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January 1- Church and Parish Office Closed for New Year’s

On Thursday, January 1, The Church of the Epiphany and Parish Office will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day.

“Opt In” to a Print Newsletter

Staying in touch and sharing information is a high priority at Epiphany. For the last several months of 2014 we mailed a weekly newsletter to all parishioners, in addition to our regular email newsletter, Epiphanies Happen. Given the amount of time, paper, and postage a weekly letter to the entire parish requires, we have decided to implement an “opt in” print newsletter for 2015.

We are still in the early stages of discerning what form Epiphany’s print newsletter will take.  Below is a form to complete if you would like to receive a print newsletter. On this form you will have the opportunity to express your preference for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly newsletter, as well as space to provide input about the type of information you wish to receive from Epiphany. Once we have collected your responses, we will decide how many times a month this newsletter will be sent and what type of content it will include. Your feedback is an important part of this process!

The print newsletter form can be returned to the Parish Office on Sunday mornings, during the week between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, or by mail. You can also opt in to the print newsletter by contacting Epiphany’s Administrative Assistant, Catherine Manhardt directly at 202-347-2635 or cmanhardt@epiphanydc.org.

Opt In Print Newsletter Form

Now Hiring- Nursery Caregiver

Epiphany is hiring a new Nursery Caregiver beginning in January 2015. Operating under the general supervision of the Rector and the Children’s Formation Ministry Team, the Church of the Epiphany Nursery Child Caregiver provides child care services to nursery aged children from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on Sundays. See a detailed job description and application instructions here. Please spread the word!

Christmas Worship Schedule

There are many chances to celebrate the joyful arrival of Christmas at The Church of the Epiphany! All are welcome.

Christmas Eve

12:10 pm Christmas Eucharist

 7:30 pm Christmas Music with The Epiphany Choir

 8:00 pm Festival Eucharist followed by Christmas Party

Christmas Day

11:00 am Christmas Eucharist

Sunday December 28

11:00 am Festival of Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist

Church of England Announces First Female Bishop

The Church of England announced yesterday morning that the Rev. Libby Lane will be the church’s first female bishop. She has been appointed bishop of Stockport and will serve as a suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Chester. Lane will be consecrated at York Minster on January 26, 2015. Lane currently serves at the vicar of St. Peter’s, Hale and St. Elizabeth’s, Ashley and she is one of eight clergy women elected Participant Observers in the House of Bishops.

Lane’s appointment comes as soon as possible after the General Synod’s decision to allow female bishops became law in November. Women have been able to serve as priests in the Church of England since 1992, but it took the General Synod until July of this year to approve legislation allowing women to be bishops.

Various new sources including the Episcopal New Service, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Religion News Service covered this historic event. The Guardian also produced a profile of the Rev. Libby Lane.

Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble

 

May 31- Trinity and Transition Sunday

In June the Epiphany Choir recorded a CD of Epiphany music (for our feast of title, for our church itself and music written by former musicians of the church). Your Christmas present-buying is now catered for as discs are on sale and priced at $15 each. All proceeds will benefit the Tuesday Concert Series. You can purchase your Epiphany CD at the Parish Office, Tuesday Concert Series, or online.

Gospel Art! Christmas Cards on Sale

Christmas Cards by the Homeless Artists at Epiphany

The Homeless Artists in Gospel Art! are creating and donating artwork to produce and sell Christmas Cards for 2014. The artists decided that all proceeds from the card sales will go towards funding the Sunday morning breakfast at the Welcome Table.

The cards will be for sale on Sundays after the 11am Service and during the week. If you would like to buy the cards during the week, please call the church office at 202-347-2635 or email Epiphany’s Administrative Assistant, Catherine Manhardt at cmanhardt@epiphanydc.org.

The cards will be sold in packs of 8 cards at $10/pack

December 21- The Word Made Flesh: A Bible Study on the Incarnation

The Word Made Flesh: A Bible Study on the Incarnation
Led by Seminarian Ian Lasch, 9:45 AM in the Willard Room

During the four weeks of Advent (November 30th-December 21st), we will prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ by studying Scripture passages on the Incarnation, and discussing the relevance the Incarnation of God has for our lives.

Witness for Justice: Vigils at the National Cathedral and 16th Street

National Cathedral Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence
The Washington National Cathedral will host a vigil for Victims of Gun Violence on Thursday December 11, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. More information can be found on theEDOW website.
Vigil for Justice: People of Peace Lighting the Way
Members of Washington, DC’s faith communities will hold a candlelight vigil along 16th Street from Silver Spring to the White House on Friday, December 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in advance of Saturday’s March against Police Violence. St Stephen and the Incarnation will be standing from Oak Street to Park Street and members of St Luke’s congregation will be standing with Foundry United Methodist from Q Street to O Street. More information can be found on the Vigils’ Facebook page.
Read more about Episcopal responses to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions here.
As a person of faith, how are you called to stand as a witness for justice in our country?

Talking about the Events in Ferguson and New York from a Faith Perspective

People of faith have continued to speak and act in the aftermath of the grand jury decisions about the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York. Below are a list of resources and commentary about the events in Ferguson and New York from around the Episcopal Church.

 

Statements:
Statement
of Bishop Mariann Budde and Dean Gary Hall on the grand jury decision, the statement includes an invitation to a prayer vigil at the National Cathedral at 3:00 PM on December 11.

The Episcopal News Service has compiled a list of statements about the grand jury decisions from around the Episcopal Church

Commentary:
Two posts from the EDOW Blog, “There is Work to be Done: A Response to the Eric Garner Case,” and “Lord, If you had been there.”

Theological perspective on “I can’t breathe,” in an interview with The Very Revd Will Mebane, Jr., Interim Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo

The Stones Cry Out, The Rev. Winnie Varghese at The Huffington Post

How a New York Seminary became a Hub for Eric Garner Protests, Jack Jenkins at ThinkProgress

Healing the Wounds of Ferguson too Lightly, The Right Rev. Dan Edwards, Diocese of Nevada

Posts about Ferguson from Episcopal Cafe, an Episcopal blog can be found here and here.

Resources:
Materials from The Episcopal Church to guide discussions about Ferguson in congregations.

A collection of resources compiled by the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary that includes resources from The Episcopal Church, avenues for online engagement, and resources from local Episcopal Leaders

Episcopal News Service coverage of resources from around the Episcopal Church

photo credit: AP PHOTO/CAROLYN KASTER