An Update from the Building Team
We’ve had a significant change to the construction schedule that we’d like to let you know about.
Due to a variety of factors (including the asbestos abatement, the realization that we needed to replace most of the plumbing in the Parish Hall, and additional repairs to the bay window in the Fireside Room), we’ve had to push back the completion date of the Parish Hall until the end of July. Because we won’t be able to move into the Parish Hall until the first week of August, we can’t start on the Chapel until then too. We need to have a place for the occupants of the lower Chapel hall (the choir and an EELP class) to move to before we can move them out.
However, we can absorb some of this delay by starting on the Church before the Parish Hall/Chapel turnover. Our contractor, Lease Crutcher Lewis, will begin working on the Church on June 1. You may realize already, that this means we will be short our large worship space for the months of June and July. Fortunately, the folks at Epiphany School can make their gym available to us for that period of time, so services previously scheduled to be held in the Great Hall will move to the gym. You can find more details about those specific plans in the Weekly Word and the website as they are solidified.
Because we are starting the work on the Church in June, we expect to occupy it again by the end of November. This means that we are still planning to worship in the Church throughout Advent. We expect that construction in the Chapel will end before Christmas, although the new organ will not be installed at that time. At this time we have not had a conversation with Martin Pasi about his availability to install the organ starting in the middle of December. LCL assures us that we’ll be able to get a Certificate of Occupancy for the Chapel even though the organ is not complete.
Many people have been working diligently for several weeks in order to find the best way to accommodate the changes in the construction schedule, and we are pleased that we were able to achieve consensus around this plan. Everyone who was at the table: Jim Crutcher, Rick, Dai, Russ, and Chauntelle, from LCL; John Nesholm, our architect; Doyt, Emily, and the Building Team all acknowledge that the discussion, while occasionally spirited, was always focused on the our original desire to bring the project in on budget, in scope, and as quickly as possible. We believe that we have achieved that with this plan.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Building Team.
The Next 100 Years Building Team
Ed Emerson, Laura Blackmore, Bob Barnes, Jim Marlow, Ben Bradstreet
Contact the Building Team at email@example.com.
The Legalities and Niceties of Doyt’s Sabbatical
Definition of a Sabbatical: a period of time during which someone does not work at his or her regular job and is able to rest, travel, do research, etc.
Doyt left us for his sabbatical the day after Easter, April 6, and won’t return until sometime the week of August 3. During these months, HE WILL BE GONE FROM EPIPHANY.
Many have asked, “How can we stay in touch? How can we visit him? How can we know what he is doing?” The answer is, WE CAN’T AND SHOULDN’T. Doyt has been granted this time away to be away completely—to rest, pray, travel, and hang out with his family. Our gift to him is to honor this Sabbath.
He has a full agenda planned (typical). He will mostly be gone from Seattle—to Montana, the Holy Land, Cyprus, and Spain. The only way to see him when he is in the Seattle region is to squint when you look at Mt. Rainier. He will be going to church, but not at Epiphany.
I know it may be hard to be separate from our relationship with Doyt as friend and priest, but that is just our lot for the next few months. In fact, his email will be disconnected.
While he is on sabbatical, if you want to get married, he will not marry you. If you want a baptism, he will not baptize you. If you pass away (God forbid), he will not bury you. He loves you, and he will miss you, but for now he is gone. That is the expectation set by the grant given from Eli Lilly, and it is the Vestry’s expectation as well. And we will honor his sabbatical.
We have lots of staff and volunteers who will continue their roles at Epiphany. In Doyt’s absence, Kate will be the Priest-in-Charge. I, Cory, as Senior Warden, will be canonically responsible for all non-worship issues, subject to conferring with Kate and the Vestry. (I don’t expect to have to exercise any independent decisions.)
We love having Doyt in our midst. Please keep Doyt and his family in your prayers while he is gone, and know that he will be praying for all of us as well.
—Cory Carlson, Senior Warden
Registration Is Open for the Women’s Retreat
The Practice of Living with Purpose
Dates: Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17
Location: St. Andrew’s House, Union, WA
Facilitator: The Rev. Kate Wesch
Cost: $225 – Scholarships are available
God calls us into relationship with one another, with God, and with the world in which we live. We are also embarked upon a spiritual journey with the goal of growing our spirit up into our soul. One of the many ways through which we do this is pilgrimage. A pilgrimage can be a once in a lifetime trip to the Holy Land, or it can mean an intentional walk with God each and every day. It is wandering after God. It’s a walk with Jesus, in kingdom territory. It happens on the edges, and edges are exciting places.
You are invited to join other women of Epiphany for a weekend to talk about what it means to engage our senses along the spiritual journey—whether that means paying attention, getting lost, encountering others, saying no, feeling pain, being present, or pronouncing blessing. We hope you can join us.
To pay, you may either include a check with the form (made out to “Epiphany Parish” with “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line) or you may pay online here. (If you pay online, please make sure you still turn in a registration form.)
Scholarships are available! Contact Kate if you need financial assistance.
Thank You for the Easter Baskets!
Thanks to all who donated an Easter basket for the YWCA shelter kids. We had a colorful and varied collection which the kids enjoyed. You made their day a little brighter!
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Lectionary Corner
April 12, 2015
Second Sunday of Easter
1 John 1:1–2:2
Upcoming Events in the Life of Epiphany
This Week at Epiphany
April 16: Animate Your Faith Series
If you weren’t able to participate in the Animate series during Lent, we’re offering it one more time after Easter, to be facilitated by Emily Linderman. Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm for a discussion of some of the biggest questions of faith. It’s $20 to register. Click here for more information.
April 19: An Interior Pilgrimage in Community
Over the course of six weeks, Diana Bender will lead a group in exploring different experiential approaches to prayer and methods for engaging faith in the midst of a variety of life change, large and small. Read more about it here. Contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Events Down the Road
Throughout the rest of spring and summer, the parish is invited to participate in community activities and spiritual practices that will serve as a counterpart to Doyt’s pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. As the are planned Pilgrimage-in-Place events will be posted here.
April 18: Cathedral Day at St. Mark’s
Join us for a day of fun for all ages at your Cathedral. All are invited to gather together in community for fellowship and fun, learning and liturgy and a chance to reach across the Diocese and meet fellow members. Tickets are only $5 with a BBQ lunch included, as well as an opportunity to dunk the Bishop! Click here to register.
May 30: Baseball with the Bishop
Join Bishop Rickel and your fellow Episcopalians for a night of baseball and family fun at Cheney Stadium and to watch the Tacoma Rainiers beat the Round Rock Express. Enjoy a pregame buffet in the Backyard BBQ pavilion, located at the end of the first base concourse, at 4 pm. The game starts at 5:05 pm. Tickets are $25.50 and available here.