Epiphany News

Weekly Responsibilities

Beginning this week, you should begin seeing on the main page of the site a list of people responsible for each task required for our worship and smooth operation. Personally, I would love to see us decide to use VolunteerSpot.com to manage our task responsibilities, but until we do, at least we will have a place where we can all check to see what each of us is supposed to be doing this week. Right now I’m just copying the names each week from the service roster. If something on the list is wrong, please let me know and I will change it.


Supply Priests for September Through November

Good news. Jimmy Weldon, our Senior Warden, says we’ve lined up supply priests for most of the Sundays in September, October, and November. Here’s what we know so far:

  • September 4 – The Revd Rob Morpeth. We don’t yet have a bio on him. He’s the Director of Finance for the Alabama Diocese. If you’re interested, here’s the text of an evening talk he delivered during the Lenten series at St. John’s in Montgomery.
  • September 11 – Open – still working on this one
  • September 18 – Rob Morpeth
  • September 25 – The Revd Arnold Bush. We’re gathering information on The Revd Bush now. We already know he’s a consultant in congregational development, retired as an active priest. When we know more about him, I’ll post something here.
  • October 2 – Arnold Bush
  • October 9 – The Revd Charles Womelsdorf
  • October 16 – Arnold Bush
  • October 23 – Arnold Bush
  • October 30 – Arnold Bush
  • November 6 – Arnold Bush
  • November 13 – Arnold Bush
  • November 20 – Arnold Bush

Latest Changes to Web Site

The home page now has a link to the hymnal revision study. Hope you’ll click on it and let your voice be heard.

The home page also has each day’s installment of the Anglican Cycle of Prayer; it updates itself each day.

There’s a new page called “Episcopal Resources.” My personal favorite is the Top 10 Reasons To Be an Episcopalian from Robin Williams.

On the transition front, the Vestry meeting with Pat Wingo seems to have gone well. Our supply priest for September 4 and 18 is Rob Morpeth, Director of Finance for the Alabama Diocese. Haven’t found a bio on him online, but if you’re interested, here’s the text of an evening talk he delivered during the Lenten series at St. John’s in Montgomery.

We have the name of a retired priest available on September 25, and we hope to be able to firm things up with him soon. When we do, we’ll be able to share his name as well. Still working on September 11.

Vestry Meeting Tuesday

The members of the vestry will be meeting Tuesday evening (8/23) at 6:00 pm with Pat Wingo, the Deployment Officer for the Alabama Diocese. It’s our hope that the vestry members will have a full and frank discussion with Pat about the transition process, what we as a congregation need to be doing, and what we can expect from the Diocese. Let’s continue to support each of the vestry members with our prayers during this pivotal time.


Okay, we’re having some fun now. I’ve added a forum to the site so we can all visit with each other in real time. You’ll see the link on the left hand side; just click on the word “Forum” or click on this link. You can read everything that’s there (right now only my first welcome post) without registering, but to post or reply to a post, you’ll need to register.

You’ll also see that I’ve added several pages describing tasks that need to be performed at the church and all linking to that VolunteerSpot site. I’d love to know what experience you have with it. To use a geek term, please regard everything here as if it were in “beta” form right now. That means it’s important that you use it so you can spot problems with it but that it’s not quite ready for prime time, so you probably will encounter little (or big) glitches as you use it. Just make sure you let me know when you encounter those glitches so we can figure out together how to fix them. Thanks!



I’m beginning to include some links on the site to a web service called VolunteerSpot.com so we can all see how it would function. If it works the way I hope, we’ll all be able to sign up for things like ushering, lay reader, nursery, and refreshments using the web service. The nice thing about it is that we’ll sign up for what we really want to do, and we’ll each get an e-mail reminder as the date approaches so we’ll be more likely to remember our commitments.

I hope you’ll play with the links and tinker around with it, because it will be helpful for us to know how it’s working and whether you find it easy to use. However, I don’t consider the VolunteerSpot.com system “live” yet, and I hope you won’t either. For the time being, let’s continue with the system already in place. If we decide to change to VolunteerSpot, I’m sure you’ll be hearing about it. Thanks!


Progress on the Web Site

Thanks for your patience as we’re working to add content to the web site. The latest additions are pages describing the Vestry, our Beans & Rice ministry, Education for Ministry, and Worship at Epiphany.

You should also begin noticing some photos. The rotating header banners are now all from our church. The crepe myrtle blossom, Father Buddy’s granite cross, and the Japanese maple are from the columbarium (thanks, John and Kathy!), the candle image is from inside the nave. You may need a little prompting to recognize the head of the eagle on the lectern side of the nave.


Transition Plans

This is a quick summary for our transition plans in the wake of Father Larry’s departure. Charles Womelsdorf has graciously agreed to officiate at our worship for our services today, August 21, and August 28. For Sundays following, the Vestry is working closely with Pat Wingo, the Deployment Officer for the Alabama Diocese. There may be a Sunday here or there on which we will have Morning Prayer (that is, without a priest), but Pat has assured us that these Sundays will be isolated.

Pat is due to meet with the Vestry later this month to discuss the procedure for the transition. We hope to report here as much of that conversation as possible under the circumstances. Pending that conversation, it’s encouraging to see members of the parish swinging into action to fill voids as they become evident. A special thanks to Betty Weldon for working (in close consultation with Charles Womelsdorf) to design and print our worship bulletins.

On launching this web site

We are embarking together on a journey, as all of us at Epiphany adjust to the sudden departure of our former priest, Larry Sharpton. Thanks for your patience with me as I work to get information about Epiphany up on this site. Right now, for example, I’m doing all this from Los Angeles where Amanda and I are visiting with our children. You should see more content appearing almost immediately, and as soon as I can get back in town, you’ll begin seeing more photos on the site.


Lee Borden