Discernment Corner: Where is God tugging on you?
Hello! Welcome to a new monthly column about discernment at Epiphany! Each month we’ll explore a topic or tool that might help spark a new way of listening to what God may be saying to you. You haven’t heard me talk much about discernment lately because since June 2016 my husband Louis, son Tieran, and I have been traveling and living abroad (in Spain near Santiago de Compestela). I visited holy sites from Indonesia to Kazakhstan to Canterbury; I walked the Camino de Santiago, went to Taize in France and completed our time in Europe with a blessing at the shrine at Canterbury Cathedral. These experiences have deepened my connection to God and filled me with stories to share! I’m so happy to be back with you at Epiphany and excited to be re-engaging in my work with our community around the topic of discernment!
So first, what the heck is discernment? Discernment is a bit of a fancy church word, but it basically means trying to figure out how the gifts God has given you fit into your current life and environment. (Remember Doyt’s ‘Pearl of Great Price’ sermon from the end of July?) Discernment can also mean engaging God somehow in decisions you face in your life, family, community or profession.
People talk about a “calling” sometimes, as if God is speaking directly to them and telling them to do some specific thing. It’s lovely when that happens, but these days I think it’s pretty rare for God to actually talk to us with words we hear in our heads. That said, there are a LOT of ways we can see or feel or hear God showing up to give us direction, whether that’s in prayer or the words of our friends and family or even in a sermon that has a phrase you just can’t shake from your mind. I think it’s about tuning your expectations and looking at your life with a frame that welcomes God’s input. It’s often hard to do alone, which is why I love small groups so much. A small group or friends and family can be great sounding boards to confirm or clarify a tug of change or a direction in a big decision.
Sometimes the decision you are facing is REALLY big or is actually more of a life transition than an actual decision. Or maybe you are just feeling like you aren’t in a place of joy and love in your life, but want to be! Attending to these kinds of moments is where Discernment Groups can be super helpful. They can facilitate your spiritual journey and help you engage more fully with the Divine as you ponder transition, big decisions, or just an incoherent yearning. I will be starting a Discernment Group at Epiphany in early October. We typically meet six times at a convenient time for all group members, working through a series of activities and experiences that facilitate discernment. You can share as much or as little as you like with the group. It’s another way to put yourself in the way of God.
I also ask Discernment Group members to attend one of my short classes on Discernment, which will be available this fall as well, if you haven’t already attended one.
Let me know if you have questions about discernment, are interested in attending a discernment class or joining a Discernment Group! You can leave a note for me in the office, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-459-9140. You can find me at the 11:00 am service most Sundays (though sometimes we go to the 5).
I look forward to discerning with you!
New Affinity Group Starting
20s/30ish at Epiphany
Friday, August 18 from 6 to 9 pm in the Fireside Room
Contact Joseph O’Berry
Help Needed for Madrona K-8 Playground Facelift
This Sunday, August 20th from 1 pm to 5 pm
Our mission is to paint new lines and patterns on the asphalt for the new playground at Madrona K-8 School. The PTA will provide designs chalked onto the fresh asphalt as well as paint and other supplies. There will also be some gardening chores on the side (moving wood chips, etc. to prepare for equipment installation). We just need to provide the muscle!
Are you ready to serve?
Sunday Ministry Opportunities Information Session
August 31 at 7 pm in the Chapel
Join the Rev. Doyt Conn and Verger Diane Carlisle to learn about the many opportunities to serve your church on Sundays. Learn how serving can magnify your soul through practicing the Spiritual Disciplines. Email Diane at email@example.com to let us know you are coming.
Annual All Clean Day
September 9 from 9 am to noon
All Clean is an opportunity to come together with other parishioners and spruce up our campus in anticipation of Fall Kickoff Sunday the next day. There is silver to be polished, dusting and light maintenance work to be done, windows to be washed, and much much more! Come help us get the campus sparkly clean and looking its best. This promises to be a fun time of fellowship and service. Lunch will be served to participants at noon. Please email Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Everybody Hour Information Session
Epiphany, a 500 Year Old Church
Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
What is the oldest church you have been in? What thoughts did it provoke, what feelings did it stir? Doyt will open our fall forum series with reflections on our common spiritual journey by exploring who we are and where we are being called as a church. He will share what is happening in this time of transition and cast a vision for where God is calling us – and above all, open the floor to any reflections or questions you all may have on your hearts.
Music Director Search Update
The Music Director Search Committee is hosting a series of interactive sessions this Fall in which we invite parishioners to share experiences with music at Epiphany and ideas about how the music program might evolve and grow.
Committee members will also describe the search process, timeline, and the core competencies of our ideal applicant. Upcoming Everybody Hour sessions will be on September 24, October 1, and October 22, each in the Garden Room. In addition, we are scheduling sessions with many ministries and small groups.
We invite all to come help shape the future of music at Epiphany. Questions?
The Search Committee can be reached at: email@example.com.
Sherman Griffin, Chair, Music Director Search Committee
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Chorister season!
September brings the beginning of our youth programming year at Epiphany Parish – we invite your children to sing to the glory of God in our Choristers program!
Our Choristers are ministers of music at Epiphany. Your singers learn proper vocal technique, musicianship, ear training & sight reading, liturgy, and so much more.
Mr. O’Berry and Mrs. Yarnell look forward to the formation of our young musicians!
4 pm – 4:55 pm
Ages Kindergarten and Up
Dinner: 5 pm – 5:30 pm
A family-style dinner where CITs and Choristers can come together in community
5:30 – 6:45pm
Ages 3rd grade and above eligible
5:30 pm – 7:15 pm
6th grade and above eligible
Please contact Kathea Yarnell with any inquiries at
We Need only 7 More Backpacks
for YWCA Teenagers by Sunday, August 20th!
Help YWCA resident teenagers get ready for school! Epiphany has committed to supply 100 fully supplied backpacks to start the new school year. Each teenager in need will receive:
2017 GENERAL BACKPACK SUPPLY LIST
1 backpack (teenager appropriate!)
4 spiral notebooks, college rule, 70 ct.
1 filler paper, college rule, 120/ct.
1 package 8-tab dividers for binder
1.5″ 3-ring binder
1 fabric pencil case w/3 grommets, 10″ x 6″
1 box #2 pencils, 12/pk
1 box colored pencils, 12/pk
3 medium blue or black pens
1 package 6 highlighters, chisel-tip, assorted colors
1 index cards, 3″x 5″, ruled, 100 ct., white
1 glue stick, .28 oz
2 tape, invisible, ¾” x 1296″
1 sharpener, double barrel
1 USB Flash Drive
*To make giving easy… click here to donate online.
How can you help? It’s easy-just two simple steps!
1. Purchase your donations and bring them to the office by August 20.
You can provide either:
a. A fully provisioned backpack, or
b. Some of the items listed above, or
c. It takes approximately $75.00 to complete a backpack and donations in any amount are welcome.
2. Email Jennifer Alviar (firstname.lastname@example.org) with what you will donate.
This really helps us keep track and not have too much of one item and too little of another.
Help us reach our goal of 100 backpacks!
SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Kickoff Picnic
September 10 – 12:15 pm in the Epiphany Gardens
1. Gumbo provided by Blueacre Catering
2. Bouncy House
3. Henna Tattoos
4. Opportunity to pick up your nametag ($5.00) or order one
5. Pictures taken for the directory
6. Get Church Life on your phone (our online calendar and directory)
Don’t miss it!
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28
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