Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish


March 19 - 26, 2019


5 Things 2 DO!


1)  Continue collecting old electronics to recycle at our e-Recycling event on April 6

2)  Check your linen closet for gently used towels to donate to the New Life Furniture Bank

3)  Come to the next Village Fair Planning meeting on 3/24 at 11am

4)  How is your Lenten discipline going?

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

George Ford


Jr. Warden

Mark Helm



Susan Cosman


Financial Secretary

Nancy Parnagian


Pledging Secretary

John Parnagian



Kate Procaccini


Vestry Members

Janice Allman

Donald MacKinnon

Alison DiPasca

Charlie Hall

Kerry Donlan

Bob McElhinney





This Week at Epiphany  


Tues, March 19, 2019

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


Wed, March 20, 2019

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)


Thurs, March 21, 2019

11:00 am Pastoral Care (Vestry Room)

2:00 pm Harrington House


Fri, March 22, 2019

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)


Sun, March 24, 2019

Third Sunday in Lent

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, March 25, 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!  


April 6, 2019 

Fifth Annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser at Epiphany Parish


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April 26-29, 2019

Presiding Bishop Curry

will make a visit to Massachusetts!


Saturday, April 27

5:00 - 6:00pm
"Way of Love" Rally
Boston Common (exact location to be announced)
Gather and be inspired, challenged and blessed as Bishop Curry proclaims the transforming power of walking the "Way of Love" with Jesus.  Everyone is welcome.

Sunday, April 28

3:00 - 4:00pm   

"Our Episcopal 'Big Tent':  How Big Is It?"
Grace Church (133 School Street) in New Bedford
How well does the Episcopal Church measure up to its "big tent" ideal?  Come for a provocative panel discussion with Bishop Curry, Bishop Barbara C. Harris and House of Deputies Vice President Byron Rushing.  Seating will be first come, first served.  Reception follows.



Participating in Worship on 

March 24  


The Third Sunday

in Lent   


 Click here for this week's readings


8:00 am


Peter Ellison

Worship Leader:



10:00 am


Bryan DiPasca 

Alex Hee 

Jason Hee 


Worship Leaders:

Dick Power 

Cindy Stockwell 

Pam Cormier 


Joe Cormier 

Rick Shea 

Altar Guild:

Hope Groves 

Jane Giovannucci





Last Sunday

(March 17)

8:00 am

9 adults

0 Children

Total = 9


10:00 am

56 adults

11 Children

Total = 67



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:


From Jan. 1, 2019, until Dec. 31, 2021, those who wish to bring a case of sexual misconduct against a member of the clergy will be able to do so, regardless of how long ago the alleged misconduct occurred.   



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


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.

From Rev. Christen's Desk 


Dear Epiphany Parish,   


Please see the statements below from the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates and our Cathedral Dean, the Rev. Amy McCreath and to the Muslim prayer group that worships at St. Paul's cathedral.


Peace in Christ,

Rev. Christen

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March 15, 2019: In the wake of the shootings that took place in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday March 15, Bishop Alan M. Gates and dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Amy E. McCreath, issued statements to the Muslim prayer group that gathers in the cathedral to worship each Friday. 

Statement from Bishop Alan M. Gates:

I extend my greeting and prayers to your gathering today, as we all grieve the devastating attacks and loss of life in New Zealand.

Bishops of the Episcopal Church are gathered this week in North Carolina, where this morning we all joined in solidarity of grief, united with the faithful of every language, peoples, and creed, in condemnation of the hatred and violence that infects the soul of our world.

Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, quoted the spiritual hymn of his ancestors in slavery, who sang, "Walk together children, and don't you get weary."  

May we join our own voices, prayers, and actions, not wearying, but standing against every manifestation of bigotry, hatred and violence.

Statement from Cathedral Dean Amy E. McCreath:

Our hearts are broken by the cruelty and the prejudice that led to this awful day. I mourn the taking of innocent lives, the destruction of the fabric of families, of communities, and the pain afflicted to so many, and the attempt to intimidate Muslims around the world. 

I stand--and our whole cathedral and diocesan community stand--with you today, as sisters and brothers affirming the dignity of all people, the holiness and freedom of those who follow Islam to worship, and to live, and to thrive, and to offer their beautiful contribution to the building of salaam--we need this salaam so much.

I mourn the advent of leadership in our nation and elsewhere that would cast doubt on the goodness of your tradition and reinforce negative stereotypes. I deplore the violent language that is heard in high places that makes those whose hearts have been infected by hate feel freer to act, that sends a spirit of judgmentalism and fear into the world like a storm cloud.

In the Christian tradition, we are in the season of Lent. This is a season of repentance and discipline when we are called to turn back to our creator, turn back to the calling to love our neighbor, turn back to our commitment to right relationship with one another and our holy one. Humanity has such a need for this repentance and for the healing of hearts so that we can build a world in which everyone is able to thrive, to learn and grow, to be safe in their homes and their places of worship, and to grow into the fullness of who we are created to be. 

Know that we mourn with you today, we stand with you and are grounded in our hope for spiritual renewal for this world, we want to work together with you, and we pray for you.



Epiphany Discernment Committee 


Back in November we told you about the plans to create a Discernment Committee to aid us in the formal process of assessing whether the congregation believes that the Rev. Christen H. Mills, our Priest-in-Charge, is the right person to lead the congregation as rector.


The Discernment Committee has been formed and held its first meeting on March 12th. The committee is headed up by Nancy Parnagian and includes Dick Power, Kevin Miller, Rhonda Banks, Bob McElhinney and Janice Allman, with input from diocesan consultant Stephen Mascoll. Rev. Christen will also participate in the committee's work when appropriate.


A longer and more detailed e-mail/letter will be coming out tomorrow. So watch your in-box and read about the great work that this committee is charged with and to see the ways you can contribute to this important process.



Village Fair Meeting 


Our next planning session for the 71st Annual Village Fair will take place on Sunday, March 24 following the 10:00am service. We hope that you will stay, grab a cup of coffee and join us as we continue planning for this fun and exciting annual event.


Don't know much about the Village Fair? All the more reason to join us and learn how you might become part of this special time in the life of our parish!



Lenten Towel Drive for New Life Furniture Bank


A fresh towel after a hot shower is something everyone enjoys. New Life Furniture Bank knows that its clients, coming out of home-lessness, would also appreciate having a clean washcloth, hand towel and bath towel for

each member of their family - thus the reason behind their March Towel Drive.


For the next 5 weeks (March 10 - April 7), we will be collecting new or gently used bath towels, hand towels and/or washcloths (they don't have to match, but no beach towels, please). Many retailers in the area have great prices on towels at this time of year. Or you just might have some new or gently used towels at the back of your linen closet!


For your convenience there will be a drop box located in the upper Narthex for the next 5 weeks.


Towels, as well as other household donations, may also be dropped off any Saturday morning at the New Life Donation Center at 102 Elm Street Walpole between 9:00-11:30. To learn more about New Life, please visit: newlifefb.org.



Fifth Annual Electronics Recycling Event - April 6


It is Spring Cleaning Time! Tired of tripping over that old printer in the basement? What about that old laptop you stowed under the bed? Got an old phone or two that you were sure you were going to use for games or music and never did?

Well bring them down to Epiphany's parking lot on Saturday, April 6 between 9:00am and 1:00pm (we'll be here - rain or shine).

This will be the fifth year that we will have hosted this fundraising event. We will be collecting computers, cell phones and other electronic devices and appliances. AND in the spirit of zero waste, this year's drive will also include other local charities.

We are a collection site for New Life Furniture Bank's towel drive. While you are loading up the car you can bring other household items for New Life and drop them off at their facility which is less than a quarter of a mile from the church on Elm St (Rt. 27). Please see New Life's web site at https://www.newlifefb.org/donation-guidelines for details on donations they will accept and the exact times they are open to accept donations.

We will also be collecting non-perishable food items and personal care products for the Walpole Community Food Pantry (see all the items they accept at http://www.walpolecommunityfoodpantry.org/donations).

AND, if that were not enough, you can reward yourself for all that cleaning out by supporting the Walpole Girl Scouts who will be on site selling the cookies they are famous for!

To ensure privacy, hard drives will be removed on site and transported, along with smartphones, in a locked box and undergo secure data destruction by a certified recycler. Recycling fees range from $5 for recycling cell phones, up to $50 for larger items such as console TVs. Recycling fees for electronics and appliances are payable by check or cash and will benefit Epiphany Parish.

Anyone interested in volunteering that day should contact Pam Cormier. For more general information about the event, contact Phil Sanford at, or call the church office at 508-668-2353 Monday - Thursday between 10am - 2:00 pm.


This is not only a great fundraiser for our parish, but also a great community building event. So clean out those old electronics and plan to volunteer on April 6!  





Before our Annual Meeting, we had members fill out cards with the different ways that they show God's love in the world to help us show the larger impact that the Epiphany Parish has in our community. We'll be sharing a few of these responses each week.


Ways that members of Epiphany Parish have acted out God's love in the world:

  • Helped a friend after heart surgery - still doing this
  • Helping Neighbors with shopping, moving, cleaning snow off vehicles, visiting the elderly
  • Try to be there for patience at a nurses' facility to cheer them up
  • Helped people with disabilities



Weekly Announcements


Registration for summer camp at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H., is open at www.bchcenter.org/bchcamp, where more details on programs and session dates are also available.  Epiphany Parish has a long history of attending and supporting BCH Camp  If you would like more information, or would like to speak with someone who has attended the camp, please speak with Rev. Christen.



In Our Prayers


Jane Shea, Dan, George Najarian, Ellen,  

Marge Buttimer

We also continue to remember:  Richland Arcikowski, Frank Baronie, Janna Jones Bellwin, Dick Brideau, Jan Bryson, Paul Canavan, Julianna Costa, Scott Dalrymple, Clinton Dempsey, 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, Rod MacLeod, Ted Mangles, Laura Marchese, Dena Miller, Alex Panosian, Harry Pritoni, Robert Quimby, Susie & John Rogers, Ashley Rose, Art Sachs, David Sanford, Nicole Shirley, Denise Sullivan, Don Uliano, Tina Valentine, Jonathan White & Family, Barbara, Diana, Grant, Jack, 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: Alana Lesinski, Richard Parnagian

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Nancy Anderson, Rhonda & Alan Banks, Alan Banks (Jr), Jay Barrett, Jo-Ann Barrett and Family

Walpole Cycle of Prayer: All Nations Worship Center

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: All Saints Parish, Brookline; Church of Our Saviour, Brookline; St. Paul's Church, Brookline; Episcopal Chaplaincy at Boston University, Brookline; The Church Home Society

Celebrating Birthdays: Mar. 25: Trey Shea, Charles Zarba; Mar. 27: Paul D. Donlan, Mason Scardocci; Mar. 28: Neil DiMartinis; Mar. 30: Nancy Munro

Celebrating Anniversaries: Mar. 29: Jane & Ed Giovannucci


+ + + 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 March 23)

Tuesday - Thursday ~ 10:00am to 2:30pm


The office will be open next week (w/e Mar. 30)

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.



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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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


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