Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish


May 22 - 29, 2018


From Rev. Christen's Desk


Dear Epiphany Parish,


It is Pentecost, preparations for the 70th Village Fair are in full swing, and we are getting ready to honor our graduating seniors, Sunday School teachers and the children of this parish at our June 3rd Youth Sunday service. It is a busy time of year for many of us at church, in our workplaces, in our schools, and our social lives. This time each year, I look longingly towards summer when my schedule always seems to slow down slightly and when there is more space in each day.


The brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge, MA, structure their society and their lives around their rule of life. It's a document that helps them to center their lives and their ministry in God. In chapter 45, "Rest and Recreation", the rule explains the importance of taking time for Sabbath and rest in our lives:


"The hallowing of rest and the keeping of sabbath is an essential element in our covenant with God.  The one who can find no happiness except in ceaseless work is afraid to be still and know that the Lord alone is God.  If we find ourselves filling leisure time with tasks, we can be sure that we have begun to imagine that our worth consists in what we accomplish.  When we regularly cease from our labor and enjoy rest as a holy gift, we can grow in trust that our worth in God's sight lies simply in our very being, clothed with Christ". (from SSJE Rule of Life Chapter 45.)


During this busy time of year, I invite you to be intentional about taking time for rest and recreation. We are all given work to do. But when our work is done, it is important to take time, when we can, to rest, pray, and play. We live in a culture that is so focused on getting things done and accomplishing as much as we can-even within the church. Taking time for rest can be a counter-cultural act-a way of saying, "I am enough," even when we are not checking items off our to-do lists, because our worth comes from the very fact that we are children of God.


Where can you find rest this week?


Peace in Christ,

Rev. Christen



Epiphany Runners!

Don't forget to register for this year's Village Fair 5K!  Click here to go directly to the registration form.  



Is someone in your family graduating this Spring? 


 On June 3, we will be recognizing those in our church family who are graduating. If you (or a family member) are graduating please get the information (graduate's name, school, degree, etc.) to the church office by May 28 so we can include it in the e-News on May 29 and the Sunday worship program on June 3.


We will be honoring our high school graduates with a breakfast on June 3 at 9:00am in the undercroft.  Graduating seniors and their families are invited to attend - please RSVP to Pam Cormier by Monday, May 28. 



Watch for our special Village Fair News beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23 with even more info about the fair!! 

On June 9, Epiphany will be hosting our 70th Village Fair. This Epiphany tradition takes all of us to make it a successful event and we need your help! Please come to our planning meetings to find out more information and ways that you can get involved.

The next meeting will be June 3 after the 10 o'clock service in the undercroft.  Come catch the excitement!  Come find out how you can participate in this Epiphany tradition!   

Don't forget to sign up for the Village Fair 5K! It's easy - just click on this 

Bakers:  Pull out your recipes and fire up your ovens!
The Baked Goods table needs your contributions.  Contact Natalie Lee if you have questions... 


The Ever-Popular Village Fair Basket Raffle ~ The 70th Epiphany Parish Village Fair is just 3 weeks away! It is time to start gathering items for the raffle baskets.


The lottery board has been the biggest raffle ticket seller for the past two years! In order to put the lottery board together we are asking each parishioner/family to donate a lottery scratch ticket (denomination of your choosing).


We are still seeking completed baskets - you can do it on your own or make it a family event! Or get together with a couple of friends - it is always more fun to shop with a friend!  Popular themes include Family Movie Night, Day at the Beach, Tea Time, Welcome Baby, Red Sox, Rainy Day Kid's Activities...just to name a few!  Create your own or see more suggestions on the sign-up sheet in the undercroft.

Don't have the time to do a complete basket? Please consider donating a gift card or other new item that we may use in putting baskets together. New jewelry, picture frames, bottles of wine, or perhaps you have access to tickets for a sporting event or movie/play.


A sign-up sheet is posted in the undercroft to sign up for basket donations. If you wish to donate items or scratch tickets you may give the items to Jean Ford or Nancy Parnagian at any time. In lieu of donating specific items we are happy to accept a small cash contribution so we can purchase fill-in items on your behalf.

Please have all donations at the church by May 27 to give the assembly crew time to do their magic.  Donations can be brought to the office during regular office hours or bring them on Sunday morning. 


Please call or email Jean or Nancy with any questions you have. Thanks so much for your help!


Nancy Parnagian                  Jean Ford

508-668-5387                     (cell) 508-954-1958

And don't forget the Village Fair History Display ~
The 70th Village Fair History Committee is collecting memorabilia from past fairs to display as a history exhibit at the 70th fair. If you have photos or other memorabilia that you can scan and email, please email them to

If your items can not be emailed, please drop off items that are labeled with your name to Rev. Christen during office hours. Thanks! 



BCH Camp News


It's not too early to get ready for camp ~ Registration is now open for summer camp at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, N.H. Five one-week camp sessions run from July 1-Aug. 3 for junior campers entering grades 4-9 and senior high campers in grades 10-12. Find program, financial aid and registration information at Camperships are available.   

Looking for a weekend getaway this summer? 


For the very first time since opening in 2003, the Barbara C. Harris Camp & Conference Center is offering an


Open Guest Weekend:

Friday, July 27th - Sunday, July 29th


The Open Guest Weekend is a perfect opportunity to unwind from the usual routine, unplug the computers, TV's and phones, and refresh the body and soul with the relaxing nature discovered around the Barbara C. Harris Center. This all-inclusive 2 night/6 meal package is open to the general public and is designed for families, couples and individuals. 


While the BCH Center will have optional group activities scheduled throughout the weekend, guests may enjoy themselves however they choose. Let us take care of the cooking and cleaning, while you enjoy a much needed recharge.

Click here for more information. 



Weekly Announcements


Epiphany Meals ~ The Pastoral Care Committee is creating a list of Parishioners who would be willing to cook and deliver a meal for parishioners going through a health crisis or a death in the family. If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please email Rev. Christen at  


Coffee Hour & Punch-on-the-Lawn Host Volunteers Needed ~ You don't need to be a "Martha Stewart" to host Coffee Hour following the 10am service!  If you can pick up a few snacks/goodies at the market and make a pot of coffee or two, you can host Coffee Hour.  And beginning June 10 we shift to punch on the front lawn for the summer.  If you are willing to help out with this ministry please contact Alison DiPasca .


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.  May 27, June 3 & 10 are still available. See the sign up poster in the Narthex or you can sign up by e-mailing, 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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Attendance Last Sunday
(May 20)

8:00am: 16 adults & 0 children = 16         

10:00am: 49 adults & 25 children = 74




~ In Our Prayers ~ 


Jim, Alex Panosian, Nancy Harrington,  

Carol Hudson, Bill Davidson, Charlie Hall,

Dick Brideau, Jack Hammill, Sandy Hammill,

Patti Marchand

We also continue to remember: Frank Baronie, Jan Bryson, Alma Dempsey, Clinton Dempsey, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Vicki Fabbri, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fleming, Sandy Frye, Ed Glebus, Skip Gould, Beverly Happnie, Barbara Horton, Todd King, Bob Laurie, Dena Miller, George Najarian, 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, 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: Megan & William McHugh and Family, Elaine McHugh-Marden and Family, Kevin Miller, Christen Mills & Dan Hicks

Walpole Cycle of Prayer: The Protestant Chaplaincy at Norfolk Prison & Pondville Correctional Facility

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Grace Church, Lawrence; Esperanza Academy, Lawrence; St. Anne's Church, Lowell; St. John's Church, Lowell; Congregations: Lectors, Worship Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors

Celebrating Birthdays:May 27: Carolyn Murphy, Christopher Groves, Gloria Wilmot; May 29: Kerry Donlan, Ed Giovannucci; May 31: Emma Foley; June 1: Andrea Roberts, Anna Wilmot

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 to update our list.

5 Things

2 Do This Week


1) Join us for Worship on Sunday at 8am or 10am


2) Make time this week to rest, pray, and play!


3) Set items aside for our White Elephant sale at the Village Fair


4) If you haven't already - sign up for the Village Fair 5K at Not a runner? Share the link with your friends on social media.


5) Sign up to host Punch on the Lawn some Sunday this summer. 



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



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This Week at Epiphany


Wed, May 23, 2018

9:00 am Walpole Clergy Prayer Group (Sanctuary)

11:30 am Senior/Retiree Luncheon (undercroft)
7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)


Thurs, May 24, 2018

5:30 pm ECDC Graduation (Sanctuary)

7:00 pm Finance Committee (Vestry Room)


Fri, May 25, 2018

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)


Sun, May 27, 2018

8:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite I

10:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite II

11:00 am Coffee Hour (undercroft)


Mon, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

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

6:30 pm Monday Night AA (undercroft)


Wed, May 30, 2018

9:00 am Walpole Clergy Prayer Group (Sanctuary)

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)



June 3rd is


Join us on June 3rd at the 10am service for Youth Sunday! Epiphany Youth will be involved in helping with all parts of our church service and we will honor the hard work that our faithful Sunday School teachers put in all year!

We will also be honoring our graduating seniors and the families that have been participating in our Communion class this spring. Information for how to sign your child up to help with the service will be emailed to our Sunday School families.



Participating in Worship on May 27


The First Sunday after Pentecost

Trinity Sunday 


Click here for this week's lectionary readings.

8:00 am


Peter Ellison

Worship Leader:

Danielle Horton 


10:00 am


Rachel Perreault 

Alexia Clinton 

Briella Clinton 

Worship Leaders:

Dick Power 

Shirley Hutchins 

Tom Schneider 


Joe Cormier 

Rick Shea 

Altar Guild:

Sandy Clinton
Jane Giovannucci



Did you miss it?

Click here to watch watch our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, preach at the royal wedding this past weekend.



 Vestry News

The Vestry of Epiphany went on retreat in April to set our goals for the coming year.  We focused on five areas that we felt were most important to the life of our parish: Parish Life, Christian Education, Communication, Outreach, Finance.   


To view the vestry goals for 2018-2019, please click here.



Tenants Wanted!

Our third-floor apartment in the Parish House is now available to rent. If you know of anyone that is looking for a 2-bedroom apartment in Walpole Center, please contact Joe Cormier.   More information,

including rental fees, is available upon request.



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


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.



This week

(week ending May 26)
Monday, Wednesday,  Thursday
10:00am - 2:30pm

Next Week
(week ending June 2)

The office will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day


The office will be open

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

Rev. Christen will be in the office on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

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 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.

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62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081


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