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Joy comes to us in the ordinary moments.

We risk missing out when we're too busy
chasing down the extraordinary.
~Brené Brown



December 12-19, 2017

Epiphany Parish

Winter 2012

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 


Wed, Dec. 13, 2017

9:00 am Walpole Clergy Prayer Group

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)


Thurs, Dec. 14, 2017

7:00 pm Property Committee (Vestry Room)


Fri, Dec. 15, 2017

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)


Sun, Dec. 17, 2017

Third Sunday in Advent

8:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite I

9:30 am Sunday School

10:00 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite II

11:00 am Coffee Hour


Mon, Dec. 18, 2017

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, Dec. 19, 2017

7:00 pm Vestry  

(Vestry Room)


Participating in Worship on December 17th 

The Third Sunday in Advent

Click here for this week's lectionary readings 


8:00 am


Peter Ellison

Worship Leader:

Danielle Horton   


10:00 am


Michael Barrett 

Dimitrius Martinez  

Pail Donlan  

Worship Leaders:

Jay Barrett 

Kevin Miller 

Tom Schneider 


Joe Cormier 

John Parnagian 

Altar Guild:

Hope Groves

Kevin Miller 




Sunday - Dec. 10 

8:00 am

8 adults

0 children

Total = 8


10:00 am

43 adults

8 children 

Total = 51



Christmas Trees for Sale

Beautiful Nova Scotia Balsams starting at $20.00

Grace Episcopal Church, 150 Chapel Street, Norwood

Open weekdays 3:00-9:00pm; Saturdays 9:00am to 9:00pm; Sundays noon to 9:00pm


The office is open this week (w/e Dec. 16):

Monday - Thursday

10:00am - 2:30pm


The office will be open next week
(w/e Dec. 23):

Monday - Thursday

10:00am - 2:30pm

Rev. Christen will be in the office most weeks on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.

If you have a pastoral emergency do not hesitate to contact Christen at



From Rev. Christen's Desk


Dear Epiphany Parish,

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light". ~ John 1:6

Next Sunday is the third week in Advent. Every year in Advent, we hear the story of John the Baptist, one of my favorite characters in the New Testament. This wild, baptizing, prophet serves not just an important role in Jesus' life and ministry, but he functions as an important literary role in the Gospel of John. In the very first chapter, John declares to the reader that Jesus is coming - just as the Scriptures foretold. John serves to name Jesus's place in God's salvation history which began with creation and continues to unfold today as we await the coming of the Kingdom of God. This salvation narrative has been promised by God and foretold in Scripture and year after year, John's message in the wilderness rings out to the world to remind us that God is doing something new. What was promised to our ancestors in scripture, the coming of a messiah, is about to occur. John is part of this radical change. He warns us to prepare the way for Jesus, the savior, who will transform the wilderness places in our world, in this community, and in our lives.

John the Baptist's words in the wilderness ring true just as much today as they did over 2,000 years ago. The messiah is coming. The Kingdom of heaven has drawn near.

The Prayer Book of John the Baptist

Is written on
locusts' wings.

Is stained with
wild honey.

Is buckled by
baptismal waters.

Is mostly
pages of wilderness
where prayers are formed
not from what is present
but from what has been
worn away.

Is inscribed
with an ancient path.

Is waiting.

Is falling open
toward the light.

- Prayer Book of John the Baptist © Jan L. Richardson


Peace in Christ,




Advent is Here... 


This past Sunday was the second Sunday of Advent!  Advent is a time of waiting, but we are not sitting by idly waiting - we have been busy!  We have decorated the church and made Advent wreathes to enjoy at home.  We have been shopping - gathering Gift for Kids.  The Narthex was full of packages which will be delivered to that organization this afternoon.  

This coming Sunday, December 17~ we will have a visit from St. Nicholas during the 10:00am service. Following the 10:00am service we will celebrate the marriage of our priest, Rev. Christen Mills & Dan Hicks.  Be sure to join us for this festive celebration! 

Sunday, December 24 ~ we will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent with a single service at 10:00am (no Sunday School classes). We will hold two Christmas Eve services: A family service at 5:00pm and a Candlelight Service at 10:00pm.

Monday, December 25 ~ we will have one service at 10:00am to celebrate the joyous birth of Jesus!


We are actively awaiting the birth of Jesus - won't you join us? 



Gifts for Kids Giving Tree


To the brave among you who ventured into toy stores and children's departments - you have surely made Christmas a happy day for the children assigned to Epiphany.   

To those of you who were in church this past Sunday and answered the call to help obtain a zoo membership for a family with 3 year old twins who asked for passes to a zoo - your generosity is not only allowing us to provide for a one-year family membership to a zoo, but we also collected enough to give the family funds that will help them to fulfill another wish - swim lessons at their local Y.

Thank you!  Gracias!  Danke!  Merci!  Thank you! 



St. Nicholas is Coming...December 17


  The ancient and venerated Saint Nicholas, who was the Bishop of Myra (now in Turkey) in the fourth century, and whose generosity and holiness are remembered throughout many Northern European countries, will honor Epiphany Parish Walpole with a visit on Sunday, December 17 at the 10:00 service.

This will prove to be an excellent Sunday to bring the kids. They will meet Saint Nicholas in person during the children's sermon while their shoes will be filled with surprises (you'll see!!) Even though Santa and St. Nicholas have much in common, they are two different persons, and the Saint himself will explain this.

"Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships." Parents and children can find out more about Saint Nicholas by visiting http://www.stnicholascenter.org.



BB logoBreaking Bread Thank You!


Thank you to our Breaking Bread crew!


George Ford made a fantastic Beef Stroganoff and we served 26 guests and had 7 takeout meals despite the cold weather! Jim Langmead assisted our cook as sous chef. We had two young volunteers from 7th grade who assisted Michael Barrett in setting up and serving. Thank you also to Jane Giovannucci and grandson, Devon for their continued support. Jo-Ann Barrett and Sandy and Alexia Clinton helped with serving and cleanup. Mike and Devon worked the dishwasher and when Mark Helm came, he approved their technique. We had another mother and daughter who came to help and everyone received appreciation for a great meal. Thank you Natalie Lee for the cookies!


We continue to be an important part of the service to our community and it is a great opportunity for Outreach. Thank you all.



Weekly Announcements


Acolyte Training - this coming Sunday, December 17. There will be an Acolyte training session following the 10:00am service on Sunday. New and not-so-new acolytes are all welcome at this session. It is great when the more experienced youth can mentor the newer, younger youth. Even if you have been doing it "forever" it is great to get a refresher. So grab a quick snack then join Mrs. Stockwell for the training session!

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Adventword: The Brothers of Society of St. John the Evangelist in Cambridge and the Anglican Communion Office are once again hosting their global digital Advent Calendar. Each day in Advent has been given a theme and people from all over the globe are invited to upload photos that represent that theme to them using the hashtag #adventword. If you would like to view the digital Advent Calendar or sign-up to contribute your own photos, please visit: http://adventword.org/

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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. December 17, January 21, and February 12 are 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. Thank you!

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The Sacrament of Baptism will be offered on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Please speak with Rev. Christen if you would like to have your child baptized.



In Our Prayers

Debbie Horton, Ashley Rose, Ed Glebus, Ross Vance

We also continue to remember: Don Ball, Frank Baronie, Jan Bryson, Kathleen Caldwell, Mike Carr, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Samantha, Annabelle & Emma Fleming, Sandy Frye, Marjorie Hall, Beverly Happnie, Bette Helm, Carol Hudson, Todd King, Mary Krick, Dick Lane, Ellen & Bob Laurie, Mary Lou McGurk, Dena Miller, George Najarian, Owen O'Shea, Harry Pritoni, Susie & John Rogers, Art Sachs, Eric Sanford, Nicole Shirley, Jackie Sones, Lois Staula, Don Uliano, Tina Valentine, Rick Warrender, Micky Welling, Barbara, Ed, 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: Bob Helm, Rosemarie Tawa

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Danielle & Kyle Horton and Family, Elizabeth Hunter, Nat Hunter, Shirley Hutchins

Walpole Cycle of Prayer: Union Congregational Church

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Christ Church, Cambridge; St. Bartholomew's Church, Cambridge; St. James' Church, Cambridge; St. Peter's Church, Cambridge; Diocesan Disciplinary Board

Celebrating Birthdays: Dec. 18: Donna Bucklin


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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.



Christmas Greens & Plants

Please tear off and mail this form to donate greens and plants.


Name:                                                               Phone:                                  


I am enclosing    $                                                  

In memory of/in thanksgiving for:



Return by December 15th to:

   Epiphany Parish Flower Fund; 62 Front Street; Walpole, MA 02081

Please make your check payable to Epiphany Parish with "Christmas Flowers" on the memo line


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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62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081


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