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Weekday Worship & Bible Study

Tuesday Morning Eucharist is celebrated at 7 a.m. A group of men gathers for breakfast and discussion afterwards and typically are on their way to work by 8 a.m.

A Noonday healing service is offered on Wednesdays followed by Eucharist.

The Wednesday Evening Bible Study with the Rector is offered at 6:30 p.m. for a study of the upcoming Sunday’s readings.


Ongoing Meetings & Programs

The Epiphany Book Group
1st Mondays of the month
7:30 p.m. (JH)

Men’s Breakfast
following the 7 a.m. Eucharist every Tuesday
7:30 a.m.

Committee Mtg. Night
2nd Mondays of the month
6:00 p.m.

Episcopal Church Women
2nd Tuesdays during the program year
11:00 a.m. (JH)

Wednesdays during the program year
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Bible Study
Wednesdays during the program year
6:30 p.m.

Women's Book Group
1st Thursdays
7 p.m. (Breed Residence)

Daughters of the King (Banfield Residence)
4th Thursday of the month
10:30 a.m.


Parish Events


This week at Epiphany

Missing: Would whoever took the 16 tablecloths to launder after the stewardship supper on Nov. 5 please return them to the church? We appreciate your work to clean them, but we need them back. Thanks!

Atlanta Veterans' Acupuncture Clinic offers free acupuncture for veterans and family members to relieve stress, insomnia, PTSD and pain Mondays at Epiphany from 6-7 p.m. No appointments or ID needed. Visit Acupunctureforveterans.org.

12/4—The Epiphany Book Group, meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall. December will be our Christmas Gathering and choosing of books for 2018. All are welcome.

Wed. Night Supper: The meal from Bridge Catering is served from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under. Sign up by 11 a.m. Tuesdays by clicking here. Menu for 12/4: Fresh Fruit of the Season; Bridge Salad with Ranch and Balsamic; Rolls; Smothered Chicken; Mac and cheese; Sautee of Mixed veggies; Chefs choice desserts

Wed. Night Bible Study: Led by the clergy, we read and have a free-ranging discussion about the upcoming Sunday scripture selections. We meet from 6:30-8 p.m. in Jones Hall Room A.

Flex and Stretch Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. $5 per class, Silversneakers cardholders free (bring card). Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Contact: Ellen Mintzmyer 404.421.8476.

12/7—Women’s Book Group meet 1st Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Catherine Breed’s home and is currently discussing The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Email Catherine Breed for directions and to RSVP.

12/9—Our Nativities Exhibit opens Saturday, December 9 and runs through Sunday, December 17. Sign up here if you want to help out with this favorite annual community event.


Sunday, December 10

Adult Formation Sundays at 10 A.M.

  • Introduction to the Incarnation class chooses one topic each semester to study from a number of different angles. We dive deep into biblical texts, the history of Christianity, and contemporary scholarship. Syllabus is in tract rack and online right here. Taught by Brennan Breed. This Sunday we will meet in the Nave.
  • The Reclaiming the Bible class visits pivotal stories and themes in the Bible, noting God’s passionate interest in humanity and all creation. Each session includes facilitated group engagement with a scriptural passage, lively discussion, and even a coloring book page! Taught by the Rev. Dr. Sharon Hiers and Shirley Banks. Jones Hall Room A.

12/10—Feast of St. Nicholas Celebration & Shoe Drive: Join us at 10 a.m. Bring new shoes for the homeless and celebrate St. Nicholas’ story before continuing on to Sunday School. The following sizes are needed: Men (11-15), Women (all sizes). Please bring shoes out of boxes or bags and tie the shoe strings together.

12/10—The Epiphany Choirs will present Advent Lessons & Carols at 5 p.m. in the Nave. Following the liturgy, join us in Jones Hall for a reception and to view the Epiphany Nativity Exhibit. Wine & Cheese for the adults and cider along with Christmas cookies to decorate, eat, and/or take home for kids. Childcare will be provided in the nursery for children ages 3 and under.

Now Showing: Epiphany’s Art Ministry welcomes paintings by epiphanite Arlen Gray for the month of December. 25% of all sales benefit Epiphany. See the round table in the gallery for payment instructions.

The Forward Day by Day quarterly booklet for Nov/Dec/Jan is in the Gallery tract rack. The publication, owned by the Episcopal Church, is a pocketsize booklet of daily Bible readings and devotions. $1 a copy.

The Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Light sign up: Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/altar19 if you wish to make a dedicatory offering of altar flowers or sanctuary light or contact the parish office. The Altar Flowers or the Sanctuary Light can be given as a memorial, thanksgiving or on a special occasion. List your name in the signup field and list your intention in the comments field. To be listed in the Sunday bulletin, sign up by noon on Thursdays. Make checks payable to the Church of the Epiphany, noting “Flowers” or “Light” and the date given in the memo field and mail it to the church, leave it in the treasurer's cubby or in the alms basin on Sundays. Suggested offering: $70 for flowers and $6 for the light.

Food Drive: January and June are our “turns” for stocking the DEAM pantry, but the bins are out year-round to accept donations of: grape or strawberry jelly, pasta sauce, canned greens (not spinach), soup, small boxes of corn muffin mix.


Upcoming Events

Year End Gifts: Gifts need to be received at the church or postmarked by December 31 and stock contributions must be delivered to the church brokerage account by December 31 to be recorded for 2017. 

12/11—Haiti Meeting takes place at noon on the 2nd Monday of every month in Jones Hall. Anyone interested in our in partnership with the Bishop Tharp Institute, a college of the Diocese of Haiti is welcome to attend.

12/11—Meeting Night: Committees meet on 2nd Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. We gather in Jones Hall, pray together and then go our ways. Committee Chairs, please be sure to let your committees know each month if they are meeting.

12/12—The Episcopal Church Women: This month the ECW welcomes Emmaus Seniors Program as their guests for a luncheon and to view the Nativities exhibit.

12/14—IEA Meeting: Join us at 7 p.m. for an exploration of Enneagram type-specific inner critic messages and how the inner critic interrupts and interferes with the manifestation of your capacity to love yourself and others. $10 for non-members, free for IEA Georgia members ($30 annual).

12/15—We will be feeding homeless and needy and hungry, at Central Presbyterian on Friday at 7 p.m.  Preparation/cook begins at Epiphany at 1 p.m. and we leave at 6 p.m. Back at Epiphany afterwards for clean-up and a holiday volunteer supper. Come to serve and be served by feeding and being fed, to celebrate a year of closure and transition. Contact: Brandon Laird.

12/17—Emmaus House Christmas Ministry: Over 900 children receive gifts from Santa on Christmas Eve at Emmaus House in Peoplestown south of Turner Field. See the most recent issue of The Epiphany Star for details. Please bring presents wrapped and “Well Labeled” gifts to Epiphany by Sunday, December 17.

12/17—Annual Bake &Craft Sale: The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will hold their annual Christmas Bake & Craft Sunday morning. Please support their many outreach projects by purchasing sumptuous baked goods and other handcrafted items to enjoy at home with family, share with co-workers, or to offer as gifts. Some items to look for include delicious cookies in decorative containers, freshly baked cakes, muffins and loaves, canned jellies and sauces, and items for beloved pets.

12/21—Pub Theology: A monthly, 3rd Thursday event facilitated by Dr. Brennan Breed will convene at The Marlay in Decatur at 7 p.m. Thought-provoking, accessible articles, essays and texts will be chosen to stimulate lively discussion.

12/21—The Daughters of the King (DOK) will meet 10:30 a.m. at the Banfield residence on the 21st of this month. For directions, email Audrey at banfieldn@bellsouth.net. All ladies of the congregation are invited.

12/24—The Fourth Sunday of Advent in the morning turns to Christmas Eve in the afternoon, but we will still celebrate the full season of Advent with a service at 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve

  • 3 p.m. we will have a family celebration, children's choirs will sing, and the homily will be preached from the steps with kids all around.
  • 5:30 p.m. the Hildegard Ensemble & the Epiphany Ringers will help us make our music, and we will light candles at the end and sing Silent Night.
  • Childcare will be provided in the nursery for children ages 3 and under for the first two services.
  • 10:00 p.m. An extended prelude begins at 10:00 p.m. and will feature the Epiphany Choir and Organ as well as congregational carols.
  • 10:30 p.m. we will sing it all, swing the incense and have the Epiphany Choir as we celebrate God with us.

12/25—Christmas Day service will take place at 10:30 a.m.

12/31—Christmas 1: The First Sunday of Christmas will take place with just one service of Christmas Lessons & Carols at 10:30 a.m.

1/3—Pageant Rehearsal: Anyone who wants to participate in the pageant is encouraged to join in. The church has some costumes which will be available if you can come to the rehearsal on Wednesday, January 3. Otherwise, get creative with scarves, bathrobes, wings and anything else you can think of! Volunteers are needed for this fun event. Please contact Laraine Fraijo-Paul, Director of Children’s Ministries, at laraine@epiphany.org if you are able to help! Remember to sign up for supper if you would like to eat at church before we rehearse.

1/6—The Feast of the Epiphany—our feast day—is Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and we will celebrate it with a Pageant, Baptism & Confirmations with Bishop Rob Wright with a potluck dinner to follow.

  • Epiphany Pageant: An online signup to volunteer to participate in the pageant for roles of all ages will be posted soon. A rehearsal for speaking parts will take place on Wednesday, January 3, at 5:30 p.m. with dinner. Costumes will be available that night, or get creative with scarves, bathrobes, wings and anything else you can think of from home! Volunteers are needed for this fun event. Please contact Laraine Fraijo-Paul, Director of Children’s Ministries, at laraine@epiphany.org if you are able to help! Click the RSVP link on the homepage to reserve a dinner.
  • Epiphany Dinner: Join us after the pageant for Chili Potluck Supper in Jones Hall. Bring chili and/or dessert to share. Cornbread and chips are on us!

1/4—Women’s Book Group meet 1st Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Catherine Breed’s home and is currently discussing The Gift of Imperfection by Brené Brown. Email Catherine at breed.catherine@gmail.com for directions and to RSVP.

1/7-11: Prepare Dinner for Hagar's House, a shelter for homeless mothers and children. For one week every quarter, volunteers prepare one evening’s meal at home, serve it at the shelter, visit with guests, and clean up from 6 - 8 p.m. Click here to sign up.

1/8—The Epiphany Book Group meets 1st Mondays at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Hall.

1/9—The Episcopal Church Women meet 2nd Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. to make sandwiches for Emmaus House. The program starts at 11 a.m., with potluck lunch to follow.


Additional Notices

Parish Directory & Pledge Status: Log in to the Online Directory to access your personal and financial information, including pledge status. First-time users have to register. Once you register, you can also download the Church Life app for access on your smart phone. The link is on the home page. A paper directory is published in January and June. Financial Questions? Contact our bookkeeper, Susie Boyko.

Announcements: Notices – 40 words or less – are due 9 a.m. Wednesdays. If you have photos from Epiphany events you want to share, contact the parish office at 404.373.8338.

Ongoing Battery & Cork Recycling: Please drop off your batteries and natural corks (no synthetics) in the container next to the microwave in the kitchen. If you have a really large quantity of batteries or corks contact: Sandy Land.

AmazonSmile program: Epiphany received $28.39 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between January 1 and March 31, 2017. When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Church of Epiphany. Bookmark this link and support us every time you shop.

Attention Kroger Shoppers! Donate to DEAM by using your Kroger Plus card. Sign up at www.krogercommunityrewards.com with Decatur-Area Emergency/10566. Kroger sends them quarterly checks based on the number of reward points the collective supporters accumulate.

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