This coming Sunday is Pentecost!
Wear red to church to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church and bring a dozen cupcakes to continue the celebration during coffee hour. If you’re planning to bring cupcakes, contact Amanda.
Introducing Todd Foster, Epiphany’s New Curate
My name is Todd Foster. Together with my wife, Becky, and children, Aviva and Elisha, I am thrilled to be joining the community at Epiphany Parish as your newest Associate Priest and Curate. What is a Curate? A Curate is a new priest who, following seminary, continues in training with a parish that commits to participate in the first two years of his or her formation.
At 42 years old, I come to the priesthood in mid-life. I grew up in a conservative, free church tradition called Churches of Christ. As I finished my undergraduate degree in Computer Science, I felt called to ministry, called to pursue the things which felt primary in my life. A year later I headed off to seminary at Abilene Christian University (Texas), where I met Becky as she finished up her own undergraduate degree in Public Administration. I served two small congregations in Texas (one Christian Church, one Hispanic Church of Christ) before moving to the Bronx, NYC as part of a church planting team. It was in New York that our children were born. It was also in New York that I participated regularly with an Orthodox Synagogue, discovering both common prayer and chanted scriptures. I was in love!
As our work in New York drew to a close, I came to realize that my family and I no longer fit in the tradition of my youth. This was a time of crisis and disorientation. Where was God in my life and what was God doing?!? Ever so gently, God helped me to disengage my passionate faith from my family’s faith tradition: but where would I find companions on this journey? In the Episcopal Church I found a place where I would be accepted for who I am and where God has led me; and also a tradition rich in resources that would feed my soul in deep and important ways.
It feels like I have spent my whole life so far crying out to God to be known to me, to lead me in God’s paths toward God’s preferred future for me. God is faithful and, as I look back, God responds to those prayers. As a soon-to-be ordained priest, I am excited to begin this new season of life and deeply grateful to do so in the company of Epiphany Parish.
I love liturgy, music, common prayer, Scripture, and silence. I love community, one-on-one conversations, working together, and learning new things. My interests span a wide range, including reading, playing sports, motorcycles, electronics, coding, languages and cultures, and chant. I love seeing God at work in God’s great diversity in others, in the world, and in my own life. I love Jesus because he brings resurrection: forgiveness, reconciliation, new opportunity, and hope.
I look forward with great delight to experiencing the faith, hope and love of life together with you in the years to come.
Contact Todd Foster
- Community relations
- Pastoral Care
- Special events
- Service and Outreach opportunities
- Men’s Ministries
The Role of the Curate
a reflection by the Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
A curate is a person vested with the care of souls in a parish. A curacy is a time in a priest’s life when they work under the tutelage of a senior priest to learn about how to care for souls. A curacy usually begins upon graduation from seminary and is set for a period of time.
Epiphany will have a curate, Todd Foster, beginning May 17. Todd is scheduled to serve as a curate with us for two years, at which time he will either become an Associate Priest, or move on to another parish. While at Epiphany, Todd will study how we do church, as well as participate in the life and leadership of the parish. He and I will meet on a regular basis to review his work and to reflect on what it means to care for souls.
A significant part of his formation as a priest will come from his engagement with you all. He will enroll and participate in minyans. He will have a support group help him reflect upon and understand the parish. This group is composed of Lynn Frink, Linda Bush, and Davis Walker. His assigned duties will include pastoring the ministry leaders and supporting their ministries; welcoming and incorporating newcomers; organizing and helping manage parish events and parties; acting as a liaison to neighbors and neighborhood groups; and performing priestly duties as assigned. The intention behind this job description is to expose Todd to as many learning encounters as we can. As you can see, you, the parish, will be instrumental in his formation as a priest in so many ways.
I invite you to step into this role as you gracefully step into relationship with Todd. He will learn most about caring for souls by witnessing and experiencing how you care for souls. He is a remarkable man, and it is a privilege for us to have him in our midst.
Help Out with the concert reception on May 22
Please join us on May 22 to celebrate the gift of music and to mingle with gifted musicians at the reception that follows the launch concert of the Epiphany Seattle Music Guild named “To Music!” The 75-minute concert is at 5 pm in the church with the reception immediately following in the Great Hall.
We are expecting large crowds from the parish and the surrounding community, and so we need your help providing food and beverages for the party. The following is what we need specifically:
Food that can be eaten utensil-free, plated in 48 single- or 24 double-bite portions.
- 10 savory platters
- 2 vegetarian platters
- 6 dessert platters
- 2 dairy and gluten free dessert platters
- 12 bottles of red wine
- 12 bottles of white wine
- 6 bottles of cider
- 6 bottles of unsweetened soda or sparkling water
Please contact the Parish Office by Thursday, May 19, to let us know what you would like to contribute. And please deliver food and drink to the Great Hall kitchen by 4:30 pm on May 22. If you have any general questions, feel free to contact me (Julia).
EfM Information Session This Sunday
One of our newer spiritual formation offerings, Education for Ministry, will start up again this fall. There will be two information sessions in the next couple of months:
- Sunday, May 15, at 10 am in the Christie House Library
- Wednesday, June 29, at 6 pm in the Christie House Library
What is Education for Ministry (EfM)
You may be wondering “Should I consider making EfM part of my spiritual journey?” EfM is a program designed to help men and women in the church develop a stronger knowledge of the Bible, church history, and theology. It is a four year program of study and discussion, meeting weekly during the school year. Comprised of a group of parishioners who commit to a year at a time, EfM seminarians are encouraged to complete all four years. EfM is meant to enrich one’s spiritual life through expanding one’s knowledge base, but more especially by enhancing the participants’ spiritual journey through personal reflection, exploration, and discussion with group members, practicing and reflecting on God’s presence in lives that are not static but always are growing in the knowledge and love of God and Christ. The word “ministry” refers to the natural result: lives lived with a growing awareness of God’s presence.
Each of us is called to be a minister through our baptism, living out a calling to be the person God uniquely created us to be.
What are the benefits of participating in EfM?
In EfM we study foundational elements of faith, as well as faith relative to a multicultural world, rich with the variety that God created.
Fellow EfM seminarians on this faith journey become a source of insight and wisdom, and we learn from the journeys they share. EfM consists of weekly seminars, each lasting two and a half hours, on a day chosen by the EFM class, starting around September 12, 2016, with breaks for Christmas, Holy Week, some holidays, and Summers off. Each participant pays $350 and receives all course materials.
We welcome you!
Robin Mondares, EfM Co-Mentor
Diane Carlisle, EfM Co-Mentor
The Reverend Kate Wesch
Parish Prayer List
Sunday Lectionary Corner
May 15, 2016
The Feast of Pentecost
Psalm 104:25–35, 37
Upcoming Events in the Life of Epiphany
This Week at Epiphany
May 15: Adult Forum – The Book of Revelation with Dr. Rob Wall
Dr. Wall is a Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University who recently wrote a study series on the book of Revelation. During Formation Hour, 10-10:45 am in the Great Hall, hear Dr. Wall give an introduction to this apocalyptic book.
May 15: EfM Information Session
If you have ever thought about participating in Education for Ministry (EfM), please come to an information session this Sunday at 10 am in the Christie House Library. Find out more about how four years of study in scripture, theology, and church history can enrich your life and faith. There will be another information session on Wednesday, June 29 in the evening. EfM begins in the fall.
May 20: A Celebration of the Life of Ronald Woods
Celebrate the life of Ronald Woods with his family and the parish on Friday, May 20, at 11 am in the Church.
May 22: Adult Forum – The Book of Revelation with Dr. Leticia Guardiola-Saenz
Dr. Guardiola-Saenz is a Professor of Christian Scriptures at Seattle University who specializes in the writings of John the Apostle whom tradition says wrote the apocalyptic book or Revelation. Join us at 10-10:45 am in the Great Hall.
May 22: Concert – To Music!
The opening concert of a long series of music organized by the Music Guild will take place on May 22. Named “To Music,” the concert is inspired by Saint Cecilia, the ancient patron saint of music. Epiphany Choir and staff singers Erika Chang (soprano), Zachary Finkelstein (tenor), Gregory Lewis (baritone), Tyler Morse (countertenor), and Linda Tsatsanis (soprano) will be joined by noted Seattle instrumentalists. Free admission. Free-will offering at the door.
May 29: Farewell BBQ for Emily Linderman
As a way to appreciate Emily for her years of hard work, dedication, and all-around awesomeness, we’ll be having a cookout after the morning services, beginning around 12:15 pm. Emily will be preaching at all four services. If you would like to contribute to a “purse” for Emily, contact Chinn.