Thank You Tom Foster!
A Reflection by The Rev. Doyt L. Conn, Jr.
Tom Foster’s final concert and retirement party were something to behold. Dorothy Strong, who has been at this church for a while (which is an understatement), remarked that never in her experience had there been such glorious music in the church. That is all Tom Foster. Not only did he choose the Duruflé Requiem, but he built the choir and trained them to sing it. And more than that, he visioned and then saw to completion the renovation of a space that would truly bring the Requiem to life.
The party after the concert was magical, or maybe I should say heavenly. The joy and the love richly flowed like heavy cream over strawberries. It was a living high tea replete with silver, servers, warm feelings, and incarnational beauty. Kate Ross planned the event and recruited the volunteers. The Music Guild, with the significant help of a couple of very generous gifts, funded the concert. Alice Foreman managed the decorations, food, and people to pass the food through the crowd. Alvin Moseberry developed and served one of his signature mixed drinks. Toasts were given by Kate Wesch, Ed Emerson (read by Laura Blackmore), Kyle Wang, and finally Craig Phillips. For those of you who haven’t been following the church bulletins closely these past ten years, you may not know that Craig is a prolific composer of church music and a former student of Tom Foster’s. In fact, it was Tom who discovered Craig, and brought him to All Saints’ Beverly Hills where Craig still resides, now as the Director of Music.
We showered Tom with gifts as well. He was given a Chapel Cross, a watercolor of the sanctuary painted by Sandra Darling, a large intricate card designed to match the reredos in the church by Katrina Hawking, and 107 bottles of wine from all of you. Carol Foster was given a new Mac Computer. And finally, Christina Shires, owner of Dear Daughter in Madrona, put together a most fabulous memory book filled with photos of and letters to Tom from all sorts of people. James Potts was the emcee of the event, but the real toast of the evening came from Tom himself who talked about what all of you have meant to him and how much he loves his wife.
Epiphany… thank you! You have honored a man who deserves to be honored. He has given more than he has received, at least by any conventional measure, and he has loved and loved and loved on all of us. He as built our music program, and in that way he has given us a future. We endure and we will endure for generations, in part because of Tom Foster. The party was so sweet and heart-felt all around. Thank you Epiphany. Well done.
Pentecost First Sunday Brunch: Celebrating Tom Foster!
June 4 at 10 am in the Great Hall
Come to Everybody Hour to enjoy brunch, share some festive treats, and celebrate Tom Foster’s ministry among us. As this is Tom’s final Sunday with us at Epiphany, we will honor and celebrate him all day long.
Baptisms at Epiphany
Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11 am
Baptism Preparation Class and Rehearsal for Families and Godparents
Saturday, June 3 from 9 – 10:30 am
If you would like to be baptized or have a family member who would like to be baptized, please contact The Reverend Todd Foster for more information at 206-324-2573 or email@example.com.
Family Movie Night “How to Train Your Dragon”
June 16 at 6 pm in the Great Hall
Summer Series – Walking with Daedalus: A Hands-On Introduction
June 11, 18 & 25 in the Great Hall
Dan Niven and Ann Lockhart
In mythology, Daedalus was a skilled craftsman and artist, and the father of Icarus. He created the labyrinth on Crete, in which the Minotaur (part man, part bull) was kept. In the story of the labyrinth, as told by the Greeks, the Athenian hero Theseus was challenged to kill the Minotaur, finding his way out with the help of Ariadne’s thread. In our three-Sunday morning series, we’ll travel through history, using as waypoints various cultures’ labyrinths, discussing their usage and aesthetics. We’ll view photos, learn to draw several types of patterns, and create full-scale temporary designs. Finally, we’ll dedicate and walk our own Epiphany labyrinth. “Solvitur ambulando-it is solved by walking.” -St. Augustine.
Ancient labyrinths. Nomenclature 101. Drawing, assembling, and walking a classical labyrinth.
13th century labyrinths. Nomenclature 102. Drawing, constructing, and walking a Chakra vyuha labyrinth.
Contemporary practices. Nomenclature 103. Dedicating and walking Epiphany’s canvas labyrinth.
The Spirituality of the Beguines: A Study Group
July 16 – August 13 in the Garden Room
Susan Pitchford and Robin Mondares
Do you know about the Beguines? They were a movement of women that flourished in the 13th c., 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.
June 11 in the Great Hall
“Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.” (from Sewanee: University of the South’s website)
Join other parishioners from Epiphany for study of the Bible, exploring the history of Christianity, learning about Theology as it pertains to the Episcopal faith and many other faith traditions, and for a deepening of your own faith. This course meets weekly during the academic year. If you have questions, would like to look at the material, or want to sign up, please contact Diane Carlisle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Diane will be available during coffee hours after the morning services on June 11 in the Great Hall.
The Gardens at Epiphany Needs Volunteers
Thank you Gieth Phou, the Lay Weeders, and especially Alice Gautsch – Foreman for coordinating the never ending work that needs to be done to keep our gardens beautiful and alive with wildlife. If you would like to volunteer your gardening skills, please contact Alice at email@example.com.
Vacation Bible Camp
Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at Epiphany is a place for all ages to experience God’s love in a safe and welcoming environment. Activities include Bible storytelling, crafts, games, chapel, music, and service.
Information and online registration at epiphanyseattle.org/vbc .
Know where to go… Emerald City Bike Ride this Sunday
Emerald City Bike Ride Information
Science of the Shroud of Turin
Saturday, May 27 from 2 – 4 pm at the Redmond Library
Dr. Bob Rucker will be giving a talk on the problem of the testing done to establish age of the Shroud by carbon dating. He discusses what went wrong, and the conclusion he has come to as a result of his studies.I plan to go, and I will have room in my car for two others. Call Peter Snow at 206 407-9333 or meet me at the meeting.
St. Stephen’s Chapel Celebrates 75 Years!
May 31 at 7 pm
The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, Presiding
St. Stephen’s Chapel celebrates 75 years of gathering community to be transformed and sent out to share God’s love. Come celebrate with us! A joyful communion service will begin at 7:00 pm, followed by a reception where items of the history of the Chapel will be on display. Our Chapel has been part of many weddings, baptisms, confirmations, funerals, and other special spiritual formation, and we hope to see old friends and new at the celebration!
In the Chapel
4805 NE 45th Street, Seattle
Beautiful Minds Support Group
First Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Icon Room
Beautiful Minds is a support group for family members or close friends of people who live with a disabling mental illness. We meet at 7 pm on the first Monday of most months in the Icon Room at Epiphany Parish. Together we share how things are going, brain-storm around how best to approach any problems our loved ones are experiencing and pray for one another.
Terry Proctor, who facilitates the gathering, is a board member of NAMI Seattle and he and his wife have a son who lives with schizophrenia. Question? Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Terry at 206-915-3555.
Share Photographs of Cathedrals You Have Visited
Share your photos with Epiphany of the cathedrals you have visited on your travels around the world. Include your name, where photo was taken and name of cathedral.
Get involved in this fun project!
Send to Amy at email@example.com.
Sunday Lectionary Corner
Seventh Sunday of Easter
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
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