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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

December 3- 6:00 PM: Choral Evensong and Advent Party

Find some peace in your busy week with Choral Evensong on December 3 at 6:00 PM.

At 6:30 PM join us for an Advent Party!

View a full schedule of this fall’s Wednesday Worship with music schedule here.

Gospel Art! Artist David Godecki on WAMU

WAMU aired a story on November 14 about access to technology and DC’s homeless population. The segment begins at The Welcome Table and David Godecki’s story about his experience with digital design classes at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library is the primary focus. David is a regular at Gospel Art! and the architect of the Gospel Art! website, which can be found here. Please take a moment to listen to the full report from WAMU. It is well worth your time!

November 15- Congressional Chorus Concert

Join us on Saturday November 15 at 7:30 PM for the Congressional Chorus performance, “American Folksongs & Spirituals: A Fusion of New Music, Poetry, Visual Arts, and Dance.”  Tickets can be purchased online at the Congressional Chorus website.

 

American Folksongs & Spirituals: A Fusion of New Music, Poetry, Visual Arts and Dance

Saturday, November 15, 2014 – 7:30 pm
Church Of The Epiphany
1317 G St., NW | Washington, D.C. 20005

in collaboration with
Afromoda Dance Theater
Capitol Movement
DC Modern Quilt Guild
Joy of Motion Dance Center
Split This Rock

Featuring the Washington D.C. premiere of Rollo Dilworth’s
“Freedom’s Plow”

November 16- Annual Meeting

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16, in Community Hall, after the 11:00 Eucharist. We will begin with a time of fellowship, followed by the election of a Junior Warden, Vestry Members, and Diocesan Convention Delegates.

November 8- Ordination of Deacons

The Diocesan Ordination of Deacons will be held at The Church of the Epiphany on Saturday, November 8, at 10:00am.  Last year, we only provided the place.  This year we have agreed to be more involved, and we need volunteers.  If you can help, please contact the Rector at 202-347-2635 x12 or rcharles@epiphanydc.org.  All Epiphany parishioners are invited to attend.

November 1- The Windsbach Boy Choir

November 1- Serenade! International Choral Series presents, The Windsbach Boy Choir : At 7:30 PM on Saturday November 1, Germany’s leading boy’s choir, the Windsbach Boy Choir, will perform at Epiphany. The program includes musical selections from Bach, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Schutz, and German Folk Songs. Tickets are $20-$30. To reserve tickets or find additional information, please call 703-683-6040 or visit www.classicalmovements.com.

Does God want us to be happy?

The Atlantic recently published a story asserting that there’s more to life than being happy. The article focuses on the differences between leading a happy life and leading a meaningful life. Leading a happy life is associated with being a “taker,” in essence, getting what you want, when you want it. By contrast, people who lead a meaningful life experience joy from giving to others, and are transformed in the process.

This difference between being happy and finding meaning is worth keeping in mind as we move through Stewardship season towards Nov. 2, when we are all are invited to bring our 2015 Pledge Forms forward to be blessed by God. While happiness is fleeting, meaning leads to a deeper joy that brings us closer to God. Last week’s Stewardship Letter offered reflection about the many reasons we have to be filled with joy and gratitude at The Church of the Epiphany. When discerning your 2015 pledge, please prayerfully consider how participation in life at Epiphany helps you to find meaning and joy in your own life.

For further reflection, the Rev. Becky Zartman who blogs as The Vicar of H Street, discusses the difference between happiness and joy by asking the question, Does God want us to be happy? (Spoiler alert…the answer is a pretty definitive no!)