayer: Nancy & Rob Barry, Lindsay & Michael Brennan and Family, Elizabeth Young & Michael Burtman and Family, Marge Buttimer
Walpole Cycle of Prayer: South Walpole United Methodist Church, as they celebrate their 200th Anniversary
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:Ascension Memorial Church, Ipswich; St. Stephen's Memorial Church, Lynn; Emmanuel Chapel, Manchester-by-the-Sea; Ministries to the Homeless

The office is open this week
by appointment only.   
Please contact Rev. Christen or one of the Wardens if you need access to the office this week.

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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Walpole, MA  02081


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