An Update from the Building Team
We move into August, and we move back into the Parish Hall!
Worship in the Great Hall begins on August 2 and will stay there probably until Advent begins on November 29.
In the February Monthly Message, we described many of the changes to the Great Hall so I won’t recap them here. If you haven’t had the opportunity to look around, I encourage you to do so. If you’d like a guided tour, ask any member of the Building Team; we’re all happy to show you around. Please let me remind you that the Fireside Room is not open yet because of the ongoing repairs to the structure around the bay window. We expect that work to wrap up in the middle of September.
Work started in the Church in July, and it continues. The pews are off being refinished, the stained glass windows are being repaired, the floor is out, the Altar Guild room has been gutted, and the work on the ceiling is under way. Before the work on the ceiling started, the new Hearing Loop was installed in the subfloor of the Nave. When we return to worship in the Church, people with a telecoil (T-coil) in their hearing aid will be able to pick up the signal when they are in the Nave. There will be portable receivers and headphones available for folks who don’t have T-coil hearing aids. More information will be available as we get closer to returning to worship in the Church.
Work on the Chapel will begin in the second week of August. We have spent a great deal of time this summer planning the necessary repairs to the Chapel exterior and windows and finalizing the design of the Chapel, Chapel sacristy, and the choir rooms downstairs. We don’t have significant renovations planned for the rooms under the Church although you may notice a couple new access hatches in the ceiling, which are needed to help run electric and AV cables that will service the Church.
As we begin the last phase of construction, the Building Team thanks you again for your support and patience. If you’d like to contact us for any reason, you can use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 100 Years Building Team
Ed Emerson, Laura Blackmore, Bob Barnes, Jim Marlow, Ben Bradstreet
Vestry Reflection: Better Than Texas
Folks, can’t we do better than Texas?
I recently visited my brother’s family in Texas. They live in a small town south of Houston, and let me tell you, it is not an easy place for this Seattleite to visit. How does it annoy me? The politics (of course). The heat and humidity. Billboards touting mega churches. Tap water tasting vaguely of salt and the wrong kind of chemicals. The umpteen plastic bags my sister-in-law brought home from every visit to the grocery store. The long aisle in the local Lowe’s devoted to products that kill roaches and fire ants and everything else. The positively gleeful consumption of fossil fuels…But the thing that really drove me nuts? They don’t recycle.
Everything is trash—glass jars, plastic water bottles, newspaper, food cans, cereal boxes, used computer paper, grass clippings, food scraps, you name it. Almost every day my brother hauled the overflowing kitchen trash bag out to the giant blue garbage bin in his driveway. I bit my tongue and congratulated myself that I lived in progressive Seattle, where conscientious recycling and concern for the environment are part of the culture. So I thought.
The day after I returned home, a Sunday, I lost my wedding ring. The first place I might have lost it was in the Epiphany Gym’s restroom that morning when I dried my hands with a paper towel. Or maybe the ring had come off when I removed my latex gloves that evening at the Operation Nightwatch Dispatch Center, where a group of Epiphany folks prepared the Teen Feed enchiladas for Nightwatch guests.
I spent an anxious Monday and most of Tuesday sifting through dumpsters, and let me tell you, what I found was not easy for this Seattleite to accept: Folks, we are no better than Texas.
Epiphany’s own dumpsters caused my greatest dismay. In the yard waste bin with the grass clippings I found a wine bottle and a bunch of little plastic mini-moo half-and-half cups. In the recycle bin I found soiled paper napkins and paper cups, more mini-moo containers, tea bags, wooden coffee stirrers, and things that were clearly garbage. The garbage dumpster had a bit of everything—wine bottles, plastic cups, clean paper, food scraps and soiled paper coffee cups. It could have been my brother’s garbage bin in Texas.
Folks, we can do better and we must. Starting in 2016, homes and businesses will be fined if their garbage contains too much food waste, yard waste or recyclables. As it is now, Geith spends too much time trying to sort out the mess we make with our recycling, compost and garbage bins. Please, let’s all try to be more mindful of where we put what. All the bins are clearly labeled. Before you toss that used paper coffee cup or wine bottle, please check that you’re putting it in the right bin. It takes only a moment to do the right thing. Folks, we can do better than Texas.
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P.S. I found the ring. It was on the kitchen counter behind the tomatoes. I had no memory of taking it off when I was making cookies Sunday afternoon for our Nightwatch supper. I was so happy I didn’t even mind feeling like an idiot. Chalk it up to jet lag.
Madrona Pub Closes This Weekend
The Madrona Eatery and Ale House on 34th and Union, a favorite hangout of the Epiphany Choir on Thursday nights, is closing at the end of the month after 20 years in business. Come say goodbye this weekend! Tonight and Saturday night only, they will be going back to 1995 prices! Read more about the closure at their website.
A Tribute from Laura Blackmore
“The Blackmore family is devastated, of course. The pub was Lael’s very first outing as a one-week-old infant. She learned to read there, and we’ve made most major family decisions over dinner there. The loss of the pub will leave a huge hole in our neighborhood and in our lives.”
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Lectionary Corner
July 26, 2015
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:1–15
Upcoming Events in the Life of Epiphany
This Week at Epiphany
July 24: The Sound of Music Sing-Along TONIGHT
Have you ever thought, “The Sound of Music? I love that movie!” or “There really needs to be more movie musical sing-alongs around here!” You’re in luck! Families, friends, young, and old are invited to sing along (or just watch) The Sound of Music tonight at 6 pm in the Chapel. Bring a pillow, camp chair, or blanket and enjoy popcorn and a beverage during this classic movie. The doors open at 5:30 pm.
July 25: Pilgrimage to Wellspring Family Services
Meet at Epiphany at 8:45 am and walk the three miles together to Wellspring Baby Boutique to volunteer. If you would prefer not to walk, you may join the group there at 10 am. Read more here.
July 30: Parish Hall Moving Day
Help us move into the Great Hall for worship. Contact Diane Carlisle to sign up to help move, unpack, or bring a side dish to share with the crew. Hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the church.
9 am–noon | moving and setting up church in the Great Hall
noon–1 pm | group lunch
1–4 pm | finish moving and setting up the Parish Hall
Events Down the Road
August 2: First Sunday Worshipping in the Parish Hall
Construction on the Parish Hall is nearly done! At least it’s done enough to begin worshipping in the Parish Hall for both services starting the first week of August. The Fireside Room will remain closed while they put the finishing touches on the windows, but the rest of the classrooms and offices will be open for use.
August 9: Doyt’s First Sunday Back from Sabbatical
Our rector Doyt returns from sabbatical to worship with us on August 9. Join us in welcoming him home and stay tuned for opportunities to hear him share about his experiences.
August 6: SPARK at Plymouth UCC
SPARK, Plymouth’s new “spiritual Ted Talk-style” series, begins Thursday, August 6, at noon with jazz guitarist Michael Powers and speaker Tali Hairston, Director of the Perkins Center at SPU. Mr. Hairston will talk about the lenses through which we choose to see things and how changing the lens can change everything. All are welcome to attend. Read more here.
August 22: Mission to Seafarers Cruise Luncheon
The Mission to Seafarers Seattle provides services to over 20,000 seafarers each year. Help them celebrate and continue their work by attending a fundraising lunch and auction on board the beautiful Crown Princess on Saturday, August 22, at 11 am. Register before August 10 for a suggested donation of $100. Read more here.