Weekly Word for February 26, 2016

February 26th, 2016

Blessing and Going Forward

Dear Epiphany,

Four hundred and fifty-three people attended Windows and Doors: A Celebration of Have a Heart and the Restoration of the Church. What a night!

I was distracted for a moment as soon as the introit began. As I sat in the celebrant’s chair and considered all of you and all of the faithful souls who have been at Epiphany these past 106 years, my soul sort of scattered. A thousand little things tugged upon me, as if to hear the thousands of voices that have sung here, as if to hold the thousands of hands that have served here, as if to feel the thousands of prayers that have been said here. God has put us together, standing in a stream of humanity that chooses to praise God and follow Jesus at the church called Epiphany. Throughout the service I shut my eyes, and the words, prayers, and songs that I heard seemed to lift from pews and chancel to resonate as one. The echo reached into the past and beckoned to the future. The buildings are renovated and restored (thanks to your generosity), and we are still Epiphany—still a people committed to worship, spiritual formation, and loving our neighbor. We are neither done, nor are we getting started. We are just being, faithfully. The Kingdom of God is not about goals; it is about authenticity of self. It is about wholeness, health of soul, and holiness of life.

Our community is full of role models. I think of Diane Carlisle and her conversion story. I think of Charley Bush whose legacy I remember every Friday night when I pray for the homeless men who sleep at Christie House. I think of Gary Sundem and his steady leadership as our treasurer these past eight years. I think of Holly Boone who my Dad, while on pilgrimage with Epiphany in the Holy Land this past February, called “rock solid.” These are but a few of the many and growing authentic people in our community seeking holiness of life as followers of Jesus.

That is what happens at this outpost of the Kingdom of God, and that is what was so beautifully appreciated this past Sunday night. Thank you to the multitudes that brought this event into the fullness of being.

As the water of Epiphany moves you downstream, consider coming to one of the Tour & Fireside Chats that I am leading this March and April (stay tuned for more info). What I have found in our community conversations is a power and peace that reveals God’s blessing. Join me in this experience of grace, guidance, and revelation.

—Doyt+

You are Making Have a Heart a Great Success!

Dear Epiphany,

Thank you everyone who gave at Have a Heart this past Sunday in support of Epiphany’s outreach ministries! The preliminary numbers look great—you generous folks have given more than $46,000! But we don’t think we’re through counting yet. We believe some additional gifts will come in to put us even closer to our target of $60,000.

If you haven’t given yet, please know that your gift still matters—a lot! As with the 100 Year Capital Campaign and annual stewardship pledging, the true measure of Have a Heart’s success is 100% participation by the whole parish. Please help make this event truly and wonderfully successful by participating in our parish’s work in the world beyond our doors and windows.

At coffee hour this Sunday, we invite you to look over the colorful cards on a window in the Great Hall. Then pick one or several, fill out some payment information on the back, and give them to one of the Service and Outreach team members standing by to accept your gift and answer questions you might have. And of course you can always give online through the parish website.

We hope the cards give you a glimpse of the kind of blessing your gift might be to a desperately poor child in Haiti, a senior or young person surviving on the streets, or a struggling family in Seattle. No matter where you choose to give, please remember that you are really giving not to this or that nonprofit. You’re really giving to the men, women, and children these organizations serve. On their behalf, we thank you.

If you have any questions about making a gift, please feel free to contact me.

—Holly Boone

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When we pilgrims from Epiphany recently visited the Princess Basma Center for Disabled Children in East Jerusalem, we weren’t allowed to photograph the children and mothers, but these images tell a lot. Princess Basma is just one of the many organizations you support with your gifts to Have a Heart.

New Class: Listening with the Heart

The first session of this class on March 1 will be an informational meeting for you to find out more before committing to the class. Contact Carmen Hoffman with questions.
Listening Flyer

You’re Invited to Further Support Wellspring Family Services

Charissa Bradstreet is hosting a table at the 2016 Powerful Change Luncheon to benefit one of our local ministry partners, Wellspring Family Services. Anyone interested in hearing more about this organization that helps families triumph over trauma is invited to join Charissa at the Epiphany table on Thursday, March 17, at noon at the Sheraton Hotel. You’ll hear stories from former clients and the president, Ruthann Howell. If you have questions, you can email Charissa.

Find more information about the luncheon and register here.

Parish Prayer List

Click here to download this week’s prayer list.

Sunday Lectionary Corner

February 28, 2016
Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 3:1–15
1 Corinthians 10:1–13
Luke 13:1–9
Psalm 63:1–8

Upcoming Events in the Life of Epiphany

Click here to view the calendar on the website.

This Week at Epiphany

February 28: Adult Forum – Not in God’s Name, Part 1
Join the Rev. Doyt Conn in the Great Hall at 10–10:45 am to study the book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. There are a few copies of Not in God’s Name in the Christie House Library to borrow, or you can buy yourself a copy to read beforehand. This is the first in a series of three forums.

March 1: Listening with the Heart
Father Peter Snow and Carmen Hoffman will teach a method of mutual support that evokes emotional growth and deepens spiritual awareness. This is taught as an adjunct to the work we do on Sundays as we meet in prayer, listen to scripture, and receive the Eucharist. They will teach eight sessions held weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm in the Orthodox Chapel (Christie House Basement). Registration is required. The first session on March 1 will be an informational meeting for you to find out more before you commit to the class. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Carmen Hoffman by email.

March 2: Evening Prayer and Community Meal
We’re trying something new here at Epiphany in March. What if we came together just for the sake of being together? No book study, no agenda—just some prayer and some food. You are invited to Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm in the Church, followed by a community meal in the Great Hall. RSVP to Emily Linderman if you’d like to come to the meal. We’ll do this again on March 9 & 16.

March 5: Women’s Monthly Mini-Retreat
All women are invited to enjoy some morning treats, share faith and doubts, and support each other in our spiritual and temporal lives. On the first Saturday morning of the month we use Forward Day by Day to guide our exploration of Bible readings and prayer at 9 am in the Fireside Room. Also, save the date for our annual weekend retreat on April 29–May 1!

Upcoming Events

March 6: Adult Forum – Not in God’s Name, Part 2
Join the Rev. Doyt Conn in the Great Hall at 10-10:45 am to study the book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. This is the second in a series of three forums. You can still come if you miss the first forum.

March 6: The Inquirer’s Class Begins
If you are new to the Episcopal Church or you just want to know more it, this class is for you! The classes cover basic information about the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, the sacraments and the life of Epiphany Parish, but is open to all those interested in learning more about the Christian faith and the Anglican Communion. Contact the Rev. Kate Wesch to register (required). Find more information here.

March 12: Save the Date for the Lenten Afternoon of Quiet
Instead of an entire day, we’re setting aside an afternoon (12:30–5 pm) of silence on Epiphany’s campus for reflection, meditation, and rest. Click here for details!

March 20–27: It’s Time to Start Thinking about Holy Week!
The newest issue of the Monthly Message (currently in the mail) includes the official Holy Week Guide with schedules and detailed descriptions of the many events that happen during the week before Easter. Click here for the basic schedule to start planning, and look for Holy Week Guide booklets around the church and Great Hall if you don’t get the newsletter in the mail.

Community Events

World Religions Through Their Scripture—Online Course
Want to take a World Religion class from Harvard Divinity School? The course, which launches this spring, will bring together Harvard’s leading scholars in the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. As a HarvardX MOOC (massive open online course), it was designed to attract an international, multicultural audience. The class will be facilitated by Senior Lecturer Diane Moore. Find more information here.