THE CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY
THE STAR December 2016
FROM FATHER ANDREW...
Advent Calendar WHO WE ARE: The Church of the Epiphany is one of 181 parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, which is one of 110 dioceses in The Episcopal Church (USA), one of 44 member churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion. INSIDE ISSUE:
Blue Christmas service Calendar
Altar Guild Meeting
Soup & Bread Luncheon Shrine Mont Committee
Caroling at WMC Poinsettias Stewardship
Foster Kids Christmas
Christmas Eve Schedule Worship Leaders
Change of address Sympathy Days of Blessings
Just the Facts
He will come like last leaf's fall. One night when the November wind as flayed the trees to the bone, and earth wakes choking on the mould, the soft shroud's folding. He will come like frost. One morning when the shrinking earth opens on mist, to find itself arrested in the net of alien, sword-set beauty. He will come like dark. One evening when the bursting red December sun draws up the sheet and penny-masks its eye to yield the star-snowed fields of sky. He will come, will come, will come like crying in the night, like blood, like breaking, as the earth writhes to toss him free. He will come like child. By Rowan Williams
The Bishop is Visiting... On January 8th our parish will be hosting the Bishop for a special visit. We will be celebrating the new ministry of Father Andrew as our rector and we will also be presenting some of our youth for confirmation. The schedule for January 8th will be different, so please mark your calendars. We will be holding only one service, at 2:30 PM. The two regular services will not be held. We hope you all can attend this special day as we officially welcome our new rector, and celebrate this important milestone for our teenagers
Blue Christmas Service
For many people, the holidays can be a difficult time of year. They can remind us of loved ones we have lost and other tragic events that have happened in our lives.
Karen Holden Clement Wani Patty White
On Wednesday, December 21st at 6:30 pm we will be holding a “Blue Christmas” Eucharist. This will be a more reflective, and somber worship setting.
who were elected for a 3 year term on the Vestry starting in January 2017!
All are welcomed.
December Parish Calendar
Altar Guild Meeting & Polishing the Brass! Saturday, December 17th @ 10:00 AM in the parish hall kitchen! We will meet with Father Andrew and go over changes and answer any questions you may have. I urge all members to be here for this meeting. We will have coffee and donuts! We are always willing to train anyone who is interested in this special housekeeping for God.
Just let us know!
Worship Committee would like to let you know that you are invited to announce requests for prayers during the service, just before the Prayers of the People begin. This is one more way to help us know who may need help and prayers, especially those that come up after the bulletin has been printed.
Soup & Bread Luncheon! After the Children’s Pageant, Sunday, December 18th, we will have our annual ‘Soup & Bread Luncheon’. Touch base with Beth Lassiter, 756-1540, if you are willing to make a pot of soup or can bring some bread. Hope to see y’all here!
Shrine Mont Committee is selling Epiphany Christmas ornaments for $5.00 for the next two Sundays, December 11 & 18.
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Episcopal Church Has been rescheduled for December 18th at 9:15 in the parlor.
Caroling at Westminster Canterbury Do you like to sing Christmas carols? Join us immediately following the soup & bread luncheon on December 18 as we leave to carol to our members at Westminster Canterbury who are no longer able to attend services at Epiphany. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex to help us plan this event. Our Youth Choir will play handchimes, but all of our voices are needed to share in singing these carols. No talent needed—just the love of a good carol and of our Epiphany family at Westminster Canterbury!
Thank You! Time to order Poinsettias or give to the Banner fund!
The mitten/glove and hat tree is already up and needs some donated items to fill its branches. Gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and socks would make many have a warmer winter season this year.
Cost is $15.00. Let me know who it is in memory of or thanksgiving for and whether Poinsettia or Banner Fund. Deadline is December 21st
Deadline for getting them on the tree is December 13th.
“Stewardship” The Stewardship Committee did not meet in November, meetings will resume in December. The Stewardship Committee wishes to thank those parishioners that have already turned in their pledge card for 2017. As of November 13th, 54 pledge cards had been returned. Pledges for current expenses is $158,502 and for building expenses $20,110 for a total of $178,612. If you have not turned in your pledge card yet please place it in the offering plate or you can give it to Lucy.
You may have noticed the large jar in the parish hall. This is our blessings jar. If you have a blessing that you would like to share we are asking that you write it down and drop it in the jar. This can be anonymous if you so choose. We would like to have the jar full on New Year’s Eve. Ann Henderson – Stewardship Chair
Stewardship “The most expensive vehicle to operate, per mile, is a shopping cart.” – Brian Kluth Years ago I read this quote in a financial devotional and it has stuck with me. We are all called to be good stewards of our time, and money. The end of another year is rapidly approaching which means we are entering the time of Holidays. As you read this newsletter you are most likely still recovering from Thanksgiving. Many of us traveled or entertained guest (sometimes both) and we may have eaten a wee bit too much. Then just as the last Thanksgiving leftover is eaten it is time to start preparing for Christmas. Many people spent the day after Christmas shopping for gifts. As you prepare for Christmas this year remember that you are a steward for all the God has given you and prayerfully consider your purchases during this season. I love finding that perfect gift for everyone on my Christmas list but as I have gotten older I find the shopping is not as important to me as keeping Christ at the center of my Christmas plans. Spending time with my family is much more important than what is wrapped up under the tree. My Christmas wish for each of you is a blessed, safe and merry Christmas and Happy New Year, surrounded by family and friends. Merry Christmas, Ann
Henrico Foster Children Christmas Program Thanks to all of the congregation members who participated in filling most all of the Christmas gifts for these two families. There were a few items we did not purchase, but extra gift cards should help them with a later purchase. Deadline for getting the gifts & gift cards in for these two families is Sunday, December 11th. You can drop them off with Lucy, but need to check to see when she is in the office. Please wrap gifts and make sure you identify who the gifts are going to. Again, thank you for continuing to help the less fortunate in our community. Gray Corbett, Outreach chair
Thank You!! Due to your kindness and generous support Epiphany was able to provide 33 Thanksgiving boxes to HEARTH to distribute a thanksgiving meal to those who would not be able to have one otherwise. Thank you again for your generous support!
Volunteers needed for the St. Francis Memorial Garden
When the St. Francis Memorial Garden was established by the Church of the Epiphany’s Vestry in the mid-1980s, a founding goal was to keep the Garden “maintained in keeping with its natural settings.” Cool, windy weather is fast approaching with its abundance of falling leaves, limbs, and twigs, and volunteers are needed to help maintain that natural setting. If you would like to volunteer to help keep the Garden neat and clean, please sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board in the hall way or call Jan Lawrence at 804 393-1170.
Christmas Eve Schedule 4:00 PM—Family Holy Eucharist Reader: Randy Holden Chalice: Harrison Higgins 10:30 PM —Festive Holy Eucharist Readers: Gray Corbett, Buddy Dunn Prayers: Buddy Dunn Chalice: Gray Corbett, Harrison Higgins Acolytes: All Acolytes 7
Worship Leaders for December 10:30 Ushers: Jeff Pegram, Randy Holden, Brent Crawford Counter: Karen Holden December 18 —Advent 4
December 4— Advent 2 Altar Guild:
Susan Josenhans, Barbara Johnson
Jean Riddick, Debbie Crawford
8:15—Holy Eucharist Usher:
8:15—Holy Eucharist Usher:
B.J. Mills, Buddy Dunn
Buddy Dunn, Harrison Higgins
10:30 AM—Children’s Pageant & Holy Eucharist
10:30 AM—Holy Eucharist Lessons:
David tuck, Harrison Higgins
Zack Nixon, Camryn Whittlesey, Makenzie Lawrence, Bailey Nixon
Lucas Couturier, Gift Elionai, Kayleigh Gilbert, Logan Abernathy
Jeff Pegram, Buddy Dunn
Gray Coarbett, Mary Sam Abernathy
Gail Wood, Patty White, Christine Couturier
December 25—Christmas Day
December 11—Advent 3 Altar Guild:
Dottie Strabley, Lucy Whitlock, Lauryn Boyd
8:15 AM—Holy Eucharist
10:30 AM—Holy Eucharist Lessons:
Jeri Anne Townley, Cheri Blackwell
Herb Williams, Harrison Higgins
Austin White, Will Craver, Sam Tucker, Camille Wood
Carol Campus, Susan Josenhans
Kathy Jimerson, Melba Shumaker, Pam Pegram ONLY ONE SERVICE @ 8:15 AM
8:15—Holy Eucharist Usher:
Gail Wood, Karen Holden, Sandy Ruder
Gail Wood, Dwight Ludwig, Scott Blackwell
Want to go to Brunch in January? Lunch Bunch will not be going out to lunch in December. We will start back up the third Sunday, in January, Sunday, January 15th, after the 10:30 AM service we will be going as a group to Yen Ching, 9033 W. Broad Street . If you are interested in going, contact Jeannie Riddick, 264-0935 or call the office, 266-2503.
Change of Address:
Thank you to all the members of Epiphany who contribute to the UTO (United Thank Offering) on October 16th. We were able to send $286 to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and the United Thank Offering Board to be given in UTO grants.
Cory, Jessica, Trevor Isemann 9600 Dove Hollow Lane Glen Allen, VA 23060 Cory cell (804) 519-7267 Jessica cell (804) 387-5361 Betty Fore 1600 Westbrook Ave. PHC 9139 Richmond, VA 23227 Phone: (804) 261-5139
Lay Pastoral Care! If you or someone you know is in need of non-emergency pastoral care, please call the church office, 266-2503 and leave a message for Lay Pastoral Care—Phone Mail Box 5.
December Vestry Meeting
Please include your name and phone number and your call will be returned within the next day or two.
will be held on December 20th @ 6:30 PM in the parlor.
Sympathy The prayers and sympathy of the congregation are extended to Crystal Sarvay and Jessica Isemann & families on the death of their father/grandfather, Jack Patterson, on Saturday, November 26th. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
Days of Blessing in December
Happy Birthday Dec. 1
Dec. 3 Dec. 6 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 10 Dec. 12 Dec. 15 Dec. 18 Dec. 19
Sandy Ruder Cora Ann Whitlock Pierce Carter Mitchell Mick Whittlesey Tad Blackburn Hunter Mitchell Betty Fore Rachel Young Eli Nicholas Back Chris Tignor Grace Gabriella Schulte Tim Shephard Vivien Mitchell Drew Gilbert Sarah Jenkins Diana Stone Linda Whitlock
Dec. 20 Dec. 23 Dec. 25 Dec. 28 Dec. 30
Emma Blackburn Hope Marie Schulte Nancy Sonne Christine Williams Hana Elionai Noel Elionai Ava Whittlesey
Happy Anniversary Dec. 6 Dec. 19 Dec. 27
Marty & Vivien Mitchell Randy & Nancy Tucker Ray & Charlotte Lovelace Cory & Jessica Isemann Chris & Sandy Tignor Gray & Frosine Corbett
Standing in the Need of Prayer Those who are ill or have special needs: New to the Prayer List: Brian Rojas—son-in-law of George & Joy Baynes, Norma Hanko—Lucy Whitlock’s mother Parishioners: Dot Hudson, Dottie Strabley, Bob Jimerson, Carol Burley, Sarah Jenkins, Mike Young, Carolyn Hager, Michael Whittlesey, Lydia Callaway, Ina Stickel, Jeannie Riddick, Martha Jenkins, Kathy Nicholas, Chuck Strabley;
Homebound: Peggy Adleman, Betty Fore, Sarah Fore, Ray Hampton, Ray Lovelace, Connie Neal, Marietta Spring, Juliet Wynne; Family & Friends: Mary Stockdell—daughter-in-law of Susan Josenhans, Rick Lawrence —Jan Lawrence’s son, Luke Murphy—Ray & Charlotte Lovelace’s great-grandson, James McCoy—Sue Rasmussen’s friend, Mary Anna Phillips—friend of Sue Rasmussen, Karen Rood—sister of Jeri Anne Townley, Andy & Carolyn Holden —Randy Holden’s parents, Joe Serrano—John & Diana Stone’s nephew, Hope Lineberry—Cheryl Lineberry’s granddaughter, Suzanne Scary— Chuck Strabley’s niece, Lelo Russell—Denise Russell’s mother-in-law, Dave Holsapple—friend of Stacy Mitchell, Tim Blackburn—Tad Blackburn’s father, Erica—friend of Patty White, Murielle Bazuzi—sister-in-law of Frosine Corbett, Raymond Wodarski— friend of Johnny Stone, Kitty Jones—neighbor of John & Diana Stone, Bonnie Perdue—friend of Anne Hampton, Macy F. Doherty—Mom of Megan Nixon, Sawyer Perkins—friend of Maura & Cora Whitlock, Cass Lawrence—Aggie Gallagher’s brother, Ricky Simmons—brother-in-law of Mike Nicholas, Michael Abraham & Lila Mickel Fischer — cousins of Sandy Ruder & Denise Russell, Mary Meyer—friend of B.J. Mills, Paul Brooks— Anita Williams nephew, Darlene Swink—niece of Irene Morris, Patricia Barber—friend of Karen Holden.
Those Serving in the Armed Forces especially: Matt Guyer, Amanda Hoffert, Benjamin Hoffert, Patrick Lineberry, Caitlin Mitchell, Bryan Murphy, Billy Tucker, Andrew Smith and Tyler Watts.
Prayers for the departed: Jack Patterson (Crystal Sarvay’s father & Jessica Isemann’s grandfather)
Just the Facts: Leadership and Contact Information at Church of the Epiphany Office address: 8000 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23228 Phone: 804-266-2503 [email protected]
Father Andrew Reinholz, Rector
804 266-2503 office
(Pastoral care) 1 610-780-1420 (cell)
The Rev. Deacon Harrison Higgins, IV, Deacon
804 355-5501 (Cell)
Lucy Whitlock, Office Administrator
Anita Williams, Music Director Timon Kenyi, Sexton
Vestry Buddy Dunn, Senior Warden
Irene Temple, Junior Warden
Marty Shephard, Treasurer Scott Blackwell, Register Buddy Dunn (2016)
Irene Temple (2016)
Patty White (2016) Gray Corbett (2017)
Susan Josenhans (2017)
Jeff Pegram (2017) Mary Sam Abernathy (2018) Scott Blackwell (2018) Carol Campus (2018)
Office Hours : Lucy is in the office Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Call before stopping by to make sure someone is here to let you in.
May the light of God’s blessing, like the Epiphany star, always guide you on the path toward Him.