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The Parish Profile

The Parish Profile is now complete, view here.

 

The Parish Profile

A message from the Calling Committee:

A year ago in September 2015, the Vestry appointed the Rector Calling Committee. Since then, the committee has been working on gathering input from members, clergy, staff, volunteers and friends of the Church of the Epiphany. We created and conducted a comprehensive Parish Survey and held a number of Fellowship Groups with members. We have incorporated the results from the survey and the input from both Fellowship Groups and individual conversations together with deep discernment and contemplation about the past, present and future of Epiphany into the Parish Profile. The Profile represents this deep listening to the Spirit in a prayerful discernment of who we are, who we hope to be, and our hopes for the strengths and gifts we seek in a new rector.

We are deeply grateful for the prayerful support we have received from the parish. At times when the way seemed long and the questions difficult, we reminded ourselves of the many people who were upholding us in prayer and of the constant presence of God’s Spirit in the process. We also want to thank all the parishioners of the Church of the Epiphany who contributed their love and knowledge of Epiphany to the Parish Survey and Fellowship Groups, to Carter Echols, David Downes and Bob Wallin who drafted the Profile, to Bea Dermer and Ann Gordon who edited the Profile, to Farley Lord Smith who did the graphic layout, to Marybeth Sanders-Wilson and Kathrine Ebert who provided help in finding the art and photos, to Jeff Levin and all the photographers who offered us images for the Profile, and to Sid Stucki who did the final copy editing, This Profile is the result of many hands and many hours and a deep love for the Church of the Epiphany.

WHAT NEXT?

As they we receive them, the search committee will review submitted applications and conduct further assessment to select candidates for deeper and more thorough consideration. We will conduct web-based interviews to further refine our selection and finally make site visits by teams of search committee members. Our goal will be to prayerfully discern a slate of two to four candidates for submission to the full Vestry for their consideration. The Vestry makes the final decision about whom to call as the next rector. This part of the process is highly confidential.

HOW CAN THE PARISH HELP?

  • Most important, continue to hold the Rector Calling Committee and our mission in your prayers.
  • Share the news that Epiphany is searching for a new rector with your friends and acquaintances, and encourage potential candidates to apply by sending their OTM Profile and resume to epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com.
  • Finally, please continue to support the church during this transition period by giving joyously and generously of your time, talent and treasure

If you have questions about the process you can send them to epiphanysearch2015@gmail.com or contact any one of the members of the Rector Calling Committee individually by phone or email (we are in the Directory) or after either of the Sunday worship services.

Grace to you and peace,

The Rector Calling Committee


Members of the Rector Calling Committee: D’Oniece Dillard, Kathy Haines, Sandi Ingram, Caroline Klam, Judy Lokerson, Peate Pegues, Irvin Peterson, Lee Tyner

Prayer for the Calling Committee:

Gracious God, we pray for this parish church and for the Calling Committee as we seek to call a new Rector. Help us to be strong, open, forgiving — and truthful to those discerning a call to minister in this place. Accompany us on our journey in the knowledge of your love for us and your power to unite us all. AMEN

Epiphanies Happen! Newsletter

Click on the dates below to view our “Epiphanies Happen!” Thursday e-blasts.

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August 10, 2017 – Promises in the Storm

August 3, 2017 – A time of Transfiguration

July 27, 2017 – The Kingdom of God

July 20, 2017 – Field of good wheat

July 13, 2017 – Sowing Seeds

July 6, 2017 – True rest

June 29, 2017 – A new season for Epiphany

June 22, 2017 – Why did God let this happen?

June 15, 2017 – Ordinary Time

June 8, 2017 – Pride

June 1, 2017 – Celebrate Pentecost

May 25, 2017 – Pledge to Pray

May 18, 2017 – Hebrew Scriptures

May 11, 2017 – The Practice of Feasing

May 4, 2017 – Saying goodbye to our Seminarians

April 27, 2017 – Light & Hope

April 20, 2017 – Welcoming Rev. Glenna

April 13, 2017 – Easter Greetings

April 6, 2017 – Palm Sunday

March 30, 2017 – Preparing for Easter

March 23, 2017 – Holy Season Celebrations

March 9, 2017 – Sam Wells

March 2, 2017 – Lenten Greetings

February 24, 2017 – Lenten Season is near

February 16, 2017 – A New take on Stations of the Cross

February 9, 2017 – Celebrate and Learn

February 2, 2017 – Hospitality

January 26, 2017 – Epiphanies do happen

January 19, 2017 – Inauguration

January 12, 2017 – Celebrating 175 Years

January 5, 2017 – Happy Anniversary

December 29, 2016 – Cheers to the New Year

December 22, 2016 – Merry Christmas

December 15, 2016 – Christmas is Near

December 8, 2016 – Season of Advents

December 1, 2016 – Annual Meeting

November 23, 2016 – Giving Thanks

November 17, 2016 – End of Year Giving

November 10, 2016 – Post Election Healing

November 3, 2016 – Rowan Williams

October 27, 2016 – Special Guest

October 20, 2016 – Stewardship Party

October 13, 2016 – Vestry Nominations and Stewardship

October 6, 2016 – Coming up at Epiphany

July 7, 2016– “Coffee & Conversation”

June 29, 2016– New “Around the Diocese” section

June 23, 2016– “Who is my neighbor?”

June 16, 2016– Praying for Orlando

May 12, 2016– Cathedral Confirmations

May 5, 2016-Pentecost

April 28, 2016-God’s Love

April 21, 2016– Creation Care

April 14, 2016– Diocesan Opportunities and Announcements

April 7, 2016– Remember the Sabbath

March 31, 2016– Coffee and Conversation

March 24, 2016 – Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter – Services

February 25, 2016– Seeking God during Lent

February 18, 2016– “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus”

February 11, 2016– Spreading the Word through social media

February 4, 2016– Ash Wednesday

January 28, 2016– Good Stewards

January 21, 2016– First Snow

January 14, 2016– “The time is always right to do what is right.”

January 7, 2016– New Year’s Resolutions

Meet our 2016-2017 Seminarians

Epiphany is honored to have three seminarians assigned to us for their field education this academic year! All three students are in their second year of seminary, two are from Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS), and one is from Wesley Theological Seminary. Each seminarian has drawn up a learning covenant, will spend his/her allocated hours each week engaging with the life of our parish, and working toward their learning goals in conversation with an appointed ministry supervisor and lay advisors.

VTS Students: Supervisor – Lisa Kimball, Ph.D.; Lay Committee – Kathy Gallagher (chair), Teresa Hobgood, Lois Nembhard, Brad Rickel. Wesleyan Student: Supervisor – The Rev’d Marge McNaughton; Lay Advisor – Carter Echols.

Joshua Daniel

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Before seminary, Joshua Daniel and his family lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he worked both as a graduate student in philosophy (finishing his Ph.D. in 2015) and as the Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Jenna, live in Alexandria with their two children, Jude (aged 6) and Ruby (aged 2). Having extensive experience in large, more suburban congregations, Joshua looks forward to learning first-hand about “downtown” ministry.

Mary Matthews

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Mary Matthews is from Melbourne, Australia and on an international scholarship to study a Masters of Divinity at the Virginia Theological Seminary. In Australia she worked as a community nurse for ten years and then in chaplaincy for nine. Most recently Mary was the national program director for an industrial chaplaincy program funded by Australia’s largest transport trucking corporation, to employ people exiting prison, those recovering from long term addiction and aboriginal Australian’s, to give them a second chance at life through employment in her program. Mary has also worked extensively in the area of human sexuality counseling and writes academically on queer, feminist theology. In her spare time she likes to draw, hike, and sing in choirs. She is delighted to be a part of the Epiphany church family for her field placement.

Michelle Wood

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Michelle Wood is from the Dallas, Texas area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in development and family studies from the University of North Texas in Denton and was a member of the Denton Wesley Foundation. Michelle has work experience with the refugee and empowerment services of Catholic Charities of Dallas. She was commissioned in 2012 as a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church for 3 years. She served in South Africa with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, doing research around unaccompanied minors’ migratory concerns. Then, Michelle served in chaplaincy at the Salvation Army Emergency Lodge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is currently attending school at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC to obtain a Master of Divinity and expects to graduate May 2018.

Clergy Transition Update

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We’re very happy to announce that we have called the Rev’d Geoffrey Hoare to be the next interim rector of our church. Rev’d Hoare comes to us from All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, where he has served as rector since 1998.

A native of England, Geoffrey came to America as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina in 1976. After taking an additional degree from Cambridge University, where he was a member of Magdalene College, he returned to the United States and to the Yale University Divinity School together with its Episcopal component, the Berkeley Divinity School.

Geoffrey was ordained Deacon and Priest in the Diocese of North Carolina. He served at Christ Church in Raleigh (1982-1987), and as Rector of St. Paul’s Church Alexandria (1988-1998). During those years he also served as adjunct faculty at Virginia Theological Seminary. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and is a member of the Compass Rose Society of the Anglican Communion. Additionally, he has served as an instructor in the contextual education program of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Throughout his career Geoffrey has actively engaged in critical issues including domestic violence, AIDS, child abuse, and homelessness. He served as director of Visions, Inc., an organization devoted to combating modern racism and other relationships with inherent differentials of power, and currently serves on their Advisory Board. Among All Saints’ many outreach ministries is Covenant Community, a life transformation residence and halfway house for homeless men recovering from substance abuse.

Geoffrey will be with us for the next 4 to 6 months until we call a permanent rector. His ministry at Epiphany will begin on September 1st. Despite this time of change, many constants will continue. Our interim associate rector Catriona Laing will continue to serve in her various capacities. We’ll rely on supply clergy during the month of August, many of whom will be familiar faces. Please do call or email the office if you are in need of pastoral care at any time. Thank you for your continued patience.

Elizabeth will be with us through the end of this week. We encourage you to take this time to say goodbye if you haven’t yet.

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact either of us. Rasheen can be reached at 240-274-2921, and Bea can be reached at 703-795-8687.

Rasheen Carbin, Senior Warden

Bea Trapasso Dermer, Junior Warden

Finding Community in Tragedy


The shootings last week in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge, and Dallas left many of us feeling sad, angry, and powerless. Our country witnessed 7 very public deaths that called into question America’s progress on race and gun violence issues. I felt resigned that these incidents were further evidence of the intractable problems that could forever haunt our nation.

On Friday morning, Lisa Kimball sent an email that helped change my perspective. Her email voiced the personal pain she had experienced in the wake of the shootings. She suggested that we postpone our scheduled “Coffee & Conversation” plans, and instead provide a time to discuss these troubling events as a community.

This was a brave act. Lisa’s faith and vulnerability allowed her to imagine that others might be also struggling, and that a listening session might do us all some good. Too often we assume that our problems are not shared by others, and as a result, healing is slow and solutions are hard to find. Her voice strengthened mine and reminded me of my baptismal vows. I am grateful for that encouragement. I really needed it.

We could have of remained isolated within our individual inabilities to make sense of these horrific events. Instead, over 40 members of the Epiphany community gathered together to comfort each other, and to have a dialogue on police-community relations. Three members of the Metropolitan Police Department joined us to provide their frontline perspective. They were candid and thoughtful, and I applaud their willingness to engage with us in a meaningful manner. It was a cathartic hour and fifteen minutes in the Willard Room last Sunday. People expressed their anger and sadness, but also their willingness to enter into deeper community. 

It was Epiphany at its best: with all our diversity and inclusiveness on display. Without a doubt, God was present, molding our hearts for the work ahead.

Rasheen Carbin
Senior Warden

Serve at the Welcome Table

“We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us”  Romans 12:6

 

Please think and pray about being a part of the ministries at the 8am service.

Contact Rev. Catriona Laing for more information.

 

The Choir has a vital ministry in leading the congregation in praising God through singing the hymns and sacred songs.

Readers (Lectors) read the Word of God during worship, either the lesson or the psalm.

Ushers  provide Christian hospitality as they prepare the church for the worship of God and care for the congregation.

Greeters provide a warm welcome to everyone who comes through the church doors on a Sunday morning.

Altar Guild prepares the altar and the church for the worship of God.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers  (LEMs) give the blessed bread or wine to the congregation as they come forward after the prayer of consecration in the Holy Eucharist.

Healing Ministers pray for those who are in need of healing for themselves or for others.

Fellowship Groups for Parish Profile

We Need You!

To join us in a Fellowship Group and help the Calling Committee with the Parish Profile.

 

Announcing our Fellowship Group schedule below!  Please call or email Sandi Ingram as soon as possible to let her know your preferred group, and any alternate choices. Call 202-394-5464 or email singram810@aol.com.

 

Saturday, May 7

* 10:30am, Lee Tyner (weekday worshiper/Calling Committee member) will be hosting a brunch in NW DC

* 2pm, Bob Wallin and Bea Dermer will be hosting a wine and cheese gathering in Alexandria, VA

* 5pm Sandi Ingram will be hosting a gathering in SW DC

Pentecost Celebration- May 15, 10:00am

Our community at Epiphany will celebrate the birth of the church with a joint service at 10:00am.  Everyone is invited to stay for our annual picnic immediately following the service.

To volunteer at the service or for the picnic, please contact Elizabeth Gardner at egardner@epiphanydc.org or by calling the parish office.

May 15- Sunday Bulletin

May 15- Sunday Bulletin

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee and Conversation: Who are our Neighbors?

Please come and join the next C&C series, when we will be getting to know our neighbors, right here in our church building. We have invited speakers from Street Sense, the Muslim prayer group, YSOP and the Twelve Step programs. They will tell us about their ministries and we will discuss together how we can support one another in furthering God’s love and peace. We will meet at 9:30am in the Dunlop Room on June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, and August 7.