Epiphany News

We’re in the Heart of Christmas

Here at Epiphany, Christmas didn’t get started until our Christmas Eve service Saturday night. That time between Thanksgiving and December 24 – that’s not Christmas; that’s Advent!

Now that Christmas is here, we have no intention of cutting it short. On January 1, 2017, we’ll have a Service of Readings and Carols at 10:30 am. No Sunday School.

On January 8, we’ll celebrate our name with a Festival Holy Eucharist marking the beginning of the season of Epiphany. After the service, we invite everyone to adjourn to the Little House for a covered dish lunch and our annual churchwide meeting. Come see what Christmas is really about!

Welcome, Bishop Marray!

santosh marrayJoin us on Sunday, June 5 as we welcome The Rt Rev Santosh Marray, Assistant Bishop of the Alabama Diocese of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Santosh will have an informal conversation with church members in the nave beginning at 9:30 am and will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10:30 am. The worship service will include time for the Sacrament of Confirmation, welcoming new members to the Episcopal Church.

He has served five dioceses (Guyana, Bahamas, Florida, Seychelles and East Carolina) including three provinces of the Anglican Communion (West Indies, The Episcopal Church and Indian Ocean). Prior to his call to be the Assistant Bishop of Alabama, he served as Bishop Assisting in the Diocese of East Carolina. Marray first episcopate was Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Seychelles, Province of the Indian Ocean. He was elected to the episcopate in February 2005 while serving as Rector, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Jacksonville, Florida, under The Right Rev. S. John Howard, Bishop of Florida.

Bishop Santosh holds a Diploma in Pastoral Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Theology (Magna Cum Laude) from Codrington Theological College and University of the West Indies, Barbados; Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality, General Theological Seminary, NY; Master of Law in Canon Law, University of Wales, UK; Doctor of Ministry, Colgate Rochester Divinity/Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, Rochester, NY. In 2008 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Bexley Hall Seminary, Ohio, for work in church growth and renewal and involvement in the wider Anglican Communion

He and his wife, Nalini, have two children, Ingram and Veronica Amanda, daughter-in-law, Tenille and granddaughter Arianna Elizabeth Amanda. Nalini has over thirty-eight years in the teaching profession.

Lent at Epiphany

sharon ashesOur season of Lent begins Wednesday, February 10 at 9:00 am as we observe the Solemn Liturgy and Imposition of Ashes of Ash Wednesday.

During this season of preparation, we will avoid the “A word” (Alleluia) and undertake a journey that carries the promise of an Easter to come. Our worship and service music during Lent will sound in the ancient language of Rite I.

Diocese Meets at Camp McDowell

convention logoWe wish Wells, Leigh, Jimmy, Betty, Jere and Pam a great weekend as they represent us at the convention of the Alabama Diocese at Camp McDowell, “God’s Backyard.” You can read all about the convention on the Alabama Diocese web site.

While they’re away, Senior Warden Mike Harber will lead us in Morning Prayer at 10:30, and we’ll adjourn to the Little House afterward for refreshments. There will be no Sunday School this week.

Epiphany Celebration and Annual Meeting

covered dishSunday, January 3 is Epiphany Sunday. Because Epiphany is also our name, we will do what Episcopalians do best and party down!

Our worship in the nave at 10:30 am will be a Festival Holy Eucharist, and then we’ll adjourn to the Little House for a covered dish lunch. When everyone has eaten his fill, we’ll celebrate the good work we did in 2015, elect Vestry members for the year 2016, and dream and vision together for the year to come.

Then we’ll all go home and take a nap. Can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday?

Wanna see inside?

If you have never been inside our church but just can’t bear to attend an actual flesh-and-blood worship service, here’s your chance. The nave at Epiphany will be open to the public Saturday, December 12 from 10:30 am until 1:00 pm. It’s all part of the Tallassee Tour of Churches, sponsored by the McCraney Cottle Arts Council. Come on by. No snakes, and no sermon. Promise.

The Feast of St Francis and Blessing of the Animals

141005 blessing of the animals 1 for siteYou won’t want to miss the outdoor folk Mass this Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 am. Look for the tent on your right as you drive in. And if you see Jody Jeffcoat of Jeffcoat Funeral Home, tell him thank you for setting up one of his tents for us.

Epiphany will celebrate the Feast of St Francis, which falls this year on the Sunday itself. And of course, in keeping with our tradition, Father Wells invites everyone to bring animals to bless. Lots of the Epiphany folk will bring their dogs, of course. Andy and Betty Stricker will load up trailers for the trek to church; they’re planning to bring their two goats and their tiny horse. So everyone can prepare, there will be no Sunday School this Sunday.

If you cannot bring your pet, feel free to pack a favorite toy, feeding bowl, or other article for Father Wells to bless. We think God understands.

Laura and Michael Williams will not be bringing Piggy this year. At 80 pounds, she’s a little heavy to pick up. Piggy has always had a stubborn streak, and now she has the girth to back it up! Piggy’s loss is Henry’s gain, though. The Williams’ dog will be coming instead.

If you play an instrument, bring it to help with the music. Father Wells says everything’s in G so you only need to play three chords, G, C, and D. Dress for comfort and bring refreshments to serve in the Little House right after the service.

And if you have an extra leash, throw it in the car in case visitors arrive without.

Thank you, Greg!

Dr Greg Dubay is one of those quiet heroes of Epiphany. He makes little noise and is rarely seen, but he makes life better for our flock and for those we serve.

imageMost recently, Greg quietly painted the handrail in front of the Little House. I thought you’d appreciate a chance to read the note he left with the latest delivery of Boost dietary supplement and adult diapers that he left on our doorstep.

If you see Greg, tell him thank you. Whether you see him or not, offer a quick prayer of thanks for Greg and his invaluable service.

We Welcome Bishop Kee Sloan

kee sloan for postWe are delighted to welcome Bishop Kee Sloan to Epiphany on Sunday, May 31. Kee will join us for an informal conversation at 9:30 am in the nave, and then we will prepare for Festival Holy Eucharist at 10:30 as we celebrate Trinity Sunday. After we worship, we will break bread together in the Little House with dinner on the grounds. If you’d like, bring a side dish to share with friends.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with the leader of the Alabama Diocese. We need your presence to make our joy complete!

The Epiphany Banner Show

Did you miss it? Many of us did, when Elizabeth Harber and Sharon Cleary brought out all our banners for a photo op after worship Sunday (of course leaving out the green banner we use for Epiphany and the long green season of Pentecost, because it was hanging). I must confess to seeing four of them for the first time. Pretty cool!

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