Weekly Word for August 4, 2014

July 31st, 2014

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Dear Epiphany,

It has been a very busy couple of weeks on the Epiphany campus. Two weekends ago, it came to our attention that some of our Operation Nightwatch guests were complaining about bug bites after spending the night in Christie House. Based on that knowledge, we called in Eden Pest Control to assess the situation. They suggested that we fumigate the premises. This process will take at least a few weeks and requires us to move our main-floor offices to other locations on the campus. I will be in the Archive Room just down the hall from the Meeting Place. Nicki will be in the Fireside Room. Other staff members will remain upstairs in Christie House. Staff meetings will be in the Music Library (Chorister room).

This is a situation that Operation Nightwatch has encountered before at other locations, and we are working with them to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. Until then the program is on hiatus.

This issue impacts where groups meet on campus. If you are in a group that generally uses Christie House, please contact Nicki before your meeting so she can let you know where you have been relocated.

I’ll keep you posted as we go along, and as always we are grateful for your prayers.



Dear Epiphany,

We continue to firm up details for Phase One and define the scope of Phase Two. In July we reviewed design proposals for the interior finishes of the Parish Hall and lighting fixtures for the Parish Hall and grounds. We completed a site survey of the St. Francis Garden and the Howell St. entrance and met with the Berger Partnership to continue the discussion about the design and materials for those areas. We also have met with our Verger and leaders from the Altar Guild (Diane Carlisle, Sue Cary, and Dabney Youtz) regarding their needs for the renovated sacristies and related spaces.

—Ben Bradstreet

The Next 100 Years Building Team
Ed Emerson, Laura Blackmore, Bob Barnes, Jim Marlow, Ben Bradstreet
Contact the Building Team at 100yearproject@epiphanyseattle.org.


Help YWCA resident teenagers get ready for school! Epiphany has committed to supply 60 fully supplied backpacks to start the new school year. Each student will receive:

1 backpack (teenager appropriate!)
1.5” 3-ring binder
8 tab dividers for binder
4 spiral notebooks, college rule, 70 ct.
1 pack filler paper, college rule, 120 ct.
1 pack ruled index cards, 100 ct., white, 3”x5”
1 box No. 2 pencils, 12/pk
1 box colored pencils, 12/pk
3 medium-point blue or black pens
6 highlighters, chisel-tip, assorted colors
1 fabric pencil case w/3 grommets, 10”x6”
1 glue stick, .28 oz
2 spools of tape, invisible, .75”x1296”
1 pencil sharpener, double barrel
1 box facial tissue
1 USB flash drive

If you’d like to help out, just follow these two simple steps:

  1. Purchase donations and bring them to the back of the church by August 17. You can provide:
    • A fully provisioned backpack or
    • Some of the items list above or
    • A monetary donation to help us pay for a backpack.
  2. Send Ann McCurdy a list of what you are donating. It really helps us keep track of what we have.

Thanks for helping us reach our goal!


Dear Epiphany,

I am pleased to introduce Amanda Eap to those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to meet her yet. We are blessed by Amanda’s work ethic, enthusiasm, friendly spirit, and ownership of her new role after just a few Sundays “on the job.” What a gift to have her personality and leadership in the Great Hall on Sunday mornings! If you haven’t introduced yourself yet, please warmly welcome her to her new role at Epiphany.

—Emily, Associate for Staff and Ministry Formation

Amanda Eap was born in Seattle and grew up in Kent, WA. She is currently going to school to become a registered nurse at Seattle Central Community College. Afterwards she plans on getting her Bachelor of Science degree at Seattle Pacific University. Amanda started working at Epiphany in July 2012 as a nursery attendant. Now she is transitioning into the role of Hospitality and Security Coordinator. Her duties include providing security for the church building and grounds, as well as hospitality for Sunday Coffee Hour and special church events.

Outside of Epiphany, Amanda volunteers and is employed part-time at Aljoya Retirement Homes as a receptionist, barista, and food server. Amanda enjoys outdoorsy activities, running marathons, having field days with family, traveling, and reading.


We are now accepting enrollments for our Education for Ministry (EfM) program, which is starting back up in September. For nine months, a group of 6 to 12 people gathers once a week with a mentor to discuss lessons they have read during the week, engage in theological reflection on the Christian tradition and their own experiences, and worship together. The weekly lessons come from content taught at the School of Theology at the University of the South.

EfM is a four-year program featuring a year of study on each of the following: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Perspectives. It is a wonderful way to build relationships with others and to feel supported as you explore your own perspectives on scripture and our tradition.

There is a $350 fee to participate, and scholarships are available. The time commitment is a weekly meeting of two and a half hours, as well as a couple hours a week of reading. If you are interested, please reach out to Charissa Bradstreet.


What I have to say here is not nearly as dramatic as the title above; I just wanted to get everyone’s attention. Starting on September 2, we will be introducing a new monthly newsletter and a combined weekly email as the standard communication avenues within the parish. I want to give everyone a heads-up because the shift will involve some shuffling of email lists, schedules, and deadlines. But have no fear, I’ll be sure to communicate as best I can what to expect and how to change your mailing status if you desire. Look for more information in the September 2 issue.

In the meantime, I am accepting submissions for possible names of the new monthly newsletter. “The Monthly Word” is the most obvious choice, but perhaps too obvious? I’m curious to hear what you all would like to call it. Send title ideas and any questions or concerns you have to communications@epiphanyseattle.org.

—Judy Naegeli

New Submission Deadlines

The new monthly newsletter will arrive in homes near the 1st of every month. Content submissions are due on the 15th for the next issue. Weekly emails will go out on Friday mornings and include the weekend’s events, a meditation, the prayer list, and other stories of interest. Content submissions are due by Wednesday afternoons.


Fall Kick-Off Picnic
On September 7, catch up with old friends, meet new ones, take a jump in the bouncy castle, get a henna tattoo, and enjoy great food. The party will range from the Great Hall to the courtyard to the playground. Look for more details closer to the picnic!

As always, we can use your help before, during, and after the event. Please contact Mary Anne Howard to volunteer.

Summer Play Dates
August 9 & 23
A chance beyond coffee hour for children and parents to gather. Join Epiphany families at the Epiphany School “Chips” Playground at 10 am for an unrushed and informal play time. No need to RSVP; just come!

Back-to-Sunday-School Gathering
Sunday, August 24 at 4-6pm (Parish Hall)
An informational meeting about our Sunday School program and what to expect in the coming year as we embark on The Next Hundred Years’ Building Project. Field games and activities for children will be led by Epiphany’s youth group. Dinner will be provided.

Look for a Evite from Elizabeth Walker or just email her at sundayschool@epiphanyseattle.org

Visual Journey Exhibition
Our very own Lauren Riker is a featured artist in a photography exhibit on Bainbridge Island in August. You may have seen her photo collages in the Great Hall, but now she’s co-headlining her own show with photographer Becky Gibson. The exhibit runs from August 1–30. Click here for more info.

Bainbridge Public Library
1270 Madison Ave. N, 98110


August 10, 2014
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
1 Kings 19:9–18
Psalm 85:8–13
Romans 10:5–15
Matthew 14:22–33

August 17, 2014
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Isaiah 56:1, 6–8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1–2a, 29–32
Matthew 15:(10–20), 21–28


To view the prayer list, download the PDF version.