G I V I N G
‘To him to whom much is given much is expected.” (Luke 12:48)
Have you ever heard that Bible passage? It is a variation on the theme I preached about last Sunday. To review: God designed the world so that the manner by which we love our neighbor happens when we use our skills and passions to meet their needs. Some people are good at things that others are not good at, and vice versa. Everyone was made with the capacity to love God through service to their neighbor.
Now, in the Kingdom of God, some people were given great wealth and treasure so they can give it away as a means of loving God in service of their neighbor. We, the Epiphany community, have great wealth and treasure. Yes, some have more than others. True. But net, most folks at Epiphany are doing better than most other folks in the world. Our Service and Outreach team has done us the service of linking our wealth with others’ need. We have.They need. Perfect symbiotic relationship. And here is the side benefit: we give in a spirit of celebration.
Have A Heart is the event each year where we raise money for those who have a need, while putting on a rocking party. Everyone in the parish comes. The evening begins with Evensong, then we move into the Great Hall for a celebration. Maybe we tie the Have A Heart fundraiser with a party because we know God loves a joyful giver (2 Cor 9:7).
When we were on pilgrimage in the Holy Land this past month, we visited Princess Basma hospital in East Jerusalem. It is a rehabilitation center for children born with unique physical challenges. As we were moving from one remarkable room to another we wandered down a hall with big block tiles affixed to the wall. It was a donor wall, and on one of those tiles was beautifully written: EPIPHANY PARISH OF SEATTLE. We paid for the remodel of their kitchen two years ago with money raised at Have A Heart. Thank you… that is what they kept saying to us on the tour… Thank you. Can you imagine? It felt backwards. No, we said, thank you for your amazing work. Thank you for using your skills and talents to serve these blessed children. Thank you. Thank you. And it just circled around like that: Thank you. No, thank you. No, thank you.
And so I am inviting you to come to Have A Heart on February 11. Your presence at the party makes it more of a family celebration. I am asking you to write a big check or make a big donation. Your money matters in a significant way. And finally, and maybe this is even the biggest ask… INVITE SOMEONE TO JOIN YOU. Maybe it is a newcomer you just met at the church this past Sunday. Host them. Your capacity to navigate Epiphany is the gift you have that you can give a neighbor trying to find their way.
I am often asked how much we are trying to raise? The answer is as much as we can. There is no amount too large. The need is endless, which is a blessing for us. We will always have a neighbor to whom we can reach out with a material blessing. These neighbors are the gift God gave us to help us express our generosity and the wild, wonderful abundance that God has poured into our lives.
Thank you, and I’ll see you at Have A Heart on February 11.
Notes from the Annual Meeting
For those of you who missed the Annual Meeting, here are two slides from Doyt’s talk. The Annual Meeting is a chance for the congregation to stop for a moment to take a look at our collective, institutional health and life. Over the next few weeks we will be including some of the slides from the presentation in the Weekly Word. If you have any questions please contact Doyt.
First Sunday Brunch
Sunday, February 4 at 10 am in the Great Hall
See old friends, make new friends.
On the first Sunday of every month, join us in the Great Hall for brunch during Everybody Hour at 10 am. Our parish may be spread across four different celebrations of Eucharist on any given Sunday, but this brunch is meant to be your opportunity to catch up with everybody. Pick up your name tag and get Church Life on your phone.
The Women’s Retreat Group is hosting the Brunch. Looking forward to bagels, cream cheese, lox, onions, etc; and sweet breads, eggs, and more! Gluten free available.
Can you help at Have a Heart, Sunday, February 11?
Have a Heart planners would love to have your help. We’ll be doing some food prep, set up, and decorating the Saturday afternoon before the event. Sunday afternoon will have more of the same. We are also looking for people to work during the event (tending bar and staffing the pay stations) and to help with cleanup afterward. If you can offer your time and talent or have any questions, please contact Ann Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Holly Boone (email@example.com). Thank you!
Willing to donate a bottle or two?
Have a Heart planners are collecting bottles of better-than-average wine for the evening’s “Cork Pull” drawing. Please consider donating a favorite wine to this fun event. You can drop your gift by the parish office or bring it Sunday to coffee hour. We gratefully ask that each bottle have a retail value of at least $20-please, no “Two-Buck Chuck!” And please put your name on it so we can thank you properly!
Questions? Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much!
Mardi Gras Pancake Supper
February 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Great Hall
On Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, enjoy some pancakes and bacon before Lent. Pancake supper provided by Ben Bradstreet’s group, the 1976 World Champion Cincinnati Reds. No tickets, just a free-will donation.
8 am in the Chapel or 7:30 pm in the Church (with Schola Choir)
10:30 service at Parkshore
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you will return.”
On Ash Wednesday we are reminded of our humanity with these simple words and the imposition of ashes on our foreheads as we begin the season of Lent. Join us for a Holy Eucharist service followed by the opportunity to participate in the Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession) with one of our priests.
Ash Wednesday Service for Children and Imposition of Ashes
5 pm in the Great Hall
This Ash Wednesday service for children will include the imposition of the Ashes, as well as a read-aloud and brief sermon for preschool and elementary-aged children and their families. The service will be informal, short, and appropriate for even the youngest children.
Lent starts Wednesday, February 14. Click here to download a poster with Practices & Activities for Lent.
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SAVE THE DATE!
Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp
July 9-13, 2018 from 1-4 pm
Registration information coming soon!
Fifth Sunday After Epiphany
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
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