May 24, 2020
I N S I D E T H I S
I S S U E :
Shrine Mont Retreat
From East Africa to
Worship Leaders 8
Days of Blessings 11
Just the Facts 12
F R O M O U R P A R I S H . . .
WHO WE ARE:
The Church of the Epiph-
any is one of 181 parishes
of the Episcopal Diocese
of Virginia, which is one
of 110 dioceses in The
Episcopal Church (USA),
one of 44 member
churches in the worldwide
T H E C H U R C H O F T H E E P I P H A N Y
T H E S T A R September, 2016
Father Andrew & Kim
on the birth of their son,
Owen Michael Roy
Tuesday, August 23rd.
Big sister is Audrey!
Father Andrew’s article will resume next month when things settle down a bit.
Book Club is back!!
The Book Club will resume on Monday, @
11:00 am in the church parlor on September
12th. We will be begin our readings with the
Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.
The book is a New York Times bestseller, called
“entertaining, engaging and funny, marvelously
optimistic” by the Washington Post.
Come join us for good discussions!
Sunday School Begins!
Sunday, September 11 @ 10:30 AM
will be the start of Sunday School
Blessing of the Backpacks during the 10:30 service.
September Parish Calendar
Acolyte Training Saturday, September 24th
at 4:30 PM here at the church.
All acolytes are requested to be here for this training with Father Andrew!
Blessing of the Backpacks: On Sunday, September 11
th , as we start a new program year, and as many of our children are beginning
the school year, we will have a blessing of the backpacks and briefcase at the 10:30 AM service.
Please bring your backpack (or your briefcase or tote bag if you are an adult) and place it in front
of the altar before the service. After the offertory, we will ask God’s blessing on our work using
these tools in the coming year!
Worship Committee would like to let you know that you are invited to announce requests for pray- ers during the service, just before the Prayers of the People begin.
This is one more way to help us know who may need help and prayers, espe- cially those that come up after the bulletin has been printed.
Congratulations Stephen & Anna Jones on the birth of their daughter,
born Friday, August 26, weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz.
The very proud grandparents are Paul & Debbie Jones.
Save the Date:
Epiphany Family Retreat
At Shrine Mont!
Sign-up will start soon
so mark your calendar for this
weekend of family fun!
Lay Pastoral Care! If you or someone you know is in need of non- emergency pastoral care, please call the church office, 266-2503 and leave a message for Lay Pas- toral Care—Phone Mail Box 5.
Please include your name and phone number and your call will be returned within the next day or two.
Heads up Are you interested in reaffirming your faith, being formally received into the Episcopal Church or just interested in
learning more about the Church?
We will be holding a series of “Everything You Wanted to Know
About the Episcopal Church”
on the first Sunday of the Month,
from 9:15 am—10:15 am
in the parlor.
Let Father Andrew know
if you are interested!
The Stewardship Committee met on August 3rd, 17th, & 24th. The theme for this year is “Building a Sure Foundation”. This year we will be laying the first corner and we are looking at the times and talents of the congregation. If you volunteer time other than through a committee please contact one of the members of the stewardship committee so we can capture your hours. We know there are some things that parishioners do like dinners and parties that are not through committees. We would like to capture all the ours donated for events that are done.
The stewardship committee met with the Vestry on August 16th and determined that the vestry, finance committee and stewardship committee will meet prior to the September 20th vestry meet- ings to fill out our pledge cards. The goal is to have 100% commitment from the three commit- tees prior to the Stewardship Campaign kick off on October 2nd. The vestry also tasked the stew- ardship committee with the stewardship campaign goal. For 2017 we need to increase income by $15,000. This sounds like a very large sum, but based on the success of last year’s campaign we feel that it is achievable.
The Stewardship Campaign schedule is:
October 9th & 16th—there will be stewardship Adult Forums;
October 23rd—pledge cards will be blessed and available for pick up and there will be a stewardship coffee hour and meeting after the 10:30 service;
October 30th—Shrinemont Family Retreat weekend; and
November 6th—Ingathering—Bring your pledge cards back.
Please remember the Blessings Jar in the parish hall and do not forget to drop in your blessings. This can be anonymous if you so choose. We would like to have the jar full on New Year’s Eve.
Ann Henderson—Stewardship Chair
Matthew 7:24-27 Build Your House on the Rock 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
We have all heard these verses as they rotate through the Episcopal yearly readings and through our own bible studies. As the stewardship committee has been discussing this year’s theme “Building a Sure Foundation”, these verses have run through my mind almost daily. Our gifts of time, talents and tithes are what build the foundation of the church. A strong financial health is one corner stone, the time we give to church and outreach events is the second cornerstone, the talents we share with the church and others is the third cornerstone and the administrative re- sponsibilities makes the fourth cornerstone. Without any one of these corner stones we would be sitting on a precarious foundation. Let’s work together to lay the first cornerstone in 2017 and make Epiphany the strongest it has ever been.
From East Africa to Richmond, VA: The process of making new friends
and Integrating into the new Community.
It was with mixed feelings of excitement and fear of unknown, when I and my family and made a decision to relo-
cate from Kenya & Tanzania in East Africa which is over 8,000 miles away to settle in the United States in April
2016. I was filled with uncertainty since I was not having any contacts or relatives in USA to make my transition
smooth. However, I came with two major assets; Optimism and Prayer that I will integrate well into the new home
though fear of unknown was trailing me. I had two options of states to go and settle as my new home in USA-
Michigan & Virginia. Through internet search and consultation with US expatriate citizens working in HIV program
in East Africa I was convinced that Richmond Virginia is the place to make new home for me and family mainly be-
cause of 2 reasons; friendly weather (warmer compared to Michigan) condition, and effective school systems. Be-
cause it was completely a new environment, I decided to come alone then my family (my Wife-Loyce, my Daugh-
ter-Faith and my Son-Francis) joined me in June 2016 and it was a blessing meeting the community at Epiphany
Church, Lakeside, Richmond which made our settling and integrating into the new community and friends very
My first month (April 2016) was full of challenges notably difficulties in securing an apartment as a new immigrant,
process of acquiring Social Security number, transportation and adjusting to the new food which was totally differ-
ent from what I was used to from Kenya and Tanzania where I have lived before. I pressed on