Weekly e-News from Epiphany Parish

 

November 13 - 20, 2018

 

 

From Rev. Christen's Desk

 

Dear Epiphany Parish,

 

As I sit in my office writing this letter, I've been watching the progress on the driveway work that is happening just outside my window. The work has been delayed today because of the rain, but progress has been made! The driveway has been completely torn up and expanded. Once the rain stops the paving will begin!

 

I am so grateful for the support, flexibility, and patience that everyone has shown during this project. It has taken quite a bit of coordination to communicate about this work and make sure that all the groups that use our property know where they can park while the driveway is off limits. In my view, that is a sign of a healthy church. Unfortunately, too many parishes sit empty and unused during the week. However, Epiphany is a bustling place during the week. I am excited that this work is being done because it will make Epiphany a safer and more welcoming place to everyone who comes to our buildings - for whatever reason!

 

We've been told that the driveway should be ready to park on by Sunday morning. We will communicate via email to the parish either way so you will know in advance where you can park when you come to church. If you come to Epiphany during the week this week, please park on the street and use the sanctuary door during office hours (it will be unlocked).

 

This Sunday, November 18, is also our Mil Milagros Artesania sale. After the 10am service, you will have the opportunity to purchase crafts and gifts from Guatemala downstairs in our undercroft. Mil Milagros is one of the ministries that Epiphany supports each year, helping them to equip mothers and teachers with skills and resources to improve the lives of children and families in rural Guatemala. 100% of the proceeds of this sale will go to benefit the artisans and Mil Milagros. Come support a great ministry and get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

 

Peace in Christ,  

Rev. Christen

 

Stewardship Update and Reminder

Last Sunday marked the official end of our pledge campaign, however we welcome pledges whenever they come in.   

For those who have sent in a pledge, THANK YOU! Your continued support of Epiphany is greatly appreciated!

If you have not yet had to opportunity to send in your pledge, you can either mail your pledge card to the church or place it in the collection plate on Sunday.

The Vestry is in the midst of budget planning for next year and information regarding pledges is critical to the planning process and the proper stewardship of our finances. 

Update: As of November 13, a summary of the pledges received is as follows:

2019 Pledge Goal: $103,000

Pledges Received to Date: 39

Amount pledged to date: $64,221.00 (62.4% of goal)

Average Pledge Amount: $ 1,647

 

      Number of Pledges

$1 to $500.......................... 9

$501 to $1,000.................. 9

$1,001 to $1,500............... 6

$1,501 to $2,000............... 6

$2,001 to $3,000............... 2

$3,001 to $5,000............... 5

$5,000+............................. 2

 

      Change in Pledge from 2018

New Pledges........................ 1

Pledges Increased............. 17

Pledges Held the Same.... 16

Pledges Decreased............. 5

 

If you have not received a stewardship packet and would like one, please contact Susan Cosman at  susan.cosman@verizon.net">susan.cosman@verizon.net or 508-668-3882. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about anything in the life of our parish, please do not hesitate to speak with any of the vestry members.

 

Stewardship Reflection:
Shirley Hutchins, November 11

 

I came to Epiphany Parish in 1965. Our former organist, Mike Sobol, had invited me to join the choir at Epiphany Mike and I grew up in the Church of Our Saviour in Roslindale. His brother Tom was the organist and when he left to play elsewhere, Mike took over the position. Mike and his wife Fran had been members of Epiphany in the early 60's. When Mike asked me to join Epiphany, I was thrilled to do so. Time went by, Mike took a professional position in Washington DC, and he and his wife moved to Virginia. I continued to sing in the choir with many choir directors and am still here today. Although we do not have an active choir, we do have choir members spread out in the congregation and enjoy singing during Holy Communion and on special occasions.

 

Since coming to Epiphany, I have been active in the parish. For many years, I used to cashier at the church fair. When I retired from work in 2000, I joined the to continue reading click here 

 

 

Mil Milagros Artesenia Sale

   

On Sunday, November 18 from 11:00am to 2:00pm we will be hosting a Mil Milagros Artesenia Sale.

If you have never been to one of these events, you must come see the beautiful handmade jewelry and other accessories made by women of the Mayan community of Guatemala. This is a great opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done!

Proceeds from the sale go to support women in the Mayan community of Guatemala. These women are being empowered through Mil Milagros by receiving education on nutrition, early childhood development and hygiene to care for their families. This area is one of the poorest and most malnourished in the world. Mil Milagros is developing mother leaders to collaborate with each other to change the future of their children. This sale will raise money to support these women in their quest for a better world.

The sale is open to everyone in the community (not just Epiphany Parish) so invite your friends and neighbors to come get some early Holiday shopping done or to buy a special treat for yourself.  

 

 

Weekly Announcements

   

Outreach Committee ~ We are looking for some dedicated people who would like to serve on an Outreach Committee. The goals of this committee will be to increase the outreach and volunteer opportuni­ties offered at Epiphany Parish and to strengthen our partnerships with the organizations that we already support. This committee will also decide how to best use the funds that were raised during the Together Now Capital Campaign that have been set aside for outreach. To learn more join us for an Outreach Summit on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the Vestry Room or contact Rev. Christen at christen.epiphany@gmail.com.

 

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Gifts for Kids ~ Once again this Advent season we will be offering you an opportunity to help area children enjoy a joyful Christmas. We have the names of 10 children that we will be hanging on the Giving Tree in the Narthex in the next couple of weeks. Watch for the tree on Sunday mornings!

 

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Meals for the Marchands ~ Epiphany Parish is bringing meals for Patti & Frenchie Marchand once a week while Patti receives treatment for lung cancer. If you would like to sign up to bring a meal to them, please email the office at office.epiphany@verizon.net.

 

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Join the choir! ~ Do you like to sing? We need more singers for our communion choir each week. This is a fun and easy way to help enhance our worship together. If you would like to participate please email Nancy Wakefield, our music director, at nanwake@yahoo.com.

 

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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? November 25 and December 9 & 16 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. 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!

 

 

In Our Prayers 

Marge Buttimer, Ed Glebus, Jimmy, Janna Jones Bellwin, Bill Davidson, Patti Marchand


We also continue to remember:  Richland Arcikowski, Frank Baronie, Dick Brideau, Jan Bryson, Paul Canavan, Scott Dalrymple, Clinton Dempsey, Peter DiPasca (Sr), Jane Emswiler, Vicki Fabbri, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick, Patrick Fleming, Sandy Frye, Skip Gould, Nancy Griswold, Jack Hammill, Sandy Hammill, Beverly Happnie, Todd King, Bob Laurie, Laura Marchese, Dena Miller, George Najarian, Alex Panosian, Harry Pritoni, Robert Quimby, Susie & John Rogers, Ashley Rose, Art Sachs, Eric Sanford, Nicole Shirley, Jackie Sones, Denise Sullivan, 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.

Recently Departed: Ann "Nan" Matson, Dorothy Vernon Crew Harris (Bishop Gayle Harris' mother), George Charshoodian, Anna Boyadjian

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Carolyn & Gerry Murphy, Jean & George Najarian, Dawn Newman, Jan Nuzzolo and Family

Walpole Cycle of Prayer: Union Congregational Church

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer:  St. Mark's Church, Foxborough; St. John's Church, Franklin; Church of Our Saviour, Middleborough; Grace Church, North Attleborough; Deputies to Provincial Synod

Celebrating Birthdays:  Nov. 18: Lynn Helm, Michelle Helm; Nov. 19: David Langmead; Nov. 20: Dennis Najarian, Emily Gotthardt; Nov. 21: William Wiles, Brad Hobson; Nov. 23: Thomas Lesinski; Nov. 24: Kristin Gotthardt

Celebrating Anniversaries: Nov. 19: Lindsay & Michael Brennan; Nov. 20: Alison & Pete DiPasca

 

The flowers on the altar are given by Shirley Hutchins in loving memory of David Alan Hutchins.

 

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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.

 

5 Things

2 Do This Week

 

1) Start your Christmas shopping at the Mil Milagros Artesania Sale on November 18

2) Check out our new driveway next time you are in Walpole Center!

3) Is your pledge in yet....? Help to support your church for the 2019 year!

4) Sign up to host a coffee hour during Advent. The sign-up sheet is on the fridge in the parish kitchen.

5) Worship with us on Sunday at 8am or 10am

 

 

 

Epiphany Parish

62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081

508-668-2353

 

 

Priest-in-Charge

The Rev. Christen H. Mills

christen.epiphany@gmail.com

 

Organist

Nancy Wakefield

 

Parish Administrator

Liz Knox

office.epiphany@verizon.net

 

Sunday School Superintendent

Jennifer Hee

 

Sr. Warden

Pamela Cormier

 

Jr. Warden

Mark Helm

 

Treasurer

Jan Nuzzolo

 

Financial Secretary

Nancy Parnagian

 

Pledging Secretary

John Parnagian

 

Clerk

Kate Procaccini

 

Vestry Members

Kevin Miller

Nancy Parnagian

Janice Allman

Donald MacKinnon

Alison DiPasca

George Ford

 

 

This Week at Epiphany

 

Mon, Nov 12, 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)

 

Wed, Nov 14, 2018

7:00 pm Women's AA (undercroft)

 

Thurs, Nov 15, 2018

11:30 am Senior Pre-Thanksgiving Lunch (undercroft)

2:00 pm Harrington House

 

Fri, Nov 16, 2018

8:00 pm AA (undercroft)

 

Sun, Nov 18, 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)

11:00 am Mil Milagros  

Artisan Sale

 

Mon, Nov 19, 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, Nov 20, 2018

7:00 pm Open Vestry Meeting (Vestry Room)

 

 

Participating
in Worship
on Nov. 18

The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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for this week's lectionary readings

8:00 am

Acolyte:

Peter Ellison

Worship Leader:

Elaine Glebus 

 

10:00 am

Acolytes:

Brendan Cormier  

Alex Hee

Jason Hee 

Worship Leaders:

Jennifer Hee

Jim Langmead 

Pam Cormier 

Ushers:

Greg Clinton

Ellen Grant 

Altar Guild:

Elaine Glebus 

 

 

Attendance
Sunday - Nov. 11

 

8:00 am

16 adults

0 children

Total = 16

 

10:00 am

58 adults

0 children 

Total = 58

 

 

Office Notes


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 directly 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.

 

 

Church Office Hours:

The office is open
this week (w/e Nov. 17):

Monday - Wednesday  

10:00am - 2:30pm

Thursday

10:00am 'til noon  

 

The office will be
open next week
(w/e Nov. 24):

Monday - Wednesday  

10:00am - 2:30pm

Closed Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

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.

 

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62 Front Street

Walpole, MA  02081

508-668-2353

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