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Improving Communications at Epiphany

Epiphany’s Administrative Assistant, Catherine Manhardt, is asking for your feedback about communications at Epiphany:

My first priority is making sure that Epiphany’s communication efforts are reaching, informing, and engaging those who are involved in life at Epiphany through our worship, music program, and social justice ministries. It’s also important to keep in mind that our website, social media presence, and newsletter are tools for evangelism. Often times, a website is the first interaction a newcomer with have with a church and social media is a great way to reach people from a wide variety of networks.

To improve communications at Epiphany I will need your help! I would love to know your thoughts about our current communication system. What is successful and where is there room for improvement? Do you feel that Epiphany is doing a good job connecting with you through our existing methods of communication? What sort of information would you like to see in the newsletter or on the website and Facebook page?

If you have any thoughts or comments about communications at Epiphany, please get in touch! Post a comment below, send me an email at, or call me at 202-347-2635.

Thank you  for a wonderful first month on the job and I look forward to hearing from you!

July 30- Get Holy Get Happy!

Join us at 6pm for labyrinth walking and contemplative prayer in the Church. Then at 6:30pm, we will walk across the street to Laughing Man Tavern for food, drinks, and fellowship. All are welcome, so bring your friends!

July 13 – Commissioning Catherine Manhardt Administrative Assistant

We have a new Administrative Assistant.  Her name is Catherine Manhardt, and we will commission her as a member of Epiphany’s staff at the 11:00 Eucharist on July 13.Her responsibilities include front office, internet and print communications, bulletins, calendars and bookings, parish data base, and staff support for urban evangelism.  I am delighted that Catherine has joined our staff and I encourage you to come welcome her to Epiphany on Sunday, July 13.

Catherine’s Bio

Catherine Manhardt is excited to be joining Epiphany’s staff in the role of Administrative Assistant. Catherine most recently served as Office Manager at the Oldaker Law Group, a government relations and law firm. During her two years at the Oldaker Law Group, Catherine gained experience in managing the firm’s office administration and bookkeeping, as well as serving as an executive assistant to the firm’s Managing Partner.

Catherine has been an active member of St Thomas’ Parish in Dupont Circle since the fall of 2011. She was elected to St Thomas’ vestry in 2013 and plays a leading role in the parish’s young adults ministry.

Catherine originally hails from the state of Washington and made the move to Washington, DC to attend college. She graduated from American University in 2011 with a BA in International Relations and minors in Religious Studies and Arabic. Catherine currently resides in the Petworth neighborhood of DC. In her free time, Catherine enjoys knitting, science fiction, and losing herself in a good book.

We are hiring!

The Church of the Epiphany is receiving applications for two positions, Parish Administrator for Finance and Property and Grants Consultant. We plan to make a decision by the end of July. The job descriptions for both positions are listed below. The contact person for all inquiries is the Rev. Randolph Charles, Rector. He can be reached in the following ways:

Work Phone: 202-347-2635 x12
Cell Phone: 202-841-8365
Mailing Address: 1317 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20005


Parish Administrator for Finance and Property

Grants Consultant



Frederick Buechner: Call

Federick Buechner’s most quoted statement is probably the following: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  The Church of the Epiphany is deeply hungry for more people to be called to participate in the ministries of our parish. Of course, ministry happens primarily in the world, but it also happens in faith communities.
How are you called to minister at Epiphany?
More on this next week.

A timely read by Jim Wallis of Sojourners

Jim Wallis reflects on a faith response to the challenges our nation and our world face.

July 27, 28, 29 – Books ‘n’ Bites

Books ‘n’ Bites is a fundraiser for Epiphany’s downtown ministries, all of which use our historic and sacred buildings. Hundreds of used and almost new books are for sale, as well as tasty treats while you browse through “so many books to read.” The booksale takes place in Community Hall.  Open hours are the following:

Sunday, July 27, 12:30-3:00pm

Monday, July 28, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Tuesday, July 29, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Purchases can be made with cash, check, or credit card.

We are welcoming donations of books and baked goods and we are looking for volunteers to help with set-up

Anyone interested in volunteering to help is asked to call the church office at 202-347-2635.


July 28- Ice Cream Social

Join us on Monday July 28 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM for a summer treat compliments of Church of the Epiphany!

There will be enough ice cream for 400 people, so be sure to swing by the garden while supplies last.


Spread the word to your friends and coworkers, the more the merrier!

Is Praying for Justice Enough?

No, but it is a game-changer. There is no way that we believers can do justice work if we are not first centered in God’s guidance. There is no way that we can address the international, national, and communal issues of injustice if we cannot first depend on God’s support. It’s too overwhelming, too complicated, and too challenging. But if we ask God to lead and guide us, anything is possible. “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God’s help.”

What do you think?

June 29 – Church Outdoors: Alternative Worship in the Garden at 5:00

Join us on Sunday, June 29, 5:00-6:30pm, for a Sunday evening of alternative worship. This will be the last Church Outdoors for a few weeks. It’s been a great success so far, and the Worship Ministry Team will evaluate the series and determine whether or not to offer it more often. The music this Sunday is provided by the Welcome Table Choir, so don’t miss it!  Weather permitting, we will meet in the garden for creative activities, hearing and responding to the Gospel message, and sharing in the Eucharist and a simple community supper. Everyone is invited – seniors, kids, 20s-30s, babes in arms, newcomers, long-time parishioners, friends, family and curious neighbors. We’ve got room for everyone!