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!)

October 25- “I love to tell the story!”

October 25 is a day for the people of Epiphany to engage the Baptismal promise to “proclaim by word and example to Good News of God in Christ.” On Saturday, October 25, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, come discover and refine your personal and unique proclamation language as we learn, share, and play together. Carter Echols will lead a workshop in which we will learn how to craft and tell an “Epiphany Story.” An Epiphany Story is a 3-minute description of an event through which we had a realization about God and God’s presence in our lives. We will meet in Community Hall at Epiphany. To sign up, please contact the parish office at 202-347-2635 or rcharles@epiphanydc.org. 

October 26: Finding Hope, Bringing Hope- A Bible Study on Jeremiah

Finding Hope, Bringing Hope
A Five-week Bible Study on the Book of Jeremiah, led by The Rev. Fanny Belanger
Sundays at 9:45 in the Willard Room

In a time of turmoil, when there was little economic, political, or even religious stability, Jeremiah grounded his life in a personal relationship with God, and he exhorted his people to do the same.  Jeremiah’s relationship with God was the root of human life and the human experience.  “Having a personal relationship with God” is a well-know expression, and yet it is often misunderstood.  Our relationship with God is not only about personal well-being or even personal salvation; it is also about bringing healing to others through acts of justice and compassion.  It is a way of proclaiming in our time a reason to hope.  With Jeremiah, we will learn more about relating to God and working with God, in order to become agents of God’s mercy and power as we build tomorrow’s world.

October 26
The Field of Hope – God’s Redemption (Jeremiah 32)
Conclusion: Jeremiah’s Impact on History

Recommended Reading: Mordecai Schreiber, The Man Who Knew God, Decoding Jeremiah

September 24: Music and Meditation with J.S. Bach and Get Holy Get Happy

Come and experience Music and Meditation with J.S. Bach in Epiphany’s sanctuary from 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Then, head across the street for happy hour and conversation at the Laughing Man Tavern from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

View a full schedule of this fall’s Wednesday evening worship services here.

October 5- Creation Sunday and Blessing of the Animals

Celebrate the glory of God’s creation on Sunday, October 5! All pets and their owners are welcome to participate in a Blessing of the Animals in the garden at 10:00 AM and Holy Eucharist in the church at 11:00.

Episcopal Relief & Development Celebrates 75 Years

In 1940, the National Council of The Episcopal Church established Episcopal Relief & Development – originally the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief – to respond to the needs of European refugees fleeing World War II.  Now, working on behalf of the Church with partners in nearly 40 countries, the organization continues its legacy of bringing together the generosity of Episcopalians and others to help communities overcome challenges and create lasting change. (From the Episcopal News Service)

Learn more about the 75th Anniversary celebration on the Episcopal Relief & Development website

Read 75 stories about how Episcopal Relief & Development transforms lives

View a photo exhibition highlighting Episcopal Relief & Development’s work across five continents

Learn about how to get involved in supporting Episcopal Relief & Development’s mission




September 14 – Homecoming Sunday

Join us at Epiphany for a very special Sunday! There will be Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 11:00 AM. At the 11:00 service we will commission new members of the choir, our seminarians (Ragan Sutterfield and Ian Lasch), the Director of Epiphany Mission Center (Rebecca Hernandez Ortiz), and new members of the congregation.  We will also welcome the choir back after a summer hiatus! This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner. Read a message from Tripp Jones, Epiphany Archivist Emeritus, about our church’s history with the national anthem.

A copy of this Sunday’s bulletin can be found here: BUL2014-09-14 Pentecost 14 PROPER 19 (YrA)

September 19- Avanti Benefit Concert for Tuesday Concert Series

At 8:00 PM on Friday September 19 Avanti will perform a concert at Epiphany to benefit the Tuesday Concert Series. Conducted by Pablo Saelzer, Avanti’s program includes Dvořák Three Legends Op. 59; Mozart Bassoon Concerto; Dvořák Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, No. 2 (10); and Kodály Dances of Galánta. The concert is free and open to the public with a $10 donation suggested for the Tuesday Concert Series.

Discounted garage parking: PMI is generously discounting parking for this concert. $8 from 5-11 pm.

View a flyer for Friday’s concert here.

September 20- Church Outdoors Returns

Church Outdoors returns to Epiphany on Saturday September 20 at 5:00 PM. 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!

Watch our website, Epiphanies Happen! and the Sunday bulletin for more information.

September 21: Help the Homeless Walk for Samaritan Ministry

Samaritan Ministry  has been a ministry partner of Epiphany for more than 25 years and serves many of the downtown poor and homeless who participate in the Welcome Table.

Join our Welcome Table guests on September 21 at 9:00 AM for a walk from Epiphany to the White House. Walkers are asked to pledge $25 per walker. For $100 you will sponsor three homeless walkers and yourself.  Generally there are 100 walkers from Welcome Table who participate in the walk.  How many walkers will you sponsor? 

Checks should be made out to Samaritan Ministry with “Help the Homeless Walk” in the memo line. You can deposit your check in the collection basket that will be out at coffee hour on the 7th, 14th and 21st, or you can send your check to the office.