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Ministry at Epiphany

Are you searching for a way to get more involved at The Church of the Epiphany? Check out the list of parish ministries and ministry teams below:

2015 Parish Ministries

2015 Ministry Teams

Take a look, see what captures your interest, and contact the parish office for a meeting with the Rector to discuss where you may be called to serve.

 

ADAMS Condemns the vicious terrorist crimes in the Paris attacks and Reaffirms protection of freedom of speech

Terrorism and murder are not of God. No major world religion condones terrorism and murder. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) meets at Epiphany for midday prayers and Friday prayers. We commend to you their statement in regard to the recent terrorist attack in Paris. We all pray for peace and justice.

“The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) condemns the vicious terrorist crimes in the Paris attacks on civilians and police, and on freedom of speech itself. Our hearts, thoughts and profound sympathies are with all the victims of these horrific acts, and with their families.   We hope that France’s law enforcement Agencies will quickly bring those responsible for these heinous crimes to justice.

We remind people worldwide that those who planned and executed this malicious attack may claim to act in the name of Islam, but nothing could be further from the truth.    Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and any violence against innocent lives, and gives no justification whatsoever for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ lives and property through suicide bombings or any other similar attack is strictly haram – or forbidden – and those who commit such callous acts are cold-blooded criminals without any true religious principles.

Their claim to protect the reputation of the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) are contradicted not only by the teachings of Islam, but by his own refusal to retaliate in any way against those who insulted or even attacked his person.  When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was being stoned in the city of Ta’if in Arabia, he responded with patience and peace, and prayed for Guidance for the People there.  God Almighty tells us “Good and wrong cannot be equal; repel wrong with something which is better, and verily he between whom and thyself was enmity may then become as though he had always been a close, true friend.” (Quran – 41:34).

France’s Muslim Community has rightfully condemned the attack as “barbaric” and we agree with the French Muslim Council (CFCM) statement that “This extremely grave and barbaric action is also an attack against democracy and the freedom of the press”.  The fact that one of the Police officers killed was Muslim shows these attackers are not seeking to protect Islam and Muslims, but rather only to promote terror, and do not care who suffers from their barbaric acts.

As Muslims we encourage responsible speech, and reject Hate speech in any form. But we firmly believe that all speech, even if mocking and satirical and even if deeply offensive, should and must be protected.  Freedom of Speech is absolutely sacred to every American, of any religion.

As Muslims we respond with peace, love, respect and harmony to any challenges and negativity.  The only acceptable response to offensive cartoons is to reach out to local media, schools and government officials, to promote better understanding of what Islam truly stands for, and send a copy of the Holy Quran for them to read and judge for themselves the truth about Islam.

We therefore pray that the senseless and savage action of a few deranged criminals does not lead to the vilification and stereotyping of the Muslim community.  We must work together to help bring about a real peace, and an end to terrorism, extremism and conflict.”

Text from an email release sent by The All Dulles Area Muslim Society, January 9, 2015.

DC Hypothermia Hotline

With temperatures below freezing, the streets are particularly dangerous for DC’s homeless population right now. If you see someone who is in need of shelter, please call the DC Hypothermia Hotline at 1-800-535-7252. 
 
A call to this hotline should result in a van coming to take the person off the street and to an emergency shelter. For more information about DC’s Hypothermia Alert please see the DC Department of Human Services website, and this helpful article from SOME.

January 4- Feast of the Epiphany

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We will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 4.  It is our day, our parish name day.  There will be special music and fellowship time as we begin another calendar year together.  It’s also another great Sunday to invite guests to “come and see” The Church of the Epiphany.  We have room for all!

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.