Summer e-News

We are publishing the e-News on a bi-weekly basis for the summer months,

on the following schedule:

Tues, July 10

Wed, July 25

Tues, August 7

Tues, August 21

We will return to a weekly format beginning Tuesday, September 4.



Bi-Weekly Summer e-News from Epiphany Parish


July 10 - 24, 2018


From Rev. Christen's Desk


Dear Epiphany Parish,


For the past week, the Bishops and delegates from each diocese of the Episcopal Church have been gathering in Austin, Texas for the 79th General Convention. General Convention is held every three years. Representatives from every diocese gather together for a week and a half to pray, to hold elections, to discuss, and to vote on issues that affect the whole Episcopal Church.


Along with the legislative work of convention, another important function of convention is that it is one of the key times that the presiding Bishop has to teach and to share his or her vision with the church. This year, Bishop Curry has been preaching and teaching on the Jesus Movement and what it means to walk in the way of love as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.


In his opening sermon of convention, Bishop Curry presented an image of a set of practices and he asked the question, "What would happen, what would happen, if we asked every Episcopalian to adopt what we're calling a way of love, practices for a Jesus-centered life. What would happen?"


You can find more information about these practices HERE. I invite you to use them to supplement (or develop) your own spiritual practices. These are a set of regular disciplines that Presiding Bishop Curry is inviting each person in the church to take up and live into. They are turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest.


Turn: to each day turn and renew your commitment to walking and living in God's love. Learn: to spend some time each day reading scripture and learning about the life of Jesus. Pray: to spend some time each day in prayer. Worship: to worship together each week with other Christians. Bless: to consider in each moment how your life can be a blessing to others. Go: to go out into the world and live your life based on the life and teaching of Jesus. And Rest: to take time to rest, and renew, and refresh.


Christians have been intentionally shaping and patterning their lives on the life and teaching of Jesus for thousands of years, and we are being invited to do the same.


We live in a dynamic world. Not only is the landscape shifting under our feet, but our society and culture are rapidly changing, maybe more rapidly than ever before. If we ground ourselves in these old practices, we will more firmly connect ourselves to the traditions and core of what it means to be a follower of Christ, so that we can look forward, and face this ever changing landscape without fear, and be ready to respond in God's love to the world around us.


Peace in Christ,

Rev. Christen


Adapted from Sermon preached by Rev. Christen at Epiphany Parish on 7/8/18 



79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church


The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is taking place from July 5-13 in Austin, Texas. General Convention is one of the important ways that our church governs itself and makes decisions. There are many ways to follow along online and to catch up on what has already happened. Two ways to stay connected that I recommend are to read the daily email from Episcopal News Service (which can be found HERE) they also have a daily email that you can sign up for HERE and by reading the blog of the Massachusetts deputation (which can be found HERE. Rev. Christen will be sharing news and updates from convention with the parish as appropriate.





Jeff Groves is moving next week and will be leaving our parish community. This Sunday, July 15, will be his last Sunday worshiping at Epiphany. All are invited to come and say goodbye to Jeff as well as to help us thank him for everything that he has done for Epiphany Parish over the years that he has been a member here. Jeff has been an important part of our parish community and has given back to this church in so many ways. We will be thanking Jeff and saying goodbye to him during the 9:30am service on Sunday and there will be some informal time after the service to say goodbye. Jeff, we will miss you!



From the Front [Street] Office


Here at Epiphany we have officially entered "summer mode".   This is the time of year when we all like to enjoy a slower pace, more time outside, enjoying the activities that the warm sunny weather encourages.


Summer Office Hours

From June 18 through September 3 the office will be closed on Mondays.  Office hours will be Tuesday through Thursday from 10:00am 'til 2:30pm.


For two weeks this summer - weeks ending July 7 and August 4 the office will be open by appointment only.  If you need access to the office either of those weeks please contact one of the Wardens. 


 Summer e-News

We will publish the e-News on a bi-weekly basis for the summer months, on the following schedule:

Tues, June 26

Tues, July 10

Wed, July 25

Tues, August 7

Tues, August 21

We will return to a weekly format beginning Tuesday, September 4.


Wishing all of you a safe, fun summer!




Outreach Opportunity


Walpole Families of Faith is an ecumenical organization made up of the six main churches in Walpole: Epiphany, Blessed Sacrament, St. Mary's, United Church in Walpole, South Walpole United Methodist Church, and Union Congregational Church.


The main focus of the group for the past eight years has been Breaking Bread, a free meal offered every Monday night at United Church in Walpole Center. Many of you have volunteered on Monday nights over the years to help us serve thousands of meals and provide companionship for Walpole Seniors and others seeking a nutritious meal.


Many of the current board members have been serving since the organization was founded eight years ago and feel the need to step away.  For Walpole Families of Faith and Breaking Bread to continue in its current format they are seeking volunteers to fill the following positions: Board President (presides over biannual Board meeting and files tax forms), Vice President (assists the President and presides over meetings in the absence of the President), and Supplies Manager (orders supplies).


We also are looking for new Board members to represent Epiphany (attend biannual meeting and make decisions about Breaking Bread finances and programs) as well as an Epiphany Meal Coordinator (identify dates for our church to host meals, communicate with the Parish by writing notices for the bulletin & e-News, line up volunteers to help with preparation and serve the meal, etc.).


If you would like to learn more about Walpole Families of Faith and Breaking Bread and how you might become part of this important ministry to our broader community, please reach out to Jay Barrett or Tom Schneider.



Sexton Position Open


The Executive Committee and Rev. Christen have put together a job description for the sexton position here at Epiphany Parish. Please feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested in this job (click here)!


Jan Nuzzolo and Thomas Lesinski have been serving as our interim sextons and we are so grateful for their work over the past 6 months.




Weekly Announcements


Summer time, summer time! Yes, summer is here, as is our summer worship schedule. One service at 9:30am ~ will continue through Labor Day weekend (September 2).

Please remember that although you may go on vacation during the summer, your church does not. We are here all summer for you. We ask that you remember to keep up your financial commitment to the church during the summer months. For those of you who are away on summer weekends, you can drop your envelope off during the week or mail it to the church office.

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LEM's and Lay Readers ~ We are currently looking to bolster our team of Lay Readers and Lay Eucharistic Ministers. These are vital ministries in the life of our Parish. Our primary need is at the 10:00 service on Sunday morning (9:30 in the summer). Typically readers and LEM's serve once every 4-6 weeks. If you think you might be interested in serving talk to Rev. Christen or Cindy Stockwell. Summer is a great time to "try it out."

Cindy will be putting together the summer schedule soon, so don't wait to let her know you would like to be included!

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How does your garden grow? Beginning with Sunday, June 17 we have stopped our regular flower deliveries for the summer and, instead, we'll use flowers from our own gardens. If you garden is blooming and you would like to bring flowers on a particular Sunday, please let the office know at

Please note: If there is a Sunday over the summer that you would like to donate flowers from the florist please give the church office a full week's notice so that we can contact the florist and place a special order for you.  We currently have a request for August 19. 


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Recent Sunday Attendance
(July 1)

31 adults & 2 child = 33


(July 8)

35 adults & 3 child = 38



~ In Our Prayers ~ 

Alma Dempsey, Jane Giovannucci, Mark and Alexis, Richland Arcikowski, Jane Emswiler, Bill Davidson, Patti Marchand

We also continue to remember: Frank Baronie, Dick Brideau, Jan Bryson, Clinton Dempsey, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Vicki Fabbri, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fleming, Sandy Frye, Ed Glebus, Skip Gould, Jack Hammill, Sandy Hammill, Beverly Happnie, Nancy Harrington, Barbara Horton, Carol Hudson, Todd King, Bob Laurie, 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, 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: Charlie Hall, Ann Haughey, Jen & Corwin Hee and Family, Lynn & Mark Helm

Walpole Cycle of Prayer:The Protestant Chaplaincy at Cedar Junction & Bay State Correctional Facility

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. Luke's Church/Iglesia de San Lucas, Chelsea; Grace Church Federated, East Boston; Grace Church, Everett; Hispanic Ministries

Celebrating Birthdays:July 18: Adam Procaccini; July 19: Dorothy Donlan

Celebrating Anniversaries: July 16: Kerry & Paul Donlan


~ 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.

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


Tues, July 10, 2018

e-News Published


Wed, July 11, 2018

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)


Thurs, July 12, 2018

7:00 pm Property Committee (Vestry Room)


Fri, July 13, 2018

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)


Sun, July 15, 2018

9:30 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite I

10:30 am Punch on the Lawn


Mon, July 16, 2018

Summer Hours -  

Office Closed

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

6:30 pm Monday Night AA (undercroft)


Tues, July 17, 2018

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


Wed, July 18, 2018

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)


Thurs, July 19, 2018

2:00 pm Harrington House


Fri, July 20, 2018

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)


Sun, July 22, 2018

9:30 am Holy Eucharist ~ Rite II

10:30 am Punch on the Lawn


Mon, July 23, 2018

Summer Hours -  

Office Closed

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

6:30 pm Monday Night AA (undercroft)


Tues, July 24, 2018

Office Closed 


Wed, July 25, 2018

e-News Published

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)



Participating in Worship on July 15


The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


   Click here for this week's lectionary readings.


Alexia Clinton

Briella Clinton

Worship Leaders:

Brian Shea

Rhonda Banks

Nancy Barry


Jay Barrett 

John Parnagian 

Altar Guild:

Natalie Lee 

Jane Giovannucci 


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Participating in Worship on July 22


The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost


    Click here for this week's lectionary readings.


Darius Martinez 

Ella Martinez 

Worship Leaders:

Jean Najarian 

Jay Barrett 

Tom Schneider 


Joe Cormier  

Rick Shea 

Altar Guild:

Pam Cormier 

Kevin Miller 



From the Office


E-Mail & Sunday Announcements Deadlines

Announcements and notices for the Bi-Weekly e-News e-mails must be received in the office by noon on the Monday prior to publishing - 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 July 14)

The office will be open

Tuesday - Thursday

10:00am - 2:30pm

Next Week
(week ending July 21)

The office will be open

Tuesday - Thursday

10:00am - 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 Rev. 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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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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62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081


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