New Associate Priest Search Committee Formed
Many of you may be wondering, now that Kate will be taking a rector position with St. John the Baptist in West Seattle, how we intend to conduct a search for a new associate. Our own process is already underway because Kate graciously informed Doyt and the Vestry early enough for us to start putting things in motion before her own call was confirmed and finalized. Therefore, a job description has been completed and posted using a variety of Episcopal channels, including seminaries. We have also sent about 40 personalized invitations to women clergy in rural areas of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California who may be interested in becoming part of a ministry team in a large city. In the last few weeks we have held two phone interviews.
I mention this to assure you that we are in motion and taking this seriously! That said, there are a few other things that I would like to share with you:
1- First of all, we are not in a rush; our goal is to discern carefully and to find a priest who is truly a good fit for Epiphany Parish. With two other wonderfully capable clergy on staff, the crucial work will continue to be done. We can and will take the time we need.
2- We have placed high importance on finding a female priest. Maintaining gender diversity in our clergy team is vital given the nature of our congregation.
3- The role of the new Senior Associate Priest will focus on conducting a ministry of relationship that connects and invites – through affinity groups, small groups, and newcomer incorporation; within ministries through care and mentoring of ministry leaders; in the neighborhood; amongst staff; and with other churches.
The search committee consists of myself, John Cary, Mary Kimball, and Kevin Mesher (bios below). Additionally, Becky Foster is providing valuable administrative support. Together, we are working closely with Doyt to review candidates, conduct interviews, and to make decisions. We open and close our time with prayer, seeking wisdom and clarity – and we serve with anticipation of the joy that will come when we make our next call. “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:22
If you have someone you think the committee should invite to apply for this position, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to share the job description and personally invite her to apply.
We would appreciate your prayers and support as we look to the future. And in the meantime, we encourage you to fully step into the work of taking time to celebrate and acknowledge Kate’s faithful, wise service to this congregation!
Charissa Bradstreet has been attending Epiphany Parish for the last 8 years and has enjoyed serving as a teacher, Eucharistic minister, and occasional preacher. She received a Master of Divinity from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Her focus at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is to help strengthen teams so that they can be even more effective in their work. She leads this search committee with an optimistic anticipation of finding a Senior Associate who will round out our wonderful clergy and staff team – and help Epiphany to continue in its growth as a vital outpost of the kingdom of heaven. Charissa worships at Epiphany with her husband Ben.
John Cary and his wife, Sue, live in the Mt. Baker neighborhood where they raised their two children, now grown and with families of their own. They have attended Epiphany since 1980. John was born in Seattle, grew up in Spokane and, after a couple years in Washington D.C. as staff counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee for Senator Magnuson, practiced law in Seattle until retiring in 2011. Among other activities in the parish, he has chaired the annual campaign, been a member of the Vestry, served on the Church-School Committee, and served as chancellor for 19 years. John has been a host for the church’s Friday night homeless shelter since the program began. In recent years he has been taking a greater part in the church’s rich educational programs, regularly attending the Senior Minyan led by Ben Bradstreet and assisting Steve Clemons with the Christian World View Minyan. John has been delighted to have Kate as one of our priests and to watch her two children grow up in the parish. St. John the Baptist is blessed to have her as their rector.
Mary Kimball has been a parishioner at Epiphany for about six years. Mary received her Masters of Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley, and worked for the Washington state Attorney General’s Office for over sixteen years as a consumer advocate on energy issues. Previously, she worked on youth development policy issues in San Francisco and Washington D.C. Mary was raised in Chicago and St. Louis, and was confirmed in Episcopal churches in both cities. Mary lives in the Central District with her husband Dan, and sons Henry and David.
Kevin Mesher is a Seattle native and has been attending Epiphany regularly for over three years (and off and on before that). For the better part of 20 years, Kevin made his living as an actor both in Seattle and Los Angeles, but ultimately found it wanting. Kevin converted from Judaism to Christianity in 2005 as a result of a life-long spiritual search for meaning and purpose. After a period of discernment, Kevin returned to school for a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, and an MA in Relational and Pastoral Therapy. Currently he works in community mental health as a psychotherapist and is developing his private practice near South Lake Union. Kevin has been honored to be asked to preach during Advent and Lent as well as contributing to The Weekly Word. He is both sad and excited to see Kate move on, but he can heartily affirm that no one is more ready than she to be rector at a wonderful new parish–they are blessed to have her! She has been a key figure in Kevin’s ever-developing faith. It has been an honor for him to serve on this committee.
The Royal School of Church Music Pacific Northwest Summer course is in its 3rd year! It is a wonderful addition to the long-standing, inspiring tradition of RSCM Summer courses in Europe and North America. Choristers from all over the country attend. Together this year with Music Director & Composer Simon Lole, and outstanding musicians from all over (including Isaac Drewes, son of our own Tim Drewes, as one of the organ scholars) choristers have an intensive, inspirational week of challenging singing, community making and traditional camp fun. They learn a complete Evensong and Eucharist worth of high caliber music and present these services at the end of the week. Two of our choristers, Sofia Balducci and Evalyn Yarnell, are participating this year! Please mark your calendar to attend a service:
Tonight, June 30th – 5:30pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal, Tacoma, WA
Sunday, July 2nd – 10:30am at Christ Church Episcopal, Tacoma, WA
Sunday, July 2nd – 3:00pm at St.Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Donate Socks to Teen feed and NightWatch
The Epiphany Summer Concert Series and Social Outreach are teaming up this July.
We encourage you to bring a donation of white athletic socks to each concert. A large container will be available for drop off.
Cheers……Ann Beck for Social Outreach
Our 2nd Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) begins in just over 2 weeks on July 10! We can use your help before then:
We are collecting HYGIENE ITEMS that our campers will package into clear plastic gallon size Ziploc bags for Syrian refugees. There is a box labelled for VBC in the Christie House Office for your donations.
There is a box in the Epiphany Office for donations. Thank you!
At VBC this summer our theme is Message Received: Hearing God’s Call. We will be learning how to listen and respond to God’s message of love and care for others. In our service station, our children will create hygiene kits that will serve Syrian refugees through a Seattle-based humanitarian aid organization called Salaam Cultural Museum. Salaam Cultural Museum (SCM) is engaged in humanitarian and educational activities. Their mission is to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict and natural disaster within the Middle East North African region and to bring cultures and people together to build bridges of understanding.
If you have questions or can volunteer during the week (July 10-14) or offer support to VBC, please contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support of Vacation Bible Camp at Epiphany,
Elizabeth Walker, Children’s Ministry Convener
New Summer Forum
The Spirituality of the Beguines: A Study Group
July 16, 23, 30, August 6 & 13 at 10 am in the Garden Room
Susan Pitchford and Robin Mondares
Do you know about the Beguines? They were a movement of women who flourished in the 13th century, though they hung on into the 20th (in greatly reduced numbers). They were women who sought to live committed religious lives, though they were not nuns & didn’t have a rule of life. At a time when women were nearly all under the supervision/control of either male relatives or male ecclesial authority, the Beguines managed to carve out a small free space in which they served the poor and wrote some spectacular mystical and poetic texts. Join us this summer to learn about their particular forms of prayer, to ponder their contextual emergent movement and how that can speak to us today, and consequently how they were one solution to the “woman problem” of their time. If there is a “woman problem” of our time, what is it and what sort of community/spirituality might be an answer to it? We will be using the book, Brides in the Desert: The Spirituality of the Beguines by Saskia Murk-Jansen, and other writings of the Beguines.
Host a Christ’s College Choir Member
Epiphany has been asked to host 8-10 college-aged singers from Christ’s College, Cambridge during a PNW tour from July 11-13th. The singers have a full schedule, including two concerts, but are in need of housing near Epiphany. We have been told that this group is made up of lovely people who are very talented singers.
Look for more information about their July 11 concert at Plymouth Congregational Church in the Community Events section below. Contact Joseph O’Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re able to host or would like more information.
… On June 25, 2017 Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church celebrated 60 years of being a congregation and worshiping at Epiphany Parish. Pictured are Fr. Andriy Matlak, Diane, Doyt, and His Eminence Metropolitan Antony. The Metropolitan is the equivalent of the Presiding Bishop in the Episcopal Church.
The Primrose Players bring Hamlet to Epiphany’s Courtyard
Saturday, July 8 at 2 pm
Tuesday, July 18th at 6:45 pm
Features Dan Niven, who made our labyrinth and led the Sunday forums on the labyrinth.
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
Join us in Elsinore and witness a paranoid and obsessive usurper, a terrorized young woman losing her wits, a lustful queen, a gregarious pomp and at the center of it all a furious and tortured man, struggling to will himself to action. One of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays has never been more timely; playing in the greater Seattle area weekends in July!
For more information go to: hamletseattle.brownpapertickets.com
– Introducing Chinnie’s Catering
Epiphany’s Business Manager, Chinn Eap has started a new venture, Chinnie’s Catering – Food From the Heart. Some of you may know Chinn personally and have already enjoyed her fabulous dishes at Epiphany events and parties. Now with Chinnie’s Catering, everyone can experience her traditional and flavorful dishes from her menu. Download the menu and plan your next party!
Click here for downloadable menu.
Forth Sunday after Pentecost
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